NFL Week 8 Start Sit
Colin Kaepernick QB San Francisco 49ers
Things seem to be slowing turning around for Colin Kaepernick. After struggling mightily to start the season, Kaep has scored 16 and 20 points in his last two games. More importantly, Kaep finally ran the ball some against Tennessee, and he was extremely effective. Now, he has a date in London with the woeful Jaguars. There’s the chance that Kaep takes it easy in the second half if it’s a blowout, but Kaep should easily get 18 points and could get up to 25.
I like Kaep this week over Michael Vick, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson.
Zac Stacy RB St Louis Rams
I know most of you are thinking that this is a typo, and that he should be in the sit section. And you wouldn’t be crazy to think so. The Rams are throwing backup running back Kellen Clemens in there against, oh yeah, the Seattle Seahawks. Well let me make a case for Stacy. This game will be in St. Louis, taking away some of the intimidation of Seattle. Clemens will be relying heavily on Stacy, both out of the backfield and for check downs. Stacy will be the focal point of the offense, which is all you can ask for in a RB2 or flex start. I’m not expecting 25 poitns from Stacey, but 15 is very likely, especially if he finds paydirt.
I’d go with Stacy over Maurice Jones Drew, Darren McFadden, and Gio Bernard.
Jarret Boykin WR Green Bay Packers
We aren’t ready to say that Boykin is a every week start after one huge game, but given the weapons, or lack thereof in Green Bay, Boykin is looking very solid right now. Rodgers targeted Boykin a team high 10 times last week, and while most eyes will be on Jordy Nelson, Boykin will be making plays. Even if James Jones can return, I like Boykin to get at least 15 points in a very beatable matchup against Minnesota.
Go with Boykin over other WR3 options like Dwayne Bowe, Hakeem Nicks, and Steve Johnson.
CJ Spiller RB Buffalo Bills
I think it’s time to call Spiller a bonafide bust this year. In his defense, he has been hobbled by a sprained ankle that he has yet to be able to rest. It’s just a numbers game here. last week, Spiller was on the field for a quarter of the Bill’s offensive snaps, and with Fred Jackson still looking reliable, I don’t see that number going up much. Tack on the fact that they are playing in New Orleans, meaning that they will be behind early and passing often, and I don’t see any reason to start Spiller this week, even if you are weak at RB.
Some lower options I like over Spiller are Jacquizz Rodgers, Pierre Thomas, and Law Firm.
Josh Gordon WR Cleveland Browns
Last week was the first time that Gordon wasn’t able to break double digits in most leagues. He only logged 2 catches for 21 yards, and I think he will have similar numbers this week. Not only are the Browns changing QB and going with Jason Campbell, but they are throwing him into the fire at Kansas City. The same thing happened last week against Houston, and Case Keenum had an ok but not great game. I don’t like Campbell’s chances in this game, meaning that I don’t like Gordon. He is still likely to start at WR3 or flex for you, but if you have some depth at WR, toss him on the bench.
Go with Terrance Williams, Julian Edleman, and Denarius Moore over Gordon this week.
Matt Ryan QB Atlanta Falcons
Ryan showed last week that he can still put together a complete game and solid fantasy performance without the likes of Julio Jones and Roddy White. However, that was at home, and it was up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, you have Ryan taking his Falcons on the road, and facing a Cardinals secondary full of young weapons. I expect Patrick Peterson to dominate Harry Douglas, or maybe even matching up with Tony Gonzalez. Expect Ryan to dink it down a ton, and I would be surprised if he finds the endzone more than once.
Bench Ryan in favor of Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Andy Dalton.