Week 8 of the regular NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners are looking for bye week and/or injury replacements. We bring you our weekly list of players who might be potential waiver wire busts or who have downside. Some of these players may appear in our waiver wire suggestions but this list is designed to simply point out factors that could impact or limit their production.
Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had one of the most exciting plays from a quarterback in NFL history Sunday when he faked a handoff to running back Darren McFadden on a read option and then took it to the house on a 93 yard run. It was the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history and also set a team record for the longest run. Pryor isn't putting up consistently good numbers in the passing game and he did throw two interceptions against Pittsburg. He is making up for it at times with his contributions in the run game but he has been inconsistent at best as a fantasy option this year. He is entrenched as Oakland's starter though, and is a decent bye week replacement. The Raiders will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9.
Saints rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills has put together two really nice games in which he has scored all three of his career touchdowns. Stills has a nice skill set and is making the most of his opportunities. On the year, he has 13 catches on 23 targets for 327 yards and three touchdowns. That makes him the fifth receiver in terms of numbers for the prolific Saints offense. But with Jimmy Graham back, Stills should move back to the 4th or 5th option in the passing game.
Colts tight end Coby Fleener has been the model of inconsistency two years running but continues to get a lot of positive fantasy spin. On the year, Fleener has 22 receptions on 33 targets for 235 yards and three touchdowns. The season-ending injury to Reggie Wayne gives Fleener's value somewhat of a boost, but it's hard to trust him until he shows more consistency.
Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball had one of his best games of the year against the Washington Redskins Sunday, with 11 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown, but he was only targeted once in the passing game. With Ronnie Hillman inactive due to fumblitis, it appears the Broncos backfield has settled into a two back platoon. Ball also got the bulk of the red zone carries. Still, Moreno is considered to be the better option in pass protection and is also getting looks in the passing game. Ball is worth a pickup but keep an eye on the splits.
Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright battled injuries at the beginning of the season and finally had what was close to a breakout game in the Titans Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers with nine receptions on twelve targets for 98 receiving yards. Wright is a talented player and head coach Mike Munchak said recently he is probably the best Titans wideout right now. Still, he is second in receiving yards and touchdowns to Nate Washington who has 439 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Wright has 433 receiving yards and one touchdown. Wright does lead with 58 targets to Washington's 52. Until Wright shows more consistency in fantasy production it's hard to trust him as a solid option.