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Week 8: Stafford Expected to Play - 5 comments

By R.J. White

Week 7 was racked by injuries, and one that likely scared fantasy owners a great deal was the case of a limping Matthew Stafford. A long-term loss of Stafford would obviously be bad for his fantasy owners, but also those of Calvin Johnson. However, Stafford has practiced this week, and he looks like he’ll be ready to start in Denver this week. That matchup sends him all the way up to second in our ratings, and if you find out at the last minute that Stafford can’t go, it should mean a solid performance from Shaun Hill (unranked).

Below, you’ll find the Cafe’s Week 8 Start/Sit rankings, courtesy of me and c0megets0me. Enjoy!

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Drew BreesNOat STL94.00
2Matthew StaffordDETat DEN87.93
3Tom BradyNEat PIT86.93
4Cam NewtonCARvs. MIN84.93
5Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. NE83.53
6Michael VickPHIvs. DAL82.07
7Eli ManningNYGvs. MIA81.20
8Philip RiversSDat KC74.53
9Tony RomoDALat PHI73.80
10Matt SchaubHOUvs. JAC71.93
11Matt HasselbeckTENvs. IND70.00
12Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. WAS65.27
13Joe FlaccoBALvs. ARI64.73
14Tim TebowDENvs. DET62.40
15Colt McCoyCLEat SF48.87
16John BeckWASat BUF48.80
17Andy DaltonCINat SEA46.53
18Matt CasselKCvs. SD43.87
19Alex SmithSFvs. CLE42.93
20Christian PonderMINat CAR42.40
21Curtis PainterINDat TEN42.13
22Kevin KolbARIat BAL37.07
23Blaine GabbertJACat HOU37.07
24Tarvaris JacksonSEAvs. CIN35.87
25Matt MooreMIAat NYG33.53
26A.J. FeeleySTLvs. NO31.13
27Sam BradfordSTLvs. NO29.17
28Charlie WhitehurstSEAvs. CIN27.87

Start: Matt Hasselbeck. He’s been solid this year, but he laid a dud against the Texans last week. However, that was no different from the rest of the Titans. This week, Hasselbeck gets to face a Colts team that just finished allowing 62 points on Sunday night. He should have no problem hitting wide open receivers and tight ends all day en route to a solid fantasy performance.

Sit: Tim Tebow. I’m one to usually say that Tebow’s rushing potential makes him an every week fantasy starter, but I’m not comfortable rolling with him this week. He’s not going to have a two-touchdown comeback in him every week, and the Detroit pass rush figures to be even fiercer than that of the Dolphins. He’s still a decent starter this week, but I’d rather tab a guy like Hasselbeck or Ryan Fitzpatrick if I had the option.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINat CAR94.33
2Arian FosterHOUvs. JAC87.47
3Ray RiceBALvs. ARI85.47
4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. DAL82.87
5Fred JacksonBUFvs. WAS82.67
6Ryan MathewsSDat KC81.87
7Chris JohnsonTENvs. IND80.27
8Darren SprolesNOat STL77.93
9Rashard MendenhallPITvs. NE75.27
10Frank GoreSFvs. CLE73.20
11DeMarco MurrayDALat PHI72.20
12Steven JacksonSTLvs. NO71.80
13Maurice Jones-DrewJACat HOU71.60
14Daniel ThomasMIAat NYG70.33
15Pierre ThomasNOat STL70.27
16Ryan TorainWASat BUF69.80
17Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. MIA69.13
18Beanie WellsARIat BAL66.40
19Mike TolbertSDat KC60.53
20Joseph AddaiINDat TEN48.16
21Delone CarterINDat TEN59.53
22BenJarvus Green-EllisNEat PIT58.73
23Marshawn LynchSEAvs. CIN57.47
24Montario HardestyCLEat SF56.07
25Jonathan StewartCARvs. MIN54.07
26Knowshon MorenoDENvs. DET53.87
27Bernard ScottCINat SEA53.87
28Tashard ChoiceDALat PHI32.12
29Donald BrownINDat TEN52.87
30Brandon JacobsNYGvs. MIA51.80
31Jackie BattleKCvs. SD49.40
32Roy HeluWASat BUF49.13
33Reggie BushMIAat NYG49.00
34DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. MIN48.73
35Kendall HunterSFvs. CLE47.20
36Maurice MorrisDETat DEN46.47
37Isaac RedmanPITvs. NE43.27
38Alfonso SmithARIat BAL41.07
39Stevan RidleyNEat PIT37.40
40Dexter McClusterKCvs. SD36.07
41Thomas JonesKCvs. SD34.07
42Keiland WilliamsDETat DEN31.80
43Ben TateHOUvs. JAC29.47
44Danny WoodheadNEat PIT28.40
45Phillip TannerDALat PHI25.20
46C.J. SpillerBUFvs. WAS21.67
47Leon WashingtonSEAvs. CIN21.13
48Javon RingerTENvs. IND19.33
49Brian LeonardCINat SEA18.53
50Peyton HillisCLEat SF17.33

Start: Pierre Thomas. Mark Ingram looks like he’s going to miss this week, leaving Thomas and Darren Sproles to carry the load in Week 8. That’s great news for their fantasy owners, as they’ll be taking on the same Rams that let a somewhat unheralded rookie break the Cowboys rushing record in his first significant action. Thomas seems like a lock for 120 yards or more, and I’d expect at least one score.

