HOT/COLD List, Week 8

Welcome back to another week of my HOT/COLD list. As usual, this list is not a rankings post. By that, I mean that just because Ben Watson is HOT and Jordan Cameron is COLD does not mean I suggest starting the Saints’ backup TE over the Browns’ one. It just means that relative to that players’ expectations, I believe that Watson will perform well and Cameron will underwhelm. Both the HOT and COLD sections will be laid out like an actual fantasy football team (QB, 2RB, 2WR, TE, D/ST,) Without further ado….

HOT

QB: Michael Vick – I believe Vick comes back from his hamstring injury this week and looks like he never left. Philly’s opponent, the Giants, are one of the worst defenses in the league and I expect Vick to absolutely torch them with both his legs and his arm. After scoring just 3 point against Dallas last week I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “0” added on to that number against a similar division foe.

Be careful, hamstring injuries can be tricky

Be careful, hamstring injuries can be tricky

RB1: Reggie Bush – The Cowboys defense is extremely banged up, which didn’t seem like a problem last week against the Eagles. But this Sunday will be different. Last week they were going up against Matt Barkley for half of the game; Stafford poses a much bigger threat than the former USC star. Bush will take advantage of Stafford airing the ball out by finding creases in the Dallas D.

RB2: Lamar Miller – I know, I know, he has been absolutely terrible all season long. Projected by many to be a breakout candidate, Miller has fallen flat on his face halfway through 2013. But there’s hope this week. Miami plays the Patriots who are missing Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo in the middle of their defense so Miller could be primed for a big day.

The orange shoelaces make him run faster

The orange shoelaces make him run faster

WR1: Donnie Avery – The Chiefs should remain undefeated against the Browns on Sunday, and Avery will have a big hand in that. Dwayne Bowe will be running around Haden’s Hood all game long which means Avery will be able to find holes throughout the rest of the Cleveland secondary and exploit them.

WR2: Terrance Williams – I’ve already told you about how much Tony Romo trusts him, so I’ll stay away from that. However, the matchup on Sunday is a very good one for Williams. With the Lions secondary in shambles as well as keying on Dez Bryant all game, I wouldn’t be surprised if Williams finds the end-zone at least once if not more than that.

TE: Ben Watson – See “The Hail Mary” list.

TE sleeper for week 8

TE sleeper for week 8

D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles – Eli Manning is coming to town? Eli Manning is coming to town!

COLD

QB: Michael Vick – What? I thought I saw him on the HOT list just a minute ago? Don’t worry, you’re eyes are not deceiving you, Vick is on both lists. I know it sounds stupid, but hear me out. Michael has had extremely bad luck with injuries throughout his career, so what are the chances he aggravates his fragile hamstring or even hurts a different body part on Sunday? I’d say maybe 30%. So while Vick could put up a monster game, there’s always a chance he gets hurt early on and then you’re stuck with nothing from the QB position.

Wait, this picture looks familiar!

Wait, this picture looks familiar!

RB1: Zac Stacy – As much as I love Zac Stacy, and you should still pick him up if you can, he wont have a good week this week, I can promise you that. Going up against Seattle is a nightmare for a young running back on its own, but when Kellen Clemens is your starting quarterback, bad things will happen for the Rams offense.

RB2: Willis McGahee – I just don’t like the matchup against a very good Chiefs defense this week. McGahee is over the hill anyways so he’s not breaking off long runs anytime soon and I doubt he’s able to find the end-zone for the Browns because I doubt anyone on their team will find the end-zone.

The Chiefs defense is just too good

The Chiefs defense is just too good

WR1: Any Rams Receiver – Kellen Clemens is going up against Richard Sherman and the rest of the ball hawking Seattle defense. Let that sink in for a minute. Stay away from Tavon Austin, Brian Quick, and Austin Pettis this week.

WR2: Denarius Moore – The Raiders picked a bad time to face Pittsburgh because after winning their last 2 games, the Steelers are on somewhat of a role. That role stems from stellar defense, especially in the secondary. Dick Lebeu’s bunch shuts down top receivers as well as anyone in the business, so don’t expect Moore to go off on Sunday.

TE: Jordan Cameron – Okay, if you have him, you’re most likely starting him. However, his matchup this week makes me cringe. The Chiefs will be all over Brandon Weeden (and the rest of the Browns’ offense for that matter) so I don’t think Cameron will pile up enough targets to be effective come game time.

Again, it's all about the Chiefs defense

Again, it’s all about the Chiefs defense

D/ST: Cleveland Browns – The Browns are just getting no love from me this week, but it’s well deserved. Alex Smith doesn’t turn the ball over so Cleveland will be hard-pressed to get their hands on a turnover on Sunday.

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