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Fantasy Football Week 8 All-Placebo Team

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Fantasy Football Week 8 All-Placebo Team

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Several weeks ago, I wrote about something I like to call “the prime time placebo.” In case you missed it, I’ll explain: In fantasy football, there exists a phenomenon whereby many owners falsely believe that having one or more of their players play in one of the Sunday or Monday prime time games somehow gives them a competitive advantage over their opponent in a given week. It obviously doesn’t make sense since opponents have an equal number of players in their lineups each week and the time they play at is completely irrelevant. Still, having a player in one of those prime time games gives us an extra little false sense of hope before the week even begins. We think to ourselves that it’s possible we’ll be down by a few points by the end of the four o’clock games, but it’s totally cool because we’ll still have a chance to make a comeback just before the fat lady sings. Hence, there’s a sort of placebo effect.

Crazy or not, I still like to check my players’ schedules as soon as I’ve drafted my team to see how many prime time games I can look forward to. It’s important for me to know how many weeks I’ll have where the flame that is my hope burns a little bit longer, letting me believe I’ll still have a chance when it comes down to the wire. By the same token, I really hate it when my opponents have guys playing in those late games and I don’t. It has the opposite effect and I go into the week thinking I’m at a disadvantage. Crazy? Yes, but that doesn’t change anything.

With that in mind, here’s your Week 8 All-Placebo Team – the players that many of us crazies believe will give us a slight edge over our opponents in the late stages of our matchups:

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QB: Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson has been heating up lately, seemingly improving on a weekly basis. He has a very favourable matchup this Monday night and a great chance to eclipse 20 fantasy points for the second straight week. I’d be thrilled to have him close out my matchup for me.

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RB: Eddie Lacy

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Eddie Lacy’s arrow is pointing way, way up right now. His production has been steadily increasing and he’s now carried the ball more than 20 times in his last three games, leading to solid fantasy totals in each of them. After Sunday night, the word will be out that Lacy is officially an RB1.

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WR: Jordy Nelson

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With all the injuries to his teammates, Jordy Nelson is being asked to step up and shoulder the load in the passing game for the time being. It’s a good thing he’s a beast and he should have no trouble picking up the slack. He’s going to be a monster the rest of the way, starting on Sunday Night Football this week.

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TE: Kyle Rudolph

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Christian Ponder reclaims his role as starting quarterback this week after Josh Freeman apparently sustained a concussion during his abysmal performance last week. Ponder will need his safety blanket when he’s pressured in the pocket, and it helps when that blanket is 6-foot-6 and 259 pounds.

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K: Blair Walsh

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Ponder should do a better job of moving the chains than Josh Freeman did, but I’m not convinced he’ll do a good enough job to get his team into the end zone too many times. They might make it downfield, but they’re going to stall there a few times. Blair Walsh had a very disappointing outing last week, but I have a feeling he’ll bounce back nicely.

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D/ST: Seattle Seahawks

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The Seattle Seahawks will be feasting on backup quarterback Kellen Clemens on Monday night. They’re scary for any opponent to face, let alone a poor backup who’s inheriting an offense in shambles. Seattle’s going to put the hurt on in a big way.