Fantasy football week 8: Start’em and sit’em
Week eight arrives with two huge storylines in the NFL. The first is the return of Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger, and the second is the clash of undefeated Green Bay and Denver Sunday night.
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week eight:
Start: Ben Roethlisberger, QB Pittsburgh
Roethlisberger will make his first start for Pittsburgh since week three on Sunday, having missed the last four weeks with a knee injury. The Bengals have a tough defense, and Big Ben may have some rust after the long layoff. However, the Steelers might have the best wide receiver combination in the entire NFL. With Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown split out wide and do-everything running back Le’Veon Bell in the backfield, Roethlisberger’s return should be an explosive one.
Start: Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota
The rookie fifth round pick out of Maryland has exploded onto the scene in October. In the last three games (the first three of Diggs’s career), he has caught 19 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown. His big play ability has propelled him to the seventh highest average yards per catch in the NFL at 17.1. He has become the most dangerous weapon in Minnesota’s passing game and will continue to receive big opportunities as opposing defenses focus on slowing down Adrian Peterson.
Start: Doug Martin, RB Tampa Bay
At the midway point of the season, Doug Martin has to be the leading candidate for comeback player of the year. Martin is dominating the month of October having rushed for over 100 yards and over five yards per carry in each of the three games he has played. His strong play combined with quarterback Jameis Winston’s improvement over the last two weeks has made Tampa Bay’s offense much more difficult to prepare for.
Sit: Peyton Manning, QB Denver
Peyton Manning has suffered through an uncharacteristically terrible start to the 2015 season. Through six games, he has thrown 10 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 46.4 — well below league average. He has thrown multiple interceptions in each of his last three outings, the last two of which were against subpar competition. Denver is undefeated in spite of his poor performance, but this week will be their biggest test. The Green Bay Packers are also undefeated and look like a much more complete team so far this season.
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Sit: Terrance Williams, WR Dallas
When Dez Bryant went down with a broken foot many thought that Terrance Williams would use the opportunity to showcase his skill set as Dallas’ number one option in the passing game. That has not been the case, and Williams has struggled mightily with the absence of Bryant and Tony Romo. The bad news will continue for Williams in week eight as he will draw all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman when the Cowboys take on Seattle.
Sit: T.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis
The Colts entered the 2015 season as a trendy pick to reach the Super Bowl, but at 3-4 that is looking less and less likely every week. The passing game, and more precisely the play of quarterback Andrew Luck, has been a huge disappointment. This week, Indianapolis takes on Carolina, and T.Y. Hilton will have to face Carolina’s shutdown cornerback Josh Norman. Norman’s phenomenal play this season, coupled with the Colt’s struggles to move the football, means that Hilton is in for a quiet Sunday.
Will Doug Martin’s resurgence continue? Will Peyton Manning come back stronger after the bye week or will 2015 turn into the worst season of his career? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4