As fantasy owners look at finding their best lineup for Week 8, they look over the waiver wire and they look at their own team. Often it's tough to make the best decisions for your team. You rely on statistics and reports from the team. When the team says things like David Johnson is active and starting, you want to believe them. However, when the reality was that Johnson started and that was about it, fantasy owners get frustrated. The best we can do is use the data we have to try and make the most prudent start/sit decisions each week.
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Dallas
START These Running Backs
Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams vs. Cincinnati Bengals (London)
Fantasy owners of Gurley know that this has been a rough season. He hasn't had a game with more than 97 rushing yards this season. He's gone over 100 yards from scrimmage just once, and that was in Week 1. He has six touchdowns in six games played, but the yardage hasn't been there. Week 8 is a great matchup for him; the Bengals allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Backup Malcolm Brown is still banged up, so Gurley should be able to take advantage of this matchup and is a low RB1.
Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
When Kerryon Johnson injured his knee in Week 7, Johnson took over most of the work (J.D. McKissic also played a role). The sixth-round pick from Maryland had 29 rushing yards on 10 carries and added 28 receiving yards on four catches. He is almost the same size (5-10, 210) as Kerryon Johnson (5-11, 211) and seems to be a natural fit for the lead role. While the Lions may focus on throwing the ball more, for Week 8, Ty Johnson should be started as a RB2. The Lions face the New York Giants, who just allowed Chase Edmonds to run all over them.
SIT These Running Backs
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Titans face the Bucs in Week 8, and their secondary is brutal, so teams are taking advantage of that and not running the ball as much. Tampa Bay has yet to allow a 100-yard rushing game. Henry has six touchdowns on the season and has made his way into RB2 territory for most weeks. However, in Week 8, look for Ryan Tannehill to air the ball out. Since Henry doesn't play a role in the passing game, he's a low RB2 this week.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Bills have been using Frank Gore while Singletary was out with a hamstring injury. When Singletary returned in Week 7, he had seven carries for 26 yards. He was limited in his return, which was to be expected. In Week 8, Singletary should have a bigger workload, but he has a tougher matchup. While the Eagles did allow 111 rushing yards to Ezekiel Elliott he was the first running back to cross the century-mark against them. The timeshare and matchup make Singletary a low RB3.
START These Wide Receivers
John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Bills face the Philadelphia Eagles, who allow the most fantasy points to wide receivers. The Bills had an easy matchup against Miami in Week 7 and Brown was able to take advantage by posting 83 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to take advantage of the matchup in Week 8. Brown should continue to see plenty of targets and is a WR2.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Titans face the Bucs in Week 8. The Bucs allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and Ryan Tannehill should take advantage of that. Tannehill will likely continue to view Davis as the No. 1 wide receiver on the team. In Week 7, A.J. Brown had eight targets and Davis had seven. Both should continue to see plenty of looks, and Davis has a good chance at finding the end zone in Week 8. He's a high WR3 with upside this week.
SIT These Wide Receivers
Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
Coming off a bye week, the Browns have to face the Patriots. The Pats just shut out the New York Jets on Monday night, and while the Browns may fare better than that, it's a matchup to stay away from for fantasy owners, if possible. Beckham has had two 100-yard games and only one touchdown this season. The Browns obviously want him involved, and the schedule will get better. It's hard to say sit ODB, but if fantasy owners have better options (and there are plenty), it may be worth it.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers
Coming off the bye, Samuel will still be catching passes from Kyle Allen. However, they face the 49ers, one of the toughest defenses in the league. San Francisco has been fairly stingy to wide receivers as the defense has not allowed a touchdown pass to one since Week 3. The 49ers have shut teams down and the Panthers may not be able to beat them through the air. Samuel had a good game in Week 7 (4/70/1) but is a low WR3 for Week 8.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.
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