• Fantasy Frenzy: Cowboys' Murray looks to pummel Eagles

    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith. Flacco should bounce back this week after a rough outing.
    Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith. Flacco should bounce back this week after a rough outing.

    Week 8 of the fantasy season is upon us, so here are a few tips on who to start and who to sit.

    Start:

    1. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens — Flacco had a terrible game on Monday night against the lowly Jaguars, passing for only 137 yards on 38 attempts in a head-scratching 12-7 loss. Flacco has been highly criticized for his performance during the week and has had to deflect talk about his inability to lead the team to victory. This week Flacco has the opportunity to silence his critics against a weak Arizona secondary. Expect him to bounce back well with a huge game.

    2. DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys — Just in case you weren’t paying attention last weekend, Murray had a breakout game, rushing for 253 yards and setting a new Cowboys single-game rushing mark. While he most likely will not explode like that again, he has an excellent opportunity on Sunday night to make his performance a trend. The Cowboys will take on an Eagles front seven that has allowed 123.8 yards a game, so expect Murray to see plenty of opportunities and take advantage of the matchup.

    3. Jabar Gaffney, Washington Redskins — Gaffney has been a solid No. 2 option for the Redskins all season long, but with Santana Moss’ injury last weekend, Gaffney will have to step up. Gaffney should be able to do just that this weekend against a Buffalo secondary that allows the third most passing yards a game in the NFL.

    Sit:

    1. Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions — Detroit’s starting tailback went down two weeks ago against the 49ers with concussion-like symptoms and did not play last week against the Falcons. This week the Lions take on the Broncos in a good matchup for running backs, but you’d be smart to sit Best again this week. He is listed as doubtful, and with a bye week next week for Detroit, the Lions are likely to sit him rather than risk further injury.

    2. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys — are two of the best receivers in the NFL and some of the most productive for your lineup. But this week the Cowboys will take the an elite trio of Eagles corners, who will make it hard for the pair to put up big numbers. Plus, they are going up against a poor run defense, so expect Dallas to run the ball early and often.

  • Fantasy Frenzy: Hot or Not?

    After Week 7 of NFL action, let’s play out the old favorite — who’s hot and who’s not.


     

     

    Hot:

    DeMarco Murray,
    Dallas Cowboys

    When your name is mentioned with Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett, you know you had a great day. Murray rushed for 253 yards against the Rams on Sunday, breaking the Cowboys’ single game rushing record. Murray’s game may have also gained him a shot at the starting job, ahead of a struggling Felix Jones. Watch that situation closely and don’t be afraid to pick up Murray — he might well be the steal of the season.

    Tim Tebow,
    Denver Broncos

    Well it certainly wasn’t pretty, but for the Broncos and fantasy owners, Tebow’s week was effective. Down 15 points, he led Denver back in the fourth quarter to tie the game up with just seconds left and eventually won in overtime. While his passing numbers weren’t spectacular, he still managed to put up 22 points in ESPN leagues. Tebow will never light up the scoreboard with his passing, but he looks like an effective starting quarterback for your lineup the rest of the way.

    The New Orleans Saints offense
    If you had a player on the Saints, you probably racked up the points thanks to their 62-point outburst against Indianapolis. Drew Brees spread the ball around beautifully and his receivers and running backs benefited.

    Not:

    Oakland Raiders quarterbacks
    The trade for Carson Palmer was the talk of the NFL all of last week, but Palmer’s performance did not live up to the hype. He didn’t even start the game — that distinction was left to Kyle Bowler, who turned in a spectacular three-pick, 61-yard performance before he was benched at half. Palmer didn’t fare much better in the second half though, throwing for three picks as well. Both Raiders signal callers finished with negative point totals in fantasy, but expect Palmer to improve as he gets more familiar with the offense.

    Chris Johnson,
    Tennessee Titans

    Johnson has had a horrible year after receiving his record-setting contract extension, and that slow start didn’t change on Sunday. Johnson only rushed for 18 yards on 10 attempts against a weak Houston run defense. Up until this season, Johnson was always a top-5 fantasy player, now he’s a borderline starter. His best chance to turn it around will come against the Colts next week, and if he can’t perform against that defense, he might just be done as a top-flight player.

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