Week 8 Upgrades/Downgradesby David Dodds and Clayton Gray, Exclusive to
The Eagles shut down LaDainian Tomlinson, but Brees still produced almost 300 yards and a pair of TDs.
Yes, he was playing the 49ers, but Brunell is producing very well and showing no signs of slowing down. Over the last 3 games, Brunell has over 900 passing yards and 8 TDs.
He probably wasn't 100%, but Garcia provided a spark and a little attitude to the entire Lions team. He should be behind center the rest of the way.
That was a very good performance (214 yards and two TDs) against a pretty good defense. Manning keeps producing solid fantasy numbers.
The old man isn’t ready to move to the wayside and let Tatum Bell take over his job. Anderson was big against the Giants with 120 yards and a TD on 24 carries.
Two significant things happened here. He was much more active in the passing game (catching 6 on 7 targets), and he scored from the goal line.
The rookie has supplanted Anthony Thomas and is the healthiest RB in Dallas right now. Once Julius Jones returns, Barber should still see a handful of carries each week.
Brown continues to shine while Ricky Williams struggles.
Davis had 105 total yards and a TD against the excellent Indianapolis defense. He is the only bright spot on the entire team.
Droughns had 100 yards on only 19 carries against the Lions and is easily the best fantasy option in Cleveland.
With Ahman Green lost for the season, Fisher becomes the starting RB in Green Bay.
Henry returns from his NFL suspension this week. It comes at a good time, because Chris Brown has been injured in each of the last 4 games.
With all of the injuries the Rams are suffering on offense, Jackson is being relied heavily upon, and he responded big Sunday with 116 total yards and a pair of TDs.
Jones should be aided with improved quarterback play, an easier schedule and his fullback returning. Now if the offensive line can just block better.
Ho-hum. Another game, another 139-yard day on the ground from Jones.
Jordan had a career-high 28 carries on Sunday and crossed the goal line three times as he almost single-handedly beat the Buffalo Bills. His 162 total yards were huge as well.
He has 23 targets in his last three games. He finished the day with 105 combined yards and a score.
Parker looked very good Sunday with his 131 rushing yards and a TD. He might not be consistent, but he’s still the top fantasy back in Pittsburgh.
Finally. Sure, he was playing the 49ers, but Portis’ 101 yards and three TDs could give him momentum to explode over the remainder of the season.
He saw seven targets this past week.
He’s getting closer to returning to the field, and the Rams desperately need him.
He wasn't 100%, but Burleson is back on the field. While he was out, no other Vikings WR proved capable of leading this team. Burleson should reassume the role of #1 WR.
He has more than 10 targets in all six of his games. He has risen to elite status. He was less than 100% Sunday but still managed 84 yards and a score.
He is finally healthy and looks to have over-taken Eric Parker as the team's #2 WR.
He remains active in the passing game. He had 11 targets this week.
Robert Ferguson will miss two to four weeks with a knee sprain, so Chatman moves into the starting lineup.
He continues to play at a high level. He added 90 yards on 4 catches this week.
Robert Ferguson will miss 2-4 weeks making Driver the clear #1 WR on a team that passes a lot.
He came back much quicker than expected from his infection and was easily the team’s best receiving option. We expect him to be at least a serviceable WR the rest of the way.
Last week, HC Mike Holmgren said Engram was expected to return to practice this week. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll play in week eight, but he should be back on the field very soon.
Gabriel looks far more capable than Jerry Porter right now.
He had six catches for an even 100 yards against the Rams. With Joe Horn perpetually questionable, Hakim might be the best WR in New Orleans right now.
After a few weeks of maybe/maybe not, Houshmandzadeh finally did get back to the playing field and led the team in receptions (seven for 75 yards) against the Steelers.
Lelie and Jake Plummer have been out of sync to start the season, but Lelie has caught eight balls for 145 yards over the last two games. It looks like the two are starting to mesh.
Moss keeps putting up huge numbers week after week. He now has four 100+ yard games (his lowest output of the season is 87 yards) and five TDs for the season.
Toomer finally became part of the Giants offense as he caught eight balls for 62 yards and a TD. With Plaxico Burress hogging so much attention, Toomer should be able to produce decent numbers in single coverage.
Lions WRs are dropping like flies. Mike Williams still struggles with his routes, but he is at least healthy.
The Titans can't keep their WRs healthy so the rookie should see more action going forward. He caught 5 for 43 yards (on 7 targets).
They finally used him near the goal line and he scored.
Franks finally got back on the field Sunday. He didn’t produce much (three catches for 38 yards), but he should increase his numbers once he gets back into the flow. Also, with the loss of Robert Ferguson, Franks could see a few more targets.
Gonzalez still hasn't found the endzone, but he at least became more involved in the Kansas City offense.
