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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Key Matchups

Waiver-Wire Level Matchup Plays for Week 8 in Fantasy Football

October 23, 2013

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With tomorrow marking the eighth week of the fantasy (and NFL) season, it’s time to start taking a hard look at the schedule. We’ve examined the matchups in this round of games and come up with a handful of players who should be posting some nice numbers against favorable competition. Let’s take a closer look at these waiver-wire-level names and see if anyone’s right for your roster.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: We’ll start things out this week by looking at Pryor, who has been a popular waiver wire add at times this season. He’s a bit under the radar coming into Week 8, as the Raiders were on a bye this past weekend. While he did post a pretty ugly three-interception effort in his last game, he did play a good defense (Kansas City) and he got no help whatsoever from his O-line (nine sacks). Things should go a little better against the Steelers, who are making a cross-country trip after a physical game against their division rival Ravens.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Key Matchups

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Peyton Hillis, RB, New York Giants: We’ll say this right off the bat: temper your expectations on Hillis. Sure, he posted 81 yards and a score against the Vikings, but he’ll be buried on the depth chart as soon as the Giants RB unit starts getting healthy. That said, he may have some use to fantasy owners in need of bodies this weekend. Hillis and company will face the Eagles, and if Brandon Jacobs and David Wilson can’t go once again, he’ll likely see a lot of action in Week 8--just don’t expect much beyond that.

Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Jones has gotten some major attention this week as a sleeper candidate, and we definitely like him right now. He’s got touchdowns in two consecutive weeks, with a combined seven catches for 128 yards. With most of the defensive attention focused on the beastly A.J. Green, Jones could find some openings on a consistent basis. He’ll see the Jets this week, and though they played reasonably well against the Pats, New York’s secondary has shown some major vulnerability this year.

Mike Tolbert, RB, Carolina Panthers: We liked Tolbert as a sleeper option last week, and he came through. He netted 36 rush yards and a score on 13 carries, which once again reaffirms his place in the Panthers’ red-zone offense. Tolbert and the gang will be heading down to Tampa Bay tomorrow, and with Carolina finding their groove, we expect the points to fly in that one. He’s a nice waiver pickup.

New Orleans Defense: After weeks and weeks of playing stiff competition, the Saints defense is getting a favorable matchup in Week 8. They’ve got some things working for them against Buffalo: the Bills allow a lot of sacks--sixth most in the league thus far, actually. They’ve also got a banged-up C.J. Spiller on hand, who is coming off a pretty miserable game in Week 7. If the Saints can contain Fred Jackson, they shouldn’t have to worry about much else.

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