clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Fantasy football advice, Week 8: Who to start/sit for Lions vs. Chiefs in London

The NFL's London schedule for 2015 wraps up Sunday morning.

The 2015 NFL London stretch wraps up Sunday morning, with the states' last "gift" to the UK being a matchup between the 1-6 Detroit Lions and the 2-5 Kansas City Chiefs. Sorry, British people, we meant well.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Joique Bell and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are all on the week's injury report. Bell is the only one who appears to be at risk of possibly missing Sunday, and it's not like his fantasy value has been that high this year to begin with.

On the Chiefs side, almost all of the team's fantasy-relevant players are on the injury report. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is expected to make his return after missing Week 7, while quarterback Alex Smith, running back Charcandrick West and tight end Travis Kelce should all be fine for Sunday's game, as well.

Sunday's game, with Kansas City serving as the nominal host, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET. Here's a look at the fantasy names to consider:

LIONS

Start 'em: The Chiefs have been very generous to opposing wide receivers, and Calvin Johnson has re-established himself as the Calvin Johnson of old. He's a must-start.

Start 'em?: After back-to-back decent-to-better outings, Matthew Stafford has brought himself back into the fantasy conversation. He's not in the top 10 quarterbacks, but he's a justifiable bye-week fill-in in what looks like a good matchup. ... In games he's played and stayed healthy throughout, Eric Ebron has averaged 10.3 fantasy points a game. One or more two like that and he'll be a totally solid must-start. ... Matt Prater has been good-not-great as a kicker. He's not a must-start, but he's fine. ... The Lions' defense has two fantasy points total the last three weeks, which is not great, but with the Chiefs' offense struggling, there's potential there.

Sit 'em: The Detroit running game has been a disaster. If it's a PPR league, Theo Riddick could draw a look, but in standard, neither he, nor Ameer Abdullah, nor Joique Bell warrants any real fantasy attention. ... Right after a big Week 6, Golden Tate fell back to one fantasy point in Week 7. He's not a fantasy option.

CHIEFS

Start 'em: The Chiefs held Jeremy Maclin out in Week 7 as a precaution. He should be fine for Sunday and is right back in fantasy lineups. ... We've wanted more from Travis Kelce, but he's giving just enough to continue being a must-start tight end.

Start 'em?: After an awful Week 6 filling in for Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West was much better in Week 7. His heavy usage makes him a likely start in Week 8, but the Week 6 struggle makes him far from a sure thing. ... Cairo Santos has averaged 8.9 fantasy points a game this season. Take out Week 4 and that drops to 5.8. ... The Chiefs' defense has been strong the last three weeks after disasters in Weeks 3 and 4.

Sit 'em: Since 22 fantasy points in Week 1, Alex Smith hasn't topped 18. He's averaged 11.7 a game over six weeks. ... With West producing, Knile Davis remains only a low-upside backup.

SUMMARY

Start in every league: Calvin Johnson, Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce
Start if you're desperate: Matthew Stafford, Eric Ebron, Matt Prater, Detroit defense, Charcandrick West, Cairo Santos, Kansas City defense
Bench: Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Joique Bell, Golden Tate, Alex Smith, Knile Davis