Heap is the only receiver doing much in Baltimore right now. Over the last two games, he has caught 13 balls for 150 yards and a TD. That’s great TE production.
This kid is becoming a force. Against the Bengals, Miller had six catches for 58 yards and another TD (his third straight game with a score).
He caught 6 passes for 63 yards (on an impressive 11 targets). He remains a vital part of the Philadelphia passing attack.
He caught 6 passes for 56 yards (on 7 targets). Daunte looks to him when he is in trouble.
Not only was he perfect on the day (three FGs and two EPs), he kicked a 56-yarder as the clock expired to give the Vikings a much needed lift. His job is very safe right now.
The Redskins are rolling offensively, but Hall has missed out on it while injured. By most accounts, he should be healthy enough to kick in week eight.
The way to tell if a coach has confidence in a kicker is when they attempt long FGs. Tynes hit from 51 and 52 yards against the Dolphins. Obviously, HC Dick Vermeil believes in him. Even better for Tynes is the self-confidence he has from making the two kicks.
No, the Browns are not an offensive juggernaut, but the Lions defense is playing very well right now (Cleveland had only one scoring drive).
It’s not often a QB has only two balls hit the ground and then shows up on the downgrades list. However, Carr only threw nine times Sunday and one of them was caught by a Colt.
His 73 passing yards and three INTs were absolutely dreadful. If Dilfer keeps that up (or the Browns keep losing), there will be no reason not to see what the rookie Charlie Frye can do.
As long as Jeff Garcia is healthy, Harrington will be on the sidelines.
That was a terrible showing (140 yards and a TD) against a poor defense in the Titans. McCown’s only saving grace is that the Cardinals won the game.
Simply awful. With Joey Harrington now on the bench, Smith is vying with David Carr for the “Worst Starting QB” award.
Barlow tweaked his quadriceps on Sunday and did not return to the game. In his stead, Frank Gore produced very good numbers. While Barlow is expected to be able to play in week eight, Gore showed that he deserves more carries.
Mike Anderson isn't going away, so that makes Bell a questionable fantasy play each week.
Brown was knocked out Sunday’s game with a stinger. Another injury combined with the return of Travis Henry is bad news for Brown.
He suffered a torn quadriceps and is out for the remainder of the season.
Although Julius Jones is a quality back, don't be surprised to see Marion Barber securing a bigger role going forward.
Another game in the books provides another sub par outing from Lewis. This offense is horrible.
The Cardinals can't run at all. J.J. Arrington gives them the better chance at the homerun though so we expect they will use Shipp less and less.
If Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis are both healthy, Staley probably won’t even see the field.
Thomas looks like the #4 back in Dallas – not a very productive place to be.
He is simply not producing. Gaining negative total yards is absolutely horrible, and he was missing in the passing game as well.
He’ll sit at least another week or two recovering from finger surgery.
Zero catches? Elite WRs aren’t held to zero catches.
He was inactive again. He is more valuable as shark chum than a fantasy player right now.
The rookie has just 10 targets through 6 games. On a team that favors the pass 70/30 that says it all.
He’ll miss the next two to four games with a sprained LCL in his left knee.
With T.J. Houshmandzadeh back, Henry’s playing time will be greatly curtailed.
Horn is really struggling with injuries. We’ll need to see him play 60 minutes again before feeling confident in starting him.
He had just four targets in Trent Green's big game.
He remains San Francisco's #1 WR, but Alex Smith isn't good enough right now to get him the ball.
The Kyle Orton offensive machine simply doesn’t produce enough through the air for Muhammad to be a quality fantasy WR.
Braylon Edwards return bumps him out of the starting lineup. He had just 1 target this week.
He has just three targets in his last two games. A healthy Reche Caldwell is limiting Parker's looks.
He is getting outplayed by Doug Gabriel.
The injury to Patrick Crayton bumped Price to WR #3. With just 1 target on Sunday, he is still unplayable.
He had just two targets on Sunday. Culpepper is using the TE and RB a lot and Nate Burleson is now healthy so expect less of Williamson going forward.
The Broncos are primarily a running team, and Stephen Alexander is also involved from the TE position. It simply isn’t realistic to expect Putzier to produce good consistent numbers.
Over the last three weeks he has made just three FGs while missing four.
He missed a 29-yard FG and was cut today.
The Bears try to win with a conservative offense and great defense. When you miss a 28-yard FG (regardless of the conditions), you’re close to being shown the door.
It looks like John Hall will be ready to kick in week eight, so Novak could be let go.
Even though they faced a very non-threatening QB in Kyle Orton, the Ravens still could not stop the Bears offense. Baltimore was especially bad in the fourth quarter as they let Thomas Jones accumulate 83 rushing yards in that final period.