Week 8’s Key Matchups and How They Will Impact Your Fantasy Team
[inline:favre]Some great games this week, including the one that everyone’s making out to be straight out of Revelations. Here’s how they’ll affect your starting lineups.
Vikings at Packers
The game these two teams played four weeks ago is likely to be more exciting than most playoff games this or any other year. With similar implications but a change in venue this weekend, expect every Packer fan and their Cheesehead-wearing brother to be after Brett Favre as he returns to Lambeau Field. Green Bay’s defense will be gunning for him so expect Adrian Peterson to do huge numbers as usual. I wouldn’t count out Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings’ stellar pass defense, the Green Bay QB had one of his best games against the Vikings in Week 4, and has had an impressive arm all season long.
Rams at Lions
In the Toilet Bowl of the NFL, this game could actually be big on offense for both teams considering the terrible defenses on either end of the field. The Rams and Lions each allow more than 30 points and over 250 passing yards per game. Marc Bulger and Matthew Stafford are both good starts as well as Steven Jackson, Kevin Smith, and Calvin “Megatron” Johnson.
Seahawks at Cowboys
After a big win in Big D last week, the Cowboys will be looking to duplicate the success of Week 7 with Tony Romo highlighting breakout receiver Miles Austin. Start Jason Witten like always, but be careful about Dallas’ backfield. Starting Tashard Choice or Marion Barber would be a safe play but I’d avoid Felix Jones. The Seahawks’ Justin Forsett will likely see more short receptions, and Julius Jones won’t gain too much ground behind Seattle’s subpar O-line.
Broncos at Ravens
Playing at Baltimore could not have come at a worse time for the Broncos. After a few tough losses and a bye week, the punishing Ravens defense will be angry, hungry for a win, and well rested even though Baltimore’s trouble sacking the quarterback means Orton will have plenty of time to look for open receivers. He’ll need it. Look for him to target Brandon Marshall all day. Don’t expect Ray Rice or Willis McGahee to have career games against Denver’s defense, whose worst game came against Cedric Benson.
Dolphins at Jets
Coming off a hell of a game against New Orleans last week, Miami will work the wildcat hard and run all over Sanchez and the Jets. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams should both earn big points and probably get a touchdown each. Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene will share carries for the Jets after a season-ending injury to Leon Washington last week.
Giants at Eagles
After getting punked the last two weeks, the Giants will be looking to redeem themselves against the Eagles in Philly, relying heavily on the running of Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. The Eagles will take to the air with McNabb throwing to DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, and newbie Jeremy “Return of the Mac”lin. “