Fantasy Football Waiver Wire 2013: Top 10 Week 8 pickups

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Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (11) reaches over Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine (22) to score a touchdown after catching a pass in the 4th quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Get ready for the feeding frenzy on the waiver wire this week. It was going to be intense no matther what happened last week since for the next two weeks we’ll have a huge six NFL teams on their bye weeks. When you add to that the fact that injuries to fantasy-relevant players were at almost epidemic levels this last week, almost every fantasy football owner will be headed to the waiver wire for reinforcements.

There’s plenty of options on the wire, and you can definitely help your team if you get their early and get the right pickups. To help you do that, each Tuesday right here on you can find our top 10 waiver wire pickups for the coming week. In each top 10, I include at least one quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end as well as a team defense with a favorable matchup in case you are streaming defenses or looking for a one-week fill in.

Throughout the rest of the week, keep coming back to Fansided’s fantasy page where you’ll find continuing coverage and analysis to help you get the win you need in week 8 even if injuries and bye-weeks deplete your roster. There’s definitely some nice options out there like Jarrett Boykin (pictured above) who was on the list last week and returns again this week.

All players on this list or in the “best of the rest” are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues as of Monday and their ownership percentages are included in parentheses. That means that some of the players on the list in the past (last week’s post available here) like Justin Blackmon, Danny Woodhead, Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Cameron, Julius Thomas, Kenbrell Thompkins, Bilal Powell, and Julian Edelman are no longer eligible to appear even though they still make good pickups if they’re available.

If you’re not sure about your waiver claim or want some personalized advice, feel free to ask me on twitter @ZT_Sports or include the question in a comment at the bottom of the page. I’ll do my best to answer all your questions as quickly as possible.

All scoring references are from’s default scoring which simply is used to give a common baseline to work from. Adjust appropriately your team and league scoring system.

Here’s my top ten additions headed into week 8:

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