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Week 8 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Los Angeles Rams vs Miami Dolphins

Jason Schandl
Fantasy picks for the Dolphins vs Rams matchup in Week 8.
Fantasy picks for the Dolphins vs Rams matchup in Week 8. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Things are going to get fun in Week 8. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is finally making his long-awaited first NFL start for the Miami Dolphins, though that comes in a tough matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

This is an intriguing real-world matchup, so let's take a look at where we can find some fantasy football value.

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Start Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: Tua starting brings a ton of uncertainty, leaving Myles Gaskin as one of the few safe plays in the Miami offense. Gaskin has averaged north of 20 opportunities per game (16.0 carries plus 4.7 targets) across his last four. That solid workload is exactly what you're looking for in a fantasy running back, and even in a tough matchup it gives him a solid floor, having scored no fewer than 9.2 fantasy points in any of those four games (averaging 15.1).

Start Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams: The Miami defense has been surprisingly competent this year, ranking 14th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. They've been one-dimensional, however, checking in at 6th against the pass but ranking dead-last against the run. Darrell Henderson has seen at least 14 carries in each of his last three games, and he should be able to turn that volume into serious production here.

Sit Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins: Yes, I'm a wet blanket. But really, you just can't start Tua this week. For all his promise, we still don't know how good Tua will be at the NFL level, and a matchup with the Rams, while surrounded by a mediocre Miami supporting cast, is not necessarily a great spot to find out. Brandon Staley's defense checks in at No. 11 in pass defense DVOA metric, conceding the league's seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

Sit Jared Goff, QB, Miami Dolphins: As mentioned above, the 'Phins rank a surprising sixth against the pass this year. That has them holding opposing quarterbacks to bottom-10 fantasy production in 2020. Jared Goff has only topped 220 yards once in his last four games, and has only thrown for more than 2 touchdowns once this year. The Rams may take a run-heavy approach to exploit the Dolphins' weakness, leaving Goff offering shaky fantasy value.

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