For all of those difficult decisions setting lineups in season-long leagues – or putting together the best roster in daily fantasy contests – Bruno Boys Fantasy Football presents our weekly collections of players to consider starting and sitting.
QB Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Cousins rebounded after a slow first half last weekend to finish with 301passing yards and a touchdown pass. He also ran for a touchdown in the Redskins’ loss to the Detroit Lions. It’s safe to say Cousins is matchup-proof. He should have no problem picking apart an overrated Cincinnati Bengals secondary.
RB Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders
After missing two games with turf toe, Murray saw the lion’s share of the carries and turned 18 rushes into 59 yards and two touchdowns. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have given up four touchdowns (three rushing) to opposing running backs over the last two games and have trouble with bigger, physical backs.
WR Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
Baldwin has fizzled of late. Expect him to bounce back in Week 8 as the matchup is as good as it gets. The New Orleans Saints rank near the bottom of the NFL in pass defense and give up a league-high 32.5 points a game. Even the Seahawks’ struggling offense should have its way with the Saints.
QB Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans
Osweiler has thrown an interception in every game but one this season and passed for only 131 yards against Denver. However, a Week 8 matchup with the Detroit Lions should help make things right. The Lions have given up a league-high 18 passing touchdowns on the season.
RB LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
Blount has scored a touchdown in six of seven games. In Week 7, he pounded the Pittsburgh Steelers for 127 rushing yards and two TDs. The return of Tom Brady forces the Bills to focus on containing the quarterback. Blount should find holes vs. a team that gives up 125 rushing yards a game.
RB Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs
Ware had 131 total yards and a touchdown in Week 7 and now has 294 total yards and two touchdowns over his last two games. Even when Jamaal Charles returns to full health Ware should remain the main option, and he has an excellent matchup in which to produce again in Week 8.
WR/RB Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers
Forced into an expanded role with Eddie Lacy and James Starks injured, Montgomery has been playing running back and posting huge stats. He had 60 rushing yards in Week 7 and also hauled in 10 receptions for 66 yards. The Atlanta Falcons rank near the bottom of the NFL in points and yards allowed.
RB Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
Crowell has been hit or miss this season. But in Week 7, he gashed the Bengals for 63 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. But the New York Jets are one of the best in the NFL against the run and allow 3.2 yards a carry. Crowell’s inside-the-tackle running style doesn’t bode well.
TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Olsen has been the most consistent tight end in the NFL this season with at least five receptions and 60 receiving yards in every game. His streak of success is in jeopardy this week, though. The Arizona Cardinals allow just 26.4 yards a game to opposing tight ends and have held them without a touchdown.