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Week 8 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.

When the season started you never envisioned a scenario where you would bench Cam Newton or Matthew Stafford when healthy. After all, both were drafted in the first round on average in CBSSports.com leagues and both were expected to be studs.

I'm starting Weeden or Bradford over ...
Cam Newton at CHI
Matthew Stafford vs. SEA
Jay Cutler vs. CAR
Josh Freeman at MIN
Christian Ponder vs. TB

But after seven weeks we've realized that Newton and Stafford are looking more like busts. They also both have difficult matchups in Week 8, which we will illustrate below. The problem now is finding suitable replacement options.

Two quarterbacks who are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com -- Brandon Weeden and Sam Bradford -- have a better outlook than Newton and Stafford. It's risky to trust both of these unheralded quarterbacks, but each has a favorable matchup.

Start with Weeden, who has played well of late with at least 19 Fantasy points in each of his past three games. He has at least two passing touchdowns or 300 yards in five of his past six outings and he should do well against the Chargers. San Diego has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in each of its past four games against Matt Ryan, Matt Cassel, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Weeden also could be throwing more with Trent Richardson (ribs) hurt and he should continue to build on his surprising rookie campaign.

Bradford also has the chance for a quality performance against the Patriots in London. New England has allowed multiple passing touchdowns or 300 yards in each of their past five games, including matchups with Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Manning, Russell Wilson and Mark Sanchez. It's not exactly a who's who of elite passers aside from Manning.

Bradford only has two games with at least 20 Fantasy points this year, but he should have the chance to shine. New England's pass defense is that bad, and the Rams will likely be chasing points in the second half, giving Bradford plenty of opportunities to throw.

We know there will be some trepidation in starting Weeden and Bradford ahead of Newton and Stafford. But if you want to have a chance at winning this week, that might be a move you have to make.

Full Disclosure from Week 7
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Pts. (proj.) Fantasy Pts. (actual) Start % Pos. rank
Fred Jackson, RB, Bills 12 17 82 6
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills 13 10 88 17
Recommended starts that made us look good
Chris Johnson, RB, Titans 13 31 93 1
Randall Cobb, WR, Packers 10 21 61 2
Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers 13 17 86 7
Recommended sits that made us look good
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions 18 16 64 13
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions 9 6 53 30
Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings 17 4 17 25
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Jay Cutler, QB, Bears 21 15 51 14
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers 10 3 53 14
Kenny Britt, WR, Titans 12 3 70 50
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals 6 16 25 6
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets 9 14 67 9
Lance Moore, WR, Saints 7 12 39 13

Quarterback

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Andrew Luck (at TEN): The only risk in starting Luck this week is he's on the road, where he has struggled. In two road games at Chicago and the Jets he has a combined 15 Fantasy points. By comparison, he has at least 18 Fantasy points in four home games. But facing the Titans could help his road woes. Tennessee has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in all but one game this season.
Tony Romo (vs. NYG): The Giants have actually been better against opposing quarterbacks on the road than at home, where they have allowed at least 19 Fantasy points against Romo, Weeden and Robert Griffin III but held Newton and Alex Smith to 17 combined Fantasy points away from New York. We still expect Romo to play well since he has a good history against the Giants. In his last four complete games against the Giants he has averaged 327 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions, including 29 Fantasy points in Week 1. He's trustworthy this week.
Philip Rivers (at CLE): This should be a telling week for Rivers and his Fantasy value going forward. He faces a Browns defense that has allowed multiple touchdowns to every opposing quarterback this season but also is among the league leaders with 10 interceptions. Rivers has six touchdowns in his past three games but also six interceptions. Now, he has been better on the road this year with 40 Fantasy points in his past two away games at Kansas City and New Orleans. And he has at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past five games coming off a bye. With Antonio Gates now healthy and a week to work on things, we'll give Rivers a starting nod with his matchup at Cleveland.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. WAS): Roethlisberger got off to a hot start this season with at least 19 Fantasy points in his first three games. Since then he has just 19 Fantasy points once in his past three outings. He has the chance for a quality performance this week against the Redskins, who have allowed at least 21 Fantasy points in five of seven games this year. The lowest passing total against Washington was Week 4 at Tampa Bay when Josh Freeman had only 299 yards. Look for plenty of downfield attempts to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. as this has the makings of a big game for Big Ben.
Michael Vick (vs. ATL): The Eagles might be frustrated with Vick's turnovers, but his Fantasy production has actually remained high. He has at least 19 Fantasy points in four of six games, and his best game was his last one in Week 6 against Detroit with 25 points. He faced the Falcons last year and had 242 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception and 25 rushing yards. And Vick has been solid coming off a bye. In two games as the starter for the Eagles after a bye week, Vick has at least 27 Fantasy points with a combined 497 passing yards and three touchdowns and 124 rushing yards and a touchdown -- with no turnovers.

