Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Brandon Lloyd And Hopping Off The Brandon Gibson Bandwagon

A look at your Week 8 fantasy football options, from a reluctantly St. Louis Rams-based perspective.

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Fantasy Football Week 8: Sam Bradford's Injury Leaves Room For A Tim Tebow Pickup

I don't think I'm telling any tales out of school to say that Sam Bradford has officially been one of the less impressive coups of the 2011 fantasy football sleeper season. After five games in which he failed to make much progress at all from his 2010 debut, Bradford suffered a high ankle sprain in the closing minutes Week 6, and the injury has caused him to miss one game already and looks like it might keep him out of another. This leaves the Rams' big midseason trade—acquiring Josh McDaniels disciple Brandon Lloyd for a 2012 draft pick—unconsummated for yet another week. and A.J. Feeley the only thing standing between the St. Louis Rams and an 0-7 start.

To say the least: If Sam Bradford is somehow your potential starting quarterback in Week 8—your starter must be on a bye—you're going to want to find another option. Might I recommend, if your league doesn't have anyone from Denver or Florida in it, Tim Tebow? I realize that nobody's convinced he's an actual starting quarterback, but at this point the Denver Broncos' offense has to run through him. If you don't like the guy, try to convince yourself you're starting an extra running back who throws a surprise pass every now and again. 

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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start/Sit: Sam Bradford Still Questionable, Questionably Valuable

With Sam Bradford's injury still dogging him days after he missed the first start of his career in the St. Louis Rams' loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Week 8 is looking like a tenuous bet for fantasy football owners looking to take advantage of his new number-one wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd. If he begins practicing—the Rams plan on checking the status of his non-plant-leg high ankle sprain Wednesday—that part of the risk involved in starting him begins to dissipate, but the major question still remains: Is Sam Bradford a starting quarterback in deep leagues? 

More importantly, will he be one? Numberfire fans get this terrifying set of similar players for the Rams' savior: Joey Harrington, Trent Edwards, Matt Leinart, Damon Huard, and Charlie Batch. While Bradford's coming off a solid game in the Rams' Week 6 loss to the Green Bay Packers—he was 29-for-45 with 328 yards and an interception—on the whole he's regressed from his solid but still questionable debut, just barely increasing his yards-per-attempt despite throwing the high-reward passes he didn't get turned loose for under Pat Shurmur's offense. 

Fantasy owners are beginning to understand the extent of his learning period: He's now owned in 59.4% of ESPN fantasy football leagues, down 10% in the last week. 

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