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Fantasy football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em:

Of all the weeks for all of these big injuries to hit, this might be the worst for fantasy owners. Players like Doug Martin, Jermichael Finley and Sam Bradford are now out for at least Week 8, along with an NFL-record six teams that are on byes. Get ready to start some previously forgotten players! This week is the start of the second half of your fantasy regular season, which is important for several reasons. If you have just one or two losses, you’ll need to weather the bye-week storm to set yourself up with a possible bye in the fantasy playoffs. If you have three or four losses, you’re hoping to come out of these next bye weeks ... Read More »

Fantasy football Player Projections: RGIII, Thomas lead Week 8

Taking over the projections this year has made me more aware of streaks in the NFL. There is one active streak that I feel has gone underreported this season. Jamaal Charles is probably running third in the informal MVP race behind Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Charles has totaled at least 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in every game this season. That’s the sort of consistency that fantasy owners prize above all else. Will Charles keep the streak going this week? And what new streaks might begin on Sunday? Let’s find out with the Week 8 Projections. Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by ... Read More »

Fantasy football Composite Player Rankings — Week 8

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Fantasy football Bold Strategies: Start Vick, add James

Never afraid to swim upstream, we are here to bring you a few fantasy-related strategies for Week 8 that, well … perhaps you have not considered. Some are the best moves to make are the least obvious ones. We have a few suggestions for this week, and going forward with an eye on the home stretch of the fantasy regular season. • Start Michael Vick Michael Vick’s injuries and ineffectiveness have made his fantasy stock jump all over the place, but he’s someone you might want to consider having as a strong starter in the next few weeks. If someone wants to dump Vick, even as he has been named starter this week, by all means jump on him. ... Read More »

Fantasy football Bold Strategies: Start Vick, add James

Never afraid to swim upstream, we are here to bring you a few fantasy-related strategies for Week 8 that, well … perhaps you have not considered. Some are the best moves to make are the least obvious ones. We have a few suggestions for this week, and going forward with an eye on the home stretch of the fantasy regular season. • Start Michael Vick Michael Vick’s injuries and ineffectiveness have made his fantasy stock jump all over the place, but he’s someone you might want to consider having as a strong starter in the next few weeks. If someone wants to dump Vick, even as he has been named starter this week, by all means jump on him. ... Read More »

Fantasy football questions for Week 8

What will the injuries to Reggie Wayne, Doug Martin, Jermichael Finley and Jay Cutler mean to the fantasy value of their teammates? Which lightly started receiver will make the biggest impact in Week 8? And, what to do with Trent Richardson? Our fantasy experts Michael Beller and Brian Flood discuss that and more in this week’s fantasy roundtable. 1. What injury situation is going to have the most deleterious effect on the remaining fantasy players on that team? Beller: There’s only one answer here. It has to be Jay Cutler. Reggie Wayne, Doug Martin, Jermichael Finley, they’re all good players. But you can get by in the NFL if you have to slum it at a position or two ... Read More »

Fantasy football Waiver Wire: Mike James, Drew Davis stepping up

We’ve been hot. Recently, this column has recommended Harry Douglas, Keenan Allen, Zac Stacy, Jarrett Boykin and Justin Blackmon before they became household names in fantasy circles. These guys are winning games for fantasy owners, which shows owners can’t be afraid to pull the trigger on a high-upside free agent. Questions? Connect with me via Twitter @briansflood. Running backs • Mike James, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (three percent of CBSSports.com leagues, 11 percent of Yahoo! leagues, zero percent of ESPN leagues) — James jumps in as the Bucs’ starting running back this week with Doug Martin banged up. He could come close to 20 touches in Week 8 and is a very capable receiver out of the backfield, so he’s ... Read More »

Fantasy football Risers, Sliders: Russell Wison shines

It was a rough week in the NFL, with big-name players going down left and right. The Rams’ Sam Bradford is gone for the season with an ACL tear, and the Colts’ Reggie Wayne suffered a season-ending knee injury. Jermichael Finley spent the night in the intensive-care unit after suffering a serious neck injury, while several quarterbacks, including Jay Cutler and Nick Foles, left the field prematurely. Let’s check out the stock of some fantasy players as we get ready to head into Week 8. Quarterbacks Risers: • Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – Wilson threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 29 yards in Thursday night’s win over the Cardinals. After a slow start to the ... Read More »

Fantasy football Early Advice: RGIII returns, Rodgers’ new toy, more

It has been clear from the beginning of the season that post-ACL-surgery Robert Griffin III is not the same guy who took over the league with his arm, legs and personality last season. He has looked tentative most of the season, unwilling to run and unable to drive the ball down the field. Remember, while Griffin’s running ability took him to another level, he would not have been the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, nor had anywhere near the success he had as a rookie, if he could not thrive as a pure passer. He wasn’t that through the first month of this season, but with each passing week, he has showed a little bit more. ... Read More »

How Jeffery emerged as a crucial piece of Bears’ offense

Brandon Marshall had a career year in 2012, his first season with the Bears. He set career highs across the board, catching 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ironically, Marshall’s piling up all those stats was symptomatic of why the Bears missed the playoffs last season. While Marshall dominated opposing defenses, Jay Cutler did not have a reliable second option in the passing game. Rookie Alshon Jeffery missed time due to injury and frequently appeared to be overmatched when he was on the field. Mike Tice, for some unknown reason, phased out Matt Forte as a receiver. Earl Bennett logged just 12 games, and doesn’t have the ceiling of a true second receiver. Kellen Davis dropped everything ... Read More »

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