Week 8 quarterback sleepers
Carson Palmer (at KC) Five quarterbacks have multiple touchdowns vs. KC this year.
Matt Hasselbeck (vs. IND) Five quarterbacks have multiple touchdowns vs. IND this year.
Ryan Tannehill (at NYJ) Consider using in two-quarterback leagues following bye week.

Sit 'Em

Matthew Stafford (vs. SEA): Stafford actually hasn't been as bad as it appears with three games with at least 19 Fantasy points in his past four outings. But he has yet to pass for multiple touchdowns and, amazingly, has yet to throw a touchdown to Calvin Johnson. This week he faces another tough test against the Seahawks, who have only allowed one quarterback to top 15 Fantasy points, which was Tom Brady in Week 6. Otherwise they have shut down Romo, Aaron Rodgers and Newton, with Rodgers and Newton being held to single digits in Fantasy points.
Alex Smith (at ARI): I'm forced to start Smith this week in a 20-team league, but I'm not thrilled about it. He has one game with more than 12 Fantasy points in his past five games, which was a blowout against Buffalo in Week 5. In his other four games over that span he has combined for 30 Fantasy points against Minnesota, the Jets, the Giants and Seattle. Smith does have six touchdowns in his past four games against the Cardinals, but Arizona has been able to contain Brady, Vick, Fitzpatrick and Christian Ponder to fewer than 16 Fantasy points each.
Christian Ponder (vs. TB): The Bucs have been abused by opposing quarterbacks this season in yards allowed, but they don't give up a lot of passing touchdowns. Every quarterback except Brady Quinn in Week 6 has passed for at least 280 yards against the Bucs, but only Eli Manning and Drew Brees have multiple touchdowns. They actually have more interceptions (nine) than passing touchdowns allowed (eight), and Ponder could have another game with minimal production after getting just four Fantasy points in Week 7 against Arizona. He was held to 58 passing yards in that game with Adrian Peterson doing all the work, which should be the case again in this matchup.
Josh Freeman (at MIN): We had Freeman as a sleeper last week, and he came through with 34 Fantasy points against the Saints. He has a whopping 63 Fantasy points in his past two games with his Week 6 performance against the Chiefs, and he's done well in favorable matchups, especially at home. In two road games this year he has combined for 25 Fantasy points at the Giants and Cowboys, and the Vikings have locked down quarterbacks of late with only Griffin getting more than 19 Fantasy points in their past five games against Smith, Stafford, Matt Hasselbeck and John Skelton.
Jay Cutler (vs. CAR): The Panthers defense is not good, but opposing quarterbacks have actually struggled against them. Matt Ryan is the lone quarterback with multiple touchdown passes against them, including matchups with Brees, Eli Manning and Romo. Brees also had a rushing touchdown and he and Ryan are the only quarterbacks with more than 17 Fantasy points against the Panthers. Cutler is coming off a down performance with just 15 Fantasy points against the Lions and he's dealing with bruised ribs. Even though he should have little pressure on him in this game, there is cause for concern in starting him in the majority of leagues.

