Let’s start Week 8 with the Broncos. The Chargers turned up at their house last night and Peyton picked up where he left off late on Sunday night – by tearing apart the opposition with ease. Make no mistake, this Broncos team is better than the class of 2013. Their defense is far superior and their offense is right up there with last year’s record breakers, although they’ll struggle to equal those stats.
Where was Emmanuel Sanders last year? I had him in my fantasy team and he ended up on my bench most weeks as he failed to make a catch for the Steelers. Big Ben is a class act, but it just goes to show what a team player Peyton is. He spends a lot of time with his receivers and Sanders is reaping the rewards. He caught all nine of his targets for 120yds and a touchdown in their 35-21 win over San Diego.
One of the best trades I’ve made this fantasy season is that of Antonio Gates. The veteran Tight End is having an excellent season. He caught 5-of-8 targets for 54yds and two touchdowns last night.
We’ve got Wembley to look forward to this weekend. Antone Smith sees his debut on my starting line-up. The RB failed to make an explosive impact last week, so I’m hoping he finds his mojo under the arch. If anything, picking him makes my visit to the International Series game more interesting as a neutral.
Kyle Orton has been a revelation for the rookie since he took over from Manuel. Watkins is clearly his number one receiver
Drew Brees returns to my line-up. He’s at home to the Packers and he knows he has to step up if the Saints are to make the post-season. They’ve got stiff opposition, but I fancy New Orleans to win in The Dome. Their D is suspect, so on the flip side I’ve got Randall Cobb starting and with him lies the hope of another 20+ points game.
Speaking of big point earners, could my highest scorer be J.J. Watt again? A fortnight ago he clocked up 35+ points at Indy. This weekend he squares up against a very weak Titans team.
Last week we saw Sammy Watkins make an entrance to the NFL stage. He’s facing a struggling Jets in a divisional game. Kyle Orton has been a revelation for the rookie since he took over from Manuel. Watkins is clearly his number one receiver and, like Gates, he’s been a bumper trade for me.
So let’s see how the week unfolds. This is merely my fantasy forecast, but by Tuesday we’ll no doubt be raving about the stories that will come from another fantastic weekend of gridiron.