Fantasy Football Week 8: Who to Start and Who to Sit

Korey Beckett@@KoreyBeckettBRContributor IIIOctober 25, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates their impending victory with Rusty Smith #11 and Matt Hasselbeck #8 celebrates with Nate Washington #85 during an NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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We're starting to get into the crunch time of the fantasy football season. Crunch time is also known to some players as "Let's just throw everything at the wall and see what sticks".

I'm here to help out with what might stick.

This link I found captivating by Matthew Berry.

All I can say about it is, he beat me to the punch. He's a Redskins fan, I'm a Redskins fan. Neither one of us are afraid to show it. So I suppose it's too late to write a love letter to Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.

No worries, I will appease the masses by offering up my first ever apology letter. And the two people I'm directing this at, you may have heard of.

Antonio Gates and Chris Johnson

Antonio and Chris:

Congratulations on having great weeks out of your last three combined games. I am sorry. I assumed both of you were out of the league.


Alright, it may not be as long as my "you're dead to me" letter to Antonio Gates that I wrote here, but his (and Johnson's) success hasn't been longer than his failure streak this year, either.

Alright, time to get down to business. I know you're all here to be entertained, but also to get some fantasy football advice. Let's open that Ol' Mailbag.

Kyle J writes, "I appreciate your help last week and would like to run some more lineup questions by you. I have Rice on a buy and am trying to decide between Felix Jones and Vick Ballard. Also, I have two flex spots and need to chose between Jones, Ballard, Gordon, Hankerson or Lloyd. I look forward to your response."

Well it certainly is nice to see someone so appreciative, and with manners!

I'm happy to oblige, Kyle. Vick Ballard is basically back to the fantasy football cemetery now that Donald Brown appears to be back. If you need two of those players, I would go with Josh Gordon and Leonard Hankerson.

I don't particularly love either one this week, but Felix Jones is injured, Vick Ballard may not even play, and Brandon Lloyd has the ability to get zero.

Laura B (yes, I have female readers, I told you) writes, "How do you feel about Felix Jones this week against the giants? I also have A Bradshaw , A Brown, V Ballard, and J Dwyer. I need to use one as RB and one flex."

I would definitely go with Bradshaw this week at running back and Antonio Brown as a flex. If you are in a PPR league, you definitely need Antonio Brown this week. Just look at what Danny "Toyota Corolla" Amendola did to the Redskins back in Week 2.

Again, Ballard is pretty much dead, but I like Dwyer if Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman don't play again this week. I'm just not sure if I like him more than Bradshaw.

Randy P writes, "hey who do you think is going to be good this week Philip Rivers or Freeman? thanks."

More people with manners, thank you! I like Phillip Rivers this week. He's out to prove that he's not a dud this year and the Cleveland Browns are the perfect team to take out your frustrations. By the time this is posted, Freeman will likely have already started, but I still don't like him.

Jordan J writes, "Alex Green or Rashad Jennings at flex."

Short and sweet, also a good e-mail to receive (note for other readers, manners and length matter). I would rather go with Jennings since he will get about every carry for the Jags and there is basically no chance that Green will score a touchdown. That's the way that the Packers work.

Mike B writes, "Awesome. Thank you very much. I really really appreciate the knowledge and insight. And if I could buy you a beer I totally would."

Not a fantasy question, but when Mike does have another question, you better believe I'm going to answer it promptly.

Other Sunday News:

NASCAR will be at Martinsville on Sunday. There's only four races left to decide the whole thing. Why am I excited? Because Brad Keselowski (Michigan native) is my favorite racer. Don't believe me? Check out my back windshield. There's a No. 2 sticker there and I'm really hoping he can pull out the big upset over "Five Time" Jimmie Johnson. The race is at 2:00 P.M. so if you have a computer, watch the race while you're watching football.

Also, there is a wrestling pay-per-view Sunday night for "Hell in a Cell" in which CM Punk is facing Ryback. If you haven't seen either wrestler, this is the time to do so.

Now, there's another section to attend to, and it's the section that you've been anticipating since you clicked the link to this article. So let's get to it.

The explanations of these picks won't be very long since a lot of them play for the same team, but for additional advice, you can contact me in multiple ways.

Here is my e-mail: Here is my Facebook: and the comment section is below. But you already knew that.



