Week 8 is here and the contenders have separated themselves from the pretenders. We’ve arrived at the most critical stretch of the fantasy regular season and one move, or lack thereof, can cost you a game in the standings. With that said, here is your Start/Bench—Week 8.
Caleb Herring, QB-UNLV at Fresno State
In UNLV’s last four games, Herring has a 9:1 TD-to-INT ratio and is completing nearly 70% of his passes. Look for the Rebels to put the ball in the air a ton as they try to keep pace with Fresno State’s high-scoring offense.
Marteze Waller, RB-Fresno State vs UNLV
Waller has taken over as the lead back for the Bulldogs and faces a UNLV defense that allows 259 yards per game on the ground.
Joey Demartino, RB-Utah State at New Mexico
Even without quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Utah State should have a lot of success on the ground against a Lobos defense that has given up 20 rushing touchdowns and is allowing over 239 rushing yards per game.
Fitz Toussaint, RB-Michigan vs Indiana
Toussaint and quarterback Devin Gardner should have frequent success on the ground against a Hoosiers defense allowing over 219 rushing yards per game.
Charles Ross, RB-Rice at New Mexico State
Ross returned from injury last week and ran for 59 yards on 11 carries against UTSA. This week, he faces a New Mexico State defense that is allowing a FBS-worst 340.8 rushing yards per game.
Jeremy Langford, RB-Michigan State vs Purdue
Langford is the Spartans best back and faces a Purdue defense that allows 194.5 rushing yards per game and has given up 16 rushing touchdowns through six games.
Adam Humphries, WR-Clemson vs Florida State
Humphries has become quarterback Tajh Boyd’s second-favorite target behind playmaker Sammy Watkins. You can bet that Florida State’s defense will be concentrating on Watkins, leaving Humphries open for quite a few looks in passing situations.
Marcus Sullivan, WR-UNLV at Fresno State
Coming off an eleven catch, 113-yard performance against Hawaii last week, Sullivan and teammate Devante Davis should be solid fantasy starts against a Fresno State defense that allows 301.4 passing yards per game.
Connor Halliday, QB-Washington State at Oregon
Halliday struggled in the second half at home against Oregon State last weekend and if things get out of hand against the Ducks this weekend, the junior quarterback may be forced to watch most of the second half from the sidelines.
Roderick McDowell, RB-Clemson vs Florida State
The Seminoles have the nation’s seventh ranked defense and third-best scoring defense, but what should have McDowell’s owners concerned is that Florida State has only allowed one rushing touchdown so far this season.
Jonathan Williams & Alex Collins, RBs-Arkansas at Alabama
The Razorbacks running back duo may have a tough time moving the chains this weekend against an Alabama defense that has allowed the second-fewest rushing first downs (27) in the FBS.
Henry Josey, RB-Missouri vs Florida
Josey has scored a touchdown in five of six games this season, but has failed to top 70 yards rushing since the opener against Murray State. The junior running back should have a rough go of it this weekend facing the nation’s fourth-best rushing defense
Mark Weisman, RB-Iowa at Ohio State
Weisman’s owners could be looking at consecutive subpar weeks because the Buckeyes are only allowing 86.2 rushing yards per game, but more impressively, 2.7 yards per rushing attempt.
Bryn Renner, QB-Iowa vs Miami
The senior quarterback may be healthy enough to play Thursday night, but going against the nation’s top rated pass defense is not the way to knock off the rust.
Carlos Hyde, RB-Ohio State vs Iowa
I can see our inbox getting flooded over this one. The Hawkeyes have the nation’s eighth-best rushing defense and are the only school that has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. Their resume includes games against Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan State, and Northern Illinois.