Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week Eight

Taylor SmithAnalyst IOctober 28, 2009

Week seven in the NFL saw several blowouts, meaning some players that don't normally produce much may have shown off more than they're consistently capable off.

Nonetheless, there were also some completely-out-of-the-blue performances (um, Alex Smith?) that have left people wondering if there's more where that came from.

Here are the top five risers and fallers going into week eight.


Vernon Davis-TE-49ers

The former first-round pick has been solid all season, but his three-touchdown day against the Texans really opened some eyes.

Until Michael Crabtree is able to completely get his footing in the NFL, Davis should and will be the number one receiving option for the Niners.

This weekend's matchup against undefeated Indy means a second straight three touchdown day may not be in the works, but there's still a decent chance he'll be able to put up some numbers.

If he's still (somehow) a free agent in your league, pick him up immediately. 

Alex Smith-QB-49ers

The aforementioned Smith had a career day in Houston on Sunday-in just one half of football.

He's been named the starter and, unless he tanks horribly, should be starting for at least the rest of the season.

Will he be able to keep it up? There's no way of knowing for sure, but he's probably worth picking up, just in case.

Marshawn Lynch-RB-Bills

After missing the first four games of the season due to suspension, Lynch has started to round into midseason form in the last couple of weeks. 

He'll be facing the Texans this Sunday, and, while they've been stopping the run at a good rate in recent weeks, they've still given up more rushing touchdowns than any team in the league thus far. 

Lynch would be a solid option for a start this week.

Shonn Greene-RB-Jets

Leon Washington's broken leg opened the door for Greene to get a bunch of carries against Oakland, and he responded with 144 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

While Thomas Jones (whose stock is also rising) will still be the primary back, Greene showed on Sunday that he's worth at least a pickup.

Miles Austin-WR-Cowboys

Austin is no longer a secret, and, if he's available in your league (which would be shocking at this point), snatch him up right away.

He followed up his breakout 250-yard, two touchdown performance against Kansas City with 171 more yards and two more scores against Atlanta.

If he's on your roster, he must start.


Roy Williams-WR-Cowboys

All of Miles Austin's success has come at the expense of Dallas' "number one" receiver, Roy Williams.

After his 86-yard performance in week one, Williams has essentially been a non-factor in the Cowboys' passing game.

Don't bother starting him until he comes back from the dead.

Eli Manning-QB-Giants

After being a top-five QB in the first five games, Eli has dropped off the face of the earth in the last two, and don't expect a great game from him this weekend against Philly.

Eli threw just one touchdown pass (a lucky deflection by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie right into the hands of Hakeem Nicks) and three interceptions.

Unless you have a bye situation, try to avoid starting Eli Manning.

Terrell Owens-WR-Bills

T.O. has done a whole lot of nothing so far as a member of the Bills.

It doesn't help that new QB Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to prefer to throw it to the other receiver, Lee Evans.

It's tough not to start Owens based on the past, but he's looking past his prime these days.

Matt Forte-RB-Bears

Although he has a favorable matchup coming up against the hapless Browns, Matt Forte's second NFL season has been one to forget for fantasy owners thus far. 

If he can't get it together on Sunday, it may be time to give up on him for the season.

Larry Johnson-RB-Chiefs

Even if Johnson weren't suspended indefinitely, he'd be buried on my bench or released.

He's nothing near the fantasy stud he was a few years back, and his time as a starting running back in the league may be over. 

It looks as though the Larry Johnson era in KC is all but over, and the Jamaal Charles era has begun.

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