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Week 8 Recap

(NYJ at CLE)

Looking Good

  • Reuben Droughns (CLE) - The new OC in Cleveland was the offensive line coach, so you knew he would be committed to the run. Well, he couldn't have asked for a better opponent than the New York Jets. Droughns was called upon 33 times and responded with a season high 125 yards and a TD. Don't go overboard because it was against the Jets' 28th ranked run defense which had allowed more rushing TDs than any team in the NFL. Still, it was a step in the right direction for Droughns who had received only 30 carries in the previous two weeks combined. He has topped 100 yards in both games that he got 20+ carries and guess what...the Browns are 2-0 when that happens. He is a solid flex starter and will be a good play against weak run Ds.
  • Kellen Winslow (CLE) - Winslow is a stud and is the only Brown that should be considered an every week start. He caught another 7 passes today for 76 yards and a TD. He leads all TEs with 40 receptions and is definitely the real deal.

Cause for Concern

  • Chad Pennington (NYJ) - Pennington has been downright awful as of late and you have to wonder if he is doneski. He was 11 of 28 for only 108 yards, 0 TDs and 2 INTs against a Browns secondary that has been ravaged by injuries. He has not topped 200 yards passing in 4 straight games and has just 3 TDs with 6 INTs during that span. He is not worthy of a roster spot at this time and hopefully the Jets will get it figured out over the break. His play killed Coles and Cotchery today.

  

  • Braylon Edwards (CLE) - Braylon has not scored or topped 30 yards in 3 straight games, which frankly won't cut it. Keep him reserved until he shows some signs of life in the Browns' offense. That may not happen as they become a more run oriented, short passing team.

  

 (PIT at OAK)

Looking Good

  1. Willie Parker (PIT) - Parker was the lone bright spot for the Steelers in this game as he picked up 111 total yards and scored a TD (the only offensive TD in the game!).  He is a solid #2 fantasy back and should be in your lineup every week.
  1. Jerry Porter (OAK) - Porter was finally active and playing for the Raiders.  He caught only 1 pass on the day (for 19 yards) but could be a nice waiver addition for the stretch run, especially if Aaron Brooks ever gets healthy.

Cause for Concern

  1. LaMont Jordan (OAK) - Jordan was active again this week but only received 7 carries for 21 yards.  Justin Fargas was the main ball carrier in this game with 55 yards on 18 carries.  I have no idea if this is a demotion or if Jordan is hurting more than the Raiders are letting on. Stay tuned for more, but keep LaMont on your bench until it becomes clear that he is the featured back.
  1. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) - Big Ben notched solid yardage totals (301 yards passing) but threw 4 INTs on the day, two of which were returned for TDs.  You have to think the head trauma played a role as Roethlisberger looked off and  now has 6 TDs and 11 INTs on the year.
  1. Randy Moss (OAK) - As long as Andrew Walter is under center it will be an up and down season for Randy.   Walter completed only 5 passes for 51 yards on the day, 2 of which went to Moss.  Randy finished with 2 catches for 20 yards and has now been held under 25 yards in 2 of his last 4 outings.

(ATL at CIN)

Looking Good

  • Michael Vick (ATL) - Vick is on fire right now and has to be in your lineup every week. He followed up his 4 TD performance last week with 291 yards and 3 TDs as he completed 20 of his 28 pass attempts. Oh year, he also ran for 55 yards.
  • Alge Crumpler (ATL) - Crumpler is back as the top guy in ATL with 4 catches for 72 yards and a TD. He has now topped 60 yards or scored in 3 straight games and is a must start every week.
  • Chris Henry (CIN) - Henry returned from his suspension with a bang. He caught 5 passes for 81 yards including a beautiful 55 yard TD. He is a great 3rd WR and now has 3 TDs on the year. Consider Henry a solid spot starter and grab him if he is on your waiver wire.

Cause for Concern

  • Warrick Dunn (ATL) - The Falcons plan on mixing in rookie Jerious Norwood to keep Dunn fresh down the stretch. Dunn carried the ball 20 times for 57 yards and Norwood was in late to seal the game with 9 carries for 31 yards. Drop Dunn down the rankings just a bit, but he is still a decent #2 back and a great flex option.
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