2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 8 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com 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.


Start’em: Jon Kitna vs. JAC – Kitna struggled early after being inserted into Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, but much of that was the result of some overly conservative play-calling.  Once the Cowboys were forced to open up their playbook in an effort to mount an improbable comeback, he recorded an impressive 187 yards and two touchdowns.  Now with a full week of practicing with the starters under his belt, Kitna will take on a Jaguars secondary that has allowed a league-high 16 passing touchdowns thus far.  Looks for a solid stat line from the Cowboys back-up.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Kyle Orton vs. SF, Donovan McNabb vs. DET, Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. KC

Sit’em: Drew Brees vs. PIT – Seriously?  Yes, seriously!  Drew Brees seems to be targeting opposing cornerbacks more often than his own receivers these days, and things will only get tougher Sunday night against a Steelers team that has a knack for forcing turnovers and has allowed only four passing touchdowns thus far this season.  Sure, they may be giving up 235 passing yards per game (24th in the league), but every fantasy owner knows that it is the touchdowns that count, and don’t expect Brees to get many, if any.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Tom Brady vs. MIN, Vince Young vs. SD, Sam Bradford vs. CAR

Running Backs

Start’em: Ryan Torain vs. DET – Since taking over for an injured Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain has been great for the Redskins as he has helped them develop a running game that they didn’t appear to have when Portis was running the show.  After putting up 100 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts in week 6, Torain went off for an impressive 125 yards against the Bears.  Now he will take on a Lions defense that has allowed an average of 139 yards against and 7 total touchdowns on the ground in six games.  Look for another big performance from Torain as he continues to cement himself as the lead back in the Redskins backfield.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Thomas Jones vs. BUF, Jamaal Charles vs. BUF, Felix Jones vs. JAC

Sit’em: Ryan Mathews vs. TEN – I like Ryan Mathews and so does Norv Turner, but he simply doesn’t seem to be willing to use the talented rookie running back.  While Mathews has shown some promise in recent weeks, Turner has seemed more committed to the pass and has rolled with Tolbert on the goal line.  We are still awaiting a big breakout game from Mathews, but don’t expect it to come this week when the Chargers take on the Titans, who have given up only one touchdown all year on the ground.  Be patient with Mathews.  His time will come, but not this weekend.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Chris Ivory vs. PIT, BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. MIN, Brandon Jackson vs. NYJ

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Dez Bryant vs. JAC – Throughout the dying moments of Monday night’s game, it appeared as though Jon Kitna and Dez Bryant were quickly building a strong bond with one another.  Bryant has playmaking capabilities when the ball is in his hands, and with a new quarterback at the helm for the Cowboys, they may look to get Bryant the ball on some short passes and allow him to try and break them off for big gains.  If that is the case, expect him to be successful against a very poor Jaguars defensive unit.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Pierre Garcon vs. HOU, Dwayne Bowe vs. BUF, Santana Moss vs. DET

Sit’em: Donald Driver vs. NYJ – Donald Driver has been dealing with injuries throughout the past couple of weeks, and while his status for Sunday’s game remains up in the air, we would advise benching him whether he is out on the field or not.  With a heavy dose of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie awaiting him in New York, look for yet another silent game from the Packers wideout.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Marques Colston vs. PIT, Santonio Holmes vs. GB, Deion Branch vs. MIN

Tight Ends

Start’em: Jason Witten vs. JAC – I have already picked Kitna and Dez Bryant.  I may as well complete the trifecta.  With a new quarterback under center for the Cowboys, expect Witten to be a primary check down target, and that should translate into big numbers for fantasy owners.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Brandon Pettigrew vs. WSH, Jacob Tamme vs. HOU, Tony Moeaki vs. BUF

Sit’em: Aaron Hernandez vs. MIN – It seems as though ever since Randy Moss left, there is little to like about the Pats’ passing game.  Until that changes, I’d advise you keep Hernandez on your bench.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Jeremy Shockey vs. PIT, Donald Lee vs. NYJ, Owen Daniels vs. IND


Start’em: Ryan Succop vs. BUF – Playing against the Bills, who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing kickers, we expect Succop to put up some rather pleasing totals on Sunday.

Sit’em: Garrett Hartley vs. PIT – Hartley struggled to hold onto the starting job because of accuracy issues, and he likely wont get many opportunities against a stingy Steelers defense.


Start’em: Steelers vs. NO – Many owners may be tempted to sit the Steelers defense against what some believe to be a high-powered Saints offense, but Brees has struggled recently and has thrown a few interceptions for touchdowns in the past couple of weeks.  Look for the Steelers defense to cash in on his sloppy play Sunday night.

Sit’em: Vikings vs. NE – The Vikings defense has struggled to get to the quarterback this season, and that likely wont change when they take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.  Look for Brady to make few mistakes, making the Minnesota defense a weak fantasy play.

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