Week 8: Pickups of the Week
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Week 8: Pickups of the Week

These players are worth considering adding to your roster if they're available. This week's picks include Profiled players include Terrelle Pryor, Chris Ivory, Roy Helu, Mike James, and Kendall Wright.

QB

1) Michael Vick

2) Terrelle Pryor

3) Carson Palmer

4) Ryan Tannehill

5) Mike Glennon

Notes: The Michael Vick mention simply serves as a reminder to check your league's free agent pool in case an antsy owner cut bait with the Eagles passer while he sat with injuries. Vick is back practicing with the first-team offense, so expect him under center for Week 8. How long he stays healthy is the question, which is why Vick owners should remain in the Nick Foles business, roster space permitting. ...Carson Palmer's Week 8 matchup pits the Arizona starter against a Falcons defense allowing the most points to fantasy quarterbacks. It would be nice to think that at some point Palmer gets clicking with those talented wide outs. If that happens this week, the upcoming schedule offers several high-end matchups.

RB

1) Mike James

2) Roy Helu

3) Chris Ivory

4) Shane Vereen

5) Andre Brown

6) Jonathan Stewart

Others: Donald Brown, Mike Tolbert, Peyton Hillis, Lance Dunbar, Philip Tanner

Notes: Considering Brandon Jacobs already missed a game with injury just seconds after reemerging on the fantasy radar and the Giants were left with the combo of Mike Cox and Peyton Hillis, Andre Brown's return cannot come soon enough. Out since the preseason, Brown (leg) returned to practice next week and projections have him going from the short-term I.R. to the lineup following New York's Week 8 bye. Even if David Wilson (neck) makes it back from his injury at the same time, there is no reason to think he'll carry the entire workload.

WR

1) Percy Harvin

2) Harry Douglas

3) Jarrett Boykin

4) Darrius Heyward-Bey

5) Kendall Wright

6) Jeremy Kerley

7) Kris Durham

Others: Mike Brown, LaVon Brazill, Brandon Gibson, Marvin Jones, Mario Manningham

Notes: Percy Harvin is back practicing with the Seahawks and some reports give the slot threat a chance at playing in Week 8. Even though Seattle is far from a pass happy offense, there is no doubt Harvin should be owned in all leagues. The mention here is because he's not...Harry Douglas and Jarrett Boykin received lots of Waiver Wire love last week and both delivered for owners. Seeing as Douglas is no less than Atlanta's second wide receiver going forward and Boykin plays in a Green Bay offense that can support three wide outs, both have weekly WR3 value. ...The recent stats for Mike Brown (9-169 over last two games) put him on the fantasy radar, but don't count this is a true recommendation. Why? I don't see how Jacksonville's offense supports three wide receivers. Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts will dominate targets. Since I can't imagine ever feeling comfortable starting the Jags third receiver, I don't see the point in grabbing him. Similar rationale on Marvin Jones as the Bengals have not consistently supported a second WR, but he's scored in two straight games and Andy Dalton is on a mini-roll. Playing in a run-first attack doesn't help Jones' cause either ...LaVon Brazill is the "wild card" as Indianapolis moves on without Reggie Wayne. No receptions in 2013 over two games after returning from a four-game suspension, but he averaged 16.9 ypc on 11 receptions last season. Truly a deep flyer, but at least someone worth monitoring. It's not like DHB and T.Y, Hilton have proven they are consistent.

TE

1) Jordan Reed

2) Coby Fleener

3) Ben Watson

4) Tim Wright

5) Joseph Fauria

6) Andrew Quarless

Notes: Everyone Indy pass catcher picked up fantasy value following Wayne's season-ending injury, including Coby Fleener. Even though he hasn't topped 40 receiving yards in any of his last three games, Fleener has legit talent and three touchdowns on the season, including one last week against Denver. Potential exists for a top 15 pace over the remainder of the season. ...Jimmy Graham (foot) remains uncertain for Week 8. That's not something must fantasy teams cann overcome, not even a little. For those Graham owners in deep leagues, Ben Watson is the handcuff option. ...The major rationale behind touting Jarret Boykin last week was rather simple: Aaron Rodgers is awesome and you want players in his offense. With Jermichael Finley's devastating injury, Andrew Quarless likely steps into the starting job. Don't rush him into your lineups, but if you're playing the lottery ticket game, Quarless could put up some interesting numbers in the future.

