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What to do with Joe Mixon and Todd Gurley in Week 8 fantasy football

When the Rams and Bengals play this week, which team’s starting running back will be the better fantasy play?

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals will meet up in the United Kingdom this week for one of the NFL’s always underwhelming international series games. More to the point for fantasy football, though, are the two starting running backs for each of those teams.

Both Todd Gurley and Joe Mixon, of the Rams and Bengals, respectively, present something of a conundrum for fantasy decisions. Mixon is the Cincy’s starting running back, but he just isn’t producing, which is also true of his team—the Bengals might have the edge over Miami as the NFL’s worst. Mixon had a grand total of TWO rushing yards last week against a tough Jaguars defense.

Injuries continue to plague Gurley. However, he does still get work in their offense, and better yet, he does seem to consistently find the end zone for his team. He’s scored in every game but two this year.

So what to do about both players?

Fantasy football analysis, Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley and Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon

Let’s make this easy. Mixon can be left on the bench or, even better, in someone else’s lineup. Like last week, he won’t find much running room against the Rams defense, and the Bengals are likely to be playing from behind.

Gurley doesn’t overwhelm with his production, but he still figures heavily into the offensive game play thanks to his versatility. Given the big edge his team has this week, it stands to reason that Gurley could once again find the end zone.

Sit/start recommendation

Start Gurley, and sit Mixon.