Week 8 Pickups: Who Needs Class When You Can Catch A Pass?

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If you thought character meant anything in the NFL, Kenny Britt's performance on Sunday should be example No. 243,000 why it doesn't. Nobody cares about what you do off the field as long as you produce in between the lines.

Case in point: Britt, the Titans wide receiver who got into a bar brawl on Thursday night, then came back for 200 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. He probably would have been suspended, except Tennessee didn't have many other receiving options with Justin Gage out. So in walks Britt, and has one of the best performances of the season.

You can find any number of other cases, like Braylon Edwards, who got a DUI earlier in the year, then went on to catch a pair of touchdowns in the following game. How about Bengals RB Cedric Benson, who was arrested for assault over the summer but was suspended nary a game.

And don't get me started on Michael Vick, who seems to be doing just fine after his jail stint for dog fighting.

If you can play, you can stay. And if you can stay, we'll take you on our fantasy team - especially if you rack up 40 points in a week.

The search for the next Kenny Britt starts here, with the Pickups of the Week:


QUARTERBACK
Jon Kitna, Cowboys
God I hate Jon Kitna. He's a career backup QB who seems to get chance after chance in a starting role, and he never performs well. He railroaded the Lions in their year of futility (0-16 in '08) and he's been a clubhouse cancer wherever he's gone. That said, with Tony Romo out for two months with a broken collarbone, Kitna's the Cowboys starter for the foreseeable future. This means he will be fantasy relevant. God have mercy on us all.

Matthew Stafford, Lions
Speaking of Lions QBs sabotaging seasons ... Stafford is back after a shoulder injury in Week 1 gave Shaun Hill fantasy relevance for the first time in his career. Anyone who is throwing to Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, I'm not going to ignore.

RUNNING BACK
Kenneth Darby, Rams
Steven Jackson's got a broken finger and probably won't practice all week. If he's a no-go, Darby is a must-have, as the Rams play Carolina this week.

Darren Sproles, Chargers
As long as San Diego 's receiving corps is banged up, Sproles will be valuable as a safety valve for Phillip Rivers. He had nine catches for 70 yards on Sunday, which we'll take for a RB pickup at this point.

WIDE RECEIVER
Kenny Britt, Titans
Here's the no-brainer of the week. He was only owned in just over half of ESPN leagues over the weekend. Yeah, that's probably gonna change a bit after his monster day.

Anthony Gonzalez, Colts
I talked about Pierre Garcon last week, and he's probably already owned. Gonzalez, who has been a major disappointment this year, gets a second look, as the Colts just don't have any other options at this point.

Lee Evans, Bills
Evans is the classic up-and-down guy. It seems like he either goes for 150 yards and three scores (like he did last week) or two catches for 12 yards. Here's betting he repeats last week's performance against the Chiefs.

TIGHT END
Brandon Pettigrew, Lions
He and Tony Sheffler have had similar numbers in Detroit. One difference, BP has 19 catches the last three games, compared to just 12 for Sheffler. I think Pettigrew is the more useful TE going forward.

Tony Moeaki, Chiefs
Rule of thumb: Any tight end playing against the Bills is gonna have a good game. Like clockwork, bro.

DEFENSE
Buccaneers
Everybody's sleeping on Tampa. I think they're for real (at least in the NFC) and their D is a big reason. Plus they get the putrid Cardinals this week.

Lions
Normally it's a bad idea to have anything to do with the Detroit defense. This week they play the Redskins, and you saw what the Bears did to Donovan McNabb.

KICKER
Josh Brown, Rams
He's been perfect since Week 3 and he's in a dome. What more do you want?

Rian Lindell, Bills
How 'bout that Bills offense! I don't know much in this world, but I do know that when you score, so does your kicker.

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