FF: Week 8 Waiver Wire Fill-Ins

10/26/13 in NFL   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis (44) runs during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY SportsA lot of teams are on bye this week: Chicago, Tennessee, Indianapolis, San Diego, Baltimore and Houston.  It’s pretty likely that your team’s affected in one way or another, and if you don’t have viable options on your bench, there are still some interesting options through free agency, take a look:
 
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets
 
The Jets offense has been really unpredictable so far this season.  They’ve been pass-heavy one week and run-heavy the next.  This week, they’re facing the Bengals, who have one of the league’s top run defenses and one of the league’s worst pass defenses.  Their secondary has been decimated by injuries and with Santonio Holmes still out, Kerley is by far the most reliable Jets receiver.  He’s scored touchdowns in two of his last three games and was targeted 10 times last week against New England.  He’s a pretty safe bet for a solid fantasy week and he’s owned in less than 5% of ESPN leagues.
 
Peyton Hillis, RB, New York Giants
 
He’s not back to his 2010 superstar form, but as one of very few viable options in the New York Giants backfield, he could have some legitimate fantasy value going forward.  This week, the Giants are facing the dreadful Philadelphia Eagles defense and with Brandon Jacobs out, it’s just Hillis and 2013 7th round pick Michael Cox in the Giants backfield.  Owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues, he’s worth a flex start if you need someone.
 
Oct 6, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsBrandon Pettigrew, TE, Detroit Lions
 
Pettigrew’s career has been mostly considered a disappointment so far after the Lions drafted him 20th overall in 2009, but lately, he’s been one of the team’s most reliable pass-catchers.  He’s been targeted 23 times the past 4 weeks and found the endzone in week 7.  If you’re scrambling for a flex or you’re without Antonio Gates or Martellus Bennett this week, Pettigrew could deliver for you against the Cowboys.
 
Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
 
Avery hasn’t done too much the last two weeks, so he’s probably only a deep league option this week as a spot-starter.  I like his potential this week because the Browns have a pretty tough defense and while Jamaal Charles will undoubtedly eek away all the yards he can, Alex Smith will struggle getting the ball out to Dwayne Bowe, who will be shadowed by Joe Haden all game.  Avery is Smith’s reliable short-route option and he could receive a lot of looks to help move the chains.
 
Andrew Quarless, TE, Green Bay Packers
 
This one’s probably only for really deep leagues.  Randall Cobb and JerMichael Finley are out and James Jones is doubtful.  Green Bay is going up against one of the worst secondaries in the league in Minnesota and Aaron Rodgers is likely to have a big, big day.  Obviously Jordy Nelson will be heavily targeted, while second-year pro Jarrett Boykin should see a lot of action as well.  After that, Quarless is the team’s next leading receiver (running backs not included).  He only has 4 catches on 9 targets on the year and is known best for his blocking, but Rodgers will need someone to go to and the 6’4” Quarless could be a good endzone option.
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