Week 8: Geeks of the Week

The Geeks are back with their weekly look at top plays of the week in fantasy footaball. There's even a Cleveland Browns player in the list this week. What's up with THAT? Answers within...

Last week was another exciting week for fantasy football owners.  There were last second victories for Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Kansas City.  Several teams may have rediscovered their offenses like Cincinnati and Kansas City.  Not too mention the fact that at least two teams will be with different starting quarterbacks.

Seneca Wallace will be taking over the Seattle offense while Matt Hasselbeck will be out with a strained MCL.  If you have Darrell Jackson or Deion Branch on your team it's time to be a little concerned.  While we think that Wallace is a gifted athlete, we doubt that Jackson or Branch will be able to keep up the same kind of production that they have had with Hasselbeck.  Just be patient because Hasselbeck is expected back in three weeks, just in time for the playoff stretch run.

Tony Romo is expected to make his first start for the Cowboys this week.  This may actually benefit Terrell Owens.  Owens and Bledsoe never seemed to get on the same page.  Romo is a more mobile quarterback who can throw on the fly.  Owens has a great history with quarterbacks who can scramble.  It's always interesting in Dallas!

Here are a few players that you might want to take a look at plugging into your starting lineup this week to either turn around your luck or keep your success going! They may not be the top names in fantasy football, but most are the ‘in between' guys that you might have to make a tough decision on.  The good fantasy owner is able to pick these players out from a crowd and stick them in their lineup for fantasy success!

QB – Rex Grossman – After a red hot start this year, Grossman fell back to earth with a big splat in week 5 on Monday night football.  The bye week and a matchup this week versus the 49ers should get Grossman back on track.  The Niners are the third easiest matchup for quarterbacks.  They've already given up 12 passing touchdowns compared to a team like Denver which has only given up 2 all year.  This should be a feast for Grossman and we like him for at least 250 and 2 scores.

RB – Warrick Dunn – Dunn has topped 100 yards in three out of the six games the Falcons have played.  This week Atlanta, who leads the league in rushing, plays their second straight AFC North opponent in the Bengals.  The Bengals rank 25th against the run and the Falcons average 222 yards a game on the ground.  Look for Dunn to try to make it four games out of seven as he tops the century mark again.

RB – Wali Lundy – Lundy will be going against the leagues worst rushing defense when the Texans play Tennessee this week.  Lundy was able to put up 93 yards and a score last week against the Jaguars and he didn't even start.  Word out of Houston is that are going to give Lundy even more carries.  He may not get the start but Lundy will get the majority of the carries. 

WR – Laveranues Coles – Coles ranks as the 5th fantasy wide receiver, but he's been an all or nothing player.  Last week was a nothing game since he only had 29 yards receiving.  That should change this week against the Browns.  The Browns lost their starting cornerback, Gary Baxter, for the season and they may be without their other starting cornerback, Leigh Bodden.  Look for the Jets and their 7th ranked passing attack to exploit the Browns corners.

WR – Donald Driver – Driver has slowly been losing catches to Greg Jennings.  Jennings has a bum ankle that may keep him out of the game against Arizona.  This game has all the makings of a shootout especially since the Cardinals rank 24th in passing yards allowed and the Packers passing attack ranks 6th.  Look for the gunslinger, Favre, to get it going with his favorite receiver this week.

TE – Kellen Winslow – The Browns finally decided enough is enough and they fired their offensive coordinator.  We think that the Browns will make Winslow more of a focal point of the offense.  Winslow hasn't scored a touchdown since week 4 but with the Jets ranking 25th against the pass we think that will change this week.

DEF – Kansas City – The Chiefs play a Seattle team that will be without their starting quarterback and starting running back.  When Seneca Wallace came in for Hasselbeck last week he threw 2 interceptions in the second half.  The Seattle offensive line has given up 21 sacks for the year including four last week so we are expecting the Chiefs to get pressure on Seneca Wallace and either get the sack or force the turnover.


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