Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Dolphins vs Steelers Week 8 Game

Jason Schandl
Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers
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If you still have players on your fantasy team yet to play their Week 7 game, it means that tonight's "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers will likely determine whether you're coming away with a win or not. There's no room for error when it comes to your starting lineup, especially if you have multiple options for the game.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Monday's AFC clash between the Dolphins and Steelers.

MNF Fantasy Football

Start Mark Walton, RB, Miami Dolphins: With Kenyan Drake being traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday morning, that leaves Mark Walton as the team's starting RB. He's already seen solid volume over the last two games, with 27 opportunities (20 carries plus seven targets) while sharing the backfield with Drake, and his role should expand significantly tonight. Volume is the most important factor for a running back's fantasy football value, and even in the anemic Miami offense, a clear-cut lead back role makes him a solid play.

Start Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Only two of Mason Rudolph's four games this season have been full starts, but his fantasy production hasn't been terrible in those two, with 14.5 points against the San Francisco 49ers' elite defense and 16.9 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He's returning from a concussion (not an injury that should have lingering effects on his play), and has a matchup with a Miami defense that has allowed the NFL's second-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. He's not the most exciting fantasy play in the world, but he's shown he's a viable option in the right matchup, and matchups don't get much more "right" than this one.

Fantasy Football Sit 'Em

Sit Diontae Johnson and James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: It's enticing to just start every player against the Dolphins' generous defense, but there may not be enough volume to go around for Diontae Johnson and James Washington tonight. The passing game should be highly efficient, hence Rudolph's value, but the Steelers are 14-point favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook, meaning we're likely to see a run-heavy approach in this game. Competing with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Vance McDonald and James Conner for targets, neither of these two are good bets to see a significant number of opportunities, making them boom-or-bust options who are more likely to finish on the lower end of that spectrum.

Sit DeVante Parker and Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins: Miami will likely have a ton of targets to go around, but that still doesn't make their WRs strong fantasy options. Parker and Williams will be competing with Albert Wilson, who practiced in full this week and is a real volume hog when on the field, notching 12 targets on only 52 snaps so far in this injury-plagued season. The Miami passing game is tough to rely on at the best of times, but they have an especially tall task ahead of them this week against a Pittsburgh team that ranks 10th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings. Both Parker and Williams are reasonable bets to see decent target totals, but it would take more than a decent number to give them much value while their efficiency projects to be so poor. No Miami wideouts made it into the top 36 at the position in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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