Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 8

10/23/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

As with the past few weeks, the biggest value on the waiver wire will be in the wake of injuries to big time players. Quite a few big names have found themselves with physical ailments this week, so now is a good time to find a new stud or get insurance for your injured player. Here are the best guys that will likely be available in your league:

Running Backs

Sep 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings (23) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRERashad Jennings (JAX): 
You probably didn't need me to tell you this one. Jennings is one of the more talented backups in the league, boasting a career 4.8 yards per carry average, but he rarely gets significant touches due to the supremely talented Maurice Jones-Drew. With MJD going down with a foot injury that Adam Schefter reports will hold him out "multiple games," Jennings immediately becomes a feature back for the Jaguars. While he will be limited by the Jaguars' terrible offense, the amount of touches that he'll get makes him this week's top waiver wire pickup.

Vick Ballard (IND): After a sub par debut as the Colts' starting running back, Ballard put together a nice performance against the Browns on Sunday, carrying the ball 20 times for 84 yards. With Donald Brown expected to miss another week with his knee injury, Ballard will likely draw another start against the Titans 25th ranked run defense. If he gets the ball around 20 times again - which he should - he could be in for a big day.

Montario Hardesty (CLE): Rumors have surfaced that the Browns are considering the possibility of shutting down running back Trent Richardson for three weeks so he can fully recover from his rib cartilage injury. If he is indeed shut down, the main beneficiary will be Hardesty. Hardesty lacks talent, but like Ballard, he should get enough touches to make him a worthwhile fantasy pickup. If you have Richardson, and don't have a suitable replacement in the event he sits out, Hardesty is a must-add.

Jonathan Dwyer (PIT): Dwyer finally got to play in Sunday night's game after being a healty scratch the previous two weeks, and he impressed with 17 carries for 122 yards (7.2 yards per carry). Once Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman return from injury, Dwyer will likely be benched - or inactive - once again, but head coach Mike Tomlin believes both injured backs are truly questionable for this Sunday. If you were planning on playing Mendenhall this week, or if you've got room on your roster and would like to take a flier, Dwyer is worth picking up as a possible one-week flex play.

Wide Receivers

Jeremy Kerley (NYJ): 
Since number one wide receiver Santonio Holmes suffered a season ending foot injury, Jeremy Kerley has filled into the Jets receiving core nicely, averaging five catches for 79.3 yards in the three games Holmes has missed. Those numbers are dragged down by a three catch, 24 yard performance during the run-oriented onslaught of the Colts in Week 6. Kerley's most recent performance - seven catches for 120 yards against the Patriots - has made him worthy of a pickup, especially in PPR leagues.
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