- Projections: ESPN, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Fantasy Sharks, FF Today, WhatIfSports.
- Rankings: KFFL, ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, Rotoworld, FF Today, Bruno Boys, NFL.Com, Pro Football Weekly, Junkyard Jake, Fantasy Pros 911, FF Toolbox, WalterFootball, FootballDocs, Bleacher Creature Roto Talk, Fantasy Victory.
- Injury Concerns: Matthew Stafford, Brian Westbrook(OUT), Ahmad Bradshaw, Calvin Johnson(OUT), Bernard Berrian(Doubtful), Jermichael Finley(Doubtful).
- Week 8 start 'em/sit 'em and projections from Midwest Sports Fans.
- Week 8 sleepers and waiver wire steals from Midwest Sports Fans.
- Pass and rush defense stats for week 8 matchups from Razzball.
- Week 8 Twitter fantasy football roundtable hosted at Fantasy Phenoms this week.
- Weak defenses and favorable week 8 matchups from Fantasy Football Cafe.
- Season statistics for wide receiver targets, provided by Fantasy Football Sharks.
- Week 8 injuries, busts, and sleepers from Sports Illustrated.
- Start 'em/sit 'em from CBS Sports.
- Flames/lames from Brad Evans of Yahoo.
- Sleepers and busts from KFFL.
- Start 'ems from Bruno Boys.
- 2nd half strategy from FF Today.
- Love/hate from Matthew Berry of ESPN.
- Matchups to exploit or avoid from Pro Football Weekly.
- Home teams coming off a bye: Is there a fantasy football player advantage? Bleacher Creature Roto Talk examines.
Week 8's Best
QB: Drew Brees... Over 300 yards passing with at least three touchdown passes three times this year. Expect something similar this week against a Falcons pass defense that ranks 26th in the NFL.
RB: Steve Slaton... Slaton's finally looking like the fantasy stud we all thought he'd be this year. He has exactly 18 fantasy points in three of his last four games. I think he'll top that total this week against Buffalo, the league's worst run defense. They're allowing 5.2 yards per carry. Yikes.
WR: Reggie Wayne... He's dealing with a groin injury, but it sounds like he'll be fine to go. If he can go, he's going to kick ass. He has at least six catches and a touchdown in five of the Colts' six games this season. Peyton Manning will have little trouble throwing against the 49ers' bad pass defense, and Reggie's of course his favorite target. Roddy White had 210 yards receiving against the 49ers a few weeks ago. I'm not going to predict Reggie comes anywhere close to that, but he'll still be very good.
TE: Dallas Clark... As reliable as it gets, and a gold mine in PPR leagues. He's only caught under four passes once in six games, and has over 60 yards receiving four times as well.
K: Nate Kaeding... The Chargers' kicker has reached double-digits in fantasy points four times. The only time he didn't was against the Raiders in week one, but will when he faces them again this week.
D/ST: Chicago Bears... The Bears were absolutely embarrassed at Cincinnati last week, particularly on the defensive end. They're promising they won't let that happen again. Expect them to have their edge back for this one, and oh yeah, they're facing Derek Anderson and the Browns in Chicago.
QB: Kyle Orton... The Bottle's put up double-digit fantasy points in every game this season. Even though it's still natural to scare you when you see an opponent is facing the Baltimore Ravens, their pass defense is ranked 23rd in the NFL this season. Their run defense is still playing very well, so expect the Broncos to attack through the air.
RB: LaDainian Tomlinson... LT as a sleeper? Remember when this dude was a fantasy GOD not too long ago? Well those days are long gone. However, he faces a Raiders defense at home that anybody will run with success on. I'm going to get crazy and predict LT has 15+ fantasy points this week.
WR: Johnny Knox... The Browns have allowed 26 20+ yard passing plays, tied for second most in the NFL. Johnny Knox is already becoming one of the best deep threats in the league with his incredible speed. Look for the rookie wide receiver and Jay Cutler to hook up for a bomb or two in this game.
