Fantasy Football Start/Sit Lineup Decisions Week 8
By: Jarred David @ricco_3733
Week 7 has concluded. Sadly, we are halfway through the season after next week. Look at it this way: Week 8 only has two Byes—The Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens, which means not as many headaches. For the most part, last week’s Start/Sit article was on point. I won’t brag much as I hit a slump last year in Punt Pass Play after so many weeks, so I’ll leave it at that.
Quarterback Start of the Week
Deshaun Watson vs OAK – Aaron Rodgers just shredded the Raiders defense last week. Even though Gareon Conley didn’t make a huge difference, he is also out of the picture, thus lowering the talent of Oakland’s secondary even more. You should expect another big week from Watson.
Jared Goff vs CIN – The Bengals defense isn’t horrible in pass defense but the Rams offense has so many weapons that Goff should be able to exploit them without much resistance.
Honorable mention: Ryan Tannehill vs TB
Quarterback Sit of the Week
Jimmy Garoppolo vs CAR – The Panthers have the 7th best pass defense in the league. They can be run on, which is the Niners mantra. Even with a new shiny wideout in Manny Sanders, keep expectations minimal this game.
Philip Rivers @ CHI – Rivers makes the list for the second straight week. With his entire offensive line injured, Rivers literally doesn’t have time to do much. Expect the Bears to wreak havoc on him this week. Ekeler and Hunter Henry will be the guys I play in this matchup.
Honorable Mention: Kyler Murray @ NO; Kyle Allen @ SF
Running Back Start of the Week
Sony Michel vs CLE – Trust me, I hate inserting any Patriots RB here. As much as we are used to it, the Browns continue to Browns, and are allowing the 3rd most rushing yards per game in the league.
Josh Jacobs @ HOU – Although this one is considered more of a risk because the Texans have the 4th best rush defense in the league, Josh Jacobs is averaging a healthy 5.1 YPC and hasn’t averaged under 4.4 YPC over the past five games and two straight 120+ yard rushing games.
Emergency Option if Jacobs does not play due to shoulder injury: Chris Carson @ ATL. Game script should work in his favor and they’re playing in a dome to boot.
Running Back Sit of the Week
Derrick Henry vs TB – The Buccaneers are only allowing a league best 68 rushing YPG. However, they’re allowing the 2nd most points in the league at 30.8 points per game. There is TD upside with Henry, but keep a reasonable expectations if the Titans do not move the ball.
David Johnson/Chase Edmonds vs New Orleans – I’m calling game script and the Giants defense the reason for Edmonds going off last week. Sean Payton prepares that tenacious defense week in and week out; I don’t see that changing here, resulting in either of DJ or Chase as a mid-range flex at best.
Wide Receiver Start of the Week
Courtland Sutton vs IND – The Colts defense ranks in the middle of the pack. With Emmanuel Sanders and his average six targets per game getting traded to San Francisco, Sutton is the main guy on the team even with Flacco at the helm.
Tyler Lockett @ ATL – Lockett has been the real deal and there is zero reason to believe he will slow down against a Falcons “defense” allowing 387.7 YPG, which is sixth worst in the league.
Chris Godwin @ TEN – I like Tennessee’s defense. However, there is only one Logan Ryan on the team. That means he should be busy with Mike Evans, leaving an exploit for Godwin to go off.
Honorable Mention: Allen Robinson vs LAC
Wide Receiver Sit of the Week
Alshon Jeffery @ BUF – Alshon has too much volatility and is averaging a career low 9.6 YPC. Tredavious White will be waiting for him so cater expectations if you do desperately play him.
Emmanuel Sanders vs CAR – Even if Sanders suits up, he will be facing Donte Jackson. As we all know, Carolina’s defense is no joke. I think his veteran leadership will open up the offense a bit more, but not this week.
Tight End Start of the Week
Gerald Everett vs CIN – I’m still not a believer but this position is thin and he has a worthwhile ceiling when they do get him involved. What better week to take a chance on him than playing against Cincy’s defense.
Greg Olsen @ SF – San Francisco is undeniably a beast defensively. Olsen is 6’6” and should be Kyle Allen’s emergency target alongside CMC.
Tight End Sit of the Week
Delanie Walker vs TB – Walker is 5/57/0 the last four games, including trying to play through an ankle injury last week.
Defense Start of the Week
DET DST vs NYG – Danny Dimes hasn’t been exceptional. This is more so a Bye fill-in, but if it makes you feel better, I’m playing them over the Texans DST this week as well.
NO DST vs STL – It sounds a bit desperate, but the Saints are tied sixth best in YPG allowed at 327.9.
PIT vs MIA – It’s Miami. Their offense is bad. Horrid. Putrid.
Defense Sit of the Week
CLE DST @ NEP – The Pats are a takeaway machine. I can envision the Browns placing their defense in a lot of bad situations that’ll cause the Browns DST to lose points.
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