Week 8: Player Upgrades

 
 
 
 
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Week 8: Player Upgrades

The passers, runners and receivers rising the short and long term fantasy football ranks This week's picks include Profiled players include Robert Griffin III, Jake Locker, Le'Veon Bell, Zac Stacy, and Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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If Sunday's win over the Bears was an indicator of how the remainder of the season will play out for Robert Griffin, then buckle up. After throwing just one touchdown in three games, Griffin threw two against Chicago and didn't turn the ball over for just the second time this season. He was efficient and showed much of the explosive running ability that endeared him to fantasy owners last year. In fact, RGIII has run for 161 yards over the past two weeks and in turn his success on the ground has opened up the passing game. The schedule is also very favorable to RGIII as he begins to bounce back from last year's knee injury. Eight of his final 10 games come against teams who are in the top ten in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.

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Locker threw his first interception against the Niners, but also posted his first 300-yard passing game of the season to go along with a pair of touchdowns. He has eight touchdown passes to one interception and has a TD and 127 yards on the ground. He's thrown at least one TD pass in every game after Week 1 and appears to be healthy after suffering a hip injury. Even though some of Tennessee's weapons haven't gone off, there are enough playmakers to help Locker keep the chains moving.

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Bell has received praise throughout the year in Pittsburgh, but his numbers finally merit regard from fantasy owners after rushing for 93 yards on just 19 attempts versus the Ravens who surrender the least points to fantasy running backs. Just three of those attempts went for no gain or a loss – a breath of fresh air to the Steelers run game. Bell has shaken off an early-season injury and has seemingly won the trust of Mike Tomlin as the workhorse back on a team in desperate need of an offensive identity.

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St. Louis hasn't exactly been a haven of offensive firepower this year, but Stacy's solid yet unspectacular performances seem to have won him the starting job in the Rams backfield. He found the endzone through the air on Sunday and has over 85 all-purpose yards in each of his last two games. With Sam Bradford out there aren't many options left to pick up the slack, but Stacy might be the one contributor worth owning.

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With Reggie Wayne lost for the season, Heyward-Bey will be more involved in the Colts passing game. Indianapolis appears hell-bent on running the ball, but with Andrew Luck at the helm expect the run-pass ratio to stay close to 50-50. That can only mean more targets for the speedy Heyward-Bey who saw a season-high seven passes thrown his way Sunday night. He also scored his first touchdown of the year and with his speed could be a sneaky play in the coming weeks.