Start 'Em Sit 'Em Week 8: Making the Call on 'Jekyll and Hyde' Stars

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles grabs a 2nd quarter touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers October 13, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

One of the most frustrating things every fantasy owner deals with is dealing with a superstar who has a tendency to simply disappear when you need him the most. These "Jekyll and Hyde" studs often put up 20-plus points one week and then barely show up on the stat sheet the next.

Owners are faced with the weekly challenge of making a difficult call. Do you start the star, who could very well put up enough points to tip the scales, or do you slot in a reliable bench player who is good for 10 points a game?

With that in mind, here's a "Start 'Em, Sit 'Em" look at four stars who fit into this category. 


Start: Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers

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Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers are in London for a contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the 49ers will easily win this game.

Utilizing a heavy dose of Frank Gore and Kaepernick in the read-option game, the 49ers will systematically wear down Jacksonville's weak defensive front, forcing the Jaguars to dedicate safeties to the running game.

Then, the play-action pass will open up, leading to big gains and touchdowns through the air.

The London crowd at Wembley Stadium won't walk away feeling sad that there weren't enough highlights after Kaepernick and the 49ers go crazy.

Projected Stats: 325 total yards and three touchdowns. 


Sit: Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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Dwayne Bowe has the physical tools to be one of the league's top wide receivers. Heck, he was one of the league's top receivers back in 2010 when he hauled in 15 touchdown passes. 

But huge fantasy games are few and far between for Bowe these days with Alex Smith playing quarterback for the Chiefs.

Jamaal Charles has been one of the most productive players in the league, thanks to a dink-and-dunk approach that takes advantage of Charles' quickness and open-field skills. But that leaves Bowe as a secondary option on most Sundays.

This weekend's matchup is even more damning. He'll be hard-pressed to make headway going up against Joe Haden, who held Jordy Nelson to just five catches and 42 yards last weekend. 

Projected Stats: Four catches for 45 yards and zero touchdowns.


Start: DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson historically does well against the Giants. He's also one of the biggest boom-or-bust fantasy stars in the NFL

He hauled in seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown earlier this season against New York, a team with a porous secondary that is missing key starters. 

Jackson is also a favorite target of Michael Vick, who is expected to start this weekend after missing the past couple of games with a hamstring injury. 

These factors combine to form a perfect storm for a huge Week 8 showing by Jackson.

Projected Stats: Seven catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.


Sit: Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns

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Jordan Cameron has put up monster numbers on a few occasions this season for the Cleveland Browns, but he's also put together a few stinkers for fantasy owners.

He broke through with a big game last weekend against the Green Bay Packers, hauling in seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, but he could very well disappear completely this weekend when the Browns travel to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs.

Veteran QB Jason Campbell is slated as the team's starter for the first time this year. Brandon Weeden has been atrocious the past two games, and it was time to make a change. However, Campbell will be under constant assault.

The Browns have allowed the second-most sacks of any team in the league this season (27), and the Chiefs have sacked opposing quarterbacks more often than any team in the league (35).

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out Campbell won't have time to take a breath before he gets hammered on Sunday—let alone throw accurate passes to his tight end. 

Projected Stats: Three catches for 40 yards and zero touchdowns. 


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