Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Redskins vs Vikings

Jason Schandl
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Thursday Night Football games aren't always the most well-played NFL contests, since both teams are on short weeks, but that doesn't reduce their importance when it comes to fantasy football. With only a couple of days to think about start em, sit 'em options, they are often some of the toughest decisions of the week.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Thursday's matchup between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.

Who to Start in Fantasy Football

Start Olabisi Johnson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: With Adam Thielen officially ruled out, it's Olabisi Johnson that will serve as the Vikes' No. 2 wideout behind Stefon Diggs, who is a top play for the week himself. Thielen was forced out in the first quarter of the Vikings' Week 7 game, and Johnson went on to play 71 percent of the team's offensive snaps, racking up four receptions, 40 yards and one touchdown on a team-high eight targets. Washington has allowed the 10th most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this season, giving Johnson a great opportunity to make the most of his expanded role and lining him up as a top waiver pickup for Week 8.

Start Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: After looking like a total fantasy football dud to start the season, Kirk Cousins has turned things around dramatically. He averaged 10.8 fantasy points per game over the first four contests, but has since topped 20 points in three straight, averaging 25.7 per game since Week 5. It's helped that he has drawn three straight favorable matchups, but that doesn't change this week. Washington sits 24th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, making them the second worst pass defense Cousins has faced this season.

Fantasy Football Sit 'Em Week 8

Sit Adrian Peterson and Wendell Smallwood, RB, Washington Redskins: Adrian Peterson has said he plans to play after suffering an ankle injury last week, but whether he suits up or not, you're going to want to avoid the Washington backfield in fantasy. The Redskins are 16.5-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, meaning there will likely be very little rushing volume to go around. Efficiency will also be a concern against a Vikings team that ranks 11th in defensive DVOA.

Sit Vernon Davis and Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Washington Redskins: This could probably read, "Sit every Washington pass-catcher not named Terry McLaurin." Washington has one of the worst passing attacks in the league, as one of only six teams with an adjusted yards per attempt average below 6.0. With Jordan Reed on the shelf, Sprinkle and Davis have a combined one game with more than even 6.0 PPR points on the season, and that came all the way back in Week 1. Sit Washington's tight ends in Week 8 and snag one of these TE waiver options instead.

For more help setting your lineups, be sure to check out 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.