Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 8 Fantasy
Congratulations, you have survived the Week 7 byepocalypse. Thankfully in Week 8 there are only two teams on bye, (Baltimore, and Las Vegas), making this week much more manageable.
I am here to do what I can to help you find viable starters with my start/sit recommendations for the Sunday match-ups. The goal is to aid you in setting the best roster possible and to assist you with your tough decisions each week. Often the recommendations here will be weekly flex plays.
Each and every week this season, I will give you my “Start of the Week” along with two “Start” recommendations and two “Sit” recommendations at each skilled player position. So without further ado, let’s take the first step towards your Week 8 victory.
1. Start of the Week
Khalil Herbert – Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears RB Khalil Herbert has started the past two contests for the Chicago Bears. All Herbert has done is score 19.20 PPR points in Week 6, and follow that up with 18.30 points last week. Over the past two weeks, Herbert is the 8th highest scoring RB. What makes that even more impressive, is the fact his offense is very predictable, one dimensional and disappointing. Over the past two weeks the Bears have scored a total of 17 points.
In Week 6 Damien Harris sat out on Covid-19 IR. My expectation is that the Bears stick with Herbert as the lead running back and not go back to a timeshare with Williams. In Week 7 , Herbert played 77 percent of the snaps and was excellent against the Buccaneers with 18 carries for 100 yards, along with five catches for 33 yards on five targets.
Herbert has at least 21 total touches in the last two outings and the 49ers have allowed a running back to score in four games straight. The Bears can’t do much other than run the ball and that is my expectation yet again in Week 8. I expect Khalil Herbert to to have a big week and I have him ranked as my RB19.
Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
So as a lifelong suffering Vikings fan, I am going to do my best to keep this from being a homer pick. Coming into the season I was worried about the Vikings offense, due to the fact the defense was improved and Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s desire to run heavily. So far this season the Minnesota offense has proven to be somewhat explosive. A big reason why is the play of QB Kirk Cousins. If the Vikings could string some wins together Cousins would rightfully be in the MVP discussion.
Cousins has scored over 21 points in three of his five games this season and is averaging 21.08 points per game. His weapons are elite in Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook, and K.J. Osborn and Tyler Conklin are producing as well. The Cowboys allow an average of 23.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and three quarterbacks this year — Tom Brady, Jalen Hurts and Sam Darnold — have scored at least 24 Fantasy points. Cousins should add his name to that list.
Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow is on a heater right now. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in three straight weeks, with his best week of the season coming a week ago. Burrow in Baltimore threw for 416 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Burrow and the Bengals should blow to doors off the New York Jets this week. The Jets have allowed at 25+ Fantasy points to Matt Ryan and Mac Jones in the past two games, and Burrow should make it three weeks in a row.
Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers
A Week ago, Sam Darnold was benched and PJ Walker entered the game. Not good for Darnold, and not good for Panther fans or Darnold Fantasy Managers. Sam Darnold in the first three weeks was QB12 averaging 21.41 points per game, during the last three weeks, he is QB19 and his average has dipped to 15.55 points a game.
Hopefully, if you are starting Darnold he finishes this weeks outing versus the Atlanta Falcons, because this is a plus matchup. The Falcons allow an average of 23.1 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. The offensive line is a mess and the constant pressure is having an impact. Darnold has been sacked 18 times the past five weeks and His offensive line has fallen apart, and the constant pressure is taking it’s toll. Darnold in the last four games has 7 picks and has been sacked 15 times. He is a desperation QB2 in Super-Flex leagues this week and that’s it.
Taylor Heinicke – Washington Football Team
Taylor Heinicke had a good stat line last week, scoring 20.2 points in a loss to the Packers. He needed 95 rushing yards to get himself to that magic 20 point plateau. The previous two weeks he averaged 11.10 points and was the QB26 in that span after starting the season as QB15 thru four weeks.
Heinicke has failed to score more than one touchdown in each of his last three games, and next up is the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have been the third best fantasy unit against the QB this season, giving up on average 15.5 points per game. This is a great week to avoid Heinicke if at all possible.
3. Running Backs
Elijah Mitchell – San Francisco 49e
Last week I listed Elijah Mitchell as a sit and that my friends was a bad call. I look to atone for my foolish ways this week by starting him in the Niners matchup with the Chicago Bears.
Mitchell has three games this season with at least 17 carries, and he’s scored 16 PPR points in all of them. He has earned the leading role in this backfield and he should continue to lead the San Francisco backfield in touches. Chicago have allowed on average 22.4 to opponents backs and potentially are without run stopping expert Akiem Hicks along with Khalil Mack. I have Mitchell ranked as my RB20 this week.
