Fantasy Football Week 8: Best Matchups and Players You Must Have for Week 8

Korey BeckettContributor IIIOctober 26, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 7:   Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos gestures during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Another week of fantasy football brings some tasty matchups that can help you break through in your league.If you are sitting at 4-3 or 3-4, this is a pivotal week.

Below is a list of players that are almost certain to have good weeks.


Peyton Manning-Denver Broncos

So far, Peyton Manning is the sixth ranked quarterback in all of fantasy football. Good.

Manning has eclipsed more than 20 points every game for the last month. Very good.

This week, the Broncos take on the worst passing defense in the New Orleans Saints. Awesome.

He should be the number one ranked quarterback in your league this week, and I would even start him over fantasy studs Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III.

Josh Freeman got 30 points on this defense and Peyton Manning has had just a bit more success in his career than Freeman.

The Saints did have one good week against opposing quarterbacks, but that was against Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs when they gave up just six fantasy points.

That doesn't count.

Their next lowest total was 18 to Phillip Rivers. You have to play Peyton, unless he suffers a freak injury between now and Sunday.

Other QB's poised for good weeks: Aaron Rodgers-Green Bay Packers, Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints, Tom Brady-New England Patriots, Robert Griffin III-Washington Redskins, Matt Ryan-Atlanta Falcons, Ben Roethlisberger-Pittsburgh Steelers, Andrew Luck-Indianapolis Colts, Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears

Running Backs

Ryan Mathews-San Diego Chargers

Hopefully, Mathews won't be splitting the carries.

If he does, just hope that it's a small portion. If he doesn't, he should be poised to have an explosive week against a Browns defense that has struggled all season long against the run.

The Browns rank 20th against opposing fantasy running backs and have given up at least 15 points for the last five contests. Expect about 25 carries from Mathews this week and a projected 19 fantasy points.

Other RB's poised for good weeks: Jamaal Charles-Kansas City Chiefs, Matt Forte-Chicago Bears, Alfred Morris-Washington Redskins, Willis McGahee-Denver Broncos, Darren McFadden-Oakland Raiders, Chris Johnson-Tennessee Titans, Marshawn Lynch-Seattle Seahawks

Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne-Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne has struggled in the two games since his 27 point explosion against the Green Bay Packers, but is poised for a huge comeback game.

After those two tough match ups against New York (Jets) and Cleveland, he shouldn't have any problem getting open against Tennessee.

Tennessee's defense has had two virtual shutouts against receivers, but have also given up 50, 31, 21, and 32 this season. This should be a game where, if Wayne finds the end zone at least once, he should be able to sniff 20 points.

Other WR's poised for good weeks: Demaryius Thomas-Denver Broncos, Brandon Marshall-Chicago Bears, Victor Cruz-New York Giants, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown-Pittsburgh Steelers, Randall Cobb-Green Bay Packers, Marques Colston-New Orleans Saints

Tight Ends

Heath Miller-Pittsburgh Steelers

Miller has been very good this season.

So good, in fact, that he has moved up to No. 4 on the TE rankings and has already had his bye week.

Pretty impressive.

In the two games where he hasn't scored a touchdown, he still combined for over 100 yards in those contests.

This week will bring an awesome matchup for Miller against the Redskins, who rank No. 31 against tight ends.

Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't put up great numbers from the tight end position against Washington this year and Miller should be the next beneficiary for a huge week. I like him more than everyone else, except Gronkowski.

Other TE's poised for good weeks: Tony Gonzalez-Atlanta Falcons, Rob Gronkowski-New England Patriots, Antonio Gates-San Diego Chargers, Jimmy Graham-New Orleans Saints

I hope these picks are suitable for your fantasy needs this week, but the advice train doesn't stop here. You can contact me through my e-mail at or on Facebook at 

I'll be answering your fantasy questions all weekend (except during the Notre Dame-Oklahoma game, that's Korey time). Enjoy!