Our Week 8 sit ‘em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 8 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Jay Cutler CHI @ NE

Jay the interception machine slinging quarterback is back. His accompaniment of weapons is not very pleased with it either, particularly Brandon Marshall. The offense has been sputtering recently and this week will be in the elements of New England. The Patriots are an opportunistic defense and they will probably have the opportunity to make Cutler look bad more than once. Fear for the worst Cutler owners.

Matt Ryan ATL VS DET

Matty Ice has gone ice cold on fantasy owners. What started out as a season of promise, and had an up-tick against the hapless Bucs a few weeks ago, has turned sour. Detroit touts a very staunch defense that ranks in the top 10 defensively on the fantasy scale. While in London I expect the Detroit sack artists will be on the prowl and create a rough day at the office for Ryan.

Running Backs

Zac Stacy STL @KC

It is about time to officially move on from Stacy for fantasy owners. Once a very reliable Rams running back, it appears he’s fallen out of favor in what has become the Benny Cunningham and Tre Mason show. The rookie out of Auburn, Mason, has shown great burst his last two games and is the future at that position. Coach Fisher appears to be headed in that futuristic direction and the best scenario for Stacy owners is that he gets traded to a team like Jacksonville. Stacy’s pita chips have more fantasy value than Zac Stacy this week. Sit’em.

Justin Forsett BAL @ CIN

Forsett is apparently a late bloomer in the NFL. Never thought to be an every down back, this little monster has bulked up and seems durable enough to handle a majority of the rushing load for the Ravens. While Pierce and company see carries too, it’s Forsett’s backfield. This week it’s an angry Cincy defense at home that’s coming off a very rough 3 game stretch. The Bengals play well at home and their run defense is still monstrous. So while I like Forsett going forward, the Ravens won’t win the run game this week, sit Forsett.

Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen SD @ DEN

It’s time to start worrying Keenan Allen owners! This is Philip Rivers’ best option for hitting the homerun, but it’s been more like a strikeout for this Charger lately. There’s no endorsement here for Keenan to start putting up big numbers on Thursday night. That Denver defense is looking solid, so I’m not risking this boom/bust candidate this week. Sit’em.

Percy Harvin NYJ VS BUF

Good riddance to bad rubbish is exactly the sentiments Seahawks fans have for Percy Harvin. Jets Quarterback Geno Smith on the other hand has to be ecstatic with a new weapon to play with in an otherwise slow-developing offense. Harvin will have value to owners moving forward, but not in the first week of a new offense. If he makes it on the field for 50% of the plays then that will be progress. Expect Mr. Migraine and this clubhouse (locker room) cancer to be relatively ineffective against a solid Bills defense.

Tight Ends

Jeff Cumberland NYJ VS BUF

Cumblerand found the end zone last Thursday against New England. However, he is still a secondary tight-end, not even Geno’s first option at the position in that offense. The only offensive weapon to own for the Jets would be Harvin, and possibly Ivory at running back. Cumberland should be a wasteland that lies in the land of the un-owned, and is to be avoided by all fantasy owners until otherwise noted.

Niles Paul WAS VS DAL

Niles Paul is still owned in more fantasy leagues than he should be right now. With Jordan Reed back healthy, it’s safe to drop Paul going forward. While Reed is an injury waiting to happen, Paul just takes up valuable bench space on your roster. Drop Paul and make sure he sits in the free agent market this week.

Defense

Seattle Seahawks SEA @ CAR

Will the real Seahawks, please stand up? The defending Super Bowl champions are giving up nine more points per game so far and they’ve looked very beatable in their road games. The Panthers on average don’t give up many points to opposing defenses, probably because of their conservative approach. While Cam Newton could implode in any quarter, I expect the Seahawks to be more of a 2 to 5 point producer, as opposed to a 10 point plus monster that they were last season. Sit them Seahawks!