So Gronk is back, but it feels like a third of the QBs we started with are now gone. The Giants won, the Pats lost and Andrew Luck outplayed Peyton Manning. Things move fast around the NFL and we at Footballguys do our best to help you make sense of the players moving up and down the value charts. Here’s who’s on our radar for Week 8.
Denver is still awesome. And Moreno will be fine.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
We had Nick Foles in this spot last week. Until he left the game with a concussion. Make no mistake, Michael Vick isn’t a long term answer. But in a league where Mike Glennon, Josh Freeman and Kellen Clemons are starting quarterbacks, Vick’s looking pretty good for a short-term fix. He’s practicing with the first team and looks to return this week from his hamstring injury. He’ll be hurt again, but you may be able to squeeze a bit of production from him before the next injury.
Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This game is all about opportunity and James looks to be getting his with Doug Martin’s labrum injury. Don’t go crazy as clearly, Martin hasn’t been lighting things up in this offense. But it looks like the team is going to give James the carries. And at this point in the season, that’s as much as you can hope for.
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons
If there was any question about who would rise to the occasion with Julio Jones and Roddy White out, Douglas put those doubts to rest last week. Tony Gonzalez does a fantastic job drawing coverage and Douglas and QB Matt Ryan seemed completely on the same page.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
Between Reed and Cleveland’s Jordan Cameron, there’s apparently something to a name for elite young TEs. Reed and RG3 had a field day with the Bears defense and we wouldn’t be surprised to see that production continue. He fits the mold of what you’re looking for in a productive tight end.
Long term, the future looks bright for the QB of the Indianapolis Neck Beards, er, Colts.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos
Yes, the Broncos left Indianapolis with their tail between their legs. And Moreno didn’t shine with just 40 yards on 15 carries. But he did manage a touchdown. And more importantly, when Ronnie Hillman saw key playing time towards the end of the game, he delivered a critical… fumble. Denver is still awesome. And Moreno will be fine.
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Let’s be clear—Luck is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He’s an elite talent and maybe the most complete QB in the game. But he just lost by far his number one weapon in Reggie Wayne. Luck will continue to be a good fantasy QB, but as coach Chuck Pagano said, Wayne isn’t a player you replace. If you’ve got another option for QB, Luck feels like a guy that you could sell high on and bolster your team in other areas. Just make sure you get a lot in return.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers
Williams was gifted a golden opportunity with Jonathan Stewart’s injury, and he failed to produce great results. Stewart is back on the practice field and while he won’t play this week, it’s looking like he’ll be back soon. A one-two running back combo is great for an NFL team. Just not for your fantasy team.
Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Let this be a lesson—the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. It certainly hasn’t played out that way for the former Packer now stranded in the WR desert of Minnesota, where Josh Freeman is already breaking overthrow records.
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