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As usual, there was no shortage of surprises and disappointments in Week 7. Finally, owners witnessed vintage Chris Johnson as he had a monster game despite his backup vulturing two scores. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers continued to thank owners for drafting them in the first round. V-Jax, Victor Cruz, and Jordy Nelson also continued their hot trend.
Take a dive with me as review Week 7 and highlight several key plays for Week 8.
QB Brandon Weeden
Don’t shake your head, yet? When was the last time you have seen a Cleveland Browns’ quarterback recommended? I don’t remember either.
With one win and six losses, Cleveland will likely end the season in the basement of the AFC North. However, rookie quarterback Weeden has played exceptionally well this season including three games in a row with a pair of touchdowns. Cleveland welcomes the San Diego Chargers who were humiliated by suffering one of the worst collapses in NFL history on Monday Night Football a few weeks ago. The Chargers’ secondary has allowed 12 passing touchdowns over the last four games to opposing quarterbacks. Although I expect San Diego to rebound and win this game, except Weeden to “get his.”
Week 8 Forecast: 250 passing yards and 2 TDs
RB Willis McGahee
Veteran running back Willis McGahee may be in his ninth season and third different team, but he is still a very consistent producer for fantasy teams. In fact, he is averaging almost 95 total yards per game, which ranks him near the top 15 backs. Although Denver may be “pass first” with Peyton Manning at the helm, expect McGahee to continue his consistent ways and run over the New Orleans’ Saints this weekend, who allow the second most fantasy points to opposing backs.
Week 8 Forecast: 110 total yards and 1 TD
WR Jeremy Kerley
Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets are not known for their torrid aerial assault, but they still do possess a few key weapons. With primary target Santonio Holmes sidelined with an injury, Kerley has stepped up as Sanchez’s main squeeze. Over the last three games, Kerley is averaging almost 80 yards and nearly nine targets per game. Kerley will be thrown to frequently this weekend versus a Dolphins team that has allowed an average 210 receiving yards per game over the last four games to opposing wideouts.
Week 8 Forecast: 100 receiving yards and 1 TD
TE Owen Daniels
The Houston Texans’ tight end ranks second among tight ends in most leagues. With defenses keying in to stop Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, quarterback Matt Schaub has found Owen Daniels open more often. In fact, Daniels has scores in four of his last five games. He is a must-start against Buffalo this weekend as they struggle against tight ends, and frankly every other position.
Week 8 Forecast: 75 receiving yards and 1 TD
DST New York Giants
The Giants’ defense has been superior over the previously touted Jets D. New York ranks sixth over the last month among defenses and faces a sub-par Dallas offense this weekend. New York will be looking to avenge their Week 1 loss. Dallas will be starting their second- or potentially third-string running back. Dallas’ offense has potential, but will likely struggle against New York’s aggressive defense this weekend.
Week 8 Forecast: 12 points
Week 7 Results:
QB Andrew Luck
Week 7 Forecast: 275 passing yards and 2 TDs
Week 7 Results: 186 passing yards and 2 rush TDs (good call)
RB Doug Martin
Week 7 Forecast: 125 total yards and 1 TD
Week 7 Results: 122 total yards and 1 TD (great call)
WR Donnie Avery
Week 7 Forecast: 80 total yards and 1 TD
Week 7 Results: 46 receiving yards (ok cal)
TE Martellus Bennett
Week 7 Forecast: 60 receiving yards and 1 TD
Week 7 Results: 79 receiving yards (good call)
Week 7 Forecast: 13 points
Week 7 Results: 18 points in most leagues (great call)
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