For your consideration: 18 fantasy waiver wire pickups

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: With starting running back Willis McGahee expected to miss the next two games due to a fractured hand suffered Sunday at Miami, the former Georgia standout will step into the featured role. Be advised that Week 8 offers up a tough matchup for Moreno (vs. Detroit), but he’s going to see enough touches to warrant a roster spot and possibly a place in the starting lineup.

Next up: vs. Detroit

Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders: Bush ran for 99 yards on 17 carries (5.8 YPC) in Week 7 against Kansas City after a mild foot sprain knocked starter Darren McFadden out of action. Run DMC has a lengthy injury history, so Bush is worth picking up as insurance, should this problem linger longer than expected.

Next up: Bye

Jabar Gaffney, WR, Washington Redskins: Santana Moss is out of commission for the next 5-7 weeks due to a fractured left hand suffered in Sunday’s loss at Carolina. This opens the door for Gaffney to rack up a boatload of targets as the new top wideout in our nation’s capital. The former Florida Gator hauled in four passes for 68 yards on eight targets in Washington’s Week 7 loss.

Next up: at Buffalo (Toronto)

Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins: Speaking of problems in Washington, dual-threat running back Tim Hightower is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss at Carolina. Torain is expected to step into the starting role, which makes this guy worthy of a roster spot in pretty much all fantasy formats. Which brings us to…

Next up: at Buffalo (Toronto)

Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins: With Tim Hightower out of action, Helu’s role on the Redskins’ offense just got bigger. Remember, Ryan Torain has battled a variety of injuries throughout his career, making him a risky long-term fantasy play. Should something happen to Torain, the rookie from Nebraska could become the next top dog for head coach Mike Shanahan.

Next up: at Buffalo (Toronto)

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: This guy’s battled a variety of injuries during his short time in the NFL, but Thomas was targeted a career-high ten times by new starting quarterback Tim Tebow in Sunday’s win at Miami and even found the end zone for the first time in over a year. The upside is here, as Thomas could become the top receiving threat in Denver in the near future.

Next up: vs. Detroit

Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins: My man Jay Clemons talked about Bess in his Week 7 Revelations column and I tend to agree. Despite all the problems in Miami, Bess racked up 12 targets in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. He hasn’t scored a touchdown all season and quarterback Matt Moore has been inconsistent as hell, but Bess is a decent WR4/5 for owners in PPR leagues.

Next up: at New York Giants

Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints: Starting running back Mark Ingram sustained a bruised heel injury in Sunday night’s blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts and is listed as day-to-day, which will open the door for Thomas to see more work in the immediate future. Remember, this guy just turned a season-high ten carries into 57 yards (5.7 YPC) in Week 7. He’s worth picking up if you play in a league with ten or more teams.

Next up: at St. Louis

Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons: We’ve mentioned Douglas in this column before, but it bears repeating as rookie wideout Julio Jones continues to battle what appears to be a pretty severe hamstring injury. While Douglas’ value will decrease once Jones comes back, he’s still worth a look in leagues with 12 or more teams as the former Louisville standout has caught six passes for 119 yards in his last two starts.

Next up: Bye

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings: It wasn’t pretty (13 of 32), but Ponder rolled up 219 passing yards and two touchdowns in his first career start Sunday vs. Green Bay. In addition, this guy can make plays with his legs, as evidenced by the 31 yards Ponder rolled up when he got outside the pocket. There will be plenty of rough weeks ahead, but Ponder is worthy of a roster spot as a QB2 in leagues with 12 or more teams. Garbage time numbers are a big plus here.

Next up: at Carolina

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: He’ll never single-handedly deliver a fantasy win, but Miller is averaging 7.7 fantasy points per game over his last three starts with an impressive 14 targets. Owners in leagues with 12 or more teams should consider this guy a decent situational start option.

Next up: vs. New England

Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins: There’s a good chance that Davis isn’t on the waiver wire in your league, but it’s definitely worth a look now that starting wide receiver Santana Moss is expected to miss the next 5-7 games with a fractured hand. Davis is about to see an increase in targets.

Next up: at Buffalo (Toronto)

Kregg Lumpkin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Starting running back LeGarrette Blount is battling a knee injury and backup RB Earnest Graham was lost for the season this past Sunday with a torn Achilles' tendon. That currently leaves Lumpkin as the featured ball carrier for the Buccaneers. The upside here is limited, but he’s still worthy of a roster spot as an RB4/5 in leagues with ten or more teams.

Next up: Bye

Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This past Sunday could very well have been a fluke, but Briscoe hauled in an impressive six passes for 73 yards and a touchdown on ten targets in a loss to the Chicago Bears. Taper your expectations, but make a move if you play in a league with 12 or more teams. With all the uncertainty at the wide receiver position in Tampa this season, Briscoe could very well emerge from next week’s bye with a more integral role in the Buccaneers offense.

Next up: Bye

Leon Washington, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Staring running back Marshawn Lynch suffered a back injury early in the Seahawks’ Week 7 loss at Cleveland and head coach Pete Carroll said he’s unsure whether or not Lynch will be ready to go in Week 8 vs. Cincinnati. That means owners should keep an eye on backup running back and former Jet Leon Washington, who picked up 49 total yards on 11 touches this past Sunday. However, the upside here is relatively limited, so Washington is only a recommended pickup for owners in leagues with 12 or more teams.

Next up: vs. Cincinnati

New Orleans Saints, D/ST: They were a big disappointment through the first six weeks of the season, but Gregg Williams’ unit came up huge for owners in Week 7. The big plus is that New Orleans heads to St. Louis in Week 8 to play a Rams offense that is averaging only 9.3 points per game (32nd in NFL). If the Saints are available on waivers, pick them up immediately and get them into the starting lineup.

Next up: at St. Louis

New York Giants, D/ST: This unit currently ranks 16th in fantasy scoring in standard scoring formats, but has a tasty Week 8 matchup against a broken Miami Dolphins football team that appears to have given up on the season. You won’t find too many matchups out there better than this one.

Next up: vs. Miami

Seattl e Seahawks, D/ST: Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals are headed to town on Sunday, which means this defense will have a good opportunity to limit the scoring. If you need a situational start for Week 8 and the Saints and Giants are already gone, don’t be scared to give these guys a look.

Next up: vs. Cincinnati

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