Fantasy football kicks into high gear when it comes to strategy in week eight. Six teams will have Halloween off and this will lead to some solid fantasy football running backs on the bench. Running backs such as Michael Turner and Peyton Hillis will be off this week creating holes on most fantasy football owners roster. The next couple of weekends are considered moving days for fantasy football and the smart fantasy football owners win their leagues in these critical weekends.
Three Fantasy Football Running Backs to Start in Week Eight of Fantasy Football
Knowshon Moreno: Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos were throttled by the Oakland Raiders last weekend and with a trip to London, England, ahead of them they will be looking for a simple game plan. Look for the Denver Broncos to go old school on the San Francisco 49ers and pound the ball inside with Knowshon Moreno in this game. Start Knowshon Moreno unless two of the top three running backs in fantasy football are on the roster.
LaDanian Tomlinson: New York Jets
The Green Bay Packers love to blitz and the best defense against the blitzing defense, fluid defense of Dom Capers is a pass to the running back in the flat. Look for the New York Jets to utilize LaDanian Tomlinson’s speed after the catch and take advantage of the extra space created but the linebackers going after Mark Sanchez. Start LaDanian Tomlinson unless the team includes two of the top seven fantasy football running backs.
Steven Jackson: St Louis Rams
Steven Jackson is still looking for respect as a top five running back in fantasy football. This game against the Carolina Panthers on his home turf will showcase Jackson’s talent against a decent defense in the Carolina Panthers. Start Steven Jackson unless the fantasy football team includes two running backs ranked in the top ten of the fantasy football rankings.
Three Fantasy Football Running Backs to Sit in Week Eight of Fantasy Football
Arian Foster: Houston Texans
The last time I called for fantasy football owners to give Arian Foster a seat I was ridiculed and I freely admit I was wrong. This week Foster goes up against the team he ran for 231 yards against, the Indianapolis Colts. Although the Colts have had their issues with stopping the run, this game falls under the category of lightning never strikes the same place twice. Sit Arian Foster on most fantasy football teams unless the next best running back option is 12th or worse.
Darren McFadden: Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders will be looking to prove that they can win without 165 yards rushing in their next game and the game plan will call for plenty of passing from Jason Campbell.Not always a foolproof plan trying to guess what the Oakland Raiders will do but McFadden will have the reins pulled in for this game against the Seattle Seahawks at home. Sit Darren McFadden on most fantasy football teams unless the third string running back on the fantasy football roster is ranked 15th or worse.
Rashard Mendenhall: Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is looking to keep Mendenhall fresh for the post season and with the Pittsburgh Steelers well in control of their destiny he will keep his number one back under wraps as the season grind enters November. Pick and choose where to start the dynamic back. Sit Rashard Mendenhall in most fantasy football leagues unless the next best choice on the fantasy football roster is 20th or worse.
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