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Week 8 is the midway point, including playoffs, for the NFL and fantasy football. This is the week that the studs and pretenders in your league will show their true colors. Here is some help with those lineups.
Carson Palmer (vs. Atlanta): The Falcons do not have a good pass defense, so Palmer might be finally to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald on a consistent basis.
Stevan Ridley (vs. Miami): With three touchdowns over the last two weeks, Ridley is now the go-to back for the New England Patriots. With the Miami Dolphins struggling against the run, Ridley will get his touches.
James Jones (vs. Minnesota): Jones is still listed as questionable with the knee injury, so don’t start him just yet. But Aaron Rodgers will be targeting one guy and its either Jones or Jarrett Boykin.
Heath Miller (vs. Oakland): The Oakland Raiders have allowed at least 70 yards or a score to a tight end in four of six games. Miller may get both in this contest if Ben Roethlisberger finds his rhythm.
Alex Henery (vs. New York Giants): The Eagles have struggled in the endzone and the Giants defense has given up a ton of yards. That could mean a lot of field goal opportunities for Henery this week.
Miami DEF (vs. New England): Miami is able to get to the quarterback some, but Tom Brady is bound to bounce back some time, right?
Andy Dalton (vs. New York Jets): The Jets have played strong against the run and the pass. Dalton will try to throw to A.J. Green too many times and it will end up biting him in this contest.
Chris Ivory (vs. Cincinnati): The run defense for the Bengals is scary good and Ivory is just starting to see more carries. It might be a while before Ivory will be considered a must-start running back.
Josh Gordon (vs. Kansas City): Flowers will be blanketing Gordon and now that Jason Campbell will be throwing the ball. It could be a long night for the Cleveland Browns against the Chiefs.
Jared Cook (vs. Seahawks): With a quarterback in the mix that does not pass that well and with Cook struggling since Week 1, it is a safe bet that it may be time to look elsewhere for a tight end option.
Caleb Sturgis (vs. New England): The Patriots have allowed an average of about five points to kickers at Gillette Stadium. Sturgis is definitely a bench option in Week 8.
Dallas DEF (vs. Detroit): Matthew Stafford and Co. will put up points and yards against the Cowboys in Week 8. I would avoid them if possible.