by Steve Geller, firstname.lastname@example.org,posted Oct 25 2013 10:38AM
This week is really tough for fantasy owners not only because it's a bye week, but also due to the numerous injuries to some big names last week. Here is some of my friendly advice for week 8:
Patriots QB Tom Brady
Tom Terrific has look more like Tom Tepid this year. He's been riding my bench more often than not and I'm certainly not starting his this week against Miami.
Brady has thrown over 300 yards just once this season and has struggled to connect with his new wide receivers. Now that Rob Gronkowski is back there should be an increase in production, but I still can't rely on Brady to give my team adequate point production. To tell you just how bad things are…I'm opting to start Oakland's Terrelle Pryor this week.
Jets RB Chris Ivory
This name still upsets many Saints fans who feel Ivory should still be wearing Black & Gold while Mark Ingram should have been the one sent packing. That's a whole other discussion, but guess what? Ivory has done diddly pooh all season till last week's 104 yard day.
Don't expect the much maligned RB to duplicate that success this week against a Bengals defense that is giving up the 7th fewest points to opposing running backs.
Cowboys WR Miles Austin
The former star has become just an afterthought in the Cowboys offense, making him not even worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues. Austin was dealing with a hamstring injury, but returned to the lineup in week six. Wait you didn't know he was back! Yeah, well neither did his QB Tony Romo. Austin has been held catchless over the past two games as rookie Terrance Williams has replaced him a lot earlier than expected.
Saints WR Marques Colston
Boy oh boy has Colston struggled and frustrated fantasy owners this season. But he's got a great match-up this week against the Bills and could be in store for a few more looks from Drew Brees with the status of Jimmy Graham still up in the air.
Hopefully the bye week helps recharge the Quiet Storm as he could potentially put up huge numbers against a Buffalo defense that is allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to WRs. Only the Philadelphia Eagles are worse.
Patriots RB Stevan Ridley
I was able to vulture Ridley off the waiver wire after an impatient owner decided to cut ties with him way too early. Sad thing is I even told him to just hold on and wait because Ridley was too talented to just let go for nadda. No really I did!
Well whadda you know, over the last 2 weeks he has rushed for 146 yards and 3 scores. This tells me that Coach Bellichek has started to trust Ridley again and he may be retuning to 2012 form. This week the Pats take on the ‘Fins who have given up the 5th most points to opposing RBs.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed
First off, run to waiver wire to see if Reed is still available in your league. Washington was excited when they drafted him in the third round of this year's draft, but could not have expected Reed to be such a difference maker so early. Each week, the Redskins began to involve the rookie more and more in the offense and he busted out this past week, going off for nine receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown. He has become the number two guy in the passing game behind Pierre Garcon and faces a great matchup this week. Washington faces a Denver D that is giving up an NFL worst 319 yards passing per game. Reed not only makes for a great start at TE, but also at the flex position.