A pair of unknown wideouts could carry you to victory in Week 8

      October 25, 2013 @ 11:32:02 PDT


Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley
Beastly Beasley in Week 8?

Six teams are on bye in Week 8. That'll make for some interesting fantasy football rosters as managers look to fill spots and build depth. I'm having a tough time in several leagues filling out my wide receiver starting spots.

If you've recently lost Randall Cobb, Julio Jones or Reggie Wayne or own any wideouts that play for the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens or Houston Texans, then you may be even worse off.

As I was combing through the depths of the WR waiver wire earlier this week, two names stuck out that could be your solution if you are in dire straits this weekend. They're likely still available, too.

Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys: The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Wes Welker-like statured slot receiver has seen his targets slowly increase in each of his five games this year. He had a season-high seven targets for six catches and 53 yards in Week 7.

Miles Austin continues to deal with his hamstring demons. He can't be counted on, so Beasley and Terrance Williams will pick up the slack again. The Detroit Lions are prone to giving up big plays - they allow 193.4 yards per game to WRs this year - meaning they'll probably pay plenty of attention to Dez Bryant.

Kenny Stills, New Orleans Saints: The rookie wideout from Oklahoma hasn't been involved much; he wasn't targeted at all in two of the team's six games. However, he caught all three of his targets in Week 6 for 64 yards and a score. Was it a coincidence that Jimmy Graham (foot) was blanketed and injured in that same contest against the New England Patriots? Probably not.

Graham hasn't practiced this week and looks like a long shot to play against the Buffalo Bills, another defense prone to giving up plays in large chunks. Drew Brees isn't selfish, and if one of his favorite weapons is unavailable in Graham, he won't hesitate to use Stills. Marques Colston can't do it all.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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