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.
TIGHT ENDS - SIT ‘EM
Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) vs. Jacksonville
At this point not only is it not worth starting Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, it’s hardly worth owning him at all. Finley’s only double-digit fantasy game came in Week 1. His receptions have declined each week, going from four in Week 4 to three in Week 5 and finally two catches in each of the last two games. His only touchdown of the season? Yeah, that came in Week 1, too. His shoulder is not 100 percent and he is questionable for this week’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, so perhaps the injury is worse than we know. Still, Finley doesn’t belong in your lineup at this point.
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Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) vs. New York Giants
Recent weeks have been better for Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten compared to how poorly he started the season. In the last two weeks Witten has 12 catches for 132 yards and no touchdowns. Still, Witten’s got just one touchdown on the season and from watching the Cowboys struggle to move the ball through the air last week against the Panthers it’s unlikely that’ll change anytime soon. Also, consider this week’s matchup with the New York Giants. The Cowboys played very well when these two teams met in Week, yet in that game Witten had just two catches for 10 yards and no touchdowns.
Jared Cook (Tennessee Titans) vs. Indianapolis
Nobody defends tight ends quite like the Indianapolis Colts do. The Colts are giving up a league-low 2.7 fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. No tight end has scored double-digit fantasy points against them, and the Colts have given up just one touchdown to a tight end all season (Week 2, to Kyle Rudolph). With Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook all we get is inconsistent play mixed with the occasional highlight play that makes us remember his potential. Don’t be suckered into starting Cook this week against the Colts, he’s not going to do anything.