Week Seven saw the arrivals of Tim Tebow and DeMarco Murray and if you were lucky enough to land both of them on your rosters and started them then the fantasy Gods were looking kindly upon you. I wasn’t able to pick up Murray for my team but I already have a good group of running backs on my team. However, I did start Tebow and he helped me gain on the leader of my pool. What started out as a pretty crappy fantasy football season to me is starting to pick up.
Now let’s see who you can pick up in Week Eight to turn things around for your fantasy squad…
Teams on a bye in Week Eight are the Raiders, Packers, Jets, Falcons, Bucs and Bears.
Christian Ponder. Nobody really expected much out of the rookie who replaced Donovan McNabb versus the Packers but he did a pretty good job as he threw for 219 yards and two touchdowns in his first start. Although he also threw two interceptions but he added 31 yards in rushing as well. All in all it was a good debut for the rook. Rookie quarterbacks have been doing pretty darn good this season and if you’ve gambled with the likes of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton you’ve been relativley happy. Ponder is the next guy on the list that should put up decent fantasy football numbers at the quarterback position and for one week at least, if you start somebody like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers who are on their byes, Ponder would be a suitable fill-in. John Beck put up good numbers against the Panthers in Week Seven and so should Ponder.
Bernard Scott. Cedric Benson’s three game suspension was reduced to one game and it’ll be served during Cincinnati week eight tilt against the Seahawks. Many fantasy football enthusiasts have been clamoring for Scott to get more playing time and they’re finally going to get their wish. Scott might not go wild against Seattle but he should be the guaranteed starter and that’s all you can ask for in fantasy football. He’s a must add if you’re a Benson owner and somebody to pick up if one of your running backs is on a bye.
Jabar Gaffney. Attrition by subtraction basically. Santana Moss gets injured and Jabar Gaffney’s value goes up. I’m not a big fan of Gaffney but he might be the only wideout you can pick up this week that’s a starter. John Beck might be able to find a rhythm with Gaffney against a Bills team that is 10th in points allowed to wide receivers this season in fantasy.
Jared Cook. The Titans play the Colts this week who have been atrocious on defense and can’t really stop anybody. Cook has scored two touchdowns in his past three games. The wide receivers in Tennessee aren’t anything to be feared if you’re an opposing defense and that could open up Cook to get another touchdown this week.
New York football Giants. They were on a bye during week seven and if you are in a league in which owners don’t stash defenses during their bye somebody might have dropped the Giants. Their mistake can be your loss as the Giants are a sack machine and could be a top ten defense by the end of the season. They play Matt Moore and the Dolphins so they should put up some great fantasy numbers this week. If Justin Tuck is playing then they become a must add in any league.