I have very little to start out with. I have become the Jaguars of this season’s fantasy football world. Alright maybe I’m not the Jaguars but clearly in Oakland Raider territory if you will.
Not too much has gone as planned this season so far as we approach the mid-way point. First round picks have been awful, free agents have been a huge crap shoot, and it has become a QBs world. The good news is potential injuries to guys like Doug Martin and CJ Spiller have taken the problem of “do I keep playing them” out of the mix this week.
So as the season hits the second half, it is time to make the move toward a playoff spot. Sure we are still a few weeks away from the real crunch, but hey it is never to late to get moving. With that here is week 8s advice.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: For all of us who are waiting for Kap to explode the way he did in week 1, this may be that moment. Yes he had some bad weeks, but over the last 2 he has managed 5 total TDs, has been running better and now gets the lowly Jaguars. Get him in there this week, but watch closely the rest of the way.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Outside of a poor game a few weeks back vs. Arizona, Newton has been pretty solid and this match up with Tampa should be no problem. The Bucs who at least used to have a good defense to go with a poor offense now appear to have lost that too. Cam should have another 3 TD week, besides if you look at his trend that goes 3,0,3,1 he’s due.
Eli Manning, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: Yes, he dropped 334 yards and 2 TDs on them a few weeks ago, but the Eagles defense showed some improvement last week, and in watching Manning of late he seems to have no time at all to set up and throw with his line in shambles. He is a scary play week to week.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders: How the mighty have fallen. The Steelers woes have become Bens woes as well. Averaging just 1 TD per week has to be hurting anyone who starts him so you may want to try look elsewhere.
Thad Lewis, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints: With so many QB injuries and bye week’s guy like Lewis are tougher at home. Despite a good debut against the Bengals, Lewis looked awful last week against Miami, so this is a stretch even in an emergency right now.
Roy Helu, Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos: When you’re hot, you’re hot, and Helu is heating up. Call me crazy (as I know many of you will) but 4 TDs over the last 3 weeks, along with increased touches and 12 targets in the passing game make him look pretty decent. Face it, if you own Martin, Spiller, Murray or any other failing back, Helu may not be too bad an option. He is starting to show what Danny Woodhead shows in San Diego.
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions vs. Dallas Cowboys: Hard to believe Bush has just 1 rushing TD this year, but his game has been good overall. Bush is averaging 4 catches per game, and also has 2 receiving TDs. His ball hogging back up Joique Bell is hurting so Bush may be asked to carry a heavier load, which should prove profitable against the Cowboys at home.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints: With Spiller most likely sitting down it’s his game now, and you could do worse than a guy who can catch passes and run hard. If he stays healthy, Jackson can get some numbers still.
Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots: He tries to break out, he tries to make us love him, but it is just too hard. Daniel Thomas found himself busy last week and the match up against the Patriots is tricky. I have grown tired of trusting Miller, how about you?
Zac Stacy, St Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks: I was pleased at what I saw last week from Stacy, but this is a totally different situation here. The Rams are hurting at QB and the Seahawks still have a rough defense. Stacy may be needed to do too much, and we can’t be sure if he is capable of carrying such a load yet.
Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: He is under 4 yards per carry so far this year, and the Steelers defense is getting better. McFadden seems to be a shell of what he was a few years back, so you can only start him if you’re really desperate.
Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions: Yes, everyone knows you have to start Dez Bryant, but if you need another option this kid has been pretty good. He has scored in each of his last 3 games and is getting at least 6 targets per week. Dallas has said it will rest Miles Austin so his hamstring can heal, so Williams should be getting a lot more work.
Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals: Thrown into the spotlight, Douglas had a terrific week last week, so we expect him to stay hot. Matt Ryan is still a pretty good QB, so despite White and Jones being out, Douglas proves he can get the job done.
Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: With James Jones expecting to miss another week, Boykin is back at the number 2 slot for the Pack this week. Last week he showed good stuff posting 8 catches, going over 100 yards and getting a TD. The weak Vikings defense should be no scare so go back to Boykin again this week.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers: I really wanted to make him a “start” this week against his old team, but the QB play is so bad here he is very hard to like. I have always been a Jennings fan, but I am sure you can do better here.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: He just looks bad lately. Cruz is the home run hitter here and Rueben Randle is getting more work. Despite a possible good match up, Nicks is still dangerous to start.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs: If this one doesn’t smell bad I don’t know what will. Jason Campbell at QB, the Chiefs defense, and just being the Browns makes me say “do some homework” and heck leave this alone.
Defenses I like:
Chiefs vs. Browns
49ers vs. Jaguars
Seahawks at Rams
Defenses I don’t like:
Giants at Eagles
Dolphins at Patriots
Bills at Saints
Waiver Wire: There may not be much going on right now, but here are a few pickings for you
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Indianapolis Colts: A season ending injury to Reggie Wayne leaves a hole in the Colts passing game, and while TY Hilton is a good option, Bey may finally have a chance to get some juice.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants: The Giants backfield is really in a bad place, so week 10 and the return of Brown can’t come fast enough. He should see a major load in what can be an audition for the lead role next year. Get him, stash him, and be ready.
Donald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts: The Trent Richardson trade may be looking less like a boom and more like a “huh?” Brown is actually looking like the better overall option right now, and he is getting more looks each week.
Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With Doug Martin injured, James gets thrown into the mix. He may not have great speed, but is shifty and runs hard. This week may be a tough match but in the weeks to come he may serve as at least a flex.
Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers: While DeAngelo Williams does the dirty work, Tolbert has been hanging around picking up the loose change. Tolbert has punched in 3 TDs over the last 2 weeks so he may be a guy you grab and store.
So week 8 is here, good luck to everyone and as always thanks for reading!
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