Week 8 Byes: Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, Buccaneers
Christian Ponder – QB
His mobility alone makes him a fantasy asset. After you mix in his accuracy he becomes a viable fantasy player during bye-weeks. Hopefully he has Percy Harvin to throw to if not Michael Jenkins becomes ‘the guy’ as well as Visanthe Shiancoe.
John Beck – QB
This is just a match-up play. Buffalo ranks 29th in the league against the pass but Beck will be without Santana Moss the only real receiving threat the Redskins have. Thankfully he will still have Fred Davis to his disposal. Good news is that Beck is almost a guarantee to be available in your league. Expect 10-15 points.
DeMarco Murray – RB
Don’t expect him to rack up over even 100 yards a week but here comes another favorable match-up. Felix Jones is unlikely to be back and Tashard Choice shouldn’t steal too many touches as long as Murray continues to show dominance.
Maurice Morris – RB
Touch call on this one but seeing as Jahvid Best is still dealing with concussion issues Morris likely gets the start against the Broncos. Expect Morris and Kelland Williams to split carries with Morris getting about 60% of the touches.
Torrey Smith – WR
I’ve said all along Torrey Smith is a match-up play and he has the best match-up this season against the Cardinals who rank 31st in the league against opposing receivers. Strong potential for 100 yards and a touchdown in this one.
Demaryius Thomas – WR
Not so much for this week but for the rest of the season. With Brandon Lloyd gone and Eric Decker getting all the attention (for now) from defenses Demaryius Thomas is a deep threat waiting to happen. We all know how Tim Tebow makes poor decisions but that actually benefits physical receivers. Once Thomas and Tebow improve their chemistry it is entirely possible he becomes the go to guy.
Jeremy Shockey – TE
He has been arguably the most consistent tight end this season. He has at least three catches in every game but one but no more than four in any. He is a lock for about four catches and fifty yards.
Heath Miller – TE
Great match up this week for Miller as the Patriots are severely lacking at the linebacker position. Expect Miller to have another 5-7 catch day with a strong possibility for a touchdown. One of the better times this year to use Miller.
Kicker pick-up of the week: John Kasay
D/ST pick-up of the week: Texans
Other Potential Pick-ups: Matt Cassel (QB), Matt Hasselbeck (QB), Montario Hardesty (RB), Michael Bush *BYE* (RB), Steve Breaston (WR), Doug Baldwin (WR), Damian Williams (WR), Jake Ballard (TE), Ed Dickson (TE)
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