Fantasy Football: Sky Sports looks at the pick of the bunch for Week 8 and last week's winner

Last Updated: 25/10/13 6:26pm

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Peyton Manning lost the game but won plenty of points

Peyton Manning lost the game but won plenty of points

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Team of the Week: Ickey Shuffle

After a dramatic tie last week, a clear cut winner this week with Ickey Shuffle came up trumps thanks to a quartet of superstar performances - including the almost ever-present Peyton Manning, who may have lost the game but still got a healthy 25 points out of a return to Indianapolis.

Matt Forte bagged a hat-trick of touchdowns for the Bears against the Redskins to be the top scorer on the team with a whopping 28 points, but 'Megatron' Calvin Johnson was just a point worse off after another monster game for him and wildcard AJ Green chipped in with 21 points from the same game.

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QB: Peyton Manning 25
RB: Eddie Lacy 16
RB: Matt Forte 28
WR: Calvin Johnson 27
WR: Brandon LaFell 3
TE: Julius Thomas 10
Def: Cowboys 16
K: Nick Folk 12
Wildcard: AJ Green 21

Total Pts: 158

Top Performers

Not only did Manning lose the game, but he was outplayed and outscored by his replacement at the Colts Andrew Luck, who tossed three TD passes and also ran in one himself - the QB dream for fantasy owners.

Forte's display in the defeat in Washington was superb, as he stepped up to cover for the loss of QB Jay Cutler - sadly, both he and Luck are sitting out on bye weeks this week so you'll be unable to cash in on their form.

We saw another shootout in Detroit so it was no surprise to see Johnson's gaudy numbers and QB Matt Stafford stacking up the points - it was a surprise to see Andy Dalton of the Bengals match is opposite number though with three TDs and 372 yards.

AJ Green was a main beneficiary of Dalton's display, as he made it back-to-back monster games with a touchdown and 155 yards receiving putting him behind only Johnson and Vincent Jackson last week, as the Tampa Bay wideout scored twice with 138 yards.

Roy Helu was a surprise name on the top scorers charts last week, with the Washington man scoring three TDs in his increased workload, while Ryan Mathews ran for 100 yards for the second consecutive game.

Week Eight picks

Bye weeks are still kicking in with another six teams sitting out this week and reducing our talent pool to pick from, including big scorers Luck and Forte from last week - but old favourite Manning is playing though.

He's also playing with a point to prove after Denver lost their first game of the season last week, he's at home against one of the most generous defences in the league in Washington - and perhaps most importantly he's live on Sky Sports after the Wembley game so you can relax and watch the points roll in.

If Manning is your wildcard, you could do a lot worse than select his opposite number Robert Griffin III in your team proper as the Broncos are right at the top of the list of allowing quarterbacks to score points - and his knee is looking better and better after rushing for 161 yards over the last two games.

Aaron Rodgers faces the hapless Vikings, but [perhaps an even juicy match-up comes for the flying Stafford who has seven TDs in the last two weeks and gets a Cowboys defence that has been as keen as any in giving points away to quarterbacks.

In the receivers - Jordy Nelson is the only starting receiver fully fit for Green Bay and, after Jarrett Boykin hauled in eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown last week, why not have a punt for $1m that he can do something similar against the leaky Vikings defence.

All our big-name rushers get decent match-ups this week, LeSean McCoy, Reggie Bush and Adrian Peterson all had off days last week so they will look to bounce back - while Knowshon Moreno is up against Washington's porous run defence.

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