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NFL Week 8: Bengals vs Buccaneers fantasy football starts and sits

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Who you should have in your fantasy football lineup when the Bengals host the Buccaneers on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium?

Cincinnati Bengals v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images

The Bengals and Buccaneers field defenses that fantasy football owners love. Neither team likes to try and stop their opponents, so be prepared to start a lot of players from both sides in your lineup if you have them.

This should be a high-scoring game.

Must starts

A.J. Green (Bengals WR): This is easy. The Buccaneers give up the fourth most points to opposing receivers, according to Fantasy Pros. Green is easily going to see plenty of targets against this soft Buccaneers secondary.

Joe Mixon (Bengals RB): The Bucs’ defense isn’t exactly a pushover as far are surrendering points to running backs goes, but Mixon should see plenty of volume against them at home. He had a rough outing last week, but it seemed like it was mostly due to the game getting out of hand so quickly.

Favorable matchups

Mike Evans (Buccaneers WR): Evans hasn’t caught a touchdown from Jameis Winston yet this season, but the Bengals haven’t really slowed down opposing receivers this season. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him improve on his last outing, which was his first 100 yard game after Winston’s return.

Tyler Boyd (Bengals WR): If Boyd struggles this week we have to really start worry about his performance when John Ross isn’t healthy. Ever since Ross has started struggling with injuries, Boyd has struggled to be as consistent in fantasy. This pitiful Buccaneers defense should provide a good chance for Andy Dalton and Boyd to get back on track.

Andy Dalton (Bengals QB): Speaking of Dalton getting back on track. The Buccaneers’ defense allows the most points to opposing quarterbacks in the NFL. By the matchup alone it doesn’t get any better than this week for Dalton.

C.J. Uzomah (Bengals TE): The Buccaneers’ defense also happens to allow the most points to opposing tight ends. Uzomah caught the Bengals lone touchdown last week, and the week before he had six catches for 54 yards. The tight end position in fantasy is a mess right now, and with Uzomah’s matchup and volume, it is hard to pass him up this week.

O.J. Howard (Buccaneers TE): With both Vontaze Burfict and Nick Vigil out this week, the Bengals will be extremely thin at linebacker, and Howard could easily take advantage of that weakness. The only thing hurting Howard’s value is fellow tight end Cameron Brate who has three touchdowns on the season.

Good but not great

Bengals defense: Winston has been a turnover machine since returning from suspension. In less than three games he has six interceptions and four fumble (though he only lost one of those). It wouldn’t be shocking to see this defense pull off a few big defensive plays on Sunday.

Buccaneers’ receivers: The most ideal start is DeSean Jackson just because of his big play ability. Chris Godwin also has four touchdowns on the season though. With Darqueze Dennard out, the Bengals have been getting killed on the inside, and one of these guys could take advantage of that.

Peyton Barber (Buccaneers RB): He is the leading rusher for the Bucs, but that isn’t saying much. He only has 260 yards on 74 carries this season. He also has yet to score a touchdown this season. Still due to the prior mentioned injuries the Bengals are dealing with, he could have a flex worthy game.

Temper expectations

Jameis Winston (Buccaneers QB): Winston has had trouble with turning the ball over since returning from suspension. I have a hard time believing that changes anytime soon. He could have some big plays, but the turnovers could keep him from having a starer level’s performance.