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Every week, managers of Fantasy Football address multiple decisions to their rosters. My goal is to take my 12 years of Fantasy sports experience and present an abstract view on Fantasy news. Check back every week for “The Fantasy Coach” as I review the major highlights of the previous Fantasy week and detail what to look for in the weeks ahead. And each week, I will provide a player at each position that could surprise (“Flames”) or put tears in your eyes (“Lames”).

Week 8 Flames

QB: Matthew Stafford vs. DAL

I expect this to be a high-scoring affair, especially with Stafford’s most recent tear. He has thrown seven touchdowns in his last two starts, and his weekly pass attempts are off the charts.

RB: Le’Veon Bell @ OAK

The rookie RB continues to shine with increased touches; he’ll be great if he can stay off the crutches. There’s no doubt he’ll keep the Raiders on their toes; you’ll be thrilled when he was the one you chose.

WR: Vincent Jackson vs. CAR

With a whopping 47 targets from his new rookie QB, Jackson has been having fun and running free. I wouldn’t doubt this monster receiver; he’s become a Fantasy Football win-weaver.

TE: Jordan Reed @ DEN

The athletic TE has come on strong, not hard to believe with hands like King-Kong. RGIII has looked his way often, and if you start him this week you’ll bury opponents in their coffins.

DEF: New Orleans vs. BUF

You know I have an affinity for defenses at home, especially those which play in a dome. This has led me to the Saints this week, facing the Bills whose offense has looked bleak.

Week 8 Lames

QB: Michael Vick vs. NYG

The Giants defense finally showed heart, picking the Vikings’ run game apart. Here comes Vick fresh off the bench; I expect him to be slowed by New York’s defensive clench.

RB: Gio Bernard vs. NYJ

Bernard has been having a great rookie year, and his talents to the average fan are crystal clear. The Jets defense has had a resurgence of sorts, and Bernard owners are seeing the Jets being spoilsports.

WR: Justin Blackmon vs. SF

The only offensive weapon the Jaguars can play is in a system which would lead all cats

astray. Blackmon has done all he can to win, but this game will be over before it begins.

TE: Kyle Rudolph  vs. GB

That was not a good showing during Josh Freeman’s debut; he had more yards from the penalties he drew. With a few tight ends on this week’s bye, bench him while enjoying your pumpkin pie.

DEF: Carolina @ TB 

On paper this matchup looks very ripe, as the Panthers defense is hot and has built up some hype. The Bucs will feature youngsters at every position; looking for their first win, it’ll be their only mission.

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