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Start/Bench List Week 8

Maybe Cam Cameron will have some luck recruiting some of England’s finest rugby players to suit up and play defense for the Dolphins on Sunday. That still wouldn’t stop me from starting Brandon Jacobs, but I’d like to see Eli Manning take a clean shot from a London bloke!

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. The first two weeks the studs list remains the same (except for injury). After week two, players are added/removed as needed.

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.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

Quarterbacks

Bye Weeks:

Kurt Warner, Matt Leinart, Tim Rattay, Joey Harrington, Byron Leftwich, Steve McNair, Kyle Boller, Tony Romo, Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Matt Hasselbeck

Studs

Tom Brady, New England vs. Washington

Carson

Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Carolina

Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. Denver

Jon Kitna, Detroit vs. Chicago

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Minnesota

Start

Brian Griese, Chicago (vs. Detroit): Is there any room left on the Griese bandwagon? If so, count me in. You can’t ignore back-to-back 300-yard passing games with the Lions on the schedule next who rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.

Jay Cutler, Denver (vs. Green Bay): Cutler played extremely well last week against the Steelers posting 248 yards with three TDs despite throwing two INTs. He should find more open receivers against the Packers this week as his second 300-yard passing game is not out of the question.

Bench

Jason Campbell, Washington (vs. New England): If the Cardinals can hold Campbell to 95 yards passing on 12 completions, what do you think the Patriots will do to him this week? Expect the Redskins to run as much as possible, but even when Campbell does pass, he won’t find much success against the Patriots defense who are ranked fourth in the league in passing yards allowed.

Vince Young, Tennessee (vs. Oakland): Young is questionable this week due to a quadriceps injury, but there is no question that Young deserves to be on your bench. If you drafted Young, you know the pain he’s caused. If you’ve recently acquired Young hoping that a resurgence is inevitable, don’t hold your breath.

Running Backs

Bye Weeks:

Edgerrin James, J.J. Arrington, Jerious Norwood, Warrick Dunn, Willis McGahee, Musa Smith, Maron Barber, Julius Jones, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, Shaun Alexander, Leonard Weaver, Maurice Morris

Studs

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Houston

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota vs. Philadelphia

Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Minnesota

LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Tennessee

Joseph Addai, Indianapolis vs. Carolina

Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. San Francisco

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati

Removed from Studs List

-Ronnie Brown, Miami: knee, out for the season

Start

Brandon Jacobs, N.Y. Giants (vs. Miami): Jacobs has rushed for 100 yards in two of the past three games. Unless Jacobs gets lost going the wrong way on a roundabout in London, he’ll eat up the Dolphins on Sunday like the fish and chips he’ll be dining on later that night.

LenDale White

, Tennessee (vs. Oakland): White cracked the 100-yard mark last week for the first time in his career and he’s scored in each of the past two weeks. With the Titans likely to struggle in the passing game (again), look for White to carry the offense (literally) against a Raiders defense that is ranked 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed.

Maurice Jones-Drew/Fred Taylor, Jacksonville (vs. Tampa Bay): If Jones-Drew can’t go and you’ve handcuffed Taylor, don’t be afraid to start Taylor this week in Tampa. Be sure to check the injury report late as Jones-Drew is a must-start if he’s active. The running game will be in full effect for the Jaguars and the Bucs won’t be able to contain them all day.

Bench

Ahman Green, Houston (vs. San Diego): Things won’t get any easier for the struggling Green this week as he faces the Chargers who are ranked 6th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. The Texans will pass often and Green may steal a few catches out of the backfield for those of you in a PPR league, but even with the receptions he doesn’t come recommended as a starter this week.

Kenny Watson, Cincinnati (vs. Pittsburgh): I hope you enjoyed the Kenny Watson ride while it lasted. Watson was awesome last week, but that won’t continue at home against the Steelers. Rudi Johnson may return this week limiting Watson’s chances even more.

Frank Gore, San Francisco (vs. New Orleans): My how the mighty have fallen. It’s amazing what a complete lack of a passing game can do to one of the league’s best rushers. To make matters worse, Gore suffered an ankle injury last week. Hopefully you’ve already compensated for Gore’s struggles because this won’t be the week that he rewards his owners for drafting him so high.

