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

Titus Young (DET): With Nate Burleson sidelined for eight months with a broken leg, Titus Young will be shifting into the number two wide receiver role, opposite of Calvin Johnson. With opposing defenses shifting such a great deal of focus to keeping Johnson in check, Young will have plenty of opportunities to make plays. He was incredibly ineffective as the third receiver, averaging 2.2 catches through his first five games, but he caught six balls for 81 yards last night with Burleson out of the picture, and should continue to increase his production.
Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles (84) catches a pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden (24) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
Ryan Broyles (DET): Broyles is another Lions receiver who will benefit from the injury of Nate Burleson. Though the rookie had never caught a pass in the NFL previous to Monday night, he caught three balls for 51 yards and a touchdown in Burleson's absence. The Lions certainly have plans and high hopes for Broyles, or else they would not have spent a second round pick on him last April. Oklahoma fans know how good Broyles can be, as they watched him set the NCAA record for career receptions. He could end up being a solid option in PPR leagues.

Josh Gordon (CLE): Gordon, once again, did a whole lot with very little this week. For the third straight game, Gordon has had 59+ yards and 1+ touchdown on three or less catches. He may not be a consistent receiving option, but when he gets his hands on the ball, he makes good things happen. He'll be a risky play every week this year, but if you've got players injured or on bye and need a quick fill-in, Gordon is worth a shot.

Tight Ends

Brandon Myers (OAK): 
Myers is far from a household name, but there's not a whole lot available in the tight end department these days. Myers is a solid bye week fill-in for PPR owners, as he has 4+ catches in all but one game this season. Carson Palmer trusts him, and many say he has the best hands on the team. He'll likely find the end zone a few times if the Raiders can get their offense to click.

Chris Cooley (WAS): Cooley probably won't be too effective immediately, as the Redskins won't want to throw him into the fire just after rejoining the team. However, I expect him to emerge as the lead tight end over no-names Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. He'll be another guy with PPR upside down the road.

Defense

Raiders: 
The Raiders gave up 23 points to the Jaguars abysmal offense - oddly enough, the same amount they gave up to the Falcons' high powered attack - but that wasn't the defense's fault. The Raiders gave up a touchdown thanks to a muffed punt and a field goal thanks to a brutal Carson Palmer interception. They were also on the field for much of the first half, thanks to the offense stalling drive after drive. Outside of a blown coverage that resulted in a touchdown, the defense played extremely well, and should continue to do so against Brady Quinn and the Chiefs.
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