Happy football day, Razzball nation!  Doc is out wrestling grizzly bears, running with wolves, taming wild boars and generally creating breathtaking stories of perseverance and triumph to tell his future grandchildren some day.  In other words, Doc is out on vacation this weekend so you’re stuck with me and my fantasy wisdom to get you all fired up for week 8 of your faux football season.

We’ve reached the half way point of our fantasy seasons, and judging by the slew of injuries suffered last week, we’ll be lucky to make it to the playoffs.  It was a massacre in week 7, so this week I plan on doing some sort of ritualistic dance in the privacy of my own home to summon the fantasy football Gods and say to them, “It’s strange you actually showed up since this whole dance was a joke.  I’m a bit unprepared, but I’m glad you’re all here.  I have one request so listen closely because I don’t like to repeat myself – for the love of, well, you guys, can you please keep my team healthy?  Thanks.  Now leave.  This is awkward and my lunch is getting cold.”

With the onslaught of injuries suffered last week, here are a few guys to consider as replacements for your wounded workhorse(s).  But first, if you need a reminder of the injuries this week, some jackass wrote this injury report here at Razzball which he updates right to kickoff.  He needs a life.

Jabar Gaffney:  Santana Moss will be out for a while, as in 5-7 weeks, and Jabar Gaffney will be a prime beneficiary of his absence.  The Redskins play the Bills Sunday who rank 30th in pass defense and give up 23.3 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (standard scoring).  He’s worth starting at flex or as a bye week fill in.  I’m not exactly confident in his QB John Beck, but the ‘Skins may be throwing a lot to play catch up with the surprisingly high scoring Bills offense which translates to a lot of fake point opportunities for Jabar.

Bernard Scott:  Scott will start with Cedric Benson serving his one-game suspension.  Even against a tough Seattle rush defense in a hostile environment, Scott will see enough touches to be a worthwhile flex start in all leagues.  He doesn’t have the talent to go all DeMarco Murray on anyone, but a starting running back is always good for a handful of fantasy points.  I mean, even Chris Johnson gets some fantasy points from time to time.  More on CJ’s underachieving arse in a minute.

Lex Hilliard:  News broke last night that Daniel Thomas will miss the Giants game Sunday.  Hilliard should see the goal line touches if nothing else, so if you’re desperate for SOMEONE to start at RB for your team, he’s worth a look.  The downside of using him is you might have to pay some attention to the Dolphins offense and they’re attempts to play competitive football.  They may not be on the goal line much but when they are, Hilliard will be the guy.

Pierre Thomas:  There won’t be a better week than this one to play Thomas.  If you’ve held onto him this long, this is the week you’ve been patiently waiting for.  Mark Ingram is out, and Thomas should see upwards of 20 touches against an absolutely pathetic Rams rush defense.

Knowshon Moreno:  The situation for Moreno is similar to Pierre Thomas’.  With Willis McGahee out, Moreno will get more work and is finally a decent flex play.

Chris Johnson:  For the love of everything pure and holy in this world, CJ better put up numbers against the Colts or I’m going to start breaking things and I really don’t want to do that because I like most of the things I have.  The Colts rank 31st against the run.  I mean, come on CJ.

Antonio Brown:  Brown is a sneaky start this week with Hines Ward out.  He’ll start along side Mike Wallace and the Patriots really suck against the pass.  It’s pretty clear the Patriots are worried about Mike Wallace.  I’d imagine Brown will be open a lot with that kind of attention on 60 Minutes.  This is a great week to start Brown.

“Links make the faux heart grow fonder, and the faux football line ups grow stronger.” — Clint Chugg

I think Evan Silva spends a lot of time on his match ups article every week just for you.  Check out his thoughts on the week 8 games.

Jim Day has a few Studs, Duds, and Sleepers for you to keep an eye on.

You should feel a little embarrassed if you haven’t listened to the week 8 Football Sickness Podcast yet.

There have been plenty of Tricks and Treats in this wacky 2011 football season.  Michael Lombardi tells us all about them.

