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.
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.
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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.
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.