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NFL Fantasy football starts and sits for Week 8

Which disappointing fantasy players should you just give up on for this week?

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Week 8 of the NFL fantasy season is here. Hopefully you’re not searching for your first win still like the Bengals are, but in case you are, we have this week’s start and sits to help you get out of that hole.

Starts

  • James Conner, RB, Steelers: The Dolphins are the dream matchup in fantasy for running backs (right after the Bengals). Conner did leave his game early two weeks ago due to a quad injury, but it was in a game where he wasn’t needed to finish out. He also had a bye week to properly recover. Watch out for the injury report since this is a Monday night game, but Conner expects to play. That means you throw him in your lineup.
  • John Brown, WR, Bills: Brown is going from one great matchup last week (the Dolphins to an even better one with the Eagles this week. Philadelphia has given up the most points to opposing wide receivers this season, according to Fantasy Pros. He has had at least five targets in every game, and he has been Josh Allen’s most consistent target. Against this soft defense he should be in line to be one of the top receivers of the week.
  • Mason Rudolph, QB, Steelers: This is a good time to mention I’m picking someone for this who you can pickup and play for your bye week or injured quarterback. In any case, Rudolph could be a great one week fill in for you as he plays Miami. The last time he played a defense the caliber of the Dolphins (the Bengals), he had a career day with two touchdowns 229 passing yards and completed 24 of 28 passes. He isn’t going to get you Patrick Mahomes numbers, but if you lost Mahomes last week you could play Rudolph to help you get through these rough times.

Defenses to stream

  • Steelers’ defense against the Dolphins
  • Rams’ defense against the Bengals

Sits

  • Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals: You may have invested too much into Mixon to be able to sit him, but what is the point of playing him at this point? This team clearly doesn’t have a good plan at how to run the football, and that isn’t all on Mixon by any means. This is a move you have to make with your head and not your heart. Until Mixon has a can’t miss matchup or actually shows signs of life you should try to leave him on your bench.
  • Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns: You saw what the Patriots did to the Jets last week? The Browns had a whole bye week to prepare for this game, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance that the Patriots allow Beckham to beat them. They are too good at taking away what a team does best... Then again that hasn’t been Beckham this season. He falls in the same hole as Mixon. You may not be able to sit him because your options are too slim, but don’t expect this to be his game.
  • Kyle Allen, QB, Panthers: Allen is a great story, but his fantasy value hasn’t been there as of late. The past three weeks he has a total of three touchdowns, and he hasn’t topped 250 passing yards in any of his games. He will be going up against the 49ers who only allow 8.2 points to opposing quarterbacks this week. There are just better options, and Allen hasn’t shown he is worth being kept on your team.