QB Start - Eli Manning, New York Giants
Manning is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 11, but stats can be deceiving. He's had an inordinate numbers of passes deflect off his wideouts and fall directly into the hands of defenders. This doesn't entirely absolve him, as he can be prone to force throws and make poor reads, but good fortune hasn't been in his corner.
Now for the positive: despite their reputation as a running team, the Giants are continuously opening up the offensive game plan. Manning has thrown nine touchdowns in the last three games, and big plays have been the norm (13 pass plays of 20 or more yards).
The Seattle pass defense ranks 27th in the league, and is often left exposed by a blitz-happy scheme. They use a myriad of exotic, risky blitz packages that, if they don't reach home, the veteran Manning should be able to exploit. Manning has averaged 295 yards in three career starts against the Seahawks.
QB Sit - Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders
The Oakland offense has been operating at a freakishly high level. They've scored 92 points the last two weeks, and Campbell has had a QB rating over 117.0 in three of his last four games. With that said, everything the Raiders do is predicated on running the football effectively.
Campbell hasn't exceeded 27 attempts since Week 1 and averages an underwhelming 170.5 yards per game. Against a Kansas City Chiefs run defense that allows just 96 yards per game and 3.8 per rush, a recipe for trouble is brewing.
When forced to throw without the threat of balance, Campbell posts lines like this: 8-for-21, 83 yards and 2 INT (loss at SF). With Louis Murphy still out, the Raiders are extremely thin on playmakers at wide receiver. The joy ride ends here, with a thump.
RB Start - Peyton Hillis, Cleveland Browns
I was not particularly kind to Hillis in one of my earlier Start/Sit installments, but will put my grudge aside this week. Hillis, a truly punishing runner, has been banged up the last few games, and his workload and performance have dipped dramatically.
Granted, the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers are top-flight run defenses, but he never even got out of the starting block (10-28, 12-41). If he's not running with a full head of steam, he's simply not useful. He found more success against the New Orleans Saints two weeks back (16-69), and with a bye week to rest his bones, he should regain battering-ram form in Week 9.
The New England Patriots are tied for ninth in rush defense, but have been the beneficiary of large leads and opponents abandoning the run. They allowed 134 yards on 5.6 per carry against a pedestrian Buffalo rushing attack, so they can be pushed around.
Hillis has also been extremely valuable as a pass catcher out of the backfield, with games of six and seven receptions and a high of 49 yards.
RB Sit - Ronnie Brown, Miami Dolphins
As the "Wildcat" has gradually faded into the night, so has the fantasy prowess of Ronnie Brown.