MHH Fantasy: Studs & Duds, Week 8

Khalid Alshami returns to help you win your fantasy football games with his studs & duds for Week 8.

QUARTERBACKS

Studs

Stud of the Week: Marcus Mariota at Houston Texans

The Texans are giving up an average of 20.6 ppg to opposing QBs this season, including 16 passing touchdowns through 7 games. Mariota is coming off of injury but should have a good day.

Phillip Rivers at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are giving up the most points to opposing QBs in the league. The secondary is decimated and the team is reeling. Rivers and the Chargers are in must-win territory if they hope to make the playoffs, Rivers is going to have to carry the Chargers to a win on the road.

Eli Manning at New Orleans Saints

Even in victories, the Saints are giving up a ton of points to opposing QBs. Eli Manning is playing some of the best football of his career this season and I still don’t trust the Saints secondary.

Duds

Dud of the Week: Aaron Rodgers at Denver Broncos

I personally own him in a two-QB league, so I am starting him. If you have him, chances are you are starting him, but Rodgers is on the road against a Broncos defense that boasts the best pass rush and best secondary in the league.

Andrew Luck at Carolina Panthers

Again, I own Luck in a league, so I’m starting him, but the Colts are facing the best corner in the league, Josh Norman, and a red hot Panthers team.

Drew Brees vs. New York Giants

The Giants have been great against the pass this season, and Brees' fantasy season is being carried by a 22-point performance against the Cowboys. This is no longer a top-10 fantasy QB.

RUNNING BACKS

Studs

Stud of the Week: Justin Forsett vs. San Diego Chargers

When Baltimore relies on their "elite" quarterback's arm, they lose. Time to put the ball in the hands of Forsett and allow him to carry the team to victory, maybe.

Chris Johnson at Cleveland Browns

Chris Johnson is reestablishing himself as CJ1K and the head of the Cardinals backfield. He also faces the worst run defense in the NFL.

Jonathan Stewart vs. Indianapolis Colts

After stringing back-to-back big games, I now trust Stewart. I trust him even more facing the Colts defense.

Duds

Dud of the Week: Lamar Miller at New England Patriots

His last two performances give you hope and it should, but the Patriots are giving up the sixth-fewest points to opposing running backs. The place to beat the Patriot defense is through the air.

Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are far better against the run than they are against the pass and I don’t really trust the workload split here.

Darren McFadden vs. Seattle Seahawks

McFadden is now the man in the Dallas backfield and the Seahawks defense recently gave up a huge day to Jonathan Stewart. I am hoping McFadden has a big day, but I would also hedge expectations.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Studs

Stud of the Week: Keenan Allen at Baltimore Ravens

Honestly, give me any receiver against the Ravens secondary. Rivers is going to be passing the ball a lot and Allen should be on the other end of a lot of those passes.

Calvin Johnson at Kansas City Chiefs

Looks like Megatron is back with touchdowns in two straight games. Against the Chiefs secondary, Johnson will complete the troika with another score, or two, or three, or…

Jarvis Landry and Rishard Matthews at New England Patriots

As I said earlier, the place to attack the Pats is through the air, with the Dolphins likely playing from behind, there will be plenty of action to be had by Landry and Matthews.

Duds

Dud of the Week: Randall Cobb at Denver Broncos

Cobb should be shadowed by Chris Harris, Jr. in this game, which could erase him from the game completely.

Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas vs. Green Bay Packers

On the flip side, we have Sanders and Thomas. The Packers defense is pretty good this season and I don’t trust Peyton Manning to get the ball to his receivers enough to have big games.

T.Y. Hilton at Carolina Panthers

A trip to Norman Island is never welcome. Norman will erase Hilton this Sunday.

TIGHT ENDS

Studs

Stud of the Week: Larry Donnell at New Orleans Saints

As I mentioned before, the Saints secondary is bad and they are currently surrendering 11.2 ppg to opposing tight ends good for fourth-worst in the league.

Jason Witten at Seattle Seahawks

The match up is right, as are the circumstances. The Cowboys backup QBs need to figure out that Witten is their safest receiving option, as his role in the offense has been far too small since Romo’s injury.

Benjamin Watson vs New York Giants

Watson is not going to be Jimmy Graham for the Saints, but when he has good matchups, he can take advantage as a solid route-runner with reliable hands. This is one of those matchups.

Duds

Dud of the Week: Gary Barnidge vs. Arizona Cardinals

I had him here last week and he still had a good week, but this week is different. This week, the Browns are playing the Cardinals who are giving up the fewest points in the league to opposing tight ends.

Eric Ebron at Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have been very good at bottling up opposing tight ends, including Tyler Eifert and Martellus Bennett. Kansas City also shut out Heath Miller last week.

Jimmy Graham at Dallas Cowboys

Graham has been a dud to me far too often, and it’s a shame his skill-set is being wasted by Seattle. I don’t see anything changing against a good Cowboy defense.

DEFENSE/ST

Studs

Stud of the Week: Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

I think the Titans win this game, but Mariota has been a turnover machine so far. He is also getting sacked a lot.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

The same can be said for Nick Foles. Does anyone even remember when he had 27 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions? Yeah, me neither.

Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos

This game is going to be a defensive battle. I also don’t trust Peyton Manning to protect the football. He needs to show me something before gaining that trust back.

Duds

Dud of the Week: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is back—something that will boost the run game and passing game.

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Back-to-back huge games from this defense are encouraging, but they are facing Tom Brady this week.

New York Giants at Oakland Raiders

I never thought I’d be writing this, but the Oakland Raiders don’t totally suck, and worst of all, their offense is actually pretty good.

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Khalid Alshami is an Analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. You can find him on Twitter @KhalidHAlshami.

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