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Week 8 War Room

posted by Jeff

Did you have the demoralizing task of watching Thursday Night Football while your opponent had Doug Martin “muscle hamster-ing” his way to roughly 196 fantasy points? Were you face down in a bucket of miniature Snickers bars when Adrian Peterson broke his 64-yard touchdown run while later realizing you are playing both he AND Percy Harvin in week 8? Put down the Halloween candy (tough, I know) and listen to us fine folks from The Fake Football, you can still come out victorious in week 8! The only missing ingredients to your comeback cocktail are right here, in The Fake Football Week 8 War Room. Give those knuckles a stern cracking and dig in…




- Just in case your favorite fantasy team is floundering at 0-7 or 1-6, or in case you just love fantasy and gambling (which is everyone), make sure to join our Week 8 Fanduel contest. The entry fee is only $1 and the total payout is a whopping $200. SIGN UP HERE!

- If you do enjoy indulging in the world of Fanduel, you can check out our Week 8 FanDuel bargains somewhere in THIS GENERAL AREA.

- Make sure your stat game is tight this week, and feast on this bounty: The Week 8 Matchup Machine, and defensive performances vs. Quarterbacks, vs. Runningbacks, vs. Wide Receivers, and vs. Tight Ends.

- Looking for a defense for week 8? We have got you covered with the Week 8 installment of “Dreaming of Streaming.” Dig it.

- For those difficult lineup conundrums, we ever so proudly present the Week 8 Start/Sit and Week 8 Last Second Decisions articles for your perusal. If these two don’t cover any lingering questions hovering around your fantasy team, I owe you a nickel.

- Below you will find the lines, totals and if you click ye olde link, it will take you to the detailed weather forecast, i.e. Frankendoom!


Injury Questions (We’ll update as news comes in)

1pm –

Jordy Nelson is a true game time call. Randall Cobb and James Jones get huge boosts if he doesn’t go and Donald Driver would become a bye-week filler. (NELSON is INACTIVE)

Bilal Powell is out and Joe McKnight is a game-time call which mean Shonn Greene could see the bulk of the carries.

Trent Richardson practiced the last three days and Coach Shurmur says he has looked good. He’s risky, but worth a flex. Montario Hardesty is not worth a start.

Donald Brown will play and split time with Vick Ballard. What the split will be is unknown to us unfortunately. Both are desperation plays. (BROWN is ACTIVE but will backup Ballard)

Aaron Hernandez is OUT.

Isaac Redman had a limited practice on Friday. He might play, but Jonathan Dwyer is set to start with Rashard Mendenhall out. (Redman is OUT)

4 pm –

Ahmad Bradshaw was limited in practice on Friday and has a bone bruise on his footsie. He’ll play.

8:30 pm –

Jimmy Graham made the trip to Denver and is a game-time call. The chance look decent that he will play. Try to secure Tamme, Dreessen or Thomas in case he is a scratch.


Finally, for your enjoyment, are the Week 8 Staff Rankings from myself, DJ Jazzy Chet, and the one and only Gregsauce. As always, feel free to leave those lineup head scratchers in the comments below!

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Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Orangebru.

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  • Romo just put final nail in my season. We can keep two players. I just offered 3 picks next year for TRich. Too much? I have Foster and Murray. I have an extra pick from a previous trade. Would you pull trigger?

  • With the crazy wind in PHI, stay with Julio at WR and Wayne at FLEX, or move Wayne to WR, bench Julio, and move SJax or Britt or Leshoure to FLEX?

    • IF you feel like a safer lineup is good enough this week I could see going with Britt

  • standard league questions:

    1) vick ballard, philip tanner or daryl richardson for RB2

    2) lance moore or denarius moore for flex


    • Denarius and Ballard

  • Cut my kicker to pick up Broyles, but now I need to make a roster decision (not a start/sit decision).

    Do I keep Broyles or Andrew Hawkins in a PPR league that starts 3 WR and a flex? Really need a WR3 and think Broyles could be a second half surprise in Detroit.

    • I’d keep Broyles

  • 2 WDIS questions:
    Pick 1WR2 & 1FLEX: Julio Jones, Ryan Matthews, Ridley, Cobb, Antonio Brown

    Pick 2: Josh Gordon, DHB, Hartline.


    • Cobb, Mathews, DHB

  • What do you think of a Leshoure for M. Bennett trade? I don’t really ‘need’ leshoure and he also owns/starts Witten, and he’s a little weak at RB.

    OR. Should I instead try to trade Lesh for JStew really quickly? Still wouldn’t ‘need’ JStew but could nice enough to facilitate other trades

    • I’d rather have Stew

  • Jermichael finley or dreessen?

    • Finley

  • Heath Miller or Antonio Gates? .5 PPR

    • -Gates

    • Gates

  • PPR. Felix Jones, Dwyer or D.Richardson? Need to pick 1.

    • Dwyer

  • Need 2 (PPR, 9point TDs): Julio, Antonio Brown, Cobb

    • Cobb, Julio

  • With the awful weather in Cleveland, do you lean Gordon or Richardson in the flex?

    • TRich

  • Need 2 for FLEX, non-ppr: Nicks, Denarius Moore, Dwyer.

    • Nicks and Moore

  • PPR pick 2 WRs, 2RBs, and a flex

    WRs: Nicks, J. Gordon (crap weather), Broyles, McCluster (Quinn is QB), D. Driver

    RBs: D. Martin (already started), Sproles, V. Ballard, D. Brown

    • Nicks, Sproles, Gordon, Broyles

  • JStew or DMoore in .5 PPR

    • D Moore

  • Ridley or TRich?

    • –Ridley

  • dwayne bowe or jeremy kerley or malcolm floyd or josh gordon?? which 2 should I start. Also jonathan stewart or jonathan dwyer

    • Bowe, Gordon, Dwyer

  • Pick 2 out of three to start, 1 ppr; Cobb, Julio, Rashad Jennings. Think the weather affects Julio.

  • Pick 2 WR from the bunch: Colston, Nicks, Bryant, Cobb, J. Jones? Thanks.

    • Colston, Cobb

  • D. Driver or Broyles? PPR

    • -Broyles

  • Start Witten over Gates because of the rain? Pick 1 for flex Ballard, Felix Jones, Ryan Broyles? Thanks!

    • I’d still lean Gates. They’ll need to throw the ball short.

  • Start J. Gordon even with sloppy weather conditions? other WR I could start is Broyles in ppr

    • I could see playing it safe with Broyles.

  • I have Heath Miller and Graham. roll with Miller in an hour or pick up david thomas/tamme and sit and wait with a gun to my head for the late kickoff?


    • I’d roll with Miller

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