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"Hash Marks" Harris: Week 8 report

Seven weeks down, and where do you find your team in your league's standings? Whether you're leading your league or you're in the middle of the pack, there is plenty of time left to make a run.

Here's a recap of last week's big performances and here are my Week 8 likes.

Best of Week 7

Russell Wilson (QB, Seattle) –I ranked him top-three last week, and despite the loss, he became the first player in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game.

Demaryius Thomas (WR, Denver) –Thomas helped Peyton Manning get the all-time passing touchdowns record as he recorded eight receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

Peyton Manning (QB, Denver) –Manning only needed three touchdowns to break the record, and he threw four touchdowns. He also had as many touchdowns as he had incompletions, going 22-of-26.

Sammy Watkins (WR, Buffalo) –Watkins showed exactly why the Bills traded up to get him in May. He recorded nine receptions for 122 yards with two touchdowns, including the game winner.

Golden Tate (WR, Detroit) –Tate recorded a career-high 154 receiving yards with one score in a come-from-behind win. He's picked up all the slack with Calvin Johnson being out due to injury.

Week 8 Likes:


Aaron Rodgers (at New Orleans)/Drew Brees (vs. Green Bay) –I expect this game to be a shootout with both QBs having monster games. Rodgers has at least three touchdown passes in four straight games and Brees is always a force at home. The Saints haven't lost a home game since December 30, 2012.

Andrew Luck (at Pittsburgh) –This will be the best QB the Steelers have faced all season. Luck has topped 300 yards in 6-of-7 games to start his 2014 campaign. And he's always a threat to rush for a touchdown.

Ryan Tannehill (at Jacksonville) –Jacksonville finally won last week but lost key pieces to their defense due to injury. Tannehill has been playing well as of late, throwing for multiple touchdowns in three straight games. 

Running Backs

DeMarco Murray (vs. Washington)/Le'Veon Bell (vs. Indianapolis) –These are the best two fantasy backs in the league and prove it every game.

Arian Foster (at Tennessee) –Foster has recorded at least 100 rushing yards in all five games this season he has played when healthy. And he's also added two 200 yard games in his career versus the Titans.

Jamaal Charles (vs. St. Louis) –I think it's safe to say he is back. He's totaled at least 80 rushing yards in three straight games and has been catching more passes out of the backfield.

Ben Tate (vs. Oakland) –The Browns had a letdown last Sunday but return to Cleveland to face one of the worst rush defenses in the league. Tate should have a big day.

Wide Receivers

Demaryius Thomas (vs. San Diego) –No one has been better than Thomas the last three weeks. He has totaled 26 receptions, 521 receiving yards and five scores. I expect him to have another solid game this Thursday night.

Golden Tate (at Atlanta) –Could he be Megatron part two? He's been playing like it. Tate should have a big game in London. Atlanta's defense allows the highest yards per attempt average in the league.

A.J. Green (vs. Baltimore) –I am listing him last because he is still battling a toe injury and might not play. But if Green does play he will be poised to have another big day. He already put up 100 yards on the Ravens in the season opener.

Tight Ends

Greg Olsen (vs. Seattle) –The Seahawks look vulnerable and I expect them to buckle down and have a solid day defensively. But I think Olsen is the perfect guy to give them matchup issues. Seattle has given up the third-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Coby Fleener/Dwayne Allen (at Pittsburgh) –Pittsburgh has struggled to cover tight ends, and these two have totaled eight touchdowns already this season. The Steelers are in the top-10 when it comes to most points given up to opposing tight ends.

Jimmy Graham (vs. Green Bay) –Like A.J. Green, it all depends on if he is healthy. But Graham and Brees make magic in the Superdome. The Saints haven't lost at home since Week 17 in 2012, and that's a testament to what Brees and Graham do.

Defense/Special Teams

Dallas Cowboys (vs. Washington) –QB Colt McCoy played well last week against an average at best defense in Tennessee. The Cowboys' defense has been quite the surprise this season and should do well against Washington.

Miami Dolphins (at Jacksonville) –QB Blake Bortles has thrown multiple interceptions in 4-of-5 games this season, and Miami's defense has totaled double-digit fantasy points in three of their last four games.

Houston Texans (at Tennessee) –The Texans' defense played very well last week against Pittsburgh and the touchdowns they allowed were on short fields. Tennessee's offense has struggled and they have lost 5-of-6 games.


Dan Bailey (vs. Washington) –Bailey has become one of the best kickers in the league and hasn't totaled less than eight points since Week 1.

Adam Vinatieri (at Pittsburgh) –He hasn't missed all season and has made multiple field goals in six straight games.

Shayne Graham (vs. Green Bay) –The savvy veteran has double-digit points in his last two games and he has a good chance to make it three in a row.

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