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Week 8 Start’em/Sit’em: All Aboard the Torain Train

Posted By Al Buzzelli On Oct 28 2010 @ 1:12 pm In Fantasy | No Comments

Favre will start. The house always wins. The Lakers in seven.

Some streaks are meant to last.

Or are they?

Favre has an ankle injury — two to be exact. Card counters can break the bank; and the Celtics took down Kobe’s bunch in ’08.

Entering Week 8, everything can seem like the beginning of a streak or even the breaking point of one.

The Cowboys are done. No worry of breakage there.

The Cardinals are 32nd in the league in total yards. Kurt Warner could care less.

The Raiders are a game-and-a-half out of first. Calm down Al Davis.

The Saints are still drunk from the Superbowl. No historical surprise there.

But what about the streaks?

291 straight starts for Favre.

17 years since the Jets lost a regular season game to the Packers (1:00 p.m. ET)

15 out of the last 18 wins for the Colts before starting 0-2 in 2010 in the AFC South.

Not sure what to expect in Week 8? Take an expected look at who to start and who to sit.

Start’em in Week 7

Ryan Torain (@ Detroit)

Take the “o” out of Torain and that’s what he’s been running like since Clinton Portis went down. Over 100 yards in back-to-back games – including a career-high 125 last week at Chicago and the Lions’ 27th rush defense shouldn’t slow him down at all.

Donovan McNabb (@Detroit)

Indoors against the 31st ranked pass defense? Not bad for McNabb and Co.

Santana Moss/Chris Cooley (@Detroit)

See McNabb, Donovan

Maurice Jones-Drew (@ Dallas)

Dallas is 21st against the run in the league and MJD has proven to be just as big as a threat comingccc out of the backfield than just running out of the backfield.

Chad Henne (@ Cincinnati)

The Falcons’ numbers against the pass continue to go up while Henne’s follow the same trend.

Davone Bess (@ Cincinnati)

Touchdowns in three straight games have Bess coming on strong.

Pierre Garcon (vs. Houston)

No Austin Collie and Dallas Clark + the WORST pass defense in the league = Garcon having a good day.

Donald Brown (vs. Houston)

If you’re in a deeper league, start Brown in your flex spot with Addai out for a few weeks.

Jamaal Charles/Thomas Jones (vs. Buffalo)

Remember this recipe last week against the Jaguars? Same story, different week.

Tony Moeaki (vs. Buffalo)

Giving up seven touchdowns in four games to opposing tight ends makes Moeaki a must-start this week.

Percy Harvin (@ New England)

Proven to now be a dual threat, it doesn’t matter whether Favre plays or not. Harvin is the most reliable option on the Vikings.

Arian Foster (@ Indianapolis)

Remember Week 1? That’s all I’m saying.

Marshawn Lynch (@ Oakland)

Raiders are 28th against the run and the starting job is all Lynch’s.

Josh Freeman (vs. Arizona)

Shhhhh! Josh Freeman is 15th in the league for fantasy QB’s. Owned in only 30% of Yahoo leagues, he has average over 200 yards and a TD in the past three games – that’s a minimum of 12 points. He takes on Arizona (21st against the pass) at home this week.

David Gettis (vs. St. Louis)

A two-touchdown performance last week – with Steve Smith back in the lineup being double covered – has Gettis on a little roll. If you’re in a deeper league, pick him up this week.

Sit’em in Week 7

Cedric Benson (vs. Miami)

The Dolphins are 12th against the run. Besides, Carson Palmer throwing against them is the better matchup.

Ben Roethlisberger (@ New Orleans)

You think the 3rd ranked pass defense of the Saints won’t IMPROVE with the Big Ben coming into the Superdome on HALLOWEEN? Spooky.

Brandon Jackson (@ New York Jets)

The only thing I feel more confident about this week is the hundreds and hundreds of costumes filling the Superdome on Halloween Sunday.

Matt Hasselbeck (@ Oakland)

If he can’t get a solid fantasy performance done at home against Arizona last week, what makes you think he will against the 5th best pass defense on the road?

Mike Williams (@ Oakland)

Becoming a favorite target of Hasselbeck’s, even though he has 21 catches in his past two games, you don’t start a No. 1 receiver against Oakland.

Greg Jennings (@ New York Jets)

I can’t reiterate it enough: I don’t like No. 1 receivers against strong pass defenses.

Kenny Britt (@ San Diego)

Britt is having a great year, but on the road against the BEST pass defense in the league should bring him back to Earth, at least for this week.

Michael Crabtree (vs. Denver) (N)

How many Troy Smith jersey sightings you think you’ll see in London this weekend? I’d guess as many as my projected touchdown for him: 0

Marques Colston (vs. Pittsburgh)

It’s the exact same scenario that Brandon Marshall was in last week against the Steelers. (Look at last week’s Start’em/Sit’em).

Jeremy Shockey (vs. Pittsburgh)

Look at the linebackers. I’ll say it again. So, with that in mind, leave Shockey on the bench this week against the Steelers.

Chris Ivory (vs. Pittsburgh)

Not against the Steelers’ giving up 63.7 yards per game on the ground, with or without Reggie Bush coming back this week.

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