NFL Week-8: Fantasy Football Preview
Luis Reyes – Oct 27, 2012
After an ugly win last week, the Oakland Raiders are looking to improve their play against a weak Kansas City Chiefs team. Kansas City has well under performed this season with a 1-5 record so far this season.
This should be another favorable match up for the Raiders both in Fantasy and in real life. The Raiders passing attack has improved ranking 9th in the NFL although they haven’t produced as many points as you would like, and the Running game is still awful ranking 31st in the league.
Since the Zone Blocking Scheme is such a difficult concept to master yet effective when perfected, we know it takes time for the players to get use to it and get production out of it. So once again we can only hope this is the week the Raiders run game gets going, after so many weeks of futility.
Carson Palmer – Unless there is a very unfavorable matchup I will probably me mentioning Carson Palmer first every week. Once again Palmer earned respect of the Raider Nation taking massive hits and standing tall in the pocket to lead the Raiders to a victory.
Once again he came close to 300 yards and threw a touchdown pass. It’s clear Knapp and the Raiders will keep relying on Palmer throughout the entire season. If the run game keeps struggling Palmer will have to pass more, and if the run game gets going then the bombs will probably start coming.
This week’s match up seems very favorable for Palmer and the Raiders. Chiefs are allowing the 8th most fantasy points to quarterbacks and have allowed 13 passing touchdowns to only four interceptions. Besides Joe Flacco all other quarterbacks have managed to put up more than 15 fantasy points against the Chiefs.
Darren McFadden – Ok I know you might be thinking “McFadden again!?” But truth is, this is another favorable match up for him against the Chiefs. McFadden continues to struggle in the zone blocking scheme, but as Raider fans, we can’t help but be optimistic about this incredible athlete.
Even with a bad game McFadden continues to be a focal point of the Raiders offense. They keep going over and over to him on the ground and through the air.
Kansas City has been quite awful against the run. They are ranked 22nd in rush defense allowing 125 yards per game and allowing the 6th most fantasy points to Running Backs this season.
Raiders Defense – The Raiders defense has been improving lately. They have been getting turnovers lately and that’s what counts in fantasy.
Against Atlanta they caught three interceptions from Matt Ryan, and against the Jaguars they forced a fumble and recovered it.
Kansas City has given up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses, and that was with Matt Cassel under center. Now that they will be counting on Brady Quinn, they will probably be even worse. Unless Quinn went through a remarkable improvement while backing up Tebow and Cassel, he will probably still be pretty darn awful, like he was with the Browns.
Quinn is a turnover machine, so if the Raiders secondary can confuse him just a bit, they should get a few picks away from him and maybe even take one back to the house.
Week 8 Sleepers and Duds
I can’t stress the fact that fantasy football is a game of match ups. I know it’s hard to sit your highly drafted players but depending on how the season is going, sometimes it’s the best option.
This week there are some favorable match ups for some players you can find on the waiver wire, and there are some match ups that might make you think twice about starting your highly drafted player.
Week 8 Sleepers
Rashad Jennings – Probably the hottest commodity out of the waiver wire. Rashad Jennings has always played well when Maurice Jones-Drew is not available, and now that MJD has been ruled out this Runningback is an almost a sure thing in fantasy football. Green Bay has been right about the middle of the pack in run defense but Jennings is almost certainly guaranteed to get more than 20 touches.
Brandon Weeden – After a rocky start Weeden has become a reliable fantasy option. The Browns have really started to trust him calling a ton of passing plays, and that has actually gone well for Weeden since he has three consecutive games with two passing touchdowns and more than 16 fantasy points. The Chargers have given up the 7th most fantasy points to Quarterbacks so that’s another reason why Weeden can have a good week. I personally benched Cam Newton for Weeden this week in one of my leagues.
Brandon Stokley – Stokley has been a reliable safety valve for Peyton Manning all season. He already has three touchdowns in six games and that’s facing a very decent group of defenses (Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Houston and New England). On Sunday he will go up against the Saints which have been quite horrible on defense giving up the 2nd most fantasy point to Wide Receivers. Given the Match up, I can see Stokley easily put up more than 10 fantasy points this week.
Week 8 Duds
Cam Newton – My first mention is by far Cam Newton. He has been very inconsistent all year both in real life and fantasy, and now he’s going up against an extremely tough Bears defense. Newton has followed a trend all year of one good game one bad game, and after a decent game last week he will probably struggle against the defense that has allowed the least points this season (13 points per game). I know you probably paid a lot for Newton on draft day, but I just can’t start him this week.
Mikel Leshoure – Another tough match up for Leshoure. He has talent, but the match ups aren’t helping lately. Last week he struggled to get going on the ground against Chicago and I can see the same thing happening against a tough Seattle defense. Seattle defenders are quick to the point of attack and Leshoure is no speedster to beat them there. He can get some yards but I doubt he gets sees the end zone this week.
Desean Jackson – Desean Jackson has been kept under control this season. Maybe it’s because of Vick’s horrible play or because the Eagles have been turning the ball over so much. What I do know is that Jackson has only caught one touchdown pass all year, and he hasn’t had a 100 yard receiving game with a touchdown since Week 1 of 2011. On top of that he will be facing the Falcons who have been terrific against the pass all season giving up the 7h least amount of fantasy points to Wide Receivers.
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