With bye weeks upon us, secondary and tertiary starting options are going to begin entering fantasy football starting lineups as the season grinds on. Riskier plays can be rewarded for those who aren't afraid to move on from underperforming players. Trust your instincts — coupled with solid PFF metrics, of course.
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So let's get to it: the Week 8 edition of fantasy football start ’em or sit ’em.
QB MATT RYAN, ATLANTA FALCONS
If you look past Ryan’s poor Week 1 performance, he’s been absolutely dealing this season. The Falcons passer strung together five weeks in a row with at least 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. Not to mention, he had his first interception since Week 2 last week.
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Ryan and the Atlanta offense will have home-field advantage against the Carolina Panthers this week. The Panthers started hot this season but fell apart defensively once they saw stronger offenses. They have allowed at least 21 points each of the last four weeks.
Ryan will continue to feed Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley this Sunday and makes for a great bye week fill-in if you have Lamar Jackson or Derek Carr rostered.
RB ALEX COLLINS, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Coming off a week with very little practice due to a foot injury, Collins still managed to carry the ball 16 times while securing his sole target as well. He finished with a measly 44 total scrimmage yards, but the entire Seahawks offense stalled against the very stout New Orleans Saints defense. Rashaad Penny was the only other running back to rush more than once, and he posted just nine yards on six attempts in his first game off injured reserve (IR).
The Seahawks are not a great offense right now, but anyone who plays against the Jacksonville Jaguars is a startable fantasy asset. The Jaguars allowed the second-most touchdowns to running backs in the first seven weeks of the season. The Seahawks seem content running the ball excessively — Collins has had 15 or more attempts in each of the last three games. Fire him up.
WR ROBERT WOODS, LOS ANGELES RAMS