Just hours before the start of Week 8 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?
Let’s take a look at a few situations to try and settle things:
Beanie Wells – Runing Back – Arizona Cardinals
AZCardinals.com’s Darren Urban (click here for the article), on Friday said that “if Beanie gets real hot early, he could be in the 30-carry range assuming the Cards have success”. Having been named the starter already, that’s the type of thing that fantasy owners love to hear.
Of course, Tim Hightower’s presence may make it hard to see that happen. He may no longer be the starter due to fumble issues, but all the talk out of Arizona is that he is still going to be a factor in the offense. If that happens or not remains to be seen, but until Hightower fully becomes an afterthought you have to take him into account.
Then again, with a struggling quarterback and facing a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the second most rushing yards per game this season (157.7 yards), there should be more then enough opportunities to keep both backs happy. Read more
Braylon Edwards has been frustrating fantasy owners for the past few years. After exploding in 2007 for 80 receptions, 1,289 yards and 16 TD, expectations have been high and results have been exceptionally low.
In 2008 Edwards played in all 16 games for the Browns, managing just 55 catches for 873 yards and three touchdowns. Needless to say, it was quite a falloff.
In 2009 he split time between Cleveland and New York. While he again played in 16 games, he regressed even further with just 45 catches for 680 yards and four touchdowns. You can argue that it took him time to acclimate himself to the Jets offense, but that’s just not really enough. Prior to the trade, he had just 10 catches in four games for Cleveland.
Known as someone who has had problems with drops, the numbers the past two seasons are certainly concerning.
However, in 2010 he appears to have rediscovered his form… At least a little bit.
In six games he has 21 receptions for 343 yards and 4 TD. Granted, they are still a far cry from his 2007 success, but it is more production then fantasy owners could’ve expected. However, can we expect it to continue? Read more
by Ryan Lester of www.lesterslegends.com
Here’s my Week 8 IDP rankings.
1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. MIN: 45 tackles in past three games.
2. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @ SD: 58 tackles in past five games.
3. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. NE: 34 tackles in past three games.
4. Brian Cushing (HOU) @ INDY: 17 tackles in past two games.
5. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ DET: Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ NOL Averaging 10.3 tackles per game this year.
7. London Fletcher (WAS) @ DET: Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
8. A.J. Hawk (GB) @ NYJ: 45 tackles in past four games.
9. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. DEN: Recorded second double-digit tackle game of season.
10. James Anderson (CAR) @ STL: Averaging ten tackles per game. Read more
Will Beanie Wells finally emerge as the player we hoped he would? Is there reason to be concerned about the health of Steven Jackson and Knowshon Moreno? Let’s take a look at all the news surrounding the running backs this week and see how it affects our rankings:
- Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Denver
- Arian Foster – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – vs. Carolina
- Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – at New England
- LaDanian Tomlinson – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
- Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
- Thomas Jones – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
- Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
- Rashard Mendenhall – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New Orleans Read more
We all know that Larry Fitzgerald has been extremely disappointing thus far this season. Drafted in the first or second round, all he has accomplished is 29 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns. That ranks him:
- 48th in receiving yards
- tied for 33rd in receptions
- tied for 41st in receiving touchdowns
The quarterback play is the clearcut reason for his struggles. With Kurt Warner at the helm the past few years, Fitzgerald had been the elite receiver in the league. Just looking at his numbers over the past three seasons show us that:
- 2007 – 100 receptions for 1,409 yards and 10 TD
- 2008 – 96 receptions for 1,431 yards and 12 TD
- 2009 – 97 receptions for 1,092 yards and 13 TD
Now, with Derek Anderson (67-131, 746 yards, 3 TD, 5 INT) and Max Hall (30-59, 289 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT), Fitzgerald has been left as a fantasy afterthought. Only twice has he exceeded 56 yards, though he has never reached 100. He has seven receptions in three games, but also has three games with three receptions or less.
Has it come to the point that we should be either parting ways with Fitzgerald or just burying him on your bench? Read more
Looking for a sleeper option who may be available on your waiver wire who could make a major impact this week? Let’s take a look at a few options (for consideration on this listing from week-to-week, a player must be owned in less then 50% of both Yahoo and ESPN leagues):
LeGarrette Blount – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
Is there a changing of the guard going on in Tampa Bay? You have to think so after seeing the breakdown in carries in Week 7, though fantasy owners have seemingly not yet come to believe it.
Blount had 11 carries for 72 yards, while Carnell Williams got just four carries for 12 yards. On the season Williams is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry, a pretty pathetic number for any running back. In limited touches (21 carries), Blount has averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
Considering the difference in production and the way the carries were distributed last week, it would be a surprise to see Blount not enjoy lead back duties in Week 8. With the Cardinals currently performing as the fourth worst rushing defense in the league (141.3 rushing yards per game), it seems like this week could be Blount’s coming out party. Take notice now and stash him away, because next week it may already be too late. Read more
Let’s take a look at how I would rank the Top 15 Kickers for Week 8:
- Rob Bironas – Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
- Sebastian Janikowski – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
- Mike Nugent – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
- Matt Prater – Denver Broncos – at San Francisco
- Josh Scobee – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Dallas
- Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Kris Brown – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
- Nick Folk – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
- Dan Carpenter – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
- Connor Barth – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona Read more
Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 15 defenses for the upcoming week:
- Pittsburgh Steelers – at New Orleans
- New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
- Dallas Cowboys – vs. Jacksonville
- Washington Redskins – at Detroit
- St. Louis Rams – vs. Carolina
- New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
- Tennessee Titans – at San Diego
- Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
- Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo
- Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle Read more
With all the injuries to quarterbacks, will teams start depending on their tight ends more? Has Owen Daniels finally rediscovered his form? Can Tony Moeaki & Dustin Keller play like its Week 3? Let’s take a look at our current tight end rankings for the coming week:
- Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
- Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Denver
- Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Jacksonville
- Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
- Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
- Aaron Hernandez – New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
- Kellen Winslow – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
- Owen Daniels – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Dustin Keller – New York Jets – vs. Green Bay
- Tony Moeaki – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Buffalo Read more
There has been too much news this week to wait too long to update our quarterback rankings. Tony Romo, who originally was ranked second on our rankings, is out for the next six to eight weeks. Brett Favre, who hasn’t been ruled out yet, is extremely doubtful.
Let’s take a look at how things currently look, though we will again update the rankings later in the week if necessary:
- Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Tennessee
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New York Jets
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Minnesota
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Pittsburgh
- Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New Orleans
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
- Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – at Detroit
- Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – at San Francisco Read more