Week 8: Start 'Em
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With all the QBs injured and on bye, Eli Manning makes for a very good start in week eight. While the Giants have been pathetic and Eli has looked pretty bad, he has still put up solid fantasy numbers. Manning is top twelve in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns; therefore while being bad and not winning games, he is still productive. The Giants' opponents next week will help Eli, as he faces an Eagles defence that is giving up the second most passing yards per game in the NFL at 311 per. If you need a starting QB this week, Eli should be your guy.
After a really slow start to the season - including missing a game due to injury - fantasy owners were up in arms about what to do with Steven Ridley. Since returning from his one game absence, Ridley has rushed for 146 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Patriots have begun to trust him again in the red zone and that should continue as the weeks go on, and Ridley goes back to performing like he did last season. Ridley makes for a good start at running back or flex.
Jacquizz Rodgers started the season slowly as he was backing up Steven Jackson and not getting many touches. Since Sjax went down with an injury, Rodgers has been a big help in the offense - some weeks in the running game, some in the passing game. In 4 games without Sjax, Rodgers has rushed for 177 yards, 20 receptions for 124 yards and four total touchdowns. He definitely makes for a better start in point per reception leagues, but as long as he keeps getting all those touches he makes for a solid RB2 start - especially with all the injuries and bye weeks.
Here is another example of a player drafted in 2013 that is coming along faster than expected. Terrance Williams was a third round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but he figured to not see many passes his way with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Miles Austin ahead of him. After doing nothing for the first three games, Williams has now become a major part of the Dallas offense over the last four games. Over that span he has 19 receptions for 320 yards and has scored a touchdown in each of the last three weeks. The timing of this boost in performance comes on the heels of Miles Austin injuring his hamstring, AGAIN. Since returning from injury, Austin has no receptions in two games. There is even talk he might get shut down. Look for Williams to continue his good production this coming week.
Jarrett Boykin was a beast in his first start taking over for Randall Cobb. He led the Packers in targets with ten, catching eight of them for 103 yards and a touchdown in a victory over the Browns. Back in 2012 there was talk around the Packers that Boykin was "to be a big-time player for us at some point". Well, Rodgers was right about this one as Boykin looked great. While the Packers might get James Jones back this week, they lost Jermichael Finley; so expect Boykin to be a focal point of the offense for weeks to come. IF you need help at WR or Flex, give Boykin a look.