Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 8

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Start ‘Em

Tom Brady

I’ve given Brady his fair share of flack as a fantasy footballer this season. However, it’s time to hop on the train. The Bucs are rolling, and so is Brady. I expect that to continue this week against the Giants.

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill might be the most lowkey MVP candidate there ever was, but he deserves to be in the conversation, and this week he gets a matchup against the Bengals, who have allowed 286 yards per game over their last three and just let Baker Mayfield carve them up for five touchdowns.

Carson Wentz

Wentz has been inconsistent this year, but the Cowboys defense can make any QB look like a Hall of Famer. He is a must-start this week, and I love him in DFS formats.

Derek Carr

Carr is having a better season than people realize, tossing 13 TDs compared to just a couple of interceptions. He’s not a weekly starter, but I love him this week against the Browns, who are giving up nearly 300 yards per game through the air.

Miles Sanders/Boston Scott

Sanders is questionable, but whoever starts this game against the Cowboys is one of my top running backs of the week. They are allowing nearly 180 yards PER GAME on the ground this season.

Derrick Henry

Henry is my top running back this week. He is rolling again, and he has a juicy matchup with the Bengals. He’ll be good for at least 25 points on the low-side come Sunday.

Jonothan Taylor

Taylor has been extremely consistent this season but has yet to have that breakout performance. That could be on tap this Sunday against a Lions team that allows over 130 yards per game on the ground.

Jerrick McKinnon

Time to hop back on the Jerrick McKinnon bandwagon. He was a fantasy stud when receiving the bulk of the carries, and he’s in line to receive them again this week against a Seattle defense that has allowed over 150 yards rushing per game over their last three.

Robby Anderson

Yeah, Robby Anderson casually has the second-most receiving yards in the NFL. Unfortunately, he only has one touchdown, but he has the perfect opportunity to change that this week against the Falcons.

Tyler Boyd

The Titans have been good so far this year, but their pass defense is suspect, giving up over 270 yards per game. Boyd should be in for a big performance this week.

Travis Fulgham

Fulgham has been an elite fantasy wide receiver since busting onto the scene for the Eagles four weeks ago, scoring at least 12.3 points in each game (PPR). This week, he has a chance to top his 31.2-point performance he put up against the Steelers a couple of weeks ago. I’m convinced the Cowboys enjoy giving up points.

A.J. Brown

Brown has 20+ points in each of his last three games. Expect that to continue this Sunday against the Bengals.

Tee Higgins

10+ points in five straight games. Higgins and Joe Burrow clearly have developed a solid rookie connection, and as I said when talking about Tyler Boyd, this is a favorable matchup for Bengals wide receivers.

Brandon Aiyuk

Aiyuk has been a pretty solid fantasy performer so far this season, and this week he’s up against a terrible Seattle secondary. With Deebo Samuel out in this one, Aiyuk could be in for a huge performance.

Henry Ruggs

Deep sleeper of the week right here, but if there was ever a game for Ruggs to absolutely go nuts, it is this week against the Browns.

 

Sit ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger

Baltimore’s defense is good, not amazing, but good. And this one has the makings of being a defensive slugfest with a lot of running. I don’t like Roethlisberger this week and would try and find a replacement on the waiver wire.

Drew Brees

Brees is still a fine QB, but he’s no longer a fantasy stud, and I hate his matchup with the Bears this week.

Tua Tagovailoa

This should go without saying. I have no idea why you would be starting a rookie in his first career start. However, if you’re thinking about getting cute this week… don’t. The Rams have given up less than 190 yards through the air over the last three weeks.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman had his moment of fame, but he was benched last week in favor of Wayne Gallman. Who knows if that is a trend that will continue, but it doesn’t matter against Tampa Bay, who feature the best run defense in the NFL this season.

David Montgomery

The Saints defense will give up some points through the air, but they are stout against the run, allowing under 90 yards per contest, and the Bears offensive line won’t stand a chance in this one.

Myles Gaskin

You probably have to start him, but if you have a fringe option, I might consider him over Gaskin this week. The Rams have one of the best defenses in the NFL — both against the run and the pass. This could be a struggle for the Miami offense with Tua under center, and I could see Gaskin finishing with less than ten points for just the second time this season.

D’Andre Swift/Adrian Peterson

The Colts defense remains stout against the run but has shown some vulnerability against the pass in recent weeks. If the Lions are going to move the ball, it will have to be through the air. Swift should receive some starting consideration because of his pass-catching ability, but I don’t see either of these guys having big fantasy days.

DeVante Parker

Parker is questionable, but even if he plays, I wouldn’t start him. The Rams defense has been great against the pass, and Jalen Ramsey could be shadowing him all afternoon.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

After a solid performance last week, I would try to sell my Smith-Schuster stock if you own him. I just don’t trust his inconsistent target share, and as I mentioned above, I don’t love this matchup for the Steelers this week against the Ravens. You might have to start him, but I wouldn’t blame you for benching him if you have a reliable backup.

Darius Slayton

Slayton’s had some good games this season, but it is time to start taking this Bucs defense seriously. They are fantastic in all facets, and it will be very hard for the Giants to score at all this weekend.

Julian Edelman

Edelman’s role seems to be diminishing. He only had three targets last weekend, and I don’t think Cam Newton‘s presence matters much, especially against a solid Bills secondary. Edelman shouldn’t be started this week, and if he keeps struggling, it will be time for fantasy owners to consider dropping him altogether.

 

 

 

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