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Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 8

Kirk Cousins

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 8

Football is in full swing as we now approach week eight. That means another week for fantasy football and to look at the best (and worst matchups). With that, let’s dive in and look at the players to start and sit for this weekend.

Recapping last week

It was a so-so week for our picks as we saw Matt Ryan have a top-15 week but Taylor Heinicke had a top-12 week and Sam Darnold was benched in the fourth quarter. We fared better with our running back picks with Damien Harris having a top-five performance and Cordarrelle Patterson finishing in the top-20 but Devontae Booker scored a touchdown late and had a top-20 game himself. Sterling Shepard didn’t play after being a game-time decision and Darnell Mooney struggled with the rest of the Bears’ passing offense while Tee Higgins finished with a decent game inside the top-30. Hunter Henry and Dallas Goedert both had top-12 games while Jonnu Smith was injured and finished outside the top-15. With that, let’s get to week eight!

Teams on bye: Ravens, Raiders

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 8 QB’s

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Daniel Jones

Giants vs. Chiefs

ESPN Starting Percentage: 11.6%

Against what was supposed to be a strong Panthers’ defense and without Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay, and Kadarius Toney, Jones had no business having anywhere close to a decent game. In a game where Carolina only scored three points, Jones wasn’t needed to air it out often. Because of that, he finished with a modest 203 passing yards and a touchdown with 28 rushing yards. He now faces the Chiefs, who field arguably the worst defense in the league. Jones can also hopefully expect to see some of his primary playmakers on an extra day of rest for their Monday Night Football matchup. The Chiefs are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have given up 250+ passing yards and two total touchdowns in four of the last five games as well. Jones has a path to top-12 upside with Lamar Jackson and Derek Carr on bye.

Kirk Cousins

Vikings vs. Cowboys

ESPN Starting Percentage: 1.5%

Cousins is coming off a bye week after his best game of the season where he threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions in week six. He now faces a Cowboys’ defense that while it has been playing better, it’s still giving up the third-most fantasy points-per-game to opposing quarterbacks. Cousins has only thrown two interceptions all seasons compared to 13 touchdowns and has three games with three touchdowns this season already. With a full complement of weapons healthy in Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson, Cousins should be passing a bit against one of the top offenses in the league. The Cowboys have given up 300+ passing yards in four of six games this season and at least two passing touchdowns in three of six. Cousins will be a low-end QB1 in week eight.

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Ryan Tannehill

Titans vs. Colts

ESPN Starting Percentage: 50.9%

In their week three matchup, Tannehill managed three touchdowns through the air while throwing for fewer than 200 yards and also had two interceptions. However, since then, the Titans have become that much more run-dependant behind Derrick Henry. Tannehill has just three games this season with 250+ passing yards and that week three matchup was the only one where he had more than one passing score. Even with his three rushing touchdowns this season, Tannehill has only scored 20+ points once this season and in a game where he may not be expected to pass as much against a weaker Colts’ offense, this just doesn’t look like a good matchup for him. Outside of Lamar Jackson’s huge week five performance, the Colts have held opposing quarterbacks to less than 250 yards in their last four matchups and have only ceded six passing touchdowns in that time. Tannehill will be a mid-tier QB2 in this matchup.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 8 RB’s

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Kenneth Gainwell

Eagles vs. Lions

ESPN Starting Percentage: 9.9%

After showing a recommitment to the run game in week seven, the Eagles would lose Miles Sanders early on and would not see him return against the Raiders. After that, we saw a split between Gainwell and Boston Scott. But Gainwell out-snapped Scott 35-23 and outgained him 61-29 in yards from scrimmage. Gainwell tied for second with eight targets amongst all Eagles’ players as well. It’s clear that Gainwell will be the primary receiving option while Sanders is out and has been productive when given a sizable workload. He now gets a Lions’ defense that has given up 40+ receiving yards and a receiving touchdown to three different running backs over the last two weeks. Gainwell has top-24 upside in PPR leagues.

Khalil Herbert

Bears vs. 49ers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 32.1%

Against one of the best run defenses in the league, Herbert carved up the Buccaneers for 100 rushing yards on 18 carries and added 33 receiving yards on five receptions. He was the lone bright spot for the Bears’ offense on a day where they gave up five turnovers. Even though Damien Williams was active, he out-snapped him 51-11 and operated as the clear lead running back. There is no reason why that won’t continue until David Montgomery returns. He now faces a 49ers’ defense that has given up four rushing touchdowns over the last three weeks and just gave up 107 rushing yards to Jonathan Taylor. Herbert should be a top-24 option in what could be a very run-heavy game from both teams.

