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Fantasy Football Report: Week 8

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Week 7 was not kind to my fantasy teams. Too many key players on byes and what was left wasn’t good enough. My first place team was hammered by 20 and my former .500 team lost by an extra point. Hopefully week 8 is a little better although four more teams have byes this week. Here’s who you’ll need to replace:

Baltimore: Flacco, Rice, Smith, Boldin, Pitta, defense

Buffalo: Spiller, Jackson, Johnson

Cincinnati: Dalton, Green-Ellis, Green

Houston: Schaub, Foster, Johnson, Walter, Daniels, defense

Some pretty good running backs on byes this week and a few starting wide receivers as well. There’s a few guys out there likely on your waiver wire that could help at least in the short term.

RB: Rashad Jennings-Jacksonville. MJD has an arch injury and is out for a few weeks. Someone has to tote the rock. I’ve got a waiver claim in on him. You probably should too.

Jonathon Dwyer-Pittsburgh. He was the hot hand last week and will lose his role when Mendenhall is healthy. Mendenhall’s not healthy yet.

Montario Hardesty-Cleveland. Richardson is dinged up. Hardesty is up next in line.

Shane Vereen-New England. Passed Bolden as the change of pace back and has earned a role in relief of Ridley.

WR: Jeremy Kerley-Jets. Yeah it’s not a vaunted offense, but Kerley is the #1 option and is available in a lOT of leagues. Get him rostered.

Titus Young-Detroit. Young was already cutting into Nate Burleson’s looks before Burleson broke his leg Monday night. Young gets a lot of single coverage playing across from Megatron.

Ryan Broyles-Detroit. The NCAA’s all-time reception leader is finally healthy and scored the lone TD Monday night and was targeted in the end zone again on the final drive. Worth a long look especially in deeper leagues.

Darrius Heyward-Bey-Oakland. Looks like he’s healthy again and stretching defenses.

Jerome Simpson-Minnesota. Yeah it’s a homer pick, but he looks to be getting healthy and the Vikings are eventually going to need another option beyond AP and Harvin.

QB: Josh Freeman-Tampa Bay. Been red hot the past few weeks and gets a Vikings secondary Thursday night that isn’t exactly among the leagues elite.

Jake Locker-Tennessee. Hasselbeck will start again this week to give Locker a chance to completely heal, but the Titans will be Locker’s team starting next week again to go with a finally healthy Kenny Britt.

Brady Quinn-KC. He can’t be as bad as Matt Cassell, can he??

I look for an angry Patriots team, who snuck past the Jets, to pile up some points in St. Louis; Green Bay to do the same at home against Jacksonville; and if you like Arena football type scoring, we may just get it Sunday night as New Orleans travels to Denver.

On the flip side, the Giants and Cowboys will likely play one of those typical tight, low scoring NFC East battles, and on Monday night, all the points may come from the kickers and defenses as San Francisco goes to Arizona.

Good luck this week…I know I need it!

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