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Fantasy Football Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been lighting up fantasy football leagues.The 2010 fantasy football season is one of the most chaotic in recent years. The Week 8 waiver wire offers struggling owners some tremendous opportunities. Rarely are starting fantasy football quarterbacks available on the waiver wire, but this week there are several QB options to put a band aid on that losing season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – Don’t look now but Ryan Fitzpatrick is becoming this season’s Derek Anderson (2007 Derek Anderson). After taking the starting job from Trent Edwards, Fitzpatrick has been a fantasy machine. In one of my leagues he has totaled 72 points in three weeks. He has tremendous chemistry with his receivers and even more important is that teams often sleep on the Bills. He has a rough matchup this week against the Chiefs, but so what. He put up over 30 points against the Ravens. This kid is for real. It is time to start believing in a Buffalo Bills quarterback again.

Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys – Don’t look now but one of the all-time Fantasy heroes is back behind center. Jon Kitna will be taking over for the injured Tony Romo for 6-8 weeks (which is fantasy playoff time) if not longer. Here is the deal on Jon Kitna. Kitna can be a very good quarterback with the right weapons and he has them in Dallas. Kitna was signed to this team after the Brad Johnson debacle a few years ago and is expected to produce in this kind of a situation. He has his old buddy Roy E. Williams as well as Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and Felix Jones. While there are some other quarterback options available, I’d say Kitna has the best potential to payoff when you need it.

Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings – There is a very good chance that Brett Favre doesn’t play a full season. Favre is banged up to the point where any other quarterback would probably sit, but Favre has a streak to protect. But beyond the streak his play has been awful at times and it looks as if Brad Childress is losing faith in him. Like Kitna, Jackson will be taking the ball surrounded by a ton of weapons including a returning Sidney Rice. The Vikings also have a great quarterback matchup this week against the New England Patriots who give up the fourth most fantasy points to opposing QBs. And oh yeah, there is that Randy Moss guy who is going to want to play out of his mind this weekend. Grab Jackson if you need QB help and be ready to put him in this week if Favre sits.

Chester Taylor, Chicago Bears – Remember this guy? Yes, that Chester Taylor who was supposed to be a big free agent signing for the Chicago Bears. Up to this point he has not been a factor, only averaging eight touches a game. However, offensive coordinator Mike Martz officially named Taylor the goal-line back this week. With the way Jay Cutler has been throwing, my hunch is that the Bears will opt to run first in goal-line situations. Taylor is far from a starter, but if he gets hot, he could be a huge asset in a few weeks when the playoffs approach.

David Gettis, Carolina Panthers – There is probably more parody at wide receiver than at any other time in fantasy football. Yes you have your studs, but nobody is tearing it up on a consistent basis. This season has really been all about the hot hand. I have offered up a few guys lately in the blog who have gone on and had killer weeks. David Gettis is my next guy. Steve Smith is always going to get the double coverage which will leave big opportunities open for Gettis. Gettis had 125 yards and 2 TDs this past week. Additionally, Steve Smith’s injury history is always a concern and it is very likely that Gettis will be the #1 at some point this season. He is a very risky play but if you need help, you could do a lot worse.

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