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Myles Gaskin

Dolphins vs. Bills

ESPN Starting Percentage: 47.7%

Even though Gaskin is coming off his best performance of the season in regards to rushing yards, Gaskin is becoming too tough to trust in fantasy football. While he has three games with 15+ touches, he also has three games with nine or less. He was coming off a stretch of three games where he had 12 carries total over that time. While he has 16 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and three touchdowns during that time, a vast majority of that came in week five with 10 receptions, 74 yards, and two touchdowns. He now faces a Bills’ defense that held him to 46 scoreless yards from scrimmage in week two. That same Bills’ defense is the same that outside of Derrick Henry’s 146-yard, three-touchdown performance had only given up one total touchdown that season and only allowed one running back to get 50+ yards from scrimmage. Even with Malcolm Brown on injured reserve now, this matchup combined with Gaskin’s inconsistent workload makes him near impossible to trust.

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Emmanuel Sanders

Bills vs. Dolphins

ESPN Starting Percentage: 1.7%

Sanders has been a terrific addition for the Bills this season and has become a very involved part of their passing offense. He has seen at least six targets and cleared 50+ receiving yards in all but one game this season. He has seen 19 targets over his last three games, which is second most to Stefon Diggs’ 31 as the Bills’ passing offense continues to perform at a high level with Josh Allen having another terrific year. They now face the Dolphins, who have given up seven touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last three games and allowed 50+ yards on 13 different occasions this season. While this game may not be necessarily close, the Bills are still passing at a high rate with 40+ passing attempts in three of six games this season. Sanders has a very high floor and could be a top-30 option in week eight in a juicy matchup.

Jarvis Landry

Browns vs. Steelers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 16.5%

In Landry’s first game back from his stint on injured reserve, he saw a healthy eight targets in an offense led by Case Keenum. Between the injuries to Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham playing through a painful shoulder injury, Landry suddenly was one of the healthiest skill players for the Browns. He should continue to operate as a high-volume option/safety valve in the passing game going forward with their injuries at running back and lack of viable pass-catching options. Landry faces a Steelers’ defense that has struggled against opposing wide receivers as they’ve given up the fifth-most points to them this season. Prior to facing a Seahawks’ offense led by Geno Smith, the Steelers had given up seven touchdowns to wide receivers in the last three games. They also gave up 60+ receiving yards five different times in the three games leading up to week seven. Landry has top-24 upside in a PPR format.

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Jaylen Waddle

Dolphins vs. Bills

ESPN Starting Percentage: 58.4%

More of this has to do with the matchup versus Waddle’s potential in fantasy football. In the last two games, Waddle has 17 receptions, 153 yards, and two touchdowns on 21 targets since Tua Tagavailoa’s return. However, that has come against two of the weaker defenses in the league in the Jaguars and Falcons. He and the Dolphins now face the Bills, who have been strong against opposing wide receivers this season. They’ve only given up two receiving touchdowns and six 50+ yard performances all season to them. The Dolphins’ offense is expected to struggle against the Bills and Waddle should be no different, albeit with a higher floor. He’ll be an option outside the top-30 in week eight.

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Hunter Henry

Patriots vs. Chargers

ESPN Starting Percentage: 41.4%

Henry now has four straight games with a touchdown as he has established himself as Mac Jones’ favorite red-zone target. He’s seen 19 targets to Jonnu Smith’s 14 over the last four games and is out-snapping him 137-96 as well. Now with Smith suffering an injury, Henry could be locked into a near every-down role if Smith misses anytime. Henry has a prime matchup this weekend against the Chargers, who have given up at least four receptions, 50 yards, and a touchdown to opposing tight ends in three straight games. The Patriots are leaning on the passing game more and that should continue to benefit Henry in an offense that isn’t getting consistent receiving production at their wide receiver or running back position.

C.J. Uzomah

Bengals vs. Jets

ESPN Starting Percentage: 7.8%

Uzomah is coming off a career game with 91 receiving yards and two touchdowns on three receptions in week seven. He, along with the Bengals’ passing offense, had a terrific game against a tough Ravens’ defense. In fact, Uzomah has at least 91 receiving yards or a touchdown in three of his last four games and five touchdowns over that time. He now faces a Jets’ defense that has given up three touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the last three games. This game may not require the Bengals to pass as much but there should be enough volume for Uzomah to have another solid game.

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Jared Cook

Chargers vs. Patriots

ESPN Starting Percentage: 4.4%

Even on a strong offense led by Justin Herbert, Cook is facing competition for targets from Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler week-in and week-out. While he has seen five or more targets in four of six games this season, he only has 50+ yards in two of those games and two touchdowns on the season. He now faces a Patriots’ defense that has only given up two touchdowns to opposing tight ends all year and only given up 30+ yards to one tight end all year. It’s a tough matchup for that could see the Chargers rebound and have to pass a lot but Cook’s matchup and inconsistency is too tough to trust.

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