START: Jeremy Hill, RB – Cincinnati Bengals
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This is a perfect storm for the rookie out of LSU. Giovani Bernard watched from the sideline last week, as Hill tore apart the Jacksonville defense for 154 yards and two touchdowns, on 24 carries. In standard leagues, that’s good enough for 27 points. Even better for Hill owners (and not so much for Gio owners) is that a deliciously juicy matchup is on tap for Thursday night, against a 30th-ranked Cleveland run defense. Take a seat, Hank. We’ve got ourselves a new King of the Hill.
SIT: Bishop Sankey, RB – Tennessee Titans
A pretty obvious name to bench right now, as he only has one touchdown on the season; but there might still be some of you who are clinging to the ever-fading buzz around this rookie. I’ve never been high on the guy, but I’m especially low on him this week, as he faces a Baltimore defense that has allowed the fewest number of fantasy points to opposing backs (10.4 ppg). I guess if you are really, REALLY desperate, you gotta play him (cause, you know, you did cough up a sixth-round draft pick for the guy), but I hope for your sake, it hasn’t come to that.
SLEEPER: Justin Hunter, WR – Tennessee Titans
Down with the Tennessee running game and up with the passing game! Well, sort of. I can’t put much stock in this offense at all, but newly-implemented quarterback, Zack Mettenberger, offers some hope for uber-hyped offseason sleeper, Justin Hunter. The former has a rocket arm, which in theory, should allow Hunter to show off his blazing speed on some deep balls. Plus, he’s a red zone monster that could salvage an otherwise dismal performance with one touchdown grab. It’s a roll of the dice, but you gotta figure he’ll break out sometime. Right?!!