Fantasy Football Week 8: 5 Star Players You Need to Keep on the Bench

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIOctober 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants  in action during their game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It can be very easy to get caught up in someone's name in fantasy. If they've done it the past, they can do it in the future. 

That kind of thinking can kill you in fantasy. That's why we're here to provide you with five star players that you simply need to keep on the bench this week. 


Eli Manning, QB, Giants

Despite the big time numbers, Eli Manning only put up 12 fantasy points in his first matchup against Dallas. Dallas also has the 3rd-best pass defense, giving up only 187.3 yards through the air per game. The Cowboys have also given up the seventh-least fantasy points to QB this season.

Manning is usually a must-start, but not this week against the Cowboys.


Steve Smith, WR, Panthers

The Panthers are having a bad season, and so is Steve Smith. Smith has no touchdowns so far. Shocking, but that's the truth. Chicago held down Calvin Johnson last week, limiting him to only 34 yards.

This is not the week that Smith breaks out. Don't make the mistake of starting him.


Steven Jackson, RB, Rams

Steven Jackson's carries have been diminishing with the emergence of Daryl Richardson. The Pats also have one of the best run defenses, giving up an average of 86 yards per game.

Now that Jackson is splitting carries and only has one touchdown on the year, this is not the game that he finds his old form. Keep him on your bench. 


Michael Turner, RB, Falcons

Turner's carries have been going down in recent weeks. He has only 84 carries on the year. While the Eagles defense has struggled, they do have a good run defense, giving up only 104.5 yards per game.

All the work over the years has clearly taken a toll on Turner, and that's why the Falcons are starting to use him less and less. Follow their lead and keep him on the bench. 


Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

Pettigrew, along with the rest of the Lions, is struggling. He's had only three points in two straight weeks. His targets are diminishing along with his effectiveness. He's had a pedestrian October and is going up against one of the best defenses in Seattle. The Seahawks give up only 212 yards through the air per game. 

Pettigrew is poised to have another bad week. Don't start him.