Week 8 Fantasy Football Observations

October 28, 2008

There’s nothing like waking up on a Tuesday morning to find that you lost a fantasy game by .19 points. Throw in the fact that I lost by .84 points in that same league two weeks prior and you’ve got one disappointed owner. Maybe I need Mike Singletary to yell at the boys to wake them up. Overall it was a rough 2-3 week and I’m only left in first place in one league and have a 22-18 record. The good news is that if the playoffs started today I’d be in with four of my five teams and am right on the doorstep with the other. Here are my few thoughts after Week 8.

 

I’m officially starting both Chris Johnson and LenDale White even with both on the same fantasy squad given a good matchup. A tough matchup dictates putting White on the bench, but otherwise I’m cool trotting out both of them. Keep it up Titans running game!

 

I’m starting to come around to the Matt Jones camp in Jacksonville. I thought the guy was going to be out of a job after his drug bust this summer, but apparently he’s really good at apologizing. He’s averaging more than five catches and 65 yards per game, meaning anyone in a moderate to deep PPR league can start Jones as a flex guy on a weekly basis. He’s got two touchdowns his last four weeks as well, so if David Garrard can continue improving in the second half of the season I think Jones becomes even more valuable.

 

The Chargers have been awful against tight ends this year, so I picked up Billy Miller as a bye week fill-in. Needless to say I was ticked when Mark Campbell was the tight end to find the end zone, but Miller still grabbed seven balls for 82 yards. At this point it might not be a bad idea to hang on to Miller if your tight end play has been less than stellar (and considering the state of the position this year, basically everyone falls in this category). Over the last four weeks, Miller has averaged 4.5 catches for 63 yards. He hasn’t scored a touchdown, but those are good enough stats for starting consideration many weeks, particularly in PPR formats.

 

Keep an eye on Brandon Jacobs in the coming weeks. He faced a daunting task at Pittsburgh this week and not surprisingly wound up with his first dud of a fantasy week this season. But after seeing Jacobs struggle, Tom Coughlin had no problem going to Derrick Ward. Jacobs isn’t going to be running over defenses as easily as he has been to this point of the season with solid run defenses like Dallas, Philadelphia and Baltimore on the horizon the next three weeks. And after a date with Arizona in Week 12, the Giants finish up with Washington, Philly, Dallas, Carolina and Minnesota – all top 10 defenses in fantasy points allowed to running backs this season. Throw in the fact that Jacobs has fumbled each of the past two weeks to give Coughlin a little more pause and that he’s yet to suffer his token injury, and it might be time to sell on Jacobs.

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