Fantasy Football Picks: Week 8

I made muuuuuuuuuuuch better selections in the last version of TLH’s start’ ‘em/sit ‘em. I was also a little hungover. Well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Last night, Dan and I wound up at the same bar. We had a good time, but he refused to take off his mask. Weird…

Anyway, here’s week 8’s TLH start ‘em/sit ‘em.

Marion Barber: Start ‘em
Barber remains the only offensive player worth a start against the Bucs defense in my book. It all boils down to me having no faith in quarterback Brad Johnson. He looked awful against the Rams, and I’m not expecting much more from Johnson this week.

Cowboys D/ST: Sit ‘em
Head coach Wade Phillips is taking over defensive playcalling duties, but I’m still not comfortable with the Dallas defense. You should have a better option than Dallas on your bench. If not, take a look at the Redskins D/ST on the road at Detroit (owned in 57.7% of ESPN fantasy football leagues).

Maurice Jones-Drew: Start ‘em
Maurice Jones-Drew is a definite start against Cleveland at home. The diminutive back should have a huge day.

Jamal Lewis: Sit ‘em
The Jacksonville defense hasn’t allowed a rushing touchdown since week 3. That’s a problem for Jamal Lewis. Even though Lewis will see his share of touches, I don’t think he’ll see much of the end zone.

J.T. O’Sullivan: Start ‘em
J.T. O’Sullivan has been in my doghouse over the past couple of weeks. O’Sullivan will get his chance to shine against an underperforming Seattle defense that he torched for 321 yards in week 2.

Marc Bulger: Sit ‘em
The Patriots showed their class against one of the best offenses in football last weekend. Marc Bulger’s stock is definitely rising after two wins, but he’s only thrown one touchdown in those wins. I think there are better options out there, including (it hurts to say it) Jeff Garcia against the Cowboys (owned in 58.4% of ESPN fantasy football leagues).

Also, be wary of starting Drew Brees this weekend. ESPN is saying he’s going to be the top fantasy QB this weekend. They must have some inside info from the NFL on this one, because I can’t see it. Being in London is a huge distraction and there’s bound to be some rain at some point during the game, so I can’t see a huge game from Brees. I know the NFL would love for Brees to light it up, but I can’t see it happening.

Calvin Johnson: Start ‘em
Calvin Johnson is the only offensive weapon that the Lions have. If the Lions score, chances are good that Johnson will have a hand in it.

Roy Williams: Sit ‘em
This sit ‘em for Roy Williams remains in effect until the week after Williams’ second bye week this season. He’s not comfortable with the offense yet, and he probably won’t have a big points day until Tony Romo comes back.

49ers D/ST: Start ‘em
The Seahawks offense looks completely clueless. While the 49ers defense hasn’t looked much better, this should be a good one-week fix if you have a bad matchup with your first choice defense.

Panthers D/ST: Sit ‘em
Kurt Warner is tough to contain. The Cardinal offense leads the league in scoring with 29.5 points per game. That doesn’t look good for Carolina defense owners.

That’s all. I have a few hours that I can sleep before the games start. Good luck with your fantasy ball.

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