Oct 25, 2012
Welcome to Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season and the fifth week of byes. Four teams are off this week including Baltimore, Houston, Cincinnati, and Buffalo. Off the table are players like A.J. Green, Arian Foster, Stevie Johnson, and Ray Rice.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 8 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
TIGHT ENDS – START ’EM
Martellus Bennett (New York Giants) at Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys defense was dealt a massive blow in losing leading tackler, linebacker Sean Lee for the year. That had to widen the eyes of Bennett who showed he has a pulse last week after being non-existent for three games while a knee injury slowed him down. Don’t be surprised if Bennett demands the ball a bit more against his former team. We think he could be in store for half a dozen targets this week with a few in the red zone. Plus, you can’t overlook the fact that he scored a touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 1.
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Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Washington Redskins
We’re riding the hot hand in Pittsburgh and that’s Heeeeaaaath who’s scored in four of six games. He hasn’t been this productive, this early, since 2009 and at some point you have to believe he can push past the 70-yard barrier soon. He could have a 100-yard game in him too if the running game continues to suffer injury after injury. That could be this week against the NFL’s worst pass defense that might be without its leader, London Fletcher with a strained hamstring.