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Fantasy Flash Week 8: Pickups, starts and sits



None – Unfortunately this week, with so many people on a bye, if you don’t have a top 15 type QB on your roster this week, you won’t find 1 on the waiver roster. Pull off a small trade for someone like a Carson Palmer if you’re that desperate.


Mike James – Last week was the week to load up your WR group, this week, with all the injuries last week, there should be some RBs out there for you. Mike James is the best available for long term. It looks like Doug Martin could be done for a while if not for the year.

Chris Ivory – Boy, did Ivory sure came out of nowhere to run for over 100 off the Pats last week. Looks like he is finally healthy and they will try to work him into the offense more. For the Jets to stay close, they may need a similar type effort as last week from Ivory.

Roy Helu – In PPR league, Helu maybe the best bet. He was already known for his pass catching ability, but not that he seems to have found a regular spot in the new, Redskins, “Turbo”, hurry up offense, he makes for a great play this week in a game that Washington will need to score a lot to keep it close.


Percy Harvin – Just like it’s a slow week for the QBs, same for the WRs. Just like I mentioned last week, Harvin is very close to returning, possibly even this week. It may be too late to get him, but if he’s still there, grab him fast..

Jarrett Boykin – As I said last week, if you have a starting WR with Aaron Rodgers, that’s enough to deserve a pickup. It looks like James Jones will be out again, so if Boykin is still out there, this makes for another good start for him.

Jordan Reed – If you listened to me last week, I said Reed can be the Julius Thomas of the 2nd half. He started on that path with 9 catches for 134 yards and 1 TD. You’ll now need a high waiver pick to get him, especially with what happened to Finley last week and Graham possibly still out.


Carolina – The Panthers are hot right now and with the Doug Martin-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this should be another huge week for them on Thursday night. They face a very hard schedule after that, but right now, you have to roll with them..

New Orleans – Bills have an injured QB, an injured #1 WR, and 2 injured RBs. That’s not a good recipe when you are going to New Orleans and you know you have to score near 30 pts. Saints should get up early and let the pass rush loose.

Starts: (outside of top 10 players of that position):


Eli Manning – He was inches from having 3 TDs on Monday Night. The line is getting better and since they do not have a running game, you can expect him to be throwing a lot. Also, it helps that Philly has a horrible secondary right now.


Knowshon Moreno – This should be a high scoring game and unless Peyton throws for 5 TDs, which is possible, Moreno should get at least 1 TD from inside the 5.

Eddie Lacy – The Packers have unleashed the beast. Eddie Lacy is being leaned on more because of the lack of WRs and he’s taking advantage of it. Rodgers will still be good as usual, but Lacy good get 2 TDs just because of how bad the Minnesota defense is.


Jarrett Boykin – As I stated earlier, Boykin is a starter in a high powered offense with 1 of the best 3 QBs in the league. Add that he’s going against a bad pass defense and it’s the perfect combination for a week that has a lot of teams on a bye this week.

Larry Fitzgerald – This is probably the last chance for Larry. He’s 1 of the best WRs of all time, but injuries and bad QB play have completely sucked the life out of him. With a good matchup against a bad Atlanta secondary, if he doesn’t score this week, he may be ready for a permanent bench spot in fantasy.


Jordan Reed – Mr. Reed will be, in my opinion, a top 5 TE for the rest of the year. He’s super athletic and is really in tune mentally with RG3. He’s now a TE that can be started every week with confidence. Yes, I think he’s that good.



Alex Smith – Cleveland has a good secondary and Haden covers half the field. Kansas City has been close in games for about 2 and half quarters then they pull away. I expect the same, but I expect it coming from Charles, not Smith.


DeAngelo WIlliams – I liked the matchup for DeAngelo last week, but he only totaled 59 yards as the Panthers gave Tolbert a bigger role with 13 carries. This week he faces the Bucs and even though they aren’t a great team, they are good against RBs.

Stephen Jackson – Its being said that S-Jax will practice on Wednesday. Even if that’s true, I wouldn’t rush to put him in there for his 1st start since week 2. Also, Arizona is a very underrated defense and has been a top 10 defense against RBs.


Roddy White – Anyone that knows me, knows that I love Roddy as a WR, but he’s just not healthy and even if he makes it on the field this week, he won’t be completely healthy and he’s facing a top 5 team against the pass with Patrick Peterson. Give him another week before you start putting him in your lineup.

Vincent Jackson – Even with an unthinkable 22 targets, I still don’t like V-Jax this week. He’s going against 1 of the best defenses in the league, and now he is the center of attention with Doug Martin out for a while.


Jordan Cameron – Good TE, bad matchup. Because of their secondary and fast LBs, the Chiefs give up the least amount of points to TEs in the entire league. The best hope if you have to start Cameron is a garbage time TD, as we all know, those count too.


That was your Fantasy Football Flash Week 8 info.

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