Did you right the ship in Week 7? Don’t get cocky, Week 8 has it’s share of challenges and unforeseen ptifalls. Before we get to Week 8, a quick look back at my start/sit recommendations from Week 7.
What I got RIGHT in Week 7 Start/Sit
- Justin Herbert LAC – QB1 Overall!! (38.48 pts.)
- Joe Burrow CIN – QB4 Overall! (34.64 pts.)
- James Conner PIT – Conner had a solid RB2 performance, just didn’t find the endzone (14.1 pts.)
- Tee Higgins CIN – All of a sudden A.J. Green has a fantasy pulse (trade value?) and Tyler Boyd usurps plenty of targets but Tee Higgins has ALL the upside (18,8 pts.)
- Christian Kirk ARI – The X-Factor in the Cardinals offense. Back-to-back weeks with multiple TDs (20.7 pts.)
- Julian Edelman NE –And now he’s OUT for Week 8… (2.3 pts.)
What I got Wrong in Week 7 Start/Sit
- Derek Carr LVR – Carr snuck in a Top 12 performancce (12th overall) so I will give him his flowers and hold the “L” (20.26 pts.)
- Zack Moss/Devin Singletary BUF – Moss finished just outside of RB2 status and Singletary barely maintained RB3 value in what should have been a squeaky wheel type of game for the Bills; instead Buffalo let the New York Jets hang around and torpedo Moss and Singletary’s fantasy performances (10.2; 6.6 pts.)
- David Montgomery CHI – As I stated before, the Bears offensive line is terrible and Montgomery’s Week 7 performance wasn’t anything to write home about. However, he ran hard per usual and turned a few checkdowns into low end RB2 production… (11.9 pts.)
- Dalton Schultz DAL – I’ve had a rough go of it in terms of tight end start/sit recommendations over the last few weeks… whew… (4.2 pts.)
Now for what you’ve been waiting for. Let’s get into Week 8 Start/Sit recommendations.
Quarterback Start/Sit Recommendations
START Carson Wentz vs. Dallas Cowboys
Thru Weeks 1 – 5 Carson Wentz was QB14 overall. Wentz’s struggles with passing efficiency due to poor decision-making and deficencies in supporting cast continues to be an issue. However, over the last two weeks, only Kyler Murray has outscored Wentz at the quarterback position. In fact, Murray is the only player at any position that has scored more fantasy points than Wentz during that span. Furthermore, Wentz gets his first crack at the 2020 Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.
I suppose there is a slim chance the Cowboys defense shows up considering they are facing their bitter division rivals. But I just don’t see Dallas being competitive in this matchup. Whether it be a dearth of talent or schematic issues the Dallas defense has been atrocious. Philly could be getting some much needed offensive reinforcements (Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert) as well. Therefore, I believe Wentz has a BIG performance Sunday night. Start em.
START Ryan Tannehill @ Cincinnati Bengals
This may seem like a no-brainer but it took the masses a curiously long time to roster Tannehill in the majority of fantasy leagues. Understand that Ryan Tannehill is the 11th ranked player in fantasy football OVERALL. Tannehill was the QB3 overall last week despite facing a stingy Pittsburgh Steelers defense. In Week 8, the Titans signal-caller faces a far less daunting challenge in the Cincinnati Bengals.
To put things in their proper perspective; the Bengals have allowed the 4th most passing touchdowns (15) this season. Furthermore, the Bengals have sacked the opposing quarterback the 4th fewest (10) times in 2020; and they just traded away their most accomplished edge rusher, Carlos Dunlap. There’s always the risk of Derrick Henry rushing for an obscene amount of yardage, limiting Tannehill’s passing totals. However, I believe the Bengals offense will put enough pressure on the Titans defense, to keep Tennessee’s passing game viable.
SIT Tua Tagovailoa vs. Los Angeles Rams
Only five teams allow fewer fantasy points per game (16.9) to the QB position than the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams currently rank third in sacks (24) and feature, for my money the BEST player in the NFL, Aaron Donald. On the other hand, the Dolphins have question marks along the offensive line; and last we saw Tua (Alabama) he didn’t handle pressure from the defensive down line particularly well. I’m excited for Tua’s future prospects; but I suggest observing his perfromance in Week 8 prior to entering him into your lineups. Sit em’.