Defense

1) Carolina

2) Pittsburgh

3) New Orleans

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For all the bye and injury issues, the QB position isn't much of a minefield in Week 8. Therefore, consider this recommendation from a rainy day planning angle for Jay Cutler owners or those struggling with their weekly options. It's conceivable owners dropped Pryor, a mid-level QB2 this week against Pittsburgh, after his rough game against the Chiefs and the Raiders Week 7 bye. Once he gets past the Steelers, Oakland's starter has consecutive upside matchups against the Eagles (29th vs. fantasy quarterbacks) and at the Giants (27th). Later the Raiders face Houston, Dallas (31st), Tennessee and San Diego (28th) in Week 16. Not the sexiest QB when it comes to throwing, Pryor consistently produces in the fantasy world thanks to 57 rush yards per game. Speaking of averages, his per game overall trumps those for Alex Smith, Ryan Tannehill, Ben Roethlisberger and Geno Smith.

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Still not exactly sure what happened in the Jets backfield this past week. Ivory figured to pick up more work (especially with Mike Goodson out of the mix) - perhaps enough to earn a 50-50 split with Bilal Powell - instead, the ex-Saint carried the ball a whopping 34 times -- matching his entire total for the entire season - compared to three for Powell, who not so long ago had RB2 value. The explanation? Riding the hot hand. If that's what Rex Ryan calls Ivory's 3.1 yards per carry, well, let's just say we define that term a bit differently. Regardless, Ivory rushed for 104 yards and New York won the AFC East game. Don't count on such voluminous rush days for Ivory going forward - unless the Jets have no interest in seeing the injury-prone player making it through the end of the season. Still, let's not forget that he is easily the most talented back on the roster and one with RB2 appeal during the preseason. Week 8's matchup against Cincinnati is no picnic, but considering the limited options for fantasy owners, Ivory is worthy of a start consideration. Even if the Jets return order to a RBBC scenario, Ivory should be owned in most leagues.

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Forget Helu's three touchdowns in Week 7. He's not duplicating that feat or possibly even scoring three more touchdowns over the rest of the season. Instead, focus on the usage. Over the last three games, Helu is averaging 12.3 touches and 69 yards (by comparison, Miami's Lamar Miller is averaging 11.3 touches over his last three games). That's way past handcuff territory, but rather legit Flex consideration. Actually, considering the numerous injuries and viable backs on bye, Helu is a RB2 option this week. With the Redskins facing Peyton Manning and the Broncos, expect Washington to throw lots. That means more Helu and less Alfred Morris (relative to their weekly norms).

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The news on Doug Martin's shoulder injury shifted dramatically since the Bucs back left the field on Sunday. Reports ranged from out for the season to perhaps just a week or so. We'll guess reality is closer to the former. Still, interest in James - the new lead back - depends on one's level of desperation. Look, we never know what happens going forward. It's possible the dual threat option is better than any other free agent RB that comes available over the remainder of the season. It's also possible the sixth round pick lives up to his draft status and is just a guy, one who ultimately shares the job with Brian Leonard and newly added Bobby Rainey. Remember that Martin certainly didn't live up to his top 5 fantasy draft status and averaged just 3.6 ypc behind the same offensive line James will now run behind. Those in need of a active bodies for this tricky week (or with enough FAAB remaining to take a flyer), go for it, but realize his next two matchups (Car, @ Sea) are not ideal. For those that don't need a quick fix, it's cool to wait and see which RB scenario changes next.

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It's one thing to fall into WR3 level of fantasy receivers, which Wright does. It's another thing to consistently produce at said level. In PPR formats, Wright has certainly done that thanks to at least five receptions in six straight weeks. The second-year target hauled in a whopping nine receptions on 12 targets in Week 7 against the 49ers, finishing with a season-high 98 yards. One of only 16 players with at least 40 receptions on the season, Wright and the rest of the Titans' passing game will benefit now that Jake Locker is back. Once he returns from the bye week, Wright should return to lineups with plus matchups against the Rams and Jaguars on deck.

 
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