Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Kirk Cousins primed for shootout with Cowboys

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Kirk Cousins primed for shootout with Cowboys

Who you want in your Week 8 lineup with the Raiders and Ravens on a bye.

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It should feel good to set your Fantasy lineup this week. The Week 7 mess with six teams on a bye is behind us, and we have most of our star players back in action. It’s not perfect due to injuries — and Baltimore and Las Vegas are on bye — but it’s better than what we dealt with last week.

Hopefully, you managed through Week 7 and don’t have many injury woes. It’s not ideal going into Week 8 without Davante Adams (COVID list) and Miles Sanders (ankle), among others, and we’ll miss the star players from the Ravens and Raiders like Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown, Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs.

But last week we were pulling players off the scrap heap and throwing them into our starting spots, and it was more about survival than being confident in your teams. You might have got lucky to get a win, but hopefully your Fantasy team is poised for success for the rest of the year.

So let’s see what happens in Week 8 and beyond. As long as our main guys stay healthy — fingers crossed — it should be a fun stretch run for the Fantasy season.

Editor’s Note: Projections are provided by CBS Sports and not Jamey Eisenberg. Projected points are for PPR leagues.

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The Sunday night game between the Cowboys and Vikings is expected to have the highest implied total of the week at 55 points, according to the Caesars Sportsbook. Hopefully it lives up to the billing and both offenses show up in a big way.

The Cowboys, as long as Dak Prescott (calf) is fine, should do their part. It’s hard to envision the Vikings slowing down Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper and Dalton Schultz. For the season, Dallas is No. 1 in points per game (34.2) and total yards per game (460.8).

But the Vikings offense is explosive also — No. 5 in total yards per game (414.2) and No. 14 in total points (24.5) — and Kirk Cousins is a big reason why. He’s having another quality year, even though he remains underrated.

Cousins has scored at least 26 Fantasy points in four of six starts this year, and he’s averaging 24.3 Fantasy points per game. His weapons are elite in Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, and K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin are producing as well, which is why I like them as sleepers this week.

Cousins has a good track record coming off a bye, having scored at least 20 Fantasy points in four of his past five games after a break. And this is a good matchup against Dallas.

The Cowboys allow an average of 23.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and three quarterbacks this year — Tom Brady, Jalen Hurts and Sam Darnold — have scored at least 24 Fantasy points. Cousins should add his name to that list.

I’m looking forward to this game between two elite offenses. And I’m excited to watch Cousins in a shootout with Prescott. Cousins will once again be a top 10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 8.

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Bengals (at NYJ): While the Bengals offense gets most of the attention because of Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Mixon, the Cincinnati defense has been impressive also. The Bengals have held four teams to 17 points or less this season, including the Ravens in Week 7. Cincinnati just sacked Lamar Jackson five times, and the Bengals DST should be great against the Jets. Whether Joe Flacco or Mike White starts for the injured Zach Wilson (knee), that’s a bonus for the Bengals, and the Jets have scored 14 points or less in four of six games. The Jets have also allowed 20 sacks and have 11 interceptions. The Bengals DST is a top-three Fantasy option in Week 8.

49ers (at CHI)

Steelers (at CLE)

Falcons (vs. CAR)  

Patriots (at LAC): The Patriots DST just had a strong outing in Week 7 against the Jets with two sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and just 13 points allowed. But things should be more difficult in Week 8 at the Chargers. Justin Herbert has been sacked twice in each of the past three games, but he has just one interception in his past four outings. And the Chargers have scored at least 28 points in three of their past four games. This is a good week to sit the Patriots DST.

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