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Fantasy Football: Week 8 starts and sits

NFL: International Series-New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins
Ted Ginn
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The Dolphins lost 40-0 Thursday night, and have three more wins than the Gmen. Sigh. I’m blindly optimistic that the Giants leadership may make some changes during our bye week, but that would be too practical for them. Luckily, we have fantasy to keep us engaged, so let’s jump right into Week 8 starts and sits!

Starts

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, NO

Ginn has quietly become a well-rounded receiver, and still has better wheels than the majority of defensive backs in the league. Ginn has always been inconsistent, but has obviously earned the trust of Drew Brees, which vaults him into WR3 territory against the Bears at home.

Devin Funchess, WR, CAR

The Bucs defense is flat out bad this year, and will most likely roll coverage to Kelvin Benjamin. This should leave plenty of targets, especially a few in the red zone, for Funchess, who just may end up being a better overall receiver than Benjamin. WR2 upside at a minimal cost.

Wendell Smallwood, RB, PHI

The Eagles are a whopping 14-point favorite at home against the winless Niners, which means the second half should be mop up time for the Eagles running game. Legarrette Blount may be the play here, but I think Smallwood has earned more playing time and a chance to become the Eagles RB1. I also think the Eagles don’t need to add any undue ware on Blount in games that they don’t need him to win.

Josh McCown, QB, NYJ

The Falcons defense has taken multiple steps back since last year’s SB run, and McCown just keeps on producing. The Jets running game is a crapshoot, leaving ample opportunity for McCown to test their leaky secondary. I like him to surpass 250 yards passing and 2-3 TD’s.

Cincinnati Bengals DST

The Colts are bad this year. The Colts are even worse on the road. The Bengals defense will take out their Steeler frustration on Indy this weekend and are an ideal streaming defense off the waiver wire.