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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Mailbag

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Week 7 of the 2013 season was one of the worst fantasy weeks in recent memory, so we are just going to forget about that.

Sound good?

Owners are getting closer to their trade deadlines, injuries are around every corner and waiver wire adds are more important than ever. Having said all of that, fantasy questions are in full swing, and we’re here to answer them.

Q: What is Jarrett Boykin’s role going to be when James Jones returns?

AP: Well, for starters, Jones isn’t expected to play this week against the Vikings, so all of you who have been debating plugging in Boykin this week, do it. He looked fantastic last week, hauling in eight of 10 targets for over 100 yards and a score. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked his way a lot, and even when Jones does return to the lineup, I don’t necessarily expect that to change. Unfortunately, tight end Jermichael Finley has been placed on IR, but thankfully, he will be able to play football again. Anyway, Finley may be a tight end, but he was often used as a wide receiver with the Packers. According to Pro Football Focus, Finley was targeted nine times in the slot this season, catching six balls. He was targeted 18.8 percent of the time while in the slot. Boykin has the skill-set to operate out of the slot once Jones returns. Remember, this offense is still without Randall Cobb, who was primarily their slot guy. Again, PFF states that 176 of Cobb’s 186 pass routes came out of the slot. Boykin can operate there.

Q: How will Percy Harvin do with this Seattle offense? (Robb Schreiber)

AP: A very good question, as Harvin could very well make his season debut for the Seahawks on Monday night. He has been limited in practice, so if he doesn’t suit up this week, next week could be the time. Anyway, I think he will fit ideally in this offense. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is familiar with Harvin, as the receiver played under Bevell during their time in Minnesota. The Seahawks are a run-first team, but when they do throw the ball, it’s more of an intermediate passing game, as quarterback Russell Wilson is averaging less than 10 yards per throw (PFF rules). Harvin is vastly better than any other wideout in Seattle, and you would have to think the team would try to get him in space as much as possible. Whether it’s screens, reverses, anything. Harvin (somehow) is only owned in 72 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and if you manage to grab him, he could be the type of guy to win you a championship.

Q: My starting WRs this week are Cole Beasley, Kenny Stills and Jerome Simpson. Am I screwed? (Jordan Heck)

AP: Wow, that’s pretty rough, but shockingly, I don’t think you are out of it this week. I’m assuming the bye weeks are killing you, but I actually like Beasley this week. Miles Austin has been useless in Dallas, and the team has considered shutting him down for the season. Meanwhile, Beasley has benefited, seeing a healthy 20 targets over the last four weeks. Tony Romo has been looking for him as a bit of a safety valve, and in a matchup that could easily be a shootout against Detroit, I have Beasley ranked inside my top-40 this week. Meanwhile, Stills has some upside this week against the Bills, especially if tight end Jimmy Graham doesn’t suit up. The Bills secondary has allowed a receiving touchdown in every game this year, and have allowed a league-high 15 scores through the air. We know Drew Brees likes to spread the ball around quite a bit, as well. Good luck, friend.

Q: What are your opinions on Alshon Jeffery without Jay Cutler under center?

AP: Jeffery’s value certainly takes a shot without Cutler, but I still think he is a top-30 option. Even without Cutler last week, he still recorded his third 100-yard game of the season. He’s a scary good talent, with the ability to go up and make a play on almost any opposing cornerback. Besides, opposing defenses will still be dialed in on Brandon Marshall, and even if the Bears begin to crumble as a team without Cutler, that may very well result in more passing attempts, which equals volume for Jeffery. I’m not too worried, because he’ll still get enough looks to matter.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.