Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups 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.
Might as well put a visor on Pryor and pretend he’s still suffering from post-concussion symptoms. This week pits a team who is fighting hard to return to relevance in the AFC North against the struggling Raiders. Pryor is better left on the bench this week where he won’t do your team any damage against the much maligned Steel curtain defense. With 6 teams on byes this week find a suitable replacement elsewhere.
Alex Smith is the Trent Dilfer of the Kansas City offense. Kindly put, he’s a game manager and a very capable one of leading his team to victory as long as his defense steps up. While I wouldn’t say that Alex doesn’t have the capability to put up some big numbers against the Browns, I just don’t think he’ll need to have a big game for the Chiefs to win. Andy Reid’s team is all about efficiency and they love to run the rock with Jamaal Charles, so expect more of that trend this week. No bye-week love for Smith and Co this week on this fantasy report.
Harry Douglas was a waiver wire gem last week. Now that he’s an every-down receiver with Julio Jones’ injury and Roddy White still getting back to normal he found some fantasy glory against the Bucs defense. This week it’s a much more staunch in the Cardinals and although they can be beat I find it hard to believe that Douglas will put up more than 8 points. In fact, the game action I caught on him from the Jets MNF game earlier this year made me believe he’s a better scout team player. Leave him on the bench.
It’s Jennings’ first game against his former squad on Sunday. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it’ll go too well based on the Freeman experiment at QB in Minneapolis. The Vikings are a mess offensively and without a QB who knows the playbook and who has spotty mechanics this is a recipe for a stinker from Jennings. If there was one game I would think Jennings would be primed to bust out I would say this is the one, but the parts aren’t in place quite yet. Save space on the pine for Jennings.
The old man who was picked up after the first few weeks of the season when Richardson was dealt to Indy hasn’t shown much more than a game of 2.5 yards per carry. He’ll see the majority of carries but that doesn’t seem to matter all that much in an offense that sputters more than it should. The Chiefs are a top 5 statistical defense and the Browns should be playing from behind, so I expect Weeden to be tossing it up in the air more than handoffs to Willis. Sit the McGahee.
Stacy has come on strong the last couple weeks for the Rams. He’s been a bit of a nice surprise and given the opportunity to outperform Daryl Richardson he’s made the most of it. Seahawks post a strong run defense and if losing Sam Bradford wasn’t bad enough, this Seahawks defense could make things much worse. Stacy could still post average numbers but I like many other options more than him this weekend. Stacy will have future value so keep him benched just this week.
Cook has lost his luster after opening up the season with quite the bang. The Rams are going to have a new signal caller under center this week and with Bradford’s absence expect the game plan to change. Seahawks love to punish the line of scrimmage and I don’t expect this tall and athletic secondary to be beat by Cook or the Rams receiving corps much on Monday Night football. Cook has a red zone presence, but my guess is that St. Louis won’t be visiting there often.
This might come as a shocker but I would be very cautious about putting Graham out there on Sunday. He’s coming off an injury he suffered in New England. While he had the bye-week to rest up I think he’ll be better served getting fully healthy than being used this week. The Bills are not a doormat anymore but I think Sean Payton’s squad can afford themselves the luxury of shelving him one more week. If he does end up suiting up then all bets are off, but I suspect he would be used more sparingly. Not worth the risk of starting him this week in my mind.
The Vikings put up some decent fantasy numbers on Monday Night against the Giants due to a special teams TD. The thing that paralyzes this defense in terms of fantasy points is that the offense puts the defense in such bad situations. It’s the Green Bay Packers and while this is a divisional foe and a heated game I still think the Vikings are overmatched and that special teams TD won’t exist this time. You can do better than the purple people eating defense this week.