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Week 8 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Buccaneers vs Saints

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Week 8 matchup, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Alvin Kamara.
Fantasy football picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints Week 8 matchup, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Alvin Kamara. / Douglas P. DeFelice/GettyImages
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look for their fifth straight win when they visit the New Orleans Saints in a Week 8 NFL matchup. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Buccaneers slated as 5-point road favorites in an exciting Week 8 clash.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 8 NFC South clash.

Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Fantasy

Start Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled in Week 7 on the backs of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The pair enjoyed their best fantasy performances of the season with Antonio Brown injured and out of the lineup, combining for 21 targets, 14 catches, 187 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. Antonio Brown was seen with crutches on Wednesday and his availability for Sunday is very much up in the air. New Orleans gives up the third-fewest PPR points to opposing running backs and Tampa Bay will have to do its damage through the air. Expect a heavy dose of Evans and Godwin again in Week 8, especially if Brown is unable to go.

Alvin Kamara Fantasy

Start Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers post Football Outsiders' fourth-best run-defense DVOA metric in the NFL, but that shouldn't stop fantasy managers from tossing Alvin Kamara in the starting lineup. He's a must-start every week and should be in for another big week in the passing game. Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris sat again last week with injuries and the Saints targeted Kamara early and often instead of Marquez Callaway. Kamara led the team with 11 targets, catching an absurd 10 balls for 128 yards and 1 touchdown, all through the air. It's unclear if Harris will be able to return in Week 8, but Kamara's threat as a pass-catcher makes him a comfortable start against the Bucs' formidable rush defense.

Leonard Fournette Fantasy

Sit Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Much like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, New Orleans is a team you cannot run against. New Orleans ranks second in Football Outsiders' rush-defense DVOA metric in the entire league thanks to a formidable front seven. The unit allows just 80.8 rushing yards and 0.67 rushing touchdowns per game. Leonard Fournette is a serviceable, but not elite pass-catching option. He's fresh off a week rushing 15 times for 81 yards and 1 score, but caught only 2 passes for 9 yards. New Orleans' strong rushing defense makes Fournette a safer RB2 this week than his usual RB1 status and he might not be in for his usual strong fantasy performance.

New Orleans Saints D/ST Fantasy

Sit New Orleans Saints D/ST: There may be no better offense in the league than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that's a bad recipe for the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans D/ST unit ranks as DST6 this season, but goes against their toughest task yet. Tampa Bay ranks third in points scored (33.3), second in yards gained (423.4), and has given up the third-fewest sacks (9) and fourth-fewest interceptions (3) this season. That creates a tough recipe for scoring defensive fantasy points. Just ask the Chicago Bears. Chicago was DST6 prior to Week 7, but put up -2 fantasy points after Tom Brady and the Buccaneers scorched them 38 points and 400+ total yards on offense.


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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. 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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