Garcia, Moore, and Morris should be added to your team

Move over Rams and Lions, there are two new teams to pick on, or more to the point run on -- the Broncos and Chiefs. After two more dismal performances last week, the Broncos and Chiefs are now giving up 5.4 and 5.6 yards per rush. That's an extraordinary statistic when you consider that every other team besides the Rams is under 5.0. Always check to see who these four teams are playing before you make your weekly roster decisions. With that in mind, here are my recommendations as we head into Week 8 of the NFL season.

Jeff Garcia, QB, Buccaneers: If you had any doubts that Garcia would keep the starting quarterback job for the Bucs, eliminate them. He's not an every-week fantasy starter on what remains a run-first offense, but he's a dependable guy who should get you 200-250 yards and at least one touchdown every week.

Mewelde Moore, RB, Steelers: Before the NFL season began, I talked about finding "this year's Earnest Graham." Could Moore be that guy? He's as likely as anybody at this point. With Rashard Mendenhall out for the year and Willie Parker still hobbled, Moore is a feature back in one of the best offenses in the AFC. Until we actually see Willie Parker back on the field, Moore should be started every week in every type of league.

Sammy Morris, RB, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Patriots: Laurence Maroney is on injured reserve, LaMont Jordan hasn't played in two weeks due to injury, and Kevin Faulk is more of a third-down back. That left Morris as the unquestioned starter in the backfield for the Patriots -- until he got injured on Monday night against the Broncos. After he went down, Green-Ellis came right in and performed well, including a score from the 1-yard line. Follow the updates on Morris' injury this week, as whoever starts for the Patriots has an ideal matchup at home against a bad Rams run defense in Week 8.

Cedric Benson, RB, Bengals: Benson may have the lowest ceiling of any starting running back in the league, especially with Carson Palmer on the shelf. However, Benson has the starting job all to himself right now, as former starter Chris Perry did not get a single touch last week. That alone makes Benson worth owning in all but the shallowest of leagues.

Leon Washington, RB, Jets: Washington scored last week, and is averaging eight touches per game the past three weeks, and he gets the Chiefs this week. LenDale White and Chris Johnson both rushed for over 100 yards against the Chiefs last week.

Deuce McAllister, RB, and Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: I've seen lots of articles, including here at RotoWire, talking about how McAllister stands to gain from Reggie Bush being out 2-4 weeks with an injured knee. I'm not sure I agree. Sure, McAllister's value has to go up while Bush is out, but those two backs do different things. If anything, I think Pierre Thomas stands the most to gain from Bush's injury. Nobody can replace Bush or fill his role, but Thomas is more suited to doing so than McAllister.

Ahman Green, RB, Texans: Steve Slaton is still the unquestioned starter, but in games where the Texans get a lead, Green is going to get his share of the touches. With that in mind, this week's home game against the Bengals bodes well for Green.

Josh Morgan, WR, 49ers: What do you think the chances are that Mike Singletary realizes that Morgan is not only the future at wide receiver for the Niners, he's also their best receiver right now? Yes, that means I'd rather own Morgan than Isaac Bruce.

Javon Walker, WR, Raiders: Walker scored his first touchdown of the season against the Jets last week.'s Fantasy blog's fantasy blog is dedicated to one thing: Helping you dominate your fantasy league. The staff keeps you updated with all of the latest NFL news and how it will affect your team. More ...

Billy Miller, TE, Saints: Jeremy Shockey aggravated his hernia injury in his first game back last week. If he can't go this week, Miller has a prime matchup against a Chargers defense that has been gouged by opposing tight ends all season. If you are in a pinch, I'd play Miller even if Shockey plays. That San Diego-New Orleans game should be a shootout.

Texans D/ST: If you picked up the Texans last week because they were playing the Lions, you might as well play them this week, too, at home against the Bengals.

49ers D/ST: Yes, I know the Niners are not good. But this is a waiver-wire article, and for this week, there are two things I like here. First, on the heels of a few poor performances, expect an inspired performance this week out of the Niners, especially with a new coach in the fold. Second, if Matt Hasselbeck sits out again, the chances of Seattle doing anything on offense are exceptionally low, especially on the road.

Jets D/ST: The Chiefs are really bad on offense. The Jets play the Chiefs this week, at home. Rocket science? Not exactly.

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