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2012 Fantasy Football Week 8 Last-Minute Popular Pickups: Fan’s Review

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Due to last-minute injury updates and other late player news, fantasy owners sometimes need to add a player right before the start of games on Sunday. Here are the most-added players by position in fantasy football leagues on the Saturday before Sunday's Week 8 games.

Add numbers used for this list are from all Yahoo! fantasy football leagues for Saturday, October 27. Players on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings who have already played their Week 8 game are not included.

Quarterback

Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns - 1,964 adds

Weeden has a tough test ahead of him in Week 8 against a decent San Diego Chargers defense. San Diego's defense has disappeared recently and he could be required to throw the ball a lot if Cleveland falls behind early. Weeden's a solid sleeper this week that could perform particularly well if Trent Richardson is out or struggles.

Honorable mentions: Cincinnati Bengals' Andy Dalton (1,675 adds), Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco (1,284 adds), Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (1,275 adds)

Running back

Jonathan Dwyer, Pittsburgh Steelers - 12,460 adds

Rashard Mendnehall has been ruled out and Isaac Redman is listed as questionable for the Steelers' game against the Washington Redskins. This means Dwyer could receive his second straight start as the team's feature back. Playing hot after his 122-yard performance against the Bengals, he could be an excellent late addition for owners.

Honorable mentions: Carolina Panthers' Jonathan Stewart (6,306 adds), New York Giants' Andre Brown (5,788 adds), Dallas Cowboys' Felix Jones (5,730 adds)

Wide receiver

Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams - 8,457 adds

In unlikely news, Amendola is only listed as questionable for the Rams' Week 8 game against the New England Patriots in London. While he probably won't play, his miraculously-quick recovery from a sprained sternoclavicular joint brings hopes to owners wishing for production from the Rams' top wideout. An addition for future weeks, Amendola's positive health report is making owners pick him up.

Honorable mentions: Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon (3,860 adds), Denver Broncos' Brandon Stokley (3,534 adds), Washington Redskins' Santana Moss (3,409 adds)

Tight end

Joel Dreessen, Denver Broncos - 8,766 adds

Even with Jacob Tamme in Denver, Dreessen has been the more valuable tight end on the team. Poaching the touchdown opportunities in the red zone, he'll have another great chance at scoring once again against a poor New Orleans Saints defense. Owners picking him up are hoping for many more touchdowns in his future.

Honorable mentions: New York Giants' Martellus Bennett (7,118 adds), Tennessee Titans' Jared Cook (6,097 adds), New York Jets' Dustin Keller (5,828 adds)

Kicker

Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears - 2,918 adds

Despite missing his first field goal last week against the Detroit Lions due to it being blocked, Gould still had a productive game where he scored seven fantasy points. Up against the Panthers in Week 8, he should be in line for a similar solid week of production.

Honorable mentions: New York Giants' Lawrence Tynes (2,289 adds), Detroit Lions' Jason Hanson (2,215 adds), Atlanta Falcons' Matt Bryant (2,149 adds)

Team defense

Arizona Cardinals team defense - 4,245 adds

On Monday night, the Cardinals will need to stop the 49ers' top rushing attack. A strong area for Arizona all season, this matchup could be a low-score outing for both teams, playing in the favor of the Cardinals team defense. That being said, they are more of a low-end option against one of the more consistent offenses in the league.

Honorable mentions: Atlanta Falcons team defense (3,616 adds), New England Patriots team defense (3,162 adds), Miami Dolphins team defense (3,119 adds)

Sources:

October 27 Transaction Trends All Positions Adds, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Jonathan Dwyer News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Danny Amendola News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Robbie Gould Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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