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Week 8: Start

Here are some players who have favorable matchups in Week 8. I would likely start these players, unless it means benching one of your studs.

QB Drew Brees, TE Jeremy Shockey (NO) vs. San Diego Chargers: The Chargers give up over 265 passing yards per game (the most in the NFL), and give up an average of 1.6 passing TDs per game. I expect Brees to rebound from his poor week 7 performance, and exceed both of those figures. Also, I expect Shockey to do well, because the Chargers give up the most fantasy points to TEs. Be sure to keep an eye on his injury status, though.

QB Trent Edwards, WR Lee Evans (BUF) at Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are giving up an average of about 250 passing yards per game. Edwards played well last week in his first action after his concussion, and I expect him to do well this week, too.

QB Matt Schaub, RB Steve Slaton, WR Andre Johnson, TE Owen Daniels (HOU) vs. Cincinnatti Bengals: As with last week, the Texans play one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Bengals run defense is worse than their pass defense, but neither are very good. So expect the Texans’ offense (which is quietly the 5th best in the league) to perform well, especially Slaton. Steelers RB Mewelde Moore had 134 total yards and 3 total TDs last week against the Bengals.

QB Jason Campbell, RB Clinton Portis, WR Santana Moss, TE Chris Cooley (WAS) at Detroit Lions: Portis is a must-start every week, but look for him to blow up against an absolutely terrible Detroit Lions defense. And based on what the Texans did to them last week, so expect Campbell, Moss, and Cooley to have big days, as well.

RB Marion Barber (DAL) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Barber is a must-start player, in my opinion. Even with Brad Johnson at QB, Barber should perform well. I only list him here because he is up against a pretty tough Tampa defense that has not allowed a rushing TD all year. I predict Barber will get the first.

RB Chris Johnson, RB LenDale White (TEN) vs Indianapolis Colts: I would not expect a repeat performance of last week against KC, but both Johnson and White should put up good numbers against a weak Indy run defense.

RB Thomas Jones (NYJ) vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Jones had a huge day last week, compiling over 150 yards on the ground. And this week, he gets to play the Chiefs, who have the worst run defense in the NFL. Exepct him to perform very well.

RB Cedric Benson (CIN) at Houston Texans: If you are looking for help at RB this week, try Benson. He is my sleeper-of-the-week. The only team that has given up more rushing TDs this year than the Texans is the Kansas City Chiefs. Although the Bengals are not very powerful on offense, I think Benson could find the endzone and should put decent yardage totals. He had 52 yards on 14 carries against the Steelers (2nd ranked run defense in the NFL) last week.

WR Josh Morgan (SF) vs. Seattle Seahawks: Seattle gives up over 250 passing yards and 1.7 passing TDs per game. Morgan missed some time early this season with a staph infection, but came back last week and performed well. He missed some practice time this week with a groin injury, but I expect him to play this weekend — and play well.

WR Braylon Edwards (CLE) at Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags usually have a pretty tough defense, but this year they are giving up about 230 passing yards and 1.8 passing TDs per game. Braylon has been a huge disappointment this year, but I think he could have a solid game this week.  For the same reasons, QB Derek Anderson could be a good play if your normal QB is on a bye.

My super-sleeper-of-the-week is RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis (NE) vs. St. Louis Rams: RB Sammy Morris is expected to miss 2-3 weeks and RB LaMonth Jordan is likely out this week, so look for BJE to get quite a few carries against the Rams, who allow over 160 rushing yards and 1.7 rushing TDs per game (although they have been playing better lately).

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