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Week 8 fantasy football advice: Start/sit/sleepers

Since there's no Ravens game this week, here's a general fantasy football advice post.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a must-start against the Broncos this week.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a must-start against the Broncos this week.
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Start 'em

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III: The Broncos' defense has had some trouble defending the pass, allowing Andrew Luck and Tony Romo to have big days in the past three weeks. Griffin is beginning to regain his 2012 form and is running more. He's a must-start this week.

Packers RB Eddie Lacy: Lacy is starting to make a lot of teams look stupid for passing on him during this past draft. Lacy's run for 99, 120 and 82 yards, respectively, in the last three weeks. He's going against a Vikings team that is so inept against the run that it allowed Peyton Hillis to score a touchdown this past Monday.

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams: The Cowboys should find themselves in a shootout with Detroit, which could lead to plenty of targets going Williams' way. Dez Bryant will get plenty of balls thrown his way but Williams is becoming a solid No. 2 option in Dallas' passing game.

Sit 'em

Bengals QB Andy Dalton: The Jets defense could make things difficult on the Bengals, given that they currently boast the 10th-ranked passing defense (and second-best rushing defense.) If Dalton is unable to hit A.J. Green early, then he could be forced out of his rhythm. He's a risk, even during a week where many teams are on byes.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: The Raiders are actually only giving up 99 rushing yards per game. Before the Ravens made Pittsburgh look like an all-star running team, the Steelers were only averaging 61 rushing yards each outing. Look for the Steelers to return to early-season form during their trip out west.

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe: Bowe will draw the assignment of Bengals cornerback Joe Haden, which should make things difficult on him. Plus, the Chiefs don't exactly take shots downfield in the passing game.


Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor: Pryor probably shouldn't be listed as a sleeper since he's a borderline QB1 play at this point. But he could wind up putting up points in the mid-teens against a tough Steelers secondary because of his running ability. Even with the Ravens game counted, the Steelers rank 19th against the run. The Raiders could try to read-option the Steelers a bit to open up shots downfield.

Saints RB Khiry Robinson: Robinson has been the biggest benefactor of Mark Ingram's lingering injury. Though the Saints aren't much of a running team, Robinson is averaging 5.3 yards per carry on 26 attempts (137 rushing yards). Two weeks ago, he punched in a touchdown against the Patriots. He's not necessarily worth a start this week (unless you're in a bind) but keep him on your radar this week in case he puts in a similar performance.

Falcons D/ST: The Falcons haven't been known for defense this year as the unit has been decimated by injury. However, they're going against a turnover-prone Arizona offense that has been unable to find consistency. Carson Palmer has been an interception machine of late and the offensive line can't protect him. The Falcons could be worth a plug-and-play if needed.