Who to start and who to sit? It’s the one question you need to answer right in order to do well in fantasy football. You won’t get it right every time but the Bruno Boys will help you work through those tougher decisions, to build an informed and confident starting lineup.
Our Team Defense or Defense and Special Teams (DST) Starts and Sits look specifically at which defenses you can start or stream, and the ones you can bench or leave in free agency.
A number of things are considered like the opposing offense, game scripts, injuries, and whether a mismatch is big enough to shift the tide one way or another. We will rarely talk about points allowed because most NFL teams can score over 20 points in a game. Points allowed are a phantom stat that disappears the minute the opposing team scores.
Instead we look at which defenses can force turnovers and sacks, which turn into points off turnovers. We try to zero in on the matchups that will benefit those that score yards allowed, force 3 and outs, and reward 4th down stops. In other words, we want tangible points that won’t go away on the last whistle.
Here are the Week 8 Fantasy Football Team Defenses to Sit.
Minnesota Vikings Team Defense vs. Dallas Cowboys
Even though the Cowboys are full of flash and splash on offense, this team likes to run the ball. Yes, Ezekiel Elliott is a handful but so is Tony Pollard. The once backup has carved out a role on this team independent of Zeke. The Vikings against the run are so-so. No one has had gaudy numbers but they’re not stopping anyone either. They’ve allowed a rushing touchdown in all but one game (Week 2). Everyone that’s gone over 20 carries has reached 100 yards rushing.
Additionally, the Cowboys have failed to score 29 points in a game just once this season. Dak Prescott is nursing a calf injury and that might help the Vikings keep their relentless pass rush (21 sacks thru 6 games) a factor in this game. However, getting meaningful takeaways from Dallas has been a challenge this season.