Welcome to week 8 all of you Fantasy Football Fanatics. This past weekend Dallas went from bad to worse with the loss of Tony Romo at the QB position. Jon Kina actually did pretty well considering he hasn’t taken a first team rep in practice in two years. This is a week when a bunch of good to fair QB’s are on BYE and you could do a whole lot worse than someone throwing to the likes of Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dev Bryant and Jason Witten. The Cowboys are home vs. Jacksonville so Kitna could be a very good BYE week replacement.
I have 7 wins in one league and 5 wins in another so I’m doing good. I hope you all are too and that this column is helping you out.
Let’s get to the recommendations besides Kitna.
Matt Cassel hosts Buffalo this week and the only issue that I have here is that Buffalo is lousy vs. the run. That said, Buffalo has allowed 2 passing TDs in each of their past 5 games. This is a very favorable matchup for Cassel and he should do quite well here.
Carson Palmer is hosting Miami and he should be in your lineup after throwing for 412 yds last weekend. He threw for 3 TDs and he now has a viable 3rd target with Jordan Shipley. The Dolphins have allowed two 300 yd passers in the last two games, Roethlisberger and Rodgers have each fared quite well vs. the fish.
Kyle Orton had a lousy game last week when Denver got blown out by the Raiders. This week, the Broncos travel to London to take on the 49ers who have allowed 4 QBs to pass for multiple TDs this year. San Francisco will have their hands full staying with the Denver receivers this week and Denver should get back on track heading into the BYE week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is at Kansas City this week. I normally would not recommend Fitz in
Chad Henne is visiting Cincinnati this weekend and all signs point to a high scoring affair. The Bengals are without a couple of key guys on defense and Henne is savvy enough to take care of business here. Last week, Matt Ryan threw for 299 yds and 3 TDs and for Miami, both Marshall and Devone Bess are playing at a high level .
I do not recommend Donovan McNabb at Detroit, Brett Favre at New England, Matt Hasselbeck at Oakland, Sam Bradford vs. Carolina, or Vince Young at san Diego.
Marshawn Lynch is at Oakland this week. He’s now the man for Seattle and ended up with 89 yds on 24 carries last week. The Raiders have allowed 9 TDs to opposing running backs this year and Lynch should take care of business here. I like him as a must start option this week. If you have Lynch, get him in the lineup.
Felix Jones vs. Jacksonville. With the injury to Romo, the Boys will be leaning heavily on the running game. The Jags have allowed 10 rushing TDs this year and that trend should continue here. If Dallas is going to establish more of a run pass balance, this game should give them an idea of how well that approach will do.
Fred Jackson is at Kansas City this week. He’s done a solid job of working for the Bills since Lynch has left for Seattle. That said, he has not scored a touchdown since Week 2 at Green Bay, however he could score a TD this week.. He is a good rusher to have in the lineup if yardage is counted.
Thomas Jones plays host to Buffalo this week and both he and Jamaal Charles should be good a score. Jones has rushed for 335 yds and 30 carries in the past two games and he should be good in this slot against a weaker run opponent.
Mike Hart is hosting Houston this week and the third string back for the Colts has come into his own. Both Joseph Addai and Donald Brown are banged up and Hart has proven that he can carry the rock with the best of them. A warning here: Make sure you’re on top of the injury report with this Monday night game because either Addai or Brown could be ready. I expect Hart to get the nod here.
I cannot recommend Chris Ivory vs. Pittsburgh, Ryan Mathews vs. Tennessee, Danny Woodhead vs. Minnesota, Brandon Jackson at New York Jets or Michael Bush vs. Seattle.
Dez Bryant is hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. This past Monday he was impressive while the Cowboys had their hands full replacing Romo. He ended with 4 catches for 54 yds and 2 TDs and appears to be Kitna’s go to guy. .This is a great matchup to give him a lineup spot. This could also be a sign of things to come for the Cowboys. As I stated earlier,all of Kitna’s weapons are good to go, healthy and looking for the rock.
Pierre Garcon vs, Houston this week on Monday night and he has a lot going in his favor. Both Dallas Clark and Austin Collie are scratches but he’s facing a depleted secondary for Texas as well. Plus, Indy should be highly motivated since Houston knocked them off earlier this year. He’s coming off his best game of the season in week 6 where he ended with 4 catches 103 yds and 1 TD.
Mike Williams is at Arizona this week and he continues to see a heavy amount of targets. Tampa’s QB Josh Freeman is playing at an expected higher level this year and Williams is the reason why. This duo should play well against the Cardinals this week.
Steve Smith is at St. Louis this week and the Rams are dealing with injuries in their secondary this week. Smith has scored a TD in each of his last two games vs. St. Louis and the Rams have allowed 6 TDs to Wide receivers this year. All this plays into a start and some good production for Smith.
Patrick Crayton hosts Tennessee this week. I recommended him last week and he should continue to produce as long as Malcom Floyd is hurting and Antonio Gates is a bit wobbly. In the last two games Crayton has earned the trust of Philip Rivers and has been targeted for 13 catches and 199 yds. Thwere is no reason this think he will not continue to produce this week.
I;m a big fan of Davone Bess who is at Cincinnati this week. Most of the time he is the second option past Brandon Marshall for the Dolphins. Granted, Bess is more of a sleeper this week but evfentually Cincy will be double teaming Marshall and Bess will be the guy who ges the points when this happens. If you’re stuck for a guy this week, Bess is a good choice.
I don’t like Donald Driver at New York Jets, Robert meachum vs. Pittsburgh, Michael Crabtree vs. Denver, Mike Sims-Walker at dallas of Mike Williams at Oakland
Kellen Winslow is at Arizona this week and so far this season he’s been a bust. So far this season he has minimal yards and no touchdowns. I’m recommending him here because of the matchup. The Cardinals have proven to be awful vs. Tight Ends this year and Winslow should produce. Zach Miller, Jeremy Shockey and Antonio Gates have all produced vs. Arizona and Winslow should do well here.
Tony Moeaki is hosting Buffalo this weekend and like Winslow, Tony is on his last chance for this columnist as well. Every tight end has produced against Buffalo and Moeaki should be no exception here. Yes, he did struggle against both Houston and Jacksonville the past two wqeeks bu this should be a good solid game for big Tony.
Jacob Tamme is hosting Houston this week and with Indy being depleted at the tight end spot, Tamme could shine. Someone needs to step up with Dallas Clark gone for the season and Tamme has a great chance to do just that. It’s a risk to start him as he has no catches this year but this is a sleeper if ever there was one.
I do not recommend Mercedes Lewis at Dallas, Jeremy Shockey vs. Pittsburgh, Owen Daniels at Indianapolis, or Jermaine Gresham vs. Miami.[Soft Break]
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
New England Patriots vs. Minnesota
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona
Washington Redskins at Detroit
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland
I do not recommend New Orleans vs. Pittsburgh
Nick Folk vs. Green Bay
Kris Brown vs. Tennessee
Ryan Succop vs. Buffalo
David Buehler vs. Jacksonville
I do not recommend Joe Nedney vs. Denver