Your complete fantasy football guide to Week 8 – USA TODAY

Another week, another game across the Pond. Actually, this week’s clash between the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals will be the fifth and final game in London of the season. It’s also an early kickoff — at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The game matches up two of the NFL’s top-six offenses — and a pair of mid-level defenses, so the Brits should see a jolly good number of points scored. With a potential shootout on tap, be sure to get those Redskins and Bengals skill players in your lineup early for maximum value.

Speaking of fantasy value, let’s start with the one thing most fantasy owners want to know every week …

Who should I start?

The most basic question of them all. The best thing to do is check our updated Week 8 rankings, courtesy of FantasySharks.com.

Who’s in?

– Josh McCown. Sufficiently recovered from the broken shoulder blade he suffered in Week 2, McCown returns just in time for the Browns, who lost quarterback Cody Kessler to a concussion last week. He eases into things this week against the New York Jets pass defense that ranks 26th in the league.

Donte Moncrief. He hasn’t played since a Week 2 shoulder injury, but he’s ready to return this week after logging a successful week of practice. Fellow wideout Phillip Dorsett should also be back on the field after missing last week’s game, giving quarterback Andrew Luck a full complement of receiving options.

 Who’s out?

– C.J. Anderson. The news was about as bad as it could have been for Anderson owners: surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He’s been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season. Devontae Booker becomes the No. 1 back in Denver.

– Jerrick McKinnon. The Vikings will be down to Matt Asiata and Ronnie Hillman in the backfield now that McKinnon has been ruled out for Monday night’s game with the Bears. His ankle may take more than a week to heal so leverage your shares of Asiata accordingly.

Who’s questionable?

– Lamar Miller. There’s still a chance he could play on Sunday, despite being limited in his practice reps all week because of a shoulder injury. Alfred Blue was one of the top waiver pickups this week; he’ll see additional touches either way as the Texans will most likely keep an eye on Miller’s workload. Facing the Detroit Lions’ horrible pass defense may also limit Miller’s touches.

— Dez Bryant. All signs pointed to the Dallas Cowboys wideout returning to action after the team’s bye week. However, there’s still a bit of intrigue over how much action he’ll see because of the chance he could reinjure his knee. The Cowboys face the Eagles in the Sunday night game, so fantasy owners may not have very many backup options available.

Every week, we highlight the top injury concerns fantasy owners are facing. But remember, everything is subject to change, so be sure to make one final check before kickoff.

The best thing to do is keep an eye on USA TODAY Sports’ NFL home page and follow USA TODAY Fantasy Sports on Twitter.

Where’s the extra edge?

– Still torn over which borderline players to sit or start? Marc Caviglia of Bruno Boys Fantasy Football examines some of this week’s tough calls.

– For The Win‘s Steven Ruiz has this week’s fantasy studs, duds and sleepers.

— If you’re looking for some players who could emerge unexpectedly this week and be worth starting in deep leagues … or who could put you over the top in daily fantasy, check out these deep sleepers from TheFantasyGreek.com.

— We’ll also answer your questions on Sunday morning before the games start in our weekly chat.

How’s the weather? 

The conditions can have a major impact on how each game unfolds, especially later in the season. Keep up-to-date in real time with NFLWeather.com.

What about the matchups?

Here are the NFL rankings in average yards gained and given up through the first seven weeks of the season.

Where’s the extra edge?

– Still torn over which borderline players to sit or start? Marc Caviglia of Bruno Boys Fantasy Football examines some of this week’s tough calls.

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