Andrew Luck-Indianapolis Colts

This just in, the Titans defense is terrible. I know, shocking. In the Titans D's best game, they gave up 15 points to Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans. If you want an easy 15 points and you have a risky quarterback in your lineup this week, please play Luck.

It's not like Andrew Luck has been bad either, he ranks 11th amongst fantasy quarterbacks. So unless you have Robert Griffin III, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, etc. You have to play this man.

Ben Roethlisberger-Pittsburgh Steelers

I've said it in past articles, I've said it in this article. The advice remains the same. Play all of your offensive players against the Redskins defense. I'm a Redskins fan. It sucks. But you have to do it.

Phillip Rivers-San Diego Chargers

After a brilliant, I mean, disastrous second half against the Broncos on Monday night in his last outing, Rivers is a little salty.

Coming off of a bye week, the Chargers will take on the Cleveland Browns. Call it a rebound, call it a comeback (Thanks, LL), call it a web redemption (Thanks, Tosh). Call it whatever you want, just don't call Rivers late for dinner. But he is going to have a good week.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson-Tennessee Titans

I already said sorry, what else do you want?

Willis McGahee-Denver Broncos

An already Top 15 back against the Saints? Sign me up.

Jonathan Dwyer-Pittsburgh Steelers

This is very contingent on what Mendenhall and Redman do. If they don't suit up, then Dwyer becomes a very valuable asset on your team this week. They are playing the Redskins, after all.

Wide Receivers

Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker-Denver Broncos

Have you ever played a receiver against the Saints defense and been disappointed? No? Me neither.

Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace-Pittsburgh Steelers

Have you ever played a receiver against the Redskins defense and been disappointed? No? Me neither.

Randall Cobb-Green Bay Packers

A lot (seriously, almost a hundred) of people asked me about Cobb this week. I had him as my top free agent pick up and told just about everyone to start. him. Dude went off last week.

Now this week against Jacksonville, with no Greg Jennings, I expect him to blow up again. Play. With. Confidence. The three most reassuring words for fantasy writers.

Tight Ends

Heath Miller-Pittsburgh Steelers

This guy has been awesome and is playing the Redskins. Why not?

Antonio Gates-San Diego Chargers

Same thing as I told Chris, Antonio. I said I was sorry!

Jacob Tamme-Denver Broncos

This guy has been disappointing but is playing the Saints. Why not?



Cam Newton-Carolina Panthers

I'm not sure if you have noticed, but the Bears have been playing pretty good defense this year. This game is in Chicago, the Panthers are unraveling. Hate Newton this week.

Not personally, he seems like a nice guy.

Matt Stafford-Detroit Lions

So you want a play a struggling QB against the third ranked pass defense in fantasy? Let me know how that works out.

Michael Vick-Philadelphia Eagles

I don't think Vick will be terrible this week, but I don't think he will be 'Vick'.

I don't think he has been 'Vick' at all this year, and against a good Atlanta defense, I doubt he will be this week.

Running Backs

Trent Richardson and Montario Hardesty-Cleveland Browns

Both are injured, and it seems they are both healthy enough to play. Don't play either one since one will likely go down this week.

Steven Jackson-St. Louis Rams

His best week came last week with 11 points. If that is his peak, then I don't want him in my starting lineup. Besides, I doubt the Rams will be running the ball much after the first quarter.

Mikel Leshoure-Detroit Lions

I just love that Seahawks defense. They rank third best against the run and Leshoure is not one of those 'must-starts'. Smells like 'sit' to me.

Wide Receivers

Steve Smith-Carolina Panthers

Seriously, you've seen the Bears play D, right?

Larry Fitzgerald-Arizona Cardinals

I told a bunch of people to bench him last week and the main response was "Really?". Yes, do it this week too against the Niners.

Tight Ends

Dustin Keller-New York Jets

I am just still not sure about this guy, give him another week to let you know if he's for real.

Greg Olsen-Carolina Panthers

The Bears. They're good.

Time to put a bow on this thing. If you still have questions, and by that I mean, now that you still have questions; just remember to contact me. I'm a reader-friendly writer and if you missed it before I am at or and you don't even have to write, just like me. It's a good feeling. Good luck, players!


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