Sit: Alfonso Smith. Times may be hard for you at running back this week, so you may be thinking about starting the guy that’s supposed to be the RB1 in Arizona with Beanie Wells out. Despite Maurice Jones-Drew’s good Monday night game, I still wouldn’t tempt fate by playing a running back against the Ravens, especially one that has no notable talent. Smith should emerge from this game with something like nine carries for 25 yards.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Calvin JohnsonDETat DEN97.33
2Mike WallacePITvs. NE92.67
3Hakeem NicksNYGvs. MIA89.53
4Steve SmithCARvs. MIN86.93
5Wes WelkerNEat PIT85.60
6Miles AustinDALat PHI79.13
7Steve JohnsonBUFvs. WAS77.93
8Marques ColstonNOat STL76.00
9Dwayne BoweKCvs. SD75.53
10Vincent JacksonSDat KC75.53
11Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. DAL72.73
12DeSean JacksonPHIvs. DAL72.73
13A.J. GreenCINat SEA72.53
14Larry FitzgeraldARIat BAL71.73
15Nate WashingtonTENvs. IND71.67
16Dez BryantDALat PHI71.13
17Anquan BoldinBALvs. ARI70.73
18Andre JohnsonHOUvs. JAC69.28
19Pierre GarconINDat TEN67.13
20Percy HarvinMINat CAR66.73
21Brandon MarshallMIAat NYG63.87
22Brandon LloydSTLvs. NO63.80
23Mario ManninghamNYGvs. MIA59.53
24Victor CruzNYGvs. MIA58.87
25Antonio BrownPITvs. NE58.53
26Jabar GaffneyWASat BUF56.13
27Sidney RiceSEAvs. CIN55.87
28Reggie WayneINDat TEN55.80
29Deion BranchNEat PIT55.60
30Torrey SmithBALvs. ARI55.40
31Nate BurlesonDETat DEN54.60
32Greg LittleCLEat SF52.53
33David NelsonBUFvs. WAS51.27
34Emmanuel SandersPITvs. NE49.87
35Greg SalasSTLvs. NO49.13
36Damian WilliamsTENvs. IND47.67
37Robert MeachemNOat STL47.33
38Eric DeckerDENvs. DET46.40
39Michael CrabtreeSFvs. CLE45.93
40Michael JenkinsMINat CAR45.40
41Kevin WalterHOUvs. JAC45.27
42Steve BreastonKCvs. SD44.20
43Anthony ArmstrongWASat BUF44.13
44Lance MooreNOat STL44.00
45Devery HendersonNOat STL43.33
46Titus YoungDETat DEN43.27
47Mike ThomasJACat HOU43.07
48Brandon GibsonSTLvs. NO42.47
49Demaryius ThomasDENvs. DET42.40
50Early DoucetARIat BAL41.73
51Josh CribbsCLEat SF41.20
52Lavelle HawkinsTENvs. IND40.33
53Brandon LaFellCARvs. MIN40.27
54Naaman RooseveltBUFvs. WAS39.93
55Jerome SimpsonCINat SEA39.87
56Braylon EdwardsSFvs. CLE39.27
57Jason HillJACat HOU39.07
58Jacoby JonesHOUvs. JAC38.27
59Andre CaldwellCINat SEA35.87
60Laurent RobinsonDALat PHI35.13
61Eddie RoyalDENvs. DET35.07
62Doug BaldwinSEAvs. CIN34.53
63Hines WardPITvs. NE34.03
64Austin CollieINDat TEN33.13
65Mike Sims-WalkerJACat HOU32.40
66Mike WilliamsSEAvs. CIN31.20
67Davone BessMIAat NYG27.87
68Legedu NaaneeCARvs. MIN25.93
69Mohamed MassaquoiCLEat SF21.93
70Patrick CraytonSDat KC20.53

Start: Nate Washington. Like Hasselbeck, Washington struggled in fantasy last week, which may lead you to keep him on your bench. Don’t. He’s still the WR1 in Tennessee, and he should no problem continuing the line of abuse on the Colts cornerbacks. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t top 100 yards while scoring, even if Chris Johnson finally gets his act together and dominates the rushing game.

