The Denver Broncos will host the Washington Redskins for a Week 8 matchup on Sunday. Denver is 6-1, an coming off their first loss of the season, falling to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7. Washington just managed their second win of the season, besting the Chicago Bears in a shootout on Sunday.
Obviously, the Broncos are heavily favored in this one, but there's a lot to pay attention to. There's some solid fantasy options in this game, and we'll break down who you should start and who you should sit. Let's start with the Broncos:
Obviously, Manning is a lock on a weekly basis. He's a must-start and that will be true for every single game he plays in this season. Moreno has been incredibly consistent and will enjoy playing against the poor Washington run defense. Both Thomas and Welker should be in for big days catching passes from Manning. Washington can't defend these guys.
Deep Start: Eric Decker
Decker has been productive, but Thomas and Welker should have bigger days. Given just how much and how well Manning throws the ball, Decker still remains an attractive WR3 option for Week 8. Start him in deep leagues, at this point.
Sit: Julius Thomas
He just hasn't been as big a factor as he was at the start of the season. Manning likes his receivers, so he's going to them or run the ball with Moreno. Thomas is the odd-man out at this point.
The Redskins probably won't out-gun the Broncos, but they'll come close against the worst pass defense in the league. Griffin should have a huge day, and Garcon should be the primary beneficiary for that. Reed broke out last week and should be able to continue that as a reliable target for Griffin.
Deep Start: Alfred Morris
Morris has been disappointing this season, and the Broncos have the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL. Maybe that's because teams like to abuse their secondary so much, but at this point, Morris is only a start in deep leagues, and that's primarily because fantasy owners likely spent a high pick on him.
Sit: Leonard Hankerson, Roy Helu
Garcon and Reed will leech receptions from Hankerson, and Helu is not a dependable option. He's not going to get the yardage, and fantasy owners cannot count on him to leech touchdowns off of Morris for another game.