Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts: Week 8

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Welcome to Week 8 of your Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts.  I'll review last week before going into this week's studs and duds. 

Sleepers:

  • Trent Edwards:  25/30, 261 yds passing, 1 TD / 0 INT, 6 yds rush = 16 pts.  He was in the top 10 for QBs last weekend, played well, and won.  I'll give myself credit for this one.
  • Chris Johnson:  168 yds rush, 1 TD, 2 catches, 4 yards = 22 pts.  This probably was too easy, as the Chiefs are awful.  I could have picked LenDale, and been correct as well.  I'm hoping this doesn't happen again this week.
  • Brandon Marshall:  6 catches, 77 yards = 7 pts.  The Broncos got blown out in Foxboro on Monday night.  I'm sure Cutler hurting his hand on the first play of the game didn't help.  No good for Marshall.

Busts:

  • Drew Brees: 231 yds passing, 0 TD/1 INT = 7 pts.  Brees is the #1 QB in fantasy, but certainly wasn't last week against Carolina.  It didn't surprise me though.  Mark another one on the board
  • Steven Jackson: 160 yds rushing, 3 TD, 16 receiving = 35 pts. Oops.  Guess I shouldn't start picking players 2 weeks in a row.  Jackson ran all over the Cowboys.  As right as I was with Brees, that's how wrong I was on Jackson.
  • Braylon Edwards: 4 catches, 58 yards, 1 2PT = 7 pts.  Scored the same as Marshall, and didn't count him, so I will count as a win with Edwards.  It didn't help that his quarterback was horrible, again.

My bonus pick of Matt Schaub also worked out well, 267 yds passing 2 TD / 1 FL, which is 20 points.  That's another win for me.

So I was 5 / 7 last week, and 28/47 for the season. There are 4 teams on bye this week, so make sure to take them out of your lineup (CHI, DEN, GB, MIN).  Here are you fantasy nuggets for Week 8:

Sleepers:

  • J.T. O'Sullivan vs. SEA:  Seattle is bad.  Really bad.  I'll go with the 49ers quarterback, who has had some decent weeks against bad defenses.  Seattle is the 3rd worst against QBs this season. 
  • Sammy Morris BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. STL: Morris had a big week against the bad Broncos defense, and I expect another big week for the Patriots RB against the Rams (whoever that may be).  Denver was 2nd worst against RB, and the Rams are 3rd worst.  Big day for Morris (or Green-Ellis, if Morris can't go).
  • DeSean Jackson vs. ATL:  Both teams are coming off of a bye, so they will be well rested.  We all know Andy Reid likes to throw the ball, and I think the return of Brian Westbrook will help the passing game immensely.  The Falcons are also pretty bad giving up points to WR (26th), and the Eagles are 4th.  I'm seeing a break out game for the rookie.

Busts:

  • Kurt Warner vs. CAR: I'm riding the Panthers defense once again, this time against the high flying Cardinal offense.  Both units are highly ranked, but the Panthers shut down Brees last week, so I think they'll do it again, at home, to Warner.
  • Marshawn Lynch vs. MIA:  The Dolphins are 7th against RB this season, and this is the first divisional game for the Bills.  Expect a hard fought game, and not a good week for Lynch.
  • Plaxico Burress vs. PIT: Burress, while scoring a TD each of the past 2 weeks, is going against his former team for the first time.  The Steelers are playing at home, and are very good against WR (5th).  Don't expect much from the Giants #1 Receiver.

Bonus pick:  Jason Campbell vs. DET.  I'm a happy owner of the Redskin QB this week.  I think I'll be playing him over Eli this week as well.

Weekly Derek Anderson "bust" pick:  That's the Derek Anderson we all know and love.  14/37, 136 yds, 1 TD / 0 INT.  Only 11 points as well.  But Crennel will be fired before he even lets Quinn sniff the field.  But I digress.

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