Week 8 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

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Week 7 is in the books and we still have many of our star players questionable to return in week 8, namely A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson. This week we add two Bills running backs to that list, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Spiller broke his collarbone and is out for the season, and Fred Jackson (groin) could miss at least 4 weeks. That leaves the door open for Bryce Brown to see his first game as a Buffalo Bill.

Brown should be the No. 1 running back to target this week in all leagues off waivers. Next I would target Tre Mason of the Rams.  Mason should remain the starter for the Rams, but unlike Brown, he has a lot of competition in that Rams backfield.

Other notable players this week would be Ryan Tannehill as the No. 1 quarterback (quietly putting up good fantasy numbers and gets Jacksonville this week) and Doug Baldwin who stepped up last week as the No. 1 receiver (since Percy Harvin was traded). Owen Daniels is the No. 1 tight end Im recommending this week (that may actually be out on the waiver wire) because of his matchup at Cincinnati, and the Dolphins DST.

The 49ers and Giants are on a bye, leaving Fantasy owners without some potential stars, such as Kapernick, Gore, Crabtree, in addition to injuries with the Bills running backs, Pierre Thomas (shoulder),and Reggie Wayne (elbow). It should make for another important week on the waiver wire.

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Free Agent Finds – Week 6 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Another week and more running backs making a splash on the waiver wire this week.Andre Williams, Ronnie Hillman and Branden Oliver are going to be very popular this week in Fantasy. Each one should be starting in Week 6 and probably for the next few weeks.

The Giants, Andre Williams will replace Rashad Jennings, who has a sprained left MCL and will miss a few weeks. The Broncos, RonnieHillman is expected to start in place of Montee Ball, who will also miss a few weeks with a groin injury. Oliver could start for the Chargers this week if Donald Brown (concussion) is out but with his performance against the Jets, clearly earned a good amount of touches.

All three replacement running backs are startable options this week, but I like Branden Oliver the best.  Even if Mathews comes back, Oliver should assume the Danny Woodhead role at a minimum.

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Free Agent Finds – Week 4 Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

Pickups Of The Week

Waiver-wire news changes constantly throughout the week between injuries and depth-chart changes. Follow me on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter link to stay connected and I’ll keep you updated on the latest waiver wire prospects. Let’s take a look at the best fantasy roster pickups for this week heading into Week 4.  This week starts teams on bye weeks so double check your rosters!

Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers

I drafted Brown in one of my leagues where there are extra roster spots.  Donald Brown was a nice fantasy running back in 2013.  Now with Ryan Mathews out and Danny Woodhead out for the season,  Brown is going to get a lot of work in that San Diego’s backfield.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

If you didn’t get him last week, you need to go ut and pick him up this weelk after his outstanding performance last week agains the Eagles.  .He plays the New York Giants this week, who have a very questionable pass defense.

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Carson Palmer to Raiders

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LAMEDA, Calif. (AP)—Carson Palmer(notes) went to bed a retired football player resigned to the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals would never grant his wish to be traded.

He woke up to a text message early Tuesday morning telling him to fly to Oakland to complete a trade with the Raiders, who are counting on Palmer to replace the injured Jason Campbell(notes) and lead the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” Palmer said. “I understand what’s expected of me. I know what playing quarterback is about, and it’s about winning. I want to come in a contribute and do whatever I can to help this team.”

The Raiders are hoping he can do a lot, having traded a 2012 first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder in 2013 that can become another first if Oakland makes it to the AFC title game in either of the next two years.

Coach Hue Jackson believes Palmer is the ideal fit, having recruited and coached him at Southern California and been an assistant in Cincinnati with Palmer.

Jackson said Palmer has the strong arm and athleticism that late Raiders owner Al Davis always wanted in a quarterback.

“This guy can play and he knows how to play the game and he knows how to elevate the players around him,” Jackson said.

“There’s no question you go on offense as good as your quarterback is. I think he’s one of the best and that’s why he’s on this football team now. I didn’t bring him here because he was just a guy sitting out there. I brought him here because I think he can help this team win a championship.”

The Bengals had been adamant about not trading Palmer, who wanted to be dealt from a team that has had only two winning records in the past 20 years.

The Raiders (4-2) became desperate for a quarterback after Campbell broke his collarbone during a win over the Browns on Sunday.

Campbell had surgery Monday and was expected to miss at least six weeks, leaving the Raiders with only Kyle Boller(notes) and Terrelle Pryor(notes) on the roster.

Jackson’s mantra all season has been “the time is now,” and he backed that up by dealing for Palmer.

The Raiders also renegotiated Palmer’s contract, giving him a $2.5 million guaranteed deal for the rest of this season, $12.5 million with $5 million guaranteed in 2012, $13 million in 2013 and $15 million in 2014.

Palmer had been working out in Southern California, trying to stay in shape and throwing to former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh(notes) and high school players.

He hoped the work would pay off with another chance in the NFL, but he did not know.

Palmer said it will take some time to learn the offense, build chemistry with his receivers and get back into football shape. Oakland hosts Kansas City on Sunday but Jackson would not say whether Palmer would start.

While Palmer has not played or practiced since last season, he has a history with Jackson, who was his offensive coordinator for two years at USC and the wide receivers coach for three seasons in Cincinnati.

Jackson was with the Bengals when Palmer had his best season in 2005 when he threw for 3,836 yards with 32 touchdown passes and a 101.1 rating while leading the team to an AFC North title. Palmer tore up his left knee during a playoff loss to Pittsburgh that season.

He came back and had two solid seasons before partially tearing a ligament and tendon in his passing elbow during the 2008 season.

So What Is The Fantasy Impact of This Trade?

For starters, this deal instantly improves the fantasy value of the Raiders receivers.  Players like Jacoby Ford and Darius Heyward-Bey get a bump in fantasy value. And with a stronger quarterbacking option, this will open up some more opportunities for Darren McFadden and the running game now that defenses have to pay more attention to the pass.

For those of you who are in desperate need of a quarterback, or have a bye coming up, you should grab palmer and stash him away on your bench until then.