STAR Le’Veon Bell vs. New York Jets
I’m going after the New York Jets run defense again in Week 8. The Buffalo Bills disappointed me but I think Lev Bell and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are both on the RB2 radar. With Bell you have the revenge game narrative going and I am here for it. In 18 career games as a member of the Jets, Bell eclipsed 4.0 yards per carry just four times; never exceeding 4.67 yards per rush in any given contest. In his first action as member of the Chiefs, Bell averaged 6.5 yards per carry on six touts.
The demise of Le’Veon Bell has been exaggerated folks. The dysfunction of the New York Jets organization has clearly served as the primary detriment to the workhorse’s fantasy prospects. I’m not anticipating a vintage 30+ touch game from Lev but he should approach 20 carries/targets; and I am certain he’ll find the endzone in what should be a stat-padding blowout.
START Darrell Henderson @ Miami Dolphins
I’ve been thoroughly impressed with Darrell Henderson’s physicality this season. Known for his breakaway speed, Henderson has been the Rams most effective ball-carrier running behind his pads with authority. All that is needed are a some trips to the endzone and I like his chances in Week 8. Miami has allowed a robust 5.0 yards per carry (2nd most in the NFL) and the Rams outside zone will put considerable stress on the Phins run defense. Malcolm Brown and even Cam Akers could get in on the act, however, I expect Henderson to lead the charge.
SIT Jerick McKinnon @ Seattle Seahawks
No Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, so what gives? Head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that McKinnon’s lack of involvement (12 snaps) in Week 7 was by design; to preserve the running back’s legs. After a two-year layoff due to injury I completely understand. McKinnon has looked less explosive over the last three contests and only has 10 carries over that span. So doess he have his legs back under him? I’m not certain.
Tevin Coleman appears to have a shot at returning to the lineup this week and may be the lead back in Week 8. Not to mention JaMycal Hasty has been more involved. McKinnon may be the preferred back on passing downs but I’m sitting him particularly if Coleman is active. I’m probably sitting McKinnon despite Coleman’s status depending on my depth at running back.
Wide Receivers Start/Sit Recommendations
START Brandon Aiyuk @ Seattle Seahawks
No Deebo Samuel so I expect Brandon Aiyuk and George Kittle to be peppered with targets in Week 8. Aiyuk is coming off his first career 100-yard receiving performance and I suspect that was the tip of the iceberg. The Seattle Seahawks continue to be the worst team at defending opposing wide receivers; allowing 38.1 fantasy points per game to the position. Aiyuk should challenge for a Top 12 finish in Week 8. Start em’.
START Henry Ruggs @ Cleveland Browns
I’m rolling with the rookie wideouts this week. The Browns pass defense is bad. Call it what it is. Cleveland has allowed 16 passing TDs to date, 3rd most in the NFL. Furthermore, the Browns allow the 4th most (32.4) fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Not only is Ruggs in store for a Top 24 week but he could be outscored by teammate Nelson Agholor. Hunter Renfrow deserves Start/Sit considersation as well.
SIT Michael Gallup @ Philadelphia Eagles
Ben DiNucci might actually be good for Michael Gallup. But after last week’s O-fer I gotta see something. Mind you, this isn’t an indictment of Gallup’s talent. I’m a huge fan. What I’m not a fan of is the fact that Gallup has been pidgeonholed as a deep threat; particularly when the Cowboy offensive line is in shambles and can’t block a soul. Not only do his targets represent low percentage throws; but Dallas simply doesn’t have time to push the football down the field behind a porous offensive line. Sit em.‘
START Hunter Henry @ Denver Broncos
Justin Herbert certainly has a lot of naysayers quiet right now, having breathed life into the Chargers passing attack. I think it’s time Hunter Henry gets into the act. Henry has had a mimimum of seven targets every game this week, except for Week 4 against the Bucs. Unfortunately, he’s only found the endzone once this season. The Broncos have been tough against opposing tight ends as well. However, I believe the law of averages should result in some top 12 finishes for Henry… including Week 8. Start em’.
Best of luck this weekend. Remember always start your STUDS and I take ZERO responsibility if these Start/Sit recommendations are wrong. Also, if my calls are right make certain you tell a friend. Start/Sit.