NFL Week 8 Fantasy Fill-ins

Oct 30, 2009

Putting the final piece of your fantasy football puzzle together

I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.

David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars - I have to mention him since he’s facing the sorry Tennessee Titans, but I must warn you, I have a bad feeling about this one.  This could be a trap play for your fantasy team.

Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos - He doesn’t make mistakes and Brandon Marshall is playing great football.  Plus, Baltimore has struggled against the pass this year.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears - I believe “Good” Jay will show up this week and torch the Browns.  They will have a hard time containing Greg Olsen and Devin Hester is coming into his own.

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego Chargers - LT always kills the Raiders (131 total yards/game & 23 TDs in 17 games).  They can’t stop the run, and he’s getting his feet under him.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets - Greene makes a nice flex-play against the Dolphins despite the tough matchup.  The Jets are fully committed to the run and they should be able to do so at home against the Fins.

Mike Bell, RB, Atlanta Falcons - Bell also makes a good flex play as he’s getting the ball around the stripe.  The Saints’ offense is humming.

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars - #1 WRs have dominated their banged up secondary all year, including Sims-Walker for 91 yards and 2 TDs in Week 4.  He won’t reach those lofty numbers, but he should be solid.

Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears - See Jay Cutler above.

Lee Evans, WR, Buffalo Bills - He’s actually played well with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will be under Center again as the Bills face Houston.

James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers - The Vikes have struggled a bit against teams with good 3rd WRs (72 yards and a TD to Mike Wallace, 48 yards to Kelley Washington, and 47 yards and a TD to Jordy Nelson).  Now that Jones is in that role for the Pack, he’s a good bet to do well.  The Packers are going to be fired up as they welcome Brett back.

Tony Scheffler, TE, Denver Broncos - Scheffler has been a nice target for Orton the past couple of weeks.

Zach Miller, TE, Oakland Raiders - The Chargerss have struggled containing Tight Ends the past couple of seasons, including Miller in Week 1 of this year.

Robbie Gould, K, Chicago Bears - It goes without saying that bad teams allow a lot of points.  Gould faces Cleveland, who’s 26th in the leauge with 11 FGs allowed.

Matt Prater, K, Denver Broncos - The Ravens have struggled defending the pass, but their D can buckle down when they need to.  They are 30th in the league with 13 FGs allowed.  I can see the Broncos moving the chains only to have their drive stalled out in FG range.

Arizona Cardinals Defense/Special Teams - Arizona is getting after it on D, and they face Carolina who is trying to find their identity.  Better yet, it’s a home game.

San Diego Chargers Defense/Special Teams - LT isn’t the only thing slipping in San Diego, but the Raiders should be just what the Doctor ordered.

Chicago Defense/Special Teams - The Browns are a mess.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    I missed out on the Greene sweepstakes, guy with higher waiver priority got him. What do you think of Ray Rice vs Denver this weekend Les.

    I’m starting him because of his role in the passing game, I picked up Sproles for the Raider game as my #2 RB. I still have Beanie Wells and Ahmad Bradshaw on the bench in this running by committee.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    I like Rice even against Denver because as you mentioned he runs and catches the ball out of the backfield. You have a nice stable of backs. Maybe you can make a deal with someone to get a stud back.

  3. Rad
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    It’s a no-action league, everyone’s afraid to make deals. I even offered Drew Brees for Adrian Peterson (I was going to start Aaron Rodgers) just to upgrade my backfield and got turned down. I’ve also offered Aaron Rodgers and Lee Evans for DeAngelo Williams and got nowhere. I hate when guys play scared.

  4. LestersLegends
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Yeah, you can’t be afraid to take risks once in a while.

  5. Frank
    October 31st, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Glad to hear your endorsement of Rice. I was able to get him cheap (coming off a bye week at TSN) – upgrade over Mendenhahl?

  6. LestersLegends
    October 31st, 2009 at 7:12 am #

    I think so, though Mendenhall is probably a smaller cap hit.

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