Week Eight Who to Start and Who to Sit
Before I get to my Week Eight selections, let’s check last week’s picks for accuracy.
Good Starts from Week Seven:
Laurence Maroney, RB (NE): Maroney only had 43 yards rushing, but did score a touchdown in a blowout win over the Buccaneers.
Miles Austin, WR (DAL): Austin had a monster game, with six receptions for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Falcons.
Austin Collie, WR (IND): Collie didn’t have a great game, but did end up with 36 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Bad Starts from Week Seven:
Frank Gore, RB (SF): In his first game back from injury, Gore couldn’t get it going rushing 13 times for only 32 yards.
Andre Caldwell, WR (CIN): Caldwell was non-existent, catching only two passes for 19 yards.
Good Sits from Week Seven:
Brett Favre, QB (MIN): For the first time this season, Favre didn’t score a touchdown and threw an interception.
Clinton Portis, RB (WAS): Portis had only 43 yards rushing on 14 carries in the Redskins loss to the Eagles.
Matt Forte, RB (CHI): Forte continued his disappointing season, totaling only 49 total yards of offense.
Bad Sits from Week Seven:
Ricky Williams, RB (MIA): Williams rushed for three touchdowns on nine carries for 80 yards.
Here is my Week Eight list of who to start and who to sit:
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
Start: Correll Buckhalter, RB (DEN)
Explanation: Buckhalter will be fully healthy coming off a bye-week and should get nice size portion of carries. Before his injury, the Broncos started using him in the passing game more which adds to his value. Though it isn’t the best match-up since the Ravens can still stop the run, he should be able to put up decent numbers.
Sit: Willis McGahee, RB (BAL)
Explanation: After coming out strong in the beginning of the season, McGahee has only received 15 touches over his last three games. The Broncos have also shown that they can stop the run, so unless you are desperate, go with a different running back.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Start: LeSean McCoy, RB (PHI)
Explanation: Though Brian Westbrook hasn’t been ruled out yet for Sunday’s game, it looks as if he probably won’t play. This will mean McCoy will receive the most of the running back duties making his a solid start this week.
Sit: Eli Manning, QB (NYG)
Explanation: Manning has been playing poorly as of late and the Eagles secondary has been known to step it up in big games.
San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts
Start: Dallas Clark, TE (IND)
Explanation: The 49ers are horrible against the tight end and Reggie Wayne is banged up. Look for Peyton Manning to go to Clark early and often in this matchup.
Sit: Alex Smith, QB (SF)
Explanation: Everyone is jumping on Smith’s bandwagon already, but I’m not sold. Give him a week or two in the offense to see if he is for real or not.
St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions
Start: Marc Bulger, QB (STL)
Explanation: I never thought I would say this, but Bulger has a great matchup this week against the Lions. The Lions secondary have been giving up passing yards in bunches which should lead to a great game for Bulger, as the Rams get their first victory.
Sit: Calvin Johnson, WR (DET)
Explanation: Though Johnson has yet to be ruled out for this week, it looks as if he’s not going to play. If he does play, he won’t be a factor.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Start: Miles Austin, WR (DAL)
Explanation: Austin has stepped up in a huge way for the Cowboys offense and will only get better. Look for Tony Romo to go to Austin often, as Austin should be able to over-power the Seahawks defense.
Sit: Julius Jones, RB (SEA)
Explanation: Jones hasn’t been playing well as of late and the Cowboys rush defense is looking good. Expect the Cowboys to get up in this game early, leading to a low-productive week from Jones.
Cleveland Browns at Chicago Bears
Start: Jay Cutler, QB (CHI)
Explanation: Culter is coming off of a poor performance last week against the Bengals and will be looking to bounce back against a horrible pass defense. Look for Cutler to have a big day and put himself back in the top tier of fantasy quarterbacks.
Sit: Jamal Lewis, RB (CLE)
Explanation: This is a horrible match-up for Lewis as the Bears have been able to stop the run well this season. The Browns will probably get down early, so a heavy passing game is expected. Go in a different direction if it is possible.
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills
Start: Marshawn Lynch, RB (BUF)
Explanation: The Bills passing game has been non-existent this season leading to heavy workloads for their running backs. Though the Texans have been pretty good lately against the run, Lynch should get enough carries to make him a legit option this week.
Sit: Andre Johnson, WR (HOU)
Explanation: His status is unknown and if he does play he won’t be 100 percent. Go with a different receiver if possible.
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Start: Ricky Williams, RB (MIA)
Explanation: Williams is coming off of a monster week, scoring three touchdowns against the Saints. He had a great game last time these two teams met, so look for the Dolphins to go his way often this week.
Sit: Dustin Keller, TE (NYJ)
Explanation: It doesn’t seem that Keller and Mark Sanchez has been in sync lately, hooking up for only three times over the last three games. Also the Dolphins haven’t given up much to the tight end this season.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Start: Kenny Britt, WR (TEN)
Explanation: Britt had a great game against them earlier in the year and has a favorable match-up. If you need a third receiver, look his way.
Sit: Mercedes Lewis, TE (JAC)
Explanation: Lewis hasn’t done much as of late; with only four receptions in his last two games. Though it is a good matchup, I don’t think it’s worth the risk of starting him.
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
Start: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB (SD)
Explanation: The Chargers running game is starting to come around and the Jets fan all over the Raiders defense last week. Look for Tomlinson to have a big day and increase his touchdown total.
Sit: Justin Fargas, RB (OAK)
Explanation: Fargas has a great match-up this week against a poor rush defense, but I expect the Chargers to get up early and force the Raiders to go to the air. Michael Bush should also receives the goal line carries, leading to less fantasy value for Fargas.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Start: Brett Favre, QB (MIN)
Explanation: Favre had a great game against his former team last time these two teams met, finding the end zone three times. Look for Favre to stick it to his former team once again as the Vikings pick apart the Packers secondary.
Sit: Ryan Grant, RB (GB)
Explanation: Grant had a good game against the Vikings last time they met, but the Vikings defense has been playing well as of late. Expect the Vikings to shut down the Packers running game forcing Aaron Rodgers to pass often.
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals
Start: Beanie Wells, RB (ARI)
Explanation: Welles had a good game last week against a solid run defense, but fumbling is an issue. His match-up is good this week and Wells should get enough carries to make his worth a start.
Sit: Steve Smith, WR (CAR)
Explanation: Smith has been inconsistent as of late and the quarterback situation is still an issue. The Panthers will likely rely on their running game to try and beat the Cardinals, limiting the production of Smith.
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints
Start: Jeremy Shockey, TE (NO)
Explanation: Shockey has been playing great as of late and the Falcons have been giving up a lot to tight ends. Expect Shockey to have a great game in the Saints pass-heavy offense.
Sit: Matt Ryan, QB (ATL)
Explanation: The Saints have been making big plays in the secondary week in and week out, and Ryan is coming off of a bad week. I don’t think he will have a horrible game, but he isn’t the best option this week.
Key Fantasy Players on Bye Weeks in Week Eight:
New England Patriots: Laurence Maroney, Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Randy Moss, and Benjamin Watson
Cincinnati Bengals: Cedric Benson, Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Andre Caldwell
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Carnell Williams, Antonio Bryant, and Kellen Winslow
Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall, Willie Parker, Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, and Heath Miller
Kansas City Chiefs: Larry Johnson, Matt Cassel, Dwayne Bowe, and Sean Ryan
Washington Redskins: Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley
Check back next week as I assist you in your fantasy lineup decisions!
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