BYE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, NY Giants, Philadelphia
Each week we will analyze the matchups and provide our take on which WRs you should start and which should be riding the pine based on difficult matchups, injuries, potential weather problems etc. In week 8, fantasy owners will be scrambling to replace Roddy White, Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith. In week 8, the Bills tandem of Lee Evans and Steve Johnson will be popular waiver wire additions and should be a solid plays against a KC defense that ranks 25th against the pass. Temper your expectations for Kenny Britt (@ SD) as the Chargers ranked #1 in pass defense through 7 weeks.
If your receivers are facing these defenses you may want to go in a different direction unless you have every week stud starters. Best Pass Defenses in 2010 (less than 200 passing yards/game allowed): NY Giants, San Diego, New Orleans, Carolina, Oakland, and Tampa Bay.
On the flip side if you have WRs facing these porous secondaries its probably worth splitting them out wide for your fantasy squad in week 8. The Weakest Pass Defenses in 2010 (over 250 passing yards/game allowed): Jacksonville, Atlanta, New England, Seattle, Washington, Houston.
FFtoday.com has TO at #3 this week as the Bengals return home to face Miami’s 17th ranked pass defense (217 yards/game). If he draws struggling CB Jason Allen, Ocho Uno could be a fantasy beast in week 8.
ProFootballWeekly.com ranks Santana Moss at #6 this week for a favorable matchup with Detroit’s 20th ranked pass defense (224 yards/game and 10 passing TDs).
Yahoo.com is higher than most on Tampa rookie Mike Williams as they ranked him 12th for a trip to the desert to face Arizona’s 21st ranked pass defense (227 yards/game).
FantasyPros911.com are expecting the switch to Jon Kitna to hamper Miles Austin as they have him plummeting to #22 this week despite a very favorable matchup with a Jags defense that ranks 27th against the pass and have allowed a league worst 16 TDs through the air.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN:
UPGRADE: Percy Harvin (at New England) - Despite two fractured bones in his ankle, Favre will more than likely to to suit up for his 316th consecutive start – not sure if that’s good or bad for the Vikings as #4 has been completed some back breaking passes to the opposition which have been instrumental in the Vikes disappointing 2-4 start. You know Belichick is going to devise a gameplan to keep Randy Moss in check.
Over the past four games , Harvin is averaging 5 catches for 60 yards and has 3 TDs. New England’s secondary has struggled all season and ranks 30th allowing 282 yards/game to opposing QBs. They have yielded 12 passsing TDs and starting strong safety Patrick Chung is battling a knee injury but is expected to start. Slot receivers have been burning New England all season as Davone Bess, Roscoe Parrish, Patrick Crayton and Derrick Mason have all exceeded 80 yards – needless to say Percy is the best of that bunch and has a great chance at 100 yards and a TD in what amounts to a must win game for Minnesota.
DOWNGRADE: Michael Crabtree (vs Denver) - Other than his week 5 performance against Philly (9 catches for 105 yards, TD), the 2nd year former 1st round pick has been a major disappointment this season. Through 7 games, Crabtree is averaging only 47 yards and has two TDs. The switch to Troy Smith at QB isn’t going to help matters this week and neither will a likely matchup with Denver’s shutdown CB Champ Bailey. Denver’s pass defense ranks 10th allowing 206 yards/game.
SLEEPER: WR Pierre Garcon (at Houston) – With Dallas Clark (out for the season) and Austin Collie sidelined following hand surgery, Garcon should be the #2 option for Peyton Manning on Monday night provided his hamstring injury is under control. In week 1, Manning completed 40 passes for 433 yards and 3 TDs against the Texans league worst pass defense (allowing 306 yards/game). In two games against Houston last season, Garcon averaged 5 catches for 60 yards.