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Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

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Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 8.  While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 8 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:

Starts of The Week

QB: Andy Dalton (vs TB):  Andy Dalton had a poor week against Kansas City last week but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from starting him this week.  The Buccaneers are dead last in defense against quarterbacks and tight ends and 2nd to last against wide receivers.  There are always a couple of games every season that Dalton lets you down but he always manages to bounce back.

RB: Phillip Lindsay (at KC):  Timing and opportunity are everything in fantasy football and Lindsay gets the best of both this week.  Royce Freeman is more than likely going to miss this week leaving all of the work to Lindsay and Booker.  The Broncos are also going against the Chiefs who have allowed 11 running backs to score double-digit points in just 7 weeks.  Lindsay has an extremely high floor this week and should be in everyone’s lineups.

WR: Jarvis Landry (at PIT):  Jarvis Landry has been very up and down this season.  He has been so up and down that many owners are on the fence about starting him even after a great week 7.  Big Ben is always good at home so the Browns be playing catch up and Landry should find himself with about 15 targets again this week.

TE: Jared Cook (vs IND):  As usual, Jared Cook has been the epitome of boom or bust this season.  With Amari Cooper gone and Marshawn Lynch out, Cook could actually become a semi-consistent tight end though.  He is Oakland’s most reliable weapon at this point and this week will tell a lot for Jared Cook’s outlook for the rest of the season.

DEF: New England (at BUF):  Even after a dreadful week 7 performance, the Bills are still planning to start Derek Anderson at quarterback on Monday night against the Patriots.  New England has been allowing points this season but have forced at least one interception in every game this season.  Anderson throws enough interceptions as it is and the Patriots are going to keep that trend going.

Sits of the Week

QB: Carson Wentz (at JAX):  Jacksonville might be struggling lately but their pass defense isn’t the problem.  Patrick Mahomes has been the only quarterback that has been able to throw for over 240 yards against Jalen Ramsey and company in 2018.  The Eagles have been struggling as well but Wentz has been relatively good for fantasy purposes.  London games are often a little bit different than normal and if you have another option, I’d stay away from Wentz.

RB: T.J. Yeldon (vs PHI):  Yeldon has surprisingly been the 9th ranked running back in 1/2 PPR leagues so far but don’t count on that to continue.  Carlos Hyde is likely to make his Jaguars debut in London, taking away a portion of Yeldon’s touches.  The Philadelphia run defense has also been very good this season, only allowing one running back (Saquon Barkley) to rush for over 42 yards.  This is the time to sell Yeldon if there is anyone that is still willing to take him.

WR: Tyler Lockett (at DET):  Tyler Lockett has been very reliable this season as an emergency play for your team and with the bye weeks getting hot and heavy, it is likely that you might need him this week.  The problem with Lockett is that he is completely reliant on touchdowns in order to give you a serviceable fantasy week.  He has scored in all but one week this season and now he will be matched up with one of the best corners in the game in Darius Slay.  I don’t like to rely and touchdown dependent players, especially when they are playing against elite talent on the opposing side.

TE: Jordan Reed (at NYG):  It looks like it is finally time to put Jordan Reed to rest.  Reed’s career has always been, if he is active, you play him.  That is quickly changing with him getting fewer and fewer targets each week and Vernon Davis getting more.  The Giants are surprisingly good against tight ends and there should be plenty of tight decent tight ends to grab off of waivers to put in over Reed.

DEF: Minnesota (vs NO):  Stay away from any defense that is playing the Saints.  Even the best defense in the NFL (Baltimore) was unable to have produce last week for fantasy purposes.  Minnesota has talent on the defensive end but hasn’t been able to consistently put it together and it most certainly won’t happen in week 8 against one of the top offenses in the NFL.

 

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