FFL: Week 8 Statbook
Updated: October 27, 2005, 11:30 AM ETBy Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Fantasy Games
Bye Week: Atlanta, Indianapolis, N.Y. Jets and Seattle. Green Bay at Cincinnati: QB Brett Favre is averaging 37.0 pass attempts per game, the second-highest rate of his career (37.2, 1999), and he has averaged 274.0 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions in his last five games. Favre might need to throw 40-plus times to keep pace with the Bengals, and while he could be picked off once or twice -- Cincinnati has a league-high 15 interceptions -- it's encouraging that he hasn't been intercepted in 94 consecutive attempts. His yardage and touchdown totals should be fine the remainder of the year now that he'll be the focus of the offense following the season-ending injury to RB Ahman Green. ... RB Tony Fisher makes his first start of the season, but don't overlook that he has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry from 2004-05. Cincinnati's rush defense ranks 27th (132.0 ypg), but don't let that fool you into thinking this is a great matchup. The Packers will rely on the pass most often. ... In three career games against NFC opponents, QB Carson Palmer has averaged 239.3 passing yards with seven touchdowns and one interception. Green Bay's secondary ranks 17th (205.0 ypg) and is one of seven in the league to have allowed 10-plus TDs (11), so Palmer should be able to move the ball with ease on Sunday. Arizona at Dallas: RB Marcel Shipp has rushed for 167 yards and no touchdowns on 65 carries (2.6 average) in five starts this season, and 550 yards and no scores in 191 attempts (2.9 average) in his last 13 starts. He should be avoided facing the Cowboys' seventh-ranked rush defense (91.7 ypg), and it might not be long before RB J.J. Arrington begins stealing his carries. ... QB Drew Bledsoe is coming off a disappointing 136-yard, 1-TD, 2-interception outing in Week 7 against the Seahawks, but he's still a useful matchups option. Arizona's 19th-ranked secondary (207.5 ypg) represents one of his better ones this season.
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