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Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions

Max Staley
Matthew Stafford fantasy outlook could point to a down game in Week 8.
Matthew Stafford fantasy outlook could point to a down game in Week 8. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Week 8 brings NFL fans a matchup between two solid teams in the Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions. Both offenses are entering this one relatively healthy, so there shouldn't be too many injury dilemmas from a fantasy perspective.

If you need help with your lineups in this one, here's some start 'em, sit 'em for this Colts-Lions Week 8 showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts: Trey Burton has quietly become one of the focal points of the Colts' offense. Since making his debut in Week 4, Burton has seen at least 5 targets in each game, totaling 16. That's the third most on the team during that span, but his 11 receptions are good for the team-high. There aren't many tight ends seeing that kind of volume, giving Burton a legitimate shot at becoming an every-week start if he keeps this up.

Start T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions: The Lions draw a really difficult matchup here. Indianapolis is the third-best defense in Football Outsiders DVOA metrics, sitting at No. 3 against the pass and No. 6 against the run. That will make it tough to trust their skill-position players (aside from Kenny Golladay). However, it's probably still safe to go with T.J. Hockenson, who has been the most consistent member of this offense. He has had at least 4 catches and 50 yards or scored a TD in every game this season, totaling 4 TDs in 2020. In a game that Detroit is expected to trail (2.5-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook), Hockenson should get plenty of volume and chances to score.

Sit T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: T.Y. Hilton hasn't delivered this year. Whether it's because he hasn't perfected his rapport with Philip Rivers yet or he's just past his prime, Hilton is not someone you want in your lineup right now. He has yet to reach 70 receiving yards in a single game and he's currently fantasy's WR79. Even in a decent matchup against the Lions, Hilton isn't worth starting until he proves otherwise. He can be dropped if you need a bench spot.

Sit Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford's fantasy managers have been patiently waiting for his breakout game all season. It looked like it would coming last week when he took on the Atlanta Falcons' porous pass defense, but it didn't happen. And at this point, it might be time to cut bait. Stafford has only broken 20.0 fantasy points once this season, and he's currently the QB22 on a per-game basis. It's tough to imagine that changing against a Colts' defense surrendering the second-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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