|Fantasy Football: Week 8 starts, sits||10.26.12 at 9:09 am ET|
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Good luck to all in Week 8!
Michael Vick, Eagles vs. Falcons
You are going to get Vick’s best effort this weekend against his old team. You might see an interception or two and perhaps a fumble, but barring injury, Vick will fill the stat sheet in his usual way. Don’t let all the bad press affect your lineup choices. He’s still a high-end fantasy option, and we expect solid fantasy output in Week 8. Vick is a good option in all leagues.
Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Panthers
Make sure he practices fully Friday, but we like Cutler this week if you are looking for a bye week option. He’s without Alshon Jeffery, which hurts, but Matt Forte is healthy again. Forte and Brandon Marshall should be all Cutler needs to have a solid fantasy start this week.
Matt Hasselbeck, Titans vs. Colts
This should be a competitive game, and we like Hasselbeck at home vs. a soft Indianapolis defense. He has a deep receiving corps to work with, and Chris Johnson’s resurgence gives the Titans some balance. Hasselbeck can start for you this week in 12-team leagues.
Philip Rivers, Chargers at Browns
He might be just fine, but we’re concerned with the Chargers in general. They are making a lot of knee-jerk decisions, and now coach Norv Turner is talking about being more conservative. It always worries me when teams start to doubt their identity. So while Rivers certainly is viable, we are not looking to start him this week in 10-team leagues and he’s not a great play in 12-team leagues either.
Alex Smith, 49ers at Cardinals
On the road against a good defense is not the spot to play Smith if you can avoid it. We also are concerned about his finger injury, which has been blamed for his recent struggles. Smith is a player we want to see play well again before we put him in our active lineup.
Alex Green, Packers vs. Jaguars
He let us down last week, but we like this matchup better and we are fans of Green, who is a great fit for how Green Bay wants to play. He is a versatile back, but he also can run with power when needed. Green can be your RB2 in 12-team leagues and is a solid play in Week 8.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers vs. Redskins
He made us look good last week, and this matchup is a little better. As long as he is the starter, and we suspect he will be in Week 8, we like him as an RB2 or flex in 12-team leagues.
Shonn Greene, Jets vs. Dolphins
We don’t envision a big game for Green against Miami, but he is going to get a lot of carries and some receptions, too. He should be good for RB2 value in 12-team leagues.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers at Bears
The word out of Carolina is that Stewart will be given a bigger share of the load going forward. He is worth a look as a bye week RB2 or flex option in 12-team leagues. If the rumors prove to be true, Stewart could be sporting RB2 value the rest of the way. He’s not a bad guy to land in a deal right now.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers at Bears
His usage is down and it sounds like that could continue. We’d avoid using him for now, but continue to roster him in most formats. His skill level remains unchanged.
Mikel Leshoure, Lions vs. Seahawks
He’s playable in 12-team leagues, but this is a nasty matchup, so temper your expectations. This is a week to use other options if you have them. We don’t see Leshoure scoring in Week 8.
Antonio Brown, Steelers vs. Redskins
He’s a bit of a forgotten man right now, but he still looks great with the rock in his hands, and we love him in this matchup. Start him as a WR3 in all formats and you won’t be disappointed.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs vs. Raiders
We don’t think there’s that big a drop-off from Matt Cassel to Brady Quinn. This is a great matchup, so we’d stick with Bowe as a solid WR3 option in 12-team leagues. He’s playable in 10-team leagues, too.
Denarius Moore, Raiders at Chiefs
He’s playing good football, and he is a good bet for WR3 value this week. Start him in all leagues.
Josh Gordon, Browns vs. Chargers
Gordon is scoring every week, and we’d keep him active in Week 8. This kid has a lot of talent and his QB is looking for him whenever he’s on the field. His risk easily is worth the upside he provides in 12-team leagues.
Chris Givens, Rams vs. Patriots
Givens gets the Patriots this week and that’s a good matchup for fantasy purposes. He is a reasonable WR3 in 12-team leagues and a player to keep an eye on in smaller formats. With Danny Amendola returning soon, either Givens or Brandon Gibson is in for a role reduction, but that won’t happen this week.
Leonard Hankerson, Redskins at Steelers
The Steelers are shutting people down right now, and Hankerson has been mediocre so far. He has some upside playing with Robert Griffin III, but he is very hard to trust on the road in Pittsburgh. We do think better days lay ahead for Hankerson, but he is a risky play in 12-team formats this week.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers at Bears
We like LaFell, but Carolina’s offense is a bit volatile right now and this is a terrible matchup. Keep him benched in most formats but keep him stashed in 12-team leagues as we think he’ll have value down the stretch.
Heath Miller, Steelers vs. Redskins
As we have been saying for weeks, Miller is not just on a hot streak. New OC Todd Haley has given him a more prominent role in the offense and the veteran is cashing in. He can start for you in Week 8 in all formats.
Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Falcons
Celek’s recent slide has been somewhat random. He’s still seeing snaps and targets and he’s had a few near-miss touchdown chances — one was taken back on an offensive pass interference call. We like the matchup with Atlanta and we’d have Celek active in most formats if you lack a stud option at the position.
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions vs. Seahawks
It’s a tough matchup all around, and Pettigrew might end up blocking a bit more than normal. He’s also been battling a sore knee and has been less than productive lately. This is a good week to consider other options, especially in smaller formats.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos vs. Saints
He’s just not consistent enough to consider in small leagues and he’s just a bye week replacement in larger formats.
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