Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Week 8

With just six regular-season games left in the fantasy season, you may have trouble deciding who to start as your season may be on the line. I’m here to help you solve those problems. here are Starts and Sits for Week 8.

START QB: Aaron Rodgers 

In week 1, when the Packers and Vikings met, Rodgers torched Minnesota’s secondary.  He went 34/42, for 364 yards, and 4 touchdowns.  He scored 30 fantasy points with ease.  The Packers offense hasn’t seemed to slow down since then either, averaging thirty-two points per game this season. This week, Green Bay faces the Vikings again, this time at Lambeau Field. The Viking’s defense has been nothing but terrible this season. Just two weeks ago they allowed Matt Ryan to drop thirty points against them before their bye week.  The secondary is atrocious, while the line has underperformed due to Danielle Hunter‘s season-ending injury.  Look for Rodgers to finish as a top 3 quarterback this week.

START QB: Carson Wentz

Despite his lack of weapons and banged-up offensive line, Carson Wentz has been decent this season.  This week, Wentz plays The Cowboys defense that has been the worst defense in the NFL. Wentz has been on a great run lately surpassing 25 points each of the past two weeks. It seems the streak will continue against The Cowboy’s defense that has let up over 30 Quarterback points in five of the past six weeks.  This is a must-start in your lineups, as he should surpass twenty-five fantasy points once again, especially with the addition of his mobility.

SIT QB: Matthew Stafford

Stafford has not been the quarterback fantasy owners were hoping for this year.  Before his injury last year, Stafford was a top-5 fantasy quarterback.  This year, however, he has not been good, to say the least, surpassing 20 points just once this year.  The passing game is not strong in Detroit right now, as last week was just his first game with over 300 passing yards.  To make things worse, the schedule doesn’t get favorable for Stafford from a fantasy standpoint. This week, he goes up against one of the best defenses in the NFL, The Colts.  Indianapolis ranks number one in opposing quarterback points per game. The secondary is playing at an elite level and should continue to be great this weekend. I would sit Stafford in any league he is owned in.  

SIT QB: Josh Allen

Josh Allen was an early MVP candidate after starting red hot this season. Through the first few weeks, he was averaging over 30 fantasy points per game. This was partly due to the lack of tough opponents on The Bills schedule. He faced the Jets and Dolphins through those first three weeks.  Now, Allen has shown signs of slowing down.  He has not scored over 20 fantasy points since week 4. Recently, Allen has had opportunities to put up a lot of points, facing three bad defenses against QBs in The Jets, Chiefs, and Titans.  Now, Allen sees the Patriots who have been amazing against the passing game. Belichick knows how to slow down star players, and I think he’ll do it well this week against Josh Allen.  

START RB: Kareem Hunt

Ever since Nick Chubb landed on The IR, Kareem Hunt has been an RB1.  Even when Chubb has played, Hunt ranked 6th in fantasy points among RBs.  This week, Hunt has a very favorable matchup against the Raiders. Las Vegas’s defensive line has been playing at a season-low.  They rank second to worst in fantasy points to opposing RBs. With Chubb still sidelined, and Odell Beckham out with a torn ACL, Kareem Hunt is a borderline RB1 who should get plenty of touches. Hunt should be starting in your lineups.  

START RB: Jonathan Taylor

When The Colts took Taylor in the draft this year, they planned for him to split carries with Marlon Mack. In week 1, Mack suffered a torn ACL, leaving a perfect situation for Taylor. The Colts have a top 3 offensive line in the league, built around the young star, Quinten Nelson.  Taylor has been solid but has recently struggled to find the endzone.  Last week, The Colts scored twice within the five-yard line.  Now, they’ll go up against The Lions who allowed Todd Gurley scramble for 21 fantasy points last week.  Look for a big game out of Taylor this week.  

SIT RB: James Conner 

James Conner has been quite impressive this season ranking fifteenth among all running backs.  Conner has seen the workload fantasy managers were hoping for when drafting him.  He’s currently averaging twenty touches per game. Despite the encouraging play of  The Steelers Offense, I don’t see it working this week.  Pittsburgh will play The Ravens, who have been phenomenal against the run this season.  They have an elite defense, with a strong line run by Calais Campbell, and newly acquired Yannick Ngakoue who should make an impact.  I don’t see James Conner cracking the top 15 this week.  

