Fantasy Football Week 8: Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Thoughts

Just hours before the start of Week 8 I know many people have questions running through their heads.  Who should I start?  Who should I sit?

Let’s take a look at a few situations to try and settle things:

Beanie Wells – Runing Back – Arizona Cardinals’s Darren Urban (click here for the article), on Friday said that “if Beanie gets real hot early, he could be in the 30-carry range assuming the Cards have success”.  Having been named the starter already, that’s the type of thing that fantasy owners love to hear.

Of course, Tim Hightower’s presence may make it hard to see that happen.  He may no longer be the starter due to fumble issues, but all the talk out of Arizona is that he is still going to be a factor in the offense.  If that happens or not remains to be seen, but until Hightower fully becomes an afterthought you have to take him into account.

Then again, with a struggling quarterback and facing a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the second most rushing yards per game this season (157.7 yards), there should be more then enough opportunities to keep both backs happy.

The matchup is there…  The opportunity appears to be there…  This could finally be the 2010 coming out party for Wells and depending on your other options he certainly is worth playing.
Verdict – Start ‘Em if you are in need of a running back

Brett Favre – Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings
The Favre situation is a tough one for fantasy owners, as he has an extremely appealing matchup against a weak New England Patriots secondary.  The problem is you have absolutely no clue if he’s going to play.  ESPN (click here for the article) quoted Favre as saying, “My expectations are to play and play well enough for us to have a chance to win this game”.

Given Favre’s history, that would generally be enough to convince us to rely on him one more time.  However, we have not gotten the same Brett Favre in 2010.  He’s completing just 58.1% of his attempts, compared to 68.4% in 2009.  He has already thrown 10 INT compared to just 7 TD.  Last season he was at 33 TD vs. 7 INT.

He also has already lost four fumbles.  Over the past three seasons he lost a total of seven fumbles and only twice since 2002 has he lost more then four (his career high is seven in 2005).

If he had been playing well then maybe I could see depending on him in one-quarterback formats, but that’s clearly not the case.  At this point it also wouldn’t surprise me if he did start, but if he plays poorly early on he easily could be pulled in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.  He’s just too big of a risk to trust in one-quarterback formats.
Verdict – Sit ‘Em as the risk is too high

Jonathan Stewart – Running Back – Carolina Panthers
Darin Gantt of The Rock Hill Herald/Charlotte Observer is reporting (via Twitter) that DeAngelo Williams did not make the trip to St. Louis.  That leaves Jonathan Stewart in line to get full-time duty in the Panthers’ backfield.

Stewart has not been good this season, averaging just three yards per carry, but this is his opportunity to make fantasy owners forget all about that.  The Rams are allowing over 100 rushing yards per game and we all know how dynamic Stewart has the potential to be.

I wouldn’t call him a must start by any stretch, but if you are in need of a fill-in he’s certainly worth rolling the dice on.
Verdict – Start ‘Em if you are in need of a running back

Michael Hoomanawanui – Tight End – St. Louis Cardinals
With Danario Alexander being forced out for a few weeks due to a torn meniscus, the problems for the Rams wide receivers just continue to mount.  It leaves no clear-cut option for fantasy owners to depend on.

Danny Amendola has the best chance, as he currently leads the team with 39 receptions and 351 yards.  Laurent Robinson (7 receptions for 42 yards) and Mardy Gilyard (6 receptions for 63 yards) also have potential, but let’s not forget about Michael Hoomanawanui, who had a monster preseason but missed Weeks two through five due to injury.

He had nine catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in the preseason and looks like he could easily emerge as a red zone target for Sam Bradford.  At 6’4”, 264 lbs. and the sheer number of injuries Rams have endured certainly make that a great possibility.  He’s not a must play this week and is a huge risk, but if you are in a deeper league and are in need of a tight end he’s certainly worth watching closely.
Verdict – Start ‘Em if you are absolutely desperate for a tight end

What are your thoughts on these players?  Would you play or bench them?  Why or why not?

Make sure to check out Rotoprofessor’s Week 8 Rankings:


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5 Responses to Fantasy Football Week 8: Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Thoughts

  1. Gary says:

    Have a tough choice to make at FLEX in a non-ppr league…James Jones (WR) or Mike Hart (RB). Need to choose one or the other….

  2. kyle says:

    Matt Shaub or chad henne, Vernon davis or moeki, im definitely leaning towards shuab and Davis but shuab did not do.well last time.against indy and is Davis even gonna play

  3. admin says:

    Gary – I’d lean towards Mike Hart, even though he’s a huge risk. The Packers are going against a tough Jets passing defense and you really don’t know how many looks Jones will get.

    Kyle – Davis is active, so he’s the easy choice there. As for the QB, despite what Schaub did last time, he’s got a ton more upside then Henne and would be the guy I’d play.

  4. mogli says:

    For week 9 who should i pick as my RB i Addai, Reggie, Bush both are avaliable

    well right now i got Charles Torain and Felix Jones and i m thinking about dropping felix. Blount is gone.

  5. admin says:

    I wouldn’t drop Jones, honestly. Neither Addai or Bush are a lock to play in Week 9. If I had to pick one, it would be Addai, but both are huge risks.

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