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Citak: Week 8 Fantasy Football Sweet & Sour Lineup Advice

Matt Citak
October 25, 2018 - 1:36 pm
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Another week of the fantasy season is behind us. With the fantasy postseason creeping up sooner than you think, you need all of the assistance you can get. 

I am here to help you with some of your tough lineup decisions by providing some start and sit recommendations along with a few sleeper picks at each position. 

Players who look poised for a big week will fall under the "Sweet" category, while guys who might be in for a tough matchup will fall in the "Sour" section. In addition, I'll add a couple of sleeper picks at each position for those in need of a streaming option.

Let me preface this article by saying I won't be telling you the obvious. You don't need me to tell you to start Todd Gurley or Antonio Brown each week. And a player falling in the "Sour" section doesn't necessarily mean you should bench him -- it means you should lower your expectations for that player given the circumstances that week (matchup, injuries, etc.). While I want these recommendations to help you make lineup decisions, at the end of the day you have to go with your gut.

Good luck in Week 8! 

Quarterback

Sweet

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Winston has thrown for 760 yards and four touchdowns in his two starts since returning from suspension, while also adding 84 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. His four interceptions haven't helped his fantasy numbers, but he has a great opportunity to right himself in Week 8 against a Bengals defense allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks since Week 4. Winston has top 5 QB appeal this week.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals- As you can see, I expect the Bengals-Bucs showdown to be a high-scoring affair. Dalton was very disappointing against the Chiefs in Week 7, but we will chalk that up to the Red Rifle's inability to perform well in primetime. This week, Dalton gets to pick apart Tampa Bay's defense, which enters this game allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on the season. Dalton is in for a monster bounce-back performance. 

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Sour

Carson Wentz, Philadephia Eagles- Wentz has started to regain his old form in recent weeks, most notably in Week 7 when he completed over 80 percent of his passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. But that trend may not continue this week, as the Eagles travel to London to take on the Jaguars. Despite Jacksonville's recent struggles, its defense has still allowed just one QB to reach 18 fantasy points against them (Dak Prescott). Wentz will likely fall out of QB1 range in this matchup. 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions- Stafford is also coming off a game in which he completed over 80 percent of his passes with two touchdowns. He is another QB that may not find as much success on the field this week. The Lions welcome the Seahawks to Detroit, and while Stafford will benefit from playing on his home field, the Seahawks' success against quarterbacks has me concerned about the veteran QB. Seattle gives up the fewest points to opposing quarterbacks, meaning Stafford is in for a long day. 

Sleepers

Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears- After finishing as one of the top fantasy QBs in each of his last three games, how can you sit him? With his rushing abilities, Trubisky should have no problem producing a great fantasy day against the Jets. 

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns- Mayfield is in the middle of a fantastic fantasy stretch. Now he will get to pick on the Steelers struggling secondary in Week 8. 

Running Backs

Sweet

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts- For the first time in years, Mack appears to be fully healthy, and boy does he look impressive. Mack has a combined 40 fantasy points over the last two weeks and should add to his recent success against the Raiders in Week 8. Seven opposing running backs have either scored or totaled 100 yards against Oakland this season, with its defense allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Mack is a must-start. 

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears- Talk about surprise performances; how about Tarik Cohen? The small, speedy back did not do much on the ground last week, taking six carries for just 14 yards, but he made up for it with his contributions in the passing game. Cohen caught eight passes for 69 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots and will likely be a favorite target for Trubisky again in Week 8. The Bears take on a Jets defense that has allowed 40 receptions to opposing running backs this season. Find a way to get Cohen into your lineup. 

Sour

Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars- Don't get cute with this one. While he may provide some fantasy value down the line if Leonard Fournette re-injures himself, Hyde is an easy fade this week. He was just traded to Jacksonville a week ago, the team is traveling to London to take on the Eagles and their top-ranked rush defense, and T.J. Yeldon is still playing a large role in the Jaguars' offense. Keep Hyde stashed on your bench for now. 

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers- Despite all of my pleas, Mike McCarthy refuses to make Aaron Jones the Packers' featured running back, even though he is by far and away their most talented rusher. Jones has received double digit touches just once in the four games he has played in, and while he finished that game with 12 touches for 82 yards, it hasn't led to more carries for the young back. Keep Jones away from your lineup until McCarthy feeds him the rock. 

Sleepers

Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills- If McCoy can't go this week, I like Ivory in the Monday night matchup against the Patriots. Ivory caught three passes for 25 yards last week, and should continue to play a large role in the passing game in this AFC East matchup.

Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers- He seemingly came out of nowhere, but Mostert has rushed for 146 yards on 19 carries over the last two weeks. In a battle of 1-6 teams (SF vs. Arizona), Mostert could be looking at another big workload come Sunday.

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Wide Receivers

Sweet

Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks- We finally caught a glimpse of the old Baldwin in Week 6 when the veteran caught six passes for 91 yards against the Raiders. Following the team's bye week, Baldwin should be ready to pick up where he left off against the Lions. Detroit lost their starting slot corner, Jamal Agnew, for the season, forcing Teez Tabor to slide up to the starting role. He then allowed Dolphins' receivers to catch 6-of-7 targets for 88 yards and a TD last week. Baldwin could go off for a huge game in Week 8. 

Will Fuller, Houston Texans- Fuller gets a huge boost this week with the injury to Keke Coutee. The receiver is averaging seven targets and over 20 fantasy points per game in the six instances when he has played with Deshaun Watson and without Coutee. With Dolphins corner Xavien Howard shadowing DeAndre Hopkins, Watson should be looking for Fuller early and often in this Thursday night matchup. Fuller is a must-start this week. 

Sour

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles- There's no denying how great Jeffrey has been recently. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in three of his last four games, but that trend is unlikely to continue in Week 8 against Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars’ defense. Jacksonville is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, and considering how the last few weeks have gone for them, they will likely be fired up for this game against the defending Super Bowl champs. He may be hard to bench, but lower your expectations for Jeffery this week.

Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears- Right when we thought Gabriel was heading towards a breakout season, Anthony Miller returns to the lineup and Gabriel comes crashing back down to Earth. The speedy receiver saw just four targets against New England last week after seeing 29 over the previous four weeks. Gabriel is a boom-or-bust receiver with Miller back from injury. If you can afford to take the risk, then I don't mind rolling the dice on him as your flex. But be warned: last week's dud could easily become a reoccurring trend.

Sleepers

Danny Amendola, Miami Dolphins- Brock Osweiler has loved targeting Amendola in his two games as Miami's QB (14 catches on 18 targets for 143 yards and a TD). With Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both out for Thursday's contest, Osweiler will be feeding Amendola the ball all game.

Tre'Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints- Smith caught just 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards against the Ravens last week in his first game stepping in for Ted Ginn Jr. However, the rookie played on 73 percent of snaps and could be leaned on heavily this week with Michael Thomas seeing shadow coverage from Xavier Rhodes.

Tight Ends

Sweet

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns- As I predicted, Njoku has slowly been making his way up the tight end board over the last month. He has finished with at least four catches for 52 yards in the last four games, and has found the end zone in each of his last two. More importantly, he has gotten double digit targets in two of the last three games. Those are great numbers for a tight end, and Njoku should add to them this week against a Steelers defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. 

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers- It has been no secret that C.J. Beathard loves targeting his tight end. Since Beathard took over under center, Kittle has scored at least 13 PPR points in three of four games, including two scores. Kittle caught five passes for 83 yards against the Cardinals earlier in the year, and should have no trouble replicating those numbers again in Week 8. 

Sour

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers- It is great to see Olsen healthy and actually on the field, something we have not gotten to see too often over the last season and a half. However, he doesn't belong anywhere near your lineup in Week 8 when he faces off against the Ravens. Baltimore has allowed just one touchdown to a tight end all year. The 33-year-old did find the end zone last week, but it was one of just two catches (for five yards) on the day. Olsen should have brighter days ahead, just don’t rely on him this week. 

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Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings- Rudolph has disappeared from fantasy relevance over the last few weeks by reaching 40 receiving yards in only one of Minnesota's last three games. This is not a good sign, especially considering the success Kirk Cousins has had throwing to all of his other pass-catching options recently. The Vikings take on a Saints team this week that just allowed its first touchdown to an opposing tight end in Week 7. If you have him, you likely don't have any better TE options, but don't expect much from the veteran in this one. 

Sleepers

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers- McDonald has been up and down this season, but this week he has a very advantageous matchup. Cleveland lost its primary tight end cover LB in Joe Schobert, and without him the Browns allowed Bucs' tight ends to catch 12 passes for 111 yards. McDonald is a TE1 this week. 

Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints- With Ted Ginn on IR, there were targets up for grabs in the Saints' offense, and it appears as if Watson will get some of them. The veteran caught all six of his targets for 43 yards and a TD against the Ravens last week, and has a favorable matchup against Minnesota in Week 8. 

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.