Start & Sit: Week 8

The World Series, College Football, the NFL, the NHL and the NBA … professional sports are heating up right now.

So, too, are fantasy football seasons as we move toward the stretch run to the playoffs. Time for start/sit week 8:

Start ’em


  • Derek Anderson @ St. Louis: Anderson has been one of the better surprises of the 2007 season, and draws a favorable matchup this weekend against the Rams. It should be a good week for all Browns’ players coming off the bye.
  • Ben Roethlisberger @ Cincinnati: Big Ben showed last weekend he can get the job done through the air, and this game has shootout written all over it.


  • Earnest Graham v. Jacksonville: The Jags have a decent run defense, but Graham is starting to show some versatility and could see his workload upped this weekend.
  • LenDale White v. Oakland: White is getting his opportunity to be “the man” with Chris Brown hobbled, and he should succeed in that role against the Raiders.


  • Santonio Holmes/Hines Ward @ Cincinnati: Both guys should find open space in the Bengals’ secondary, and both should make plenty of big plays.
  • Lavernanues Coles v. Buffalo: Coles is Chad Pennington’s go-to guy. With Pennington’s job on the line, guess who is going to get the ball.

Sit ’em


  • Jon Kitna @ Chicago: Yes, Kitna has been pretty good this year, but a little inconsistent. Going into Chicago is no easy task for any NFL quarterback.
  • Daunte Culpepper @ Tennessee: Culpepper is nearing the end of his tenure as Oakland’s signal-caller. Expect a few turnovers and some sloppy play.


  • Jesse Chatman v. New York Giants: Temper your expections for Chatman as the feature back in Miami. The Giants D is playing at a very high level right now, and the game should get away from Miami quickly, which means more Cleo Lemon passing and less Chatman running.
  • Laurence Maroney v. Washington: Until Maroney gets a chance to run the ball for the Pats he needs to stay on the bench. At some point this season, though, the Pats are going to need to establish a running game. Maroney owners hope it is sooner rather than later.


  • Donald Driver @ Denver: The Broncos are one of the best passing defenses in the league. Brett Favre will spread the ball around in this game, and Driver could be limited.
  • Marvin Harrison @ Carolina: Until Harrison gets back on track with Manning, it might be time to consider benching the aging stud. But only if you have the depth, otherwise he is a must-start.

Note: The Hazean will answer Start/Sit questions through the end of business today (4 p.m. CST).

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10 Responses

  1. i know pretty trival question, but I need a kicker for this week. Yahoo, ESPN and rotoworld are always wrong. I got Rob Bironas, John Kasay , Jason Hanson , Phil Dawson , Jeff Reed , Jason Elam and other floating around. Who’s going to be the money guy this week?

  2. I am going with Phil Dawson this weekend. The Browns have scored a lot of points this season and are playing a weak defense in the Rams. The Browns should live in Rams’ territory this weekend, and hopefully a few of those drives stall to give Dawson some FG opportunities.

  3. I see Kitna on the Sit’em side of things, but is Calvin Johnson worth starting? My other choices are Santana Moss (Boo!), Ronald Curry and Darrell Jackson (who I have absolutely no faith in). WR has just killed me this season…

  4. Hmmm, tough calls. I think Calvin is the most talented WR on the bunch with the most potential, so yes, I would start him this weekend.

  5. freebird, are any patriot WRs available on your wire? maybe stallworth? or maybe lee evans from Buffalo?

  6. alisbasement — nope…and i’ve reached my limit with ww transactions. what’s worse, is 7 of the 10 guys in our league play stingy with their bench players and won’t trade anything. i guess the ever famous – or infamous – “brother-in-law deal” carries its legacy on to everything…cheers.

  7. What’s up Hazean, who should I start at RB3?

    Lamont Jordan
    Earnest Graham
    Kevin Jones

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  9. Hazean,

    I am in a tough spot. I have Clinton Portis, Travis Henry, and Ahman Greene as my RB’s. None of these seem to be a good choice this weekend. I have to play Portis, but I’m not sure between Henry and Greene. I would play Henry but I’m not sure about his injury b/c it will most likely be a game time decision. Should I play Greene, or plug Henry in and hope that he plays. I have no other options but to play one of these two.

  10. Your right, that is a tough spot. I don’t think the Texans know what they want to do with the running game. Considering that Green only has 27 (over two weeks)carries since returning from injury does not make a confident start. I think Henry is going to at least give it a shot out there. You may be screwed either way. Good luck to you on that one. Either way your not going to rest easy until Monday night knowing you made the right or wrong call…not to ruin your day or anything, I’m just saying 🙂

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