Fantasy Football Breakdown: Week 8
Host Sam Kirk and analysts Logan Bourandas, Juan Mendez and Matt Rudisill dive into this week's best starts, sits and potential waiver wire additions.
Players to Start This Week
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts had a bye week in Week 7 and appear to be well rested for their Week 8 slate against the Detroit Lions. Taylor was the second rookie running back off the board in many fantasy drafts, but lack of touches has put a damper on his overall numbers. In Week 5, he averaged 5 yards per carry but only handled 12 rushes after the Colts trailed 21-0 at halftime. Look for Taylor to explode onto the fantasy scene this week, as the offensive attack looks to be more balanced against the Lions’ subpar run defense.
Travis Fulgham, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Fulgham has been a bit of an unsung hero for the Eagles due to the crippling amount of injuries on the offensive side of the football. Over the course of the last three games, he has been targeted at least 10 times, accumulating 300 yards and two touchdowns. As the emerging WR1 in Philadelphia, Fulgham is in for a field day against the nonexistent Dallas Cowboys defense.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans
Tannehill has to be placed in starting lineups this week, as he’s been sensational for fantasy owners over the course of the season. In the last five games, he has thrown for 1,341 yards, 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He fell off ever so slightly against an above-average defense in Pittsburgh, but look for him to return to form against a Cincinnati Bengals defense giving up an alarming amount of points.
Players to Sit This Week
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Gaskin has emerged as the starting running back for the Dolphins, but expect it to be tough sledding for him this week. The Los Angeles Rams come to town and bring Aaron Donald and
company to wreak havoc down in the trenches. The Rams have held opposing running backs under 75 yards rushing in each of their last five games, and expect that trend to continue on Sunday.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
It’s odd placing an elite player on this list, but it’s easy to see why. The Dallas Cowboys are down to two starting offensive linemen, and they will be facing an elite pass rush from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. On top of that, Elliott has four lost fumbles in just seven weeks of play. The Cowboys have the tendency to go down big early, forcing them to go away from the run and eating into Elliott’s numbers.
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
With the disheartening news that Odell Beckham Jr. is lost for the season with a torn ACL, a player from the receiving corps will have to step up. Look for Rashard Higgins to fill the void. Last week, Higgins played on all 28 of Baker Mayfield’s dropbacks, hauling in six catches and 110 yards. He will be a hot waiver wire add this week and rightfully so.
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Juan S. Mendez is a second-year student from Sogamoso, Colombia majoring in journalism at Penn State University. He is a frequent CommRadio contributor through play-by-play and production for Penn State sports, primarily soccer. As a writer and podcast member, he also contributes in covering the NFL, NBA, international soccer, college sports, and occasional music reviews. Bilingual, and with a substantially dispersed knowledge, Juan intends to work covering multiple sports internationally in English and Spanish at a professional level.
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Sam Kirk is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a writer and podcaster for the CommRadio sports department. He is also featured weekly in the CommRadio news department on Thursday newcasts. Sam has written articles all across the board that deal with baseball, football and basketball. He is also working for a football media company called Inside the Hashes, writing articles, interviewing players and contributing to their YouTube channel.