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Week 8: Black & Blue

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Apparently, Week 6 was not bloody enough with bruises, sprains, tears and breaks as Week 7 continued the painful trend, which included several season-ending injuries. Sam Bradford , Reggie Wayne and Brian Cushing have played their last games already as their 2013 seasons are officially over. It also appears that Jermichael Finley ’s season may also be over after a horrific neck injury; however, all medical reports have been positive for the long term. Doug Martin tore his labrum and his status for the remainder of the season is still in jeopardy. Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Josh Freeman are undergoing concussion tests and are unlikely to suit up in Week 8. Both Houston running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate suffered injuries, but neither have been considered overly serious and Houston’s Week 8 bye could not come at a better time!

With all of the pain and suffering occurring in Week 7, let’s focus on several players with major upside in Week 8!

Quarterback

Carson Palmer ’s days of fantasy relevance have been in the rear view mirror for a while now. Thus far in Arizona, Palmer has thrown only eight touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions. If your quarterback is injured or on bye for Week 8, I reluctantly suggest Palmer as a strong play against the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta’s secondary has allowed at least two passing touchdowns in every game this season and has not recorded an interception since Week 3.

Week 8 Forecast: 225 passing yards, 2 TD

Running Back

Eddie Lacy seems to be one of the only Green Bay opening day starters still healthy! With the loss of Randall Cobb , James Jones and now Jermichael Finley, Lacy has even taken on a greater role in the passing game as he hauled in five catches last game. He has an attractive divisional matchup against the struggling Minnesota Vikings, who will be playing on short rest, are experiencing serious offensive woes, and have given up the second-most points to opposing running backs.

Week 8 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD

Wide Receiver

Pierre Garcon and the Washington Redskins will be welcoming a very angry Denver Broncos squad that just lost to Indianapolis in Week 7. Expect a shootout as Peyton Manning will be torching Washington’s secondary, and Robert Griffin III will be forced to keep pace. Garcon should be a key target for Griffin III as Denver allows the third-most points to opposing wideouts.

Week 8 Forecast: 80 yards, TD

Tight End

I will go out on a limb and pick another Washington Redskin for a big game this weekend against Denver.
Jordan Reed has shown so much value to coach Mike Shanahan that Fred Davis is now being used as trade bait. Reed caught all nine targets for 134 receiving yards and a score in Week 7, and should have another great start against Denver, who has surrendered the fourth-most receiving yards to opposing tight ends.

Week 8 Forecast: 60 yards, TD

Defense/Special Teams

With the offensive debacle on Monday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings are now an offense that fantasy owners will look to plug-and-play against. Initially, the Green Bay Packers were licking their chops to battle
Josh Freeman after his Monday Night meltdown. However, Freeman reportedly suffered a concussion, which placed Christian Ponder back in the driver’s seat. Regardless, Green Bay will provide ample quarterback pressure as the Packers are tied for seventh in sacks and will stack the box against Adrian Peterson .

Week 8 Forecast: 14 points

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Week 7 Results

Quarterback - Nick Foles
Week 7 Forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 7 Results: 80 passing yards, 25 rushing yards (bad call partially due to leaving game early with injury)

Running Back - Brandon Jacobs
Week 7 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Week 7 Results: Did Not Play (late scratch)

Wide Receiver - Justin Blackmon
Week 7 Forecast: 100 yards, TD
Week 7 Results: 58 yards (bad call)

Tight End - Kyle Rudolph
Week 7 Forecast: 60 yards, TD
Week 7 Results: 27 yards (bad call)

Defense/Special Teams - San Diego Chargers
Week 7 Forecast: 13 points
Week 7 Results: 15 points (good call)

Good luck in Week 8!