Up From the Pit Fantasy Football: Week 8 Preview
The second half of the Fantasy Football season kicks off tonight with the 5-2 San Diego Chargers visiting Mile High Stadium to face the 5-1 Denver Bronco’s. If the Bronco’s win they take a two game lead over the Chargers and cement themselves as the favorite for the #1 seed in the AFC once again. If the Chargers win, they will suddenly own a tie for the division lead and a vital tiebreaker, especially with the rematch in San Diego. The Chargers have looked like the best team in the league at points this season, but the Bronco’s are coming off back to back dominant games from Peyton Manning. I don’t believe in momentum, it looked like the Chargers had plenty of it going into last week and got beat by the Chiefs, but I think the combination of home field advantage and Manning playing out of his mind favors the Broncos.
The Bengals return to the Jungle to face the hated Ravens. It is a much hotter Baltimore team than the one that they beat in the season opener. AJ Green sat out of practice again today, so no relief on that front. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson needs to dig deep into his bag of tricks if the Bengals want to compete for the AFC North title and host a playoff game. A loss here could drop them into a scrum of teams fighting over a wild card spot and give the Ravens a clear path to the division and maybe even the top seed if someone can knock off Denver.
In other interesting matchups, the Tennessee Titans, having seen enough of injured QB Jake Locker and journeyman Charlie Whitehurst are turning to rookie passer Zach Mettenberger. It’s a puzzling move as Mettenberger was a 6th round pick and considered by most to be a long term project rather than a quick fix. having him debut against the Texans and the JJ freaking Watt seems… risky.
The Browns managed to gift wrap a game for the previously winless Jaguars last week and this week they host the league’s other sad sack squad, the 0-6 Oakland Raiders. Hopefully the home cooking agrees with them because dropping to 3-4 would seriously damage this upstart teams chances of playing into January. Indianapolis visits Pittsburgh and the least the Colts could do for us Bengals fans is continue to beat up AFC North teams and put the 4-3 Steelers in their place as a past it’s prime franchise.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Controversies have the weekend off to contemplate their fates.
As always, doublecheck the injury reports and set your lineups before kickoff. And have fun!
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