If you’re into the IDP thing, Jeff Ratcliffe of Pro Football Focus gives you the Week 8 IDP Breakdown.

Fantasy Pros has the consensus week 8 rankings from over 70 fantasy analysts.

I know you miss Doc, so you should read his two week 8 FanDuel articles to ease your pain: His  Running Back Forecast and his Passing Forecast.

From the Razzball crew:

Last Second Decisions: Week 8 – Jonathan Gilpin

Fantasy Football Two Minute Drill – Joseph Buccellato

The Fantasy Football Back Up Plan: Week 8 – Josh Vitale

Fantasy Smash Back: Week 8 – Jeff Brubach

Week 8 Match Ups – Mike Braude

Streaming Pile of D Week 8 – Mark Lee

Week 8: Buy Low, Sell High – Asher Molk

Target(s) Practice – Jones

Rest Of Season Fantasy Football Rankings – Doc

WEEK 8 TOILET BOWL PREDICTION:  This week’s Toilet Bowl features the 1-6 Minnesota Vikings at the 2-5 Carolina Panthers.  Despite the Toilet Bowl status of this game between two teams with 3 wins combined, there are plenty of stars to watch in this one.  Cam Newton, Steve Smith and Adrian Peterson make this game worth watching, if only for a brief time.  In a battle between two rookie quarterbacks, I think the aerial assault of the Newton/Smith combo proves too much for the Vikings secondary, prompting Leslie Frazier to ask the question, “Who flung the dung?”   The Vikings fall to 1-7, and the Carolina Panthers carry the Golden Plunger Award on into Week 9.  Panthers 27, Vikings 17.

If you aren’t ready for week 8, then you got some ‘splaining to do.  While Doc is out on vacation, I’ll be answering your start/sit questions in the comments.  You can hit me up on Twitter, too.  Let’s kick this shindig off already!

  1. woosah says:

    1) In 12 team standard league who do you like better for flex:

    B Jacobs, G Little, or R Helu

    2) In 12 team ppr league with .5 points per rush attempts please pick 2 rbs:

    Torain, M Morris, Hardesty, Addai


  2. Randall says:

    Crabtree or David Nelson this week?

    Sanchez (v Bills) or Ryan (vs Indy) next week?

  3. John Barleycorn says:

    My once-proud team is now down to this. Who is a better start in a PPTouch league: Donald Brown or Lex Hilliard, or LaRod Ste-Howl? I know, it’s ick. Obviously, I am assuming that Addai doesn’t start. And that Beanie doesn’t start.

  4. trick dad says:

    week 8 ranks, not showing up for me. flex spot- tate, lloyd or helu this week?

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    hey Clint : Last second flex decision who are you going with?

    Lex Hilliard or Emanual Sanders?

  6. Mr2Bits says:

    PPR league too

  7. Bill says:

    Great stuff – only missing the lock of the century ‘o the week

  8. The G says:

    Cam Newton vs the Vikings or Tom Brady vs the Steelers? Thanks!

  9. Clint

    Clint says:

    @woosah: 1) I’d take a chance on Helu. 2) Torain and Hardesty.

    @Randall: Nelson this week; Ryan next week.

    @John Barleycorn: I’d go with Hilliard. I think both Addai and Beanie will play today.

    @trick dad: Lloyd is safest. Helu has the most upside. I’d swing for the fences with Helu.

    @Mr2Bits: Sanders where it’s PPR.

    @Bill: I looked everywhere for that video. I’m still trying to find it this morning.

  10. friar says:

    I need some lineup advice. I’ve got to fill my RB spot and a flex spot with two of Torain, Helu, and Jared Cook. If I had to pick which two would get the most points, I’d say Torain and Cook, but I’m kind of tempted to play Torain and Helu, figuring that that way, no matter what Shanahan decides to do, I’ll be guaranteed to get the RB points against the Bills.

    Is the Bills run defense bad enough to warrant playing two RBs against them, or is Cook’s matchup vs Indy too good to leave on the bench? Thanks!

