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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire

10.25.11 at 8:14 am ET
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Here are the big names on the week eight waiver wire. As usual, we’ll be adding players all day at Rotobahn.com, and we’ll have more options for those of you who play in deeper leagues. We also have forums for those of you with specific questions, so please feel free to check us out and to submit a question. We will get back to you within 24 hours and usually the same day.

Tim Tebow, QB, Broncos

He compacted all of his productivity into a few drives at the end of the game, but once the chips were down and they opened up the offense a bit, Tebow made plays–which is what he does. If you’ve been following us, you know we love this kid. He plays the game the right way and wants to put himself on the line in pressure situations. Of course, the reason we pimp him at Rotobahn is due to his fantasy potential, which is immense. There is no way this guy should be available anywhere.

Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings

He’s got some legit quarterbacking skills.  He’s a medium talent, but he has that feel for the position that the really good ones have.  If they can keep him healthy, they have a long term option in Minnesota.  For you, he is a decent matchup option that you can mix and match with.  He is a solid QB2 in deep leagues and a fantasy upgrade over Donovan McNabb.

Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders

He has this week off and that’s a good thing. He needs some work. While we have not been big fans of Palmer’s game since his elbow injury (rehab but no corrective surgery) a few years back, he is a material upgrade over Jason Campbell and a massive upgrade over Kyle Boller. To you, Palmer can be a decent fantasy option in large leagues as a QB2. The Raider’s mad speed makes any decent passer an intriguing option.

John Beck, QB, Redskins

He’s more of an upside option for depth in big leagues. He struggled at times and he did some good things at times. He’s been in Shanahan’s system long enough to have a legit chance at success.  He might be a decent option if the matchup is right.  He’s a QB3, but one with a little upside.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys

We pimped him in this space last week and somehow, he was still available in 44% of Yahoo leagues and 20% of CBS leagues. I guess not everybody reads our column.  Anyway, even if you didn’t listen to us last week, you might still have a shot at him. I don’t think we need to tell you about his potential anymore since he led all running backs in fantasy points last week with the exception of Arian Foster.

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins

Yes, we are like a broken record on Helu.  What can we say … we like his game. Now there is legit reason for optimism.  Not to dance on poor Timmy Hightower’s misfortune, but that’s how opportunities arise in the NFL most of the time.  Here’s our take … If Helu gets the same amount of touches that they have been giving to Hightower, he will crush the former starter’s numbers. Unfortunately, Ryan Torain is still a factor. Still, it’s now a one-on-one situation and both backs will have some value. We’d roster Helu in any and all formats based on his upside.

Delone Carter, RB, Colts

He finally showed off some of the tackle-breaking skills we saw at Syracuse. Carter has a little mojo, and he may have finally separated himself from the other backs in Indy. At this point, developing Carter should be one of their top priorities. We’d pick him up in all but the smallest of leagues. He has the ability to take the job and run with it.

Ben Tate, RB, Texans

Lost in the fallout of Arian Foster’s absurd fantasy barrage was a 15-carry 100-plus yard performance by his backup, Ben Tate. Tate is a damned good back and we like him even more than we do Foster, but the big man is obviously getting it done. If you own Foster, you really owe it to yourself to roster Tate if you can get him. Backing-up  Houston’s starter is a great move. You effectively lock up the best fantasy running game in football.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos

It may just be a short-term add as the injury to Willis McGahee is thought to be a one or two-week deal. Still, while McGahee is out, Moreno should be a startable asset in most formats. It’s not inconceivable that he steals the job while he’s in there. He certainly has the ability to do that.

Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals

He is very likely to get the start this week in place of starter Cedric Benson, who is going to serve his suspension this week (probably this week only). Scott can be a nice one-week solution for you in any format if you have bye problems. And, you could get a few bonus starts if Benson’s suspension is not reduced as expected.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns

He is starting to flirt with stealing Peyton Hillis’ job. Hardesty has been just ok, but he’s not complained any and has shown himself to be all the way back from his ACL injury. This looks more like a committee now, and if Hardesty picks up his game a bit, he could end up being the guy. We’d add him in most leagues larger than ten teams.

Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs

He’s getting the most in terms of carries, so he is an option in large formats as a RB2 or flex option. It could end at any point if they get another hot hand, but he’s an option right now.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have picked up Thomas last week after Brandon Lloyd was moved to the Rams. Thomas is now fully recovered from his achilles injury and he looked pretty good out there. He is their most athletic receiver for sure and we think he will form a quality pairing with Eric Decker. We’d pick him up this week in medium to large leagues and we’d be watching him closely in all formats.

Maurice Morris, RB, Lions

He’s old, but he may have some serious opportunity here … and Mo is a pretty solid player.  He is capable of doing some fantasy damage for you for as long as his health lasts. He’s a nice flex option in medium to large formats.

Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

He’s got a chance to unseat Lee Evans if he can keep playing well. Smith is clearly the team’s best deep threat, and with Evans having no preexisting relationship with Joe Flacco, there’s really no reason to think they will force Evans back in if Smith is really getting it done. The awful performance on Monday night was an outlier.  We expect better things going forward.  Smith is a nice upside add in medium to big leagues.

Greg Little, WR, Browns

He was targeted heavily last week, but he didn’t make the big play (though there were a few close calls). We feel strongly about his talent. He is a nasty combination of size and playmaking ability. We expect him to be startable the rest of the way in most formats.

Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

Fred got it done again. He found the zone and was the top option in the Redskins’ passing game. Now, with Santana Moss and Chris Cooley both out for the foreseeable future, Davis is entrenched. He should be owned in all leagues and is a top ten option at tight end.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

He was on the bye in week seven, but he has arrived, so grab him if he was dropped and he can be your starter the rest of the way in all leagues. His time has come.

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