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Waiver Wire Pickups – Week 8

Seven weeks of NFL action are in the book. You’re either flying high, complete toast, or more than likely somewhere inbetween . A couple of more QBs go down, and there are four teams on bye this week. The stretch run is just starting, and it’s time to patch those holes in your roster…on the Waiver Wire. So let’s go!!

Smokin’ Hot!!!

Wali Lundy RB Houston Texans

Welcome to Wali World! After being hyped as the starting back for the Texans during the preseason, Lundy slipped to third on the depth chart. After confirming that Ron Dayne truly does suck and giving Samkon Gado a look, Wali got a shot once again this week, racking up 93 yards and a TD on the ground as well as adding 4 catches. Lundy isn’t a great talent but runs hard and has some decent hands too. It’s difficult to say what might happen in the starter-of-the-week Texans backfield, but Wali should get a shot once again this week. With the Titans, Giants, and again the Jags coming up on the schedule, Lundy is a great pickup at this point of the season. You don’t have to be an Angels fan to be a Wali joiner! OK, that was terrible. Must…get…more…sleep…

Leon Washington RB New York Jets

OK Leon, you sold me. Washington’s been mentioned in this column several times this year, first in the ‘On the Radar’ section, and now he’s Smokin’ Hot! He may very well be long gone in your league, but if he wasn’t before, you can bet he will be this week after rumbling for 129 yards and 2 TDs against the Lions. Coach Mangini still professes RBBC as the rule, but Washington is clearly becoming the chairman of that committee. He’s not a big fella but he’s been carrying the load for the J.E.T.S. Washington makes a decent start against the Browns this coming week. Congratulations Leon…this will be your last appearance in the waiver wire report!

Solid Pickups

New England Patriots Defense

OK, it’s not often that a defense ends up in the Waiver Wire report, so let’s mix it up a bit here. The Pats D has been a bit shaky at times, but it’s a unit that’s starting to gel. They made the Bills offfense look pretty bad this weekend. Of course, the Bills offense *is* pretty bad, but that’s another story. But the point is that there are some other BAD offensive squads coming up…the Jets in week 10, the Packers in week 11, and the Lions in week 13 are all teams that are known to turn the ball over early and often. If you’re in a league where you have to start a D every week, the Pats are a team on the rise.

Seneca Wallace QB Seattle Seahawks

Boy, it only gets worse for the Hawks! Matt Hasselbeck hurt his knee this week…it could have been worse, but the initial diagnosis has him missing between two and four games. Enter career backup Wallace, a great athlete with some questionable throwing accuracy and limited experience, and whose game resembles Vick much more than Manning. He’ll be fun to watch, but with the Seahawks struggling and having to play in Arrowhead Stadium this week, you may have better options. But if you’re hard-up for a QB, you can count on Wallace to play and he’ll probably put up some sort of fantasy numbers.

Marcus Robinson WR Minnesota Vikings

With Troy Williamson getting knocked out cold during this past week’s game against the Seahawks, Marcus stepped it up in a big way with 4 catches for 77 yards and a TD. It seems like eons ago since he was an emerging stud for the Bears, racking up 1400 receiving yards. Actually, it was in 1999. But Robinson still have some skillz and he could be a decent spot start against a sometimes erratic Pats secondary next Monday night. The New England run D is stout, so look for Brad Johnson to air it out more than usual…this means more grabs for Robinson, especially is Williamson misses times with his scrambled noggin.

Charlie Batch QB Pittsburgh Steelers

Batch started the season as the Steelers starter due to Roethlisburger’s motorcycle injuries, and he saw action again as Big Ben took a beating at the hands of the Falcons. Should Ben miss the game this coming week, Batch might get the start against the Raiders this coming week. Don’t expect much out of him though as he’ll spend lots of time handing off to the backs against a D that only Edge James has managed to make look good this year. But he’s better than nothing. Slightly.

Justin Fargas RB Oakland Raiders

What happened to LaMont Jordan this weekend? After hearing barely a peep about any injury he might have, he didn’t play a down Sunday and word was it was due to a back injury. Sounds a little fishy, but Fargas had a nice game in his absence, gaining 66 yards on 23 carries. Fargas has NFL starter talent but unfortunately his health issues have consistently kept him off of the field. Nonetheless, he’s a good pickup for Jordan owners in case there’s more going on with him than we’re hearing about.

On the Radar

Courtney Anderson TE Oakland Raiders

The Raiders are throwing to the Tight End a bit more this year than in previous seasons, and Anderson is getting most of those grabs. He’s no Tony G, but a 3 catch for 55 yard game is a pretty decent day for a waiver wire TE. And for those wondering, he and I are *not* related in spite of our common last name and strong physical similarities:

Chris Perry RB Cincinnati Bengals

Perry had been on IR all year, but he returned this week and caught 3 passes in limited action. Rudi is clearly the man in Bengalland, but Perry is a dangerous receiver out of the backfield and his role in the offense should grow in the coming weeks. And if Rudi should get dinged, Perry could become a very dangerous back with more opportunity.

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