Week 8 Sleepers and Start’ems for 2013!
Heading into the half-way point, injuries are really starting to effect teams. We’ve lost numerous players to some serious injuries. Sam Bradford and Reggie Wayne both had their seasons ended early due to torn ACL’s. Josh Freeman and Nick Foles suffering from concussions, Doug Martin separated his shoulder and tore his labrum, Ben Tate fracture 4 ribs but played through the pain and Jermichael Finley dealing with a bruised spinal cord and tweeting from the hospital “I’m happy to report that I have been transferred out of the intensive care unit and that I have full feeling in my arms and legs. I was able 2 walk to & from the shower today, which was badly needed after Sunday ‘s victory!”
Week 8 Sleepers/Start’ems at the bottom!
Week 7 Sleepers/Start’ems RECAP!
- DA GOODZ! Recommended starts that made us look good!
- Running Backs (Rec = Reception)
Frank Gore SF @ Ten – 24 carries 70yards 2TD and 2rec 34yards
Knowshon Moreno Den @ Indy – 15 carries 40yards 1TD and 3rec 9yards
Eddie Lacy GB vs Cle – 22 carries 82yards 1TD and 5rec 26yards
Joseph Randle Dal @ Phi – 19 carries 65 yards and 3rec 28yards
- Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)
Dez Bryant Dal @ Phi – 8rec 110yards on 17 Targets
Alshon Jeffery Chi @ Wash – 4rec 105yards on 7 Targets
Brandon Marshall Chi @ Wash – 6rec 75yards on 10 Targets
Mike Wallace Mia vs Buf – 5rec 76yards on 10 Targets
Rueben Randle NYG vs Min – 3rec 40yards 1TD on 3 Targets
Jordy Nelson GB vs Cle – 5rec 42yards 1TD on 6 Targets
Jarrett Boykin GB vs Cle – 8rec 103yards 1TD on 10 Targets
- Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)
Julius Thomas Den @ Indy – 5rec 41yards 1TD on 6 Targets
Heath Miller Pit vs Balt – 2rec 17yards 1TD on 4 Targets
Jordan Cameron Cle @ GB – 7rec 55 yards 1TD on 9 Targets
Jordan Reed Was @ Chi – 9rec 134yards 1TD on 9 Targets
- NOT so goodz! Recommended starts that made us look bad.
Jay Cutler Chi @ Wash – 3 of 8 for 28 yards (Torn Groin)
Nick Foles Phi vs Dal – 11 of 29 for 80 yards (Concussion)
Eli Manning NYG vs Min – 23 of 39 for 200 yards 1TD
Philip Rivers SD @ Jac – 22 of 26 for 285 yards 1TD
Chad Henne Jac vs SD – 23 of 36 for 318 yards 1Int
Doug Martin TB @ ATL – 11 carries 47 yards and 1rec 7yards (Torn Labrum)
Maurice Jones-Drew Jac vs SD – 9 carries 37yards and 2rec 19yards
Adrian Peterson Min @ NYG – 13 carries 28 yards and 2rec 28yards
Lamar Miller Mia vs Buf – 9 carries 43 yards
Trent Richardson Indy vs Den – 14 carries 37 yards
DeSean Jackson Phi vs Dal – 3rec 21yards on 8 Targets
Reggie Wayne Indy vs Den – 5rec 50yards on 8 Targets (Torn ACL)
Justin Blackmon Jac vs SD – 6rec 58yards on 9 Targets
Keenan Allen SD @ Jac – 3rec 67yards on 6 Targets
Brian Hartline Mia vs Buf – 6rec 69yards on 11 Targets
Victor Cruz NYG vs Min – 5rec 50yards on 7 Targets
Tony Gonzalez ATL vs TB – 2rec 30yards on 3 Targets
Kyle Rudolph Min @ NYG – 3rec 27yards on 9 Targets
Antonio Gates SD @ Jac – 6rec 31yards on 6 Targets
Tim Wright TB @ ATL – 2rec 14 yards on 3 Targets
- WEEK 8 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
Peyton Manning Den vs Wash – Not a Sleeper, but is my MUST START Quarterback of the Week! Manning increased to 25 touchdowns compared to just 3 interceptions and is on pace to shatter the single-season NFL record with 5,866 yards passing. Despite throwing a interception in each of the past 3 weeks, Manning has produced 5 games with at least 3 or more touchdowns and has thrown for multiple touchdowns each week thus far while eclipsing 270-plus yards in 19 of his last 26 games.
