Look, I really don’t like to brag. I think it’s stupid, especially with the majority of fantasy football talk.
But man did my picks look good last week. I told you to start the Tampa Bay offense, Santana Moss, Josh Gordon and Chris Johnson. I reminded you that Matthew Stafford could struggle, and said the same thing about William Powell, James Jones and Christian Ponder.
It wasn’t flawless, but nobody’s start/sit columns are. Let’s hope this becomes a trend.
Really Neat Week 8 Players
Peyton Manning is really neat.
Did you see what Josh Freeman (and everyone) did to the Saints secondary this season? I expect Manning to be a top-5 quarterback this week. And his receivers will get theirs, too.
Mike Wallace is really neat.
I think Antonio Brown should have a nice game too against a pass defense that’s giving up the most points to opposing wide receivers. The reason I like Wallace a little more is because of his big play ability.
The Raiders’ defense is really neat.
The last time I was on the Raiders, they allowed 35 points to a rookie-led Miami offense. This time, they’re facing Brady Quinn. If you’re hurting for a defense, you could do worse than Oakland, I think.
Andrew Luck is really neat.
He’s going to be “really neat” for many weeks to come, as the Colts’ schedule is simply a cake walk. If you’re in need of a quarterback – and I’ve been saying this for weeks – look to trade for Luck. You’ll get him fairly cheap, and he should put up some good fantasy numbers.
Alex Green is really neat.
The Packers have fed Green over 40 attempts since he’s become the starter two weeks ago. This week he’s facing a Jaguars defense who ranks 30th against the run. I know they stuffed DMC, but not as much in the second half of that game. And they went up early, which won’t happen against Green Bay.
Chris Johnson is really neat.
For the second straight week, Chris Johnson is a must start. Looks like things are turning around. Remember when Shonn Greene had that monster game?
Darren McFadden is really neat.
You want to call him a bust? Don’t do it just yet. McFadden is still a low-end RB2 despite his lackluster start. Here’s to hoping he gets it going against Kansas City this week.
Sam Bradford is really neat.
Bradford faces a New England secondary that is ranked 28th against opposing fantasy quarterbacks this season. If you need a bye week fill-in, you could do worse than Bradford.
Malcom Floyd is really neat.
The Browns have surrendered 12 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year, and the Chargers are coming fresh off a bye. Expect Floyd to get his typical yardage, but have a good chance to get into the end zone too.
Nate Washington is really neat.
We watched the Colts get beat by deep threat Josh Gordon last week, and their 29th ranked defense against opposing wide receivers creates a favorable matchup for Tennessee’s bigger play threat.
Other really neat players: Brandon Weeden, Vick Ballard, Willis McGahee, Matt Forte, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, LeSean McCoy, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Carson Palmer, Coby Fleener
Take a Seat Week 8 Players
Jermichael Finley should take a seat.
If you’re still starting him, there are probably bigger problems on your team than just Jermichael Finley.
Jonathan Stewart should take a seat.
Reports have surfaced that the Panthers want to use Jonathan Stewart in more of a featured role, but against the Bears, that doesn’t really matter.
Arizona running backs should take a seat.
I don’t know which one is the one to start anymore, but my feeling still leans Powell because of his size compared to LaRod. In fact, the only reason Stephens-Howling got the touches he did against Minnesota was because Powell fumbled on an early kickoff. But don’t start either this week against the 49ers.
Jared Cook should take a seat.
You may think Indianapolis is a good matchup, but they’re actually giving up the fewest points to opposing tight ends.
Brian Hartline should take a seat.
If you’re in a deeper league, see if you can find a better matchup than Brian Hartline’s against the Jets.
Doug Martin should take a seat.
Again, don’t bench him for a non-starter, but I don’t expect the Buccaneers offense to be nearly as effective against the Vikings this week. As much as I love Dougie, you have to be realistic about his potential this weekend.
Non-Megatron Detroit receivers should take a seat.
Seattle’s defense, especially their secondary, is playing great football. You can’t bench Calvin, but you can most certainly bench Titus Young or Ryan Broyles.
Vincent Jackson should take a seat.
Just relax with your expectations coming off of last week’s performance. Jackson faced a college-level New Orleans’ secondary. This week is a big test, as the Vikings have yet to give up 200 yards in a game to an opposing team’s group of receivers.
Steven Jackson should take a seat.
He’s probably the biggest second round bust outside of Stafford. The fact that he’s playing New England and losing carries to Daryl Richardson doesn’t make me feel confident for Sunday.
Matthew Stafford should take a seat.
No first half touchdowns this season? What happened to Matthew Stafford? Well, one thing could be the cause…his schedule. The Lions have the Seahawks defense this week, and the road ahead doesn’t get easy.
Michael Turner should take a seat.
The Eagles are off their bye with a new defensive coordinator. You don’t think they’ll be motivated to dominate on that side of the ball? Turner’s been very “meh” this year, and I think this is another one of those games.
Santana Moss should take a seat.
I do enjoy the fact that I told you to start him last week, but I wouldn’t expect it to happen again. The Steelers are performing well against opposing wide receivers, and they’re at home. Moss could get a big one, but I don’t see it being a worthwhile risk.
The Broncos defense should take a seat.
Don’t be dumb. You never play a defense against an elite quarterback.
Cam Newton should take a seat.
The Bears are too strong a defense for a weakened quarterback to turn things around against. Sit Cam for a good matchup play.
Other take a seat players: Alex Smith, DeAngelo Williams, Felix Jones, Jonathan Dwyer, Andre Roberts, DeSean Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Brandon Lafell, Jacob Tamme, Cowboys D/ST, Steelers D/ST