Week 7 was a brutal week for many fantasy teams, with multiple key players at each position suffering injuries. Nowhere was the wrath felt more than at QB, where Jay Cutler, Nick Foles and Sam Bradford represented potential starting options in fantasy leagues who didn’t make it through their games. Throw in six teams on bye in Week 8, and the fantasy QB position gets ugly quickly. Players like Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Alex Smith may be the No. 1 options for their teams. Best of luck if you fall in that situation.
Start/Sit Week 8
Start: Michael Vick vs. NYG
I swung and missed on a Philly quarterback in this spot last week, recommending Nick Foles as a quality starter. I picked him up and started him in multiple leagues, losing two matchups and squeaking out a win in another. Foles wasn’t good at all before being knocked from Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, and his injury has made it easy to hand the starting job back to Michael Vick, who practiced in full on Wednesday and is ready to return from a hamstring injury. Vick has a great upcoming schedule for QBs, starting with a plus matchup against the Giants this week. If you can somehow buy low, I’d try.
Sit: Alex Smith at CLE
Like I mentioned at the top, teams will likely have to scrape by with any serviceable option they can find this week, but if possible, Smith is one to avoid. He’s failed to throw a TD in three straight games while not topping 250 yards at any point during that streak. He salvaged his Week 7 line against the Texans with a rushing TD, but he has another tough matchup this week against the Browns. If Joe Haden can limit Dwayne Bowe even further than Bowe has been limited this season, Smith will likely struggle to find any open options all day.
Start: Zac Stacy vs. STL
I initially had my “start” recommendation as Joseph Randle for a second straight week before word came out that DeMarco Murray may be able to play against the Lions. One player that definitely isn’t playing is Sam Bradford, whose absence should result in a heavy workload of Zac Stacy. Even if (or when) the Rams fall behind, they surely won’t be able to go into pass-happy mode with Kellen Clemens under center, and I expect Stacy to receive 20 touches as a result. The matchup is terrible for him, but any RB expected to get 20 touches is worth consideration. Reaching the end zone at least once will be key to his fantasy day.
Sit: Chris Ivory at CIN
Ivory posted an out-of-nowhere 104 yards against the Patriots, but you probably already realize that big total came on a whopping 34 carries. There aren’t many RBs that will fail to top 100 yards when fed 34 carries, which was the total Ivory had over the first six weeks heading into the game. Before you fall in love with him as a starting option moving forward, the Jets admitted that featuring him in the running game was part of a specific gameplan against the Patriots. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Bilal Powell back as the featured runner in Week 8, or to see a committee form. Ivory should be rostered but held out of starting lineups if possible.
Start: Denarius Moore vs. PIT
Moore has scored touchdowns four times and topped 80 yards three times in his first six games. That alone is enough to consider using him as an every week starter over any banged up or disappointing receiver on your roster. He gets a Steelers defense that has played well against WRs this year, but Moore’s obvious comfort level with Terrelle Pryor and consistent production makes him close to a must-start coming out of the Raiders’ bye.
Sit: Julian Edelman vs. MIA
Edelman’s fantasy value is inversely tied to the health of Danny Amendola, and unfortunately for Edelman owners, Amendola returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday, putting him on track to return to the lineup Sunday. With Amendola and Rob Gronkowski on the field, it’ll likely be pretty tough for any of the team’s other receivers to deliver consistent fantasy production. Avoid Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson in your league if you have other decent options.
Bye Week Plug-and-Plays
TE: Jeff Cumberland at CIN; Scott Chandler at NO; Robert Housler vs. ATL
PK: Alex Henery vs. NYG; Jay Feely vs. ATL; Nick Folk at CIN
DF: New Orleans Saints vs. BUF; Miami Dolphins at NE; Oakland Raiders vs. PIT
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