Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Joe Flacco, Antonio Brown and Mismatches to Exploit

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers makes a one handed catch on a 13 yard reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter of the NFL game 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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When in doubt look who they’re playing.

If you are struggling to decide whom to start, the deciding factor should always be on the defense they are playing against.

The following players certainly aren’t fantasy juggernauts, but posses’ mouth-watering matchups on Sunday:

QB Joe Flacco vs. Arizona Cardinals

Erase your memory of Monday’s stink bomb against the Jaguars—it was one of the worst games of his career.

The good news is that his ability to bounce-back has been incredible.

After losing to the Titans in Week 2, Flacco responded with three touchdowns in the first quarter of his next game in route to 389 yards passing.

After a dud against the Jets, he tossed for another 305 yards.

The Cardinals rank 28th ag ainst the pass and are incredibly young and inexperienced. Expect the speedy Ravens receivers to have a field day as Flacco ends up with enormous fantasy numbers.

RB Pierre Thomas @ St. Louis Rams

It’s getting to the point where you need to look up who the Rams are playing each week and find a way to obtain that teams running back. A week after allowing over 250 yards to a rookie in his first start, the Rams now get Thomas.

With Mark Ingram likely to miss the game, Thomas is the featured back for the first time all season. Sure Darren Sproles will get his share of touches, but it’s Thomas that will get around 15-20 carries and all of the goal line attempts.

WR Antonio Brown vs. New England Patriots

Nobody in the NFL gives up more passing yards per game than the Patriots.

With the injury to Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers are chucking the pigskin early and often.

Brown finally had his breakout game last week, registering his first 100-yard game of the season. As his targets and receptions continue to rise, so will his fantasy points.

Expect at least another seven catches against a Patriots team that will turn this one into a shootout. 


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