My squad pulled off a big win last week over one of the league's better teams and is now 4-3 on the year. That's good enough to be 4th best in the league and 2nd in my division. Now I square off against WWL co-worker Mark Menard who is the GM of Stormageddon. Like the Saints, I'm looking to put together a 3 game win streak. I really like my match-ups, so I'm confident I will roll. Here are some of my suggestions for week 8:
Steven Jackson: Running Back, St. Louis Rams
New England has given up just the 23rd most fantasy points to opposing backs so far this season. Now add to that the fact that Daryl Richardson is cutting into Jackson's carries, and that's the reason why I consider him a must sit this week. He did log his first rushing TD of the year in Week 7 vs. Green Bay, but the split time is a huge factor to consider. Richardson's activity in the passing game also should be a concern since he is stealing additional time from Jackson.
Santana Moss: Wide Receiver, Washington Redskins
Moss has jumped into the primary role in Washington with the absence of Pierre Garcon, but I do not like the match-up this week. Pittsburgh has the ability to shutdown the passing game with their pass rush and is giving up the 23rd most fantasy point to receivers currently. Don't get me wrong, Santana is the best weapon at receiver for the 'Skins, but I do not think he is your answer this week.
Vernon Davis: Tight End, San Francisco 49ers
Davis has now had two down weeks in a row, with last week being a big goose egg on fantasy rosters. He can be a fantasy stud, but if defenses can hold him up and interfere with his ability to get open and grab passes, he's a fantasy liability. Davis has not scored a TD since Week 3 and faces a tough Arizona defense on Sunday. I think his drought continues.
Rashad Jennings: Running Back, Jacksonville Jaguars
It looks like Jennings will finally get his shot to start in Jacksonville over the next few weeks and maybe longer, depending how long MJD's foot injury keeps him out. After Jones-Drew went down this past week, Jennings came on in relief and rushed for 44 yards and 1 TD... as well as catching 7 passes for 58 yards. The Jags offense is sad and has very few players that can make any plays, so look for the Jennings to get involved early and often this week.
Chris Givens: Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams
For the first few weeks of the season, the only receiver that mattered in St. Louis was Danny Amendola. But since his injury, it's been a group effort to replace him. It seems Brandon Gibson has become Sam Bradford's favorite target, while Chris Givens has become the big play guy. He's caught a pass of at least 50 yards in 4 straight games. Well, this week the Rams face a New England offense that seems to have issues keeping leads. A lot of that has to do with not being able to stop the pass. The Pats are giving up the 4th most passing yards per game at 290. Bradford's trust in his rookie receiver seems to grow each week, and I have a feeling that continues in this game.
Heath Miller: Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller is coming off a very solid week vs. the Bengals, where he caught 6 passes for 53 yards, a touchdown and a 2 point conversion. This week he faces the Redskins who are giving up a league worst 328 yards per game through the air, and just last week gave up 5 receptions and 79 yards to Giants TE Martellus Bennett. With such a juicy match-up, you just can't leave him on the bench.
PICK UP OF THE WEEK
Brandon Weeden: Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
The fact that the Browns are 1-7 on the season has no doubt softened the impact of Brandon Weeden's solid play on the collective fantasy consciousness. After the kind of rocky start you'd expect from a rookie QB who stepped into a first day starting NFL gig with a non playoff team, Cleveland's 2012 first-round pick has made a dramatic turnaround. He has now thrown two TD passes in each of the last three games. He is averaging 262 yards and just one interception per contest over that span. Cleveland's faltering run game and tendency to play from behind have actually helped boost the first-year pivot's fantasy numbers. Don't be afraid to test him out this week against a San Diego team that is giving up 280 passing yards per game and fielding one of the top ten most pass friendly defenses.