Oct 26, 2012
Thankfully we are beyond the point of having six teams on bye, yet we are still stuck in the weeks of having four teams on bye. As fantasy teams are preparing for the stretch run for their playoffs it is important to consider all start/sit decisions regardless of the position. Our Week 8 - Sit ‘Ems are here to help you with out with that.
One of the most popular pickups this week has been Arizona Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. Getting his first career 100-yard game and a touchdown last week will cause a spike in pickups like that, yet Stephens-Howling is one of many key players you should avoid this week. More on Stephens-Howling, and the rest of the Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Ems below.
TEAM DEFENSE - SIT ‘EM
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST vs. Washington
Injuries to linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu have really hurt has been one of the top defense/special teams units in the league. The Pittsburgh D/ST has only one double-digit fantasy game this season, and that came in Week 5 against the turnover-happy Eagles. Polamalu is still out this week with that calf injury, and to make things worse the Steelers play the Washington Redskins this week. Washington ranks fifth in the league in total yards per game and points per game, so it looks like another week to avoid the Steelers D/ST.
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Philadelphia Eagles D/ST vs. Atlanta
How bad were things going for the Philadelphia defense this season? Over their bye week in Week 7 the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Of course it’s not all his fault but this Eagles defense was supposed to be better than the middle-of-the-pack statistics it has put up. Todd Bowles was given the task of turning this defense around but that turnaround won’t start this week against the incredibly well-balance Atlanta offense. The Falcons rank eighth in passing yards per game and sixth in points per game, and they’ve only turned the ball over seven times this season.