Week Eight Reaches



Note: Players are in no particular order.

Quarterback



David Garrard at Tennessee – While Titan starting CB Cortland Finnegan may be
playing this week, starting CB Nick Harper (forearm) won’t be. The matchup is
still solid and they the Titan secondary was healthy, they were still
struggling.

Matthew Stafford vs. St. Louis – Stafford hasn’t played in a while, so there’s
some risk with him and he may not have starting WR Calvin Johnson. But if he
does, Stafford could do quite well against a suspect Ram secondary.

Marc Bulger at Detroit – The Lion secondary is one of the weakest in the NFL and
if you’re looking for a one-week reach that has a good matchup, Bulger would fit
that role.


Running Back



Shonn Greene vs. Miami – He’s going to get probably 8-10 carries in this game
and even more if the game is a blowout. Greene is worth a shot if you’re
struggling with bye week issues as your flex player.

Darren Sproles vs. Oakland – Talk about a big play possibility against a bad
defense run defense staring him in the face. Look for Sproles to have a big run
or two in this game, especially in the second half when the game is out of hand.

Mike Bell vs. Atlanta – Have to think the Saints will have their way with the
struggling Falcon defense. Because of that, they should have a nice lead in the
second half, so Bell should pile up carries in the fourth quarter. Look for him
to post 60-70 yards on the ground and score one from in close. Start him as your
#3 RB no matter what your scoring is.

Chris Wells vs. Carolina – He looked quite solid last week and his role has been
increasing of late. The Panther run defense has given up a TD in four straight
games and Wells should be heavily involved again. He’s looking like a nice #3 RB
this week.

LeSean McCoy vs. New York Giants – IF the Eagles hold out starting RB Brian
Westbrook, McCoy would start. While McCoy didn’t look good in the last two games
and the matchup is tough, he should be good for 10-14 points in PPR leagues if
Westbrook is out since he would get a decent amount of touches.


Wide Receiver



Steve Breaston vs. Carolina – The Panthers don’t have a good nickel cornerback
and Breaston, while not a deep threat like last season, he’s still very involved
in the Cardinal passing game. He’s worth a shot as your #3 WR.

Mohamed Massaquoi at Chicago – Despite the struggles of QB Derek Anderson,
Massaquoi is still getting a lot passes thrown his way. The Bear secondary is
well less than average and hasn’t been playing well of late.

Johnny Knox vs. Cleveland – With WR Devin Hester getting more involved of late,
Knox’s role has been reduced. However, he’ll still draw a good matchup when he’s
in the game against a struggling Brown secondary. Knox is worth a shot as your
#3 WR if you’re desperate.

Devery Henderson vs. Atlanta – He’s starting to get more involved and the Falcon
secondary is susceptible to the big play. It wouldn’t surprise us if Henderson
made a big play or two in this game, so start him as your #3 WR.

Austin Collie vs. San Francisco – He’s scored in three straight games and
Collie’s role has been increasing each week. He’s clearly gained the confidence
of QB Peyton Manning. Collie looks like a nice #3 WR in PPR leagues against a
struggling 49er secondary.

Earl Bennett vs. Cleveland – The Brown secondary has real problems covering
receivers and Bennett has carved out a nice possession role in the Bear passing
game. He should be good for 4-5 receptions, not a bad low-end starter in PPR
leagues.

Danny Amendola at Detroit – While he’s a long-shot to score, Amendola’s role has
been increasing of late. The Lions have poor depth at cornerback, so Amendola
could catch 4-5 passes this week. Not a bad low-end #3 WR if you need him in PPR
leagues.

Piere Garcon vs. San Francisco – The 49er secondary has been struggling and
Garcon should be good for a big play or two against them. He’s worth a shot as
your #3 WR.

Malcom Floyd vs. Oakland – He doesn’t catch a lot of passes, but Floyd has
become a bigger part of their passing game of late. He matches up well against a
Raider secondary which is lacking for depth.

James Jones vs. Minnesota – The Viking secondary played well last week, but
they’ll be tested again and Steeler third WR Mike Wallace scored against them.
Jones will handle that role this week for the Packers and he’ll likely draw CB
Benny Sapp, who he can beat. Jones is worth a shot as your #3 WR.

Tight  End



Marcedes Lewis at Tennessee – The Titan defense has mostly struggled against the
better tight ends so far as has their defense overall. Lewis is a nice plug-in
starter if needed.

Brandon Pettigrew vs. St. Louis – The Ram defense has been giving up decent
production to tight ends so far this season and Pettigrew’s role has increased
in recent weeks. While it may not show in the numbers, the coaches are making an
effort to get him on the field more.

Defense



Indianapolis vs. San Francisco – The Colt defense has been less than average
from a fantasy standpoint this season, but it’s all about the matchups and
they’ll face QB Alex Smith who is making his first start this season.

Arizona vs. Carolina – After a rough to start to the season, the Cardinal
defense is really coming on and you know how bad Panther QB Jake Delhomme has
been almost all season. Delhomme won’t have starting WR Muhsin Muhammad today,
either.

Houston at Buffalo – Bill QB Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t play well last week and
he’ll face an improving Texan defense this week. Fitzpatrick is a mistake prone
quarterback, so the Texan defense is a decent one-week reach.

Chicago vs. Cleveland – The Bear defense has struggled for most of the season
and they’ve been disappointing from a fantasy standpoint. However, they’ll face
a struggling Derek Anderson and one of the NFL’s worst offenses.

San Diego vs. Oakland – While the Charger defense has struggled almost all
season, so has the Raider offense. If you were ever going to start them, this
would be the week to do so against struggling QB Jabroni Russell.

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