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Week 8 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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What will Shane Vereen do for an encore in Week 8 against the Bears? Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his outlook in his latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. Full story
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1Bryce Brown, BUF, RB69
2Denard Robinson, JAC, RB60
3Doug Baldwin, SEA, WR53
4Tre Mason, STL, RB53
5Anthony Dixon, BUF, RB41
6Travaris Cadet, NO, RB35
7Everson Griffen, MIN, DE34
8Cody Parkey, PHI, K27
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3Brandon Bolden, NE, RB-29
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5Brian Cushing, HOU, ILB-20
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Kelvin Benjamin probably a worthwhile risk
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:39 pm ET) Only you can say for sure whether you should start Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin this week because only you know your alternatives. But Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him in their top 24 wide receivers, which makes him an advisable start in standard 12-team leagues. And while I might rank Andre Johnson, Mohamed Sanu and Doug Baldwin ahead of him, I generally agree with their assessment.

Clearly, though, it isn't a slam dunk, and the main reason why is Richard Sherman. He's not quite Darrelle Revis in his prime, but he's been known to shut down a top flight wide receiver or two. He just held the Rams' Brian Quick to two catches for 33 yards in Week 7.

Of course, Benjamin is probably better than Quick and plays for a team with a more consistent passing attack. His size makes him an ideal red zone target, and he's scored a touchdown in five of seven games this season. How do you sit that?

Again, you probably don't, but keep your expectations in check for Benjamin this week.


Bengals will be cautious with A.J. Green
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:29 pm ET) The Bengals will be cautious with wideout A.J. Green, according to the NFL Network.

Green is dealing with a foot injury, and was unable to take part in the open portion of practice Thursday. Given how quickly Marvin Jones' foot issue went south, the club wants to be more cautious with Green. There's still a chance Green plays Week 8, but it will likely depend on him putting in some work on the practice field Friday. 


Cam Newton too hard to predict
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:23 pm ET) In Week 8, the Panthers host the Seahawks, who have been a tough matchup for quarterbacks in recent years. Not so much this year, though. The Seahawks rank 16th against the pass, surrendering 239.0 yards per game, and have allowed the fifth-highest passer rating of any team this season. They've also given up the ninth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

So the matchup really isn't the concern for Cam Newton this week. Cam Newton himself is. After breaking out with 284 passing yards and 107 rushing yards Week 6 at Cincinnati, he had a chance to solidify his place in Fantasy in what figured to be a high-scoring affair Week 7 at Green Bay. But while he once again contributed as a rusher with seven carries for 41 yards -- another sign that his surgically repaired ankle is feeling better -- he wasn't productive enough throwing the ball to satisfy his Fantasy owners.

Of course, the Packers have allowed the lowest quarterback rating of any team this season, so maybe Newton is more the quarterback we saw two weeks ago than not. Unlike Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard, I'd have him in my top 12 for this week, but just barely. 


Pierre Thomas, Khiry Robinson unable to practice Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:20 pm ET) Saints running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and running back Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder) were held out of practice again Thursday. The Saints are preparing to play the Packers in Week 8.

Ravens not concerned about Owen Daniels
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:11 pm ET) The Ravens don't seem concerned about Owen Daniels' status for Sunday, according to the Baltimore Sun

According to offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, Daniels is "fine." Kubiak noted that coach John Harbaugh has a plan for the team's veteran players. Daniels was held out of practice Thursday due to a knee issue. He was also held out Wednesday, but that was assumed to be a veteran's day of rest. 


Throw Doug Baldwin right in the fire
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:06 pm ET) If you own Doug Baldwin in Fantasy, chances are you just added him in response to his 123-yard, touchdown-scoring performance at St. Louis in Week 7. Hey, with Percy Harvin following Golden Tate out the door and the Seahawks throwing the ball more than ever, somebody has be on the other end of Russell Wilson's passes.

But you may still be reluctant to start Baldwin Week 8 at Carolina just because ... well, it's not like Harvin was doing all that much for the Seahawks. Where was Baldwin before the trade?

Harvin may not have been giving the Seahawks much yardage, but a lot of the plays when he took the field were designed specifically for him. He had a decent number of targets and several carries as well. On average, it was probably about eight plays each week that are now going to someone else.

That's a significant number, especially since nobody new was added with his removal. And again, the Seahawks have been throwing the ball more and more in recent weeks with their defense showing signs of weakness.

The Panthers aren't so great against the pass, ranking 22nd of 32 teams, and have been especially bad against wide receivers, allowing the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to them. I say you run Baldwin out there right away.


Are we really doubting Russell Wilson still?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:52 pm ET) Coming off the best game of his life (at least from a statistical standpoint), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is started in only 67 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. Is that a problem to anyone else?

In case you haven't noticed, the Seahawks haven't been as dominant defensively this year, which has made Wilson's performance more critical to their success. The result is better numbers for the third-year passer. He's contributed at least two touchdowns in every game but one, and that one was sandwiched between two three-touchdown games, including Week 7.

In those three-touchdown games, Wilson also rushed for more than 100 yards, leading to some monster production that has made him the fifth-best quarterback in standard CBSSports.com leagues to date.

So he's consistent and has a high ceiling from week to week. So ... what's the deal, then? Certainly it's not the matchup steering you away from him in Week 8. The hosting Panthers have allowed the sixth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season and rank 22nd against the pass, giving up 250.7 yards per game.


Jaguars coach: Robinson featured in Week 8 over Gerhart
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) Gus Bradley has announced that Week 7 breakout back Denard Robinson will receive the bulk of the carries for the Jaguars in Week 8 against Miami, per the Florida Times-Union. Toby Gerhart, who returns from injury with a 2.6 YPC average, will serve as his backup.

The former Michigan quarterback exploded for 127 yards on 22 carries and added three receptions Sunday against Cleveland. It marked his first double-figure attempt day in the NFL.

Gerhart appears set to play after missing two games with a foot sprain.


Panthers expecting Byron Bell to play Week 8
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:35 pm ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Thursday he anticipates offensive lineman Byron Bell playing Week 8 against the Seahawks. Bell was limited in practice Thursday for a second straight day due to an elbow injury.

Panthers' Rivera hopeful DeAngelo Williams will be back Week 9
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:31 pm ET) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams did not practice Thursday due to a lingering ankle injury and it appears likely he will miss a fourth straight game Week 8 vs. Seattle. However, coach Ron Rivera said he is hopeful Williams will make his return to the lineup next Thursday (Week 9) against the Saints.

 
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