Several key offensive players are either returning from a bye week or get to watch the week eight action from the comfort of their living rooms. Be prepared to start as many Eagles, Redskins and Patriots as you can find this week as the stats will be plentiful.
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. This list will change from week to week.
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!!
Teams on a bye week:
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Tennessee
Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Atlanta
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. San Diego
Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. New Orleans
Jason Campbell, Washington (at
Matt Cassel, New England (vs. St. Louis): A collective sigh of relief was released on Monday night as Cassel had his way with the Broncos, throwing three TDs and completing 18 of 24 passes. Look for more success from Cassel with a banged up
Brett Favre, N.Y. Jets (vs.
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants (vs.
Clinton Portis, Washington at Detroit
Ladainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. New Orleans
Frank Gore, San Francisco vs. Seattle
Marion Barber, Dallas vs. Tampa Bay
Steven Jackson, St. Louis at New England
Chris Johnson, Tennessee (vs. Indianapolis): Yes, LenDale White may have had a better game against the Chiefs last week, but Johnson’s 168 yards on only 18 carries was not too shabby either. Look for Johnson to be the top dog in the Titans backfield against the Colts as
Randy Moss, New England vs. St. Louis
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Tennessee
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Carolina
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati at Houston
Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. San Diego
Calvin Johnson, Detroit vs. Washington
Terrell Owens, Dallas vs. Tampa Bay
Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Arizona
Andre Johnson, Houston vs. Cincinnati
Plaxico Burress, N.Y. Giants at Pittsburgh
Wes Welker, New England (vs.
Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City (at N.Y. Jets): While Bowe somehow managed to catch seven passes for 86 yards last week with about six different QBs throwing to him, temper your expectations with Tyler Thigpen as the Chiefs starting QB. With Larry Johnson not likely to play, the Chiefs offense could be running in reverse for most of this game.
Derrick Mason, Baltimore (vs.
Isaac Bruce, San Francisco (vs. Seattle): Don’t expect a repeat performance of Bruce’s totals from the last time the 49ers faced the Seahawks back in week two when Bruce caught four passes for 153 yards. The Seahawks will have their hands full trying to slow down Frank Gore, but they’ll keep Bruce from doing any major damage this week.
Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Tennessee
Chris Cooley, Washington at Detroit
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Tampa Bay
Owen Daniels, Houston vs. Cincinnati
Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. New Orleans
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at N.Y. Jets
Kevin Boss, N.Y. Giants (at