Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 8

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By now you should have a pretty good idea if your team will be in the running this season. Barring freak injuries or suspensions, your roster will remain the same as you just tinker with it to make it as strong as possible.

Each week new options are popping up and strengthening your bench for the future is most certainly a priority you should be focusing on.

To help you do so, here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.

Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.

It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

If you have any questions about your lineup, trade advice or anything else, send me an email at


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Jeff Garcia Bucs, QB - I would love to know what Garcia did to land in coach Gruden's dog house at the beginning of the season, but at this point it really doesn't matter.

He just lit up the helpless Seahawks for over 300 yds and a TD and with the suddenly vulnerable Cowboys defense up next, Garcia could be looking at a big Sunday in the Big D.

Donnie Avery Rams, WR - Uh-oh, are the Rams suddenly becoming relevant to fantasy football in 2008?

Surprisingly, they're doing exactly that with back to back wins against two of the supposed powerhouses in the NFC East (Redskins, Cowboys). And the man I'm about to talk about is an enormous reason why.

Losing Isaac Bruce to free agency hurt this team more than they'd care to admit. Avery was selected in this year's draft to supplant the crafty vet, but an early injury forced him to miss the first two games, and only played sparingly in the next two.

Now fully healthy, Avery has been showing off that blazing speed the Rams drafted him for and QB Marc Bulger certainly seems to have found his number two receiver.

Greg Olsen Bears, TE - The Bears are just one of those teams that you really don't pay that much attention to in fantasy football. Sure their defenses and running backs are in the mix, but outside of that they're off the radar.

Boy how quickly things can change.

My boy G-Reg here is an absolute beast at the TE position and it's obvious the K.O. Kid (Kyle Orton to my newest readers) has developed a connection with him. Instead of lining up at the natural TE positions, the Bears have instead tried lining him up as a wide receiver to take advantage of his natural talents.

Sammy Morris Patriots, RB - With fellow running back Laurence Maroney out for the season with a shoulder injury, Morris will assume the starting duties. The only issue is, do the Patriots really even have a starting running back?

You've still got LaMont Jordan, Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis to contend with, so I'm not that high on Morris just yet.

But if he can repeat the kind of numbers he put up last night against a bad Broncos defense (16 carries, 138 yds, TD), I'll like him a whole lot more.

Kolby Smith Chiefs, RB - It looks like Larry Johnson has enrolled in the Pacman Jones school of behavior after his latest dustup with the law. Rumors are flying that he'll be suspended by the league for his behavior, just after his coaches suspended him last week for conduct detrimental to the team.

Enter Kolby Smith.

He may only be a play for a couple weeks, but if you're a Larry Johnson owner or in desperate need of a bye week fill in, pick him up.

Cedric Benson Bengals, RB - You have absolutely no idea how badly I didn't want to write this. But I'd be failing to do my job if I didn't.

Benson is now the starting running back for the Bengals, the worst team in football.

He racked up 52 yds on 14 carries against a tough Steelers defense last week and has a very enticing matchup against the Texans this week.

Do with it what you will.

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