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Week 8 Live Blog

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Welcome to Week 8 of the National Football League fantasy division. Below I will give you the actives and inactives then take you through the early Week 8 action.


We also have Week 8 Rankings from Mr. Pat Daugherty, Nick Mensio’s sleeper picks, Jeff Ratliffe's D/ST picks, my AFC and NFC Targets and Touches and Evan Silva's detailed look at every game in his Matchup Column. So click on all of those and read them word for word and I'll quiz you when you get back.





* Jimmy Graham is active, but won't be 100%. ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett believes there's a "small chance" Jimmy Graham (foot) will not play Sunday against the Bills, "or will just be a decoy." This is a very tough situation. I would go with your backup plan for Graham unless you don't have one. And of course HERE is a picture of him dunking on the goal post. Jay Glazer on Jimmy Graham: "He's not gonna play the normal snaps. Look for him in RZ, 3rd downs, things like that."


* DeMarco Murray is OUT. Joseph Randle will get the start against the Lions, with Lance Dunbar also working into the mix.


* Miles Austin is out. Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley will get a very slight bump in snaps.


* Aqib Talib inactive. That's good news for the Dolphins receivers.


* Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is inactive. Peyton Hillis will get the lead back work with Michael Cox also getting some work.


* C.J. Spiller (ankle) is inactive and Fred Jackson will get the start.


* Michael Vick (hamstring) is active and will get the start for the Eagles.


* Danny Amendola is active for Week 8 against the Dolphins.


* Peyton Manning is battling sprains in both ankles, including a right high-ankle sprain, but will play.


* Mark Ingram (toe) is inactive.


* Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts are both active.


* Dwayne Bowe (groin) is active. He is not a recommended play this week.


Good luck on all your teams today!


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Early Game Action


* Thad Lewis with a lost fumble off the read option on the first play. He was injured on the play.


* Tom Brady with an early pick thrown on a target to Rob Gronkowski. Not a good throw.


* Michael Vick also intercepted early on a nice catch by Rolle.


* Tom Brady's finger on his throwing hand looks injured. Just speculation, but he doesn't look 100%.


* Charles Clay with a run. Not much yardage, but always interesting to see. Maybe he gets another goal line look this week.


* Thad Lewis back in for Buffalo.


* Frank Gore runs in a 19 yard touchdown in London.


* Ryan Tannehill with a 4 yard TD pass to Brandon Gibson. That's 3 red zone TDs for him in the last two weeks.


* Jimmy Graham not in as they begin second drive. Entered when they were in red zone earlier.


* Eli Manning becomes the Giants' all-time leader in passing yards.


* LeGarrette Blount getting all the carries for the Patriots early. Blount at 4 yards on 3 runs.


* Fred Jackson playing well early 4 for 37.


* Alex Smith had Anthony Fasano wide open for an easy TD and missed him.


* Thad Lewis with another fumble.


* Tony Romo is hurting after a big hit to his ribs.


* Drew Brees to Lance Moore on a pretty slant for a TD. Bills with two turnovers, this one hurt them.


* Jimmy Graham has played 3 of 9 offensive snaps today, all in/near the red zone.


* Calvin Johnson takes a slant 87 yards, but tackled at the 3.


* Brandon Gibson is on the training table.  Return is doubtful.


* Matthew Stafford with a TD pass to Calvin Johnson on 4th down.


* Steven Ridley still with no touches. Blount has 4 and Bolden 2.


* Colin Kaepernick runs in a 12 yard touchdown.


* Marques Colston is getting good targets, but not on the same page as Brees.


* Jimmy Graham with a 9 yard reception.


* Michael Vick looks like he may have reinjured his hamstring. Riding the stationary bike.


* Alex Smith with a 12 yard touchdown pass to FB Anthony Sherman.


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* Ryan Tannehill throws a four yard touchdown to Daniel Thomas.


* Albert Breer tweets, "Per source, the initial diagnosis for Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson is that his knee injury is likely season-ending."


* Thad Lewis to Stevie Johnson for a 13 yard TD. Johnson with a great touchdown catch.


* Garrett Hartley has missed 2 field goals.


* Stevan Ridley finally with a couple touches.


* Michael Vick is back in the game.


* Rob Gronkowski with his first catch of the day, a 4 yarder.


* Colin Kaepernick floats a 2 yard TD to Vernon Davis. 21-0 49ers. Garbage Time comes early.


* Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer is being carted off the field.


* Steven Ridley at 5 for 23 right now. Why he's not starting is just odd.


* Matt Barkley is in for Michael Vick.


* There's 3 minutes until halftime the Browns finally get a first down and then Jason Campbell throws a 39 yard TD to Josh Gordon on a flea flicker.


* Colin Kaepernick rushes for another touchdown. This one a 9 yarder. 28-0 49ers.


* Chad Henne has 15 yards passing.


* Drew Brees passes to a wide open Kenny Stills for a 69 yard touchdown.


* Matt Barkley is already 3/3 for 30 yards. Vick was 6/9 for 31 yards and an interception.


* Fred Jackson's yards keep getting lower as he gets negative rushes.


* Alex Smith is targeting Dexter McCluster already has 9 targets and just caught a 28 yard touchdown from Smith.


* Matt Barkley is sacked and fumbles from the goal line after a very good drive.


* Jason Campbell with a 49 yard connection with Josh Gordon. Amazing how badly the Browns were shut out until 3 minutes left in the half.


* Sean Lee picks off Stafford for the second time and runs this one back 74 to the 5 yard line.


* Dez Bryant just made an insane catch in the end zone. His first catch of the day and 7th TD of the year.


* Cecil Shorts is getting his garbage time on early with 4 receptions this drive. He's at 5/53.


* Jimmy Graham gets a 15 yard TD catch. Of course.


* Lamar Miller has 15 touches for 83 yards at half.


* Matt Barkley has been a boon to the Eagles offensive players. They continue to move the ball. Of course he still makes some inane plays.


* Tom Brady throws a nice 14 yard TD to Aaron Dobson. This was his best throw of the day.


* Drew Brees has completed passes to 9 different players.


* Jason Campbell throws a 17 yard TD to Fozzy Whitaker.


* Ryan Tannehill is blindsided and fumbles. New England recovers and Brandon Bolden runs it in for a 2 yard TD.


* Victor Cruz went into locker room for X-rays on his neck.


* Kris Durham finally with a catch, an 8 yarder. I mention it because I liked him this week and he's killing me.


* Reggie Bush fumbles. He was holding the ball high in one hand. Not good.


* Josh Gordon has 4 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. I did not see that one happening today in KC.


* Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham for TD #2. Fantasy football isn't fun.


* Victor Cruz is back in the game.


* Chad Henne with a 29 yard TD to Mike Brown.


* Stevie Johnson aggravated his groin injury.


* Calvin Johnson catches a 22 yard pass, but fumbles and Dallas recovers.


* Rob Gronkowski long TD called back on holding penalty.


* Dan Bailey has two 53 yard field goals.


* Frank Gore gets his 2nd TD of the day on a 2 yard run.


* Stevie Johnson is back on the field, but doesn't look 100%.


* Dez Bryant is going off on the offense on the sideline.


* Calvin Johnson has 195 yards on 8 receptions, 1 TD, 1 fumble going into the 4th quarter.


* Fred Jackson scores on a 1 yard TD.


* Megatron watch, 9 receptions 221 yards


* Marcedes Lewis fumble returned for a TD. Not a pick six. Sad trombone.


* Tony Romo 60 yard TD reception to Terrance Williams.


* Stevan Ridley scores on a three yard TD run after Blount got the team down there.


* Eagles recover a bad snap on a punt for their first TD of the day.


* Reggie Bush leaves with right shoulder issue.


* Calvin Johnson stopped at the goal line once again. 10/230. Joique Bell goes in for the 1 yard TD.


* Tony Romo throws a 50 yard TD to Dez Bryant. Bryant put on the burners there.


* Drew Brees throws his second touchdown to Kenny Stills for 42 yards.


* Calvin Johnson with a 54 yard reception. Amazing reception. 11/284 now.


* Reggie Bush runs in a 0ne yard TD as Matthew Stafford owners cry.


* Calvin Johnson has 12 receptions for 290 yards. The next best Detroit receiver is Reggie Bush with seven receptions for 30 yards.


* Terrelle Pryor 93-yard TD run. Whoa.


* Darren Sproles has 4 receptions for 0 yards. That's it.


* Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard TD is the longest run from scrimmage in Raiders history.


* WOW!!!! Matthew Stafford just led the Lions down for a game winning drive that was just amazing.


* Andy Dalton throws a 9 yard TD to Marvin Jones. That's three weeks with a TD.


