Lineup Moves | Week 8

simian (adj): resembling, or affecting apes or monkeys

Every time I see Trevor Siemian’s name that’s what I think of; I just can’t help it. He in no way resembles a monkey, but perhaps this week he’ll get to scramble downfield on a few planned running plays against the Chargers. At the least perhaps he will jump up and down after throwing a touchdown (or three).

He’s my favorite lineup move of the week, but he’s just one of many players who can save your team from oblivion, or from this week full of byes. It’s a key moment in this fantasy season, and Siemian can aid you on your march to the fantasy playoffs. Here’s a full list of my Lineup Moves for Week 8…

QUARTERBACK

1. Trevor Siemian (vs. SD) – A limited pass rush + two big time receivers = a recipe for success against the team that beat Denver two weeks ago. It’s revenge time, and Siemian is primed for a huge game.

2. Alex Smith (vs. IND) – This Colts secondary is weak, and Smith plays well in matchups like this one. Don’t worry about Spencer Ware taking away the opportunities from Smith either, because he likes throwing the ball to his running backs. Get him active.

3. Andy Dalton (vs. WAS) – Having to wake up early is probably the only thing you should worry about when starting Dalton this week. So stick him into your lineup before you go to bed and you’ll be happy. He’s got Eifert back, which opens the field for A.J. Green.

4. Tyrod Taylor (vs. NE) – Too many people are sleeping on Taylor this week, but he’s played well in recent games, and he played well against the Patriots in the first meeting. The Bills will mix it up in this one, and get Taylor open looks.

AVOID: Jay Cutler (vs. MIN) – He’s baaaack! So what. He’s still the turnover prone guy he was before he went down, and this is still the Vikings defense that even forced turnovers in the loss against Philadelphia last week. Look for Cutler to have a long day.

RUNNING BACK

1. Devonta Freeman (vs. GB) – That run defense for the Packers has been much ballyhooed, but they haven’t done well against elite backs. Freeman might not be an elite back this season, but only because he’s split time with Tevin Coleman. Coleman is out for this one. Get Freeman active.

2. Matt Forte (@ CLE) – Forte looked like his old self last week, and this is a chance for him to have back to back quality efforts. It’s the Browns, and while they don’t look as abysmal as they have this season, their run defense is still poor. Forte will have a big day.

3. Jacquizz Rodgers (vs. OAK) – This Raiders defense still isn’t quite where it should be, but even if it was a great defense Rodgers has been shredding any and all the past two weeks. Look for him to keep it rolling here and put some pressure on Doug Martin when he does eventually come back.

4. Matt Asiata (@ CHI) – The Vikings are still built on defense and the running game. Sam Bradford showed how he can still be mortal last week, and if Minnesota wants to win in hostile territory they will trust in their best running back — Asiata. He will get over 20 touches and make the most of them.

AVOID: Rob Kelley (@ CIN — but really in London) – The Bengals are good against the run, and Kelley isn’t the regular back for the Redskins. That isn’t promising. Look for Washington to get down early, and Chris Thompson will get more reps.

WIDE RECEIVER

1. DeAndre Hopkins (vs. DET) – I can’t believe I’m even trying to convince you to get Hopkins active, but here I am anyway. He’s been pretty much nonexistent due to poor QB play, but this week there’s light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, after this breakout performance you would do best to sell high on him.

2. Jordan Matthews (@ DAL) – He’s been quiet of late, but the talent hasn’t gone anywhere. Carson Wentz has just come back down to earth and relied on the defense. But this one is a divisional rivalry, and Matthews will be active early and often.

3. Willie Snead (vs. SEA) – I know. I know. It’s the Seahawks. Except it really hasn’t been the Seahawks this season for the most part. They’re coming off a solid defensive game, but that was against the erratic Carson Palmer. Brees will pick them apart with Snead, especially in the red zone.

4. Marvin Jones (@ HOU) – Just like Matthews, Jones has been relatively quiet lately, but Stafford hasn’t stopped looking his way, and this week he will once again visit the end zone. I expect a shootout, which means big things for the receivers involved. Jones is the best of that group for Detroit.

AVOID: Phillip Dorsett (vs. KC) – I expect the Chiefs secondary to step up in this one, and I think the Colts will try to lean on Frank Gore and their running game. Regardless, though, Donte Moncrief is back, and he will be the #2 WR behind T.Y. Hilton again. Sit Dorsett on the bench.

TIGHT END

1. Gary Barnidge (vs. NYJ) – This is starting to seem like redemption week (aka Rip Van Winkle week) because with Josh McCown back that makes Barnidge relevant once more in fantasy. He’s a big target in the red zone, and McCown looks for him. This should be a big week for the Barnacle.

2. Jimmy Graham (@ NO) – While I’m not sold on Graham’s total resurgence, and I think Baldwin will get more targets, I do think Graham will find the end zone, which makes him a suggested go this week with so many TEs off on bye or hurt.

3. Travis Kelce (@ IND) – Here we go again with Kelce. He was seen as a top-5 TE coming into the season, but he hasn’t been worth his draft position because he’s been too inconsistent. Yet, this is a good matchup, and you can trust him against that poor Colts defense.

4. Zach Ertz (@ DAL) – Many owners have dropped Ertz after a few poor outcomes, but let’s remember that Carson Wentz hasn’t been relied on to do too much the past couple of games, and Ertz is finally back up to speed this week. Against a potent Dallas offense, Ertz will be needed to help keep up.

AVOID: Charles Clay (vs. NE) – Even if Clay is active he won’t be too much of a problem for that Patriots defense to handle. They kept him pretty much in check in the first contest as well.

FLEX

1. Chris Thompson (@ CIN)

2. Devontae Booker (vs. SD)

3. Dez Bryant (vs. PHI)

4. Terrelle Pryor (vs. NYJ)

AVOID: Stefon Diggs

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