Fantasy Football 2012: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Week 8

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Fantasy Football 2012: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Week 8

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson fall into that category, to name a few.

There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit.

Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

Start 'Em: Quarterbacks 

 

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Washington

Rashard Mendenhall is out, and whether Isaac Redman comes back to play or not doesn’t really matter as he’ll be at less than 100 percent if he does.

Jonathan Dwyer looked good last week, but do the Steelers really trust him to carry the load?

Either way, the Redskins' rush D is far better than what they trot out there against the pass, so I expect Roethlisberger to continue with his weekly aerial assault and come close to 40 passing attempts yet again.

In seven games this season, the Redskins have allowed six 300-yard passers; and do you know what the seventh guy did? It was Josh Freeman, and he threw for 299 yards.

Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and even Emmanuel Sanders should all have their way out there, which can only mean big numbers for Big Ben this Sunday.

Joe Robbins/Getty Images

 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em QBs

 

Others with QB1 Potential

 

Sleepers

  • Brandon Weeden (vs. SD)
  • Sam Bradford (vs. NE)
  • Alex Smith (at Ari, Monday night)

 

Start 'Em: Running Backs

 

Chris Johnson vs. Indy

 Chris Johnson’s monster 195-yard output against the worst rushing defense in the league last week has him leading the NFL in rushing from Weeks 4 through 7.

However, it cannot be overlooked that he still ranks 24th in the league in fantasy points per game. That’s how bad he was in four of his seven games this year, and though he’s been awesome three of the last four weeks, I still have my reservations.

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This week, however, I can’t help but put him in the top 10, as he’s facing an Indianapolis Colts defense that allows 4.95 yards per carry and the fifth-most fantasy points per game to running backs.

I know it’s scary to press “submit” when you see CJ2K in your lineup, but this is one of those weeks you kind of have to get him in there.

 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em RBs

 

Others with RB1 Potential

  • Matt Forte (vs. Car)
  • Willis McGahee (vs. NO, Sunday night)
  • Ryan Mathews (at Cle)
  • Alfred Morris (at Pit)
  • Darren McFadden (at KC)
  • Darren Sproles (at Den, Sunday night)
  • Stevan Ridley (at Stl, Wembley Stadium, London, England)

 

Sleepers

  • Jonathan Dwyer (vs. Was)
  • Rashad Jennings (at GB)
  • Felix Jones (vs. NYG)
  • Alex Green (vs. Jax)
  • Pierre Thomas (at Den, Sunday night)

 

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Start 'Em: Wide Receivers

 

Randall Cobb vs. Jacksonville

 Get ready for the onslaught, folks, because it’s coming whether you like it or not.

I was singing his praises all offseason and had him ranked up in the top 25 wide receivers right as the season started—and now it seems my preseason intuition will be coming to fruition.

Randall Cobb has been putting on a clinic out there the last few weeks, and he just might be the most versatile player in the league other than Percy Harvin.

With Greg Jennings unlikely to be back for at least a month and now Jordy Nelson a bit gimpy with a bum hamstring, Cobb will see even more action than he has been, which is quite a bit considering he’s in the top five in fantasy points over the last three weeks.

The Jaguars' defense, though not terrible, won’t be able to contain this dynamo in Green Bay on Sunday. 

 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em WRs

 

Others with WR1 Potential

  • Demaryius Thomas (vs. NO, Sunday night)
  • Mike Wallace (vs. Was)
  • Marques Colston (at Den, Sunday night)
  • Hakeem Nicks (at Dal)
  • Antonio Brown (vs. Was)
  • Jeremy Maclin (vs. Atl)
  • Dez Bryant (vs. NYG)
  • Lance Moore (at Den, Sunday night)
  • Kenny Britt (vs. Ind)

 

Sleepers

  • Jeremy Kerley (vs. Mia)
  • Nate Washington (vs. Ind)
  • Brandon Gibson / Chris Givens (vs. NE, Wembley Stadium, London, England)
  • Josh Gordon (vs. SD)
  • Sidney Rice (at Det)
  • Titus Young (vs. Sea)
  • Brandon Stokley (vs. NO, Sunday night)
  • Mario Manningham (at Ari, Monday night)
  • Robert Meachem (at Cle)

 

Start 'Em: Tight Ends

 

Antonio Gates at Cleveland

 Gates has been targeted enough this season to the point that he should be making fore of a fantasy dent than he has.

With the talent he possesses, seven passes thrown his way each game should equate to top-five fantasy numbers, which it hasn't at this point, with Gates coming into this game with the ninth-most fantasy points per game.

However, after a nice bye week to rejuvenate his bones, I believe we’ll see a different player from here on out.

His last game against Denver two weeks ago was clearly his best of the year, catching six passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns, but more importantly, he looked real good doing it.

Cleveland is normally exceptional at guarding tight ends, but if both Brent Celek and Jermaine Gresham can do well against them (as they did earlier in the season), then I like Antonio to go a bit off in this one. 

 

Write-ups for other Start 'Em TEs

 

Others with TE1 Potential

  • Heath Miller (vs. Was)
  • Brent Celek (vs. Atl)
  • Coby Fleener (at Ten)
  • Greg Olsen (at Chi)
  • Jason Witten (vs. NYG)
  • Martellus Bennett (at Dal)
  • Dustin Keller (vs. Mia)

 

Sleepers

  • Joel Dreessen (vs. NO, Sunday night)
  • Dwayne Allen (at Tenn)
  • Anthony Fasano (at NYJ)
  • Lance Kendricks (vs. NE, Wembley Stadium, London, England)

 

Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks


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Jay Cutler (vs. Car)

Matthew Stafford (vs. Sea)

Cam Newton (at Chi)


Injuries

 

Bye-Week QBs

  • Baltimore: Joe Flacco
  • Buffalo: Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Cincinnati: Andy Dalton
  • Houston: Matt Schaub

 

Sit 'Em: Running Backs


Mikel Leshoure (vs. Sea)

Steven Jackson (vs. NE, Wembley Stadium, London, England)

Jonathan Stewart (at Chi)

Shonn Greene (vs. Mia)  

LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. SF, Monday night)

 

Injuries

 

Bye-Week RBs

  • Baltimore: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce
  • Buffalo: Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller
  • Cincinnati: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman, Brian Leonard
  • Houston: Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Justin Forsett

 


Sit 'Em: Wide Receivers


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Brandon Lloyd (at Stl, Wembley Stadium, London, England)

Denarius Moore (at KC)

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Oak)

Michael Crabtree (at Ari - Monday night)

Malcom Floyd (at Cle)

Brian Hartline (at NYJ)

 

Injuries

 

Bye-Week WRs

  • Baltimore: Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Jacoby Jones 
  • Buffalo: Stevie Johnson, Donald Jones, T.J. Graham
  • Cincinnati: A.J. Green, Andrew Hawkins, Armon Binns, Mohamed Sanu, Brandon Tate
  • Houston: Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean

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Sit 'Em: Tight Ends 

 

Aaron Hernandez (at Stl, Wembley Stadium, London, England)

Jared Cook (vs. Ind)

Brandon Myers (at KC)

 

Injuries

 

Bye-Week TEs

  • Baltimore: Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson
  • Buffalo: Scott Chandler
  • Cincinnati: Jermaine Gresham
  • Houston: Owen Daniels, Garrett Graham

 

NFL injury report.

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