Robert Griffin III Wash @ Den – RGIII resembled the player of old Sunday possibly more than he has in any other game this season in the 45-41 victory. Griffin rushed 11 times in the game, including on back-to-back designed plays, to finish with a season-high 84 rushing yards. He had a long carry of 23 yards. Griffin went 18 for 29 passing for 298 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception. He finished with a QB rating of 105.2. With his knee looking better and better, Griffin has rushed 20 times in the last 2 games for 161 yards.
Aaron Rodgers GB @ Min – Rodgers overcame the absences of receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb, as well as the late departure of Jermichael Finley, to put up his usual numbers and lead the Packers to a blowout Sunday of the Browns. In the process, he turned unknown WR Jarrett Boykin into a prolific wideout and earned a quarterback rating of 117.8. He finished 25 of 36 for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns. With RB Eddie Lacy seeing 20-plus carries in 3 games straight, with the improvements in the running game it’ll allow Rodgers windows in the passing attack.
Matthew Stafford Det vs Dal – Stafford has now had back-to-back big games recording 7 touchdowns and 1 interception in his last 2 games. Heading into Week 8 at home against Dallas, he should be in for another big Fantasy performance. Stafford, who ranks 2nd in the NFL since 2011 with 12,134 passing yards, has thrown for multiple touchdown passes in all but 2 games this season. He has 1 career game under his belt against the Dallas Cowboys back in 2011. He had 2 touchdowns in that one. Only 3 quarterbacks, Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin III and Nick Foles (knocked out with a concussion) have scored less than 20 standard Fantasy points against the Dallas Cowboys secondary this season.
- Running Backs
Jamaal Charles KC vs Cle – NOT a Sleeper, but is my MUST START Running Back of the Week! has the most Fantasy points at his position, with 561 rushing yards, 337 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns. Charles has scored 4 touchdowns in his last 3 games, leads the Chiefs in receptions, and has scored 15 or more standard Fantasy points every week this season. Week 8 brings a matchup against the Cleveland Browns, who have allowed 5 touchdowns in the last 3 weeks to running backs. While the Browns have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher, but Adrian Peterson, Fred Jackson, Reggie Bush, and Eddie Lacy all were able to gain over 100 TOTAL yards.
Le’Veon Bell Pit @ Oak – Bell got off to a fast start as he racked up 68 yards on 12 carries in the first half. He only got 7 touches in the second half and finished the game with 99 yards of total offense, logging 93 yards on 19 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and 6 yards on 1 reception in a 19-16 victory. Bell has 184 yards and 2 touchdowns on 51 carries through his first 3 games played. He will look to keep things going in Week 8 at Oakland. The Raiders have allowed 99.0 yards per game on the round this season.
Knowshon Moreno Den vs Wash – Knowshon scored his 6th touchdown in the last 4 games when he punched in a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter at Indianapolis. Moreno clearly is the Broncos No.1 choice for goal-line and imporatant short yardage situations as well as being the favorite with great pass protection skills. Moreno finished with just 40 yards on 15 carries and has been held to 82 yards on 30 carries (2.7 ypc) over his last 2 games. Moreno did catch 3 more receptions for just 9 yards, but it boosts him to 15 receptions over his last 3 games. Peyton Manning targeted him 6 times against the Colts. Moreno is now up to 8 rushing touchdowns this season which leads all running backs and he has done it on just 95 carries which is ranked 16th amongst all backs.
