It wasn’t always this way. Alas, here we are. Today in the NFL, there are two types of news. There’s a significant story and whatever Brett Favre is doing. To make matters worse, those narratives are generally not presented in the order I listed them. This week, Favre sent a Jets reporter an X-ray of his ankle. Or maybe he called her to say he retired. I don’t know. I can’t keep up. Realistically, Favre is hurt. I get it. It’s news. However, why must every story contain a quote pronouncing his superhero status?
“Every other mortal would be out.” – Dr. Michael Kaplan, Medical Analyst
“He’s got great pain threshold.” – Brad Childress, Head Coach
“He’s superhuman and I love him.” – John Madden, Video Game Pioneer
Sadly, all of these quotes are from a single article and only one of them is made up. I say sadly because, while Favre’s streak is a story, it’s not the only story in sports. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Unfortunately, it seems like every Favre story is about as forced as one of his interceptions.
Moving to more injury news, Tony Romo has a fractured clavicle. He will likely miss six weeks, though his clavicle noted it may need more time if Wade Phillips isn’t fired. Seriously, he’s not a good coach. Last Monday night’s game was brutal to watch, and I’m not even a Cowboys fan. Kick the field goal! Anyway, if you lost Romo, Jon Kitna can be considered a low-end QB2. He has enough weapons to be playable, given a decent match-up.
With that, let’s get to Start/Sit. Here at the Café, we rank all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly match-up, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him. Finally, below each table, I will give my personal Start/Sit recommendations for each position. Without further ado, here’s Start/Sit for Week 8.
|2||Aaron Rodgers||GB||at NYJ||87.50|
|5||Matt Schaub||HOU||at IND||82.75|
|6||Kyle Orton||DEN||at SF||82.25|
|8||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||at NO||78.75|
|9||Donovan McNabb||WAS||at DET||76.25|
|11||Ryan Fitzpatrick||BUF||at KC||71.75|
|16||Chad Henne||MIA||at CIN||65.50|
|T-17||Josh Freeman||TB||at ARI||65.25|
|19||Matt Hasselbeck||SEA||at OAK||64.75|
|21||Brett Favre||MIN||at NE||59.19|
|22||Matt Moore||CAR||at STL||58.00|
|23||Vince Young||TEN||at SD||54.50|
|24||David Garrard||JAC||at DAL||45.20|
|27||Todd Bouman||JAC||at DAL||18.63|
|29||Tarvaris Jackson||MIN||at NE||17.19|
Start: Tom Brady, New England Patriots. Something is amiss in New England. Tom Brady has thrown just two total touchdowns in the last two games. The Patriots offense has become a dink and dunk attack without Randy Moss and his ability to stretch the field. And Brady, who normally looks as if everything is going according to plan, appeared frustrated last week against San Diego. Fortunately, help is on the way. New England hosts Minnesota this week, and that’s good news for Brady and the entire Pats offense. The Vikings are a hot mess right now, boasting a 2–4 record, the worst performance-to-talent ratio outside of Dallas. Moreover, Minnesota’s defense is typically tougher against the run than the pass. Brady should find plenty of room to throw against a pass defense that has surrendered five touchdowns it its last two contests.
Start: Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos. As required by law.
Sit: Vince Young, Tennessee Titans. “It’s too late to apologize.” – One Republic
Last week, I recommended that you sit Carson Palmer who responded by throwing for over 400 yards and three scores. Thanks a pant-load, Carson. This week I’m going with Vince Young, who has a lot working against him when he faces the Chargers. San Diego is very tough against the pass, allowing 200 yards only once in seven contests. Furthermore, the Chargers haven’t given up multiple passing touchdowns in any game this year. Throw in a lingering ankle injury and Vince Young belongs on your bench in Week 8.
