If you haven’t figured it out by now, I like to start the keepers and sleepers articles by looking at the week 7 results. And looking at these results makes me want to pull my hair out. McFadden for a ridiculous 43 fantasy points, are you kidding me? OK now that we got that out of the way. The rest of the week for running backs was relatively normal (not so for wide receivers). Thomas Jones continues to have an excellent year and ADP gave us some nice yards in a loss. Ryan Mathews continues to disappoint, though at 2-5 you’d figure Norv Turner would try something different, like, I don’t know, establish the running game! Hopefully saner heads will prevail this week.
Week 8 brings another 6 team bye week and the sleepers section in my articles is more important than ever. If you own Michael Turner, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Peyton Hillis, or Matt Forte then you need to pay attention. Some heavy hitters out and that means this is a crucial week that you need to pick up for your run to the playoffs.
It was a crappy week for me for fantasy (not the worst this season but bad). Here are the 2010 fantasy football keepers and sleepers for week 8 of the NFL season:
1) Chris Wells – Not exactly a force to be reckoned with, Wells will start producing very shortly. Tim Hightower is in a doghouse in a doghouse for his fumbling issues. If Max Hall can somehow establish a semi decent passing game the Wells should end up with some decent yards. Week 8 is a game against the surprisingly lukewarm Tampa Bay Bucs. Honestly, this game could go either way but I would think Wells gets a few shots early on to establish a decent running game. I’m thinking he breaks the 100+ yard plateau.
2) Thomas Jones – Not that you would drop him, right? I had him last week and his matchup with Buffalo is just too ridiculous not to put him here in the keepers section. Jamaal Charles will get some nice touches too but I expect Jones to smash through the 100 yard barrier in the first half as the Chiefs try and take away Ryan Fitzpatrick’s time on the field.
3) Michael Bush – I know people are probably dropping him left and right. McFadden is doing pretty good this year BUT I think the Oakland running attack will be two pronged. Bush will still get the goal line looks and somewhere around 15 carries. I say he converts on 1 of those and puts up around 80 yards against the Seahawks in Oakland. I think it is safe to say Oakland will be running the ball a lot in the future.
4) Ryan Mathews – Don’t trade him. It’s OK I want to too. I’m fragging fed up with waiting and Tolbert getting the darn touchdowns. Be patient, Mathews will be the one to win the playoffs for you, have faith young (old) Jedis. Rivers will pass against Tennessee and this game will end up high scoring. San Diego is better than this; I think Turner will look for a spark. Expect Gates to come up big and expect Mathews to finally show up. Don’t trade him, in fact, do the opposite throw some offers out there (he’ll be a steal).
5) Rashard Mendenhall – Yes he had a stinker of a game but don’t give up on this guy yet. The Steelers play the dwindling Saints and this game will be won by the Steelers. Sorry Saints faithfuls but Ben will be throwing some nice passes and Mendenhall will shred the Saints for some nice yardage. Expect a TD or two and about 100+ yards.
1) LeGarrette Blount – Tampa is a great story this year and I expect the freewheeling chance-taking Josh Freeman to keep throwing bombs. Meanwhile the team has gone 4-2 with a mediocre running game, no doubt the coaches in Tampa have noticed that. Blount has been getting eased into the offense and now he’s exhibiting himself as the superior option at running back. The Arizona run defense isn’t exactly great and I’m calling this as Blount’s breakout game. Pick him up and keep him.
2) Derrick Ward – Arian Foster is gone but Derrick Ward is still a part of the 5th highest run offense. The head coach said that Houston will be splitting carries a little more evenly going forward. I think Ward is an excellent bye choice who will most likely be available for a quick plugin. Oh yeah and Houston is playing an injury riddled Indianapolis team… We all remember what happened the first time they played this season, right?
3) Jonathan Stewart – Is not having a great year BUT let’s not forget the stellar year he had in 2009. Look you need a bye fill-in and I have spotted Stewart on the waiver wire. The Rams are the opponent and the Panthers have just won their first game. Perhaps things are turning around and if I need a bye week flier I have no problem inserting him (I already have) for week 8. Matt Moore is not going to have a game like he had in week 7 every week so expect the Panthers to get back to their running roots, including Stewart.
4) Marion Barber – No doubt Marion Barber can be found floating in the wire abyss, he’s done little to impress. With the loss of Tony Romo and Kitna being a fully capable QB I think the Cowboys catch the Jags by surprise and run up the score by the second half. Then comes the running platoon of Jones and Barber to eat up the clock. I’m thinking about 40-50 yards and two touchdowns, remember the Jags still suck.
5) Shonn Greene – This forgotten 2nd round fantasy draft pick can be found on benches and on the wire. Snag him as the Jets continue to pound the ball. LT is unquestionably the number 1 back but I think Greene starts to get some carries as we head on towards the playoffs. Specifically I think the 1 touchdown thing will change and the Packers have a shaky run defense. Look for Rex to go to his RBs often and Greene will eclipse 100+ yards with a TD.
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