The best and worst of Week Eight

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The Best


Drew Brees- 339 yards, 3 TD

Why wasn't CBS showing the Saints-Chargers game locally? Instead of watching the only game played in Europe, we were subject to viewing another Brett Favre comeback. Ugh. Brees lit up a sinking San Diego D yesterday, further proving he's the league's best quarterback.

Phillip Rivers- 341 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rivers has quietly turned into a top notch fantasy quarterback. He leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 19, four more than Drew Brees, and ranks third in yards. With Tomlinson's foot injury lingering, the Chargers are going to have to throw to score. Rivers looks like a must start from here on out.

Running backs

Brian Westbrook- 167 yards, 2 TD

Finally, Westbrook produced the kind of game fantasy owners expected when they drafted him top-five in their league. It was the first time all year Westbrook topped 100 yards. It looks like Westbrook is finally healthy now, which means he'll go back to being a fantasy force.

DeAngelo Williams- 108 yards, 1 TD

Carolina looks like it could be another troubled team for fantasy owners in the future. Much like Denver, the Panthers have multiple running backs who can post big numbers. But John Fox isn't going to limit himself to one back. Just because it was Williams who got the carries this week, and not first round pick Jonathon Stewart, doesn't mean it will be that way the entire season.


Santana Moss- 140 yards, 1 TD

Santana Moss has saved my Tom Brady-less fantasy team this year. Worth noting. He ranks fifth league-wide in receiving yards and second in touchdowns.

Donnie Avery- 163 yards, 1 TD

As a bit of an NFL Draft nerd, I couldn't believe when the Rams made Avery the first receiver selected this year. So far, it's proving to be a good move. Avery has now posted three consecutive strong games.

The Worst

Ben Roethlisberger- 189 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT

I started Roethlisberger this week and survived. I'm sure most weren't so lucky.

Ronnie Brown- 43 yards

Brown's last three games:

Week 6: 13 carries, 50 yards, TD
Week 7: 13 carries, 27 yards
Week 8: 14 carries, 43 yards

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Don't forget JTO in The Worst column. I'm sure he would've had 4+ INTs if Singleterry hadn't yanked him. I picked JTO as a bye week replacement. Obviously that was a big mistake. I chose him over Garrard who got 28 FF points. *sigh* Now I'm hoping that Chris Johnson and Dallas Clark help get me 14+ points to win this week.

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