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Start vs. Sit: Who to Start, Sit Week 8

Josh Fathollahi

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Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State (at Kansas) -
Klein has been on fire the last couple weeks, tallying six rushing touchdowns in just his last two games. Do not expect that kind of production to stop this weekend against a Kansas defense that has given up 556 yards a game. Klein's passing skills leave something to be desired, but that isn't why he should be started universally. He provides running back numbers from the quarterback position. Anything he does through the air is icing on the cake. He has become a poor man's Taylor Martinez at this point and should be started every week. If you weren't a believer before, it isn't too late to hop on the bandwagon.

Spencer Ware, RB, LSU (vs. Auburn) -
Ware has been a bit inconsistent this year, but he is coming off of two strong performances against solid teams. This week things get a lot easier against an Auburn defense that hasn't been the same since Nick Fairley graduated to the NFL. LSU's defense should keep Auburn's offense in check, which will result in an increased workload for Ware. Expect a big day from the sophomore back.

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin (at Michigan State) -
Abbrederis has turned it on the last four weeks, averaging 85.5 YPG over that span. This week, the 6-0 Badgers face a Michigan State team coming off a huge win against Michigan. This is shaping up to be an offensive showdown, and Abbrederis should benefit from that; making him a flex option in most leagues.

Silas Redd, RB, Penn State (vs. Northwestern) -
Redd is coming off three consecutive 125-plus-yard performances. He has been a consistent contributor at running back this season. This week, he could be in line for a huge performance. The Nittany Lions take on a Northwestern defense that has surrendered 181.8 rushing yards per game this season. Expect Redd to be heavily involved in this one.

James White, RB, Iowa State (vs. Texas A&M) -
Since taking over for the injured Shontrelle Johnson, White has scored two touchdowns and averaged a beastly 6.66 YPC. He is a speedy runner who has the ability to break off big plays. Those in deeper leagues should start White against a Texas A&M defense that ranks 99th in the nation in yards against.

Darius Reynolds, WR, Iowa State (vs. Texas A&M) -
Reynolds has been hit-or-miss this season. All indications point to this week being a "hit." Both defenses in this game rank in the bottom half of the league in yards against. This should create a shootout pace and provide opportunities for Reynolds to rack up the fantasy points. Get him in your lineups this week.

Donovonn Young, RB, Illinois (at Purdue) -
Starting running back Jason Ford is favoring an injured shoulder. Ford is expected to play this Saturday, but his workload will be limited. Enter Donovonn Young, the explosive freshman running back. He possesses power and breakaway speed that could make him a fantasy star. All he needs is the opportunity to handle a full workload, and he might just get that this week against Purdue.


Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee (at Alabama) -
Rogers was silenced last week against a stout LSU defense. It doesn't get any easier for him this week heading to Alabama, which brings one of the nation's top defenses to the table. Not only is the matchup poor, but the loss of Tyler Bray has really dampened Rogers' performance (110.5 YPG and 1.5 TD/game with Bray; 67.0 YPG and no touchdowns without). Keep Rogers on the bench this weekend.

Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn (at LSU) -
If there were any week to bench Dyer, this would be it. Auburn faces one of the nation's top defenses this week in LSU. The disparity in both teams' defenses should create a lopsided game. Should Auburn fall behind early, Dyer's value will be diminished (one reception all season).

Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa (vs. Indiana) -
The Hawkeyes should run away with this game. Literally, they will run and run some more against an inferior Indiana team. This will benefit Marcus Coker but will have a negative effect on Iowa's passing game, including senior receiver Marvin McNutt. Consider benching McNutt this week if you have better options.

Antwon Bailey, RB, Syracuse (vs. West Virginia) -
Bailey has been a solid option all season, but owners should consider benching him this Friday against West Virginia. The Mountaineers boast a top-20 defense, which could force Syracuse to rely on its passing game. Keep expectations in check this week.

Keith Price, QB, Washington (at Stanford) -
Price has exceeded expectations as the Huskies quarterback this season. He has averaged 3.5 TD/game through Washington's first six games. But this most likely will be the week he falls back to Earth. Price hasn't really faced any legitimate defenses to this point, and he draws Stanford's D this Saturday. Also, Andrew Luck's near mistake-free play will control the clock and limit Price's opportunities to rack up points. Consider benching Price outside of Pac-12-only leagues.

Kamar Jorden, WR, Bowling Green (vs. Temple) -
Jorden goes against a tough Temple secondary this week. This is poor timing for his fantasy owners after consecutive 100-plus-yard, TD performances from the senior wideout. It would be wise to explore other options at receiver this week.