The NFL boasted some interesting matchups this Sunday in week eight, but let's be honest we only care about matchups that will best for your fantasy leagues. Who is set for a big week eight, who should you be starting and who should you be sitting?
Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs' run game is a total mess and this should be another 300 plus yard performance for Winston. His receiving corps is loaded and the Bengals have a predictable pass defense that hasn't done a great job of shutting anyone down.
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings
After a hot start, Cousins has bested 21 Fantasy points once in his past five games, including contests where the matchups were dreamy going in. The Saints pass defense is not very good but the Vikings could trail and the Saints have a very solid pass rush. So, a road matchup to New Orleans, a ground attack that take-away pass attempts equals a no thanks to Cousins; sit him.
Running Back Starts
Chris Carson Seattle Seahawks
The Lions acquired nose tackle Damon Harrison from the Giants this week and that hurts Carson's matchup a little. Harrison will definitely change the dynamic of a Lions run defense that was stomped for a league-worst 6.0 yards-per-carry by running backs this season, but he cannot transform the defense in a week's time alone. Carson had 14 carries in three quarters against the Raiders and remains the primary rusher for Seattle.
Jalen Richard Oakland Raiders
The Colts will most likely have a lead and Doug Martin will most likely be on the bench. Richard has collected at least six catches in four games this season, including three of his last four. He's not scoring, but he is providing a decent floor of roughly 55 yards. This is more for PPR and which isn't bad if you're in a pinch for running backs.
Running Back Sits
Latavius Murray Minnesota Vikings
Murray has played well the last two weeks. He has 39 carries for 224 yards and three rushing touchdowns in those games. The Saints D has not been good this year, so it seems like a good matchup at home. The issue is the Saints are a bad pass defense and they actually allow the third fewest points to fantasy running backs. It is a very tough matchup and Murray is a player that could disappoint this weekend.
Wide Receiver Starts
Geronimo Allison Green Bay Packers
Allison has been a regular for the Packers, scoring in half of his games and picking up at least 75 yards in each of his last two. If we work under the assumption that Davante Adams will get shadowed by top Rams corner Marcus Peters, then Allison will see a lot of Troy Hill, who has not impressed. This should be a high-scoring game, opening up Allison's chances of scoring.
John Brown Baltimore Ravens
Brown bounced back from a three-target dud in week six with a monster outing against the Saints. He's got an easier matchup this week as Panthers top cornerback James Bradberry. The Panthers are tied for seventh in pass plays of 20-plus-yards allowed, and Brown specializes in them. His upside keeps him in number two receiver territory, especially in non-PPR leagues.
Wide Receiver Sits
Devin Funchess Carolina Panthers
Funchess is touchdown needy and doesn't have the best matchup taking on cornerback Jimmy Smith. He'll likely line up the most from Funchess, who has at least 53 yards and a touchdown in three of his past four. The target volume (at least seven in five straight games) is attractive but again too touchdown needy.
Tight End Starts
Jared Cook Oakland Raiders
Cook should benefit from seeing big-bodied teammate Amari Cooper getting traded by picking up more middle-of-the-field targets. Cook already has two games this year with double-digit targets, and given the state of the Raiders offense and the likelihood they'll have to play from behind, Cook should get another game like that in Week 8.
Tight End Sits
Evan Engram New York Giants
His big return last week resulted in two catches for 16 yards, which isn't far off from the 2-18-0 and 1-19-0 stat lines he had in Weeks 1 and 3. Saquon Barkley is wiping out a lot of the targets Engram had last year, so Engram is basically the Giants' fourth option in the passing game. That means he shouldn't be your first option in Fantasy.