Hard to believe that it's already Week 8 and the NFL season is about halfway over.
Even harder to believe is that it has taken me this long to put out an article about the only thing I may love more than football.
Fantasy football provides us with the only thing more agonizing than watching your favorite team lose, which is watching your fantasy team lose. However, it doesn't have to be all pain and frustration.
I'm here to save you from needless pain, unless you're winless through half the season, and help you manufacture some wins to dominate your league.
In lieu of the fact that I'm about half a season behind on my fantasy advice, I'm going to give you some sleepers/pick-ups/late-rounders/free agents that are poised for a big second half.
1. Pick Up Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis
Amendola has come a long way since he was the unsigned free agent that we all fell in love with on Hard Knocks in 2008. Since then, he has spent two tours of duty on practice squads, one in Dallas and a shorter-lived one in Philadelphia, until he was signed by the depth-starved Rams in 2009.
He's had an up-and-down season so far, as far as points go, but he has two really good things going for him. The absence of Mark Clayton has made Amendola Sam Bradford's BFF. As a result, Amendola has seen the 14th most targets in the NFL.
When the Rams are behind, which is most of the time, Amendola has 22 catches for 210 yards (out of 39 total catches). Following his Week 9 bye, Amendola sees the leagues 15th and 28th passing defenses.
He may only have one touchdown catch this season, but that is soon to change. Amendola is available in about 50 percent of major fantasy leagues. I would only start him this week if you're number one is on a bye. If not, save him for later. Expect big things out of this lit-... average man.
2. Pick Up Matt Stafford, QB, Detroit
Stafford is finally back from his early season shoulder injury and has been taking first-team snaps all week. It's very possible that Stafford could bounce back right away against the Redskins, the 31st ranked defense in the league, allowing over 300 passing yard per game.
No matter how well you think Stafford will do, consider that any quarterback (Shaun Hill included) can put up ridiculous fantasy points when they can throw to Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best out of the backfield.
Last year against the Redskins, Stafford threw for 241 yards and a TD in his third career game. Look for Stafford to pick up plenty of yards against a bend-but-don't-break defense that likes to make plays on the ball (don't put it right between DeAngelo Hall's numbers).
Stafford is worth a start if you don't have a top-five quarterback and at least worth a pickup as trade bait or for a bye week, if you do have a top-five fantasy QB.
3. Drop Jeremy Shockey and Pick Up Owen Daniels
As if Jeremy Shockey's numbers and injuries weren't enough reason to drop him, last week left his owners without a shadow of a doubt. Drew Brees has thrown more completions to opposing defenses than to Shockey in the last two games (five interceptions to four completions).
It looks like Shockey's age is finally catching up to him. Drop him like a touchdown pass to Miles Austin.
Owen Daniels is finally making progress from his 2009 season-ending ACL tear and has increased his production in each of the last three weeks, culminating in a five-reception, 79-yard game last week.
Arian Foster will not surprise the Colts this time around, and while they key in on Foster and Andre Johnson, look for Daniels to have a productive outing. Despite seeing limited practice time this week, I still like Daniels as a No. 2 TE this week and quality depth for later in the season.
Brett Parisi is the head sportswriter for Knoxvilleman.com. For (mis)guided fantasy advice, or questions Brett Parisi can be reached at email@example.com.