TE: Donald Lee... Jermichael Finley is the more promising fantasy tight end, but he's "doubtful" to face the Vikings this week. A handful of catches and a touchdown are possible for Lee against a Vikings defense that's allowed some big games to tight ends.
K: Jason Hanson.. The Lions will frequently get into scoring position against the Rams, and it's an indoor game which helps for kicking. I'm liking Hanson to get into double-digit fantasy points this week.
D/ST: Dallas Cowboys... I'm not very high on the Dallas defense, but they do have a great pass rush led by DeMarcus Ware. The Seahawks' offensive line is a mess right now, so the Cowboys should be able to put a lot of pressure on Hasselbeck. They've put up games with 19 and 16 fantasy points at home this year as well.
QB: Brett Favre... He's going to want to absolutely dominate at Lambeau, but the defense will want to dominate him just as badly. The Packers are allowing just a 64.7 passer rating and have intercepted 11 passes.
RB: Knowshon Moreno... Baltimore's allowing just 3.5 yards per carry, while their pass defense is not performing nearly as well. Don't look for Moreno to get too many touches in this one, and even if he does, don't expect him to be very successful.
WR: Michael Crabtree... Due to his tremendous talent and the fact that he had five catches for 56 yards in his debut, he's a hot waiver wire pickup right now. This doesn't figure to be a good week to play the rookie wide receiver though. as the Colts have a great secondary. Hold on to Crabtree, but keep him on your bench this week.
TE: Vernon Davis... It's a bit questionable to shit pick a guy that had three touchdowns in his preivous game. This was a tough call, but this is a very difficult matchup for Davis, just like the aforementioned Crabtree. The Colts have allowed just two passing touchdowns this season. Additionally, they've been the best defense against tight ends on the year, allowing just 11 total fantasy points in six games.
K: Steven Hauschka... The Denver defense is absolutely for real. Hauschka's Ravens are unlikely to get into scoring position enough to make him a worthwhile fantasy option this week.
D/ST: New York Jets... The Dolphins ran all over them in Miami in week five. The Jets' defense/special teams had -4 fantasy points in that one. They probably won't be that bad this time around, considering it's at home and Rex Ryan's surely more prepared to stop the wildcat attack. Still, I wouldn't project more than a handful of fantasy points this week for the Jets.
My Week 7 Picks(based on standard league scoring systems)...
Best: Peyton Manning(21 Points), DeAngelo Williams(19 Points), Andre Johnson(6 Points), Dallas Clark(10 Points), Stephen Gostkowski(5 Points), Green Bay Packers(13 Points).
Sleepers: Ben Roethlisberger(11 Points), Donald Brown(5 Points... 2 carries, 58 yards, left with injury), Austin Collie(9 Points), Kellen Winslow(0 Points), Kris Brown(8 Points), Carolina Panthers(4 Points).
Shit: Donovan McNabb(10 Points), Steven Jackson(13 Points), Bernard Berrian(1 Point), Dustin Keller(2 Points), Shayne Graham(9 Points), Buffalo(14 Points).
Green shows it was a notably good pick, red shows it was a bad one.
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UPDATE(11/1, 11:35 AM ET): Calvin Johnson and Brian Westbrook are each officially OUT today. Johnson being out is particularly disappointing to fantasy owners, as he's facing the Rams at home. Today likely would've been a big, big day for Megatron.
Westbrook had a much more difficult matchup against the New York Giants. The running back will be replaced by rookie LeSean McCoy, who likely won't have a huge game on the ground, but is a good play in PPR leagues as he's likely to see a handful of catches out of the backfield.
UPDATE(11/1, 11:46 AM ET): Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is OUT. Rookie Hakeem Nicks gets a start at wide receiver and is a top 20-25 play at the position this week now, even against a very good Eagles secondary.
UPDATE(11/1, 12:04 PM ET): Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian is likely out against the Packers. Percy Harvin play though, as he was very questionable all week.
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne will play against the 49ers. This is obviously -great- news for Wayne owners, as this is a matchup where he could absolutely blow up.
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