Every week in the world of fantasy football there is going to be those tough decisions to make. The ones where you have to decide between two or three players and all of them seem pretty even. This isn’t about that. Instead, we’re going to take a look at four pretty strong fantasy football players who you should actually consider benching in your season-long fantasy football leagues this weekend. Whether it’s due to bad matchups, health, or anything else, these four names should spend Week 8 resting on your bench.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
On paper, any matchup against the Falcons may look like a good one, even at wide receiver. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as their top cornerback, Desmond Trufant, has been elite this year. He’s gone up against names like Amari Cooper, Brandin Cookers, Kelvin Benjamin, Emmanuel Sanders and Doug Baldwin, and has kept each of them in check at least to some extent.
So, with Nelson coming off a game in which he caught just one pass on four targets, it’s obvious that Aaron Rodgers is more than willing to look in other directions if needed. That’s a bad sign for Nelson owners, and this may be a week that you can give him the day off.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets
While Crowell isn’t your normal definition of a “stud,” he qualifies as a fantasy football stud, largely because his play has been shockingly strong this year. Aside from two really bad games, Crowell has been strong, scoring four touchdowns this season and averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He also has 495 rushing yards and 107 receiving yards.
Even with Crowell’s emergency, this week’s matchup with the Jets is a bad one. New York has been brutal to opposing running backs, allowing just 74.9 yards per game, ranking them No. 2 in the NFL. To go along with that, the Jets pass defense has struggled, so Josh McCown and company will likely look to take advantage. In turn, this leaves Crowell as a poor fantasy option in Week 8.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Rivers is one of those guys who can light it up for your fantasy football team and throw three or four touchdowns. He’s also a guy who can get into a bad spot and really struggle a good amount. While he wasn’t bad against the Broncos just a few weeks ago, throwing for 178 yards and one touchdown, that’s obviously not an appealing stat line for a fantasy football owner.
Now, Rivers gets the Broncos again, and this time it’s on the road, which is a disaster just waiting to happen. While the Chargers have played well over the past two games, expect to see them utilize Melvin Gordon as much as possible, and for Rivers to take some level of a backseat.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions
Miller is a game-time decision, but it seems likely that he’ll play against the Lions. Even with that said, he’s dealing with a shoulder injury, which makes him a risky play to start with. One big hit, or one uncomfortable landing, and Miller could be sidelined for the game. It’s a risky fantasy football option for this week, and while Miller has the potential to have a huge game, he’s also only scored two combined touchdowns this season, which makes him even less appealing.
Finally, while the Lions seem like a poor defense, they’ve shockingly allowed no touchdowns to opposing running backs on the ground all season, according to ESPN. This is a great week to fade Miller in fantasy football and go with one of your other running backs.