Tuesday, October 21, 2014


By Will Hover

There’s two things that can ruin my Sunday during football season. One, the Seahawks losing a game in which they’re favored. And two, when my fantasy football team loses any game! If there’s ever a combination of these two situations then watch out! While there’s nothing I can do to help after a Seahawk loss. I can however prepare and repair after a fantasy loss via the waiver wire. This week there’s some promising running back talent, a new number one receiver, and the return of a player who was once one of the league’s most promising talents. Below I’ll list the top 10 waiver wire prospects for week 8 with their current espn ownership percentage and their week 8 opponent.

  1. Tre Mason: RB, 2.3% ownership, wk8 @ Chiefs
Rookie running back Tre Mason is the all-time leading rusher for the University of Auburn ahead of Bo Jackson. That’s impressive and so is his stat line in last year’s national championship game, 34 carries for 195 yards and 1 touchdown. The third round draft pick spent the first several games inactive for the Rams. His apparent problems with pass protection had him buried on the depth chart behind Zac Stacy and Bennie Cunningham. His improvement in practice earned his first game time of the season in week 6 where he took five carries for 40 yards. Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher has said all along he will go with the “hot hand” at running back. In week 7 Mason received the majority of the touches going for 85 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Mason is too talented to remain buried on the Rams depth chart. Mason should remain in the mix in week 8 at the Chiefs who are allowing 127.4 rushing yards per game. Add Mason for continued break out potential.

  1. Denard Robinson: RB, .5% ownership, wk8 vs Dolphins
The running back carousel in Jacksonville continues. After a dismal start and injury for Toby Gerhart Storm Johnson was given the start in week 6. Johnson had a subpar 2.1 yards per carry in his only start, thus conceding week 7’s starting job to Denard Robinson. Robinson stepped up big last week rushing for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. The former University of Michigan quarterback nick named “shoelace” always showed enormous talent but it was his diminutive stature that kept him off some NFL draft boards. Now in his second year in the NFL Robinson has swollen to 197lbs and became as witnessed last week a possible feature back. Even with the return of Toby Gerhart the Jaguars should continue to use Robinson as a change of pace back, a kind of lightning to Gerhart’s thunder. If Gerhart continues to struggle don’t be surprised to see Robinson secure the starting job.

  1. Doug Baldwin: WR, 19.4% ownership, wk8 @ Panthers
“Angry” Doug Baldwin should be “happy” Doug Baldwin after the Seahawks trade of Percy Harvin. Baldwin is leapfrogging fellow Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse to become the new number one in Seattle. Baldwin may lack the skill set of Percy Harvin but more than makes up for it with his heart and desire. Last week versus the Rams Baldwin stepped up with 7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Doug Baldwin will continue to be a big part of the Seahawks offense going forward. With the offensive line injuries the Seahawks have abandoned the run game in recent weeks and depended much more on the on the passing game. Doug Baldwin is a must add and will continue to be a great flex play for the rest of the season.

  1. Kenny Stills: WR, 3.6% ownership, wk8 vs Packers
The Saints are one of the league’s biggest surprises this year and not in a good way. The offense is struggling and searching for answers since Jimmy Graham’s shoulder injury. In week 7 Drew Brees connected with Kenny Stills 5 times for 103 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Branden Cooks had been targeted heavily by Drew Brees this season but mainly on underneath routes. Kenny Stills is the best receiver the Saints have to take the top off defenses with his speed and ball skills. Expect Dew Brees to continue to go deep to Stills this season making for some big fantasy games to come.

  1. Robert Griffin III, QB, 73.3% ownership, wk8 @ Cowboys
After suffering a dislocated ankle many initially thought Griffin’s season would be a total loss. Amazingly its only week 8 and RGIII is ready to return. The Redskins desperately need RGIII to be healthy and playing after benching the struggling Kirk Cousins for Colt McCoy. While McCoy did honorable last week the Redskins know Griffin by far gives them the best chance to win. Although in his only full game this season RGIII didn’t do much. In week 1 he had 267 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. With more bye weeks approaching Griffin is a nice add for QB depth. Once a must start Griffin is now just a bye week fill in with potential to be a weekly start.

  1. Anthony Dixon: RB, .2% ownership, wk8 @ Jets
With Fred Jackson’s groin injury and CJ Spiller’s broken collarbone Anthony Dixon got considerable work in week 8. Dixon might have football’s greatest nickname with “Boobie”. I’m not sure how this rugged hard to tackle running back got the name “Boobie” but it’s definitely unique. Last week “Boobie” had 13 carries for 51 yards and 3 receptions for 15 yards. Dixon’s value is in the short term since he may eventually lose carries to fellow back up Bryce Brown. It will be interesting to see how the Bills handle their running back situation going forward.

  1. Bryce Brown: RB, 1.3% ownership, wk8 @ Jets
The former Eagle running back has yet to reach the stat column in 2014. Bryce Brown has been lost in the shuffle among the Bills running backs until this week. While not expected to have much fantasy impact this year the injuries to Jackson and Spiller have changed that. While Anthony Dixon should be the starter at first, his job isn’t guaranteed. Bryce Brown has shown potential in the past relieving LeSean McCoy while playing for the Eagles. I’m sure the Bills will stick with Dixon for now but in the long term Bryce Brown may be the one to own.

  1. Colts De/St: 12% ownership, wk8 @ Steelers
After a slow start this season the Colts defensive unit has been on a tear. Since week 2 the Colts have averaged 12.8 points (espn format) with 20 sacks and 11 forced turnovers. Last week the Colts shut out the Bengals 27 to 0 allowing only 135 total yards. Add the Colts for a starter quality defensive unit with scoring potential.

Good Luck!

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