Start Em Sit Em Week 8: Backups to Leave on the Bench

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Running back Andre Brown #35 of the New York Giants scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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The key to a great fantasy season is having and playing the appropriate backups at the appropriate time. 

But it also means sitting the right second-stringer when he isn't going to produce.

So let's check out this week's understudies who need to stay firmly planted on your bench.

Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants

Brown was extremely impressive during his two-week substitution stretch. However, he's not going to get many carries this week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Ahmad Bradshaw is listed as questionable, but he won't be missing any time. He's made a career out of skipping practice and then making tacklers miss. He's good at it.

Brown is still worthy of a roster spot. He just isn't worth a start this week.

Devin Hester, WR, Chicago Bears

The Bears are determined to get Hester more involved in the offense. Haven't we heard this refrain before?

It isn't happening this week. Jay Cutler will hook up with Brandon Marshall for a score and then ride Michael Bush and Matt Forte to victory. Hester won't be a factor against the Carolina Panthers.

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Denver Broncos

The Broncos are determined to to give the ball to Willis McGahee and bogart it from Hillman. Hillman provides their most explosive option out of the backfield, but he hasn't done well when asked to pass protect.

Plus, Denver will find itself in a shootout with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Peyton Manning's pass attempts will at least double the number of team rushing attempts, lessening any impact that Hillman would have.