Friday, October 29, 2010

Sit em' or Start em' week 8

QuarterBacks – Peyton Manning (vs. Houston Defense)
I normally don’t jump on the favorite’s train when it comes to trying to find sleeper picks because by definition if every league has them starting that there won’t be much opportunity to make a crafty pickup or start, and this guy probably was the first pick in most leagues but it’s hard to believe that Peyton Manning hasn’t broke 20 points since week 4, albeit one of those weeks was a bye week, but the two weeks preceeding only would have garnished you 18 and 7 respectively. However I do look for him to have a huge day this weekend and perhaps his best passing total for the season thus far. Houston will put pressure on him and maybe even get to him a couple of times but they will also get beat deep and they give up huge passing plays so if you were thinking of being crafty by NOT starting Peyton a playing the matchups, don’t.
Running Backs – Frank Gore (vs. Denver)
The only thing that scares me about this move is how bad Denver looked last week and that they would have to be contemplating making major moves if not stepping up the defense. However I’m also thinking that if RunDMC can drop 43 points on them then Gore who is the anchor of the running game that needs to get going should be able to get at least half of that. Now I realize he has done much lately (15, 14, 9 last 3 weeks) but much like the guy listed above, look for FG to have a breakout week and get over 20 points for you as your second back. Start him.
Wide Receivers Miles Austin (vs. JVille)
Ok, this is a pure matchup play, the 32nd ranked passing defense against a team that must win and pass to do it as you know the Jags will be going 8 in the box of force old man Kitna to put it in the air and that’s what he’ll do but safely. A lot of short passes and then the YACs will take over and there should be plenty for the Austin who has shown up all season and in a must win will do the same.
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