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Week 8 Fantasy Picks

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Houston's Matt Schaub has had good days and bad but in a Week 1 win over Indianapolis Schaub let the running game take over.  Even though the Colts have injuries Schaub might not have a big night.  Meanwhile Denver's Kyle Orton is starting to cool off but faces a favorable matchup and for this week might be a safer bet.

The backfield-by-committee approach always kills a fantasy lineup so even though Jamaal Charles has the ability to be  a feature back he has to take a backseat since he splits time.  Meanwhile the few feature backs out there like Ryan Torain and Rashard Mendenhall are a better player.  Maurice Jones-Drew is still a feature back but has been too inconsistent and should be behind Torain & Mendenhall.

Sometimes you have no choice but to play a part time back.  Mike Hart has seen his role increase in Indianapolis but with Donald Brown returning and likely going to start it's hard to say how many carries Hart will get.  Cadillac Williams and Justin Forsett already have their roles established and at least for this week are safer.

Reggie Wayne is a must start regardless of Indy's injuries and while Kenny Britt and Brandon Lloyd won't put up monster numbers every week they are go-to guys.  Percy Harvin is a high risk/high reward type this week consider the status of Brett Favre and should be benched for guys like Britt & Lloyd.

However, Harvin is still a worthwhile starter when compared to a guy like Patrick Crayton who is becoming a go-to guy in San Diego's offense but faces a physical Tennessee defense today.

How about Randy Moss?  He has not been explosive and that's partially due to Favre's injuries.  With the unknown factor at QB for the Vikings Moss is a risk when compared to Mike Wallace who is Pittsburgh's deep threat.  Moss is also riskier when compared to players like Pierre Garcon and Marques Colston who haven't quite gotten into the rhythm.

Usually in flex positions we like RBs over WRs but as the name suggests you can be flexible.  As I said previously Kyle Orton will cool off but for now Denver WRs like Jabar Gaffney are still good plays, especially in PPR leagues.  Tampa Bay's LeGarrette Blount had a big week last week but can we do it every week?  Until he proves otherwise go with a more consistent player.

However, Torain is a great option at flex because he's been a proven commodity virtually every week.  He's a better fit than a WR like Mike Williams who is getting better but needs to prove he can put up numbers against a tough secondary.

Donald Driver might be stranded on Revis Island this week so look for better numbers from Crayton and Santonio Holmes.

Yes, Donald Brown is likely to start this week but until we can figure out what Indianapolis will look like with all the injuries stick with a guy like Oakland's Michael Bush.

Even though Shonn Greene has lost carries he still puts up good numbers in a more limited role.  Rookie C.J. Spiller needs to prove he can be as productive.

And speaking of Buffalo is Ryan Fitzpatrick for real?  For now he shouldn't be put ahead Tom Brady who faces a better matchup than last week.  But Fitzpatrick may be more appealing than Aaron Rodgers when considering the matchup.

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