Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'Em

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 29, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 25:  LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against Brandon Carr #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs on October 25, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Wondering who to start for week eight? The Bruno Boys have you covered as we present the Fantasy Football Week Eight Start Ems.


David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars) @ Tennessee

Both teams are coming off of a bye week so we figure this game won’t be a huge blowout on either side. One thing is for sure, though, the Titans didn’t pick up a bunch of Champ Bailey-type CBs.

So, it seems like Garrard is still a phenomenal start in week eight. With the potential to shut down stud RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Garrard could be throwing 30-35 times which will allow play-maker WR Mike Sims-Walker to post some nice statistics.

The Titans have given up 19 TD passes through six games which makes us believe even if Tennessee has gotten better, it’s not enough to consider benching Garrard.

All Chicago Bears (Chicago Bears) vs. Cleveland

Whether it’s QB Jay Cutler, RB Matt Forte, WRs Devin Hester and Johnny Knox or TE Greg Olsen, make sure these players are in your lineup for week eight.

The Browns are 31st in the NFL in rush defense, having allowed over 170 yards per contest, and their 24th ranked pass defense hasn’t done much better.

Allowing 25.6 points a game sounds low for a team like the Bears this season, and we think they could all help you during the upcoming weekend.


Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams) @ Detroit

Many fantasy football owners were hoping one of the most talented backs in the NFL wouldn’t fall subject to such an ugly team with an even uglier offensive line. If you have watched Jackson run this year, he has run with conviction and been one of the tougher backs in the NFL, despite the constant blowouts and lack of open holes.

Finally, S-Jax will pay dividends as he will most definitely find pay dirt and make those that took him with the sixth overall pick extremely happy they waited on him. Huge breakout game with 175 total yards and three TDs.

We can dream can’t we?

Kevin Smith (Detroit Lions) vs. St. Louis

Kevin Smith has not done nearly as well as fantasy experts predicted coming into the season, but a lot has been due to the Lions falling behind often. We believe his 58 rushing yards per game average will be boosted up this week against a weak St. Louis Rams defense. Whether this game becomes a high-scoring affair or not, the Rams and the Lions will be showcasing their RBs because,well, they don’t have much else to showcase. 

LaDainian Tomlinson (San Diego Chargers) vs. Oakland

While Tomlinson may be losing his hold as one of the best RBs in the NFL, it doesn’t mean there aren’t games where you could rely on him to excel.

Tomlinson has failed to top 71 rushing yards this season, but some critics believe his explosiveness is coming back. That is obviously a good sign before playing the Raiders, who he has absolutely dominated throughout his career.

This could be a patented LT game that shows 100 total yards and two TDs coming his way. RB Darren Sproles has proven he cannot run inside the tackles, but he will steal some third downs from LT.


Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) vs. Minnesota

We understand your potential hatred for a WR that you drafted in rounds two-three and has failed miserably as a fantasy provider. For a first WR, you were probably expecting more than 43rd among NFL WRs with 38 targets through six games.

The Packers will most likely come out with some conviction against a Vikings team coming off their first loss of the season and Jennings will have to be involved for the Packers to have a chance.

With RB Ryan Grant expected to struggle against the tough front of the Vikes, Rodgers and the Pack could all put up some good fantasy statistics.

Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) @ Arizona

Against an awful Cardinals pass defense (with an awful NFL QB), Steve Smith, the Carolina version, could do his best Steve Smith impression this weekend.

We always assumed the opposite when talking about Steve Smiths, but while you have sat around and waited for him to post great numbers, you have been getting awful productivity. Smith is still a super-talented WR, so he has to turn it around sooner or later. Look for him to grab 100 yards at the least, but he could definitely find pay-dirt against the lowly Cardinals pass defense.

Eddie Royal (Denver Broncos) @ Baltimore

Another preseason darling (sense a style this week?), Royal has failed to prove to fantasy owners that he can be the Broncos’ version of Wes Welker. Coming off a bye, Eddie Royal may start finding the ball in his hands more often (after the amazing two RET TD game).

If he can log six-to-eight catches like fantasy owners were hoping for, he can definitely be a possession receiver that fantasy owners are craving. Baltimore’s pass defense isn’t bad, but considering their rush defense is still Top 10, Kyle Orton may be forced to throw more than average.


Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions) vs. St. Louis

This is the week that the first round pick pays dividends. While he hasn’t been much (any) of a fantasy factor this season, we think that he could see more passes with the questionable status of star WR Calvin Johnson. Pettigrew is a big target and could definitely come up big for fantasy owners stressing for a TE in week eight. This is for the deepest leagues.


Robbie Gould (Chicago Bears) vs. Cleveland

Chicago may not struggle to punch the football in the end zone in week eight, so Gould may not be kicking three-to-four FGs. But at the same time, if they score four TDs and attempt two FGs, a ten-point week is not far-fetched. While we typically don’t like kickers in Chicago, it is not supposed to be windy, and it looks like a clear Sunday afternoon, so start/pick up Robbie, and find fantasy Gould in week eight.


Chicago Bears D/ST vs. Cleveland

If you’re a Bears fan you have loved reading this article. The Browns have a bottom three QB (Is Derek Anderson worse than JaMarcus Russell or Jake Delhomme this season? Let’s throw Kerry Collins into that mix too), a weak offensive line, no true play-maker other than KR/RB/WR/QB Josh Cribbs, so the Bears D/ST could be ridiculous this weekend.

With a strong pass rush, they could force big mistakes for Derek Anderson, and their Special Teams play with Johnny Knox and Devin Hester could provide a ST TD, which is where the fantasy money is.





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