Week 8 Start 'em / Sit 'em: 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Lineup Strategy

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIIOctober 23, 2012

Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by Chicago Bears defensive end Israel Idonije (71) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field.  The Bears won 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

While Matthew Stafford’s numbers are solid in the fourth quarter of games, it’s probably time for fantasy owners to pull the plug on him starting in your lineup as he continues to look horrible in the first three quarters. The Lions are struggling to move the football and what’s more alarming is their inability to find the end zone.

Through six weeks, Stafford has yet to find Calvin Johnson for a touchdown. Perhaps that’s enough of a reason to believe his struggles will continue in its self.



Michael Vick vs Falcons -

The Eagles continue to have problems as a team but with Jeremy Maclin back to full strength I like Vick’s odds of giving us up to 30 fantasy points this week. Vick will continue to give us production on the ground and should make some plays down the field, as he faces his former team.

Jonathan Dwyer vs Redskins -

Keep an eye on Rashard Mendenhall’s practice availability but we should see Dwyer start again this week. Dwyer wasn’t fancy against the Bengals but he did a good job of hitting up the hole and breaking through for some big runs. We should see Dwyer receive up to 20 carries again this week.

Rashad Jennings @ Packers -

Even if the Jaguars fall behind early, Rashad Jennings will make up for it in the passing game. Jennings will take over Maurice Jones-Drew’s role in the Jaguars offense and that means the offense will work through him. Jacksonville needs to stay committed to the running game to have a chance to win each week, so Jennings should give us start-worthy numbers going forward.

Denarius Moore @ Chiefs -

We didn’t see the big numbers from Moore last week that many hoped he would have against the Jaguars secondary. This week Moore matches up against a Chiefs secondary that has struggled against the big play and Moore should have a better week.

Dwayne Bowe vs Raiders -

I’m willing to roll with Bowe in my lineup this week, but if Brady Quinn fails to get him the football he needs to remain on benches until Matt Cassel starts again. Whether the Chiefs have benched Cassel or they just want to give him another week of rest (concussion), if Quinn can’t do better than his performance against a shaky Buccaneers defense a few weeks ago, he won’t be starting for long.

While Cassel won’t be a starter in the NFL next year, he does give Bowe the better odds to maintain WR2 numbers through the season.

Kenny Britt vs Colts -

Britt had three receptions in the Titans first drive of the game but a dominant performance from the ground game helped them get away from the pass. Britt should have a better numbers against a Colts secondary that made Greg Little look like a fantasy relevant option.

Dustin Keller vs Dolphins -

It was good to see Keller turn in almost 100 yards in the passing game last week after his injury problems slowed him down early this season. If the Jets are going to make a run for the playoffs they will need Keller to be a key part of the passing game and I think he can get it done.

Sanchez should target his veteran tight end often going forward and he’s a decent bye week fill in against the Dolphins this week.

Heath Miller vs Redskins -

It seems every few years we see Heath Miller emerge as a fantasy relevant option. This happens to be one of those seasons and Miller has put up start-worthy numbers for fantasy leagues consistently. With five touchdowns already, Miller is proving to be Roethlisberger’s favorite target down in the red zone.

Last week, Martellus Bennett had five receptions for 79 yards against the Redskins defense and Kyle Rudolph had a big game against them the week before.

Seahawks Defense @ Lions -

The Lions continue to look like a horrible offense through the first three-quarters of the game. Matthew Stafford’s ineffectiveness isn’t likely to be fixed any time soon and we shouldn’t fear using the Seahawks against them even if this game is in Detroit.



Mathew Stafford vs Seahawks -

Stafford isn’t throwing a bunch of interceptions, but I think we can say he’s this year’s version of Philip Rivers for fantasy leagues. Like Rivers a year ago, Stafford was coming off a big season and has yet to look like the quarterback we thought we were drafting this summer.

Also like Rivers, Stafford seems to have issues with his mechanics and we need to keep him on the bench until he starts to show us signs of being the quarterback we expect him to be.

I can understand going with him if he still presents better upside in your lineup over waiver wire options, but just expect more of what we’ve seen thus far, if you should keep him in the lineup. That basically means his yardage numbers will be respectable but his touchdowns will be limited.

LaRod Stephens-Howling vs 49ers -

A fumble from William Powell opened the door for Stephens-Howling to take over in the Cardinals backfield. Stephens-Howling will have better matchup down the road, but he’s worth sitting against the 49ers this week.

Alex Green vs Jaguars -

Green was pathetic against a stout Rams defense last week and he will matchup against a Jaguars defense that gave Darren McFadden problems. Look for the Packers to mix Green in for a semi-balanced attack but they will lean on Aaron Rodgers and the passing game to shred Jacksonville this week.

Shane Vereen @ Rams -

St. Louis is tough against the run and the emergence of rookie Michael Brockers is a big reason why. Ridley is still worth using but I’m not sure Vereen will see enough touches to be an effective option, even if Brandon Bolden is out for another week.

Brandon Lloyd @ Rams -

Maybe this will be the week Lloyd hooks up for a long touchdown with Tom Brady but a matchup against Cortland Finnegan has me looking to him as a bench option. Lloyd has been a disappointment this season, but he will have better matchups after this week.

Brain Hartline @ Jets -

The Dolphins will move Hartline around but he figures to draw Antonio Cromartie this week and that’s not a good thing for his fantasy prospects.

Brandon Pettigrew vs Seahawks –

Pettigrew has struggled at times holding onto the football and with the Lions looking so ineffective thus far, we should trust Pettigrew and he’s a safe drop off your roster at this point.


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