Week 8:

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Weekly Rant

With Week 8 set to kick off in just a few hours, I wanted to talk a little about Week 7 and provide a preview of what to expect from Week 8.

Week 7 Recap:

Lots went down last week, from the Buccaneers Vincent Jackson demolishing the 200-yard receiving mark against the Saints, to Chris Johnson‘s 195 yard running performance against the bills.  Let’s start off by talking about last weeks top performers.

Drew Brees (QB): 30.18 Points*

  • Putting on an absolute clinic last week, Drew compiled a stat line of 377 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns and just 1 interception.  All 4 touchdowns were thrown to different receivers demonstrating his ability to hit targets all over the field.  While the Bucs managed to put up another impressive offensive performance it was not enough to match this weeks top fantasy quarterback.

Chris Johnson (RB): 31.80 Points*CJ2K

  • I would be negligent as a fantasy blogger if I didn’t mention he put these numbers up playing the dismal Bills D, but none the less 195 rushing yards is no small feat.  Additionally, CJ had 2 touchdown “valchered” from him at the 1 and 2 yard line.
  • Stumbling to find his stride in the beginning of the season, Chris Johnson is starting to get into his “CJ2K” form over the last couple weeks.  If  Fun fact, extrapolate the last four weeks over an entire season and he would be on pace for 1,800 rushing yards.  Not to shabby….

Vincent Jackson (WR): 27.60 Points*

  • The free agent finally showed us what he is really capable of with 7 catches for 200+ yards.  Josh Freeman is starting to find his own and this offence has turned into a scoring machine.  It will be interesting to see how they fair against a tough Vikings Defense.  Regardless of who they are playing, as of late V-Jacks is a must start

Rob Gronkowski (TE): 19.80 Points*

  • Not a big shocker to anyone to see this guys name as the top fantasy TE this week. He is an every D-mans nightmare, terrorizing safeties with his size and athletic ability.
  • He caught 2 touchdown passes and went for 78 receiving yards despite having a nagging hip injury.  He is the elite of elite tight ends and when healthy (or even remotely able to get on the field) is an absolute must play

Onto Week 8:

Tonight at 8:20 pm, the Tampa Buccaneers will try to keep up with the finely tuned Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings have gotten off to an amazing first half of the season and are probably the most surprising success story in the NFL.  Sitting atop the NFC North with the likes of the Chicago Bears, the Vikings have proven that they are an elite team.

Being a Percy Harvin fantasy owner myself,  I must admit that Vikings games could not be more fun. Percy is 2nd in the league to Wes Welker in receptions currently with 53.  Even if you are not in a PPR League, receptions are extremely important because it means they atleast have the opportunity to go off.  It is hard to rely on big play receivers who only get 1-2 looks each game.  Granted it may pay off here and there but it is by no means a steady stream of fantasy points.

For those Josh Freeman fantasy owners out there, I think this week will be a true test to see if he is worth constantly starting.  He has strung together to solid performances against Kansas City and New Orleans but the D he is facing tonight is a completely different animal.  If (and only if) he is able to put up a solid 18+ fantasy point performance I would give him a strong consideration for a starting gig (especially if you are in a 2 QB league).

Don’t forget to make your last minute waiver wire pickups (nothing says fantasy football nooblike starting a player on bye week). Don’t forget, any lineup questions send me a tweet at @TheFFLifestyle. Good luck fantasy footballing your way through Week 8!

*Yahoo! Fantasy Football Standard Scoring

  1. […] officially welcoming in Week 9, I want to take some time to go through some highlights of Week 8.  There were some big performances from some unexpected players and for all the Bills fans out […]

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