Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Quarterbacks
By Matthew Brosnan.
Cleveland Browns vs Las Vegas Raiders
In the Browns’ week 7 game against the Bengals, Baker had what was by far and away his best fantasy performance of the season. In a game where he started 0-5, he then went 22-23 and threw 5 passing touchdowns. Although Baker is without star receiver OBJ this week don't let that put you off starting him as the Browns have an embarrassment of riches already on offense. The Raiders are the 32nd ranked defense in fantasy football and they do not create many turnovers with only three so far on the year. I would expect a high scoring game here with Baker putting up similar numbers as to what he did in the week 7 win against Cincinnati.
Miami Dolphins vs LA Rams
The former National Champion makes his first start in the NFL this week, after coming on for the final few minutes in week 6, where he completed both of his pass attempts. Tua is going to be a problem for opposing defenses to figure out, especially in his first start for the Dolphins. Tua gets the ball out of his hands very quickly and is also a major threat running the football. This isn't a desperate decision by Brian Flores to throw him in there and was the plan all along, so coming off a bye week expect Tua to have a highly impressive debut, just like he did at Alabama.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
I had Wentz as a must start last week and he did not disappoint in a game where he put up 28 fantasy points. Wentz now has over 27 points in his last two performances and now ranks as the number 7 quarterback in fantasy football. This is a big game for the Eagles who know that if they win, they will go into their bye week top of the NFC East and with a favourable schedule after the bye. The Cowboys defense is the 27th best in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game, and allow over 400 yards. This is a very favourable match up for Wentz and the Eagles against a very bad Dallas defense.
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
It seems a lifetime ago now since Cam's 35-point Fantasy performance in week 2 against the Seahawks. New England's offense is so depleted of weapons it would be hard to imagine any quarterback having success there this season. Newton had -0.18 points in the week 7 loss to the 49ers and it is hard to picture anyway that those numbers will improve to the level that he once again becomes a viable option as a starting QB for you fantasy Team. A win here for the Bills would be enormous in their pursuit of their first AFC East title since 1995. Expect the Bills defense to come after Cam and make him uncomfortable early.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
Although Roethlisberger is playing like a legitimate MVP candidate, his fantasy numbers do not reflect that. In the last two weeks Ben has put up 10 and 12 Fantasy points and currently ranks as the 22nd best QB in Fantasy football. The Ravens come into this divisional game off a bye and I expect their defense to put down a marker and show why they should be considered the number one threat to the Chiefs in the AFC.
Detroit Lions vs Indianapolis Colts
Before their bye week the Colts were the number one ranked defense in all of football and I would expect them to come out this week and continue to show why that is the case. The Colts are the second highest ranked team in the NFL against the pass, where they are one of two teams (Washington) still allowing less than 200 passing yards per game. I would be hesitant to start Stafford this week even after his late game heroics in week 7 against the Falcons.