NFL Fantasy Football Week 8: Best of the Best

QB – Michael Vick (Phi)

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After losing 4 out of the first 6 games of the season, the Eagles finally bounced back after their bye week to smash the Cowboys. Vick was in fine form as he threw 21 completions on 28 attempts for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns. He ended the day tied with Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford with 24 fantasy points (ESPN) for quarterbacks. This week on Monday Night Football the Eagles face the Bears and their 28th ranked pass defense. Their rushing defense is much better so if Vick can find success through the air early, it can hopefully open up the run. They definitely need the win to stay in contention for the NFC East because the Giants are starting to pull away from the floundering Cowboys and Redskins.

RB – LeSean McCoy (Phi)

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McCoy barely beat Steven Jackson for best running back of the week. McCoy tore up the Cowboys 4th ranked run defense for 185 yards on 30 touches, while punching in 2 touchdowns. He’s been having a pretty good year but the 31 fantasy points (ESPN) he had this week are his highest on the season. Now that the Eagles offensive line has much more unity and cohesion it isn’t surprising that McCoy has 311 yards in his last 2 games, and looking for more against the Bears this week. Like I said for Vick, if the Eagles can exploit the Bears poor pass defense then McCoy might be able to break some good runs, or he can just do what he did against Dallas and make a strong defense look non-existent.

WR – Calvin Johnson (Det)

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Megatron just never stops. He has recorded 100+ yards in the last 4 games and has over 100 yards in 5 out of the 8 games this season. He had 125 receiving yards on 6 receptions with a touchdown against the Broncos going into the bye week and lead all receivers with 18 fantasy points (ESPN). The Lions are on a bye week this week but week 10 they face off against the Bears, there is a trend building. As mentioned, the Bears have the 28th ranked pass defense, which doesn’t bode well for them against either the Eagles or the Lions in the next 2 weeks. Assuming Jahvid Best still isn’t up to par, Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew, and Nate Burleson are more than enough weapons to beat the Bears in the pass game.

TE – Scott Chandler (Buf)

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Chandler is a hit or miss basically every week. He had his second best game of the season with 35 yards and 2 touchdown receptions but it was his first time scoring a TD, recording more than 10 yards, and scoring any fantasy points in the last 4 games. Starting him is a gamble every week, regardless of the opponent. I had him early on in the season and quickly realized the inconsistency and went with someone else. If you have him as your everyday tight end then you might want to either start shopping him or look for a replacement. He’s an especially skeptical start this week against the Jets 7th ranked pass defense as well. Some possible substitutes if they’re open in your league are Jermaine Gresham, Benjamin Watson, and Randy McMichael.


Andrew Hedglen speaks on LeSean McCoy’s success against the Dallas Cowboys.

Check out his Fantasy Football blog here.

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