byes: Bengals, Chiefs, Patriots, Steelers, Buccaneers, Redskins
DBs (Defensive Backs)
CB A. Goodman(DEN) has been very productive opposite of Champ Bailey and gets Wacco Flacco this week, who's been a passing machine. If you had your choice at QB, would you throw at pro bowl future Hall of Famer Bailey or the other guy? Me too. If S Brian Dawkins(DEN) is available, he's the other DB you want from Denver this week vs. Baltimore.
FS D. Goldson(SF) gets Peyton Manning week 8. In Week 7 he got 5 solos 3 assists and a fumble recovery against Houston. Expect the same, if not higher tackle totals vs. the Colts.
CB R. Marshall(CAR) will see Fitzgerald most of the game vs. Arizona week 8. I suspect his tackle numbers will be just under Jon Beason's in the box scores. Somewhere between 6-8. Throw in a potential INT or pass deflection and you've got a solid filler this week.
CB T. Porter (NO) got 7 solos, 2 assist and an INT for a TD vs. Miami week 7. Week 8, he gets Matt Ryan and the Falcon week 8 who will have to throw to stay in the game vs. the Saints.
George Wilson(BUF) vs. Houston. He's coming off an 8 solos 2 assists and INT game vs. Carolina and they don't even pass very often. I'm excited to see what he does against the high flying Houston Texans. He should be busy.
Both ATL Safeties E. Coleman & DeCloud are my DB PICKUPS OF THE WEEK vs. New Orleans. Take your pick. DeCloud has been on fire the last couple weeks. Week 7 vs. Dallas, he had 8 solos, 1 assist, a sack and pd. Coleman is a stud and might not be on your wire, but he's the one you want to target first if he's available. He had 12 tackles and an assist vs. Dallas and should be almost the same vs. Drew Brees week 8.
LB D. Hawthorne(SEA) will not get 15 solos vs. the Cowboys like he did against the Giants. In fact, I'm slightly hesitent to recommend him after seeing stud C. Lofton only get 4 solos vs. Dallas last week. But if I don't recommend a guy that had 15 solos the last time he played, I wouldn't be doing my job for you.
MLB Will Witherspoon(PHI) is now the starting MLB for Philly. And they get the Giants week 8. If no one has scooped him up yet your league, you are a lucky FFer.
S. Phillips(SD) got 2 sacks week 7 vs. KC and there's no reason he shouldn't do the same vs. Oakland week 8.
Is DL/LB Calvin Pace (NYJ) available? 3 sacks week 7 and the LB GOLD MINE Miami running game week 8. Expect big numbers as an LB or DL.
K. Maiava(CLE) was solid enough week 7 with 5 tackles and with MLB D. Jones getting 7 solos week 7 vs. CHI, it bodes well for USC rookie Maiva doing close to the same against them.
C. Crowder(MIA) is not a guy I want to recommend. In fact, he really ticks me off because he was one of my best guys last year and has let down so many IDPers this year. However, he faces the Jets week 8 and I could see him getting 6 tackles and I can also see him being on many people's waiver wire so that's why he's mentioned here.
Speaking of IDP guys people love to hate, AJ. Hawk(GB) just got 7 solos week 7 vs. CLE, which was not a good matchup and Cleveland was playing from behind the whole time. In fact, I'm not sure how he did it. But he has a much better LB matchup week 8 vs. Minnesota. The warning here is that both Hawk and Crowder are very inconsistent, but they are bye week flyers that might be worth the risk..
My LB PICK UP OF THE WEEK is D. Levy(DET) vs. STL. I believe this will be a pretty even matchup so you should see an extremely healthy dose of Steven Jackson against Detroit. Levy has been very impressive. The only small concern is how healthy Ernie Sims is. But it's a small concern because Levy is playing well, and Sims never seems to be healthy. Levy even has a chance for a sack in this one.
DLs (Defensive Line)
Sneaky play week 8 is DE Brian Robison(MIN) vs. GB. Last time he faced GB, he got 1.5 sacks and the MIN defensive coordinator remembers that so he might give him a few more opportunities at Ray Edwards expense. Obviously, we all know that GBs line is a revolving door and this is a suggestion based on the concept that Jerod Allen gets most of GBs focus based on his 4.5 sacks last time MIN & GB met.
Get A. Brown(CHI) vs. the Browns week 8. Nothing more needs to be said. Cleveland Browns bad, Alex Brown good.
Every time I recommend DE Cliff Avri(DET), usually as my DL pick up of the week, someone writes me and says he's no longer the starter for Detroit. I always reply, I know, but watch and see. Every single time he gets at least 4 tackles and a sack, including week 6 vs. GB when he got 6 solos, an assist and a sack. So I'm doing it again this week and I do know he's not the starter. Coming off their bye week, Detroit gets St. Louis week 8 and I really like his chances to continue his sack streak to EVERY SINGLE GAME HE'S PLAYED THIS YEAR! He was injured the first few games of the year, but in all the games he's played since week 4, he's had a sack. Now you know why I keep recommending him.
DE Justin Smith(SF) had the game I thought he could against the Texans week 7 with 8 tackles 2 assists. So instead of sticking with Smith, who has Indy next week, let's move on to my DL Pick Up of the Week DE Chris Kelsay(BUF) who gets the Houston Texans week 8. With 6 solos week 6 and 3 solos and 1 sack week 7 vs. Buffalo, I really like his chances to have a good game vs. the DE friendly Texans.