Bust alert: Cam Newton (at CHI): We used this stat last week with Stafford and we'll use it again with Newton -- the Bears defense has scored as many touchdowns (five) as they've allowed passing touchdowns on the season (five). No quarterback has scored multiple touchdowns against them this year, including matchups with Luck, Rodgers, Romo and Stafford. Now, Newton was a beast against the Bears last year with 374 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception and 35 rushing yards and two touchdowns, but he looks completely different from his rookie season. It's hard to bench him in the majority of leagues, but we'd be leery of starting him in this matchup.

Running back

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Willis McGahee (vs. NO): McGahee comes off his bye week hoping to continue posting solid stats. In his past three games prior to Week 7, McGahee had at least eight Fantasy points against Oakland, New England and San Diego. He has a favorable matchup this week against the Saints, who have allowed eight touchdowns to opposing running backs and seven to reach double digits in Fantasy points.
Rashad Jennings (at GB): Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is out, which will allow Jennings to get the majority of touches for the Jaguars. He showed what he's capable of doing when he had 102 total yards and a touchdown at the Raiders last week when Jones-Drew got hurt. Teams have been able to run the ball against the Packers this year with six running backs reaching at least nine Fantasy points, including Steven Jackson last week. Jennings can start for every Jones-Drew owner or be a flex option if you were lucky enough to add him this week even if you don't own Jones-Drew.
Vick Ballard (at TEN): We loved both Bills running backs last week because of their matchup with the Titans and Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller both finished with double digits in Fantasy points. Ballard could also reach double digits since seven running backs have now hit that mark against the Titans with eight touchdowns allowed. Ballard had 103 total yards against Cleveland last week and looked solid filling in for the injured Donald Brown (knee).
Alex Green (vs. JAC): There's risk involved in using Green, even as a flex option. Coach Mike McCarthy said this week he's disappointed in the way Green ran against the Rams last week when he had just 35 yards on 20 carries. But St. Louis has a strong run defense and Green should do better against the Jaguars, who have allowed the fourth most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Unless James Starks gets more action this week, we should see Green get 20 carries for the third game in a row. If that happens against Jacksonville we should see Green finish with positive production and his best game of the year.
Reggie Bush (at NYJ): The last time Bush faced the Jets was in Week 3, and he was on his way toward a solid game before hurting his knee in the second quarter. He had 10 carries for 61 yards at that point, and this time he will finish what he started. The Jets have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing running backs and six to reach at least nine Fantasy points. Bush has double digits in Fantasy points in three of his six outings this season, and he should be rested coming off his bye week.

Week 8 running back sleepers
Jonathan Dwyer (vs. WAS) If he starts again for PIT then use him as a flex option in all leagues.
Jamie Harper (vs. IND) Stealing touchdowns from Chris Johnson with three in past two games.
Montario Hardesty (vs. SD) Would be a nice flex option if Trent Richardson (ribs) is out.
Michael Bush (vs. CAR) Six running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points vs. CAR.
Kendall Hunter (at ARI) Might see more work this week with Frank Gore (ribs) banged up.

Sit 'Em

Jonathan Stewart (at CHI): The Bears again showed their dominance on defense last week against the Lions, including holding Mikel Leshoure to six Fantasy points. The Bears have only allowed one touchdown to opposing running backs, which was back in Week 1. Since then they have limited Jackson, DeMarco Murray, Jones-Drew and Leshoure to a combined 20 Fantasy points. Stewart was featured in the backfield against the Cowboys in Week 7 ahead of DeAngelo Williams, but he still had just 46 total yards.
Steven Jackson (vs. NE): We can understand starting Jackson and he has run well of late. He has at least 75 total yards or a touchdown in each of his past three games against Arizona, Miami and Green Bay. But the Patriots should be able to contain Jackson, who has been limited to 12 carries each of the past two games with the emergence of Daryl Richardson. New England did allow Shonn Greene to score last week, but only two running backs have reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Patriots this year (Ray Rice was the other), including matchups with Chris Johnson, Fred Jackson, Spiller, McGahee and Marshawn Lynch.
LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. SF): Stephens-Howling was the biggest surprise in Week 7 when he had 149 total yards and a touchdown against a stout Vikings defense. But he's unlikely to have an encore performance against the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed double digits in Fantasy points to Ahmad Bradshaw and Lynch the past two games, which is the first time that's happened since Week 16 and 17 in 2010. They won't allow it to happen again. Stephens-Howling was worth adding off the waiver wire, but that doesn't mean you should start him, even as a flex option.
Felix Jones (vs. NYG): Jones is expected to play against the Giants despite suffering a bruised knee in Week 7 at Carolina. Jones, who is also dealing with a neck injury, was limited to 15 carries for 44 yards and five catches for 30 yards against the Panthers. Phillip Tanner will share rushing duties against the Giants and this could be a messy situation. We would consider Jones a flex option at best since the Giants have allowed five running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points but only two have scored touchdowns.
Mikel Leshoure (vs. SEA): Leshoure ran well against the Bears with 12 carries for 63 yards and six catches for 20 yards, but he lost a fumble in the red zone and now has two fumbles in his past four games. He hasn't scored since Week 3 and the Seahawks are a tough opponent, especially having been able to rest for 10 days since they last played on Thursday night in Week 7. Seattle has only allowed two touchdowns to opposing running backs (none since Week 3) and two to reach double digits in Fantasy points. We would still use Leshoure as a flex option in most leagues, but he's not a must-start running back based on the matchup.