|1||Adrian Peterson||MIN||at NE||93.25|
|2||Chris Johnson||TEN||at SD||91.50|
|3||Arian Foster||HOU||at IND||91.00|
|5||Maurice Jones-Drew||JAC||at DAL||84.50|
|7||Rashard Mendenhall||PIT||at NO||82.75|
|9||Ryan Torain||WAS||at DET||81.00|
|16||Marshawn Lynch||SEA||at OAK||71.75|
|18||Ronnie Brown||MIA||at CIN||69.50|
|19||Fred Jackson||BUF||at KC||68.25|
|20||Knowshon Moreno||DEN||at SF||66.45|
|21||Ricky Williams||MIA||at CIN||66.00|
|22||Jonathan Stewart||CAR||at STL||65.50|
|27||LeGarrette Blount||TB||at ARI||63.00|
|28||DeAngelo Williams||CAR||at STL||62.66|
|29||Justin Forsett||SEA||at OAK||62.25|
|31||Cadillac Williams||TB||at ARI||60.50|
|32||Brandon Jackson||GB||at NYJ||58.25|
|38||Derrick Ward||HOU||at IND||44.75|
|39||C.J. Spiller||BUF||at KC||43.25|
|43||Javon Ringer||TEN||at SD||34.50|
|44||Correll Buckhalter||DEN||at SF||34.31|
|47||Isaac Redman||PIT||at NO||33.00|
|48||John Kuhn||GB||at NYJ||30.50|
|49||Laurence Maroney||DEN||at SF||28.75|
|51||Keiland Williams||WAS||at DET||24.00|
|52||Deji Karim||JAC||at DAL||23.75|
|53||Leon Washington||SEA||at OAK||22.25|
|54||Rashad Jennings||JAC||at DAL||21.75|
|58||Toby Gerhart||MIN||at NE||20.25|
|T-58||Earnest Graham||TB||at ARI||20.25|
|60||Albert Young||MIN||at NE||19.75|
|61||Mewelde Moore||PIT||at NO||18.50|
|63||Dmitri Nance||GB||at NYJ||14.75|
Start: Thomas Jones, Kansas City Chiefs. It’s true that Jones is the second most talented back in an RBBC situation. Fortunately, Kansas City leads the NFL in rushing (176.5 yards per game) and is second in the league with an average of 5.0 yards per carry in 2010. Put simply, it’s an RBBC you want a part of — a fact that will be magnified this week against a hapless Buffalo run defense. Jones is a must start in all formats, along with Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs rushing attack should shine in Week 8.
Start: Ryan Torain – Washington Redskins. Another legal requirement.
Sit: Chris Ivory, New Orleans Saints. It looks like both Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush might be out again, meaning Ivory owners may get another week of his services. This is actually bad news, as some owners may be tempted to start him against Pittsburgh’s number one ranked rush defense. The Steelers haven’t allowed a 50-yard rusher in six games so far this season. I advice you leave Ivory on your bench for number seven.
|2||Andre Johnson||HOU||at IND||90.75|
|4||Randy Moss||MIN||at NE||85.75|
|6||Brandon Marshall||MIA||at CIN||84.25|
|9||Santana Moss||WAS||at DET||78.25|
|10||Percy Harvin||MIN||at NE||77.60|
|11||Hines Ward||PIT||at NO||77.25|
|14||Steve Smith||CAR||at STL||74.15|
|15||Kenny Britt||TEN||at SD||74.00|
|T-17||Mike Williams||TB||at ARI||73.50|
|19||Greg Jennings||GB||at NYJ||73.25|
|20||Mike Williams||SEA||at OAK||72.25|
|22||Brandon Lloyd||DEN||at SF||69.75|
|T-23||Mike Wallace||PIT||at NO||69.25|
|28||Lee Evans||BUF||at KC||66.00|
|T-28||Steve Johnson||BUF||at KC||66.00|
|31||James Jones||GB||at NYJ||63.50|
|32||Jabar Gaffney||DEN||at SF||63.25|
|T-32||Mike Thomas||JAC||at DAL||63.25|
|34||Kevin Walter||HOU||at IND||62.75|
|35||Mike Sims-Walker||JAC||at DAL||61.75|
|36||Nate Washington||TEN||at SD||61.00|
|38||Jacoby Jones||HOU||at IND||60.25|
|39||David Gettis||CAR||at STL||60.00|
|T-39||Davone Bess||MIA||at CIN||60.00|
|43||Eddie Royal||DEN||at SF||57.20|
|44||Donald Driver||GB||at NYJ||56.75|
|51||Demaryius Thomas||DEN||at SF||51.10|
|52||Anthony Armstrong||WAS||at DET||45.50|
|58||Brian Hartline||MIA||at CIN||39.75|
|61||Sammie Stroughter||TB||at ARI||38.25|
|T-62||Greg Lewis||MIN||at NE||38.00|
|65||Deon Butler||SEA||at OAK||37.50|
|67||Joey Galloway||WAS||at DET||37.00|
|68||Brandon LaFell||CAR||at STL||36.75|
|69||Golden Tate||SEA||at OAK||36.50|
|71||Roscoe Parrish||BUF||at KC||33.25|
|73||Antwaan Randle El||PIT||at NO||29.50|
Start: Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts. Consider all the injuries the Colts have on offense. Dallas Clark is out for the season after wrist surgery, Austin Collie is out for at least this game after having surgery on his thumb, Joseph Addai is out with a shoulder injury and Anthony Gonzalez may miss another week with high ankle sprain. Two players who aren’t injured are Peyton Manning and Pierre Garcon. Look for Garcon and Reggie Wayne to split targets as the Colts overcome a few injuries and take advantage of the Texans porous pass defense.