  11. Sawx10 says:

    For flex (PPR) who would you go with today:

    D. Baldwin
    M. Thomas
    R. Helu

  12. Clint

    Clint says:

    @The G: Close, but I slightly lean Newton.

    @friar: Shanahan is so fun to deal with, isn’t he? I’d actually go with both RBs. The Colts defend the opposing TE pretty well. They only allow 6.1 fantasy points per game to opposing TEs. I think Helu’s upside is greater.

  13. paulzone says:

    cam or vick?

    bradshaw or murray?

    6 pts for passing tds, 0.5 ppr, 3 pt bonus for 100 rush/rec yds

  14. The G says:

    Regarding Newton and Brady, who do u think has a higher ceiling? Against the Steelers, Brady has 9 TDs and 1 pick…and the Vikes are horrible on Defense. Talk about a good problem to have huh?

  15. Clint

    Clint says:

    @Sawx10: I’d go with Scott.

    @paulzone: Cam and Murray.

    @The G: Yeah it’s a great problem to have. You really can’t go wrong with either. I think Newton’s upside is a little higher since he’s the goal line back as well. It’s a tough call, but based on the rushing ability of Newton, I slightly lean his way. You may want to consider trading one of those guys to round out your team at other positions.

  16. The G says:


    I tried trading Cam, but none of the dudes in my league trade players…so i’ll just spot start the better match-up. I think im gonna roll the dice on Newton. Like Doc says, dont bench your studs…but im lucky enough to have two of best qb’s. Thanks again!

  17. paulzone says:

    antonio brown or emmanuel sanders today?

  18. paulzone says:

    best d/st matchup today:

    sea vs. cin
    cle @ sf
    kc vs. sd
    phi vs. dal
    min @ car


  19. Jeffito says:

    I have to play one of these guys and drop one to pick up a TE to cover Finley’s Bye week. B. Scott, K Hunter, Beanie, Roy Helu. I hate to drop any of them (won’t be dropping Beanie) except for Scott as I think Hunter or Helu could pay off down the road. Would it be wise to drop Scott and play Beanie this week?

    As for TE I have to choose between Evan Moore and Ballard from the Giants… I am thinking Moore as SF gives up alot of points to TEs.

  20. Matt B says:

    Crabtree or Reggie Wayne (nonppr)? Thanks

  21. Clint

    Clint says:

    @The G: Ah yes, the prophetic words of Doc. You’re welcome and good luck today!

    @paulzone: Brown.

    @paulzone: Philadelphia, although none are great options.

  22. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Two teams, two choices:

    J-Stew, Mo-Mo, Bernard Scott, Antonio Brown, and Jackie Battle for two spots (RB2 and Flex).

    Harvin, Sidney Rice, Jerome Simpson, and Demaryius Thomas for 2 WR spots.

  23. rak says:

    Vick or Newton? Im also starting maclin.

  24. Matt B says:

    Lex Hilliard or Alfonso Smith in a ppr?

  25. Clint

    Clint says:

    @Jeffito: I’d probably drop Hunter, but I understand your thinking. Scott isn’t a bad start today. For this week I’d drop Hunter to pick up a TE and start Beanie, but the better long term choice is to drop Scott.

    As for the TE, I actually like Ballard a lot this week. Eli is usually terrific coming off his bye, and the Dolphins give up the second most fantasy points to opposing TEs.

    @Matt B: Wayne.

    @Shmorgie S. Board: Battle and Brown; Harvin and Rice.

    @rak: Newton.

  26. Clint

    Clint says:

    @Jeffito: That was supposed to say “For this week I’d drop Hunter to pick up a TE and start Scott..” Sorry.

    @Matt B: Hilliard. Sounds like Beanie is going to play today which makes Smith virtually worthless.

  27. herschel says:

    @clint: tebow time or big ben? thanks!

