Fantasy Studs and Starts - Week 8

Week 8 of the 2006 NFL fantasy season is here and it's time to set those fantasy line-ups. Scout.com will be here each week to provide advice on "Who to start?" and "Who to bench?" in our weekly Fantasy Studs and Starts column.

Quarterbacks
STUDS
Donovan McNabb - Huge numbers even when he loses.
Peyton Manning - Peyton will need to win this one through the air.
Eli Manning - Seems to be learning from Bro...Papa must be proud.

START
Philip Rivers - He and Bulger may be trading TDs all day.
Rex Grossman - Grossman will throw it no matter what and SF will 
allow him some nice numbers.
Marc Bulger - SD defense is tougher against the run...Bulger will 
air it out.
David Carr - Definitely worth a go this week against Titans.
Drew Brees - This kid just keeps impressing with his ability.
Vince Young - Playing Texans...start him if in a pinch.
Carson Palmer - Needs this game against the Falcons...we're still
waiting until STUD Carson Palmer reappears.
Michael Vick - He'll put a hundred rushing yards on this defense.
David Garrard - Has the nod from Del Rio and may be decent injury
or bye week replacement.
Brett Favre - Will throw it 40 times on the Cards.
Matt Leinart - Should recover from last week's pathetic outing and
torch GBs horrible secondary.
Ben Roethlisberger - Beat up Steeler is likely playing...if up for
the test, he'll light up Oakland.
Chad Pennington - "Touchdown Coles!" will be like a water torture 
to Browns fans.

BENCH
Jake Plummer - Mountain man has only 4 TDs on the year with 7 INTs
and a passer rating of 60.4.
Byron Leftwich - He's out.
Damon Huard - He's probably out...and don't play Brodie Croyle.
Matt Hasselbeck - Out for at least 3 weeks.
Alex Smith - Bears are licking their chops.
Andrew Walter - Again...should be no where near your roster.
Seneca Wallace - Are you kidding?
Charlie Frye - Jets D is ranked 30, but Chuck needs to stay on the 
waiver wire.


Running Backs
STUDS
LaDainian Tomlinson - You'll need a calculator for his stats.
Larry Johnson - KC will have Larry running like Forrest Gump 
against Seahawks.
Tatum Bell - STUD this week against Colts awful run D.
Brian Westbrook - He's fantasy gold when he plays...and he's 
playing.
Edgerrin James - Last chance for a STUD week...come on Edge.
Thomas Jones/Cedric Benson - Take your pick...the line on this game 
is 16 and a half.

START
Joseph Addai - Addai is Indy's best RB bet, but will be limited.
Travis Henry - Henry has had 50+ carries over last two weeks.
Rudi Johnson - Rudi needs to get it going at home.
Steven Jackson - Just too good to let SD scare him out of stats.
Leon Washington - This kid is looking good...real good.
Wali Lundy - Playing the Titans and worth a shot this week.
Cadillac Williams - He'll do okay, but not great against Giants.
Tiki Barber - BIG yards again, but certainly not a scoring machine.
Warrick Dunn - Hey Warrick...the Bengals run D is awful!
Willie Parker - Could be a monster game for Fast Willie.
Julius Jones - Another spotlight game for Julius.

BENCH
Frank Gore - Playing da Bears.
Deuce McAllister/Reggie Bush - Baltimore stuffs them both.
LaMont Jordan - Steelers will sit him down.


Receivers
STUDS
Steve Smith - He'll shine on SNF against Boys.
Andre Johnson - Andre's leading the league and facing Titans this 
week...he'll have a monster game this week.
Torry Holt - Bulger will look for him all day against Chargers.
Bernard Berrian/Muhsin Muhammad - Grossman can't wait to redeem 
himself.
Anquan Boldin - Pack is ranked 32nd and Boldin is a STUD.

START
T.J. Houshmandzadeh - Chad has been a decoy for Housh this year.
Laveranues Coles - Top 4 in NFL receiving stats and playing the
Brownies this week.
Chad Johnson - Where art thou Chad Johnson?...I see your comments
on opposing locker room boards, but not on the field.
Javon Walker - Walker has to put up against Colts.
Darrell Jackson - Only fantasy play for Seahawks this week.
Marvin Harrison - Colts must pass against Broncos.
Reggie Wayne - See Marvin.
Bryant Johnson - Nice fill-in for Fitzgerald against Pack.
Randy Moss - Moss is too good not to start.
Todd Heap - Redzone sure-thing.
Braylon Edwards - Maybe with a new coordinator he'll do okay.
Drew Bennett - Underrated and playing Texans this week.
Hines Ward - Ward will again be the man this week.
Donald Driver - Nice game for Driver as Farve wings it all day.
Antonio Gates - Plan for a huge game for Gates against Rams.
Plaxico Burress - Plax is the Big-Play Man!


BENCH
Donte Stallworth - Looking now like a game-time decision...monitor
and start if he's up to the challenge.
SF Wide Receivers - No way against this D.
Eddie Kennison - Not with the quarterback situation this week.
Larry Fitzgerald - Still out.
Atlanta Wide Receivers - Who, what, when?



BYE WEEK 8 - Bills, Dolphins, Lions, Redskins
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