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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Bengals won’t stop Ryan Tannehill from lighting up the scoreboard

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It’s nice to know that Dalvin Cook appears on track to play in Week 8 against Green Bay, and the Panthers are hopeful Christian McCaffrey could return against the Falcons on Thursday night. We’ve missed not having two of the top Fantasy running backs, especially McCaffrey who hasn’t played since Week 2, and we could use some good news. Because all is not right still when it comes to injuries.

In the last week, we lost Odell Beckham (ACL) for the season, Deebo Samuel (hamstring) for a couple of weeks and Chris Godwin (finger) is out in Week 8 at the Giants. Joe Mixon (foot), Aaron Jones (calf) and Miles Sanders (knee) could also be out again this week, and Chris Carson (foot) isn’t expected to play against the 49ers, either.

The status for Michael Thomas (hamstring), Allen Robinson (concussion) and Jamison Crowder (groin) remains unknown. And we have Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville and Washington on a bye, leaving many Fantasy managers searching for starting options.

Thankfully, we did see some starting Fantasy running backs emerge as a result of the injuries to Mixon, Sanders and Jones. You should feel confident if you’re forced to start Giovani Bernard, Boston Scott and Jamaal Williams again this week. All three should be considered starters in the majority of leagues.

At receiver, guys like Brandon Aiyuk, Rashard Higgins and Sterling Shepard look poised for bigger roles — and bigger production. And there are quality streaming quarterbacks this week in Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and potentially Baker Mayfield.

It’s been a frustrating season with all the injuries. But we do have replacement options you can trust in Week 8 to still get quality Fantasy production in all leagues.

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All Ryan Tannehill does is produce for Fantasy managers. Every week, even in tough matchups, he comes through with quality production. And he should be awesome once again this week against the Bengals. He’s now started a full season worth of games for the Titans going back to last year, and he’s scored at least 20 Fantasy points in 14 of them. I expect him to keep adding to that total this week in a dream matchup.

In Cincinnati’s past two games against Philip Rivers and Baker Mayfield, they have allowed 668 passing yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Four of the past five quarterbacks against Cincinnati have scored at least 24 Fantasy points, and the average score of those quarterbacks — Carson Wentz, Gardner Minshew, Lamar Jackson, Rivers and Mayfield — is 26.6 points. Jackson, ironically, is the lone quarterback under 24 Fantasy points when he only had 17 in Week 5 because the Ravens defense was so dominant and Jackson was dealing with a knee injury.

Cornerback William Jackson (concussion) should return for the Bengals this week to help their secondary after missing Week 7 against the Browns, but Cincinnati’s pass rush has been anemic this year and just traded Carlos Dunlap to Seattle. For the most part, the Bengals defense won’t be much of a deterrent to Tannehill, just like it hasn’t mattered much to the other opposing quarterbacks they’ve faced.

Now, the concern for Tannehill is always that Derrick Henry can get going and just dominate, which is possible since Cincinnati’s run defense is on par with its pass defense. But we’ve seen enough Titans games now over the past two years to know that shouldn’t be a concern at all. Tannehill has 10 starts over that span with 30 pass attempts or fewer, and he’s averaged 26.7 Fantasy points in those outings.

Quietly, Tannehill has been an awesome Fantasy asset. And he should be treated as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues until further notice. Now sit back and enjoy another great game as he dismantles this Bengals defense in Week 8.

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Saints (at CHI): The Bears could be without receiver Allen Robinson (concussion) and center Cody Whitehair (calf) this week, which would further impact a struggling offense. The Bears have scored 20 points or less in three of their past four games, and Chicago has an interception in six games in a row, with nine interceptions over that span. Nick Foles was also sacked four times last week against the Rams. This should be a good game for the Saints DST.                  

49ers (at SEA): Russell Wilson did throw three interceptions last week at Arizona and does have an interception in three games in a row, but this is a good week to bench the 49ers DST. Seattle has scored at least 31 points in five of six games this year, and the Seahawks have only lost one fumble. The 49ers DST was great in Week 7 at New England, but this is a matchup to avoid on the road.

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