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New York Jets Fantasies: Week 8 Waiver Wire

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This is a new weekly post that I will be adding. With the bye weeks coming on at full force, many of you will be looking for fill ins for your key fantasy players. There are New York Jets that will be able to fill these voids for you, starting this week. So let's get to it.

Player ESPN(% Owned) CBS(% Owned) Yahoo(% Owned)
QB Geno Smith 7.5 27


Notable QB's with a bye: Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco

Smith was 17/33, 233 yds.,1 TD, 1 INT through the air and ran the ball 6 times for 32 yds. and a TD. He was worth 21 pts. in a standard league. He now faces a Cincinnati Bengals defense that ranks 13th against the pass allowing 236.4 yds./game. Smith has more value due to his rushing ability, most leagues award 4 pts. for a passing TD and 6 pts. for a rushing TD. If your in a pinch, Geno could provide you with a suitable option in week 8. By the looks of it, he should be available in your league.

Player ESPN(% Owned) CBS(% Owned) Yahoo(% Owned)
WR Stephen Hill 3.2 16 12
WR Jeremy Kerley 3 11 8
WR Santonio Holmes 14.1 21 8
WR David Nelson 0 0 0

Notable WR's with a bye: TY Hilton, Keenan Allen, Brandon Marshall, Torrey Smith, Andre Johnson

As you can see from the table, with the exception of Holmes, Hill, Kerley, and Nelson are most likely available in your fantasy leagues. Hill had one catch for 17 yds., and had what looked like a long TD catch negated by an offensive PI call. Kerley had 8 catches for 97 yds., and a TD, and looks to be Geno Smith's go to receiver. I put Holmes in the table in case someone dropped him in your league. It remains to be seen if he will return this week, if he does then I would definitely add him. Nelson is worth an add in deeper leagues where the WR depth is slim. He had 4 catches for 80 yards and seems to be gaining Geno Smith's trust. The Bengals have a very good defense but just lost starting CB Leon Hall for the season, so Hill and Kerley could be adequate bye week fill ins.

Player ESPN(% Owned) CBS(% Owned) Yahoo(% Owned)
RB Chris Ivory 74.4 36 28
RB Bilal Powell 87.8 95 73

Notable RB's with a bye: Ryan Mathews, Chris Johnson, Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Arian Foster, Trent Richardson

Powell is most likely owned in your league, but a disgusted owner may drop him after his 3 carry, 6 yard performance last week. Rex Ryan said that they decided to ride the hot hand with Ivory, so it doesn't appear Powell was on the sidelines due to injury.  You may have a chance at adding Ivory though, seeing as in CBS and Yahoo leagues he is most likely available. With his 34 carry, 104 yd. performance, many owners may make him their first WW priority.  The Bengals are ranked 14th against the run allowing 98 yds./game. This may be a tougher game for Ivory and Powell than it was last week, as teams will continue to force Smith to beat them through the air. Both are worth adds though, Ivory first, and if you miss out on him, see if someone dropped Powell and pick him up.

Player ESPN(% Owned) CBS(% Owned) Yahoo(% Owned)
TE Jeff Cumberland 4.1 23 8

Notable TE's with a bye: Antonio Gates, Coby Fleener, Martellus Bennett

Cumberland would have had a huge game against the Patriots if it wasn't for CB Devin McCourty slapping the ball out of his hands in the end zone, and developing butter fingers  on that long pass in the 4th quarter. He still recorded 3 catches for 41 yards and is a big part of this offense. He is displaying the athleticism and talent that had the Jets so high on him. Geno seems to trust him and with Kellen Winslow's suspension is getting a lot of targets. If you are a Gates owner and Cumberland is available I would recommend adding and starting him.

Player ESPN(% Owned) CBS(% Owned) Yahoo(% Owned)
Jets D/ST 14.9 21 10
K Nick Folk 2.9 12 5

Notable D/ST's with a bye: Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans

Notable K's with a bye: Nick Novak, Justin Tucker, Robbie Gould, Adam Vinatieri

The Jets D/ST gets a huge boost with the addition of KR Josh Cribbs. Cribbs is a threat to return a punt or kick off at anytime. The unit will go into Cincy with a big chip on it's shoulder after last week's performance against New England.

Nick Folk has been nothing but consistent. He has attempted 15 FG's and has nailed all of them. With the offense effectively moving the ball between the 20's, Folk is a reliable starter in fantasy. It seems that he is not owned due to the fact that most people still think the Jets offense is bad. Pick him up if you need a kicker!

On a personal note, I apologize for my absence the last 4 weeks. There have been a lot of changes in my personal life and am just now getting my feet back on the ground. Thanks for your understanding.