Sit: Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers. Last week, Donald Driver’s streak of 133 straight games with a catch came to an end. Silver lining — the media can now focus on Brett Favre’s consecutive games played streak. Driver has a lingering quadriceps injury, and he probably belongs on your bench for that reason alone. In case you were still on the fence, Driver has to face a tough Jets defense on the road in Week 8. Give him some time to get healthy (and a decent match-up) before putting him back in your lineup.
|4||Chris Cooley||WAS||at DET||81.75|
|7||Kellen Winslow||TB||at ARI||76.35|
|10||Visanthe Shiancoe||MIN||at NE||71.25|
|11||Heath Miller||PIT||at NO||71.00|
|12||John Carlson||SEA||at OAK||70.25|
|14||Owen Daniels||HOU||at IND||68.75|
|15||Marcedes Lewis||JAC||at DAL||67.75|
|18||Anthony Fasano||MIA||at CIN||60.50|
|19||Bo Scaife||TEN||at SD||57.25|
|21||Daniel Graham||DEN||at SF||51.25|
|25||Jeff King||CAR||at STL||38.00|
|26||Donald Lee||GB||at NYJ||37.75|
|27||Andrew Quarless||GB||at NYJ||34.75|
|28||Fred Davis||WAS||at DET||31.75|
Start: Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots. The Patriots passing offense has been described as “dink and dunk,” but if they do have a deep threat, it’s Aaron Hernandez. Over the last three games, Hernandez has increased his number of targets, and that trend should continue against a less-than-stellar Vikings pass defense.
Sit: Visanthe Shiancoe, Minnesota Vikings. Last week, Shiancoe was a good call away from being a bad pick. He was my recommended “sit” and the referees had my back, blowing a call that would’ve given Shiancoe a touchdown and favorable stat line. Apparently, the officials knew I had given you Carson Palmer and enforced the rarely used mercy rule. This week, I’ll tempt fate by sitting Shiancoe again against New England. Seems obvious enough considering he hasn’t sniffed the end zone since Week 1. Pathetic.
Start: St. Louis Rams. The Rams host the Panthers, who have turned the ball over 19 times in six games so far. If there was ever a week to get the St. Louis defense in your lineup …
Sit: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings travel to New England to face a Patriots team knows how to take care of the ball. In fact, New England hasn’t coughed it up at all in half of their contests this year. Besides, we already know we’re getting monster games from Tom Brady and Aaron Hernandez.
|1||Neil Rackers||HOU||at IND||83.50|
|3||Jeff Reed||PIT||at NO||82.00|
|T-3||Rob Bironas||TEN||at SD||82.00|
|5||Matt Prater||DEN||at SF||81.75|
|T-9||Mason Crosby||GB||at NYJ||80.00|
|13||Graham Gano||WAS||at DET||77.25|
|14||Josh Scobee||JAC||at DAL||76.75|
|17||Ryan Longwell||MIN||at NE||72.75|
|T-20||Connor Barth||TB||at ARI||71.25|
|22||Dan Carpenter||MIA||at CIN||70.00|
|23||John Kasay||CAR||at STL||68.00|
|25||Rian Lindell||BUF||at KC||65.75|
|T-25||Olindo Mare||SEA||at OAK||65.75|
Start: Nick Folk, New York Jets. Folk is one of the better kickers in the league, and the Packers have allowed 13 field goal attempts in their last four games.
Sit: Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars. Good news – Scobee hasn’t missed all year. Bad news – the streak continues, but it will be due to a lack of attempts.
Drew is a lifelong Jets fan. Playing and writing about fantasy football has proven helpful in easing the pain.
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