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Six teams are on bye in Week 8. You're probably looking for some help with your lineup. We break down the fantasy implications.

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Jimmy Graham is missing practice, C.J. Spiller appears unlikely to play, Adrian Peterson is battling a hamstring issue. The list could continue to fill this entire article, but let's spare you the pain. Injuries are hurting fantasy owners right now, and bye weeks aren't helping either.

Six teams are off this week. With an increasing number of stars going down with major or season-ending injuries (see: Reggie Wayne in Week 7), it won't be a surprise to see some lesser known players in lineups right now.

Still, there are some decent matchups with flex appeal coming up. Let's take a look at a few of those for Week 8, and other players you'll want to avoid.



Carson Palmer (at Falcons): The Falcons have been terrible against the pass, allowing at least two touchdowns in every game this season. Palmer is far from a fantasy stud, but he's worth a spot start with injuries and bye weeks ruining fantasy lineups everywhere.

Robert Griffin III (at Denver): Still worried about RG3 enduring a slow start? In the past two weeks, he's rushed for 77 and 84 yards. Throw in the fact that he's facing the No. 30 overall defense in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and you should feel more than confident about starting RG3.

Michael Vick (vs. Giants): Barring a setback, Vick will take on an awful secondary at home. Don't let the stats from last week fool you. The Giants faced Josh Freeman, who probably would've been stopped by the nation's top middle school team the way he looked in Week 7. Vick should put up big numbers.

Running back

Eddie Lacy (at Vikings): Minnesota allowed four rushing touchdowns over the last three games. Lacy is on fire right now, and the Packers started using him more in the passing game last week. This is a no-brainer.

Stevan Ridley (vs. Dolphins): By putting Ridley on the start list, I'm probably jinxing him. But look at his numbers over the past two outings, where he has scored three touchdowns and rushed for 146 yards. Gronk's return helps open up the run game as well, and the Dolphins have allowed four rushing scores in the past three games.

Roy Helu (at Broncos): Taking a chance on Helu in a flex role isn't a ridiculous notion. He received multiple goal line carries last week, and the Redskins are going to be in passing mode often in the hopes of keeping up with the Broncos high-powered offense. Don't expect another three touchdowns from Helu, but look for him to provide a decent fill-in this week, especially in PPR leagues.

Wide receiver

Rueben Randle (at Eagles): Randle has four touchdowns in three games. The Eagles have given up 2+ touchdowns to opposing wideouts in all but two games in 2013. Do the math here.

Michael Floyd (at Falcons): Over the last four games, Floyd has hauled in five passes each week. With the Falcons sitting on nine touchdowns allowed to opposing receivers, it's easy to get on board with Floyd's matchup. He's flex worthy in Week 8.

Jarrett Boykin (at Vikings): James Jones still isn't practicing, which means Boykin is line for expanded action once again. He went of for 103 yards and a touchdown last week. This weekend, he faces a Lions defense that hemorrhages points to opposing wideouts.

Tight end

Jordan Reed (at Broncos): How many Redskins can we fit on the start list? Well, at least the chances of one looking like a smart decision are up. Reed exploded for 134 yards and a score last week, and he'll continue to be a major factor with RG3 in the passing game. The Broncos are No. 25 in the league in tight end points allowed.

Kyle Rudolph (vs Packers): Christian Ponder is back under center, which bodes well for Rudolph at least. The two have 12 touchdowns playing together over the last few years. Rudolph is completely boom-or-bust, but you might want to take a shot with six teams on bye.

Charles Clay (at Patriots): Tight end looks somewhat limited, and Clay has a touchdown in each of his last three games. Ryan Tannehill is a big fan of his in the red zone.



Jason Campbell (at Chiefs): Ugh. That's about all you need to know about this matchup. Campbell takes on one of the best defenses in the league. The Chiefs haven't allowed multiple touchdown passes in any game so far. Avoid in all formats.

Ryan Tannehill (at Patriots): New England has given up seven passing touchdowns in seven games. Tannehill managed three scores last week against the Bills, but he'll see a tough road ahead to match that mark.

Alex Smith (vs. Browns): The Chiefs may be undefeated, but you likely aren't if you're starting Smith. He hasn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week 4, and he averages the fewest yards per pass attempt in the league.

Running back

BenJarvus Green-Elllis (vs. Jets): BJGE rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries in Week 7. The Jets rank No. 6 overall in fewest points allowed to opposing running backs. The Law Firm possesses little value these days, and Giovani Bernard is part of the reason.

Rashard Mendenhall/Andre Ellington/any Cardinals RB (at Falcons): Atlanta isn't stout against the run, but they have given up just two rushing touchdowns in 2013. Ellington continues to serve in a limited role, while Mendenhall is just a subpar player now.

Jason Snelling/Jacquizz Rodgers (vs Cardinals): The other side of the field will likely be sending out Steven Jackson to handle the No. 1 duties. As from two games against dominant run defenses (49ers and Seahawks), Snelling and Rodgers have been good additions for the flex. That ends with Jackson's return.

Wide receiver

Harry Douglas (vs. Cardinals): Patrick Peterson is presumably going to shadow Douglas all afternoon, which is not what owners want to hear. While Douglas needs to step up in the stead of Roddy White and Julio Jones, he isn't going for 149 yards again on Sunday.

Josh Gordon (at Chiefs): Unfortunately for the second-year stud, Campbell is starting and the Chiefs possess a dominant pass rush. Don't expect Gordon to see many downfield targets. Kansas City has been more susceptible to passing games lately (228 yards to receivers last week), but Gordon is looking at a no-win situation.

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Browns): While his value is already down, there's no need to look to start Bowe in Week 8. Joe Haden will likely cover him all afternoon, and Smith isn't pushing the ball downfield towards Bowe.

Tight end

Jordan Cameron (at Chiefs): [See: Josh Gordon above. Repeat]

Jared Cook (vs Seahawks): His monster Week 1 is long gone. Cook now has Kellen Clemons throwing to him, and as they prepare to face Seattle, there's no way a fantasy owner can feel good about starting anyone involved with the Rams offense in Week 8.

Brandon Myers (at Eagles): He's just not coming around. The Eagles haven't allowed a single touchdown to a tight end in 2013. Myers isn't breaking his scoring drought anytime soon.

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