2011 Fantasy Football: Week 8 Start 'Em for All Positions

Zach GreubelCorrespondent IIOctober 25, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in action during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals 32-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Start 'Em QB

Ben Roethlisberger vs. NE- The Patriots have been atrocious against the pass this season.  Roethlisberger is on a roll.  He's thrown eight touchdowns the last two games and I wouldn't be surprised if he goes for at least three more this week.

Cam Newton vs. MIN- Newton is officially a must-start every week.

Eli Manning vs. MIA- Miami has given up the third most passing touchdowns in the NFL this season and Eli Manning is coming off a bye week.  He'll be ready to expose a suspect Dolphins secondary.  Start Manning with confidence.

 

Start 'Em RB

Ryan Mathews @ KC- Ryan Mathews had a minor setback against the Jets last week but should be able to rebound against a Kansas City defense that gives up an average of 125 yards on the ground per game.

Ahmad Bradshaw vs. MIA- Bradshaw has had two weeks to prepare for one of the worst defenses in football.  His versatility and touches in the passing game makes him an especially attractive option this week.

Jackie Battle vs. SD- Battle didn't put up big numbers against the Raiders last week, but he still got the majority of the carries in the Chiefs backfield.  This is a rivalry game for both teams, and that usually increases effort, which in a lot of cases increases production.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09:  Jackie Battle#26 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs with the ball while defended by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy
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Start 'Em WR

Marques Colston @ STL- Colston is coming off his best game of the season against the Colts when he tallied 100 yards and two touchdowns.  This week, Colston gets to face a secondary that has allowed the second most receiving touchdowns in the NFL.

Dez Bryant @ PHI- It was the DeMarco Murray show in Texas last Sunday but Bryant still put up 90 yards and a touchdown.  The Eagles defense has been extremely inconsistent in 2011 and have given up 11 receiving touchdowns so far.

Victor Cruz vs. MIA- Cruz has turned into Eli Manning's second favorite target eight weeks into the 2011 season.  Again, the Giants are coming off a bye week and Cruz was just starting to put up big numbers before the break.

 

Start 'Em TE

Heath Miller vs. NE- Miller has been coming on of late.  Roethlisberger seems to be looking his way more, especially in the red-zone.  The Patriots are the worst in the league against the pass, so look for a big day from Miller and Co.

Greg Olsen vs. MIN- Olsen hasn't been given the credit he deserves thanks to the numbers Panthers receiver Steve Smith has put up this season.  I see Olsen as a security blanket for Cam Newton.  The fact that he shares time with Jeremy Shockey and still puts up respectable numbers is a bonus for Olsen fantasy owners.  Oh yeah, Minnesota has allowed the third most receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns through seven weeks.

Fred Davis @ BUF- The Bills boast the fifth worst passing defense in the NFL.  With Santana Moss gone for the next few weeks, Davis becomes John Beck's most reliable target.  Start Davis without hesitation. 


Start 'Em DEF

Giants vs. MIA- The Dolphins are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the lowly Broncos and have Matt Moore at quarterback.  The Giants are coming off a bye week.  Need I say more?

Ravens vs. ARI-  Despite the sheer ugliness of the Monday night game, the Ravens defense did play well.  They're going to be mad after the disappointing loss to Jacksonville, plus, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells may not play.  It's going to be a long day for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb and Co.