Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 8 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, October 26, 2017
Jay Ajayi Miami Dolphins


Andy Dalton, QB (Cincinnati Bengals)

Andy Dalton has a fantastic matchup against the Indianapolis Colts this week who are currently allowing 19.20 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. With Dalton looking to rebound from a tough performance last week against the Steelers, Dalton should be able to take advantage against a defense giving up the second most yards through the air and 12 total touchdowns, including 2 rushing touchdowns to the position.

Jay Ajayi, RB (Miami Dolphins)

Jay Ajayi has had a hard time running behind a terrible offensive line so far this season and has yet to score a rushing touchdown. Look for that to change this week as Ajayi faces a Ravens run defense that has given up the most rushing yards to opposing running backs and an average of 25.60 fantasy points, which is the 8th highest through 7 weeks.

Demaryius Thomas, WR (Denver Broncos)

Last week Demaryius Thomas disappointed as a ‘start’ however this week we are doubling down on Thomas to step up and take advantage of a superb matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs defense on average is allowing 42.40 points to wide receivers. With Thomas still the go-to option in the offense, look for him to score against a defense that has given up the most touchdowns to wide receivers through 7 weeks (13).

Jason Witten, TE (Dallas Cowboys)

Last week Jason Witten was able to overcome a 49ers defense that previously had defended the position well by hauling in 4 receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. This week Witten plays against the Redskins who just allowed 5 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown to Zach Ertz on Monday night. Overall the Redskins are allowing an average of 17.90 fantasy points to tight ends including touchdowns in 3 of their last 4 games.

Randy Bullock, K (Cincinnati Bengals)

Randy Bullock disappointed last week in a tough matchup against the Steelers but now faces a Colts defense that is giving up an average of 11.90 fantasy points to kickers through 7 weeks. As the Bengals should have relative ease moving the ball down the field, Bullock will have many opportunities to attempt a few field goals in this game. In their past three games, the Colts defense has given up 10.00, 21.00 and 13.00 points to kickers.

New Orleans Saints, DEF

The New Orleans Saints Defense is a ‘start’ for the second straight week as they face the Chicago Bears who are giving up 11.40 points to opposing defenses, which ranks as the third highest this season. Over the past 2 weeks the Bears have given up 20 and 13 points to opposing defenses, and with New Orleans proving they can cause turnovers and score defensive touchdowns, they are a solid play this weekend.


Matthew Stafford, QB (Detroit Lions)

Matthew Stafford faces the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on Sunday night and does not have a favorable matchup. Stafford will have to play again without his top wideout in Golden Tate and the Steelers defense is allowing only 9.90 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, the second-lowest amount allowed through 7 weeks. The Steelers are only 1 of 5 defenses to have more interceptions than passing touchdowns allowed this season - while Stafford will have his chance to put up points due to the Lions’ non-existent running game, the Steelers have proved they are able to get to the quarterback early and often while creating turnovers.

Isaiah Crowell, RB (Cleveland Browns)

Isaiah Crowell had a season-high in fantasy points last week against the Titans with 11.10 but now faces a much better defense in the Vikings in Week 8. Crowell is averaging 41.00 yards per game and has not scored a touchdown - the Vikings are only allowing 68.71 yards per game which is the lowest in the league and have only allowed 1 rushing touchdown on the year. Expect Crowell to score below double-digit fantasy points when this game is done.

Brandin Cooks, WR (New England Patriots)

Brandin Cooks has scored 15.00 fantasy points in back to back weeks and ranks 3rd in receiving yardage this season but faces a tough challenge this week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Just last week, the Chargers limited Demaryius Thomas to 9 yards receiving on 2 receptions, thanks in part to being shadowed by Casey Hayward. The Patriots have been known to shy away from tough cornerbacks and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cooks was not involved much this week while other wide receivers take more of a primary role this week.

Jack Doyle, TE (Indianapolis Colts)

Since his 0 fantasy point performance in Week 5, Jack Doyle bounced back with a 16.00 and 10.40-point performances. This week he faces the Bengals who are allowing 8.40 points to the position which is 4th lowest in the league. Through 6 weeks, the Bengals have only allowed 21 receptions to tight ends which ranks as second-lowest and have only allowed 1 touchdown to the position.

Matt Prater, K (Detroit Lions)

Detroit Lions’ kicker Matt Prater has made his last 4 out of 6 field goals and faces a Steelers defense this week who are giving up on average only 4.60 points to kickers and have not had a 50-yard field goal kicked against them. With the Steelers defense playing so well lately, Prater’s opportunity for points will be few and far between Sunday night.

Denver Broncos, DEF

The Denver Broncos Defense was drafted in the top-3 of defenses this year and haven’t lived up to the hype. The defense is allowing 23.00 points against per game and averaging only 8.50 fantasy points in 6 games. This week they play against Alex Smith who has not thrown an interception yet this year and the Chiefs are scoring the second-most points per game with 29.6. At this point in the season, the Broncos’ defense is not who we thought they were and are not producing top fantasy points on a week to week basis.


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