Players I think have favourable/unfavourable match ups heading into week eight.
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(PHI) QB Michael Vick vs. (NYG) – With Foles out with his own injury (concussion), Michael Vick retakes the starting role for the Vikings after missing last week with an injury as well (what else is new with Vick). While Foles and the Eagles were awful last weekend against the Cowboys, they have only one way to go against the Giants defence. Vick should be able to get the ball of comfortably against the Giants struggling pass rush while adding more fantasy value with his legs. Vick has potential for a huge week.
(ARI) QB Carson Palmer vs. (ATL) – I don’t love the idea of starting Palmer, but I do lie his matchup against the Falcons secondary and pass rush. He has Larry Fitzgerald and other talented young receivers to work with as well as a good pass-catching young RB in Andre Ellington. He is liable to turn the ball over a time or two, but Palmer has a good chance to throw for about 300 yards and a pair of TDs, finishing as a low-end top-12 quarterback.
(GB) RB Eddie Lacy vs. (MIN) – Green Bay has been using their running game much more consistently and effectively than in years prior with the help of rookie running back Eddie Lacy. It also helps Lacy that the Packers have lost Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley to injuries, making an effective running game even more important for the team. Oh, and the Vikings are the second worst team against fantasy running backs so far in 2013; Eddie should be great.
(PIT) RB Le’Veon Bell vs. (OAK) – Bell has seen 51 carries over his first three games this season since coming back from injury. Most recently he ran the ball 19 times 93 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens, one of the toughest teams against opposing fantasy running back. This week Bell will be running against the Oakland Raiders, a middle of the pack team against the run. I feel confident that Bell finds the end zone for the second week in a row.
(NO) WR Marques Colston vs. BUF – Colston has been quite the dud so far this season, catching just one touchdown pass in week one and not going over 100 yards yet on the season. In his last two games he has just three catches for 26 yards, yikes. Despite his woes in 2013 so far, he has a great chance to break out in week eight. Not only is he taking on the Buffalo Bills defence, but also Jimmy Graham is not a guarantee to play. I’m looking for Colston to have his about 80-yards and a touchdown this weekend.
(MIN) WR Greg Jennings vs. (GB) – Like Colston, the aging Jennings is yet to go for 100 yards in a game this season, but he has scored a pair of touchdowns, both of them coming in the same game. This weekend Jennings will be taking on his former team the Packers and should have some extra incentive to grab touchdown number three. The biggest worry with Jennings having a big day against his former team is whether or not whoever is starting at quarterback can get him the ball.
(DAL) WR Terrence Williams vs. (DET) – In his last three games Williams has 12 catches on 13 targets for 149 yards and a three touchdowns, one in each game. The absence of Miles Austin has really paved the way for Williams to takeover as the team’s third best option behind Bryant and Witten, a role he has been great in. As long as Demarco Murray is out and Tony Romo is throwing the ball so often and so well, I am going to stick with Williams as a WR3 and flex play where I can.
(WAS) TE Jordan Reed vs. (DEN) – After posting 134 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bears, Reed is one of the most added players of the week along with Buccs RB Mike James and Packers WR Jarrett Boykins. With Jimmy Graham possibly out and a few others on bye, I would not wait to stick Reed in your lineup if you claimed him off waivers.
(SF) QB Colin Kaepernick vs. (JAC) – now obviously the ‘49ers are going to stomp the Jaguars, and quarterbacks like Russell Wilson have already have very successful fantasy outing against the Jaguars. I am basically going to make the same argument I made for sitting Wilson against the Jaguars a few weeks ago and hoping it actually happens this time. Frank Gore should get the ball a minimum of 20 times as the ‘49ers walk all over the Jags. Kaepernick will not have a terrible game, I just don’t think the Jaguars make him to enough and about 12 other quarterbacks have more fantasy output.
(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor vs. (PIT) – Pryor had his worst start of the season in week six against the stellar Chiefs defence, but luckily was able to follow it up with a bye weekend and a matchup with the 2-4 Steelers. I however am not looking to start Terrelle Pryor this weekend against Pittsburgh. I believe the Steelers to be a better team than their 2-4 record and will play a solid game against the Raiders despite being in Oakland. The bottom line is that I expect Pryor to finish outside of the top-12 for QBs.
(BUF) RB C.J. Spiller vs. (NO) – If you are like me and have still been starting Spiller in the leagues you started him in thinking he has to turn it around sometime, well it might be time to give up on him for now. Not only has Spiller been atrocious this season compared to where he was being ranked and drafted, he is coming off a one-point effort in a win against the Dolphins and is facing a much improved Saints defence.
(MIA) RB Lamar Miller vs. NE – Miller has only carried the ball double-digit times once in his last 4 games with 11 carries. Also, Daniel Thomas came out of nowhere to rush the ball 12 times for 60 yards against the Bills last week (Miller only had 8 carries). I would not trust starting either Dolphins RB as neither has a guaranteed workload and could get anywhere from 5-15 carries. I actually think Thomas gets more work than Miller this week as the Patriots have struggled against bigger, bruising backs.
(GB) WR James Jones vs. (MIN) – Jones is listed as questionable for the team’s game against the Vikings, and it is being reported that Jarrett Boykins is again this week taking reps opposite Jordy Nelson. With quite a few byes this weekend, if you were hoping that Jones was going to be healthy and available for you it is looking less and less like he will take the field.
(BUF) WR Stevie Johnson vs. (NO) – After going for 150 yard and two touchdowns in the first two games of the season, Johnson has 79 yards and no scores in his last three efforts. Many of his own teammates have out performed him in terms of fantasy and it looks as though starter Thad Lewis does not try to force him the ball. Don’t expect much from Johnson against a Saints secondary that is still less than 1000 yards allowed to opposing receivers this season. (The Bills on the other hand have allowed 1550 yards).
(CLE) TE Jordan Cameron vs. (KC) – Cameron has cooled off lately with just 155 yards and one touchdown in his last three games. While it likely has much more to do with the quarterback situation than how he has been playing, but is greatly affecting his output. And now the Browns are starting their third quarterback of the season when they go with Jason Campbell this weekend, the former Oakland Raider QB. I would rather wait a week to see if Campbell is looking for Cameron and can get him the ball.