Bust alert: Shonn Greene (vs. MIA): Greene's been on an impressive stretch against the Colts and Patriots the past two weeks. He had 32 carries for 161 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts and then 16 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown and a whopping six catches for 34 yards at the Patriots. But the fun stops here against the Dolphins, who held him to 19 carries for 40 yards in Week 3. Miami has not allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back since Arian Foster in Week 1 and the Dolphins have held Darren McFadden, Greene, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Jackson to a combined 15 Fantasy points since. Greene hasn't scored against the Dolphins in his past five meetings and his best game against them over that span was seven Fantasy points last season. He should only be used as a flex option this week.

Wide receiver

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Randall Cobb (vs. JAC): Cobb's impressive run continued in Week 7 at St. Louis with 21 Fantasy points and he now has 45 Fantasy points in his past three games. He continues to be involved all over the field with 30 targets in his past four games and he has another favorable matchup this week against the Jaguars, who have allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers and eight to reach at least eight Fantasy points.
Lance Moore (at DEN): We've tried to stay away from Moore when he plays outdoors because historically he's struggled, but he seems to be proving that's just a myth. In his past two games, both away from New Orleans, he has combined for 16 catches and 188 yards at Green Bay and Tampa Bay. The reason is he's had 25 targets and he should remain heavily involved with no running game and Jimmy Graham (ankle) banged up. Denver has only allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers and five to reach at least nine Fantasy points, but Moore is being used too much to ignore in most formats.
Kenny Britt (vs. IND): Britt was a disappointment last week at Buffalo with only four catches for 30 yards, but he has the chance to rebound in this matchup. The Colts have allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing receivers, including seven in the past three games against Green Bay, the Jets and Cleveland, with eight reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Britt also has two touchdowns in four career meetings with the Colts and he scored in his past home game against the Steelers in Week 6.
Josh Gordon (vs. SD): We've been listing Gordon as a sleeper the past two weeks, and now it's time to start him with confidence if you haven't done so already. He has 46 Fantasy points in his past three games and he's starting to see more targets with a career-high 10 in Week 7 at the Colts. Gordon just missed a second touchdown last week at Indianapolis, but he has four touchdowns in his past three outings. The Chargers have been abused by opposing receivers of late with seven touchdowns allowed in their past two games against the Saints and Broncos, and six receivers have reached double digits in Fantasy points against San Diego this year. We'd love to see Gordon get more catches since he only has seven in his past three games, but you won't complain as long as he continues to find the end zone.
Chris Givens/Brandon Gibson (vs. NE): We're excited about the Rams passing game this week against the Patriots because of their weak secondary, and both Givens and Gibson should be productive. The Patriots have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing receivers, including five the past three games against Denver, Seattle and the Jets, and seven have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Givens has at least eight Fantasy points in each of his past three games and Gibson has at least nine Fantasy points in three games this year. Look for both to be heavily involved as the Rams should be throwing from behind in a comeback effort. Both Rams are solid No. 3 Fantasy receivers or flex options in the majority of leagues.

