Weekly Matchups - Week 8 - Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers-  10/27/11

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PYRO® breaks down the Week 8 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers

Weekly Matchups - Week 8 - Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina Panthers

 

 

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Minnesota @ Carolina

 

(Player Rankings based on Top 26 QBs, 50 RBs, 75 WRs & 30 TEs)

 

 

 

Minnesota Vikings (1-6)

 

Vikings Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Carolina Rush Defense – 2011: 133.4 Yards Allowed/Game (29th) || 9 TDs Allowed (T-30th)

Carolina Pass Defense – 2011: 225 Yards Allowed/Game (12th) || 9 TDs Allowed (T-11th)

 

Minnesota Offensive Cast

 

Christian Ponder (QB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #19)

2011 Season: 22/49 – for 318 Yards, 2 TDs & 2 INTs

 

Donovan McNabb (QB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 94/156 – for 1,026 Yards, 4 TDs & 2 INTs

 

Adrian Peterson (RB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #1)

2011 Season: 146 Carries for 712 Yards & 8 TDs || 11 Recs for 49 Yards & 0 TDs

 

The Panthers have been giving up a crazy amount of fantasy points to opposing RBs this year, and Purple Jesus will be no exception. In seven weeks of games, four different starting tailbacks had their best fantasy games of the year (MJD, Matt Forte, Mark Ingram and Michael Turner), two others had their second best (Beanie Wells and James Starks), and Tim Hightower was well on his way to his best day when he left the game with an injury.  If Christian Ponder didn’t play so well against the Packers last weekend, I might have said AP would have just a top-three fantasy day as Carolina would have simply stacked the box against him…but that’s not the case. That’s why Peterson is the top back this week. Period.

 

Toby Gerhart (RB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 12 Carries for 74 Yards & 0 TDs || 4 Recs for 54 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Percy Harvin (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #40)

2011 Season: 27 Recs for 276 Yards & 0 TDs || 16 Carries for 166 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Michael Jenkins (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #25)

2011 Season: 27 Recs for 332 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Devin Aromashodu (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #54)

2011 Season: 5 Recs for 133 Yards & 1 TD

 

Bernard Berrian (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: CUT)

2011 Season: 7 Recs for 91 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Berrian was released by the Vikings earlier this week.

 

Visanthe Shiancoe (TE Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #17)

2011 Season: 20 Recs for 204 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Kyle Rudolph (TE Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: Unranked)

2011 Season: 9 Recs for 118 Yards & 0 TDs

 

 


Carolina Panthers (2-5)

 

Panthers Schedule

 

Opponent Defensive Ranks

Minnesota Rush Defense – 2011: 87.9 Yards Allowed/Game (4th) || 5 TDs Allowed (T-13th)

Minnesota Pass Defense – 2011: 275 Yards Allowed/Game (29th) || 11 TDs Allowed (T-20th)

 

Carolina Offensive Cast

 

Cam Newton (QB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #5)

2011 Season: 152/252 – for 2,103 Yards, 8 TDs & 9 INTs || 57 Carries for 266 Yards & 7 TDs

 

It absolutely does not matter who the Panthers play or how good/bad their defense might be; Cam Newton stays the same ass-kicker that he is. The guy is averaging one rushing touchdown a game this season and has only one game in which he failed to put up over 20 fantasy points. His throwing accuracy even seems to be on the upswing right now as he completed 18 of 23 passes last weekend against the Redskins. Cam is getting smarter…and better…and scarier to face as a fantasy opponent because of it.

 

DeAngelo Williams (RB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #33)

2011 Season: 68 Carries for 337 Yards & 1 TD || 8 Recs for 48 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Jonathan Stewart (RB Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #23)

2011 Season: 58 Carries for 278 Yards & 2 TDs || 21 Recs for 210 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Steve Smith (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #2)

2011 Season: 39 Recs for 818 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Brandon LaFell (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #47)

2011 Season: 16 Recs for 232 Yards & 2 TDs

 

Legedu Naanee (WR Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #59)

2011 Season: 17 Recs for 190 Yards & 0 TDs

 

Greg Olsen (TE Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #10)

2011 Season: 26 Recs for 286 Yards & 3 TDs

 

Jeremy Shockey (TE Week 8 Fantasy Ranking: #22)

2011 Season: 22 Recs for 291 Yards & 0 TDs

 

 

 

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- 10/27/11

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