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Week 8 fantasy football quick hitters

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Here are some interesting fantasy football/NFL factoids heading into Week 8.

Tampa Bay: Week 7 marked the first time in his career (47 games) that Josh Freeman passed for 300+ yards in back-to-back games. It also was the first time he passed for three touchdowns in back-to-back games. Vikings 10th vs pass (219.4 yards allowed per game).

Minnesota: Christian Ponder has thrown more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (5) over his last three games and has averaged 222.7 passing yards per game in those contests. Bucs remain one of the worst pass defenses in the league (323 yards allowed per game).

Carolina: In his last two games, DeAngelo Williams has rushed eight times for 10 yards. By comparison, Jonathan Stewart has rushed 14 times for 51 yards and Cam Newton has rushed 13 times for 106 yards. D-Will (29.5 rush yards per game) is owned in 82.3 percent of leagues. Should he be? Not sure it’s a guarantee anymore.

Chicago: As Joel Beall pointed out to me earlier this week, their fantasy defense is ranked 16th in points scored … overall.

San Diego: Malcom Floyd has been in the league since 2004 (hard to believe). In his first game, he caught three passes – two from Doug Flutie with the third (a touchdown) coming from, yes, Philip Rivers. Plagued by injuries for the majority of his career, he’s only recorded 100-or-more receiving yards in eight games out of 80. So, you have a 1-in-10 chance of him doing it this week vs CLE.

Cleveland: Brandon Weeden has averaged 262 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception thrown in his last three games. That equates to roughly 23 fantasy points per week. The Chargers are 25th against the pass.

Seattle: Over the last season, where he was hindered by injuries, Sidney Rice (MIN/SEA) has averaged 3.2 receptions per game (22 games). Russell Wilson is 28th in the league in pass attempts (25/gm).

Detroit: With the injury to Nate Burleson, look for Titus Young to receive targets the rest of the season moreso than Ryan Broyles, who scored in Week 7’s final minutes.

Jacksonville: Ummm … eh … moving on

Green Bay: Jermichael Finley is averaging 34.4 yards per game with one touchdown (caught in Week 1) and yet is still owned in 83.2 percent of leagues and started in more than half of those leagues. The tight end talent pool is deep this season; look to the waiver wire.

New England: The Patriots are fifth in the league in passing offense (287 yards per game), but are on pace to rush for 2,313 yards as a team this season compared to 1,764 in 2011, 1,923 in 2010 and 1,921 in 2009. It would be the most team rushing yards for New England since 1985, when Craig James racked up 1,227 of the 2,331 yards.

St. Louis: Brandon Gibson leads the Rams in targets the last three games with 20, but his 184 receiving yards fall short of new deep-threat Chris Givens (17 targets) who has racked up 209 yards during that same stretch.

Miami: Five different players have rushing touchdowns for the Dolphins. The team’s top two receivers – Brian Hartline and Davone Bess – have one touchdown, combined.

NY Jets: Jeremy Kerley is tied for sixth in the league with nine receptions of 20-or-more yards. His 17.4 yards per reception is also sixth-best in the league.

Atlanta: For those getting anxious with Julio “Why aren’t you hauling in 100+ yards per week” Jones, note that he and Tony Gonzalez have each been targeted 54 times with Roddy White second with 53. The trio each has four touchdowns. Jones starts each and every week.

Philadelphia: Through six games this season, LeSean McCoy has rushed for 459 yards and one touchdown. Through the first six games of the 2011 season, McCoy rushed for 569 yards and six touchdowns. The Eagles bye fell in Week 7 last season, too. In Week 8, McCoy rushed a season-high 30 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. The Falcons rush defense is allowing more than 143 rush yards per game.

Washington: Ike Taylor most likely will match up against Santana Moss in Week 8. Taylor held Cincinnati’s A.J. Green to one eight-yard catch (granted, a TD) in Week 7.

Pittsburgh: How important is Heath Miller to the Steelers offense? He has two more receptions than Mike Wallace (31-29) and one more touchdown (5-4) as Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite red zone target.

Indianapolis: Reggie Wayne is averaging 13.5 targets per game. Andrew Luck loves looking the veteran wide receiver’s direction.

Tennessee: The last three quarterbacks to face Tennessee's defense have averaged 282 passing yards, two touchdowns and over an interception a game (with all the passing attempts, one is bound to get picked).

Oakland: Steven Jackson (54.3), who is rushing behind one of the worst offensive lines in the league and lost touches to Daryl Richardson in recent weeks, is averaging more rush yards per game than Darren McFadden (54.0).

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Kansas City:  New starting quarterback Brady Quinn has thrown 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his career, but it’s his 5.49 yards per attempt that should worry Dwayne Bowe owners. That stat would not rank within the top 33 quarterbacks to play in the NFL this season.

New York Giants:  If you omit Hakeem Nicks’ 199-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' horrid pass defense, he’s averaging 45 receiving yards per game this season.

Dallas: Miles Austin is flying under the radar this season with his four touchdowns and 400+ receiving yards. His 17.1 yards per receptions rank within the league’s top 10.

New Orleans: With Champ Bailey smothering Marques Colston in Week 8, look for Lance Moore to break out as Drew Brees continues to target him (81.6 rec. yards per game).

Denver: With a vintage come-from-behind victory against the Chargers, Peyton Manning's health concerns seem to have been muted in recent weeks. His 290 pass yards per games, 14 touchdowns with only four interceptions have him ranked sixth in fantasy points this season (six games).

Tagged: Falcons, Lions, Colts, Rams, Dolphins, Saints, Eagles, Panthers, Steelers, Chargers, Ike Taylor, LeSean McCoy

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