Fantasy Football Minute: Week 8

Fantasy Football Minute: Week 8
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POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 1:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 8:47pm

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Pass Happy

Washington Redskins (@DEN): RG3 is coming off his best effort of the season (298 passing yards, 84 rushing yards and 2 TDs) and now faces the defens that has given up the 2nd-most fantasy points to QBs. This has been one of the strangest seasons we can remember in fantasy football, so saying this looks great "on paper" has to be taken with a grain of salt. Still, RG3 has competent WRs in Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss, but the guy to watch is emerging TE Jordan Reed. Reed is cut in the Jimmy Graham mold and could have a huge game come Sunday. Solid Starts: Griffin, Reed Good Start: Garcon Sleeper: Aldrick Robinson

Detroit Lions (vs. DAL): Despite the Eagle QBs struggling against the Cowboys last week, we have faith in Matthew Stafford and his pass-catchers here against the Boys. The Cowboy defense (even after last week's shutdown) has given up the most fantasy points to QBs and is in the bottom third of the league in terms of giving up fantasy points to WRs. They're bad against TEs, too. So start 'em if you got 'em. Solid Starts: Stafford, Calvin Johnson Good Start: Brandon Pettigrew Sleepers: Kris Durham, Joseph Fauria

Run Happy

Kansas City (vs. CLE): Unless you've been hibernating in a cave for the past month, you know that many of the "top" RBs have either been hurt or have been ridiculously ineffective. If you gambled on Jamaal Charles (who was hurt right around when most folks were drafting their teams), you have hit big. He has been a PPR monster and will again be a candidate to combine for 100+ yards and score multiple times. But in this day and age of the running back by committee, Charles is a lone wolf. Don't look to start guys like Knile Davis unless Charles gets hurt (knock on wood). Solid Start: Charles

Atlanta (@ARI): Steven Jackson is rumored to be on track to practice this week and if all goes well, will get the start against the Cards. The Cards have actually been somewhat decent against the run but are susceptible against backs coming out of the backfield to catch the ball. So tread carefully with Jackson if he starts, or Jason Snelling if he suffers a setback. But full steam ahead with Jacquizz Rodgers, coming off a huge Week 7. Solid Start: Rodgers Risk/Reward Start: Jackson (or Snelling)

Bonus Sleepers:

Carson Palmer (vs. ATL): The Falcons are banged up in the secondary and offer little pass rush. A pocket passer like Palmer, with what appears to be a healthy Larry Fitzgerald, should have a field day. We're expecting Palmer's best stats of the season thus far. Watch him go for 300 and 2 scores and then try flipping him to an unsuspecting owner that's hurting at QB. Palmer's matchups down the stretch are scary.

Brandon Bolden (vs. MIA): Just a hunch here: Bolden will get more looks in the passing game this week with the Dolphins concentrating their efforts on stopping Rob Gronkowski after his solid Week 7 debut. On top of it, Bolden is a threat to score now that he's getting more regular carries too. He will work in a pinch for a flex spot.

Cole Beasley (@DET): Safe to say, there'll be plenty of passing in this matchup. Beasley may not be Wes Welker but he's a sneaky slot WR that is gaining more of his QB's confidence and will be a tough cover for the Lion nickel backs. We expect 4-5 catches for 50ish yards and could be a scoring threat in the red zone since Tony Romo forgets about Jason Witten there.

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