Sit: Mike Thomas. Despite their win last week, the Jaguars are still a mess led by a rookie quarterback that doesn’t seem particularly good at moving the ball through the air. Even worse for Thomas owners, Jason Hill has started to emerge as the go-to fantasy option in this passing game. Thomas seems much more likely to give you a zero than provide a double-digit scoring day.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Jimmy GrahamNOat STL94.67
2Fred DavisWASat BUF86.13
3Jason WittenDALat PHI85.13
4Rob GronkowskiNEat PIT80.93
5Brandon PettigrewDETat DEN80.60
6Aaron HernandezNEat PIT74.93
7Owen DanielsHOUvs. JAC74.27
8Antonio GatesSDat KC74.20
9Vernon DavisSFvs. CLE72.93
10Greg OlsenCARvs. MIN69.60
11Jermaine GreshamCINat SEA68.87
12Jared CookTENvs. IND63.33
13Heath MillerPITvs. NE55.20
14Ed DicksonBALvs. ARI54.73
15Jake BallardNYGvs. MIA51.87
16Evan MooreCLEat SF50.87
17Dallas ClarkINDat TEN47.80
18Jeremy ShockeyCARvs. MIN46.27
19Scott ChandlerBUFvs. WAS43.93
20Lance KendricksSTLvs. NO41.80
21Visanthe ShiancoeMINat CAR41.07
22Daniel FellsDENvs. DET33.73
23Brent CelekPHIvs. DAL33.40
24Anthony FasanoMIAat NYG33.20
25Todd HeapARIat BAL33.07
26Leonard PopeKCvs. SD31.53
27Marcedes LewisJACat HOU30.40
28Dennis PittaBALvs. ARI28.73
29Zach MillerSEAvs. CIN25.87
30Ben WatsonCLEat SF22.77

Start: Jared Cook. I’m just going to continue the theme of starting Titans players, for the simple fact that the Colts gave up SIXTY-TWO POINTS last week. Cook is talented and he should see plenty of mismatches on Sunday, especially in the red zone.

Sit: Dallas Clark. On the other hand, Clark hasn’t been a good fantasy option all year, and it’s clear he’s going to finish the season as a complete fantasy bust. Pray he has a breakout game one of these weeks and trade him for anything you can get.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1Jason HansonDETat DEN74.07
2Neil RackersHOUvs. JAC72.60
3John KasayNOat STL68.33
4Stephen GostkowskiNEat PIT66.47
5David AkersSFvs. CLE65.27
6Nick NovakSDat KC62.73
7Dan CarpenterMIAat NYG61.67
8Billy CundiffBALvs. ARI61.60
9Rian LindellBUFvs. WAS61.07
10Alex HeneryPHIvs. DAL60.80
11Mike NugentCINat SEA60.20
12Dan BaileyDALat PHI59.67
13Rob BironasTENvs. IND57.80
14Ryan LongwellMINat CAR56.93
15Adam VinatieriINDat TEN53.33
16Graham GanoWASat BUF50.40
17Josh ScobeeJACat HOU50.13
18Shaun SuishamPITvs. NE49.27
19Josh BrownSTLvs. NO47.47
20Phil DawsonCLEat SF46.60
21Lawrence TynesNYGvs. MIA45.60
22Matt PraterDENvs. DET45.47
23Olindo MareCARvs. MIN45.13
24Steven HauschkaSEAvs. CIN44.87
25Jay FeelyARIat BAL41.80
26Ryan SuccopKCvs. SD38.07

Start: Rian Lindell. He may be available on your wire after sitting out last week with a bye.

Sit: Josh Scobee. He was excellent last week, but I’m not convinced the Jaguars are going to be in scoring position four times in any other game this year.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1Baltimore RavensBALvs. ARI80.93
2Cincinnati BengalsCINat SEA71.70
3New York GiantsNYGvs. MIA71.60
4Detroit LionsDETat DEN70.20
5Houston TexansHOUvs. JAC65.73
6New Orleans SaintsNOat STL65.70
7San Francisco 49ersSFvs. CLE65.57
8Philadelphia EaglesPHIvs. DAL59.53
9Tennessee TitansTENvs. IND58.67
10Dallas CowboysDALat PHI56.93
11Kansas City ChiefsKCvs. SD56.37
12Arizona CardinalsARIat BAL51.77
13Buffalo BillsBUFvs. WAS49.07
14Minnesota VikingsMINat CAR46.20
15New England PatriotsNEat PIT45.33
16Miami DolphinsMIAat NYG44.73
17Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. NE44.43
18Cleveland BrownsCLEat SF44.00
19San Diego ChargersSDat KC43.10
20Carolina PanthersCARvs. MIN42.80
21Denver BroncosDENvs. DET41.60
22Washington RedskinsWASat BUF41.47
23Seattle SeahawksSEAvs. CIN38.70
24Indianapolis ColtsINDat TEN32.40
25Jacksonville JaguarsJACat HOU28.97
26St. Louis RamsSTLvs. NO28.73

Start: Cincinnati Bengals. They’ve had the knack for getting in the end zone off turnovers, and they’ll face a team that scored three points against the beatable Browns last week. Gotta love it.

Sit: Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re set up to be used and abused by Tom Brady and the Patriots this week, making them a rare sit option.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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5 Responses to “Week 8: Stafford Expected to Play”

  1. Should I start Vernon Davis or Jared Cook this week?

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    I agree with our pick of Davis in that instance.

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  3. He has just been very week lately, Im gonna go with him hope we are right!

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  4. automaticg says:

    Legarrette Blount v NO….. or Cedric Benson v Titans????

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  5. automaticg says:

    I think Davis too. weak but proven commodity and top 5 talent

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