2010 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 8

Oct 28, 2010

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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for Week 8 of the NFL season.
Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins
McNabb has not exactly set the world on fire in D.C., but he does have the Redskins relevant again. He gets the nod this week because there are six teams on bye, and he’s facing Detroit. The Lions rank 20th with 224 passing yards allowed allowing with ten passing TDs.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
He’s making good decisions, as evidenced by his 4.5-1 TD-INT ratio, but at just 183.3 passing yards per game, he’s not a great start. The Packers rank 14th in passing yards per game (214.1) and have allowed just eight passing TDs in seven games.
Running Backs
DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers
I know he has just 95 yards (122 total yards) in his past two games, but Carolina actually showed some life last week. He should get his mojo back against the Rams.
Update:  It’s looking like D-Will is going to be a game-time decision. If he does miss the game, Jonathan Stewart makes a great start. We saw last year what he can do when he doesn’t have to share the load.
Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Felix had just 12 touches in the Cowboys’ loss to the Giants on MNF, but they were playing from behind. That shouldn’t be the case against Jacksonville, who incidentally rank 25th with 129 rushing yards allowed per game and 31st with ten rushing TDs allowed. The Cowboys will try to lighten the load for Kitna by leaning on Felix.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Mathews has just one TD on the year and has not reached 80 total yards. This doesn’t look like his week to shine either, as he’s facing a Titans defense that has allowed just one rushing TD. They also rank tenth with 97.7 rushing yards allowed per game.
Wide Receivers
Deion Branch, New England Patriots
He regressed big time last week, but he was facing the league’s top pass defense (San Diego). This week he’s facing a Minnesota defense with question marks at DB. The last time the Pats played Minnesota, they ripped them with their precision passing. Brad Childress gave them bulletin board material with his comments. Don’t be surprised if the Pats throw 50 times against the Vikings.
Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills
Johnson has scored a TD in four consecutive weeks. He’s facing Kansas City, who is tied for 25th with 255 passing yards allowed per game. Plus, Lee Evans will likely garner the attention of Brandon Flowers.
Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers
Until he’s healthy (thigh) I don’t trust him. Especially when he’s taking on the Jets.
Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
Holmes has yet to establish himself as a fantasy option with the Jets. He has just seven catches for 88 yards in two games. The Jets remain a run-first team, and Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards are higher on the food chain.
Tight Ends
Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
Hernandez has 26 catches in his past five games for 310 yards (62 per game). He has yet to score a TD, but he should be solid against the Vikings.

Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints
Shockey has just four catches for 51 yards in his past two games. With the Steelers coming to town, I wouldn’t expect a breakout game.

Kris Brown, San Diego Chargers
He is likely filling in for Nate Kaeding again this week. He’ll be doing it against Tennessee, who has allowed a league high 18 FGs.

Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints
The Saints only managed to score 17 points on Cleveland. They face Pittsburgh this week, which is a much taller order. Plus, I’m not convinced Hartley’s kicking woes are behind him. He’s made just one FG of 40+ yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Right now a good bet is to follow the Cardinals with your defense choice like they are the Grateful Dead. Last week Seattle did a number on them. This week, I like the Bucs.

Minnesota Vikings
This shouldn’t come as a surprise after endorsing a couple of their players, but I just don’t like the Vikings this week. They aren’t getting to the quarterback. Tom Brady doesn’t usually make many mistakes. Plus, the Pats are a threat to hang a lot of points on the board.

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22 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rudy
    October 28th, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Right now i’m starting Dwayne Bowe, Mike Williams & Dez Bryant, per your advise i should start NE WRs. On the bench i have Wes Welker & Deion Branch, is it a smart move to start these NE WRs and Bench a couple of my starters?

  2. LestersLegends
    October 28th, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    With those options, I can see sitting the Patriots WRs. I just know the Pats like to make a statement when they have their cage rattled. Brady did not take kindly to Chilly’s remarks.

  3. BDJP
    October 28th, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    follow the cardinals like the grateful dead. nice one. hahahaha.

  4. LestersLegends
    October 28th, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    Thanks BDJP. Hopefully your success continues after winning on your wedding day last week!

  5. Steve
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Is D Williams still a start after missing today and yesterday’s practice?

  6. LestersLegends
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    For now I’d say yes. If he can’t practice tomorrow, I’d make alternative plans.

  7. Kalani
    October 28th, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Hi, Great Site. Extremely informative. I have a question. Should I start ny jets defense against the packers? or Kansas City against Buffalo? thanks and i look forward to your reply.

  8. LestersLegends
    October 28th, 2010 at 7:09 pm #

    Thanks Kalani. I know it’s hard benching your stud defense, but I think I would lean towards K.C. It’s close though, because Buffalo has played well of late.

  9. zane
    October 28th, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    do you like crayton or b white this week? non ppr….also, do you like the Bucs more than the Jets D this week?…loved the G Dead comment, Phish would have worked too…i followed them for YEARS

  10. LestersLegends
    October 28th, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    I prefer Crayton. He’s been solid two weeks in a row. Indy is depleted, but he still has more people to share with. I do like the Bucs D better this week. Here’s to Bouncin’ Around the Room.

  11. Drew
    October 29th, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Ryan Torain or Rashard Mendenhall? Mendenhall did next to nothing last week and Torain has a better fantasy matchup.

  12. LestersLegends
    October 29th, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I have a hard time benching Mendy. Who’s your other RB?

  13. Drew
    October 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am #


  14. LestersLegends
    October 29th, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    Great problem to have. I like both matchups. I’d probably lean towards Mendy because I hate sitting my studs, but both options are really good.

  15. Drew
    October 29th, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    I know whoever I bench will outscore the starter, that is my MO. It is a tough call, especially since Big Ben is starting at QB.

    I will have more questions next week, major bye week blues.


    Oh and a quick one.. Should I keep playing Zach Miller over Aaron Hernandez until AH figures out what the end zone looks like?

  16. LestersLegends
    October 29th, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    I know the feeling Drew.

    I would keep rolling with Z. Miller. He’s been the best TE that doesn’t rhyme with Santonio Hates.

  17. DRush
    October 29th, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    I’ve got a lot of favorable match ups this week, but I’m not sure exactly who to go with. I can start two of the following, Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, Steve Johnson, or Brandon Marshall…right now I’m leaning Marshall and Bowe…Also I have Torain and Mendenhall in, but looking at either Beanie Wells or Fred Jackson as my flex…what do you think?

  18. LestersLegends
    October 29th, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    I’m with you with bowe and marshall and your RBs. I’d probably go with Beanie or Wallace in the flex.

  19. tim
    October 30th, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    would u start vernon davis or jacob tamee? both have good matchups but im not sure i trust SF’s QB problems and peyton manning makes every1 look good. but since davis has a TD in the past 4 games should i keep rolling w/ him?

  20. LestersLegends
    October 30th, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    I would certainly roll with Davis.

  21. tim
    November 1st, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    hah shoulda rolled w/ tamme after all, o well still won.

  22. LestersLegends
    November 1st, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    that would have been a big gamble. glad you won though.

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