Week 8 2011

FantasyFootballStarters.com is on a roll. Week 8 marks their second consecutive weekly overall win the Fantasy Football Crystal Ball Accuracy Challenge. This week they took home prize rather handily on the strength of category wins (ties in each case actually) at Defense/Special Teams and Kicker. They also came in second at Running Back and third for the week at Tight End. Congratulations to FantasyFootballStarters, who have pulled themselves back into contention for 2011 Fantasy Football Ball Accuracy Challenge title.

The Eagles have rediscovered Brent Celek! Better late than never. Much was made heading into the season of Michael Vick claiming that he would be looking to throw to Celek more often. That all sort of fizzled once the season began, largely due to offensive line problems demanding Celek remaining in and blocking as opposed to getting involved in the passing game. Celek scored his first two TDs of the year in the last two weeks and in Week k 8 he enjoyed his best performance of 2011 by far with 7 catches, 94 yards, and 1 TD

Fred Davis did not practice today but he was out of the walking boot that he had been wearing since Sunday’s game. Fred Davis did not have a great game in Week 8 but most experts agree that he is set up to succeed as long as he is healthy.

The Patriots seem to collect mediocre running backs and once you think you have the handle on which one will be the go-to guy, you’re proven wrong. The team spent a couple draft picks on promising young rushers that threatened to cut into the production BenJarvis Green- Ellis who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2010. It turns out that they didn’t really kill the law firms value but enter 35-year old veteran Kevin Faulk and that may just do it. Faulk had 11 touches in Sunday’s loss as compared to just 5 touches for BJGE.

One of the better beat writers in the NFL, Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, is reporting that the MRI results from tests on his injured hamstring showed no serious damage. If the reports are correct, Nicks will be limited in practice but this injury shouldn’t keep him from Week 9′s dram matchup against the worst pass defense in the league.

It’s official Chargers bowling ball shaped RB Mike Tolbert (we still have no idea what he’s doing in this picture. Is that the chicken? A free Fantasy Football Crystal Ball premium membership for 2012 for anyone that can clarify that) has been ruled out with hand and hamstring issues.

Hardesty left Sunday’s game and had an MRI this morning that revealed what Browns HC Pat Shurmur referred to as a “moderate tear” in his calf. There is no timeline for his return but he is sure to miss games and there appears to be a chance that he could miss most or all of the remainder of the season. Peyton Hillis is still listed as day-to-day and missed Sundays game. Chris Ogbonnaya jumps to the head of the pack if Hillis can’t go next week.

Our good friends at FantasyAlarm.com provide this nice wrap up to the Sunday action every week and they have some interesting things to point out. For instance, for those of you that did not have to suffer through the Lions/Broncos game you probably won’t read in very many other places that Broncos receivers dropped 6 “bread basket” catches.

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