Week Eight – Start ‘em or Sit ‘em

There are six teams on the bye this week, so picking players is a little tougher with less of a pool to choose from. Check out the players below before you pick your team. Good luck.

Teams on the bye: Cardinals, Bengals, Colts, Jaguars, Giants and Eagles.

Start ‘em

Quarterbacks

Mitchell Trubisky (Bears):

Trubisky’s numbers have been great in recent weeks. Expect that trend to continue against the Bills on the road. He has rushed for at least 47 yards in the last four games and has thrown 13 touchdowns and 3 intercepts in that same time. Big things are coming for him this week.

Prediction: 300+ yards and four touchdowns.

Cam Newton (Panthers):

Cam is looking great in 2018. He is back to his best and should easily account for the Bucs on Sunday. His improvement is a direct relation to the way the Panthers are playing so far this year.

He completes 65 per cent of his passes for about 250 yards each week with two touchdowns and one rushing. With the Panthers looking to go to 6-2, this will be a big game for the man behind centre.

Prediction: 250+ yards, two touchdowns and one rushing

Wide Receivers

Sammy Watkins (Chiefs):

Although the Chiefs have a stacked offense, Watkins is coming off a huge game last week and should reproduce these numbers against the Browns.

The Browns have had a horrible week off the field and their defense has surrendered the fourth-most yards and eight touchdowns to wide receivers. I.e. their corners are crap.

Stick with Sammy and you will be fine.

Prediction: Six catches, 100+ yards and one touchdown.

Courtland Sutton (Broncos):

Sutton will see plenty more football for the rest of the season since the departure of Demaryius Thomas to the Texans earlier this week.

Last week he showed why the Broncos picked him up in the draft with his best game to finish with 3 receptions for 78 yards.

Sutton has produced enough fantasy points to be on everyone’s radar, but now these numbers will skyrocket. Expect big things from this rookie going forward.

Prediction: Six catches, 120+ yards, one touchdown

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson (Redskins):

I’m not sure what is in the water in Washington, but somehow AD is getting younger. He has been in sensational form this season and expects this to continue against the Falcons this week.

The Falcons D loves giving away fantasy points to opposing running backs. They have allowed nine touchdowns on the ground already this season. The third most in the league.

Prediction: 100+ rushing yards, two touchdowns.

Latavius Murray (Vikings):

Murray has been great over the last three weeks, producing huge numbers for the Vikings and his fantasy league owners. This will continue this week against a Lions team who like letting running backs score on them.

They allow 5.5 yards per rush and 136 yards per game this season. Murray is going to have a field day.

Prediction: 100+ rushing yards, one touchdown.

Tight ends

Jimmy Graham (Packers):

Graham has had an average season with the Packers so far but will be looking for a huge game against his old side the Patriots in Foxborough. He has only scored one touchdown this season but that will change on Sunday. The Pats have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points for opposing tight ends and Jimmy will eat this up.

Prediction: seven catches, 100+ yards and one touchdown.

OJ Howard (Bucs):

We expect a high scoring game between the Bucs and the Panthers. The Panthers D have allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends this season and will again struggle to contain Howard. He will show us why he is in 62 per cent of PPR leagues.

Prediction: Nine catches, 100+ yards and one touchdown.

Sit’ em

Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott (Cowboys):

The addition of Amari Cooper to the side will help to relieve Dak of some of the pressure that is on him at the moment, but he still needs to find the target. This week they play a Titans team who have only allowed 10 touchdowns all season and the ninth-fewest fantasy points for opposition quarterbacks. Stay away from Dak.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Matty Stafford (Lions):

Stafford was terrible at fantasy scoring last week against the Seahawks, this week he takes on a more formidable opposition in the Vikings. The same Vikings defense which made Drew Brees fantasy owners look like fools last week.

The Lions may be able to get the win this week but steer clear of playing Stafford.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown and one pick six.

Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper (Cowboys):

Sit Cooper this week, he needs more time to gel with Prescott. His number wasn’t that good in Oakland and they wouldn’t have improved enough over the last nine days in Arlington.

He has the potential to be better, not this week.

It is best to steer clear of him for now.

Prediction: Two catches, 30 yards, zero touchdowns

Mohammed Sanu (Falcons):

Sanu has been quietly going about his business all season, he gets enough points but won’t this week against the redskins.

The Redskins D is tough on slot receivers, allowing the third-fewest yards and only two touchdowns so far this year.

This will be a tough outing for Sanu and the Falcons.

Prediction: Two catches, 30 yards, zero touchdowns

Running Backs

Derrick Henry (Titans):

I personally drafted Henry in my PPR league and dropped him in week three. Once bitten twice shy. He has had a hot and cold season, but he will be a letdown this week against a solid Cowboys D.

They allow just 3.4 yards per carry and will have worked on Henry for the last two weeks. They have also only allowed one rushing touchdown all season, Henry won’t make it two.

Prediction: 60 rushing yards, zero touchdowns

LeSean McCoy (Bills):

McCoy has had an ok season but will find it difficult to get thru the Bears D line this week. They only allow 3.4 yards per carry and haven’t allowed a single rushing touchdown all season. This is going to be a long game for the Bills main man.

Prediction: 50 rushing yards, zero touchdowns.

Tight Ends

Geoff Swaim (Cowboys):

Swaim has had an ok season so far, but with Amari Cooper now an added target for the Cowboys and the Titans leaking yards to every running back in the league, it is the right week to sit Swaim. He won’t score a lot of points this time out.

Prediction: Two catches for 25 yards, zero touchdowns

Antonio Gates (Chargers):

Antonio is not having a great season. This week he faces a Seahawks D that doesn’t allow tight ends the room to run. They have only allowed one touchdown and 28 receiving yards. This is the second best in the league. Stay away from Gates this week.

Prediction: one catch, 15 yards, zero touchdowns.

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