We are hours away from the start of the eighth week of the 2013 NFL season as the Carolina Panthers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s also the kickoff for the eighth week of the fantasy football season. Here’s a look of players that should be in your lineups tonight.
Cam Newton is a borderline starting option this week. He's averaging 221.8 yards and 1.7 touchdowns through the air and 29.8 yards and 0.3 touchdowns on the ground. He has thrown for more than 250 yards in game this year only once.
There are so many quality quarterback options that you may have a better alternative. That said, don't be afraid to start him against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have allowed an average of 252 yards and 1.8 touchdown passes.
Mike Glennon is decent option in two-quarterback leagues. He has formed a nice rapport with Vincent Jackson. Glennon has averaged 264.5 yards and a pair of touchdowns (all to Jackson) in his past two games. He has added 16.5 yards per game on the ground. He's not a good desperation QB1 play, though, as Carolina has allowed just 217.7 passing yards and 0.8 touchdown passes per game.
DeAngelo Williams is a decent fantasy option this week. He hasn't scored a touchdown this year, but he is averaging 91.2 total yards per game. Tampa Bay has allowed only one rushing score and 88.8 yards per game. In a heavy bye week, D-Will can be trusted for RB2 duty.
Mike Tolbert has scored four touchdowns in the past four games. He averages just 31.3 total yards per game. It's touchdown or broke for Tolbert. His main value comes in touchdown-only leagues.
Mike James takes over for injured Doug Martin. He had 53 total yards last week. He's a decent desperation play based on volume, but temper your expectations. The Panthers have allowed 84.5 rushing yards per game.
Steve Smith has scored touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. Like his quarterback, Smith is a little inconsistent. He is a solid WR2 option, but keep in mind he'll be dealing with Darrelle Revis.
Brandon LaFell is a borderline WR3 or flex option, mainly if you just want some action in the game. That's not a good reason to start someone. Look elsewhere in most cases.
Vincent Jackson is a must-start. He has four touchdowns in the past two games. He has 36 targets during that span. V-Jax is averaging 90.7 yards per game.
Mike Williams had 32 yards in his return from a hamstring injury. He's a stretch at WR3 this week.
Greg Olsen is averaging 56.5 yards per game, but he has only one score. When the Panthers get in the red zone, Tolbert or Newton are more likely to get the score, which hurts Olsen's value a bit. He's still a decent TE1 play.
Timothy Wright had 91 yards in Week 6 only to drop to 15 yards last week. He's too inconsistent to trust.
Graham Gano has 43 points on nine field goals and 16 extra points. He has made every kick this year. Tampa Bay has allowed 13 field goals and 13 extra points. Gano is a decent play this week.
Rian Lindell has 33 points on eight field goals and nine extra points. Carolina has allowed 10 field goals and five extra points. He's not a good option.
The Carolina Panthers rank third in the league in total defense with 302.2 yards per game allowed and second in scoring defense with 13.8 points per game allowed. They have 19 sacks and 14 takeaways. The Panthers are a strong option in a short week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs rank 31st in total offense (297.8 ypg) and scoring offense (14.5 ppg).
Tampa Bay ranks 13th in total defense (340.8 ypg allowed) and scoring defense (22 ppg). They are a borderline play, but I'd likely go a different direction.
Also check out Lester's Legends Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings.
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