Start/Bench—Week 8  


Kenny Hill, Texas A&M at Alabama
The Crimson Tide defense is ranked in the top one-third of the FBS against the pass, but how many teams have offenses like the Aggies?  If West Virginia’s Clint Trickett can pass for 365 yards against Alabama and Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace can throw for 251 yards and three touchdowns against them, it would make sense that Hill could, too.


Brandon Silvers, QB-Troy vs Appalachian State
Silvers has scored at least 25 fantasy points in his last three starts and the Trojans host Appalachian State this week, The freshman quarterback should have his way with a Mountaineers defense that is giving up over 34 points per game. 
Mark Weisman, RB-Iowa at Maryland
We listed Weisman as a start last week and he came through for many of you by posting his third consecutive multi-scoring game.  We’re going to ride the bruising back again this week as the Hawkeyes rushing attack will face a Maryland defense giving up over 212 rushing yards per game.


William Stanback, RB-Central Florida vs Tulane
Stanback is fresh off his busiest outing of the season after carrying the ball 22 times last week against BYU.  Even though he only mustered 44 yards rushing against the Cougars, Stanback was able to find the end zone twice, and we’re hopeful that he will post similar, if not better, fantasy numbers this week at home against Tulane.


Shane Williams-Rhodes, WR-Boise State vs Fresno State
Williams-Rhodes has caught at least six passes and a touchdown in each of the Broncos’ previous two games and he should be a little more involved now that Matt Miller has been lost for the season with an ankle injury.


Elijhaa Penny, RB-Idaho vs New Mexico State
Penny has scored a touchdown in four of the five games in which he has played this season and is averaging 14 carries per game for the Vandals.  What makes Penny such an attractive play this week is the fact that New Mexico State has the worst run defense in the FBS, giving up 332 yards per game.


Darius Joseph, WR-SMU vs Cincinnati
We all know that Cincinnati can score, but the fact that their defense ranks in the bottom 10 of the FBS in pass defense, total defense, and scoring defense, tells us that there is value in this game on the SMU side.  The safest best for fantasy production from a Mustangs player is Darius Joseph, who is coming off a 13-catch, 2-TD performance against East Carolina.


Maty Mauk, QB-Missouri at Florida
In Missouri’s two SEC games, Mauk is a combined 21-of-55 for 229 yards and has not thrown a touchdown pass.  It’s difficult to foresee Mauk being able to flip the switch this weekend in The Swamp.
Daxx Garman, QB-Oklahoma State at TCU
The Cowboys have not dropped a game since the season-opener against Florida State.  However, Garman’s most recent numbers have not been good enough to justify a start in fantasy leagues, as the junior receiver has thrown only one touchdown pass in each of the past two games (vs. Iowa State, at Kansas).


Jacoby Brissett, QB-North Carolina State at Louisville
Brissett and the Wolfpack have struggled since opening the season with four straight wins.  Last week, the Eagles could only manage 217 yards of offense at home against Boston College and things could get worse this week against the nation’s No. 3 scoring defense .


Cole Stoudt, QB-Clemson @ Boston College
Stoudt was an efficient 20-of-33 last week in relief of injured starter Deshaun Watson, but most of his passes were safe and targeted to underneath receivers.  Expect to see running back Adam Choice taking some snaps out of the wildcat formation, which could limit Stoudt’s fantasy potential.


Jalen Hurd, RB-Tennessee at Ole Miss
Hurd is probable to play even though he has been battling through a shoulder injury.  However, a healthy Hurd still may not be enough for the Volunteers this week against the nation’s No.2 scoring defense, as the Rebels are only allowing 11.8 points per game.


Marteze Waller, RB-Fresno State at Boise State
Waller is averaging about 15 carries per game and has topped the 100-yard mark three of the last four weeks, but those performances came against FCS Southern Utah, New Mexico, and UNLV.  Only New Mexico State ranks worse against the run than New Mexico and UNLV.  The Boise State defense may not be the force they used to be in years past, but the Broncos are only allowing 108 rushing yards per game in 2014.


Thomas Tyner, RB-Oregon vs Washington
Only five teams in the FBS have allowed fewer rushing touchdowns in 2014 than the Huskies.  Tyner was able to find the end zone at UCLA last week, but he has yet to gain more than 65 yards on the ground in any game this year, and Royce Freeman has undoubtedly been the better back for the Ducks this season.


Karlos Williams, RB-Florida State vs Notre Dame
The Irish defense is ranked in the Top 20 against the run and you have to wonder how effective Williams will be after missing last week’s game against Syracuse with an ankle injury.  The senior back has only rushed for more than 70 yards in a game once this season and his Week 8 risk outweighs his reward potential.


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