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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Week 8 NFL Forecast by Chris Mulligan

Are you ready for Week 8?? Special Guest writer for Fantasy Football Express Chris Mulligan will give you the keys to the Corvette this week. Take a look as Chris attempts to help you win your match up this week....

Favorable Matchups

- Matt Schaub has played very well the last couple of weeks. He’s emerging as one of the best young QB’s in the league. He sliced up Detroit last week completing 26-31 passes. Schaub will continue his hot streak against the horrid Bengals this week. He’s a must start for Week 8.

- The Jets are at home this week against the pitiful Cheifs and it looks like Laverneous Coles is going to be a scratch. Jericho Cotchery should be Brett Favre’s go-to guy this week which should result in a big game. Cotchery is a little banged up but he should play and play big. This also might be the week that Dustin Keller gets his first TD catch of the year.

- The Washington Redskins entire offense will most definitely benefit from playing the Lions this week who are already on the clock for the ‘09 Draft. This could be the week that Jason Campbell explodes along with Antwaan Randle-El.

- The Titans rushing attack has been unstoppable thus far and I believe there is no reason that it won’t continue to roll this week against the Colts. They’re just not the same defense without Bob Sanders. Expect LenDale White and Chris Johnson to steamroll the Colts run defense.

Unfavorable Matchups

- Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald are going up against the #2 pass defense in the Carolina Panthers who have allowed only five passing TD all season. It’s hard not to start these two players but if your backups have better matchups, it’s a risk worth taking.

- The Giants travel to Pittsburgh this week which could be bad news for the Eli Manning and the Giant’s passing game. The Steelers have the best pass defense in the league allowing only 158 YPG and only 5 TD. The Giants have been great on the road but this is going to be a tough one for them. Steve Smith has been Eli’s go-to guy so if any WR gets good numbers it will be him.

- Darren McFadden is questionable but should play this weekend against Baltimore. That’s not necessarily a good thing as the Ravens’ defense has shut down every team’s run game with authority. I’d advise keeping D Mac on the bench this week.

- The Falcons’ offense lead by Matt Ryan is in trouble this week against the stout Eagles’ defense. Philly is in the top 10 in both run and pass defense this year and has given up a total of only 10 TD so far. It should be rough going for Michael Turner and Roddy White as well.

Scouting Free Agents

- Santonio Holmes got busted while driving with three blunts in his car and is suspended for this week (you think he’s a Phillies or Swishers guy?). Nate Washington is a talented receiver and will fill the missing void. He should get plenty of looks from Big Ben this week.

- Donnie Avery has shown he can do some good things and is available in over half of CBS leagues. He could be a valuable backup the rest of the way. This could be the week that he gets his first career 100 yard game.

- Kevin Faulk will get most of the carries for the Patriots this week who are decimated at the RB position. Faulk is a quality player and can do good things in the run game and the pass game. If he’s still available in you league, pick him up and start him.

- Arnaz Battle and the 49ers are going up against a banged up Seahawks defense. We all know how much Mike Martz loves to throw the ball around. It’s a good matchup for Battle if you need a third WR this week.

Quick Notes

- Julius Jones erupted at head coach Mike Holmgren in frustration last week and it looked like he was sure to be in the doghouse. Not so. Holmgren stated on ESPN AM 1000 in Chicago that they’ve talked things out and won’t lose any reps this week. They need him to have a big game if they have any chance of winning in San Francisco this week.

- Fred Taylor looks to be nearly 100% healthy and has a favorable matchup against the Browns this week. Expect the Jags to pound the rock and give Taylor plenty of chances. He’s due for a big game.

- It might be a good time to see what you can get for Calvin Johnson. He had 154 Rec Yds last week but only 2 catches. The Lions QB’s are hot garbage and it’s going to be hard for Johnson to repeat that kind of performance. Sell him while you can.

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