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Week 8 – We’re Going Streaking! - 12 comments

By Drew Szczerba

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.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOppAverage
1Peyton ManningINDHOU96.25
2Aaron RodgersGBat NYJ87.50
3Philip RiversSDTEN85.50
4Drew BreesNOPIT84.50
5Matt SchaubHOUat IND82.75
6Kyle OrtonDENat SF82.25
7Tom BradyNEMIN80.75
8Ben RoethlisbergerPITat NO78.75
9Donovan McNabbWASat DET76.25
10Jon KitnaDALJAC74.25
11Ryan FitzpatrickBUFat KC71.75
12Carson PalmerCINMIA69.50
13Matt CasselKCBUF67.50
14Sam BradfordSTLCAR67.00
15Matthew StaffordDETWAS65.80
16Chad HenneMIAat CIN65.50
17Mark SanchezNYJGB65.25
T-17Josh FreemanTBat ARI65.25
19Matt HasselbeckSEAat OAK64.75
20Max HallARITB60.50
21Brett FavreMINat NE59.19
22Matt MooreCARat STL58.00
23Vince YoungTENat SD54.50
24David GarrardJACat DAL45.20
25Jason CampbellOAKSEA44.75
26Troy SmithSFDEN44.00
27Todd BoumanJACat DAL18.63
28Derek AndersonARITB18.25
29Tarvaris JacksonMINat NE17.19
30Bruce GradkowskiOAKSEA15.25

 
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.
 
RankRunning BacksTeamOppAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat NE93.25
2Chris JohnsonTENat SD91.50
3Arian FosterHOUat IND91.00
4Frank GoreSFDEN87.50
5Maurice Jones-DrewJACat DAL84.50
6Steven JacksonSTLCAR83.78
7Rashard MendenhallPITat NO82.75
8Jamaal CharlesKCBUF81.75
9Ryan TorainWASat DET81.00
10Thomas JonesKCBUF80.25
11Jahvid BestDETWAS78.10
12LaDainian TomlinsonNYJGB78.00
13Darren McFaddenOAKSEA76.90
14Cedric BensonCINMIA74.50
15Felix JonesDALJAC74.25
16Marshawn LynchSEAat OAK71.75
17Beanie WellsARITB70.00
18Ronnie BrownMIAat CIN69.50
19Fred JacksonBUFat KC68.25
20Knowshon MorenoDENat SF66.45
21Ricky WilliamsMIAat CIN66.00
22Jonathan StewartCARat STL65.50
23Michael BushOAKSEA65.48
24Shonn GreeneNYJGB65.00
25Marion BarberDALJAC63.75
26Ryan MathewsSDTEN63.45
27LeGarrette BlountTBat ARI63.00
28DeAngelo WilliamsCARat STL62.66
29Justin ForsettSEAat OAK62.25
30Mike TolbertSDTEN60.75
31Cadillac WilliamsTBat ARI60.50
32Brandon JacksonGBat NYJ58.25
33BenJarvus Green-EllisNEMIN56.50
34Chris IvoryNOPIT55.75
35Danny WoodheadNEMIN54.00
36Donald BrownINDHOU49.00
37Tim HightowerARITB46.25
38Derrick WardHOUat IND44.75
39C.J. SpillerBUFat KC43.25
40Darren SprolesSDTEN38.00
41Mike HartINDHOU37.25
42Tashard ChoiceDALJAC37.00
43Javon RingerTENat SD34.50
44Correll BuckhalterDENat SF34.31
45Bernard ScottCINMIA34.25
46Ladell BettsNOPIT33.50
47Isaac RedmanPITat NO33.00
48John KuhnGBat NYJ30.50
49Laurence MaroneyDENat SF28.75
50Reggie BushNOPIT25.38
51Keiland WilliamsWASat DET24.00
52Deji KarimJACat DAL23.75
53Leon WashingtonSEAat OAK22.25
54Rashad JenningsJACat DAL21.75
T-54Anthony DixonSFDEN21.75
56Kevin SmithDETWAS21.50
57Brian WestbrookSFDEN20.90
58Toby GerhartMINat NE20.25
T-58Earnest GrahamTBat ARI20.25
60Albert YoungMINat NE19.75
61Mewelde MoorePITat NO18.50
62Pierre ThomasNOPIT17.38
63Dmitri NanceGBat NYJ14.75
64Rock CartwrightOAKSEA13.75
65Kenneth DarbySTLCAR12.50

 
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.
 
RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAverage
1Reggie WayneINDHOU95.25
2Andre JohnsonHOUat IND90.75
3Miles AustinDALJAC90.25
4Randy MossMINat NE85.75
5Calvin JohnsonDETWAS85.25
6Brandon MarshallMIAat CIN84.25
7Larry FitzgeraldARITB83.75
8Pierre GarconINDHOU82.75
9Santana MossWASat DET78.25
10Percy HarvinMINat NE77.60
11Hines WardPITat NO77.25
12Chad OchocincoCINMIA76.50
13Terrell OwensCINMIA75.50
14Steve SmithCARat STL74.15
15Kenny BrittTENat SD74.00
16Dwayne BoweKCBUF73.75
17Wes WelkerNEMIN73.50
T-17Mike WilliamsTBat ARI73.50
19Greg JenningsGBat NYJ73.25
20Mike WilliamsSEAat OAK72.25
21Marques ColstonNOPIT71.50
22Brandon LloydDENat SF69.75
23Braylon EdwardsNYJGB69.25
T-23Mike WallacePITat NO69.25
25Roy WilliamsDALJAC68.25
26Deion BranchNEMIN68.00
27Michael CrabtreeSFDEN66.50
28Lee EvansBUFat KC66.00
T-28Steve JohnsonBUFat KC66.00
30Santonio HolmesNYJGB64.25
31James JonesGBat NYJ63.50
32Jabar GaffneyDENat SF63.25
T-32Mike ThomasJACat DAL63.25
34Kevin WalterHOUat IND62.75
35Mike Sims-WalkerJACat DAL61.75
36Nate WashingtonTENat SD61.00
37Danny AmendolaSTLCAR60.75
38Jacoby JonesHOUat IND60.25
39David GettisCARat STL60.00
T-39Davone BessMIAat CIN60.00
41Dez BryantDALJAC59.00
42Anthony GonzalezINDHOU57.25
43Eddie RoyalDENat SF57.20
44Donald DriverGBat NYJ56.75
45Jerricho CotcheryNYJGB56.25
46Robert MeachemNOPIT55.00
T-46Lance MooreNOPIT55.00
48Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKSEA54.75
49Devery HendersonNOPIT52.00
T-49Louis MurphyOAKSEA52.00
51Demaryius ThomasDENat SF51.10
52Anthony ArmstrongWASat DET45.50
53Nate BurlesonDETWAS44.25
54Mardy GilyardSTLCAR44.00
55Steve BreastonARITB43.50
56Danario AlexanderSTLCAR41.00
57Chris ChambersKCBUF40.50
58Brian HartlineMIAat CIN39.75
59Legedu NaaneeSDTEN38.50
T-59Josh MorganSFDEN38.50
61Sammie StroughterTBat ARI38.25
62Jordan ShipleyCINMIA38.00
T-62Greg LewisMINat NE38.00
64Brandon TateNEMIN37.75
65Deon ButlerSEAat OAK37.50
66Buster DavisSDTEN37.25
67Joey GallowayWASat DET37.00
68Brandon LaFellCARat STL36.75
69Golden TateSEAat OAK36.50
70Patrick CraytonSDTEN34.25
71Roscoe ParrishBUFat KC33.25
72Bryant JohnsonDETWAS31.75
73Antwaan Randle ElPITat NO29.50
74Brandon GibsonSTLCAR29.00
75Early DoucetARITB27.50

 
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.
 
RankTight EndsTeamOppAverage
1Antonio GatesSDTEN93.00
2Vernon DavisSFDEN87.00
3Jason WittenDALJAC84.75
4Chris CooleyWASat DET81.75
5Zach MillerOAKSEA78.25
6Dustin KellerNYJGB77.00
7Kellen WinslowTBat ARI76.35
8Aaron HernandezNEMIN73.75
9Tony MoeakiKCBUF72.25
10Visanthe ShiancoeMINat NE71.25
11Heath MillerPITat NO71.00
12John CarlsonSEAat OAK70.25
13Jermaine GreshamCINMIA70.00
14Owen DanielsHOUat IND68.75
15Marcedes LewisJACat DAL67.75
16Brandon PettigrewDETWAS66.75
17Jeremy ShockeyNOPIT62.03
18Anthony FasanoMIAat CIN60.50
19Bo ScaifeTENat SD57.25
20Ben PatrickARITB52.75
21Daniel GrahamDENat SF51.25
22Tony SchefflerDETWAS47.50
23Rob GronkowskiNEMIN43.50
T-23Michael HoomanawanuiSTLCAR43.50
25Jeff KingCARat STL38.00
26Donald LeeGBat NYJ37.75
27Andrew QuarlessGBat NYJ34.75
28Fred DavisWASat DET31.75
29Jacob TammeINDHOU31.25
30Daniel FellsSTLCAR28.25

 
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.
 
RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAverage
1SteelersPITat NO89.50
2TitansTENat SD80.75
3JetsNYJGB80.50
4ChargersSDTEN78.50
5CowboysDALJAC77.25
6PackersGBat NYJ75.50
T-6ChiefsKCBUF75.50
8SeahawksSEAat OAK75.25
9PatriotsNEMIN73.50
10RedskinsWASat DET73.25
11BroncosDENat SF73.00
12DolphinsMIAat CIN72.25
13RamsSTLCAR72.00
14SaintsNOPIT71.25
15BuccaneersTBat ARI71.00
16CardinalsARITB70.75
T-16BengalsCINMIA70.75
T-1649ersSFDEN70.75
19VikingsMINat NE68.75
20ColtsINDHOU68.50
21PanthersCARat STL67.75
22RaidersOAKSEA66.25
23LionsDETWAS64.50
24TexansHOUat IND61.25
25JaguarsJACat DAL60.75
26BillsBUFat KC58.50

 
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.
 
RankKickersTeamOppAverage
1Neil RackersHOUat IND83.50
T-1Stephen GostkowskiNEMIN83.50
3Jeff ReedPITat NO82.00
T-3Rob BironasTENat SD82.00
5Matt PraterDENat SF81.75
T-5Adam VinatieriINDHOU81.75
7Kris BrownSDTEN81.50
8Nick FolkNYJGB81.00
9Mike NugentCINMIA80.00
T-9Mason CrosbyGBat NYJ80.00
11David BuehlerDALJAC79.75
12Sebastian JanikowskiOAKSEA78.25
13Graham GanoWASat DET77.25
14Josh ScobeeJACat DAL76.75
15Jason HansonDETWAS75.50
16Jay FeelyARITB75.25
17Ryan LongwellMINat NE72.75
18Garrett HartleyNOPIT71.75
19Josh BrownSTLCAR71.50
20Ryan SuccopKCBUF71.25
T-20Connor BarthTBat ARI71.25
22Dan CarpenterMIAat CIN70.00
23John KasayCARat STL68.00
24Joe NedneySFDEN66.75
25Rian LindellBUFat KC65.75
T-25Olindo MareSEAat OAK65.75

 
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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12 Responses to “Week 8 – We’re Going Streaking!”

  1. 1st.. Yes!!

    No really though.. Good projections.. BUT.. Maybe I over looked him.. But where’s the love for Blare White?.. Granted he might not see much action if Gonzo comes back.. I would still list him towards the middle or lower 1/3 on the list.. Of course I’m a homer for the colts.. I hope they go 4 wide!!

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  2. User avatar spodog says:

    Great job. good analysis in the rankings, and a well thought out, tongue in cheek commentary wrapped around it.

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  3. User avatar Navyseal says:

    Glad to see Britt FINALLY cracking the top-15 this weekend, where he should be… the top-10 is next, methinks…

    great work as always gang!

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  4. Tmacdunk says:

    I really think Denver’s Def is under valued this week.

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  5. User avatar swyck says:

    Shianco is ranked #10 in TE and is a sit? That doesn’t make any sense at all, unless you’re in an 8 team league.

    I know that this gets hazy for WR and RB, with flex slots and different starting requirements but, based on standard 10 team leagues, the top 20 RB, 30 WR and the top 10 at other positions MUST be considered starts. Otherwise you’re contradicting yourself.

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  6. Viking fan says:

    I think you guys are either Packer fans or just hate Minnesota.
    The Pats haven’t done squat the last two weeks on Offense,just VERY fortunate to win. The Viking defense is still BETTER then most of the NFL and Shinaco will have a FIELD day in this game especially if Jackson starts,get real or please get over your hate for Favre and the Queens!
    You can’t be that bias against one team on this website,pal!

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  7. Viking fan says:

    Where is this web site based out of?
    Must be formthe East coast I’m guessing!

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  8. User avatar Navyseal says:

    Viking fan, be sure and check for urine in your Cheerios sunday morning bud… Sheesh! Had no clue that Minny fans were so touchy…
    ;)

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  9. User avatar joejlitz says:

    If Marshall doesn’t go nuts this week, he drops out of weekly “automatic top-10 ranking”, IMO – at least in non-PPR. He’s blown up 1 week so far and averaged about 50 yards the rest. I’m considering benching him for Steve Johnson.

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  10. For QB: Rodgers isn’t gonna have a good game…NYJ Defense + Revis as a probable = mediocre game
    For RB: DeAngelo Williams at 28 is ridicolous. He’s facing the Rams defense and sure he’s not at full health but come on, LaGarrette Blount is a better start your saying?
    For WR: Percy Harvin a top-ten WR? Bold pick, I don’t see it. He hasn’t had any weeks so far, maybe one, in the top-ten and Favre’s health is seriously degenerating. No way.

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  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Definitely benching Brandon Marshall next week against BAL. He does not deserve to be in the top-15.

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  12. User avatar Bucknut76 says:

    Hey Navy, since you did it last week, care to post Britt’s numbers this week?

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