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Week 8 NFL odds and fantasy football rooting guide

What each game has to offer from a fantasy perspective and what games to watch.

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It’s Week 8 which is just around the time that three things happen. First, the middle of the season comes. Nothing surprising there. Second, the novelty of having football back kinda starts wearing off so you need to find new things to remind you of why you should be spending your entire Sundays on the couch watching grown men hit each other. And third, the fantasy season is over halfway done and it’s time to start ramping up for the playoffs.

I sadly will likely be battling for the coveted Sacko as my team has been wildly underperforming but here’s to hoping that somehow, someway I manage to sneak into the postseason.

With all that said, here’s the slate of NFL games and what each game has to offer from a fantasy football perspective. (Odds from Bovada)

9:30 PM ET

Vikings (-10) “at” Browns: The game is in London so “home” for the Browns isn’t really home but still I guess it’s a “home” game. For Vikings, you’re hoping Stefon Diggs comes back healthy and returns to the WR1 status he had before he got injured. Also Minnesota D owners, start them and watch. Witness this defense descend upon DeShone Kizer.

1:00 PM ET

49ers at Eagles (-13): The 49ers defense sucks and Carson Wentz is on FIRE! If you’re starting Wentz or anyone on this Eagles offense, this could be a heck of an offensive showing. Carlos Hyde owners should probably shy away from this game as it might not be fun to watch.

Chargers at Patriots (-7.5): If the Patriots had a stable backfield I’d be telling you to start that running back against one of the worst run defenses in the league. Instead I’ll pull a Ron Burgundy, say “I’m Dion Lewis?” and walk away with my hands raised. Who knows which Patriots’ defense you’ll get but if it’s the bad one, it’ll be fun to watch Gunslinger and family man Rivers chuck the ball around.

Raiders at Bills (-3): Is Amari Cooper back? Is he going to build off his 30 point performance last week? Who knows against this Bills defense that’s very strong against the pass. On the flip side, the Raiders can’t cover the pass which would be great if the Bills had receivers for Tyrod Taylor to throw to. Yikes.

Panthers at Buccaneers (-1): The two towers of Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess could be in for a big game if a) Cam Newton can throw the football to them in a successful manner and b) if the Tampa Bay defense plays like it’s done so far this season. Also can we get a multi-touchdown game from Mike Evans please?

Falcons (-6) at Jets: People might scoff at this because, c’mon, it’s the Jets, but the Jets have been frisky and the Falcons have not. You’re watching this game for two reasons and two reasons only: Josh McCown, Fantasy Gawd and can Julio Jones buy a touchdown?

Colts at Bengals (-10.5): Don’t mess this up Andy Dalton. We’re all expecting a career day out of A.J. Green against what can only be described as high schoolers in Colts’ jerseys. Sadly, I can totally see Dalton throwing like two stupid interceptions and forcing the ball out of his hands.

Bears at Saints (-9): WILL MITCH MITCHELL TRUBISKY THROW MORE THAN SEVEN PASSES THIS WEEK? AND IF SO, TO WHO!? Also Drew Brees should have all his weapons so there’s no excuse for him not to pick this Bears’ defense apart. I’ll be curious to see how Willie Snead comes back but I don’t think he’s worth the start until we see what his role is this year.

4:05 PM ET

Texans at Seahawks (-7): I can’t wait to see how Deshaun Watson will play against this Seahawks defense. I’m nervously starting him but so far this season Watson has wildly outplayed expectations so maybe he’ll just pick them apart and throw five touchdowns and lead the Texans to victory. Stranger things have happened. (Like, the show, Stranger Things.)

4:25 PM ET

Cowboys (-2) at Washington: Battle of the quarterbacks. Captain Kirk Cousins vs. Dak Prescott. Both have pretty good matchups—even if Dez Bryant will be erased by Josh Norman—and don’t be surprised if the teams throw the game on their shoulders to win. Also good luck guessing which tight end with be involved in Washington’s passing attack.

8:30 PM ET

Steelers (-3) at Lions: I understand the Steelers haven’t been great this season but I’m surprised they’re only favored by three points. Golden Tate is playing so that’s excellent for Matthew Stafford and Tate owners alike. Though I don’t know if I’d be starting Stafford against this defense that’s surprisingly good against the pass. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will score points and that’ll be fun to watch. Also let’s hope we see JuJu Smith-Schuster’s newest dance move.