Fantasy Football 2014: Chargers at Broncos 10/23/14 Week 8 Preview
San Diego Chargers (5-2) at Denver Broncos (5-1)
We’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup ahead on the Week 8 version of “Thursday Night Football.” The Chargers (5-2) fell in a close one to the Chiefs, while the Broncos (5-1) got a big win over the 49ers in Week 7.
As you might expect, there will be loads and loads of notable fantasy players out on the field for this one. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key names and see what we should be expecting from our rosters this week.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Rivers didn’t have that great of a game against the Chiefs, but his fantasy numbers still weren’t too bad. He managed 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns, marking the first time in four weeks he’s failed to throw more than two scores.
Rivers is a No. 1 QB in fantasy, and given his talent level you have to start him. That said, he’ll face a Broncos defense this week that made short work of Colin Kaepernick, so temper your expectations just a bit.
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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: What else is there to say about Manning? He’s now the NFL’s all time passing touchdowns leader after surpassing Brett Favre in Week 7, and in fantasy terms, he’s one of a select few quarterbacks you never have to worry about from week to week.
Peyton tossed four touchdowns in Week 7, marking the third time in a row he’s had at least three. You can pencil him in for 250 yards and three more scores here with the way he’s playing.
Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers held the ball for just 21 minutes in their loss to KC, which is bad news for Oliver owners. Still, he posted 78 total yards in the game, not bad considering his circumstances.
Oliver is worth rolling with as a fantasy starter this week, as long as his contemporaries are struggling with injuries. If the Chargers want to stay in this game, they’ll rely on him heavily.
Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos: Shrewd (or lucky) fantasy owners who picked up Hillman off the wire when Montee Ball went down are reaping the benefits. He was great in Week 7, ripping off a pair of touchdowns with 105 total yards to his credit.
Hillman may have supplanted Ball as the No. 1 back, even when the latter gets healthy. He’s worth rolling with as long as he’s in there, so don’t take him out.
Malcom Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers: Floyd enjoyed some success (five grabs; 103 yards; TD) in Week 6, but was limited pretty harshly against the Chiefs. He managed just three grabs for 50 yards, his lowest total since Week 4 (but he scored in that one, so it was his lowest fantasy output of the year).
Floyd has emerged as the primary guy in a crowded passing attack in San Diego, so he’s worth a start if you’re at his level.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Like his QB Manning, you don’t have to worry too much about Thomas. He was electric once again in the 49ers game, posting 171 yards and two touchdowns on eight grabs.
Thomas now has 521 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions in just his last three games. That kind of output is near unheard of--unless your name is Calvin Johnson--so there’s little doubt who the new king of the WR hill in fantasy is.
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