SIT RB: David Montgomery

The Bears maybe 5-2, but their offense has been slow all season, relying on their defense. That doesn’t translate well for David Montgomery.  Montgomery has had the chance to be an elite back for fantasy due to Tarik Cohen being injured, but he hasn’t been able to really get going.  This is due to the lack of offense led by Nick Foles, accompanied by Matt Naggy’s poor play calling.  The Bears face The Saints this week, who have been successful against running backs this season. Hopefully, Montgomery can find a breach in that big talented line to rack up some catches. I don’t see him having a successful week.   

START WR: Keenan Allen

Ever since Justin Herbert has taken over under center for the Chargers, he has shown a liking to Keenan Allen.  Allen has been nothing but amazing with Herbert.  He is averaging 11 targets per game, translating extremely well.  This week he has a very favorable matchup against the underperforming Broncos secondary.  Herbert should have plenty of time to find Allen with ease, as The Broncos have been plagued with an injury-riddled line.  Look for Keenan to continue his tear and finish top 5 this week.  

START WR : Travis Fulgham

Due to injuries, the Eagles have had almost no weapons.  However, breakout receiver Travis Fulgham has been nothing but great for Carson Wentz.  He is averaging 16 points per game as the main target to Wentz. Fulgham has really given the offense life after Reaghor, Alshon, and Jackson all sustained injuries that have sidelined them.  This week, he couldn’t be blessed with a better matchup: The Dallas Cowboys and their awful secondary.  They rank in the bottom five in the NFL and just let Terry Mclaurin go for 18.5 points with Kyle Allen under tossing him the ball.  I think Fulgham will have a nice game with 1 touchdown at least.

SIT WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster

Juju has certainly not been the receiver fantasy owners all drafted him as. When Antonio Brown was out with injuries two years ago, Juju played like an elite wr1.  Now, Brown is gone, Ben is back, but he still has not been very successful.  Ever since the emergence of touchdown magnet, Chase Claypool, and fellow receiver Diontae Johnson, Juju has not been able to become the clear cut number one receiver in Pittsburgh.  This week, he faces possibly the best secondary in the NFL.  He’ll have either Marcus Peters or Marlon Humphrey covering him at all times.  With this matchup,  keep him on the bench of your fantasy lineups. 

SIT WR: A.J. Green 

A.J. Green has had a rough season so far.  With no pre-season, he didn’t have much time to develop a connection with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.  Instead, Burrow has developed connections with rookie Tee Higgins, and slot receiver Tyler Boyd.  Green isn’t the same player he used to be, but he is still capable of being a threat to defenses when given the opportunity.  This week, he’ll match up with corner Malcolm Butler, who has had a pretty good season so far.  With this matchup and Burrows connection to fellow receivers, I don’t see Aj Green as anything more than a flex.  

START TE: Rob Gronkowski

You really love to see it.  Gronk being fantasy relevant again, just like the old days.  He’s finally back and has been playing well too.  Over the past three weeks, he has averaged 64 yards per game on four catches.  Gronk also returned to his famed role as a red zone threat, catching a touchdown in each of his last 2 weeks.  This week, he has a favorable matchup against The Giants. With Chris Godwin out, he should be a top-2 target for Tom Brady.  

SIT TE: Jared Cook

Overall, Jared Cook has had a decent campaign as we enclose on the halfway mark of the NFL season. He’s averaging 9 points per game and has been a viable red-zone option for Drew Brees.  This week, Michael Thomas is expected back after a long time away.  The Saints have a tough matchup against The Bears Defense though.  Jared Cook is going to have a really tough time earning volume because of the talented linebackers Chicago has. Cook will go against Roquan Smith who will likely shadow him for most of the day. Even if Thomas does return, I’m not counting on production from Cook against Chicago.

START FLEX: Todd Gurley

Gurley has pleasantly surprised the fantasy world. Due to his natural gift of finding the endzone, he has been able to rack up quite a few impressive fantasy performances.  He has 7 total touchdowns through 7 weeks and has been getting a very nice workload.  This Thursday night, Gurley has a great matchup against The Panthers.  They just let up one hundred and forty-eight total yards to Alvin Kamara last week. With what should be a high scoring affair, Gurley should be able to put together a successful fantasy week if he finds the endzone. Fire him up at flex in all formats.  

SIT FLEX: Devante Parker 

Devante Parker is a player I am keeping on my bench in every league.  He has had a decent season, but now Tua is the starting QB  Parker has been alright with Fitzpatrick, being the team’s clear top receiver.  Now, there is uncertainty as to how Parker will do with Tua as the starter. He hasn’t had time to develop a connection with Parker, and it very well may show.  Not to mention Parker will be matched up against the league’s top corner, Jalen Ramsey. I would advise benching Parker in all leagues.  

 

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