  28. bobbo says:


    1ppr, 1 pt/20 yds rec, 1 pt/10 yds rush, +5 bonus at 100 yds either

    Need to start one as flex in both leagues:

    1) G Little, P Harvin, Beanie Wells, M Maurice, K Walter

    2) Antonio Brown, R Bush, B Scott (starting Brandon Marshall and J Gresham as well if that matters)

  29. Clint

    Clint says:

    @herschel: Big Ben. He has a terrific match up.

  30. Clint

    Clint says:

    @bobbo: 1) Beanie, 2) Brown.

  31. Chris says:

    Need 2:
    E. Sanders
    P. Harvin
    G. Little
    L. Hillard

  32. Clint

    Clint says:

    @Chris: Little, Harvin.

  33. kratos says:

    Helu or Brown at flex?

  34. Clint

    Clint says:

    @kratos: Antonio Brown.

  35. bobbo says:

    @Clint: Not concerned about Beanie’s health and Baltimore’s Def? I was leaning towards Little but am willing to be talked off the ledge.

  36. kratos says:

    Beanie or Moreno rb2?


    Beanie or Torain rb2?


  37. Shmorgie S. Board says:

    Followup: Little or J-Stew for my flex?

  38. Clint

    Clint says:

    @bobbo: Little is the safer play and yes, I am worried about those things, but it would be hard for me to sit Wells with the way he’s been playing this year. In the end you have to go with your gut.

    @kratos: Beanie over Moreno. Torain over Beanie.

  39. The G says:


    One more for u…Witten vs Philly or Pettigrew vs Broncos? Thanks again!

  40. Nate Washington manningham battle pick 2

  41. Clint

    Clint says:

    @The G: I like Witten there.

    @Chicago Mike: Battle and Manningham.

  42. Anthony says:

    @Clint – Im a little week at WR. My WR’s are Miles Austin, Mike Williams of TB and David Nelson of the bills. As far as Running backs go I have mendenhall, mathews, lawfirm, mcgahee, and best who im pretty sure will be back next week.

    Would u do this trade: Lawfirm for Victor Cruz? Im really not sure what to do because lawfirm is a TD threat and brady distributes the ball to everyone in that offense. Victor cruz is getting better each week #1, #2 im a giants fan, but still not sure if this move will make my team overall better? This is a payleague so im really unsure here. Thoughts?

  43. elwood blues says:

    little looked awful today.. with Harvin on a bye next week, I may need to start him.. or do I waiver it.. and pick up
    Doucet, Dam. Williams, Knox, Den. Moore.?? who do you like.

    And where was Ridley today? do I drop him off my bench for this WR?

  44. Nick says:

    @Doc: So with D Thomas not getting practically any looks this week, and he was a bye week fill for me, would you drop him for Doucet, T Smith, D Nelson, Breaston in a 10-team league? Also Torain is frustrating me, would you dump him for Ringer, D Brown, D Carter….not much out there i guess

  45. Clint

    Clint says:

    @Anthony: I think you can afford to do the move. Cruz would be a nice WR2 for your squad and Mike Williams can be your WR3/flex. I’d probably do it if I were you.

    @elwood blues: I like Damien Williams going forward. He has a nice role in the Tennessee offense and Hasselbeck is better/more trustworthy than McCoy.

    I think it’s time to cut ties with Ridley, yes. At this point in the season you need to have players on your roster that are getting more playing time than he’s currently getting.

    @Nick: I’m not Doc, but I’ll offer my two cents. Doc is out on vacation this weekend.

    Thomas was actually inactive today, so it’s not that he didn’t see playing time..he didn’t play at all. I’d hang on to him. He’s better than all the options you listed. The ‘Skins backs are really frustrating to own. I’d drop Torain for Carter, although that move isn’t a major improvement.

  46. Eng says:

    Give up Painter to get Vernon Davis? 2 QB league, Curt is my third guy/inj insurance behind Brady and Tebow. Tebow’s job is safe right? that’s the main thing Painter has going for him.

  47. in last says:

    would drop any of these bums in ppr for ringer?
    d thomas

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