Fantasy Football Week 8: Struggling Stars Who Will Bounce Back Strong

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field at the end of the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Week 8 of the 2013 NFL regular season began on Thursday, Oct. 24, with the Carolina Panthers defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-13. On Sunday, Oct. 27, the action will continue.

After watching Cam Newton break through with a monster fantasy performance, owners will now be looking for other stars who are primed and ready to erupt with a major outing.

Here's who those players are.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Position: Quarterback

Week 7: 22-of-46, 228 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT

Week 8: vs. Miami Dolphins

2013 Season Statistics

7 GP; 75.3 RAT, 55.4 CMP%, 1708 YDS, 8 TD, 5 INT

It's no secret that Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the illustrious history of the NFL. In 2013, however, Brady has been a shell of himself, struggling to adjust to playing with a nameless receiving corps.

In Week 8, expect Brady to dominate the struggling Miami Dolphins.

Brady was 22-of-46 for 228 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the New York Jets in Week 7. It was a continuation of what has been a rough season for Brady, as he's completed just 55.4 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns to five interceptions.

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No matter how poor the numbers may be, it's never wise to bet against the King of UGG.

Miami has played Brady well in the past, but New England is in need of a rebound performance from its superstar. With the division lead down to one game, that means Brady and head coach Bill Belichick will have their backs against the wall.

Good luck with that, Miami.

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Position: Running Back

Week 7: 13 ATT, 28 YDS; 2 REC, 28 YDS

Week 8: vs. Green Bay Packers

2013 Season Statistics

6 GP; 115 ATT, 511 YDS, 5 TD; 16 REC, 101 YDS, 1 TD

Considering Adrian Peterson has more than 500 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in six games played, it's hard to say he's struggling. When you weigh the fact that he has 90 rushing yards, no touchdowns and a fumble over the course of his past two games, it's easier to make that claim.

The Green Bay Packers may have an elite run defense, but Mike McCarthy's crew isn't shutting down the reigning league MVP.

Peterson ran the ball 13 times for 28 yards during Week 7, also catching two passes for 28 yards. This comes one week after he had 83 yards of total offense and a fumble to provide fantasy football owners with an underwhelming two games of football.

Unfortunately for Green Bay, this is still Adrian Peterson we're talking about.

In 2012, Peterson ran for 210, 199 and 98 rushing yards in his three games against the Packers. He scored two touchdowns and torched Green Bay both in the regular season and postseason, further establishing his status as a downright legend.

Why bet against him now?

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants

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Position: Wide Receiver

Week 7: 2 REC, 10 TGTS, 28 YDS

Week 8: at Philadelphia Eagles

2013 Season Statistics

7 GP; 27 REC, 56 TGTS, 470 YDS

The New York Giants have experienced a dreadful season in 2013, sitting at 1-6 entering Week 8. Few players have come under as much fire as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who has been at the heart of trade rumors since the beginning of the year.

During Week 8, look for Nicks to dominate a team that he's already had success against in 2013: the Philadelphia Eagles.

Nicks has 27 receptions for 470 yards in his first seven games played, which is surprising considering he's received 56 targets. Eli Manning's inaccuracy plays a role in that, but Nicks has been underwhelming in his own right.

If you're ever going to receive a superstar performance from the embattled wideout, however, it's going to be this week.

The last time the Giants played the Eagles, Nicks caught nine passes for 142 yards. He only had two receptions for 28 yards in Week 7, but this came on 10 targets from Manning.

Eli continues to look his way, and against a secondary that isn't faring too well, he'll find the former North Carolina Tar Heels star quite often in Week 8.

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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Position: Tight End

Week 7: 4 REC, 6 TGTS, 48 YDS

Week 8: at Detroit Lions

2013 Season Statistics

7 GP; 35 REC, 54 TGTS, 388 YDS, 3 TD

When it comes to the tight end position, there aren't many players who have ever been as consistent as Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. On top of being a consummate professional, Witten has four seasons with at least 90 receptions, six with 75-plus catches and four with at least 1,000 yards.

In 2013, he hasn't been so fortunate.

Witten has a strong stat line of 35 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns through seven games. Unfortunately, he's failed to top 50 receiving yards in three of his past four games.

The one game that he managed to exceed 50, Witten tallied seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown against the pass-happy Denver Broncos.

Going up against a Detroit Lions team that knows how to run up the score, expect Tony Romo to find Witten early and often. Detroit has been strong against tight ends this season, but Witten can break any defense he faces.

Witten had eight catches for 94 yards and a touchdown during his most recent game against the Lions.