Week 8: Pickups of the Week
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.MyFantasyLeague availability: 14%
Things I learned today: Not all MyFantasyLeague.com owners read FFToolbox's Pickups article. That's the only rationale I can come up with for Reed being owned in less than 50 percent of leagues as of Tuesday morning. We've only trumpeted the rookie's roster worthiness in this space since Week 3. FFT ranked Reed inside the top 15 among tight end's over the past two weeks. For those waiting for more, playing the stubborn card or just not paying attention, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GRAB REED OFF WAIVERS. The pass-catching threat blitzed the Bears with 134 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions in Week 7. More importantly, he further established himself as no less than RGIII's second's go-to target after Pierre Garcon. At a minimum, Reed's Week 8 matchup is against a Broncos defense allowing the seventh most points to fantasy tight ends. The team reported he suffered a hip pointer against Chicago, but nothing looks that serious. Reed looking like a TE1 going forward, now that is serious.