The Fantasy Football Gods are raining down some tough decisions for fantasy owners for Week 8. Star players are either not performing or getting hurt and six teams (Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indy, San Diego & Tennessee) are all on a bye.
Owners without a high waiver priority shouldn’t get their hopes up of acquiring Harry Douglas and Terrance Williams, but all owners with a high waiver priority should grab those guys immediately if they are available.
Fantasy owners who can’t grab Douglas or Williams need to set their eyes on Jarrett Boykin and Jordan Reed as they lead the crop of wide receiver and tight end waiver wire pickups for Week 8.
Jarrett Boykin (WR – GB)
Jarrett Boykin got his first career start on Sunday with teammates Randall Cobb (IR designated to return) and James Jones out with an injury. Boykin produced like a seasoned vet racking up 103 yards on eight catches and a touchdown. Boykin filled in Cobb’s role very nicely catching a lot of short passes over the middle and led all Packers receivers with 10 targets.
Fellow tight end Jermichael Finley also left the game with a severe neck injury and does not appear to be coming back in the near future. All these injuries are only increasing Boykin’s fantasy value to a high end WR3 or Flex play for the rest of the season. If Aaron Rodgers continues to target Boykin 10 times a game, Boykin will be putting up monster numbers for the rest of the year.
Jordan Reed (TE – WSH)
Robert Griffin III appears to be back to his old self and he has a new favorite tight end, Jordan Reed. Reed had his breakout game in Sunday’s win against the Bears catching nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. The rookie tight end dominated the entire game lining up as a tight end as well as a receiver in the slot and appears to be the real deal. Reed is already drawing comparisons to Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy Graham which may be premature, but are still worth mentioning.
Reed has an excellent match-up in Week 8 against the Broncos and has a very favorable schedule down the stretch as well. Reed could very easily end up being a top 10 tight for the remainder of the season and may be the answer to a lot of fantasy owners prayers who simply need a dominant tight end to help guide them to the playoffs and beyond.
All owners without a top five tight end should use their waiver pick on Jordan Reed because all signs point to Reed putting up big numbers for the rest of the season and he can be valuable trade bait with owners in need of a tight end.