Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Running Backs
By Matthew Brosnan.
Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions
Before their bye week Taylor was consistently getting around 15 carries per game and coming out of the bye I would expect those numbers to go up. Although Taylor is yet to have that huge game we all know he is capable of, he has been highly consistent and hasn't put in a bad performance so far in his young NFL career. Taylor is a threat in the passing game too, he caught four passes on his four targets last time out against the Bengals. The Lions defense struggles against the rush, they rank 26th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, where the give up 131.8ypg. His huge multi touchdown game can't be too far away and I would not be shocked if it comes this week.
New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs
From a rookie to a veteran. Even on a bad day Gore is still going to see around 10 touches a game and rack up some fantasy points for your team. This could be a big game for Gore though, I am not saying he's going to put up 35 points, but he could be good for around 15-20 points. The Chiefs defense ranks 30th in the NFL against the rush and allow 150 rushing yards per game. I wouldn't always have Gore as a starter for your fantasy team, but I feel this is the week to take the risk.
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
In Miles Sanders’ absence last week, Boston Scott stepped up for the Eagles in their win over the Giants. Scott is a big threat rushing the football and also in the passing game, which he proved last week with 46 yards rushing and 46 yards receiving along with a receiving touchdown. With Sanders a doubt again this week, I would definitely be starting Scott for my fantasy team. The Cowboys defense ranks 32nd in the NFL against the run and they allow 178.3 rushing yards per game. With or without Sanders in the line-up, I would still have Scott starting this week.
Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints
Montgomery has been slightly below par for fantasy owners this season and has only one notable game, which was in the week 2 win against the Giants, where he got 18 points. Montgomery couldn't get much going on MNF against the Rams and only had 6.90 Fantasy points. The Saints are the 4th best team in the league against the rush and they allow less than 90 rushing yards per game. I think this is a bad match up for Montgomery and feel the Bears will struggle to have any real success running the football against the very impressive D-line of the Saints.
Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots
Singletary has been a major disappointment for Fantasy football owners yet for some reason is still being started in over 50% of Fantasy leagues. Singletary has less than five points in each of his last three games despite them being easy match ups on paper. I wouldn't expect his fortunes to change this week against the Patriots who will be looking to bounce back following their loss to the 49ers.
Miami Dolphins vs LA Rams
The Rams rank as the 7th best team in the NFL against the rush and allow only 100.4ypg. The temptation is there to start Gaskin with the Dolphins starting a rookie QB, however the Rams are likely to force Tua to beat them and there won't be much room for Gaskin to run on that stacked D-line of the Rams. Gaskin only has two double digit performances on the season, and this should be his toughest match up to date.