Wide Receivers

Bye Weeks:

Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Bryant Johnson, Jerheme Urban, Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Laurent Robinson, Joe Horn, Derrick Mason, Demetrius Williams, Mark Clayton, Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Dwayne Bowe, Samie Parker, Jeff Webb, Bobby Engram, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson, Ben Obomanu

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Randy Moss, New England vs. Washington

T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Plaxico Burress

, N.Y. Giants vs. Miami

Chad

Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Indianapolis

Braylon Edwards, Cleveland vs. St. Louis

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Carolina

Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Cleveland

Roy Williams, Detroit vs. Chicago

Wes Welker, New England* vs. Washington

Start

Kevin Walter, Houston (vs. San Diego): Who needs Andre Johnson when you have Kevin Walter! The Texans will have a tough time stopping the Chargers offense which means Matt Schaub will air it out to try and keep pace on the scoreboard. Look for Walter to produce big numbers again this week as Johnson continues to nurse his knee injury.

Kevin Curtis, Philadelphia (vs. Minnesota): The Vikings have allowed the most passing yards in the NFL through week seven. McNabb and Curtis should continue that trend as the Eagles will struggle running the ball, but the passing game will work just fine.

Brandon Marshall, Denver (vs. Green Bay): Marshall was able to post respectable stats (six catches for 77 yards) against a stellar Pittsburgh pass defense last week. “Baby T.O.” will have a much easier time of things at home this week at Cutler will post big numbers with most of them going Marshall’s way.

Laveranues Coles

, N.Y. Jets (vs. Buffalo): We know the Bengals pass defense that Coles faced last week is bad, but Coles has caught eight passes in three out of the last four weeks. That wasn’t success solely based on matchups. Speaking of matchups, the Bills defense ranks 31st in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Be prepared to add another notch on Coles’ belt this week.

Bench

Santana Moss

, Washington (vs. New England): Moss can’t catch a cold these days and should not be anywhere within ten feet of your starting lineup. By the way, the Redskins face the Patriots this week.

Ronald Curry, Oakland (vs. Tennessee): Curry has been decent lately totaling ten catches for 118 yards and a score in the past two games. The Raiders will have some success in the passing game, but something tells me Jerry Porter will emerge this week. Explore other options if possible.

Donald Driver, Green Bay (vs. Denver): This is an interesting matchup. The Broncos can’t stop the run, but the Packers can’t run. The Broncos are great at defending the pass and all the Packers do is pass. I’m thinking the Packers will make every attempt to keep the ball on the ground playing to Denver’s weakness limiting Driver’s chances in the offense.

Marques Colston, New Orleans (vs. San Francisco): I’ve officially thrown in the towel on Colston. Three catches for 45 yards against Atlanta last week? Really? Maybe last year really was a fluke. I’m not taking any more chances on this guy.

Tight Ends

Bye Weeks:

Leonard Pope, Alge Crumpler, Todd Heap, Quinn Sypniewski, Jason Witten, Anthony Fasano, Tony Gonzalez, Kris Wilson, Marcus Pollard, Will Heller

Studs

Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Houston

Dallas

Clark, Indianapolis vs. Carolina

Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. St. Louis

Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants vs. Miami

Chris Cooley, Washington vs. New England

Removed from Studs List

-Ben Watson, New England: ankle injury

Start

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh (vs. Cincinnati): Miller has caught a TD in each of the past two weeks including two TDs last week to go with five catches for 50 yards. Roethlisberger is locked in right now and should find Miller open often against a Bengals defense that made Chad Pennington look like a stud last week.

Owen Daniels, Houston (vs. San Diego): Although Daniels only caught two passes for 20 yards last week, look for Schaub to utilize Daniels much more frequently in San Diego this week. Somewhere in the neighborhood of five catches for 65 yards with a score sound right to me.

Bench

Bo Scaife, Tennessee (vs. Oakland): Bo won’t do diddly this week against the Raiders.

Jeff King, Carolina (vs. Indianapolis): Since King’s four-catch, 56-yards receiving, 1 TD performance back in week three, he’s totaled five catches for 59 yards and no TDs. Expect more of the same low stats this week against the Colts.

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