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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Start-Sit

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 8

October 24, 2013

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Thanks to all the byes in Week 8--not to mention the injury questions--there are some tough lineup decisions to be made in fantasy football. If you’re sweating a particular choice, don’t worry; we’re here to help. Here’s a look at some potentially unexpected calls that should turn into noteworthy performances, for better or worse. Let’s take a closer look in our weekly Start-Sit column.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 8 Start-Sit

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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: We don’t like the matchup of the Bengals’ RBs against the Jets defense, but Dalton is an enticing play. He’s hot right now, with six touchdowns and just one pick in his last two games alone. Dalton will face a Jets defense that’s shown some big-play vulnerability in the secondary. Fat chance anyone on the roster will be able to match up with the beastly A.J. Green, and even if they do shut him down that will open up avenues for the other receivers. He’s a great fill-in this week.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Miller is one of the better-looking fantasy tight ends in this heavy bye-week. He’s been showing improvement in every game since coming back to action a month or so ago, and that trend should continue in Oakland. Miller scored last week, but only posted 17 yards. Expect that number to increase quite a bit this week.

Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills: Drew Brees and the Saints are rested and fresh after their bye week, and that spells trouble for the Bills during this Week 8 road game. We should be seeing all sorts of scoring from New Orleans, and Buffalo will have to toss a lot to keep up. Enter Johnson, who posted six grabs for 61 yards last week and has developed some nice chemistry with QB Thad Lewis. He’ll get plenty of targets.

Sit ‘Em:

Mike James, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Before you get too excited about snagging James off the waiver wire, temper your expectations a bit. First off, the Bucs offense is pretty bad, and we doubt James will be able to do much against a stout Panthers front. He’s more of a bruising runner, and doesn’t have that extra gear that will help rack up the yards. Owners might get a score from James if they’re lucky, but we see it as too big of a risk.

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets: Ivory’s 34-carry, 104-yard effort against the Patriots was one of the flukiest occurrences of Week 7. The team reportedly kept feeding him because he had the “hot hand,” and given the Pats’ decimated defensive front, it’s easy to see why. We expect things to be spread a little more evenly between Ivory and Powell this week, and less success against a much better Bengals rush defense.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Fitzgerald is dealing with some serious hamstring issues right now, which puts a big red flag beside his name. He’s also been wildly inconsistent, with only three double-digit performances to his credit thus far. That’s fine from a WR3 or a flex, but not a top 30 fantasy draft pick. The matchup versus the Falcons isn’t too bad, but with the nagging hamstrings, we’d look elsewhere if you have the luxury.

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