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Week 8

I think even Christian “Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye rushed for a touchdown last week against the Falcons. Anyone who played Tecmo Bowl will appreciate that reference. The Brownies, Aints, Bucs and Rams will be riding the pine this week.

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.

2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!



Bye Weeks: Jeff Garcia, Aaron Brooks, Marc Bulger, Brian Griese

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. N.Y. Giants
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Baltimore
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Kansas City


David Carr, Houston (vs. Jacksonville): A well-rested Carr returns from a bye week to face a Jaguars pass defense that has allowed over 300 yards passing in back-to-back weeks. Look for Carr to make it three weeks in a row this week in Houston.

Trent Green, Kansas City (vs. Indianapolis): The frustration that Green owners suffered last week after the Chiefs scored 56 points without throwing a TD pass should subside this week. The K.C. offense is firing on all cylinders and the Colts have had trouble stopping the pass.


Michael Vick, Atlanta (vs. Denver): How the mighty have fallen. Vick has thrown for more than 200 yards only once this season. He’s done some damage on the ground, but not enough to make up the difference. The Broncos will be an angry team and always play tough at home.

Steve McNair, Tennessee (vs. Cincinnati): Will his Airness be ready play this week? Even if he does play, he most certainly will not be 100%. With the Titans expected to use Chris Brown early and often, McNair won’t light up the sky if he starts. Look for other options this week.


Running Backs

Bye Weeks: William Green, Lee Suggs, Deuce McAllister, Aaron Stecker, Marshall Faulk, Steven Jackson, Michael Pittman

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Priest Holmes, Kansas City vs. Indianapolis
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Oakland
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Washington
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. Miami
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Carolina
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. Kansas City
Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Minnesota


Chris Brown, Tennessee (vs. Cincinnati): Assuming Chris Brown’s turf toe doesn’t restrict him this week, Brown should return to the 100-yard mark as the Titan will emphasize the running game giving Brown ample opportunities.

Mewelde Moore, Minnesota (vs. N.Y. Giants): With Onterrio Smith suspended for another week, Moore will be the man in the Vikings running attack once again this week. With back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, Moore is a must start this week.

Chester Taylor, Baltimore (vs. Philadelphia): Another “fill-in” RB, posted solid numbers last week (21-89) and should have similar success this week as the Ravens will try to control the ball keeping T.O. and McNabb off the field as much as possible.


Sammy Morris, Miami (vs. N.Y. Jets): Morris posted his second solid game in a row last week and is certainly worth owning on your team. However, he does not have a favorable matchup this week heading on the road to face the Jets who lost a close one to the Pats last week.

Amos Zereoue, Oakland (vs. San Diego): With Tyrone Wheatley’s status for this week’s game upgraded to questionable, Zereoue’s production may be limited. The Chargers run defense has only allowed one 100-yard rusher all season and Zereoue isn’t likely to be number two.

Eddie George, Dallas (vs. Detroit): Taking a page out of the Keyshawn Johnson handbook, George started complaining to the media this week that he wanted more carries. Just give him the damn ball! Parcells may have the Cowboys pass every down this week. Avoid the Buckeye this week.


Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks: Andre Davis, Antonio Bryant, Dennis Northcutt, Joe Horn, Dante Stallworth, Jerome Pathon, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Michael Clayton, Tim Brown

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. N.Y. Giants
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia vs. Baltimore
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Kansas City
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. New England
*Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. Washington
*Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Jacksonville


Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (vs. Houston): The Smith/Leftwich connection has become quite dangerous. Smith has posted 100 yards receiving in two out of the last three games and should have another solid day on the road this week.

Amani Toomer, N.Y. Giants (vs. Minnesota): Will this be the week that Toomer finally reaches the endzone? Toomer should post solid receiving numbers this week, but the lack of TDs have kept him from making a true fantasy impact. Look for that to change this week.

Keyshawn Johnson, Dallas (vs. Detroit): Keyshawn’s time in Dallas hasn’t vaulted him back to the upper echelon of WRs. This week, the ‘Boys and Keyshawn will take advantage of a Lions pass defense that has seen injuries to five defensive backs this season.

Johnnie Morton, Kansas City (vs. Indianapolis): Morton has finally played an effective role in the Chiefs offense this season. He’s on pace for over 1,000 yards receiving and those numbers are likely to be padded this week against the Colts as the Chiefs are scoring at will these days.


Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona (vs. Buffalo): Fitzgerald has been playing well as of late scoring a TD in back-to-back games. This week, the Red Birds head into Buffalo still flying high from knocking off the Seahawks last week. Don’t expect big things from Fitzgerald and company as the Bills defense is rock solid.

David Terrell, Chicago (vs. San Francisco): After two 100-yard receiving performances, Terrell had one catch in week six and none last week. To make matters worse, last week he drew a penalty costing the Bears a 77-yards touchdown. Ugh. He might not be starting for the Bears this week let alone your fantasy team.

Santana Moss, N.Y. Jets (vs. Miami): The Dolphins defensive backs held a completely healthy Torry Holt to one catch last week. A banged up Santana Moss shouldn’t do much better this week.

Travis Taylor, Baltimore vs. (Philadelphia): Taylor returned from an injury last week with a two-catch 52-yard day. With the other Taylor (Chester) likely to be the main Ravens offensive weapon, Travis should be prepared to block for most of the day and not expect much action in the air.


Tight Ends

Bye Weeks: Aaron Shea, Boo Williams, Brandon Manumaleuna, Ken Dilger

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Indianapolis
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. N.Y. Jets
Daniel Graham, New England vs. Pittsburgh
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Oakland
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Denver
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Chicago


Doug Jolley, Oakland (vs. San Diego): Jolley had his best game of the season last week against the Saints catching four balls for 72 yards and a score. You can’t expect those numbers every week, but with Oakland likely to pass often this week, Jolley should impress once again.

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants (vs. Minnesota): I’m still waiting for one of those 10-catch, 100-yards, 2 TDs games from this guy. Facing the Vikings this week may be his best shot yet at having his breakout game.


Stephen Alexander, Detroit (vs. Dallas): Before Alexander’s five catches last week, he had ten catches in the previous five games. You’ll want more consistency before putting Alexander in your starting lineup.

Ben Troupe, Tennessee (vs. Cincinnati): Shad Meier is likely to return to practice this week which should limit the rookie’s role in the Titans passing game on Sunday.

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