Week Eight Fantasy Surprises

Last week was a very productive week for my fantasy surprises as Josh Freeman and the Vikings defense had huge weeks to go along with Denarius Moore and Martellus Bennett having solid performances. The fantasy regular season is now starting the second half so trends have clearly emerged that can be exploited for matchup purposes.

QB: Brandon Weeden vs Chargers:  Unless you’re in a league that starts two quarterbacks, Weeden probably shouldn’t get much consideration. However, no quarterback has improved more from week one and he’s put up big numbers. The Chargers pass defense is a favorable matchup so if you are in need of a quarterback, Weeden could be a very good value. Expect around 230 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Rashad Jennings vs Packers:  Due to Maurice Jones-Drew’s injury, Jennings was the top waiver wire commodity this week. While the matchup against the Packers isn’t the best, regardless of the score he is going to get touches as he is a very effective receiver out of the backfield. Expect around 90 yards and a touchdown.

WR: Kenny Britt vs Colts: Britt hasn’t played to the level many thought he would this season but this week could get him back on track. The Colts have allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing receivers and Britt has big play ability and the size to be efficient in the red zone. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Greg Olsen vs Bears: There aren’t a whole lot of favorable matchups for tight ends this week but Olsen could be in line for a decent outing. The Bears have allowed some nice fantasy lines to opposing tight ends already and Olsen will want revenge against his former team. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.

K: Matt Prater vs Saints: In a game that should be a shootout, Prater will most likely get his fair share of opportunities. His strong leg and the altitude in Denver is also a plus for those leagues that reward longer field goals. Expect around three field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Raiders vs Chiefs: The Raiders defense hasn’t been that great this year but I still like them even though they face a premier back in Jamaal Charles. Until proven otherwise, I would start any defense that’s going up against Brady Quinn. Expect around four sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.


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