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Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Tennessee Titans vs Cincinnati Bengals

Max Staley
AJ Green fantasy outlook makes him a solid start in Week 8.
AJ Green fantasy outlook makes him a solid start in Week 8. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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The Tennessee Titans will look to rebound from their last-second loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a matchup against the 1-5-1 Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8. This game has the potential to be one of the highest-scoring contests of the week, with an over/under set at 54.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Totals that high can often lead to fantasy gold, so if you need help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 8 showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis has quietly been pretty effective whenever he's been on the field this season. He has played in four games, recording at least 69 receiving yards or a touchdown in all four appearances. He made his return from a two-game absence this Sunday and picked up right where he left off, seeing a team-high 10 targets for 1 touchdown, 6 receptions and an admittedly underwhelming 35 receiving yards. It's hard to fault him for the inefficient game, though, as the Steelers are as difficult a matchup as it gets. If he maintains that volume he has big-time potential against a Bengals' defense that's surrendering 27.7 points per game (PPG). Davis is also probably available on your waiver wire (28% rostered).

Start, WR, A.J. Green Cincinnati: Another wide receiver fantasy managers were likely ready to give up on, A.J. Green has really turned back the clock recently. After failing to top 51 receiving yards in each of his first five games, Green has now recorded at least 7 catches and 82 receiving yards in back-to-back outings. He's turning 12.0 targets into 7.5 catches for 89.0 receiving yards per game in that time. Cincinnati is also likely to be trailing in this one, as 5.5-point underdogs, and that should lead to plenty of volume for the Bengals' pass-catchers. With a little more touchdown luck, Green could be poised for a monster second half.

Sit Anthony Firkser, TE, Tennessee Titans: Anthony Firkser was one of the breakout stars of Week 6, when he turned 9 targets into 8 catches for 113 yards and a score. That huge boost in production was pretty much entirely due to the ankle injury that knocked Jonnu Smith out of the game, however. But with Smith back in the lineup in Week 7, Firkser was essentially irrelevant, catching 2 passes for 7 yards on 2 targets. Firkser won't be back on the fantasy radar unless Smith misses more time.

Sit Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard was great while starting in place of Joe Mixon last week, finishing the day with 20.6 fantasy points. You're obviously not starting Bernard if Mixon is back in the lineup, but he could be in for a tough day even if Mixon remains sidelined. He was really ineffective as a rusher, turning 13 carries into 37 yards. He made his bones through the air, catching 5 passes for 59 yards and a score (11.8 yards per target), but that was uncharacteristically efficient for Bernard. He was averaging just 5.8 yards per target on 20 total looks from Week 1-6. It'll be difficult for Bernard to maintain that pace against Tennessee.


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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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