Week 8 wide receiver sleepers
Brandon Stokley (vs. NO) NO has allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing receivers.
Mike Williams (at MIN) No. 2 WRs have hurt MIN this year more than No. 1 options.
Darrius Heyward-Bey (at KC) Had nine catches for 159 yards in two games vs. KC in 2011.
Jeremy Kerley (vs. MIA) Had 13 Fantasy points in Week 3 against MIA.
Davone Bess (at NYJ) Had eight Fantasy points in Week 3 against NYJ.

Sit 'Em

Brian Hartline (at NYJ): Hartline is likely going to see plenty of coverage from Antonio Cromartie, who has done a stellar job stepping up in place of the injured Darrelle Revis (knee). In the past three games, Cromartie has matched up with Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne and Brandon Lloyd, and those three have combined for seven catches for 108 yards and no touchdowns, despite getting 24 targets. Hartline also was limited to one catch for 41 yards against the Jets in Week 3 despite getting nine targets.
Andre Roberts (vs. SF): Roberts had a surprising game in Week 7 at Minnesota with seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, but he will likely struggle this week against the 49ers. San Francisco has allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing receivers with only two touchdowns allowed. Roberts did score against the 49ers in their last meeting in 2011, but he had just two catches for 8 yards. We can see him getting around six Fantasy points again this week, which makes him a No. 3 receiver at best.
Santana Moss (at PIT): Moss has been solid of late and has done a nice job taking over as the No. 1 receiver for the injured Pierre Garcon (foot) with 34 Fantasy points in his past three games. We'd love to see Moss more involved since he hasn't had more than five targets in a game or four catches. The Steelers have allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers, but only three have reached double digits in Fantasy points. And last week Ike Taylor, along with plenty of help, limited A.J. Green to one catch for 8 yards and a touchdown.
Titus Young (vs. SEA): Young is worth adding in all leagues with his role expected to expand now that Nate Burleson (broken leg) is out for the year. But that doesn't mean you have to start him this week against the Seahawks. Even though Seattle has allowed four touchdowns to opposing receivers and four to reach double digits in Fantasy points, they have been hurt by slot receivers (Danny Amendola and Wes Welker, for example) more than outside options. That bodes well for Ryan Broyles in this matchup, but Young could struggle starting opposite Calvin Johnson. He should be considered just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best.
Steve Smith (at CHI): Smith has a fantastic history against the Bears with 26 catches for 447 yards in three games, including last year at Chicago when he had eight catches for 181 yards. He also is coming off a quality performance in Week 7 against Dallas with seven catches for 83 yards. But Smith is still looking for his first touchdown this season and the Bears have been able to lock down opposing receivers with four touchdowns allowed and four reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Last week, Charles Tillman held Johnson to three catches for 34 yards despite 11 targets, and Smith could get similar treatment this week.

Bust alert: Dwayne Bowe (vs. OAK): The matchup for Bowe is great since the Raiders have allowed eight receivers to reach double digits in Fantasy points, but the concern is Quinn starting over Matt Cassel. Bowe has struggled without Cassel, and he has just one touchdown in the past eight games without Cassel under center, including Week 6 at Tampa Bay when Bowe had three catches for 25 yards on nine targets. Bowe has two games this season with a combined 38 Fantasy points, but he has averaged five Fantasy points in his other four outings. We understand it's hard to bench Bowe in the majority of leagues, but he could struggle if he doesn't develop a quick rapport with Quinn heading into this game.

