Week 8: Fantasy GO / Fantasy NO

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Quarterback GO 

Russell Wilson –   Wilson has played well versus weaker defensive backfields and the Lions are sportin' street FA's on the turf. 
285 pass yds / 2 pass TDs – 40 rushing yds / 1 TD = 31 Fantasy Points

Brandon Weeden  – Weeden has cut down on his turnovers, improved overall with his familiar target, Josh Cooper, now in the Browns WR stable. He has formed a nice deep connection with Josh Gordon and is gaining trust in Little once again. San Diego is not known for their defense.
375 pass yds / 3 pass TDs = 38 Fantasy Points 

Ben Roethlisberger  – Has been very good this season and Washington lacks any type of pass D.
402 pass yds / 4 TDs = 46 Fantasy Points

Andrew Luck  - Tennessee gives up a ton of yards in the air. Indy gives up a ton on the ground. If the coaches play their cards right, this will be a big scoring game!
393 pass yds / 3 TDs = 38 Fantasy Points

Quarterback NO 

Matt Stafford – Seattle is very good on the Defensive side of the ball. Matter of fact, sell Stafford if you can….. His remaining schedule is not promising, especially with no Burleson!

Eli Manning – I don't tell people to sit top tier QBs because match-ups usually mean nothing to them. But Eli is due for a bad game and struggled until late Week 7 vs. a weak Washington D. If you have a good backup option (I am starting Luck), think about sitting Manning versus a top ranked pass D!

Running Back GO 

Chris Johnson – Tennessee doesn't have Pat Shurmur as a coach and they will try to expose the weak and injured Indy D for the bad run support they have.
130 yds / 1 TD – 4 rec / 57 yds – 29 Fantasy Points (33 in PPR)

Alfred Morris – Another no-name-turned-Top 10 back in the Mike Shanahan backfield. Morris is a must start every week, especially versus a depleted and old Steelers front three.
144 yds / 2 TDs – 5 rec / 77 yds – 1 TD = 39 Fantasy Points (44 in PPR)

Running Back NO 

LaRod Stephens Howling – The most-added RB off the waiver wire this week, LSH is unlikely to repeat his Week 7 performance against a strong 49ers run D.

Steven Ridley – A few bad weeks and the task is no easier vs the Rams. Jeff Fisher has this young D playing extremely well, especially stopping the run. I expect Belichick to put it in the air early and often this week.

Wide Receiver GO 

Eric Decker – Decker has a great connection with Peyton and is a must play weekly. I expect Decker to have a big week coming off the bye. 
9 rec / 122 yds / 2 TDs = 29 Fantasy Points (38 in PPR)

Antonio Brown – Roethlisberger seems to have a two week stretch where he will go mainly with Wallace, then two weeks with Brown. This is week two for Brown with an excellent match up!
6 rec / 107 yds / 2 TDs = 27 Fantasy Points (33 in PPR)

Wide Receiver NO 

Josh Gordon – I see the Chargers shading S Eric Weddle over to help in containing Gordon, thus making Little and Cooper the main targets here. 

Julio Jones – An inconsistent WR going up against a very consistent pass defense. Todd Bowles debut as defensive coordinator will end in the Eagles shutting down Matty Ice & the Falcons pass game!

Tight End GO

Vernon Davis – A few off weeks, Davis should be back on track in Week 8.
7 rec / 98 yards / 1 TD = 15 Fantasy Points (23 in PPR)

Antonio Gates – Gates will be targeted often vs a slumping Browns pass defense. Though it could be an interesting match up against a speedy LB Craig Robertson.
5 rec / 65 yds / 2 TDs = 18 Fantasy Points (23 in PPR)

Week 8 Waiver Wire Gold

1 – Greg Little – Little has been more reliable and seems to have his concentration lapses under control. With teams now looking to key on Gordon, Little should get more opportunities

2 – Josh Cooper – Who'd a thunk it? Browns players on the start and fantasy gold list? Yes, Josh Cooper is a great add right now. He is Weeden's safety net, Shurmur is throwing the ball about 45 times a game, and Cooper looks like Welker with his ability to catch everything, find soft spots in the opposing defenses, and is a threat downfield as well.

3 – Chris Givens – Four weeks Givens has gone for 50+ and is starting to get more targets each week. On a team that lacks weapons, Givens is a must-add.

4 – Jonathon Dwyer – With consistent injuries to Mendenhall & Redman, Dwyer is a must add for any team needing a RB, wanting to handcuff one of the above mentioned backs, or just wanting good depth at the position.

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