Fantasy plays: Players to start amid slew of teams on bye

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Credit: Keith Srakocic

Credit: Keith Srakocic

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is sacked by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) during the second half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

With six teams on a bye this week, fantasy football players are going to have a hard time fielding an ideal lineup. We'll get through it together by analyzing the matchups to determine who to start and sit in Week 8.



Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Indianapolis 

Dalton faces the Colts, who have surrendered the second most passing yards to QBs, and the sixth most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to the position. His top receiver, A.J. Green, has TD catches in two career games against the Colts.

Case Keenum, Minnesota vs. Cleveland (in London) 

Keenum is a potential streaming option against a Browns pass defense that has allowed 14 passing TDs, the second most in football. The Browns have also allowed the eighth most FPPG to QBs this season.

Running back 

Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Chicago 

Since the Saints traded away Adrian Peterson two weeks ago, Ingram has scored three TDs and averaged just over 23 carries and 109 rushing yards per game. Overall, New Orleans is running the ball more this season, and the Bears are allowing an average of four rushing yards per carry (YPC) and just under 105 rushing yards per game.

Matt Forte, NY Jets vs. Atlanta 

Although he's in a time share with Bilal Powell, Forte has led Jets RBs in snaps played over the past two weeks. He's also posted double digit fantasy points in points per reception (PPR) scoring formats in his last two games. Running backs have secured 39 receptions against the Falcons, who are giving up the fourth most FPPG to the position.

Wide receiver 

Devin Funchess, Carolina at Tampa Bay 

The Buccaneers have given up the most FPPG to WRs, and the second most receptions (96) to the position. Funchess is averaging close to nine targets per game since Week 3 and leads Panthers WRs in red zone targets.

Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia vs. San Francisco 

Jeffery is having a disappointing season, but much of his struggle could be attributed to tough cornerback matchups. He still averages almost eight targets per game and the 49ers have given up TDs to WRs in six of seven weeks and surrender the sixth most passing yards per game.

Tight end 

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota vs. Cleveland

After a slow start, Rudolph has averaged over eight targets and five catches over the past three weeks. The Browns have yielded the most receptions and the second most FPPG to TEs.

Hunter Henry, LA Chargers at New England 

It appears that Henry will be the Chargers' primary pass catching TE going forward. He is averaging over seven targets and four catches per game over the past three weeks. The Patriots are surrendering the seventh most FPPG to TEs.



Deshaun Watson, Houston at Seattle 

The Seahawks have yielded an average of just over 8 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs over their last three games, and have yet to give up a rushing TD to a QB. Running the ball has been one of Watson's strengths and that will cut into his production.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. Pittsburgh 

The Steelers have given up the second fewest FPPG to QBs and are second in QB sacks with 24. Stafford will be playing behind an offensive line that's allowed him to be sacked 17 times in his last three games.

Running back 

Carlos Hyde, San Francisco at Philadelphia 

It's clear that Hyde is the 49ers' primary back, however he has a tough matchup against the Eagles, who allow an average of just 67 rushing yards per game. The 49ers will probably be playing from behind for much of this matchup, and may have to abandon the run early in the game.

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay vs. Carolina 

Martin is averaging just under 59 rushing yards per game this season, and only gained 2.45 YPC in Week 7. The Panthers defense is allowing just 81 yards on the ground, and they are yielding the seventh fewest FPPG to RBs.

Wide receiver 

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis at Cincinnati 

Colts QB Jacoby Brissett was sacked 10 times in Week 7 and his weak offensive line may hinder his ability to get Hilton the ball as much as he'd like to. The Bengals have given up the fifth fewest FPPG to WRs.

Will Fuller, Houston at Seattle 

Fuller has scored five TDs in his first three games, however with just about four targets per game this season, it'll be difficult for him to keep up that pace. The Seahawks have allowed just three TDs and the sixth fewest FPPG to WRs.

Tight end 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NY Jets vs. Atlanta 

Although Seferian-Jenkins has been productive, he faces a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed a TD to a tight end this season.