Hello again readers, friends, football fans, and loyal followers. First things first, I would like to apologize for not being available last week. I had a small case of technical difficulties. It may have been a real good thing, since I had a rough go of it myself. I benched Darren McFadden. I started Tony Romo, and told someone to bench Kenny Britt. Not a ” 5 star week” by any means.
The beauty of fantasy football is that you can put a bad week behind you and forge ahead with the new week in front of you. Sure, I would love to see Darren McFadden go nuts every week, but even if he doesn’t, there are plenty of players out there who can. So in 4 leagues I have a record of 18-10, which is not too shabby. 2 first places mixed in, and 2 overall point leads is nothing to sneeze at, but hey this article is never about me, it is about all of you. So as always, sit back, read and relax, and best of luck in Week 8!
Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs. Bills: We all knew that Cassel would need time to find his way through this offense, but over the last few weeks, the run game has opened it up and is buying time for Cassel through the element of surprise. His main WR Dwayne Bowe is coming around, and he has good check down backs and the young, fiery Dexter McCluster at his disposal. The Bills are dreadful on defense and now they take to the road to play at Arrowhead, where the Chiefs are always a lot tougher. I like Cassel very much this week, maybe for 3 TDs.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Saints: Who dey? Don’t ask Saints fans, because right now, “dey” is possibly the best team in the NFL. Roethlisberger always makes Hines Ward look better, and now he is finding Mike Wallace as well. The Saints have been terrible on defense the last few weeks, and totally have their hands full here. Ben has blown off the rust, and now has this team ready for a big push towards a Super Bowl. Ben also does not like running unless real close to the goal line, so he always is looking to pass for the TDs.
Jon Kitna, Cowboys vs. Jaguars: The Cowboys do need to do some winning, but it probably won’t be on the arm of Kitna. Tony Romo’s injury may spell the end of the season for the Boys. Yes Kitna did get a TD last week, but the Giants had already gone home by then. He does not have the mobility to account for a poor offensive line, and no longer seems to have the arm to unload big passes.
Kyle Orton, Broncos vs. 49ers, in England: The NFL makes its return to London, England which in the past has been murder on fantasy stats. Orton may still be one of the top passers in the league, but lately his team has been poor, and this trip won’t solve anything, no matter who they play.
Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Redskins: Somehow, the odds-makers have the Lions as a 3 point favorite? Beats me folks? Stafford is back for the first time since an injury early this season, and now he faces a Skins defense that racked up big time sacks and picks last week against the Bears. Sure I don’t think DeAngelo Hall will get 4 more, but this Skins defense is playing real well right now, and there is no reason for them not to stay hot this weekend.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals vs. Buccaneers: Sure, this is many weeks in waiting for Wells owners, but this is his week, bank on it. Tim Hightower is losing carries faster than he is losing fumbles, and the QB play for Arizona is still sketchy. The Bucs don’t do very much to scare running backs, and the Cards still have plenty to play for. Wells found the end zone last week, and can very well find 100 yards and 2 TDs if his team plays like it should at home.
Arian Foster, Texans at Colts: Foster was a maniac and an instant fantasy super-stud after week 1 against the Colts. Now while I don’t expect the massive numbers he had in week 1, I do expect Foster to still do plenty in this match-up. With the Colts focused on the run now, Matt Schaub can use his WR weapons, which, if anything will make more room for Foster. Once he gets hot, he gets real hot, so you start him here.
Darren McFadden, Raiders vs. Seahawks: Last week seems like less of a fluke with the more we have seen of D Mac this season. Unlike Reggie Bush, he has seemed to figure out how to hit holes and be a solid NFL RB. He also catches passes, and has been smooth as silk so far this season. 4 TDs last week was awesome, and even if he does just half of that this week, it is still a big day.
The Saints Running Backs vs. Pittsburgh: What a mess! Julius Jones, LaDell Betts, Chris Ivory, and oh yeah 2 guys named Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush. Yes we hear that Bush and Thomas can be making comebacks, but that means very little against the Steelers run defense. It is always a tough match-up running into the teeth of this defense, and not a single one of these 5 guys is worth very much this week.
