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Fantasy Football: Who to Start or Sit in Week 8

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6 Players to Watch This Week


Week 8 of the NFL season features more bye weeks which takes some big fantasy names out of the lineup but not nearly as bad as last week’s action where it seemed that everyone that was important was sitting on the bench.

There are several very good matchups this week including Peyton Manning against New Orleans and Tom Brady in London taking on the Rams for the quarterback position. At running back this week, Darren McFadden should have a field day against Kansas City while Ryan Mathews may have the same in Cleveland. Jeremy Maclin could go off against Atlanta while Brandon Marshall hopes Jay Cutler stays healthy against Carolina. Keep an eye open for Indy’s Coby Fleener especially if you own Jimmy Graham as Fleener might be a solid option to replace Graham in your lineup. Another tight end to watch is Dustin Keller. It’s quite possible Keller repeats his Week 7 performance.

There are six players though that have my particular attention this week, three to start and three to sit. I hit last week on most of my selections including saying to sit Vernon Davis and to start Marques Colston and Doug Martin. The best thing to do is put the higher-ranked player into your starting lineup from this week’s rankings. If you don’t have someone who I suggest you start, go out and see if they are still on your waiver wire. It may become the difference between winning and losing this week. Here is my Start/Sit for Week 8 of the fantasy football season.

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Start: Andrew Luck

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Luck has the best matchup of any fantasy quarterback this week against the best fantasy defense for quarterbacks in the league with a matchup against Tennessee. Luck has got a great schedule over the next few weeks and this just starts that streak. Luck could easily pass 300 yards with 2-3 touchdowns in this one as the Colts offense seems to get better and better each week with Luck in control especially against the weak Titans defense even on the road. Start Luck unless you have an elite quarterback option like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees that you can start.

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Sit: Cam Newton


Newton has become a shell of himself this season and while he can still run with the ball, his confidence is shattered right now. Newton has the task of going to Chicago to face the great Bears defense in Week 8. The Bears aren’t giving up much of anything right now and it will be tough for Newton to get on track in this one. There is a great possibility that Newton throws for less than 200 yards and has 2-3 interceptions. This isn’t the week to trust in Cam. Go out and find a better option for this week and hope Cam fixes his issues.

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Start: Rashad Jennings

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Jennings is going to get a chance to replace Maurice Jones-Drew after the injury Jones-Drew suffered last week in Oakland. The matchup isn’t great in Green Bay but Jennings is going to get the ball 20-25 times if the Jaguars can keep it close and does catch passes out of the backfield. Jennings had seven catches last week after coming into the game. If you are in a PPR league, there is no doubt Jennings needs to be picked up right away. I think Jennings finishes with 60-70 yards rushing with 4-5 catches and a touchdown. Jennings is going to get the start the next couple weeks anyway but this is a good week to start him.

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Sit: Alfred Morris


Morris faces a Pittsburgh defense that is 27th in the league for scoring at the running back position. While the matchup doesn’t seem as fierce now with the Steelers missing some key players, a lot of the running is likely going to be done by RGIII as he gets chased from the pocket. If you are desperate and have no better option, then go ahead with Morris but I warn you now that Morris won’t get more than 70 yards rushing and won’t hit the end zone this week. Use your other running backs this week and save Morris for next week.

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Start: Lance Moore


Moore and the Saints hit the road for a Sunday night game against the Broncos. This game has all the makings of a shootout with passes flying all over the place. Moore’s value gets an even bigger boost if Jimmy Graham doesn’t play, which is a strong possibility. Moore had nine catches last week with Graham out and has a great relationship with Drew Brees, who trusts Moore especially in the red zone. Moore likely finishes with 5-7 catches for 70-80 yards and a touchdown. Start Moore without any worries even if Graham does play in the light air in Denver.

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Sit: Dwayne Bowe


Bowe is at home after a bye week against the Raiders. While this seems like a solid matchup against a depleted Oakland secondary, there is a part of me that doesn’t trust Bowe right now even with Brady Quinn at the controls. Bowe has been up and down all season including a mediocre game in Tampa Bay the week before the bye. The Chiefs are going to run the ball a ton in this game and won’t involve Bowe much at all. I think Bowe finishes with 3-4 catches for 40-50 yards. I would even use Dez Bryant over Bowe this week and that’s saying something.