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Fantasy Football 2015: Week 8 Start/Sit

Who to Start and Who to Sit in Fantasy Football Week 8

October 29, 2015

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It’s Thursday, and that means Week 8 in the NFL is officially here. We fantasy football owners have some crucial roster decisions to make in the next few days, so with that in mind let’s check out our Start-Sit picks for Week 8.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2015: Week 8 Start/Sit

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Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: Stewart had a couple of goal-line touches vultured away by Mike Tolbert in Week 7, but he still came up with a solid game on 24 rushes for 125 yards.
Stewart enters Week 8 with a favorable matchup ahead in the flailing Colts. He shouldn’t have too much trouble there, and should get plenty of opportunities to make a dent in the stat sheet. He’s a definite RB2.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants: If you’re QB-needy this week, Manning’s not a bad way to go. Sure, he’s been up-and-down thus far (and was “down” last week on 13-of-24 passing for 170 yards and no scores), but gets a solid matchup this weekend against the Saints.
New Orleans hasn’t been able to do much against opposing quarterbacks this year, so this could be a spot where Manning really shines.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Assuming Maclin is healthy and able to take the field on Sunday, he’s a nice option against a favorable Lions defense.
Maclin passed all his tests and was mere inches away from playing in Week 7, but it’s good that KC played it safe. He should post some nice numbers in London on Sunday.

Sit ‘Em:

Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders: Murray posted a solid afternoon in Week 7 against the Chargers, with 15 rushes for 85 yards and a touchdown. He seems to have found his way back into the coaching staff’s good graces.
That said, Murray gets a rough matchup this week against the Jets--if there’s one thing they do well, it’s stop the run (they’ve allowed just one RB rushing touchdown this year). Oakland may take the Tom Brady blueprint and stick to the pass all day.

Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys: So you’re excited you picked up McFadden off the waiver wire following a great Week 7 performance, and want to slot him into your lineup right away? Not so fast.
Sure, McFadden has probably clawed to the top spot in the Cowboys backfield and should see most of the work this week, but he gets an ugly matchup against the Seahawks this week. Expect the entirety of the Dallas offense to get shut down, including him.

Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: Dear Peyton: we’ve had some good times, but it’s time to part ways. Your 7:10 TD:INT ratio and 72.5 QB rating in your last outing have finally pushed you to the fantasy bench.
Your matchup in Week 8 against a tough Packers pass defense doesn’t instill any confidence, either. It was fun while it lasted. Sincerely, fantasy football owners everywhere.

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