Fantasy Football: Week 8 Start Or Sit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings--8:20 PM (THURS) Sit--Vincent Jackson, WR (TB) Reason--Although Vincent Jackson is coming off of a monster game in which he hauled in seven receptions for 216 yards and one touchdown, this week faces off against the Vikings who have allowed just three touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. Jackson is also dealing with a calf injury and with just three days off between games he may see limited action, so all signs point to a letdown this week. Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears--1:00 PM Sit--Cam Newton, QB (CAR) Reason--The Panthers are struggling on offense and match up against the Bears defense in Week 8 which has allowed double-digit fantasy production to opposing quarterbacks just three times this season. This is a terrible matchup for Cam Newton, who is coming off of a bad performance, so if you are expecting a bounce back performance, you will have to wait another week. San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns--1:00 PM Start--San Diego Chargers Defense/Special Teams Reason--The Chargers defense may have been embarrassed in Week 6 when they allowed five touchdowns to the Broncos, but coming off of a bye week they will be ready to have a bounce back game. With the Texans and Ravens on a bye this week, the Chargers would be a great fill-in against a mediocre offense that may be without Trent Richardson. Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions--1:00 PM Sit--Mikel LeShoure, RB (DET) Reason--the Seahawks rank third in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs and have allowed just two touchdowns on the season. The Lions will have to go back to the air if they want to win this game, which will limit what Mikel LeShoure will be able to do for his fantasy owners, so a different option is recommended. Jacksonville Jaguars at Green Bay Packers--1:00 PM Start--Green Bay Packers Defense/Special Teams Reason--The Jaguars offense is arguably the worst in the NFL and with be without Maurice Jones-Drew this week and likely Blaine Gabbert. If that is the case, the Jaguars will be lucky to get into scoring position throughout the game making the Packers defense a must-start even though they have injuries concerns as well. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets--1:00 PM Start--Jeremy Kerley, WR (NYJ) Reason--The Jets may be without Santonio Holmes, but Jeremy Kerley has done a great job of imitating him in the team’s passing game. He is coming off of his best game of his career against the Patriots and faces off against a beatable Dolphins defense this week that has allowed six touchdowns to opposing wide receiver through their first six games so he is worth starting as a WR No. 2 or No. 3. Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles--1:00 PM Sit--Michael Turner, RB (ATL) Reason--The Eagles may have fired their defensive coordinator over the team’s bye week, but it wasn’t for their play against the run. They have given up just one rushing touchdown to opposing running backs this season despite giving up three 100-yard rushers, so look for the Falcons to attack through the air taking away chances from Michael Turner. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titians--1:00 PM Start--Kendall Wright, WR (TEN) Reason--Although Kendall Wright is coming off of his worst performance this season, this week he is matched up against the Colts defense that has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last three weeks. The Colts have trouble covering the underneath routes which should only add to the chances Wright will get to produce well for his fantasy owners. New England Patriots at St. Louis Rams--1:00 PM Start--Sam Bradford, QB (STL) Reason--The Patriots defense has been giving up a ton of production to opposing quarterbacks the last few weeks including seven touchdowns in their last three contests. Sam Bradford is finally starting to click with his wide receivers and in this matchup he should be able to find the holes in the Patriots defensive secondary making him a solid start for this week. Washington Redskins at Pittsburgh Steelers--1:00 PM Start--Heath Miller, TE (PIT) Reason--With an inconsistent running game, the Steelers continue to have most of their production coming from the passing game. Heath Miller has been one of the better tight ends this season and faces off against the Redskins this week, who have given up the second most fantasy points to opposing tight ends making him a must-start. Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs--4:05 PM Sit--Dwayne Bowe, WR (KC) Reason--Dwayne Bowe is such a big target in the red zone that he usually doesn’t end up on my sit lists, but this week with Brady Quinn under center I can’t suggest anything but sitting him. Until we see how he interacts with Quinn he should be benched, but if he has a good game then I guess I was too cautious. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys--4:25 PM Sit--Martellus Bennett, TE (NYG) Reason--Although Martellus Bennett hauled in a touchdown the first time these two teams faced off, the Cowboys have really limited production to opposing tight ends. Since allowing touchdowns in their first three games, the Cowboys have solved their issues and held opposing tight ends to just 12 total fantasy points in their last three games combined, so look for a better option. New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos--8:20 PM Start--Willis McGahee, RB (DEN) Reason--The Saints give up the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs and have given up over 20 fantasy points in four of their first six games. Willis McGahee continues to get the bulk of the carries out of the Broncos backfield, despite having many options, so expect a nice game form him this week. San Francisco 49er sat Arizona Cardinals--8:30 PM (MON) Sit--LaRon Stephens Howling, RB (ARI) Reason--Despite the fact that LaRon Stephens-Howling was one of the top waiver-wire pickups this week, this is a terrible spot to use him this week. The 49ers defense has allowed just one touchdown to opposing running backs this season and with the issues on the Cardinals offensive line, this should be a rough game for Stephens-Howling. Teams on a Bye in Week 8--Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans To make setting your Fantasy Football lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NFL Lineup Grids. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And, to make setting your Fantasy Football lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NFL Lineup Grids.
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@stmyers1 thanks for the follow!
@stmyers1 I would say so now that they have grilli and smith in setup roles...just dont know how many innings he will get now