Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in five percent or less of Yahoo! Plus leagues.
Lurking in the dark recesses of your league’s waiver wire is a green and yellow monster who could slaughter the competition in Week 8.
After headline grabbers Donald Driver(notes), Greg Jennings(notes) and the aforementioned Jones, wide receiver depth in Green Bay is virtually nonexistent. The injury imp has feasted on the Pack. With electric tight end Jermichael Finley(notes) also a “long shot” to suit up in the Brett Bowl, the former San Jose St. standout, Aaron Rodgers’(notes) third option, is expected to see a targets spike.
Over the past two weeks in a more limited role, the preeminent deep threat has quietly posted admirable totals. Though targeted only four times, he reeled in three catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns against Detroit and Cleveland. The previous competition may seem meeker compared to Minnesota, but in reality Jones’ opponent this week is substantially more attractive.
Sans starting corner Antoine Winfield(notes), the Vikings have been extremely vulnerable to explosive pass plays. Even when at full strength they’ve generally underperformed. No team this season has allowed more 20-yard air strikes than the Norseman. Similar to Mike Wallace(notes) a week ago, the Packers’ No. 3, who is averaging 19.7 yards per catch, is in a prime position to excel.
Naysayers will contend the Pack’s Swiss cheese offensive line will never give Rodgers enough time to connect with Jones downfield. Their evaluation isn’t farfetched. Jared Allen(notes) chases down quarterbacks with Jack-Nicholson-in-The-Shining aggressiveness – fire axe and all. Sacked eight times in their previous meeting, 4.5 by Allen, Brett Favre’s(notes) replacement was harassed incessantly. But despite the numerous hurries and thwarted attempts he still managed to complete eights passes of 15-plus yards, including a 34-yard strike to Jones.
So before you partake in the drunken, lascivious-costumed revelry of Halloween, follow that mysterious cheddar smell to the waiver wire. In a bye-heavy week, the six percent-owned Cheesehead could be more treat than trick.
Week 8 Fearless Forecast: 4 receptions, 76 yards, 1 touchdown, 13 fantasy points
Who is your Week 8 Shocker Special? Post your pick with prediction below.
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Week 8 contestant: Matt from Gales Ferry, CT
QB: David Garrard(notes), Jac, 20-31, 275 yards, 28 rush yards, 2:1 TD:INT
RB: Kevin Smith(notes), Det, 20 rushes, 92 yards, 33 receiving yards, 1 TD
RB: Jamal Lewis(notes), Cle, 23 rushes, 85 yards, 1 TD
RB: Fred Jackson(notes), Buf, 8 rushes, 40 yards, 4 catches, 52 receiving yards, 1 TD
WR: Michael Crabtree(notes), SF, 4 catches, 77 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Mike Sims-Walker(notes), Jac, 6 catches, 107 yards, 1 TD
WR: Kevin Walter(notes), Hou, 5 catches, 93 yards, 1 TD
TE: Tony Scheffler(notes), Den, 4 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD
QB: Donovan McNabb(notes), Phi, 19-38, 204 yards, 12 rush yards, 1:2 TD:INT
RB: DeAngelo Williams(notes), Car, 15 rushes, 67 yards, 22 receiving yards, 0 TDs
RB: Ryan Grant(notes), GB, 12 rushes, 49 yards, 37 receiving yards, 0 TDs
RB: Thomas Jones(notes), NYJ, 16 rushes, 60 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Vincent Jackson(notes), 3 catches, 57 yards, 0 TDs
WR: Steve Smith, NYG, 4 catches, 53 yards, 0 TDs
WR: T.J. Houshmandzadeh(notes), Sea, 3 catches, 35 yards, 0 TDs
TE: Jeremy Shockey(notes), NO, 2 catches 27 yards, 0 TDs
Week 7 results: Tom from Holtsville, NY
Flames (2-7): W – (Mark Sanchez(notes), Ryan Grant); L – (Leon Washington(notes), Kevin Faulk(notes), Steve Smith (NYG), Chris Chambers(notes), Michael Jenkins(notes), Brent Celek(notes), Marc Bulger(notes) (Shocker))
Noisers Season: Flames (17-38, 30.9%), Lames (24-23, 51.1%)
Winners: Matthew in Colden, NY, Micah in Shelbyville, TN
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