Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em – Sit ‘Em Week 8


Eddie Lacy has at least 24 touches in three consecutive games. Photo Credit:  visualequinox

Eddie Lacy has at least 24 touches in three consecutive games. Photo Credit: visualequinox

Start ‘Em

Colin Kaepernick (49ers): Kaepernick has disappointed Fantasy owners, but in a week with six teams on bye and the Jaguars on the slate, Kaepernick is a start. A good sign was his season-high 11 carries for 68 yards and a TD last week. If the 49ers allow Kaepernick to run more, then he will become more reliable in Fantasy.

Matt Ryan (Falcons): No Steven Jackson, no Roddy White, no Julio Jones and it was not a problem for Ryan in Week 7. Ryan passed for 273 yards and three TDs against the Buccaneers and did it on just 26 pass attempts. He has attempted 38 passes in every other game. Ryan will get it done again against the Cardinals.

Michael Vick (Eagles): Vick is scheduled to return from a hamstring injury and start against the Giants, who have allowed the fourth most Fantasy points to quarterbacks and that’s even with a horrid performance by Josh Freeman on Monday night.

Sit ‘Em

Terrelle Pryor (Raiders): In some situations, there might not be a choice but to roll with Pryor due to the six teams on bye. The matchup is not good against the Steelers, who have allowed the second fewest Fantasy points to the position.

Geno Smith (Jets): Smith has been erratic and in two of his three road games; he struggled with one TD and five INTs in games against the Patriots and Titans. The Bengals aren’t a dominate defense, but Smith is prone to turnovers.

Alex Smith (Chiefs): While the Chiefs are the lone undefeated team remaining in the NFL, it’s not because of Smith’s statistics. Smith has not passed for a TD in three consecutive games and the Browns defense is good.


Start ‘Em

Le’Veon Bell (Steelers): Some might have benched Bell last week because of the matchup against the Ravens. Against the team that has allowed the least amount of Fantasy points to running backs, Bell rushed for 93 yards on 19 carries. Bell has at least 19 touches in each of his three games and the Steelers will continue to give him the ball in a matchup against the Raiders.

Eddie Lacy (Packers): Lacy is a Top-10 Fantasy back and a player to acquire. He has at least 24 touches in three straight games since returning from a concussion. Lacy had a season-high seven targets, caught five passes for 26 yards and rushed for 82 yards on 22 carries with a TD. This week, Lacy faces the Vikings, who have allowed the most Fantasy points to running backs.

Stevan Ridley (Patriots): Ridley played just 26 snaps last week and still managed 11 carries for 50 yards with a TD and even caught two passes against a good Jets run defense. Ridley has three TDs the last two weeks and the Dolphins have allowed the second most Fantasy points to the position.

Sit ‘Em

Willis McGahee (Browns): McGahee needs a huge workload to be productive and it’s not happening after 26-carry game on Oct. 3. He has 21 carries for 76 yards the last two games and it will not get any better against the Chiefs.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Bengals): The Jets have been one of the better teams against the run and Green-Ellis still has to compete with Giovani Bernard for touches.

Jason Snelling (Falcons): A potential bye week fill-in as a desperation play, Snelling takes a hit with the likely return of Steven Jackson this week.


Start ‘Em

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals): With two bad hamstrings, Fitzgerald had six catches for 117 yards, including a 75-yard TD in Week 6. He followed it up with two catches for 17 yards in a Thursday night game on a short week. With 10 days rest and a Falcons defense that has been destroyed by wide receivers, roll with Fitzgerald.

Rueben Randle (Giants): Randle has just eight targets the last two weeks, but has scored in each game. He’s more reliable than Hakeem Nicks. He will see more targets this week and the Eagles have allowed the most Fantasy points to wide receivers.

Terrance Williams (Cowboys): Williams is getting better and has the faith of Tony Romo. Miles Austin is not healthy and Williams will continue to be involved in the offense. He has caught 24 of 28 passes for 380 yards, including a TD in three straight games. The matchup is favorable against the Lions.

Sit ‘Em

Greg Jennings (Vikings): Forget the name and what he has done in the past. The Vikings are struggling offensively and Christian Ponder is back at quarterback. Despite 20 targets the last two games, he has 10 catches for 75 yards.

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs): How bad has it for Bowe? Fantasy owners were celebrating like they won a championship after Bowe had five catches for 66 yards. Yes, 11 points in a PPR for Bowe is like 30 for another player. The Browns don’t give up much production to wide receivers.

Kenbrell Thompkins (Patriots): Thompkins had just two catches for 16 yards last week and the red zone looks are likely to decrease with the return of Rob Gronkowski.


Start ‘Em

Heath Miller (Steelers): After six receptions in two consecutive games with at least 70 receiving yards, Miller had two catches for 17 yards with a TD. He’s a reliable tight end.

Jordan Reed (Redskins): If Reed is somehow available on the waiver wire, add him now. Reed had nine targets last week and caught all of them for 134 yards with a TD. He has at least six targets in four of his five games and has 18 receptions for 242 yards the last three games. The Broncos struggled to defend tight ends.

Sit ‘Em

Jared Cook (Rams): Cook hasn’t scored or topped 45 yards since Week 1. The offense takes a hit with the loss of Sam Bradford and a matchup against the Seahawks doesn’t help.

Scott Chandler (Bills): Chandler is inconsistent and the Saints have allowed the third fewest Fantasy points to tight ends.


Start ‘Em

Steven Hauschka (Seahawks): He has at least two extra points and two field goals in four consecutive games and the offense will continue to move the ball against the Rams.

Sit ‘Em

Blair Walsh (Vikings): Walsh is a good kicker, but he has one field goal and two extra points the last two games.


Start ‘Em

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers ranked third in the NFL defensively and have allowed 13.8 points per game. The matchup is a good against the Buccaneers.

Sit ‘Em

Arizona Cardinals: The Falcons have not been a good matchup for Fantasy defenses. Matt Ryan has just three interceptions.

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