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Week 8 Tidbits

Audibles takes a look at Week 8 Match-ups…

I have heard all the cliches that Fantasy Footballers use like “Always Start Your Studs, Ride Your Horses, Dance With The Girl That Brung Ya, and Spend Your Money Where you Earn It. Well, all except the last one. These cliches are like a bad sales conference call that I take every Thursday morning at work where some guy, who is depriving a village of an idiot, tells the rest of us diligent sales managers how he has discovered the secret. ” I just got back to basics.”

After the third sentence I tune him out like the class listening to the teacher in The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown…. Wah wah wah wah.

Do yourself a favor and ignore the cliches. Look for opportunity and exploit it.

Sometimes I am an idiot, and other times I show flashes of true brilliance. Overall, I end up fairly even and usually in the hunt.

Last Week I bombed on Larry Johnson. I was letting the numbers and nostalgia cloud my inner voice that told me to stay the hell away from Chief’s players. I celebrate the Mike Wallace pickup advice because I was right and Wallace came up big. (He’s good)

This week I like Kevin Walter -Wr (Hou) at Buffalo.

Andre Johnson is Questionable, and Jacoby Jones is a two catch per game guy. Walter is due, catching 78 percent of his targets since he returned in week #3.

Buffalo doesn’t give up many points to receivers, but has not been able to stop the run which translates into sustained drives. I think Steve Slaton is big this week and should Johnson not play then I see Walter in the end zone. This game will be in the 50 plus point category. He is available in most leagues. He also has a favorable schedule going forward, and tight end Owen Daniels that has been red hot. The game plan will be around stopping the tight end and running game.

Matt Schaub is on fire, 16td’s to 5 int’s. Forget about Jacoby Jones unless you get credit for return yards, Walter is your man. Buffalo is without CB Leodis McKelvin and CB Terrence McGee was limited in practice (knee). Look at the depth chart folks…  I like the chances here since the safeties will be busy with Owen Daniel’s seam routes.

This week I like both Jaguars receivers. Cortland Finegan is battling a hamstring injury and will have a tough time versus Mike Sims-Walker, and Torry Holt. Did I forget to mention that they are horrible in pass coverage? I’m thinking the Jags handle this one through the air.

Minnesota secondary is banged up as well and I look for Donald Driver, and James Jones to get lots of work. Greg Jennings may also finally join the end zone party. The Packers will not be able to run which equals 30 attempts for Aaron Rodgers. This will be lots of fun to watch again.

Matt Forte isn’t a bust. He just needs to play the Browns every week. Good thing he is this week. He will get tons of work with the Browns giving up an average of 15.57 points per week to rushers. He finds the stripe this week.

Not so fast on your Kevin Smith has a huge game versus the Rams. I know St. Louis is a doormat team, but they get a boost at linebacker as David Vobora returns from suspension. Vobora was the last player selected in the 2008 draft. Who says the Rams can’t play run defense? I liked it much better before Witherspoon was traded but I love James Laurinaitis at MLB, Paris Lenon at WLB, and Vobora at SLB.

Despite the Mr. Irrelevant tag, this kid from Idaho can play. I don’t think you are going to have the performance out of Smith that you were expecting. I’m a Rams fan so what do I know? That stopping Kevin Smith is the game plan and that winning even against the Lions is winning for this week.

I’ll be sitting in a contoured seat come Sunday watching the action as it happens. I finally did away with Larry Johnson and grabbed Julius Jones who was released in my league.

My week hinges on Jay Cutler and Greg Olsen against Cleveland this week. If they put up serviceable numbers, I’m like the Rams in that I too could win.

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