Don't take the chance in fantasy football of starting a player against a risky matchup, because it will not pay off as consistently as expected.
Yes, when certain roster spots need a filler during a bye, adjustments can be made. However, there's no harm in trying to find a better matchup to avoid even further risk of getting beaten.
Take Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, for example.
To some, Newton was certainly a hot commodity in fantasy before the 2012 season. Unfortunately, he currently resides in a sophomore funk and has shown no immediate signs of getting out. Looking ahead to Sunday, we'll see Newton square off against Brian Urlacher and the Chicago Bears.
Fielding one of the NFL's best defenses, Chicago is a rough matchup for Newton and anyone else on the Cats offense. To that end, let's first look at Newton and then the other questionable fantasy starts at each position from Week 8.