Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 8. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Doug Martin TB VS. MIN

Dougie who is coming off a monster game last week against the Saints, tops the sit list for running backs this week. He’s probably a start if there aren’t many other options for fantasy owners this week, but you have to look at sitting this rookie against the #4 defense against him. Let it be known, I was on point with his absolute must start status last week, so this week I’m pulling out the rug on y’all and saying sit him. Vikings are tough as nails at home in the Metrodome. Peterson is the starting RB to have in this matchup, so temper expectations for Martin this week so don’t expect any Dougie dance moves in the end zone this week.

Steven Jackson STL VS. NE

Is this the week SJax takes less snaps than rookie Daryl Richardson? Who knows, but across the pond in London, the Patriots will look to take Jackson out of the game early. Bradford uses the run to set up the pass and the Rams running back share approach has not benefited any fantasy owners lately. The game is in Europe, so don’t worry about the time zone and affect on the players. It should be the same old story of Jackson getting his 2 yards and a cloud of smoke per carry. There are more options with greater upside this week so leave Jackson back in the U.S. and on the bench.


Cam Newton CAR VS. CHI

Is it just me or does Cam look like a petulant child even more so than Jeff Cutler? Newton’s post game depressing press conferences are pathetic, just like his play this season. He’s slumped and slumped horribly as the Panthers have regressed from whatever they rebuilt last season. There is not much to look forward to this week against the #1 Defense in Chicago. The Bears have a dominant defense and it should create nightmares for Newton in this matchup. Shut down cornerback Tillman will be blanketing Smith, so unless LaFell or Olsen emerges and they effectively run the football then don’t expect much to change. Just like the Panthers GM, fire Newton from your starting lineup this week and perhaps your team.

Matthew Stafford DET VS. SEA

Stafford makes the sit’em list twice in a row. Yep, I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again Stafford has been about desirable as a staph infection this season. This week he goes up against a Seattle Seahawks defense that ranks as the third stingiest to fantasy quarterbacks this season. Stafford has yet to throw more than one touchdown in a game this season. On top of all that, Detroit just lost their second most productive wide receiver in Nate Burleson for the season. Stafford has a season TD to INT ration of 7:6. Any more questions genius? Bench him

Wide Receivers

Brandon Lloyd NE VS. STL

Lloyd has been more of a bust than boom as we near the halfway point this season. With Welker, Hernandez and Gronk getting a majority of the targets, plus an extra emphasis on a balanced rushing attack, it’s Lloyd who has suffered the most as a result. Fantasy owners should be scratching their heads, since Offensive Coordinator Daniels is a big Lloyd believer. This week’s matchup will be challenging for him as he goes up against the Rams revamped secondary. I don’t foresee Lloyd getting free much and I see Brady checking down more often and not going over the top. I like Brady in this matchup, just not Lloyd, so sit him this week.

Larry Fitzgerald AZ VS. SF

Larry Fitzgerald and not Andre Roberts was the sit’em I should have picked last week against the Vikings. So to avoid making the same mistake I’m switching up the Cardinals receivers this week. It’s always the top wide out that gets the defense’s attention and that will be the case again this week. It’s the 49ers and we all know they are incredibly good and can blanket a defense better than a Snuggie, so sit Larry the Conductor this week. It’s easier said than done, but I like Roberts’ value more this week in this matchup. I don’t see Fitz causing fits for the Niners D this Sunday so let him waste away on your fantasy bench.

Tight Ends

Aaron Hernandez NE VS. STL

Is it just me or does Hernandez appear to still be suffering the effects of a bum knee/leg? I don’t know what to make of his performance last week and it’s Gronk who has been more heavily targeted the last couple weeks. I am not about to actually bench him unless I’ve got some more elite options but I would definitely consider a TE with a better matchup. The Rams have guarded against the tight end well this season, see Finley from Green Bay last week as an example. If you can get your hands on Miller or Bennett then do it and leave this tattooed Patriot on your bench.

Brandon Pettigrew DET VS. SEA

Pettigrew has been a bum in the motor city this season. He’s seen just 1 TD in the last 5 games to date and has been dropping footballs at a faster rate than Terrell Owens to boot. By this point we also know that Seattle’s defense is one of the most elite in the NFL. We can talk about matchups all day long but let me give you an impressive fact. Last Thursday, Vernon Davis made zero catches and accounted for zero fantasy points against Seattle’s Defense. That’s Vernon Davis — the machine. We are talking about Pettigrew — the Chia Pet. Stafford hasn’t exactly been impressive either this season. Sit your Detroit Lions this week until they have a more favorable matchup.


Pittsburgh Steelers PIT VS. WAS

Pittsburgh, let me introduce to the new-look Washington Redskins. The ‘Skins come to Heinz field this week with an explosive offense led by RGIII and a Kyle Shannahan led unit that puts the pressure on opposing defenses. The Steelers have seen a steady decline since their younger years and with Troy Polamalu out this week, there will be even more challenges they will face in stopping this offense. I don’t know if the Steelers will be able to keep up with RGIII unless they can illegally Harrison hit him. That said, if the Steelers can knock RGIII out of the game then Kirk Cousins could have another 3 INT game. My bet is RGIII finds a way to get down or run out of bounds to avoid the big time hits Sunday. The Steelers defense might be more blue than black this week after the Redskins are finished with them.