Week 8 NFL Predictions: Underrated Fantasy Studs Sure to Dominate

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2013

Oct 13, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) runs with the ball during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Winning in fantasy football is easy—provided you have one of the league's top scorers every week, that is. 

But the NFL is fickle, and players who dominate one week often fall flat the next. 

However, there are a few fantasy matchups on the schedule in Week 8 that are guaranteed to generate big points totals. 

The owners lucky enough to own and start these underrated fantasy stars will have a leg up on their competition for the "W" this weekend.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Since getting beaten two weeks in a row early in the season, the San Francisco 49ers have rattled off four wins in a row, scoring at least 31 points in those contests. 

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has gotten back to the team's roots with a power-running game that has been dominating the line of scrimmage and wearing opposing defenses out. 

As a result, Colin Kaepernick has been slowly working his way back into the form we saw late last season. He broke out with two decent games in a row for his fantasy owners the past couple of weekends, and he's about to have his best game of the season against Jacksonville this weekend in London. 

The last time Jacksonville faced a team with an offense similar to the one San Francisco features, Russell Wilson threw four touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks won 45-17. 

Projected Stats: 325 total yards with three touchdowns and zero turnovers.

Eddie Lacy vs. Minnesota Vikings

One of the loudest laments from Green Bay Packers fans the past handful of seasons was in regard to the team's previously pitiful rushing attack.

Green Bay drafted Eddie Lacy in the second round out of Alabama, however, with the vision that he could finally give the Packers some much-needed balance on offense. 

An early injury caused the rookie to miss some time, but since returning in early October, Lacy has been lights out for Green Bay. The Packers haven't lost a game since the bye week, and the team's success is directly linked to Lacy's output. 

In the three games since the bye, Lacy has averaged 110 total yards per game, with all but 29 of his 330 yards coming on the ground. Up next for Lacy and Green Bay is Minnesota, which gives up the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in the NFL (21 points per game).

Projected Stats: 130 total yards with one touchdown. 

Pierre Garcon vs. Denver Broncos

Washington would be smart to utilize a run-heavy offensive game plan against Denver this Sunday as a way to attempt keeping Peyton Manning off the field. If Washington can control the clock and play turnover-free football, then the Redskins have a chance of winning.

However, odds are good that this game will ultimately turn into a shootout, as neither team features a defense capable of shutting down opposing offenses. 

Only two teams in the league give up more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers than the Broncos, and no team in the league has allowed more passing yards per game. This is good news for Pierre Garcon fantasy owners.

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Garcon is one of Robert Griffin III's favorite targets. In six games this season, he's already been targeted 67 times, catching 40 passes for 466 yards and two scores. He and RGIII are starting to get into a rhythm lately, and Denver's porous secondary will allow them to have a monster game on Sunday.

Projected Stats: Eight catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

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