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Fantasy Football Week 8: Start/Sit Advice

Who to target in week 8 of fantasy leagues.

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Ravens shut out the Dolphins on TNF and this season is going to continue being a crap shoot. The team that had one of the best fantasy starters (Kenny Stills) with freaking Jay Cutler, couldn’t up a single point against Baltimore. Let’s see if we can spread the tea leaves out and see what might happen this week.

Start

Quarterback

Matt Stafford

Matthew Stafford is earning his pay check even in games the Lions lose. The turnovers against New Orleans not withstanding, Stafford and the Lions are one of the most dynamic offenses in the league right now, headed into a slugfest against Pittsburgh who have waffled this season. Stafford will find ways to put up points against any team.

Andy Dalton

Dalton faces the woefully under performing Colts this week with a new offensive scheme that has been paying dividends. He has one of the league’s leading receivers with A.J. Green and a young set of running backs that keep defenses honest. This is my stack of the week.

Bradford/Keenum/Brett Favre

Seriously, whoever is under center when the vikings face the Browns is likely to have a good day. If you’re not sure who to start, neither is Minneapolis but they’ve got a chance against Cleveland.

Wide Receiver

A.J. Green

Green is one of the best receivers in the league right now against a team already looking forward to next year. He should get fed early and often before the offense turns it over to the ground game.

DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins has a special chemistry with DeShaun Watson that creates points on the board against every team they play. The Seahawks aren’t the team of old and I don’t see them slowing down one of the best candidates for Rookie of the Year. Double-De can get it done and bring home another W against Seattle.

Adam Theilen

It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback for the Vikings, Theilen has been the under the radar surprise of the Purple Gang’s offense. With Stefon Diggs having uneven success, Theilen has provided consistency at the position that helps the Vikings stay on course.

Running Back

Jerrick McKinnon

It’s a big week for Vikings players. On paper this isn’t the best match up. The Browns have held opposing running backs to just 3 yards per carry but the banged up defense simply doesn’t have the fire power to hold back all levels of what Minny is bringing right now. McKinnon will continue to grow his targets and his stats

Chris Thompson

For PPR leagues, Chris Thompson is the pass catching running back that can get you big points on game day. The Cowboys are allowing over 100 yards rushing and almost 300 yards passing through week 7. This makes for a good match up at home for Washington.

Joe Mixon

Mixon is the load bearer in Cincy right now while Gio is getting the goal line looks. This kind of committee approach can be frustrating for owners but the Colts are letting teams run all over the field, Mixon should be able to break off enough big runs to make him worth the start.

Tight End

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Seferian-Jenkins is becoming a legitimate goal line threat in New York. John Morton has found a way to make 39 year old Josh McCown effective, increasing the value of the Jets positon players. Sefarian-Jenkins, enjoying a new role in a new home, is making the most of a great situation. Atlanta’s defense has enough holes for the Tight End to fidn pay dirt.

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph has a good matchup against a struggling Cleveland team. Minnesota has enough weapons to keep the Browns on their heels and open up routes for the tight end.

Austin Hooper

Hooper is a low end pick by me who has a high ceiling. The Jets haven’t done a great job of shutting down tight ends and Atlanta has a found a new weapon in Hooper who is seeing an uptick in targets. Whether or not Sanu saps off that production is yet to be seen but it’s worth investigating.

Kicker

Harrison Butker

The former Panther has missed one kick on his career so far (his first), which can be attributed to nerves. Since then, Butker has enjoyed a dynamic Chiefs offense that puts him in position for frequent use and puts fantasy owners in possession of a rare stat line for special teams.

Kai Forbath

Forbath has 6 field goals in week 7. He’s also perfect at 11 for 11 on the season. While he probably won’t see the same production he did last week he will see plenty of chances against a Cleveland defense giving up 24+ pts per game.

Defense/Special Teams

Bengals

Cincinnati plays Indianapolis. For further explanation, see any game Indy has played all season.

Bills

This could go either way but I’m of the opinion that prime time games are aberrations and more often than not teams tend to regress to the mean on the regular schedule. What I’m saying is, Derek Carr has been bad all season, Amari Cooper has been MIA and the Bills defense is a monster when it wants to be. I’d be comfortable starting Buffalo.

