Fantasy Football Week 8: 10 Players You Should Sit This Week
Fantasy Football is a phenomena that has caught on with a lot of people in today's world and it gets bigger and bigger with every passing year.
With websites like Yahoo, ESPN, and CBS all having different leagues people can go anywhere to fulfill their Fantasy Football fix nowadays.
Week 8 of the NFL is right around the corner and now is the time to set your rosters for the weekend, and with that in mind let's take a look at the 10 players you should sit for Sunday's games.
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10. Chad Ochocinco
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Yes, Ochocinco is coming off a great game posting 10 catches for 108 yards and one touchdown. However, that was against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons are ranked 28th in the league in pass defense allowing 260.3 yards per game. The team Ochocinco and the Bengals face on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins, rank 17th in pass defense giving up 216.5 yards per game.
A 44 yard difference may not immediately jump off the page but the Dolphins have talented young corner backs in Vontae Davis and Jason Allen, who have combined for four interceptions on the year.
9. Terrell Owens
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Terrell Owens also had an impressive performance against the Falcons with nine receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown. Owens also, went up against the poor pass defense of Atlanta.
Owens has had an okay season, he leads all Bengals receivers in yards with 564 yards and touchdowns with three. These aren't exceptional numbers from somebody of Owens status, but he is sharing the field with another elite receiver in Chad Ochocinco.
Also, what I didn't mention in the slide for Ochocinco is that quarterback Carson Palmer missed practice Thursday nursing an injured sore hip.
Head coach said he expects Palmer to be ready to play Sunday. If Palmer isn't completely healthy, it will effect both receivers on Sunday afternoon.
8. Sam Bradford
On Sunday Bradford and the 3-4 Rams welcome the 1-5 Carolina Panthers to Edward Jones Dome.
The Panthers have had a disappointing start to the season. One of the highlights to their season has been their pass defense. Carolina is the No. 4 team in the NFL in pass defense, they only allow 182.5 yards per game.
For as good as Bradford has been he is still a rookie and the Rams are only 21st in pass offense. Bradford will face a tough challenge in the Panthers.
7. Darren McFadden
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Darren McFadden is coming off his best game as a professional running back. Against the Denver Broncos the Raiders running back had 165 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns in a 59-14 rout of the Broncos.
Sunday, McFadden faces the Seattle Seahawks and their No. 2 ranked rush defense. The Seahawks only allow 77.5 yards per game on the ground this season.
Under new head coach Pete Carroll and second year defensive coordinator Casey Bradley, the Seahawks defense has been astounding. In Bradley's first year Seattle shut out two teams at home for the first time since 1986.
Look for McFadden to have a much more quiet outing on Sunday.
6. Ben Roethlisberger
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Ben Roethlisberger is two games into the 2010-11 season and has had two pretty good games so far.
Against the Cleveland Browns he went 16/27 with 257 yards three touchdowns and one interception. Against Miami he put up 302 yards two touchdowns on 19/27.
This week Roethlisberger faces the New Orleans Saints and their third- ranked pass defense. Don't expect another good game from Big Ben on Sunday.
Coming back from suspension will leave him a bit rusty this weekend.
5. Matt Schaub
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Matt Schaub ranks seventh in both completion percentage and QB rating (64.5 percent and 93 respectively) and he also is 13th in passing yards with 1538 yards.
By any stretch of the imagination Schaub is definitely having a good year for the Houston Texans. On Monday night the Texans face the Indianapolis Colts for the second time this season.
In their first meeting Schaub had a horrific performance going 9/17 for 107 yards one touchdown and one interception.
The Texans beat the Colts thanks to an amazing game from running back Arian Foster (231 yards three touchdowns) and are going to need the same type of performance Monday.
4. Troy Smith
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The San Francisco 49ers have had an awful start to their season, with everyone expecting them to contend for the NFC West title they are currently 1-6 and in last place in their division.
On Sunday the 49ers will play the Broncos in London and the biggest news from the game so far is that head coach Mike Singletary has named Troy Smith as the team's starting quarterback.
Smith is yet to take a snap in the 2010 season and last year he only threw nine passes, completing five for a total of 24 yards. Smith may be the guy the 49ers need but don't expect him to show it this weekend.
3. Maurice Jones-Drew
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Maurice Jones-Drew was ranked by many fantasy experts to be the top fantasy player in all of football.
In the 2008 season, Jones-Drew had 1389 total yards rushing and receiving and 14 touchdowns. In 2009, Jones-Drew had 1765 total yards rushing and receiving with 16 touchdowns.
This year Jones-Drew only has 650 total yards and three touchdowns. He has under performed the lofty expectations people had for him and it's not solely his fault.
Sunday Jones-Drew and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas needs a win badly to try and save their season and their defense knows if it can control Jones-Drew that task becomes a lot easier.
2. Chris Johnson
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Chris Johnson ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards with 662, he is one of the top two running backs (a toss up between him and Adrian Peterson for best running back in the NFL).
Johnson had an amazing year last year gaining 2006 yards on the ground, becoming the sixth running back in NFL history to do so( joining former greats like: Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, O.J. Simpson and Jamal Lewis).
Johnson and the Tennessee Titans go into San Diego and take on the Chargers on Sunday. For their lousy 2-5 record the Chargers have the fourth ranked rush defense in the NFL only giving up 85.7 yards per game.
The Titans may win this game but Johnson will need a lot of carries to get above 100 yards Sunday.
1. Brett Favre
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Brett Favre's 2010 season is a 180 degree turn from his 2009 season. In 2009 Brett helped lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship game where they ultimately fell short to the New Orleans Saints.
That year Favre threw for 4202 yards 33 touchdowns, only seven interceptions, with a career high completion percentage of 68.4 percent and a career high 107.2 QB Rating.
In 2010 Favre has already threw more interceptions,10, and is sitting on a career worst QB Rating of 68.0. During the Vikings last game against the Green Bay Packers, Favre hurt his ankle and was in a walking boot all week until today.
Favre will most likely play and start in Sunday's game just don't expect for him to have a phenomenal game by any stretch of the imagination.
Brandon Jefferson is a student at High Point University and a Bleacher Report Writing Intern. You can follow him on Twitter @Dotcom_2.