Woo and Boo: Your start and sit recommendations for Week Eight
Andy Dalton vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After the hot start, Dalton has cooled off over the last three games. But, with a Week Eight matchup against a soft Bucs defense, his fortunes may soon change. He has too many weapons to not take advantage here and should provide you with low-end QB1 numbers this week. The Bucs have allowed at least three touchdowns in four out of six games, so look for Dalton and this aerial attack to have a big day.
Baker Mayfield @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Since taking over the starter’s role, Mayfield has been a consistent option for owners in Fantasy. The yardage could be improved, but six touchdowns in four games isn’t bad. This week, he will be playing from behind in the matchup against the Steelers, so I expect that the yardage and scoring will both be there. The Steelers’ defense have allowed multiple scores in four out of six games in 2018, making them a vulnerable unit for Mayfield and the passing attack to take shots at.
Doug Martin vs. Indianapolis Colts
With Marshawn Lynch now on the IR, the main backfield duties should fall into Doug Martin’s lap. Jon Gruden continues to talk up the skillset of Martin, leading me to believe that they will feature him in a matchup against a soft Colts defense. The Colts have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see that happen in Week Eight if the volume is there. Martin is worth the consideration as a Flex player this week.
Carlos Hyde vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Jaguars made the trade for Hyde as an insurance policy for the oft-injured Leonard Fournette. They would not have made this deal to let Hyde ride the bench, so look for a heavy usage week for Hyde in Week Eight. The Eagles do not typically allow much on the ground, but I can see Hyde getting into the end-zone with a low yardage total, making him more of a standard scoring option this week than that of a PPR player. T.J. Yeldon will hold down the pass catching duties for this backfield, limiting Hyde’s potential there.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. San Francisco 49ers
Fitzgerald has been a headache so far for owners in 2018, but the clouds began to break last week with his first touchdown of the season. Although he only posted a two-catch, 35-yard stat line earlier in the season against the 49ers, Josh Rosen is starting to slowly come around. That only helps the potential of Fitzgerald in this home matchup. He could be an option as your WR3 this week as a fill-in in PPR formats with a five catch, 60-yard game and a potential score.
Courtland Sutton @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sutton has yet to bring in more than three catches in any game this season, but he is starting to become a real threat in the red-zone for the Broncos. With this matchup against the Chiefs, there will be plenty of opportunities for scoring for this team. Sutton may not be a great option in a PPR format for you this week, but in a standard scoring league, his nose for the goal-line is enticing. He will be worth a look as a Flex play in those formats.
Charles Clay vs. New England Patriots
Clay has seven catches in the last two games and with Derek Anderson under center for the Bills, one has to assume that he will target the tight end more in his progressions. In Week Eight, the Bills have the unfortunate task of trying to match points with the Patriots. The Bills will have to rely on the passing attack, meaning targets for Clay. If you stream at the position and he is available, pick him up and plug him into your lineup.
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
The Redskins may not be one of the best defenses in Fantasy when it comes to scoring points, but that could definitely change in a matchup against a very inconsistent offense in the New York Giants. With the pass rush that the Redskins possess, coupled with the ineptitude of the Giants’ offensive line, there is a chance for success in Week Eight. Look for several sacks here in this game, along with the expected turnovers from Eli Manning, making the Redskins a defense to play as a streaming option this week.
Cam Newton vs. Baltimore Ravens
Call it a hunch, but coming off a decent performance against the Eagles in Week Seven, Cam Newton could be in store for a down week. The Ravens sport one of the best defenses in the league and I see them causing plenty of havoc for Newton in this game. They will force him to beat them with his arm and if it comes down to that, you could see some turnovers here. I expect this to be a low-scoring affair as well, limiting his scoring potential for the week. If you have another option to pivot to, I would certainly entertain that.
Carson Wentz @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Same goes for Wentz in his matchup against an angry Jaguars defense. The Jaguars may not be playing like the defense we saw last season, but neither is this Eagles offense. This is where the proverbial rubber meets the road, and I give the edge to the home team. I don’t expect a lot of points to be scored in this game, which limits the scoring Wentz can do as your starting quarterback. You may be in a position to have to play Wentz in Week Eight, but if you’re willing to roll the dice for the win, grab a free agent (like Case Keenum) to plug into your lineup instead.
Isaiah Crowell @ Chicago Bears
Crowell has just 69 yards over the last two games, and now he gets a road game against the Bears’ defense. Even with Bilal Powell out, not much else adds up for success for Crowell in Week Eight. Let him ride the bench for this week.
Aaron Jones @ Los Angeles Rams
A tough road matchup for a running back that is in a three-way split in the backfield? Doesn’t sound like a player worth starting, right? No, it does not. Until there is more clarity with the splits for the Packers’ running backs, it may just be best to avoid them all, especially against the Rams. Look elsewhere in Week Eight.
Marquise Goodwin @ Arizona Cardinals
Outside of his Week Six performance, Goodwin has totaled seven catches for 78 yards. Not much to write home about for a player with tons of hype heading into the 2018 season. Granted, the 49ers lost Jimmy Garoppolo to injury and Goodwin has been banged up himself. But in Week Eight, he will likely be matched up against Patrick Peterson, meaning the targets will be limited at best. Until he shows more consistency, let Goodwin continue to ride the bench.
Keelan Cole vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Jaguars’ offense is currently in a state of flux, with the Blake Bortles holding onto the starting quarterback job for now but on a short leash. Coupled with the inconsistencies of target shares with this receiving group, it is hard to trust any of these guys in your starting lineup. Will this be the week that Cole is the top option for the Jaguars? Maybe. But can you risk the win to find out? Probably not.
Kyle Rudolph vs. New Orleans Saints
Rudolph has been held out of the end-zone since Week Three and his catches have been declining as well. The game-script in this one could be in Rudolph’s favor, but it’s becoming hard to trust him. You likely have to continue starting him each week based on where you drafted him and the lack of other options, but temper your expectations this week and going forward until you see an improvement.
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Fantasy’s top scoring defense in Week Seven now gets the trouble of trying to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. A tall task, and one that will be hard to rely on this week. If you can afford to drop a player to stream a defense in Week Eight, that would be my suggestion, as there are plenty of other options to pivot to.