Welcome to Week 8. We’ve got some changes in the Studs’ lists as two quarterbacks are being shown the door while we are welcoming two new tight ends. Remember, it’s your team and you have the final say as to who you start and who you bench. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or what others might think, go with your gut. It’s probably the right decision.
Cam Newton, Carolina: Sorry Cam, but the magic of your rookie year has just worn off. Eight total touchdowns and nine total turnovers in six games just isn’t ‘Stud’ material.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit: Last year Stafford threw 41 touchdown passes and only 16 interceptions to go along with his 5,038 passing yards. He’s on pace for 13 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2012.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis at Tennessee: The Titans have allowed 16 touchdown passes this season while only picking off five passes. They have also allowed multiple touchdown passes in every game this year, but one. And in that game, they allowed 363 passing yards to the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger. Luck has been in a bit of a funk over the last two weeks as he’s failed to throw a touchdown pass, but expect that to change this week as 300-plus passing yards and two scores should be well within reach.
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Cleveland: After blowing a huge half-time lead and turning the ball over six times two weeks ago versus the Broncos, Rivers has a lot to prove. Which is why a date with the Browns is just what the doctor ordered as the Browns have been the fourth most generous defense in fantasy versus quarterbacks. Rivers threw two touchdown passes in weeks four, five and six, while the Browns defense has allowed three touchdown passes in four of their last six games.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis vs. New England: While Bradford has failed to throw a touchdown pass in three of the Rams seven games, the Patriots have allowed three or more touchdown passes in four of their last five games. The Rams defense has been shredded by elite quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III and Aaron Rodgers, so expect Tom Brady to have his way with an otherwise stout passing defense forcing Bradford to the air in an attempt to keep pace.
Cam Newton, Carolina at Chicago: I’m going to throw salt on an open would by not only removing Newton from the ‘Studs’ list, but by placing him on the ‘Bench.’ The Bears are the No. 1 defense in fantasy versus quarterbacks having only allowed five touchdown passes while picking off 14. Meanwhile, Newton has thrown for one or less touchdowns in five-of-six games this season. Don’t be surprised to see Newton match his season high with three interceptions in this game.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay at Minnesota: It’s going to be awful tough to sit a guy who has just thrown for 748 yards and six touchdowns in his last two games, but those were premium matchups versus the Chiefs and the Saints. Week 8 brings a matchup versus a tough Vikings defense that hasn’t allowed multiple touchdown passes since Week 2. I wouldn’t blame you for starting Freeman this week as you’d like to ride the hot hand, but everything in life is about timing, and it’s time to get off the Freeman Express.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia vs. Atlanta: Vick has turned the ball over 13 times in six games while only throwing eight touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Falcons have forced 12 combined turnovers by opposing quarterbacks while only allowing six touchdown passes. The Eagles are coming off of a bye week so you hope that they’ve corrected Vick’s turnover issues. You may want to consider similar quarterbacks with a better matchup and let’s see how this week plays out.