* Terrelle Pryor's 93-yard touchdown is the longest run by a QB in NFL history.


* Calvin Johnson, 2nd most receiving yards in a single game in NFL history at 329. Leader is Flipper Anderson with 336.


* Calvin Johnson was stopped once again at the one yard line and this time Matthew Stafford faked like he was going to kill the clock and just reached the ball over the line for the game winning touchdown.


* Darren McFadden TD. Raiders up 14-0


* Patrick Peterson on Tony Gonzalez.


* Drew Brees threw for 332 yards and 5 TDs.


* Andy Dalton throws his second TD, this one to Jermaine Gresham. Guy is on fire of late.


* Peyton Manning to Wes Welker for a 6 yard touchdown, his 9th of the season. Last week was the only week he hasn't scored a touchdown.


* Andy Dalton 53 yard pass to A.J. Green.


* Terrelle Pryor rushes for 7 yards and becomes the first 100 yard rusher on the day.


* Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor both intercepted.


* Bengals have 181 total yards to Jets' 1.


* Pierre Garcon with a one handed grab you'll be seeing on highlight reels.


* Andre Ellington has a 22 yard run after a slow start.


* Teddy Williams catches a 51 yard pass from Carson Palmer. No Fitz or Floyd or Ellington or Roberts or Housler, Teddy. I thought he was a frozen head?


* Carson Palmer throws a 10 yard TD to Larry Fitzgerald.


* Marvin Jones will probably be a waiver wire target this week. The touchdowns won't be there every game, but he already has three receptions for 84 yards.


* Make that four receptions for 90 yards and TWO touchdowns for Marvin Jones.


* Andre Ellington rushes for an 80 yard TD!


* Darren McFadden scores his second TD of the game. The Steelers are getting sucked into the singularity.


* Marvin "The Martian" Jones hits 100 receiving yards before half.


* Tom Brady's 116 yards passing is his lowest snce he threw for 115 yards against the Bills on 12/20/2010.


* Steelers pick off Terrelle Pryor again, but they have 4 1st downs and 70 yards so far.


* Are you kidding me Marvin Jones! He catches his 3rd TD of the FIRST HALF!


* The record for TD receptions in a game belongs to Jerry Rice and Kellen Winslow with 5.


* Rashard Mendenhall rushed 92 times for 281 yards in first 7 games this year. Andre Ellington has 7/109/1 with two mins left in half today.


* Carson Palmer throws a 15 yard TD to Michael Floyd. That's #2 for Palmer and the Falcons continue to allow 2 or more TD passes each game.


* Andy Dalton has 4 TD passes in the first half. His career high is 4 in a game.


* Robert Griffin III throws a 7 yard TD to Leonard Hankerson after the Broncos give them a first down on a 12 men in the huddle call.


* Steven Jackson has 10 touches for 6 yards. It might be time to get Jacquizz Rodgers some more touches.


* Maurice Jones-Drew may have been showcased for a possible trade. He ran 19 times for 75 yards and had 8 targets, catching 6 of them for 47 yards.


* Lamar Miller totaled 112 yards on 21 touches. That is his first 100 total yard game and his 89 yards rushing was his highest as well.


* It's been 45 minutes since Peyton Manning has thrown a pass.


* Julius Thomas limps off the field.


* Peyton Manning has ball knocked out and Washington recovers. 7-7 game.


* Alfred Morris handcuffs Roy Helu to the bench and runs it in for a 1 yard TD. Morris has 12 carries for 85 yards and a TD.


* Julius Thomas has an ankle injury. His return is questionable.


* Mohamed Sanu has a right shoulder injury. His return is questionable.


* Peyton Manning pick-sixed by DeAngelo Hall after Demaryius Thomas falls down.


* Daryl Washington intercepts Matt Ryan. He's been a huge addition after his suspension.


* The Steelers are getting stomped, but Antonio Brown continues to be a PPR stud, 6 receptions so far.


* A.J. Green has his second 50+ yard reception of the game.


* Marvin Jones catches his FOURTH TD of the game!


* Montee Ball gets a 4 yard TD run much to the chagrin of those who started Knowshon Moreno.

* Adam Jones pick sixes Geno Smith. That's 5 TDs for the Joneses.

* Larry Fitzgerald is the youngest player in NFL history to reach 800 receptions.

That's it for me folks! I hope your teams either had or didn't face Calvin Johnson or Marvin Jones this week.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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