Checking the matchups this week, there are some surprising performances waiting on the horizon.
Now, there’s no huge mathematical formula involved, no deep thought, just a look at basic fantasy points allowed.
Who could surprise everyone this week? Let’s take a look:
Marc Bulger – While nobody should recommend a Ram not named Steven Jackson straight up, some of you have bye issues this week and Bulger’s playing the banged-up Lions. The Rams win this week. Jackson has a great fantasy game and Bulger has a good one.
David Garrard – It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him have a good game, but Garrard will have the second-best QB performance of the week. Saw him available on an ESPN league’s waiver wire today.
Jamal Lewis and Jerome Harrison – How bad is the Bears defense right now? Based on recent performances against running backs, there’ll be enough points to go around for both Lewis and Harrison in Week 8.
LeSean McCoy – Over the last three weeks, the Giants allowed 27, 31 and 14 points to opposing running backs. I’m not buying Westbrook as a game-time decision. He’s not playing. McCoy is, get him in your lineup.
Kenny Britt – This is contingent on Vince Young’s ability to get him the ball, but the Jags couldn’t stop opposing aerial attacks if they were allowed to use anti-aircraft guns.
Steve Smith – The Panthers’ Steve Smith has been a really unexciting roller coaster this season, but Arizona gives up 25 PPG to wide receivers. Smith should be able to take advantage of that even with Jake Delhomme throwing him the ball. If Delhomme gets pulled before halftime, who knows what could happen. I’m not sure if backups Matt Moore or AJ Feeley will be much better, but they can’t be much worse.
Kevin Boss – There is no worse team in the NFL against the tight end than the Philadelphia Eagles. Meanwhile they’re sixth-best against wide receivers.
Zach Miller – A player you’re probably starting this week anyway, but Miller faces the Chargers. San Diego was absolutely lit up by Denver’s and Pittsburgh’s tight ends in back-to-back weeks before facing the Chiefs last week. Don’t be shocked when the Raiders best offensive weapon scores 15 to 20 points this week.