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Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 tight ends to pick up for Week 8

Jordan Reed made a lot of headlines on Sunday with a monster performance. Check out some other possible pickups heading into Week 8.

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Tight ends can be tricky. It's all about opportunity. If a team has three stud receivers, there just won't be enough receptions to go around to support most tight ends. Of course, the exceptions to the rule are the Broncos and Julius Thomas, but Peyton Manning is one of a kind. In fact, he has more fantasy points than Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick combined.

Ideally, you're going to want to target a tight end that is on a team that can move the ball a little while the depth chart isn't clear. Here are a few options combined with some guys that could get more looks with injuries giving them a bigger chance:

Jordan Reed (owned in 25 percent of leagues)

Nobody made a bigger out-of-nowhere impact than Jordan Reed did on Sunday. He caught all nine of his targets for 134 yards and a score. Robert Griffin III had a passer rating of 155 on those balls, just missing the perfect 158.3 due to his touchdown-per-attempt percentage.

The Redskins have been waiting for a second option behind Pierre Garcon for a while and none of their receivers have been able to step up. For the season, Reed is second of the team with 26 receptions, ahead of Leonard Hankerson at 18 and Santana Moss at 17. More  impressively, he's caught 26 of RG3's 30 targets, which ranks fourth on the team. If you have any qualms about your tight end, Reed is a hot pickup.

Jeff Cumberland (owned in eight percent of fantasy leagues)

Kellen Winslow is still suspended for a few more weeks for violating the league's drug policy, so it's all about Cumberland for the Jets. He's really not that talented and he had an inexcusable drop in the endzone on Sunday. His hands aren't that great, but the Jets don't have much in terms of receivers. Stephen Hill can't run intermediate routes and Jeremy Kerley can't do it all. Although, Kerley was outstanding with six third-down conversions, but that's not the point.

Geno Smith likes to go over the middle of the field and he's getting better at reading pressure from defense. Cumberland could put up some nice stats vs. the Bengals on Sunday.

Tyler Eifert (owned in 15 percent of fantasy leagues)

He caught a TD in Detroit on a beautiful corner route during Sunday's win. He didn't have any catches in the first half, the picked up 45 yards on three catches in the second half. It was his first TD of the season

Jermaine Gresham has been quiet, but he was solid in Week 7 with four catches for 62 yards. Although, he only had 29 yards in his last two weeks combined.

The Bengals will take on the Jets on Sunday. Rob Gronkowski was targeted a whopping 17 times and they've been pretty good at shutting down receivers, so Eifert could see his share of targets. He's a TE2 with a high upside.

Ben Watson (owned in one percent of fantasy leagues)

Jimmy Graham could wind up missing Week 8 with his foot injury and Watson would serve as the primary backup. Even with Graham in the lineup, Watson has eight catches for 110 yards and a score on 12 targets. This is more of a desperation pickup for Graham owners in deep leagues.

Rob Housler (owned in seven percent of fantasy leagues)

It took a while, but Housler is finally coming around for the Cardinals. He caught all seven of his targets for 53 yards against a tough Seahawks D. In Week 6, he wasn't too shabby with four catches for 32 yards on five targets. Both of those games were better than his  entire preseason with just two catches for 36 yards.

Obviously, this is fair from consistent value and Housler still isn't safe to put in almost any lineup. The Cardinals get the Falcons, a bye, the Texans, Jaguars and Colts from Week 8-12.

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