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With six teams on a bye this week , fantasy football players are going to have a hard time fielding an ideal lineup. to determine who to start and sit in Week 8.START `EMQuarterback— Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. IndianapolisDalton 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. ChicagoSince 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. AtlantaAlthough 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 BayThe 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 FranciscoJeffery 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.— Kenny Stills, Miami at BaltimoreStills has a tough matchup against a tough Ravens secondary, however, Matt Moore will be the Dolphins’ QB and if fellow WR DeVante Parker (ankle) does play this week he’ll likely be limited. Stills and Moore have connected for TDs in four consecutive games.Tight end— Kyle Rudolph , Minnesota vs. ClevelandAfter 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 EnglandIt 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.SIT `EMQuarterback— Deshaun Watson, Houston at SeattleThe 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. PittsburghThe 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 PhiladelphiaIt’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. CarolinaMartin 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 CincinnatiColts 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 SeattleFuller 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. AtlantaAlthough Seferian-Jenkins has been productive, he faces a Falcons defense that hasn’t allowed a TD to a tight end this season. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have a losing record, and one of the best teams in the NFL is coming to town.And the Lions won’t be at full strength when they face the Los Angeles Rams this weekend.Detroit put wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve Monday after he missed the past two games with a knee injury. Jones’ absence leaves the Detroit receiving corps down another player. The Lions traded Golden Tate earlier this season.Jones has 35 catches for 508 yards and five touchdowns this season.“We just have to figure it out, roll with the next guy in there and see how it goes ,” coach Matt Patricia said. “We can’t look back in those situations, we just have to look forward and we have to keep pushing. There’s nothing we can do about it. From that standpoint, it just gives other guys opportunities to go out and perform and go out and play at a high level.”Second-year receiver Kenny Golladay has been impressive and figures to be the team’s most dangerous target the rest of the season.“I think Kenny’s done a good job all year,” Patricia said. “I think it’s something that we talked about, probably going back to the spring, and then identified his ability and his skillset that we think can help us win in certain situations. Certainly, finding different ways to get him the ball is important for us, but he’s certainly a focal point for a lot of teams that we face. That puts stress on other areas that we have to be able to come through with.”The Lions (4-7) signed linebacker Nicholas Grigsby to the active roster from the practice squad and signed defensive end Eric Lee to the practice squad.After spending years trying to build a dynamic offense around quarterback Matthew Stafford, Detroit is suddenly hoping its quarterback can lead a more limited group . Not only does he not have Tate or Jones to throw to, but the Lions were also without rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) in their Thanksgiving loss to Chicago .Stafford threw for only 236 yards in that game. Now Detroit will have more time to adjust to playing without Jones.“Going through these NFL seasons, guys go down for injury , guys go down for different reasons,” offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. “We make adjustments. We adjust to fit the players.”The Rams (10-1) come into Sunday’s game after a weekend off. Their most recent game was a 54-51 win over Kansas City on Nov. 19.So the Lions may need to score a lot to win this game — with whoever is healthy enough to play.“I think it’s important for us to kind of look forward to this opportunity,” Cooter said. “We’ve got five games. We’re going to go play ball and we’re going to go kind of see what certain guys can do and how we play.”NOTES: Jamal Agnew, who went on IR earlier this season with a knee injury, said he hasn’t been cleared to practice. Agnew, who earned All-Pro honors last season as a punt returner, would not say if he is running yet, and it’s not clear if he’ll be able to come back this season. “I’m always feeling good, but that’s not my decision to make,” he said. “I’m just going to put myself in the best position to try to come back and help the team win.”
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