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Week Eight walk-thru

An earlier-than-usual spin around the NFL, due to a Toronto trek that will start soon:

- As I wrote in Friday's column, if there's ever a time for Titans running back Chris Johnson to get on track, today against the Colts is it. If Johnson doesn't give you a 100-yard game and get in the end zone, it's time to put him on the trade block to see what his high-profile name can fetch.

In that same game, Colts rookie Delone Carter is a good sleeper running back, while Titans tight end Jared Cook is the same at his position.

- Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas is out with a hamstring injury. Incredibly, the Dolphins don't have a touchdown from a wide receiver since Week Two.

- The Jaguars' defense proved last week it's legit, and Houston will still be without WR Andre Johnson, so QB Matt Schaub can take a seat if you've got a worthwhile backup.

- Ravens QB Joe Flacco has just one TD pass in his past three games, but gets a cake home game against Arizona today to fix that. Start him.

In that same game, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells is expected to play, but in a limited role. That means he can be left on the bench for another week against the ever-tough Ravens' "D."

- Rookie RB Mark Ingram is out for the Saints this week, so Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles will get more work against the hapless Rams.

In the same game, Brandon Lloyd was targeted 12 times in his St. Louis debut last week. Back with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Lloyd should become more of a fantasy factor in the coming weeks and is worth starting today.

- Broncos RB Willis McGahee is out, making Knowshon Moreno the starter.

In the same game, I'm betting that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will start with his ankle injury. He's questionable, so it's a roll of the dice, but the Leos need a win after dropping two straight.

- Browns RB Peyton Hillis had a setback from his hamstring injury during practice this week, and I don't expect him to play against San Francisco. That means lots of work for Montario Hardesty, although the 49ers' rush defense is strong.

Best of luck in Week Eight!

---Jay Skurski


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