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Fantasy Football Players to Start or Sit: Week 8

Sean Patterson continues the "Start or Sit" segment and offers advice for Fantasy Football players on who should be in their line-ups week 8. Sean's fantasy football player watch list for the waiver pick-ups is also included.

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This segment is designed to help you decide which of the "lower end" or more "questionable" players to start of sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Calvin Johnson or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out. Good luck fantasy players!

BYES: San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans.

Guys to Start:

Robert Griffin III (MUST START): Is RG3 Back? I have no idea, but the Broncos are too good of a match-up to pass up. Especially with all the rushing yards he racked up against the Chicago Bears. Denver has given up the most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season. Now lets all chant: RG3!! RG3!! RG3!!

Stevan Ridley: Miami is a good match-up for this resurging running back. Miami has given up the 5th most fantasy points to running backs this season. Even with the return of Gronkowski, expect the Patriots to continue to run the football. Ridley looks like he is getting back the majority of the rushing attempts. I am starting to suspect that Ridley was hurt at the beginning of this season and Darth Bill did not bother to tell anyone.

Vincent Jackson: The Carolina Panthers Defense is for real. They have given up the 5th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Wow. While this does not sound like someone you should start, consider this statistic. Jackson has been targeted 47 times in the past three weeks. What? He also had 22 targets this past week against the Atlanta Falcons. WHAT? Rookie passer Mike Glennon must have him in fantasy football. Good work, Glennon.

Stevie Johnson: New Orleans was very tough against the pass through the first 6 weeks of the season. But the Saints defense has now given up the 13th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. That is a pretty big jump up over two weeks. Johnson is a number one receiver in a system that will throw to him a lot. Buffalo is going to likely have to throw to keep up in this game and Johnson could be a good fill in during this bye week.

Heath Miller: Are you not going to win the Jordan Reed Sweepstakes? Miller is the old reliable at the Tight End position. He shows up in the box score and Oakland have given up the 12th fewest fantasy points to Tight Ends. It is not a good statistical match-up, but it is not a bad match-up either. In a tough week for byes, Heath could be solid for your fantasy team.

Guys to Sit:

Michael Vick: While the New York Giants have given up the 5th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, I would not trust Vick this week. Vick has said he would already play at less than 100% this week to help the Eagles offense. Vick is already a huge injury risk, and I would not trust him this week even if it is just a bye week fill in. I would look somewhere else for a quarterback this week.

Steven Jackson: Steven Jackson has been the biggest fantasy running back dissapointment so far this season (That may change if Doug Martin is really out for the year). Jackson was a second round pick in most leagues, but he has not been healthy much this season. It also does not help that the Cardinals have given up the 11th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. However, it would be less if they did not play Beast Mode twice a year.

Giovani Bernard: The Jets have given up the 7th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season and I don’t think Giovani is going to have an especially great fantasy day. While Bernard is primarily a pass catching back, the Jets are still not a desireable match-up with their defense. This will likely be a low scoring game, unless Andy Dalton throws to A.J. Green a lot.

Bilal Powell: The Bengals have given up the 9th fewest fantasy points to running backs this season. Bilal Powell only had 3 touches last week against the Patriots. I am not sure what is going on with the Jets, but avoid Powell until Rex Ryan figures it out. Maybe Chris Ivory is the guy to have, but it is more likely that no one is worth having.

Mike Wallace: The Patriots have given up the 5th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Mike Wallace has not exactly been consistent this season. Wallace can be effective in good match-ups, but the Patriots are not one of those. I would avoid Wallace if you can.

Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)


Jordan Reed (Was-TE): Yeah, I like it.

Andre Ellington (ARI-RB): Mendenhall is awful. Shocker.

Charles Clay (MIA-FB/TE): that racks up TD’s.

Terrance Williams (DAL-WR): RG3’s former receiver looks like a real no. 2 receiver, he’s my sleeper of the week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR)à Poor Reggie


Jonathan Stewart (CAR RB): Who knows, it could work.

Mike James (TB - RB): Well, must own all 32 starting running backs


Robert Woods (Buf-WR): I really like this kid. Steve is hurt.

Donnie Avery (KC-WR): Not consistent

Stephen Hill (NYJ-WR): He looks like a no. 1 wideout, maybe he can play like one

Week 3. That’s about right.

Marlon Brown (Bal-WR): He has looked pretty good.

Coby Fleener (Ind-TE): Could be a good no 2 guy with upside.


Ted Ginn Jr. (Car-WR): Numbers can lie, but he is worth keeping an eye on

Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR): When healthy, he is a great match-ups guy.

Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR): If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.

Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE)

Eddie Royal (SD-WR)

Ronnie Hillman: Could get junk yards. He is a good player, hand cuff with Moreno