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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week Eight: Fine or Pine

Once again, Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back for our version of start 'em, sit 'em... We call it "Fine or Pine."

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It's almost time to get those lineups in for week eight where the fantasy playoffs are drawing closer. With six teams on bye this week, some owners may be forced to use certain players that they really don't want to based on matchups. Setting a fantasy lineup every week can be stressful so read on for as much help as we can offer to de-stress your situation.

Quarterback

Fine- Robert Griffin III- Coming off of a week seven that saw RG3 pass for almost three hundred yards and rush for another eighty four, it looks like RG3 is finally starting to look like his old self again. Figuring to be playing from behind most of the game this week, RG3 will be forced to throw a whole lot to keep up with Peyton Manning.

Pine- Jason Campbell- Due to bye weeks and injuries, some owners may have to consider using Campbell if the waiver wire is thin. Campbell is making his first start of the season and it will be in one of the toughest venues to play. With the Kansas City defense tops in fantasy, this isn't anywhere near a favorable matchup for Jason Campbell.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Reuben Randle- Although Randle only recorded forty yards in week seven, he did have a touchdown. That makes four touchdowns in the last three weeks for Randle. He's quickly becoming the favorite target of Eli Manning  and the last matchup with the Eagles, Randle scored twice.

Pine- Mike Wallace- The hype of Mike Wallace in Miami just hasn't met expectations so far this season. Coming off of a week seven performance where Wallace caught five balls for seventy six yards, he is as inconsistent as fantasy players come and the Patriots figure to take away the opponent's best player. In six games this season, Wallace has posted double digits in only half of them. That's not acceptable for a player considered a receiver one.

Running Back

Fine- Frank Gore- Frank Gore gets the Jag D in week eight and should have no problems finishing the week as a top rusher. Gore has missed posting double digit fantasy points just once this season as reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated over the last couple of seasons.

Pine- C.J Spiller- Clearly Spiller is still nursing an ankle injury which would explain the lack of touches the last couple of weeks. It may be at the point that owners consider benching Spiller if they have better options because he just doesn't seem to produce anything when in a lineup. He's posted double digit fantasy points only twice this season.

Tight End

Fine- Jordan Reed- Reed had his breakout game in week seven posting nine receptions for one hundred thirty four yards and a touchdown. Washington will need to throw a ton to keep up with Denver and Reed should be in line for a lot of targets yet again.

Pine- Marcedes Lewis- Even though Lewis appears to be over his calf injury that has plagued him the entire season, he hasn't been fantasy relevant yet and won't be in week eight when the Jaguars face the 49ers. He had one lone reception for thirty one yards last week and plays in an anemic offense regardless of the quarterback.

Defense

Fine- Carolina- The Panthers D hasn't posted single digit fantasy points since week two and have been on fire ever since. Carolina has nineteen sacks and fourteen turnovers on the season and face a reeling Tampa Bay offense in week eight.

Pine- Denver- Even if Denver wins this week, it will most likely be a shootout. Last week, the Broncos D posted negative fantasy points and haven't been as relevant as they were at the beginning of the season. The Skins offense has looked much improved over the last couple of games and should continue to produce versus Denver this week.