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NFL Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Colts' Delone Carter and Top Sneaky Starts

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 16: Delone Carter #34 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistOctober 25, 2011

Fantasy football features more foreign key players than an episode of Workaholics.

Delone Carter, a man that virtually was unknown to fantasy players as recently as three weeks ago, is now creeping up towards must-start status.

As Joseph Addai and Donald Brown continue to nurse injuries, Carter is quietly keeping the Colts' offense respectable.

Last week while the rest of the team put up an incredibly embarrassing performance, Carter quietly had 89 yards and a TD on only 10 carries.

At 5'9", he is tough to tackle and is able to hide behind his monstrous tackles upfront to surprise the defense.

With the entire Colts team currently in shambles, Carter is the lone ray of hope.

Expect his touches to only increase this week against the Titans, a team surrendering over 124 YPG—24th in the NFL.

Here are two other backs to start in Week 8:

 

Ryan Torain at Buffalo (Toronto) Bills

With the season-ending ACL surgery to Tim Hightower, there is no doubt who is the top back in the ‘Skins backfield.

He is playing a Bills defense that is the third-worst rush defense in the NFL, giving up over 135 yards a game.

Speaking of 135 yards, that’s what Torain put up the last time Hightower was out dealing with an injury.

The ‘Skins are going to run the ball early and often with QB John Beck under center, so expect Torain to get at least 20 touches on Sunday.

 

Daniel Thomas at New York Giants

Thomas has yet to truly breakout, but he is showing improvements every week.

His yard per carry average is at 4.0, and Thomas continues to get more incorporated into the Dolphins offense, both on the ground and through the air. I’m not sure if that has to do with Thomas, or horrific QB Matt Moore, but that really doesn’t matter at this point.

Considering he is facing a Giants defense that has allowed 127 yards a game (27th in NFL)—you can expect a big performance from Thomas. 

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