Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rabble Waivers: Week 8


1. Josh McCown (CHI) WEEK 9 STARTER
It's rarely mentioned, but the Bears have quietly assembled one of the most talented offenses in football. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jefferey, Martellus Bennet and Matt Forte are solid starts in just about all fantasy leagues. Josh McCown is no different. We don't think there is anything special about Jay Cutler, so don't expect much of a drop-off with McCown under center. The Bears are on a bye, so add this guy now and start him in Week 9.

2. Mike Glennon (TB) STARTER
Glennon has attempted 40 or more passes in three consecutive starts. In his last two starts, Glennon has thrown for over 250 yards and two touchdowns. After losing Doug Martin for the season, Tampa will have to lean on the rookie quarterback even more.

Running Backs

1. Zac Stacy (STL) STARTER
The St. Louis backfield belongs to Zac Stacy. Stacy posted at least 75 total yards for the third straight week and finally found the endzone on a swing pass from Sam Bradford. He recorded a season-high four catches and should see his workload increased with Bradford out for the season with a knee injury.

2. Andre Ellington (ARI) STARTER
Ellington had a tough matchup against the Seattle defense last week, but we still like the dual-threat running back in Arizona. He has a friendly matchup against Atlanta this week and is worth a start.

Last Week, We had Roy Helu as a "Panic Button PPR Start". This week we feel the same. If you're in a PPR league and desperate for a running back you could do a lot worse than Roy Helu Jr. He's gotten 10+ touches in three straight weeks, and should see more balls thrown his way as this team finds themselves trailing in most contests. Oh, and he also scored three touchdowns in Week 7.

4. Mike James (TB) INJURY RELIEF 
Doug Martin is done for the year and Mike James is the man to replace him. James is a sizable back with soft hands and is worth a start in PPR leagues. If you're looking to replace Doug Martin's pedestrian output, take a chance on Mike James in Tampa.

5. Peyton Hillis (NYG) HIDE N' WATCH PPR
Hillis was effective on Monday night against the Vikings. He found the endzone on a goal-line carry, but made most of his yards on five catches out of the backfield. It's hard to gain too much from what was the sloppiest NFL game this season, but Hillis is worth a prospect spot on your bench if you have the room in PPR leagues.

Wide Receivers

1. Terrance Williams (DAL) STARTER
Terrance Williams is the WR2 in Dallas. He's scored a touchdown in three consecutive games and saw eight targets in Week 7. Williams is the real deal, and is set to replace the oft-injured Miles Austin. If he's still available in your league, we'd add him now. He's an immediate start against a weak Detroit defense.

2. Jarrett Boykin (GB) STARTER
Jarrett Boykin caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. The Packers know how to find and develop Wide Receivers and Boykin is no different. Last week we had him as a prospect, this week we want him in your lineup.

3. Harry Douglas (ATL) HIDE N' WATCH
We missed Harry Douglas last week, but we're still not sold on him. A career-day against Tampa Bay is nothing new. We're still skeptical about the backup wide receiver in Atlanta.

4. Darius Heyward-Bey (IND) HIDE N' WATCH
Reggie Wayne is going to miss significant time with a knee injury. Darius Heyward-Bey is next in line for Andrew Luck targets as long as the Colts don't pull off another blockbuster trade to address an injury. It's no secret Heyward-Bey has unreliable hands, but his speed is undeniable. The Colts will find creative ways to use this guy. Until then, hide him on your bench and watch!

Of everyone on the Rabble Waiver list, Earl Bennett is the biggest reach. We'd only advise you to pick this guy up if everyone else is already taken. We like Bennett because he is the receiver that is likely to have the most chemistry with backup quarterback Josh McCown.

Tight Ends

1. Jordan Reed (WAS) STARTER
Reed was targeted nine times against Chicago and he caught all of them for 134 yards and a score. Robert Griffin III may have found some chemistry with the rookie tight end from Florida. Reed may see more action in Week 8 against a friendly Broncos defense.

2. Jeff Cumberland (NYJ) PANIC BUTTON PPR
If you're desperate for a Tight End, as in just looking for a consistent 6 or 7 fantasy points, then Jeff Cumberland is your man. He's not going to win you any games, but Cumberland is a lock for at least seven fantasy points in PPR formats.


1. Packers
The Packers are playing the Vikings

2. Eagles
The Eagles are playing the Giants


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