Who To Start And Sit In Week 8 Of The 2015 Fantasy Football Season
We’re halfway through the regular fantasy football season. If you’ve lost five games or more, you probably won’t recover, but the rest of us are still out here fighting. The bye weeks are hitting hard and the decisions are getting tough. As players emerge in new roles, make sure to check whether or not their opponents for the weekend are any good at preventing their position from scoring. The next thing, but turn into the last thing as soon as he faces a shutdown corner.
Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another this week. They’re especially important in daily fantasy sports (DFS) leagues like DraftKings. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR. You can always ask about trades as well.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Eli Manning (QB – New York Giants)
We thought Eli had turned the corner to become the better Manning at this stage in his and Peyton’s career, but Eli hasn’t been playing like it the last two weeks. After putting together four straight games of 18 points or more, Eli sunk to under 10 points in the last two games. He’ll bounce back this week as the Giants enter as an underdog in a game with an over/under of 49.5. The Saints have given up the second most points to fantasy quarterbacks. Only one quarterback scored less than 17 points against them and that was Brandon Weeden. It appears as if the Giants wide receivers didn’t have any setbacks last week, so that should help the Giants regain their form as well.
Chris Johnson (RB – Arizona Cardinals)
It looked as if Chris Johnson was coming back to reality after a hot start, but he was firing on all cylinders last week in a flashback performance. He’s primed for another big game this week against the worst run defense according to Football Outsiders DVOA. The Browns have allowed the most rushing yards to running backs of any team in the league and only gave up less than 16 running back points to Tennessee, a team without good running backs. Arizona is favored in this game, so they should get ahead and run the ball more. That sets up perfectly for Johnson.
Jonathan Stewart (RB – Carolina Panthers)
It looked as if the Colts might have fixed their run defense in Weeks 4 and 5, but it’s been exceedingly bad since. That reflects how Indianapolis performed at the beginning of the season as well. The Colts have given up 15 or more running back points in five of their seven games and now they face a good running team in Carolina. Jonathan Stewart is seeing much more work the last two weeks since Carolina came out of their bye. He saw 20 carries in both contests and has the opportunity for another big game this weekend.
Golden Tate (WR – Detroit Lions)
I’m not the biggest Golden Tate guy. His numbers in Detroit’s offense shrink dramatically when Calvin Johnson is also playing. He does, however, have a good opportunity to make things happen in London this Sunday. The Chiefs, who Tate is facing this weekend, own one of the worst pass defenses in the league. In fact they’ve given up at least 20 points to fantasy wide receivers this season including four of 27 points or more. Their numbers against the pass have improved over the last two weeks, but they were facing Teddy Bridgewater and Landry Jones. Detroit’s faced some tough pass defenses this year, so they’ll relish this opportunity, especially with a new offensive coordinator at the helm. The over/under is 46 for this game so there are points to be scored.
Stefon Diggs (WR – Minnesota Vikings)
It took a few weeks, but I’ve turned into a Stefon Diggs believer. Maybe it took a while because I needed to get over the fact that Charles Johnson didn’t take off this season as expected. It’s not that Diggs can’t play. He finished in the top 10 in the ACC in yards per reception in his first two seasons at Maryland. He just had to battle injuries and awful quarterback play, so his college numbers weren’t great overall. He’s excelled with two 100-yard receiving days in his last two games and he doesn’t look to be going anywhere after accumulating over 80% of the snaps last week. The Bears defense has the ability to get torched in the air, so look for Diggs to continue his run.
Ben Watson (TE – New Orleans Saints)
Drew Brees must really be missing Jimmy Graham because he’s suddenly throwing to Ben Watson as if he’s Graham. Watson’s come out of nowhere to have either a touchdown or 59 yards in the last three games. Brees should continue to look for Graham, I mean Watson, this week since the Giants have one of the worst defenses in the league at defending the tight end. They’ve given up 68 or more yards to tight ends in five of their seven games. With quality at receiver lacking for Brees, Watson seems like a great option on Sunday.