Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 8 outlook

Tacklin' Fantasy: Week 8 outlook
October 23, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Colin Kaepernick is set for a big game in London, but Terrelle Pryor might be a quarterback to avoid in fantasy this week. (USATSI)

Tacklin' Fantasy Week 7 recap

Frank Gore: 24-70-2, 2 rec-34-0
Anquan Boldin: 5-74-0
Larry Fitzgerald: 2-17-0
Zac Stacy: 17-53-0, 4 rec-34-1  
Joseph Randle: 19-65-0, 3 rec-28-0
Jacoby Jones: 4-32-0
Matt Ryan: 20-26-273 yds-3 TDs
Jarrett Boykin: 8-103-1

*Bold = correct

Editor's note: Welcome to the weekly installment of "Tacklin' Fantasy," our recap of the news and trends you need to keep top of mind for fantasy dominance

49er to start: Colin Kaepernick, QB

Last week, rushing and passing, Colin Kaepernick had arguably his best game since Week 1. He ran the ball a season-high 11 times and scored his first rushing touchdown of the year. The 49ers' Week 8 opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, have allowed a passing touchdown in six straight games. With the re-emergence of the read-option, Kaepernick should have himself a ballgame.

[RELATED: Return of 49ers' read option gives offense balance]

Raider to start: Darren McFadden, RB

Coming off last week's bye, running back Darren McFadden should be 100 percent healthy from a hamstring strain. While the Raiders' Week 8 opponent isn't ideal for their offense, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been susceptible to running backs this year; opposing backs have rushed for 70-plus rushing yards on four separate occasions.

[Related: Raiders haven't won after bye week in over a decade]

49er to sit: Nobody

No 49ers should sit this weekend as their opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars, give up a league-worst 153.3 yards on the ground and 31.7 points per game. Their pass defense doesn't fare much better, as opposing quarterbacks have thrown 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Raider to sit: Terrelle Pryor, QB

The Raiders' Week 8 opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, shut down challenging offenses, especially quarterbacks. Through six games, quarterbacks are averaging 197.5 through the air and 8.5 yards on the ground against Mike Tomlin's defense, with just five total touchdowns. There are better options at quarterback this week.

NFL trend: Brace yourself

Jermichael Finley (neck) - Finley is out for the foreseeable future with a neck injury, which should mean increased targets for Jarrett Boykin (last week's "No-namer to start"), Jordy Nelson and James Jones. Each should be started, when healthy, every week going forward.

Doug Martin (shoulder) - Martin is out indefinitely with torn labrum in his shoulder. Rookie Mike James steps in as starting running back. Tampa Bay has struggled some running the ball with just one rushing touchdown all year, but James should be owned in all leagues, although benched this week against the Carolina Panthers. Furthermore, Martin's injury means more emphasis on the passing game and more targets for receivers Vincent Jackson and Tim Wright.

Sam Bradford (knee) - The Rams quarterback tore his ACL and is out for the year, making all Rams wide receivers irrelevant to your fantasy team. Zac Stacy should be the only Rams offensive player held in fantasy.

Reggie Wayne (knee) - The Colts' wide receiver tore his ACL and is out for the year. Former Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey will benefit the most, as he joins the starting lineup. He had a season-high seven targets in last week's game and should be owned and started in all leagues.

Buy-low candidate: Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins

With fantasy owners paying attention to last week's Redskins' game, in which Roy Helu Jr. had three touchdowns and Jordan Reed caught nine passes for 134 yards, wide receiver Pierre Garcon has gone unnoticed. While Garcon has only eclipsed 75 yards once this season, he is averaging 11.6 targets per game. Also, in the next four games, the Redskins play against defenses ranked No. 32, 26, 29 and 31 in passing yards per game allowed. It is time to buy low on Garcon.

Sell-high candidate: Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns

Since coming back from suspension, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has averaged 9.8 targets, 5.4 receptions and 90 yards per game, and he's scored twice. The Browns may be attempting to boost his trade value for the deadline six days away, as he has been rumored to be on the block. If he is traded, Gordon will have to learn a new playbook. If he isn't traded, he'll catch passes from third-string quarterback Jason Campbell and the Browns' next four games are all against teams in the top half of the NFL in pass defense.

[Related: Report: 49ers unlikely to acquire Gordon from Browns]

Star to sit: Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

After his torrid start to the season, Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron has cooled off over the past three games, averaging five receptions, 51.6 yards a game with one score. The Browns play the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, a team that hasn't given up more than 43 receiving yards to a tight end all year. With third-string Jason Campbell starting, and all signs should point to a down game for Cameron.

No-namer to start: Kris Durham, WR, Detroit Lions

The biggest beneficiary of Nate Burleson's freak pizza accident has been none other than Kris Durham, who has since become the Lions' No. 2 wide receiver. The Lions have been known to thrown often -- third most attempts in NFL -- and with Calvin Johnson on the opposite side of the field, Durham should see consistent single-coverage against the NFL's third-worst team defending the pass, the Dallas Cowboys.

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