Fantasy Football Projections Week 8: Impact Players With Huge Game on Horizon

Emily BayciContributor IIIOctober 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 20:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 20, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Injuries and byes are plaguing Week 8’s fantasy football lineups. The limited options put a lot of increased pressure on the players who are left, who each carry the potential to gain huge points or lead to big losses for their fantasy teams.

Here is a look at some of the impact players who will make a difference during big games this weekend.


Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning is going to want to rebound after his return to Indiana last weekend and losing to his former team. And there is a lot of pressure to do well this time around against the Washington Redskins. The same can be said for Robert Griffin III, especially after all the rushing yards he tallied against the Bears.

It is going to be a shootout between the quarterbacks. Both the Redskins and the Broncos have weak defenses; Washington is ranked 24th in yards allowed and the Broncos 29th. This could lead to an extremely high-scoring game.

But Manning will perform to his full potential this weekend, and he has been doing great thus far. He has thrown for 2,565 yards and 25 touchdowns and has had only three interceptions.


Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings

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Adrian Peterson had an awful game against New York last week where he was held scoreless and had only 28 yards. That makes for a lot of pressure entering this matchup against Green Bay if he wants to maintain his high profile. Last year he had phenomenal games all three times against the Packers, tallying more than five hundred yards in the trio of competitions.

Those who are thinking about trading Peterson from their rosters, give him one more week because it will be worth it.


Stevie Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills

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Stevie Johnson had an all right Week 7 when he returned to the field after sitting out with a back injury. He was targeted 13 times while working with backup quarterback Thad Lewis. He is a top wide receiver and will be thrown to a lot this weekend.

The Saints have one of the toughest offenses in the league, ranking sixth in points and yards per game. The Bills will have to throw a lot to pick up ground. Johnson needs another solid performance to ease any doubts about his consistency and abilities.


Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Miller is a reliable performer at tight end every week. During a tough week where many players are out, Miller has the rare chance to stick out. Miller had his first touchdown of the season against the Ravens in an otherwise low-impact showing where he caught two passes for 17 yards. He is still Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite option in the red zone, which makes him someone to look at this weekend.