FANTASY FOOTBALL: WEEK 8 TIPS
The intro to this weekâ€™s article has very little to do with fantasy football, so be warned.Â Generally speaking Iâ€™m not a very superstitious person, but I now want to go on the record as stating the Madden curse is starting to win me over.Â I really canâ€™t come up with any other reason for the struggles Drew Brees this season.Â So if youâ€™re an NFL player and EA Sports comes calling, hang up.Â Now on to week 8:
BEST:Â Â Â Peyton Manning, IND
This may be the most obvious choice that Iâ€™ve had all season.Â Manning is the best quarterback in the league, and this week heâ€™s going against a Texans team which allowed the Coltsâ€™ quarterback to throw for 433 yards and 3 scores in week 1.Â It would be unreasonable to expect Manning to duplicate those numbers, but I wouldnâ€™t be shocked to see Peyton eclipse 300 yards and throw 2 touchdowns against Houston this week.
WORST:Â Brett Favre, MIN
Heâ€™ll probably play this week, I mean come on, heâ€™s Brett Favre, the guy just plain doesnâ€™t sit.Â But at this point in the year Favre is starting to look every bit of his 41 years.Â He just hasnâ€™t been the quarterback he was in 2009, reverting to his old form and turning the ball over way too many times.Â Add to that a gimpy ankle and I donâ€™t see Favre having an easy time with the Patriots this week.
BEST:Â Â Â Adrian Peterson, MIN
With Favre not playing well the Vikings offense is back to leaning very heavily on AP from week to week.Â Last week Peterson went off for 131 yards and a touchdown.Â He is facing a pretty strong run defense this week in the New England Patriots, but Peterson is just a freak.Â Heâ€™ll get his yards this week as the centerpiece of the Vikings offense, and I bet he ends up in the end zone at least once.
WORST:Â Arian Foster, HOU
Call it a hunch, but I think the Colts are going to gear up to stop Foster after being absolutely embarrassed by him in week 1.Â This is a risky call for me, because the Colts defense hasnâ€™t tackled well all year, and it would be dangerous to stack 8 men in the box when Andre Johnson is lurking out there threatening a teamâ€™s secondary.Â I just have a feeling that the Colts would rather get beaten through the air than on the ground this time around.
BEST:Â Â Â Calvin Johnson, DET
It sounds like Megatron will be getting Matt Stafford back this week, which should translate into big numbers for the Lionsâ€™ top wide receiver in week 8.Â Sure, theyâ€™re going against the Redskins who had a field day picking off Jay Cutler last week.Â But the operative words in that sentence are â€œJayâ€ and â€œCutler.â€Â The guy is a turnover machine, so Washingtonâ€™s performance last week should be taken with a grain of salt.Â Megatron has been very good this year, and I expect it to only get better this week,Â Start your favorite Lion with confidence on Sunday.
WORST:Â Donald Driver, GB
Driver clearly showed that he was hurt last Sunday against the Vikings.Â In my opinion he honestly looks like he needs to take at least a week off to rest his injured quad.Â However, it looks like Driver is going to give it a try against the Jets.Â I canâ€™t recommend playing Driver until he takes some time off to recover, which probably wonâ€™t be until the Packersâ€™ bye during week 10.
BEST:Â Â Â Zach Miller, OAK
Miller has been solid, although not spectacular, all year.Â This week he gets a terrible pass defense in the Seattle Seahawks covering him.Â Heâ€™s found the end zone 4 times this year, and I really expect him to find it again this week.Â Of course the standard warning with any Raider pass catcher applies.Â The quarterback situation in Oakland isnâ€™t particularly great, so on any week starting Miller could inexplicably blow up in your face.Â I donâ€™t think that will happen this week, but just keep that in mind when you start Miller in week 8.
WORST:Â Jeremy Shockey, NO
The guy sucks and I hate him.Â I never should have recommended him to you last week based simply on an easy matchup.Â If he and the Saints canâ€™t get anything going against the Browns they canâ€™t do it against anybody.Â Heâ€™s an overrated tight end and I promise Iâ€™ll never recommend him againâ€¦ever.
BEST:Â Â Â Dallas Cowboys
Despite their struggles as a team, the Cowboys are in the top 10 of the NFL in yards allowed per game.Â This week they get a Jacksonville team that has underwhelmed this year in nearly every phase of the game.Â The Cowboys should be able to get to the quarterback this week, and as we all know, pressure causes mistakes, and those mistakes create points for your fantasy defense.
WORST:Â Tennessee Titans
The Titans have been a mediocre defense this year, ranking 14th in the league.Â This week theyâ€™re facing the leagueâ€™s number 1 offense in the San Diego Chargers.Â I think theyâ€™ll have trouble stopping Phillip Rivers, as the Titans are giving up 230 yards per game through the air, the 10th worst average in the league.Â I think the Titans are going to be gashed through the air this week, and if you have a better option Iâ€™d suggest using it in week 8.
SLEEPER OF THE WEEK
-Dallas Cowboys Wide Receivers
These guys arenâ€™t full-on sleepers, but I can guarantee that there will be somebody in your league who will panic based on Tony Romoâ€™s broken collar bone.Â Now is the time to pounce on this owner and get a Cowboys wide receiver for cheap.Â Jon Kitna isnâ€™t a world beater, and I certainly wouldnâ€™t even think of starting HIM in my fantasy leagues, but heâ€™s just good enough to keep the Cowboys WRs valuable in your fantasy leagues.Â If your competition is willing to part with Miles Austin for less than heâ€™s worth, be a good friend and relieve him of the stud receiver, youâ€™ll thank yourself later.
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