New Orleans

The New Orleans defense has put up a wall in front of opposing teams that gave Matt Stafford fits and made Brett Hundley’s debut a very long day. Not just stout against the run the ball hawking D is generating turnovers out of nowhere. Also, they face Mitchell Trubisky who only completed 4 of 7 passes against Carolina last week.

Sit

Quarterback

Derek Carr

I don’t trust Carr this season and the Bills have a tough defense to pass or run against. It’s going to be difficult for Carr to put up numbers worthy of a start if there’s better options on the roster.

Jameis Winston

Carolina plays Jameis Winston hard. The turn over prone, recently injured QB is coming into a game that doesn’t favor the bucs offense. Anything can happen in division play but Winston hasn’t been excellent this season and Carolina needs to prove they still belong at the top of the NFCS.

Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks

The Chargers are a better team than they get credit for and Bellichick plays to the match up, that puts Cooks on the back burner for me against a team that’s allowing less than 200 yards per game through the air.

Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant vs Josh Norman. Who has the edge this week? No telling but a rested Norman is going to make it difficult against a division rival in a hyped up game. Prescott has plenty of other targets, especially his favorite tight end who’s a much better match up in this game.

Kelvin Benjamin

Benjamin has been inconsistent and low scoring for most of the year. The Buccaneers are his best chance to get started on the stat sheet again but I trust Funchess more this week as Cam’s new go to with Olsen still out of the mix.

Running Back

Mark Ingram

The Bears shut down Jonathan Stewart in week 7 and have done the same to almost every opposing running back they’ve faced so far. Peyton doesn’t need a running game to score points as evidenced by the trading of Adrian Peterson to Arizona. Brees will be able to open it up and get points without Ingram

Frank Gore

Marlon Mack has taken more snaps than Gore recently who is more of a goal line guy at this point. Not expecting many pints against the Bengals who will most likely control the time of position and field position throughout.

Jonathan Stewart

I’m putting this here because no matter what I choose for Stewart he does the opposite. So, Stewart will get shut down yet again as McCaffrey continues to soak up targets and Shula continues to fail Panther fans everywhere.

Tight End

Eric Ebron

Ebron was a top option at tight end in previous seasons but has seen his targets drop behind Darren Fells who has become a serious red one threat for Detroit. Ebron is not just a sit but probably isn’t getting another start anytime soon.

Zach Miller

Zach Miller is a great weapon for Mtichell Trubisky who is still getting the feel of Chicago’s offense but the New Orleans defense won’t have much trouble with a quarterback whose lack of experience and options led to 7 passes with 4 completions and only 3 points a week ago.

Jared Cook

Derek Carr struggles, Cook struggles too. Now, the Bills have allowed a high ratio of yards to tight ends so if you want to take the risk, it might work out but I don’t trust the match up which looks to be a run heavy, defensive showdown.

Kicker

Giorgio Tavecchio

The Vech doesn’t get a lot of scoring opportunities, held out of the red zone for most of the day by Buffalo.

Stephen Gostowski

In my upset of the week, the Chargers take down New England and show signs of life again this season. A stifling defense keeps Brady on the move or on his back.

Adam Vinatieri

The ageless wonder will get a week to rest against the Bengals behind an offense that hasn’t scored a touchdown in......a while.

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay

Carolina has a point to make and Jameis Winston is struggling through injuries. Shula, trying to remind fans why he even has a job, pulls it out against a weak opponent and Cam goes deep.

Steelers

Matthew Stafford isn’t going to roll over for a resurgent Steelers team trying to recover from early woes. Abdullah, Jones and Tate will keep the Steelers spread thin and points on the board.

Seattle

DeShaun Watson is a rookie like we haven’t seen in a long time. He has the it factor lead his team into the end one virtually anywhere. With Fuller and Hopkins stretching the field an Miller chewing up yards, the new Seattle defense doesn’t look prepared for the challenge.

Those are my suggestions. Who are you starting on a long Sunday and who are you sending to the bench?