Week 8 fantasy start/sit advice

Dan Schneier highlights some of the players you do (and don't) want in your lineups this week.

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Week 8 fantasy start/sit advice


We want to hear from you at PFF Fantasy. I can run through what I believe to be the most important, popular, and controversial start/sit decisions every week, and I will, but I would also love to make this experience more interactive.

If you have start/sit questions for the coming week, tweet them to me @DanSchneierNFL. I will answer them on Twitter and feature the best ones in next week’s column. Now let’s get to the matchups.

Start

Brock Osweiler, QB, Texans (vs. Lions)

It must look weird to see Osweiler’s name after watching his Monday night meltdown this past week. But don’t let a difficult matchup with the Broncos turn you away from the best possible matchup in Week 8. We’ve said it before in this column, and we’ll say it again — the Lions are the 2016 version of the 2015 Saints defense. You want to target them every week. Even at home in Week 7 against a Redskins offense that did everything possible to screw up in the red zone, the Lions allowed Kirk Cousins to complete 30-of-39 pass attempts for 301 yards and one passing touchdown.

This is the floor for an opposing quarterback against the Lions’ defense. Cousins is not playing that much better football than Osweiler. He can’t even get on the same page as his best wide receiver DeSean Jackson. It didn’t matter for Cousins, and it won’t for Osweiler. The Lions are dead-last in our pass-rush grade and No. 25 in pass coverage. They have simply been unable to find a pass rush outside of a few splash plays by Ezekiel Ansah. The same can be said about their pass coverage outside of Darius Slay.

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Dan Schneier is a staff writer for PFF Fantasy, a former FOX Sports NFL scribe, and an auction format enthusiast.

  • Josh Fisher

    I need advice…who do I sit, Marvin Jones, Melvin Gordon, Allen Robinson, DeAndre Hopkins, or Devontae Booker?

    • Jack

      Houston has the 2nd best pass defense in the league. So I would sit Jones.

      • Josh Fisher

        Thanks for the advice, although Houston has played Minnesota, Tennessee, Chicago, Kansas City, New England (without Brady) and Denver, all run-first teams so I am not sure how much the schedule is attributing to this one statistic. But I will definitely take this into consideration.

    • Phil

      Marvin Jones and Allen Robinson both have tough match ups. I would even considering benching both and throwing someone else in to flex TBH.

      • Josh Fisher

        I have Ezekiel Elliott, so either Booker/Gordon is my flex. I can’t bench both Robinson and Jones as my other receivers are on bye.

  • George Stephens

    Embarrassment of riches this week for me at RB, I can start 3 of Lamar Miller, Spencer Ware, Christine Michael or Devonte Booker. Which 3 do you like the most?

    I also have an offer on the table to get Michael Thomas for Gio Bernard, but my WRs are pretty deep too with AB, Fitzgerald, Diggs, Montgomery and Moncrief coming back. Do I pull the trigger and add Thomas to that?

    • Jack

      Your loaded this week! I would sit Booker. Last time Denver played San Diego they held them to only 85 yards rushing and no rushing TDs. Booker did have a good average yards per attempt in that game but he also does not have enough history to be considered reliable yet. Safe bet in my mind is Miller, Ware, and Michael. I would also pull the trigger on that trade. Cincinnati has one of the toughest schedules this year and New Orleans is always playing from behind.

      • George Stephens

        Thank you Jack

        • Jack

          No Problem.

    • Justin

      How on earth do you have all these people? Are you in a 4 team league?

      • George Stephens

        12 team standard, did my research and drafted my ass off. Montgomery was the only one off the wire when he fell through to me. Believed in Ware’s talent, didn’t think Rawls was healthy, and been sitting on Booker all year. I landed all three of them late in the draft too, things have just fallen my way recently.

  • Piero

    Sooooo I have to start either Mike Gillislee or Jonathan Stewart thisweek because of byes lol.
    Who should suck less this week PFF?

    • Jack

      That’s a tough decision. They both play good defenses this week, but the Bills are so injured right now on offense that I don’t see them getting many redzone opportunities. I would roll with Stewart. The panthers have a better offense.

  • steve

    im nailed with some bye-week issues. need to flex one of these three: Enunwa, Gio Bernard, or Tyler Lockett? also, i have jordan reed and fleener, if reed is a go, do i play him vs fleener at home?

    • Phil

      Gio Bernard should be your flex. Enunwa should be your next play if your not in love with playing Bernard. Lockett just isn’t a consistent enough player to start him. If Reed is good to go, play him. If he is not ready then Fleener will do just fine.

    • Jack

      I am going to disagree with Phil about starting Bernard over Enunwa. Cleveland and the NYJ’s are two of the worst pass defenses in the league. So I expect a high scoring game. Cleveland also has the most allowed passing touchdowns with eighteen this season, and the jets aren’t far behind with thirteen. I think Enunwa has more upside this week. It has also been very hard to gauge how many touches Bernard will see from week to week. His touches combined from both rushing and receiving have ranged from 7 to 19. Recently he has seen an uptick in touches with his 2nd highest being 18 last week against Cleveland. Cleveland is 2nd worst in total yardage and Washington is 13th. I would not expect Bernard to see more points then what he produced last week given that the majority of his points are form yardage.

  • Rick

    Stuck on deciding between Dalton vs Washington or Palmer at Carolina. If Norman is out, I’m going Andy. Nervous about Palmer’s inconsistency.