Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Javon Ringer and 5 Benchwarmers Worth Starting
With six winning teams sitting out on byes this week, there are a number of favorable matchups to choose from.
Ironically (not really though), the three most favorable are against the three winless teams in the league.
The Miami Dolphins are traveling to East Rutherford to take on the New York Giants.
The Indianapolis Colts are on the road against the Tennessee Titans.
And the St. Louis Rams host the New Orleans Saints.
With that as our primer, let's jump into some benchwarmers ready to heat things up on the field this week.
Javon Ringer, RB, Titans
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The Indianapolis Colts defense gave up 236 yards on the ground to the New Orleans Saints last week.
Ninety-one of them went to Mark Ingram. Eighty-eight of them went to Darren Sproles. And 57 of them went to Pierre Thomas.
All three running backs had 10-plus carries, and all three running backs averaged more than five yards per carry.
Now, the Titans are the worst rushing team in the league, but if they can't get something started against the Colts then they never will.
Expect Ringer to grab some carries, and if he gets hot they'll keep feeding him.
Michael Jenkins, WR, Vikings
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The Vikings have a new signal-caller under center, and that gives everyone on the outside new life.
The team's leading receiver, Michael Jenkins, is top priority among them.
Rookie quarterback Christian Ponder targeted him eight times in his first start, and he scored his third touchdown of the season.
He should continue to factor into the team's plans and has a favorable matchup against a shaky Carolina secondary.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos
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The former Broncos starting running back is getting a chance to start again this week, as Willis McGahee is out with an injury.
Things also look brighter for the former Georgia Bulldog with quarterback Tim Tebow under center.
The Broncos ran the football a ton last week, and Knowshon is also a phenomenal target out of the backfield.
This week, the Mile High team welcomes the league's 28th-ranked rush defense in the Detroit Lions.
Knowshon should finally put up some good numbers for owners.
Jason Hill, WR, Jaguars
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Somebody has to catch the football in Jacksonville when rookie Blaine Gabbert throws it.
Mike Thomas is usually the focal point for opposing defenses through the air, and that leaves Jason Hill plenty of opportunities to make plays.
Gabbert is still only completing about 50 percent of his passes, but this week they play a Texans secondary that has to start a seventh-round rookie at safety.
Look for Hill to make a few plays.
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens
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The Baltimore Ravens welcome the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and they have a big opportunity to make up for their dismal performance on Monday Night Football.
The Cardinals secondary will focus most of its attention on former Cardinal Anquan Boldin, leaving rookie Torrey Smith plenty of room to operate.
We've seen him have monster games—and we've seen him catch only one ball.
With fellow rookie Patrick Peterson likely dealt the task of battling Boldin, look for quarterback Joe Flacco to find some time with Torrey and the deep ball.