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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start’ems

Posted By David Willow On Oct 26 2012 @ 4:15 pm In Fantasy Football | 1 Comment

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger – Washington continues to sport on of the worst pass defenses in the league and Big Ben should put up solid numbers with the run game in flux.

Peyton Manning – This is juicy match up for Manning, though most matchups against the Saints are for opposing fantasy offenses. It goes without saying you should run Peyton this week. Owners should be salivating over this match up.

Under the radar

Brandon Weeden – He’s not a sexy pick by any means, but Weeden has thrown for 2 TDs in 3 straight games. He is worth a look as a BYE week filler or a spot start in 2 QB leagues.

Others to consider: Andrew Luck – He has been up and down this season, but it’d be a good idea to stick with Luck against a porous Titans secondary unless you have a much better option available. Tony Romo – The Giants secondary has some obvious holes and Romo tends to put up solid stats versus the G-men. With the Dallas run game sputtering, Romo will likely look to the air this weekend.

Running Backs

Reggie Bush – It’s a strong match up for Bush and the Dolphins run game against a struggling Jets defense who are allowing 147 YPG right now. Miami will look to reestablish the run after it sputtered out over the last few games before their BYE and Bush should be the main beneficiary.

Ryan Mathews – It seems like only last week that many were worried that Ryan Mathews would be a bust for the season and might not even be able to hold down the starting gig. He is a solid play coming out of the BYE week and the Chargers game plan is to shift more to a run based scheme with the struggles in the passing game.

Under the radar

Rashad Jennings – With MJD out for an unknown period of time, the Jags will lean on Rashad Jennings. He has shown signs of being a workhorse back in preseason games and even though the Jacksonville offense has been struggling he should be able to produce respectable numbers against a middle-of-the-road Packers defense.

Others to consider: Chris Johnson – The Colts defense allowed the likes of Shonn Greene to run against them making this clearly a favorable match up for CJ2Bench. While most wouldn’t blame you for selling high for the right player right now, we would for not playing him this week. Willis McGahee – The Saints can’t defend against the run either. Enough said.

Wide Receivers

Demaryius Thomas – Thomas is a beast and has a palpable match up as earlier stated. Despite the dropped passes and the fact that Eric Decker will get his share of looks, Thomas should be in all line ups and as this game has shootout written all over it.

Mike Wallace – Last week Wallace had some trouble hauling in some of the passes that came his way, though he still ended the day with 8 receptions. The Steelers are going to continue to look his way, as was confirmed by Ben Roethlisberger, and 60 Minutes should be in for a big day this Sunday.

Under the radar

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Randall Cobb – With Greg Jennings likely to be out for another few weeks and Jordy Nelson (questionable) battling a hamstring issues this week, Cobb could be in for a bigger workload this week. He is explosive when he gets the ball in space and continues to only get better. He should be a solid start this week regardless of whether or not Jordy Nelson is a go this week.

Others to consider: Kenny Britt – The Indy D has allowed 11 passing TDs this season, and despite the slow start to the year for Britt he is still a serviceable play this week unless you are deep at the WR position. Dez Bryant – The Cowboys and Tony Romo continue to try and get the ball to Dez who has led the team in targets over the past 3 weeks. He is not on the injury report this week and should be in most if not all line ups.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett – Another game against his old team and Bennett appears to be fully recovered from the knee issues that plagued him for the past few weeks. He should be a solid start at the TE position this week and will likely be a big part of the Giants’ offense with Dallas’ top cover LB Sean Lee out for the season.

Heath Miller – Earlier this season Ben Roethlisberger said that he wanted to get his TE to the Pro Bowl this season. So far so good, as Miller is on pace for career highs in yards, receptions, and TDs. He is a good bet to be a red zone presence this week.

Under the radar

Greg Olsen – He isn’t a pretty play this week, but if you in need of a TE for this week, Olsen could a decent start as he faces his old team in Chicago. Like Martellus Bennett, Olsen will want to put up a solid game against the team that gave up on him.

Others to consider: Jason Witten – He is reliable for catches if nothing else, and only trails Dez Bryant in targets by 2 over the last 3 weeks. Tony Romo will look for him early and often when they play the G-men this weekend. Antonio Gates – After taken many fantasy owners to the brink of cutting him, Gates finally reappeared before the BYE week with a 2 TD performance. With the Chargers going a bit more conservative on play calling, Gates should benefit from an increase in short passes.

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