Week 8 fantasy football studs, duds and sleepers: Sony Michel will have another big day

Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season is here, with two teams (the Cowboys and Ravens) off with byes.

As always, we're here to help with your weekly decisions with our fantasy lineup advice. Each week, we give you the studs (players with plus matchups due to the defense they're facing or their team situation), duds (players with tougher matchups or who are in muddled roster situations at the moment) and sleepers (a player you might consider starting who could be in for a big week).

Here are the names we've got for Week 8, and as we always say, good luck!!

Studs

QB Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

He had a big week as predicted against the Falcons and should be able to handle the Bengals' awful defense against the pass.

RB Sony Michel, New England Patriots

I don't care that he's not piling up that much yardage. Neither do the Patriots, it seems, because they keep feeding him high volume – he's 10th in the NFL in carries per game with 17.0 – and continue to give him the rock near the end zone. The Browns are vulnerable against the run, so he's a must-start this week.

WR John Brown, Buffalo Bills

At this point, starting any No. 1 wideout against the Eagles' secondary has become a must. Expect a second straight stud week out of the top receiver in Buffalo.

TE Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

Hear me out! Yes, he put up a goose egg last week with Ryan Tannehill under center. But the Bucs give up the second-most fantasy points per game to tight ends (per Pro Football Reference) and the Bucs have the worst pass defense overall. That's worth the risk.

Duds

QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

A second straight road date against a tough defense in the Bills. Yikes. If you have other options at quarterback, now's the time to use them.

RB Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers

The Bears have given up some bigger games to running backs as of late, but do you – or the Chargers, for that matter – trust him after what happened last week and with Austin Ekeler continuing to thrive? I'm not taking that chance this week.

WR Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns

You know the spiel: receivers vs. Stephon Gilmore are automatic duds. You probably can't bench Beckham, but that means you shouldn't expect a big day from him.

TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

I know, the Giants' secondary is bad. But I also know Hockenson has had exactly two fantasy relevant games this year and they both came when he found the end zone. Roll the dice with another tight end who isn't as touchdown dependent.

Sleepers

QB Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

No Tyrell Williams, no problem. Darren Waller is his No. 1 receiver and the two of them get to face the Houston Texans, which could mean some garbage-time magic.

RB Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions

We don't know how much of the rushing pie he'll get with Kerryon Johnson out and JD McKissic around. What we do know is the Giants' defense just allowed Chase Edmonds to run all over them.

WR Kenny Stills, Houston Texans

He'll be a hot pickup after amassing 105 yards last week and Will Fuller out for some time. The Raiders have the league's second-worst pass defense, so if you pick him up, fire him up.

TE Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints

If he's back and healthy, he's the "tight end you must stream against the Cardinals" of the week … and also, before his injury, he had scored in two straight.

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