I don’t know about you, but I had a rough one this week. It was ugly to say the least. Time to stop worrying about the past and focus on the future. Let’s get right to the week 8 waiver wire pickups, shall we? Here they are in order by position from top to bottom…
Christian Ponder, NYJ: Ponder surprised a lot of people this week, granted most of them had pretty low expectations. He actually put together a pretty nice game keeping up with the Packers throwing for 219 yards and 2 TDs.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ: Not a huge yardage day for Sanchez, but he did manage to finally get on track with Plaxico Burress who hauled in three TDs. Looks like the Jets are starting to turn things around in a much needed win at home against the Chargers. If the Jets are at home, it looks like Sanchez is a pretty safe bet.
John Beck, WAS: I’m not sold on Beck yet, but he did have a nice day throwing for nearly 300 yards and a TD. The most important thing for the Skins, he didn’t make many mistakes. He’s worth watching out for.
DeMarco Murray, DAL: Pretty sure the cat is already out of the bag on this one. Holy crap! Murray set the Cowboys rushing record on his first start going for 253 yards (10.1 yards per carry) and a TD. If by chance he’s still available, you better hustle.
Jackie Battle, KC: Battle seems to be carrying the load in the RBBC at Kansas City. He should continue to get the most carries, but Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones will leach on carries.
Knowshon Moreno, DEN: With Willis McGahee sidelined with a broken hand, Moreno will be fantasy relevant again.
Michael Bush, OAK: Bush had a substantial outing running for 99 yards and tacking on 12 more through the air. If Darren McFadden misses a few games with an ankle injury, he would be the beneficiary.
C. J. Spiller, BUF: Now that the Bills are working Spiller in their offense at the WR position, he might be worth a look in PPR leagues.
Greg Little, CLE: What a horrible game this was. Not a whole lot of production from anyone really, but the fact remains that Little is the go to guy in Cleveland. Pick him up if he’s still out there.
Jabar Gaffney, WAS: With Santana Moss sidelined at least a couple weeks with a broken left hand, Beck will have to get the ball to Gaffney more often.
Antonio Brown, PIT: Brown was the most targeted receiver in Pittsburgh this week catching seven passes for 102 yards. Look for Brown to continue getting more looks with Hines Ward out with a sprained ankle.
Terrell Owens, ???: With Damian Williams getting banged up, I can see the Titans taking a shot with T.O. I have a feeling he’ll end up on someone’s roster this week.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN: I wasn’t too impressed with Thomas or the Broncos passing game for that matter, but there’s a lot of hype about him coming back from his injury with Brandon Lloyd gone. If you have some room on your bench, stash him and see what happens.
Jake Ballard, NYG: Ballard has been putting up strong numbers in his last three games going over eight fantasy points in standard leagues. He has a favorable match-up this week against Miami as well.
Jared Cook, TEN: Cook has been getting increased looks ever since Kenny Britt was injured. He had the only TD for the Titans this past week against Houston and this week he has a favorable match-up against the Colts.
Visanthe Shiancoe, MIN: TEs are a new QBs best friend. Shiancoe had four receptions for 45 yards and a TD. Look for Christian Ponder to run a lot of check downs to his TE until he gets more acclimated at his position.
Heath Miller, PIT: Miller is quietly putting up some quality numbers at the TE position as of late. He went four for 59 yards and a TD. He should be a quality bye week replacement.