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Start/Bench List Week 8

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Running backs stole the show last week.  I know Drew Brees threw like 17 touchdowns, but Arian Foster and DeMarco Murray were simply unstoppable.  There are some big time running backs on a bye this week as the Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders, and Buccaneers will watch this week's action from the comforts of their own homes.  Look for the passing games to be the story this week as the ground attack gives way to the aerial show.

I utilize statistical analysis combined with over 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look of how players will perform on a week-to-week basis.  The Studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season.  They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.  

When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:

1) Studs - Always play your studs.  Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched.  If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.  

2) Depth - Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others.  Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.


Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks: Matt Ryan, Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers, Mark Sanchez, Carson Palmer, Kyle Boller, Jason Campbell, Josh Freeman


Studs

Drew Brees, New Orleans at St. Louis
Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Minnesota
Tom Brady, New England at Pittsburgh
Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Denver
Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. Dallas
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Kansas City


Start

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. New England: Over the last three games, Roethlisberger has nine TDs to just one INT.  You want yardage?  Big Ben threw for 361 yards last week and should post big numbers again this week against a Patriots defense that has allowed the most passing yards per game this season (322.2).  A defensive battle this game will not be as both teams will move the ball down the field via the air with ease.

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Miami: Manning returns from a bye week after a decent game against the Bills in Week 5 when he threw for 292 yards with no scores or INTs.  This week, Manning faces a Dolphins defense that only has two INTs on the season and couldn't stop Tim Tebow last week from scoring 15 unanswered points.  The Giants have way more weapons than the Broncos, so expect Manning to have his way with Miami as their search for the first win of the season extends another week.


Bench

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo vs. Washington: The last three games have been quite a different story from the first three games Fitzpatrick played this season.  In the first three games, Fitzpatrick averaged 280 yards passing with nine TDs to three INTs.  In his last three games, Fitzpatrick averaged 212 yards passing with three TDs and three INTs.  Unfortunately for Fitzpatrick owners, the downward trend continues this week against the Redskins who have only allowed five passing TDs on the season and have held opposing QBs to just 218 passing yards over their past three games.  Look for Buffalo to emphasize the running game limiting Fitzpatrick's stats.

Kevin Kolb, Arizona at Baltimore: Kolb hasn't exactly lit the world on fire this season.  He's thrown for more than 255 yards only twice and has equal amounts of TDs and INTs (seven each).  This week, he faces a Baltimore defense that did everything in their power to keep the Ravens in the game on Monday night.  Playing at home, Baltimore will apply pressure on Kolb forcing mistakes.  Without Beanie Wells, the Cardinals offense will struggle.  Avoid this situation at all costs if you can.



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