2012 Fantasy Football Week 8 Favorable Matchups for Free Agents: Fan’s Take

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In Week 8 of the 2012 fantasy football season, some players have more favorable matchups than others. When scourging the waiver wire for players to use in Week 8, consider these free agents who are likely available in leagues for starting in the second week of the season. Here's a look at some players at each position who are likely available in your fantasy league and have favorable statistical matchups in Week 8*.

QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (21% owned)

Matchup: vs. New England Patriots, 6th most fantasy points to quarterbacks

Bradford has played better as of late in games against the Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins and Green Bay Packers. Playing in London at a new environment against a team that lets opposing quarterbacks pass on them, he looks like a good starter for Week 8 play. The top two performances by quarterbacks against the Patriots this season were Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 (27.40 points) and Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 (26.58 points).

RB Alex Green, Green Bay Packers (56% owned)

Matchup: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 3rd most fantasy points to running backs

Green looked mediocre last week against the Rams despite receiving a ton of carries. With a clear hold of the job ahead of James Starks, who had zero carries in Week 7, he has a chance at redemption for against a Jaguars defense that struggles against the run. The top two performances by running backs against the Jaguars this season were Ben Tate of the Houston Texans in Week 2 (21.7 points) and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 (20.7 points).

WR Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos (21% owned)

Matchup: vs. New Orleans Saints, 2nd most fantasy points to wide receivers

As the third receiver in the Broncos offense, Stokley has become a solid receiver thanks to his three touchdowns in six games. A top plug-and-play option for Week 8, he could sneak in for another touchdown this week against a weak Saints secondary. The top two performances by wide receivers against the Saints this season were Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 7 (27.6 points) and Robert Meachem of the San Diego Chargers in Week 5 (18.7 points).

TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (21% owned)

Matchup: at Tennessee Titans, most fantasy points to tight ends

Fleener has done little this year to make himself a trusted tight end option in fantasy leagues. However, with an excellent matchup against a Titans defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends this year, he is worth the risk for owners needing a bye-week replacement this week. The top two performances by tight ends against the Titans this season were Dante Rosario of the Chargers in Week 2 (22.8 points) and Owen Daniels of the Texans in Week 4 (13.2 points).

K Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs (2% owned)

Matchup: vs. Oakland Raiders, 2nd most fantasy points to kickers

The Chiefs offense isn't the most reliable option given their switch to Brady Quinn at quarterback. However, up against a susceptible Raiders defense, the Chiefs could see success in their running game this week, which could make Succop a surprise contributor to fantasy teams daring to use him. The top two performances by kickers against the Raiders this season were Nate Kaeding of the Chargers in Week 1 (18 points) and Matt Prater of the Broncos in Week 4 (16 points).

Oakland Raiders team defense (11% owned)

Matchup: at Kansas City Chiefs, most fantasy points to team defenses

For similar reasons as to why Succop may succeed in Week 8, the Raiders team defense also has a good matchup against a Quinn-led offense. The Chiefs have given up the most fantasy points to defenses this season, which make the Raiders a usable option. The top two performances by team defenses against the Chiefs this season were the Chargers team defense in Week 4 (21 points) and the Bills team defense in Week 2 (18 points).

*Point totals determined through standard Yahoo! scoring structure; player percentage owned data accurate as of October 26, 2012.

Sources:

Fantasy Points Against, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against New England Patriots Quarterback, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Tennessee Titans Tight End, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Oakland Raiders Kicker, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Fantasy Points Against Kansas City Chiefs Defense, Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football

Alex Green News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports

Brandon Stokley Game Log, Yahoo! Sports

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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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