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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Start’em & Sit’em

by: JamieD On  Thursday, October 29, 2009

Falcons Cowboys FootballTotal Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.

Quarterbacks

Start’em: Tony Romo vs. SEA – Romo has been on absolute fire over the past couple of weeks.  The Cowboys’ quarterback has totaled 662 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions over his past two games.  He seems to have finally found his replacement for Terrell Owens in Miles Austin and looks a lot more comfortable in the pocket these days.  While he has been know to fall apart once December rolls around, we are still in October so no need to worry about that yet.  Start Romo in this game against a suspect Seahawks defense and expect some solid numbers from him once again.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Brett Favre vs. GB, Jay Cutler vs. CHI, Mark Sanchez vs. MIA

Sit’em: Joe Flacco vs. DEN – It may be tough to bench Flacco, who ranks among the top 10 quarterbacks in fantasy points, but I would assume that he was either your backup when drafted, or was acquired off the waiver wire.  That means you should have another fairly good option (unless they are on the bye) so I would go with them.  Flacco will be up against a tough Broncos pass defense that has allowed only three touchdowns through the air in six games.  With the likes of Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins patrolling the backfield, expect the Ravens to resort to their running game, and Flacco’s stat line to suffer because of it.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Chad Henne vs. NYJ, Eli Manning vs. PHI, Donovan McNabb vs. NYG

Running Backs

Start’em: Matt Forte vs. CLE – For fantasy owners who drafted Forte in the first round, it is getting difficult for them to continue starting him after what has been a poor first half of the season.  His only big game has come against the Detroit Lions, but we feel that he should be able to put up a similar performance this week when the Bears take on the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns ranks second-to-last in rushing defense, allowing an average of 170.6 yards against per game on the ground.  That should mean big things for Forte.  If it doesn’t, consider sticking him on your bench for the remainder of the season.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Darren Sproles vs. OAK, Steve Slaton vs. BUF, Kevin Smith vs. STL

Sit’em: Knowshon Moreno vs. BAL – As the Broncos first round pick in the 2009 draft, Moreno has been developing into quite the strong back, but don’t expect much from him this week when he and his team travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens.  Over the course of six games, Ray Lewis and company have allowed only three touchdowns on the ground and an average of 91.2 yards per game.  Moreno has also failed to find the end zone in his last two games and has only done so twice this season (once on the ground and once through the air).  Don’t expect him to add to those totals this week.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Ryan Grant vs. MIN, Jonathan Stewart vs. ARI, Ahman Bradshaw vs. PHI

Wide Receivers

Start’em:
Mike Sims-Walker vs. TEN – With Nick Harper and Cortland Finnegan still banged up and their status in question, we may continue to see the Titans pass defense continue to struggle.  Ranking last in the league and allowing 19 touchdowns over the course of six games, that is good news for the Jags and wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker.  Last time the two teams met, he posted 91 yards and two touchdowns.  It could be another big game for him this time around, but keep tabs on the health of the Titans secondary as game time approaches.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Donnie Avery vs. DET, Johnny Knox vs. CLE, Nate Burleson vs. DAL

Sit’em:
Derrick Mason vs. DEN – Derrick Mason has been having himself quite the strong season thus far, but he could be in for a rough day this Sunday.  Going up against Champ Baily is never viewed as a favorable match-up for a wide receiver and this case is no different.  When facing the Broncos, quarterbacks tend to play keep-away with Bailey and Flacco will do the same.  We expect Champ to be lined up opposite Mason, and that should mean a quiet day for both of them, which obviously favors the cornerback.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Michael Crabtree vs. IND, Terrell Owens vs. BUF, Steve Smith vs. PHI

Tight Ends

Start’em: Owen Daniels vs. BUF – Daniels has become a must start as he leads all tight ends in fantasy points.  The Bills have also had trouble defending tight ends so expect him to have a huge game.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Vernon Davis vs.IND, Jeremy Shockey vs. ATL, Mercedes Lewis vs. TEN

Sit’em: Dustin Keller vs. MIA – Keller has struggled after a strong start to the season, and with the Dolphins banged up at the cornerback position, expect Sanchez to be looking for his receivers more than his tight end.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Todd Heap vs. DEN, Anthony Fassano vs. NYJ, Tony Scheffler vs. BAL

Kickers

Start’em: Nate Kaeding vs. OAK – Kaeding has been putting up some big numbers for a kicker over the past couple of weeks and he should continue to do so as long as the Chargers running game struggles to find itself.  It wont hurt that he faces a weak Raiders teams that has been giving up over 9 PPG to kickers this year.

Sit’em: John Kasay vs. CAR – Carolina’s defense has been terrible and with Delhomme remaining as the starting quarterback, don’t expect that to change and Kasay should suffer because of it.

Defenses

Start’em: Cardinals vs. CAR – Facing off against the Panthers has been a dream to fantasy defenses this year and now it is Arizona’s turn.  After forcing several turnovers against a strong Giants offense, expect them to have a field day against a turnover friendly Panthers team.

Sit’em: Falcons vs. NO – Going up against the Saints is never a good situation for any defense.  That will not change on Monday night when the Falcons visit the Superdome.




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