Mike James TB vs Car – James is the presumed starter in the wake of RB Doug Martin‘s injury and James is set to carry the load Thursday against a Carolina Panthers run defense that has been pretty solid this season. Just one back has run for 100 yards against Carolina (C.J. Spiller in Week 2), and the Panthers have given up just 3 touchdowns to opposing RBs all season. With James being a relative unknown, there’s always a chance he breaks out for a big game and shocks the world, but the 6 games worth of research the Panthers have given us suggest he may just end up being mediocre. Still, 16 carries for 50 yards and the hope of a touchdown, with some receiving yards mixed in (the 50.8 receiving yards per game Carolina gives up to running backs is the 4th-most in the league) could be good enough for a flex start, especially in a week with 6 teams on bye.
- Wide Receivers
Eric Decker/Wes Welker/Demaryius Thomas Den vs Wash – Not Sleepers, but are my MUST START Wide Receivers of the Week! QB Peyton Manning increased to 25 touchdowns compared to just 3 interceptions and is on pace to shatter the single-season NFL record with 5,866 yards passing. Despite throwing a interception in each of the past 3 weeks, Manning has produced 5 games with at least 3 or more touchdowns and has thrown for multiple touchdowns each week thus far while ecplising 270-plus yards in 19 of his last 26 games.
Antonio Brown Pit @ Oak – Brown has stepped up for QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers as their No.1 receiving option in the loss of Mike Wallace. Brown has produced at least 5 receptions in every game this season while recording 70-plus yards in 4 of the 6 games with 4 games with 9-plus targets. He has produced 50-plus yards and continues to be a reliable fantasy option.
Pierre Garcon Was @ Den – Garcon took a back seat to Aldrick Robinson, Jordan Reed and Roy Helu in the offense Sunday during the Week 7 win over the Chicago Bears. With the Redskins putting up 45 points, Garcon did not get into the end zone and had several drops. Garcon had just 5 receptions for 58 yards on the game and saw 8 total targets from QB Robert Griffin III.
DeSean Jackson Phi vs NYG – The last time Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson faced the New York Giants, he crisscrossed the field and burned the Giants secondary for 7 receptions, 132 yards and one touchdown during a 36-21 win Week 5. Jackson will get his 2nd chance to post big numbers against a suspect New York secondary when the two NFC East foes meet again Week 8. In his last 2 games against the Giants, Jackson has totaled 13 receptions for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wide receivers are averaging just 148.6 receiving yards per game against New York, but are also averaging 20.9 Fantasy points and have totaled 8 touchdowns in 7 games.
- Tight Ends
Rob Gronkowski NE vs Mia – Not a Sleeper but is my MUST START Tight End of the Week Gronkowski was his typical productive self in his season debut Sunday against the New York Jets with 8 receptions for 114 yards on a team high 17 targets, though he was kept out of the end zone. He and Tom Brady will only get better and more in sync as the season goes on. Roll with Gronk with confidence!
Jordan Reed Wash @ Den – In the Week 6 loss at Dallas, Reed played 56 snaps compared to Logan Paulsen‘s 20 and Fred Davis‘ 19. Reed ran a whopping 36 pass routes. Davis ran 3, Paulsen just 2. In the Redskins Week 7, 45-41 victory over the Bears, Reed was even more a factor in the passing attack as he saw 9 targets from QB Robert Griffin III and was able to bring in all 9 targets for receptions. Reed was able to produce 134 yards and 1 touchdown on those 9 targets and could be inline for another productive game against the Denver Broncos.
Julius Thomas Den vs Wash – Thomas scored for the 3rd straight game in Week 7, making a beautiful fingertip grab for a 12-yard touchdown. Thomas finished with 5 receptions on 6 targets for 41 yards. The only down side was it was the 2nd straight week he’s been held under 50 yards, but he remains a prime red-zone target. Thomas has 4 touchdowns in the past 3 weeks and 8 this season, tied with receiver Wes Welker for the team lead.
Heath Miller Pit @ Oak – He caught a shovel pass from Ben Roethlisberger and took it 3 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, it was his first touchdown of the season. He was targeted just 4 times and finished with 2 receptions for 17 yards and a touchdown in a 19-16 victory. Miller has 17 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown through his first 4 games since coming back from a shredded knee. He’ll look to stay in the end zone in Week 8 at Oakland.
ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article.
Good luck and enjoy!