Tight end

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Heath Miller (vs. WAS): Miller's career season continued in Week 7 at Cincinnati with 13 Fantasy points and he now has 31 catches for 290 yards and five touchdowns through six games. He should have another big outing against the Redskins, who have allowed at least seven Fantasy points to six tight ends this year. Five tight ends have scored against the Redskins and Miller has the chance to make it six.
Dustin Keller (vs. MIA): The Dolphins have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing tight end, but three tight ends have reached at least six Fantasy points, including Owen Daniels, Brandon Myers and Jermaine Gresham. Keller has a good history against the Dolphins with four touchdowns in their past five meetings, and Keller looked good in Week 7 at the Patriots. It was his first game at 100 percent healthy this season after dealing with hamstring woes and he had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. We hope that game is the start of a good stretch run for Keller to close the season.
Martellus Bennett (at DAL): Bennett is returning to Dallas for the first time as an opponent and he already had some measure of revenge against his former team in Week 1 with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. That was one of three touchdowns to opposing tight ends the Cowboys have allowed this season, and Bennett showed he can still be reliable with his outing last week against the Redskins with five catches for 79 yards. He should have a similar performance this week.

Week 8 tight end sleepers
Dwayne Allen (at TEN) TEN allows the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Joel Dreessen (vs. NO) Has three touchdowns in his past four games.
Anthony Fasano (at NYJ) NYJ have allowed five touchdowns to tight ends this year.

Sit 'Em

Brandon Pettigrew (vs. SEA): The Seahawks have allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the past two weeks, which are the only touchdowns they've allowed to tight ends this season. But even with Aaron Hernandez and Delanie Walker finding the end zone they have still not allowed a tight end to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including holding Jason Witten, Jermichael Finley, Greg Olsen, Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis to a combined 20 Fantasy points. Pettigrew also has just six Fantasy points combined in his past two games and hasn't scored since Week 2.
Jermichael Finley (vs. JAC): The Jaguars have been solid in their defense of tight ends this season with no touchdowns allowed and Kyle Rudolph, Daniels and Gresham combining for just 14 Fantasy points. Finley's problems have been well-documented of late with his shoulder injury and poor play. He will eventually break out of this funk, but he has just five Fantasy points combined in his past three games and hasn't scored since Week 1. He's been one of the bigger disappointments for Fantasy owners this season.
Jared Cook (vs. IND): The last time Cook faced the Colts last year he had a tremendous outing with nine catches for 103 yards, which was part of an amazing three-game stretch to close the season with 21 catches for 335 yards and two touchdowns. But we haven't seen that Cook yet this year since he has only two touchdowns and one game with double digits in Fantasy points. The Colts also have allowed the fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends as Rudolph is the only one to score against them and none have topped 40 receiving yards. Consider Cook more of a No. 2 option this week.

Bust alert: Brent Celek (vs. ATL): The Falcons haven't exactly faced an impressive list of opposing tight ends with Antonio Gates, Greg Olsen and Fred Davis the best of the competition on their schedule to date. Of those three, only Olsen scored and reached double digits in Fantasy points. Atlanta held Gates to two Fantasy points and Davis had five. Celek has just one touchdown on the season and has not reached double digits in Fantasy points since Week 2. He faced the Falcons last year and had just four catches for 43 yards. We can understand starting him based on his potential, but his production could again be limited based on his matchup.

Defense/Special teams

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Week 8 sleeper DSTs
Browns vs. SD
Jets vs. MIA
Seahawks at DET

Dolphins (at NYJ): The Dolphins DST should be able to contain the Jets this week since their strength is stopping the run, and Mark Sanchez should struggle with this pass rush. The Dolphins DST only posted eight Fantasy points in a standard league against the Jets in Week 3, but they had two interceptions in that game. In their past four games the Dolphins have six interceptions, 16 sacks and two fumble recoveries. Their best performances have come on the road at Arizona and Cincinnati, and they have not had fewer than eight Fantasy points all year. They are owned in just 31 percent of leagues coming off their bye, so add them and start them where needed.

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Broncos (vs. NO): The last time we saw the Broncos DST was in Week 6 at San Diego when they had 30 Fantasy points in a standard league. They scored two defensive touchdowns in the game with four interceptions, four sacks and two fumble recoveries. But that was against a turnover-prone quarterback in Rivers. Facing Brees is a much tougher task even though he does have seven interceptions in six games. There have only been two DST options to get double digits in Fantasy points against the Saints this year; the Panthers (13 points) and Chiefs (12). The other four teams (Redskins, Packers, Chargers and Buccaneers) have combined for just 17 Fantasy points. Save the Broncos DST for their matchup in Week 9 at Cincinnati and keep them reserved this week.