Brandon Jackson, Packers at Jets: Don’t for one second think that last week was a sign of things to come. Jackson may have been more involved in the passing game, and running a bit better, but this is the Jets defense, one of the best in the league. We all know the Packers can pass, and they will have to, plenty in this one.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars at Cowboys: In what promises to be a very ugly football game, I advise against Jones-Drew. Dallas still does a decent job stopping the run, although they don’t do much against the pass, and Jones-Drew has not had any of his usual big time games this year. Both of these teams are banged up and using make-shift line ups, something about it just stinks for me.
Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Texans: With the loss of Dallas Clark, and Austin Collie as well as a mess at RB, Wayne, the most talented player on this offense not named Manning will have to be huge. Very simply said, he can and he will against a very poor Texans pass defense. Reggie may have 20 grabs in this one, that’s how badly they need him and just how poor the Texans can be. Peyton, you know has to be stewing over the week one loss, and the season hinges heavy on this game.
Brandon Marshall, Dolphins at Bengals: Marshall is getting some catches, but in this one he should see some TD action as well. The Bengals secondary has been getting outplayed by every WR the last few weeks, and of the Dolphins are going to compete in the tough AFC East, Marshall will need to be a key component. This week he should heat up.
Danny Amendola, Rams vs. Panthers: Amendola just sits back and works hard every week, so here is where he gets his credit. The Panthers are not very good on either side of the ball, and Sam Bradford has been a solid QB this year. Amendola gets the kick returns and usually gets a load of looks, so this matchup sounds like a week for him to be real good.
Randy Moss, Vikings at Patriots: Nothing Moss would like more then to show up his old team, but the problem is that he may have either a hobbled, aged QB or a QB who has not taken a snap in a few years. Moss could have been a big asset to the Vikings, if they had any kind of QB play. Over the last few weeks he did manage a TD, but that was just forced with 6 deep looks, eventually one had to connect.
Mike Williams, Seahawks at Raiders: So you want to be a team’s number 1 receiver? It is never easy when playing the Raiders, and Mr Asoughma. Williams had a quick stay in Oakland, but that does not seem to be firing many people up. The Raiders have been pretty good the last few weeks, so I think shutting down Williams is a good bet.
Defenses I like:
Chiefs vs. Bills
Cardinals vs. Bucs
Cowboys vs. Jags
Saints vs. Steelers
Texans vs. Colts
Seahawks at Raiders
Waiver Wire Gems:
Keep searching, keep digging for gold, and keep searching the wire, you may find guys like this:
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills: Nobody ever expects much from Bills QBs, but Fitz has been real good this year. So far he has 11 TDs, and is finding out he has some talent around him with WRs Steve Johnson and Lee Evans. Great for bye week or injury plug-ins, and as a starter, you could do much worse.
David Gettis, WR, Panthers: Most experts will tell you not to get all geeked out by one great performance, but Gettis has been getting a little busier the last few weeks, and is a big target. The Panthers don’t have a great offense, and with them struggling to win games, they may look to work him in more.
James Jones, WR, Packers: The injury to Jermichael Finley has left some balls free to be had, and Jones looks pretty good in this offense. Last week Donald Driver barely got a sniff, and Greg Jennings is pretty much deep or nothing, so keep an eye on Jones to become more involved, especially this week as Cromartie and Revis will be busy with Jennings and Driver.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Vikings: If you remember a few years back, Jackson came off the bench and led the Vikings into the playoffs. He also has speed to create space and make some plays. He has a real strong arm too, so the deep threats of the Vikings could benefit from his play if Brett Favre happens to be sidelined at all.
Derrick Ward, RB, Texans: Arian Foster has been playing well, but Ward is red hot. He has had a TD in 3 straight games, and now up comes the Colts, who they ran all over in week 1. If Foster goes down with injury this is the pickup of the season, and head coach Gary Kubiak has already said “Ward will see more carries in the upcoming weeks”. Not a bad gamble in bigger leagues.
So here it is people, week 8 and some solid advice. How does your team look this year? Well we are at the midway point, so start shaking it up if you have to, or keep rolling along if you’re winning. Good Luck!
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