Fantasy Football: Week 8 Waiver Wire Watch

49ers Texans FootballTotal Pro Sports – In order to be successful in your fantasy league, you will need to be on top of your waiver wire. Knowing which players are available, and of those, which have value is an important part of building a winning team as the season goes on.

It can be difficult to identify such players, and that is why we here at TPS are going to help you out. Each Tuesday for the remainder of the season, we will give you some players to look out for that may be on your waiver wire. These players are the ones we assume are available in most leagues, but beware. There may be better free agents out there that we have not listed because we just assume that someone should already have taken them. If one of those guys is a free agent in your league, PICK HIM UP!

Here is a look at some guys you may want to take a look at in you league:

Alex Smith, SF, QB:  After Shaun Hill could not get the job done last week against the Houston Texans, Alex Smith came in and recorded 206 yards and three touchdowns in just one half of playing time.  He has since been named the started byb 49ers head coach Mike Singletary.  Although he has not proven enough to warrant a starting position on any fantasy roster, the former first overall pick did show signs that perhaps he can develop into what San Fran had hoped when they drafted him back in 2005.  He is worth a back up roll for those in need of depth at the quarterback position, and although his week 8 match up against the Colts is not a favorable one, he may become useful down the road against some much weaker opponents.

Shonn Greene, NYJ, RB:  When Leon Washington went down with a season ending injury, the stock of rookie running back Shonn Greene skyrocketed.  Greene gave fantasy owners a taste of his potential after he ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and he will be in line for an increased role in the Jets offense for the remainder of the year.  With his explosive ability to make big plays, he will be a hot commodity on the waiver wire, and well worth a spot on most fantasy rosters.

Justin Fargas, OAK, RB: It is hard to give a spot on your fantasy team roster to any player from the Oakland Raiders, but with a few more bye weeks ahead, Justin Fargas may actually have some value.  Since Darren McFadden was sidelined with an injury a few weeks back, Fargas has stepped in and produced some decent numbers, tallying 9 fantasy points in each of the past two weeks (in standard leagues).  Those are not bad numbers when you consider his opponents and the fact that the Raiders were down big and had to abandon the running game early against the Jets.  He has yet to score a touchdown, but if the Raiders can find a way to move their offense close to the opponents goal line, Fargas may become quite the valuable back.

Mike Wallace, PIT, WR:  I am usually not too high on number three wide receivers, but in the case of Wallace, he is well worth the shot.  The Steelers have become a throw-first team and Roethlisberger has been putting up big numbers in the passing game thanks to his abundance of targets.  Wallace has seemingly become a reliable one and his ability to make the big play makes him all the more valuable to fantasy owners.  If you are looking for a one-week replacement at the wideout position, Wallace may be your man.  But we should also note that the Steelers are on the bye for week 8.

Michael Crabtree, SF, WR: We had him on here last week and we will keep him here again.  Some may have been hesitant to pick up Crabtree prior to seeing him play any games in the NFL, but he was on the field often for the 49ers on Sunday and he looked good.  The first round pick out of Texas Tech caught 5 balls for 56 yards in a losing effort to the Texans.  As the season progresses, expect him to see more passes thrown his way causing his fantasy numbers to grow.

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