Start Em Sit Em Week 8

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start RB T Gurley at home vs #32 ranked San Francisco defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week!



Quarterbacks Start Em Week 10


SD P Rivers (at BALT) – Start Rivers every week regardless of the match up, he is the #1 ranked QB in the NFL

DET M Stafford (vs KC in UK)–  Since his benching back in Week 6, Stafford has thrown for 661 yards/ 6 TD and only 1 INT. Teams are throwing all over KC this season

HOU B Hoyer ( at MIA)- Hoyer was recommended last week and he threw for 273 yards and 3 TDs. He has 8 TDs in the past 4 games vs 2 INTS

CHI Jay Cutler ( vs MINN )- Cutler comes back rested from a bye, and with his best weapon back in WR Alshon Jeffery

Deep league Option: STL Nick Foles (vs SF )– The Rams couldn’t ask for a better match up Week 8, vs the league’s worst 49er defense. Expect a lot of STL RB Gurley, and an OK day out of Foles


Running Backs Start Em Week 10


KC Charcandrick West ( vs DET in UK)- If West can rush for 110 yards and 1 TD vs the Steelers Week 7, he should have a day vs a dreadful Detroit team

BALT J Forsett ( vs SD )– Forsett has faced 2 very stingy run defenses in a row Weeks 6 & 7, but now he gets the 31st worst SD run defense. At home vs CLEV Week 5 (another bad run defense) Forsett had 170 total yards and 1 TD

CAR Jon Stewart (vs IND)– OK I will admit it…..Stewart is playing better than I thought he would. Somehow he is staying pretty healthy, which hasn’t been the case with this guy in the past. I’m glad. 44 carries in the past 2 weeks is almost unheard of anymore ( i.e. RBBC )- so start Stewart vs the Colts

N.O. Mark Ingram (vs NYG )- Did you know that Ingram is currently the #2 fantasy RB? Impressive considering that he has to share carries with RBs K Robinson and Spiller. Start him vs a so-so NYG defense

Sleeper- Alfred Blue (vs TENN)- RB Arian Foster is OUT for the season, and in the past, Blue has been the man to fill in. Week 3 this season, 31 carries for 139 yards and 1 TD


Wide Receivers Start Em Week 10


KC Jeremy Maclin ( vs DET in UK )- Maclin (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 8 against the Lions. If healthy enough to play, Maclin should have a big day

ARI Michael Floyd (at CLEV)- There are reports that the Cardinals may hold John Brown (hamstrings) out this week. They don’t need Brown to beat CLEV, and if he sits, Floyd’s number of targets could be huge. Floyd has TD receptions in the past 2 games

HOU Nate Washington (vs TENN)- This guy isn’t a one week wonder ( Week 7- 127 yards and 2 TDs) Granted, Week 7 was especially good as Miami double teamed WR D Hopkins all day, but Washington has 8 or more targets in every game (4) he’s played this year

Sleeper- DET Golden Tate (vs KC)- MIA RB L Miller took off after the Dolphins fired terrible HC Philbin. The Lions fired OC Joe Lombardi, so hopefully a fresh start with a new OC will get the talented G Tate back on track

Sleeper- ATL Roddy White (vs TB)- WR L Hankerson was stealing targets from White, but now Hankerson is questionable to play Week 8 with a bad hammy


Tight Ends Start Em Week 10


N.O. Ben Watson- QB Drew Brees likes to throw to his tight ends, so why it took so long for him to discover Ben Watson is confusing. In Week 6, Watson had 127 yards and 1 TD on 12 targets

MINN K Rudolph (at CHI)- He’s not getting any yards (19 total yards in past 2 weeks) but he is getting TDs ( 2 in past 2 weeks)

SD Ladarius Green ( at BALT)- TE A Gates came out of the Gates with a with a 92 yard-2 TD game Week 5. He is now shelved (MCL) so TE Green will see all of the action with this   great match up- One bit of caution however- Statistically, the Ravens are the 2nd best team vs the TE position in the NFL

Sleeper Gillmore Crockett ( vs SD)- Before his injury Week 3 (calf), Gillmore had become a favorite target of QB Flacco and in Week 2 had 88 yards and 2 TDs

What teams are good/bad defending opposing TEs? Here’s a great link w/ informative stats- LINK


Defense Start Em Week 10

CAR (vs IND)- Luck has thrown 9 INTs this season. The Panthers will try to force a couple more out of him Week 8

GB (at DEN)- Did you know that QB P Manning is tied with PHIL QB S Bradford with the most INTs so far in the NFL (10)

Sleeper  ATL( vs TB)- at home vs a rookie QB



Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 10


CLEV J McCown/ Manziel- Who ever starts Week 8 is going to have a very rough time vs the #3 Arizona Defense

STL Nick Foles (vs SF)- Even vs the worst team in the NFL, I don’t see Foles doing much more than being a game manager, like he’s been doing. He’s averaging only 186 yards/ 1 TD a game

TENN M Mariota (at HOU )– Less than 400 yard total in his past 2 games, 1 TD pass vs 3 INTs. Mariota (knee) isn’t 100%, but should play Week 8

No Brainers- Sit QB Colin Kaepernick (at STL)- Matt Cassel ( vs SEA)


Running Backs Sit Em Week 10


NYG R Jennings/ Orleans Darkwa ( vs N.O.)- The match up is great, but HC Coughlin is now rotating 4 RBs. Can you trust that any of them are going to get enough carries/yards to help you win in Week 8? If you are in a deep league, maybe Darkwa is a nice sleeper for you this week, but if I have other options this week, I want to see how the back field shakes out one more week

DAL D McFadden ( vs SEA)- Yes, he had his best game ( in like 4 years!) last week playing the Giants, but the Seattle Seahawks are not the Giants

ALL DET RBs ( vs KC)–  Same as last week….A team with 4 RBs is a team with none for fantasy owners- NO DET RB has scored a rushing TD since Week 1- Joique Bell due back

SD Melvin Gordon ( vs BALT)- This guy isn’t getting out of HC M McCoy’s doghouse by running 29 yards on 7 carries Week 6 and by running 29 yards on 7 carries Week 7


Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 10


CLEV T Benjamin ( vs ARI)–  Injured McCown or Manziel….plus the Arizona Defense…..equals a bad day for Benjamin. He hasn’t had a TD reception since week 3 anyways

GB  Davante Adams (vs DEN)- Adams ( ankle) is expected back this week, but let’s see of Rodgers and Adams are clicking yet before we risk our fantasy week on him. In Weeks 1 & 2 when Adams was playing, he didn’t do much. DEN is #1 vs the pass BTW

DAL Terrance Williams ( vs SEA)- Sherman will shut Williams down

SF WRs Torrey Smith/ A Boldin ( vs STL)- QB C Kaepernick stinks


Tight Ends Sit Em Week 10


IND TEs Allen & Fleener ( vs CAR)- Same as last week, except this week IND is playing a much better DEF vs TEs. ( In only one game this season, has the INDY TEs been a factor, and that was when QB Hasselbeck was starting)

DET Eric Ebron ( vs KC in UK)- Statistically, the Chiefs are the best team vs the TE position in the NFL, giving up only 214 total yards and only 2 TDs


Defense Sit Em Week 10


CLEV Defense ( vs ARI )- QB C Palmer and RB C Johnson are playing great right now. The Brown’s won’t slow down the Cardinal’s offense

NYG Defense ( at N.O.)– The Saints will be playing with plenty of confidence after having whipped the Colts last week in Indy