Kicker

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Week 8 sleeper Ks
Matt Prater vs. NO
Adam Vinatieri at TEN
Shaun Suisham vs. WAS

Robbie Gould (vs. CAR): Gould's performance in Week 7 against Detroit was his worst outing since Week 2. In three games prior to facing the Lions he averaged 11 Fantasy points a week and he should reach double digits again in this matchup. The Panthers have allowed multiple field goals in every game this season, and only Garrett Hartley in Week 2 failed to kick at least three field goals. For the season, opposing kickers are 20 of 20 on field goals against Carolina. This should be a big week for Gould at home.

Sit 'Em

Jay Feely (vs. SF): Feely is not the kicker to consider as a bye-week replacement. He has a terrible history against the 49ers and the Cardinals offense should struggle this week. Feely has two field goals in his past four meetings against the 49ers with only five extra points. Feely was amazing in his last home game against Buffalo in Week 6 with three field goals, including a 61-yarder, but that was his only week with double digits in Fantasy points. He is not a recommended option in most formats going against the 49ers.

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Panthers exercise 5th-year option on Cam Newton
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(4/24/2014) The Panthers made it official, excercising the 2015 option on quarterback Cam Newton, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The option is worth about $15 million.

Newton is recovering from ankle surgery but is expected back for training camp.


Armanti Edwards trying out for Seahawks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Receiver Armanti Edwards is working out for the Seahawks, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. He had a 10-yard catch for the Browns last season before going on IR with an ankle injury in November.

Robert Griffin III embracing Jay Gruden's approach
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III declined to compare new coach Jay Gruden with former coach Mike Shanahan, but RG3 made it clear he's enjoying working with Gruden.

"I just know that Jay sees things from a quarterback’s perspective, having been a quarterback, and being a younger coach," Griffin told the Washington Post. "He knows quarterbacks need weapons, so we’ve added weapons. He knows quarterbacks need protection, so we’ve added protection. Really, in this league and this game, it’s about making the quarterback comfortable, and that’s what he’s in the process of doing, and at the end of the day, it’s on me to make everything work, and that’s what I’m going to do.

"Coach is giving me all the proper tools, and he’s putting the tools in the shed," Griffin added. "I’m ready to go to work. I’ve got my hard hat on, and I think everybody else [does] too."

Griffin told the paper his top offseason priorities are to re-establish sound fundamentals and regain confidence after a year he described as “a whole journey of second-guessing and wondering."


A.J. Green bulks up to 214 pounds
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Bengals receiver A.J. Green has added six pounds to 214, mostly in the upper body, reports the team's website. The three-time Pro Bowler said he wants to get more physical so he can better beat coverage at the line of scrimmage.

The 6-4 Green set career highs with 98 catches for 1,426 yards last season and matched his career best with 11 touchdowns.


Victor Cruz not sold on Rueben Randle?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz doesn't sound certain Rueben Randle can ably replace Hakeem Nicks. In an interview with NFL Network, Cruz suggested the Giants take a receiver at No. 12 overall in the draft because the team "definitely" needs help at the position.

"A (big-play receiver) is something we need in this offense to be successful," Cruz said. "An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be."

Cruz hopes the G-Men take Mike Evans, a 6-5 receiver out of Texas A&M.


Jeremy Maclin: Offense will be 'just fine' without D-Jax
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said DeSean Jackson is one of the league's better playmakers, but Philly will be "just fine" without him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I have faith in the offense and I have faith in the guys that we have in the locker room and on the football field," Maclin said. "Chip said it himself: the offense is not built around one guy. We have multiple guys that go out there and make plays, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do this year."


Aldon Smith's case referred for 'misdemeanor consideration'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, accused of making a fake bomb threat at LAX airport April 13, had his case referred for "misdemeanor consideration" by the Los Angeles County District Attorney, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Smith is participating in the team's offseason program this week. He made the alleged threat during security screening, the paper said.

Smith also is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges stemming from an alleged drunk driving accident and felony weapons possession, the report said.


 
 
 
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