Working the Wire: It’s time for Tim Hightower to Shine

Saints Tim Hightower

Week 8 of the NFL season may have been the most fun week thus far including incredible finishes in Atlanta and New Orleans. Another week in the book means hits time to hit the waiver wire again. Running back is stocked with potential starters due to injuries and ineffectiveness. It appears to be Chark week in Kansas City and the Saints are looking for someone to step up in their backfield. Let’s take a look at who you should be adding heading into Week 9 of the NFL season. It is time to make a push as the playoffs approach.

Tim Hightower | RB | New Orleans Saints
(4% owned on Yahoo)

After fumbling in back to back weeks the New Orleans Saints decided they were all set with Mark Ingram and his ineffectiveness. Tim Hightower was given a full workload on Sunday and boy did he come through. He produced 102 yards on 26 carries against a stout Seahawks defense. This week New Orleans is on the road to face a 49er defense that has been consistently gashed by opposing rushers. This is a guy who won people fantasy titles a season ago, assuming he starts Sunday it could be a massive day for Hightower.

Robert Kelley | RB | Washington Redskins
(35% owned on Yahoo)

Robert Kelley’s time to shine is finally upon us. He took over for Matt Jones who did not play on Sunday due to injury and rewarded Jay Gruden and those of us that started him. Kelley rushed for 87 rushing yards and a score. If Jones’ knee injury lingers Kelley should be inline for more starts. Washington has a bye this week and then faces the Vikings so Jones could be back by the time Kelley is someone you want to start. Pick up Kelley if you can be patient over the next two weeks.

Charcandrick West | RB | Kansas City Chiefs
(6% owned on Yahoo)

With Spencer Ware leaving Sunday’s game with a concussion it’s time to add Charcandrick West. The Chiefs running game has been incredibly productive most of the season even with Jamaal Charles being a non-factor for the most part. Charles is going to see Dr. James Andrews which is a visit that is never produces good news. If Ware is unable to go next week West can be a legit factor with the Chiefs taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers over the next two weeks.

Peyton Barber | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(7% owned on Yahoo)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back situation is in flux once again with Jacquizz Rodgers leaving Sunday’s game with a foot injury. Peyton Barber is where i’m placing my chips if i’m betting on next week’s workhorse. In the game against the Raiders is was Antone Smith not Peyton Barber who got the second most work with 22 of the 68 snaps. Barber was impressive against the 49ers the week prior rushing for 84 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. I expect Smith to provide a change of pace for the Bucs. With home games coming against the Falcons and Bears there is fantasy potential from this position. The Falcons game this week is on Thursday making it even more likely Rodgers misses this week. There is a slight chance we get a Doug Martin sighting this week and something worth paying attention to. But Martin has been mia despite being “close” the past few weeks and it’s hard to imagine him playing this week. Add Barber for a starter this week.

Droppable: Jamaal Charles, C.J. Anderson, Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy

Falcons Mohamed Sanu

Jason Getz – USA Today

Mohamed Sanu | WR | Atlanta Falcons
(53% owned on Yahoo)

Mohamed Sanu had a field day against the Packers depleted secondary putting up nine catches for 84 yards and a score. It was the second time in three weeks that Sanu saw double-digit targets. Julio Jones is dealing with a lower body issue that limited him on Sunday. Sanu could continue to garner more work if Jones remains hobbled. The Falcons play Tampa Bay and Philadelphia in the coming weeks and Sanu should find a home in your lineups the next couple weeks if you need wide receiver help.

Jamison Crowder | WR | Washington Redskins
(49% owned on Yahoo)

Jamison Crowder was featured in this column a week ago after catching seven balls for 108 yards. He backed up that impressive performance with another 100 yard day this time on nine catches. He found the endzone this week, his second in three weeks. Crowder has been useful most of the season with five games with seven targets or more and 22 in the last two weeks. Add Crowder this week if you need WR help especially in PPR formats.


Quincy Enunwa | WR | New York Jets
(44% owned on Yahoo)

The return of Ryan Fitzpatrick has brought about the re-emergence of Quincy Enunwa and his big play ability. He caught four balls for 93 yards and a touchdown a week after producing 73 yards a touchdown. The Jets face the Dolphins and Rams in the next two weeks which should provide more opportunities for Enunwa to remain fantasy relevant.

J.J. Nelson | WR | Arizona Cardinals
(2% owned on Yahoo)

J.J. Nelson is earning a serious role with the Arizona Cardinals who have been dealing injuries and ineffectiveness from their pass catchers. Nelson was targeted 12 times catching 8 of them for 79 yards and two scores. This game came on the heels of 3 catch and 84 yard performance the week prior. There is room in this offense for someone to produce Larry Fitzgerald and it looks like Nelson is that guy. John Brown will be the third option in this offense and Michael Floyd is nowhere to be found.

Dropabble: Tavon Austin, Michael Floyd, Cameron Meredith, Tyler Lockett

Bengals Tyler Eifert

Frank Victores – Associated Press 

Tyler Eifert | TE | Cincinnati Bengals
(75% owned on Yahoo)

It was a welcomed sighting to see Tyler Eifert not only playing but playing incredibly effectively. He caught 9 of his 12 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. Andy Dalton clearly trusts his tight end and loved having him back. With the struggles at the position Effect should be owned in all leagues. If he is floating around your waiver wire put in a claim this week.

Eric Ebron | TE | Detroit Lions
(37% owned on Yahoo)

Eric Ebron was welcomed addition for both quarterback Matthew Stafford and fantasy owners that held on to him. He caught 7 of his 10 targets for 79 yards. With Ebron facing the Vikings twice in the next two weeks and a bye week in the middle I don’t love him in the short term but can be a valuable option down the stretch. He’s worth a stash or at least putting on your watch list.

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