Damien Harris – New England Patriots
For the second straight week, I have New England Patriots running back listed as a start. Last week I got it right as he posted a season high 25.30 PPR points.
This week he is poised to continue his solid output in a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers defense has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. The Patriots defense has been good of late, likely leading to a close game and a neutral game script that favors Harris. I have Harris ranked inside my top-20 for the first time this season at RB18.
Mike Davis – Atlanta Falcons
When the season began in Atlanta this season, all eyes were on RB Mike Davis as he looked to have this backfield all to himself. Little did we know that Cordarrelle Patterson would have a role. A role so significant that its lead to Patterson’s change from WR to RB on some fantasy platforms.
Last Week Patterson’s role grew to a season high. Davis played 60 percent of the snaps in Week 7 at Miami, and only had four carries for 10 yards and no targets. It’s troubling that his usage was as low as it was. Prior to Week 7, Davis posted five straight games over 10 PPR points. Its very possible last week was an outlier, but I am going to sit Davis if possible just to be on the safe side.
Melvin Gordon – Denver Broncos
Melvin Gordon has failed to score more than 11.2 fantasy points in four straight games, during which time he’s averaged under 10 points, ( 9.1 points). In Week 8, Gordan is going to be in tough against the Washington Football Team. Washington has allowed just 71 rushing yards a game to the opposing running backs. As this season continues to slip away in Denver I expect rookie RB Javonte Williams to start commanding a larger role in the backfield. I believe that transition begins this Sunday.
4. Wide Receiver
Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos
I love Courtland Sutton this week against Washington and I have him ranked at WR14 a highmark in my rankings this season. I also like Jerry Jeudy this week as he makes it back from his Week one ankle injury.
I decided to give the nod to Sutton as I expect Jeudy in his first one back to be eased in and for Jerry to create room for Sutton. The Football Team is No. 1 in receptions (117) and touchdowns (14) allowed to receivers and No. 2 in yards (1,504). I have no idea why Washington is so bad this season, but the numbers don’t lie. Sutton has scored at least 11 PPR points in three games in a row, including two outings with at least 23 PPR points. Start Sutton with confidence this week.
Emmanuel Sanders – Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills were on bye last week, and entering their bye, WR Emmanuel Sanders was on a heater. He scored at least 12 PPR points in four games in a row with four touchdowns over that span, and he also had three games with five catches in each outing. Stefon Diggs is a must-start Fantasy receiver, and I also like Cole Beasley with Dawson Knox out. There should be plenty of targets for each of Buffalo’s top three guys against the Dolphins, who are No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers this year. Sanders is my WR23 this week and I am starting him everywhere I have him.
Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears
I had A-rob as a start last week, figuring it was time for the Bears to target their No. 1 WR more frequently. Well that did not go well. Robinson enters this week as WR59, and as an afterthought in Chicago and your fantasy lineups.
Robinson is just not getting the job done and you can’t start Robinson any more. It’s as simple as that. He’s gone over 50 yards twice and his season high is 63 yards. I desperately hop that I am wrong, and he proves me wrong this week at home versus the 49ers. Robinson has been a bust this year, and he should remain on your bench.
Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Boyd can not be started when all the Bengals pass catchers are healthy. In the past three games (with Tee Higgins back), Boyd has been a non-factor. He has 15 targets over that span for nine catches, 70 yards and no touchdowns, and he’s only scored once this season.
When Higgins missed time earlier this year with a shoulder injury, Boyd exceled. In Week 3 he put up 13.60 PPR points and followed it up with 20.80 in Week 4. Ja’Marr Chase is the star of Cincinnati’s offense, Tee Higgins is high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver, and TE C.J. Uzomah has shown he is the third target for Joe Burrow recently. Simply put your can’t trust Boyd this week or for the foreseeable future.
5. Tight End
Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings
Ok so this one might bee a wee bit of a homer pick, but Tyler Conklin has a great matchup in Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, and with two big TE’s on bye, (Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller) you may be forced to stream this week.
Dallas is 18th in Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, giving up on average 12.3 points per game. Conklin had three catches for 71 yards on five targets in Week 6 at Carolina and now has two games this season with at least 10 PPR points. He’s a solid streamer given the matchup, and Conklin should help Kirk Cousins and my Vikings have a big game on Sunday night.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Week 7 was Dallas Goedert’s first game for the Philadelphia Eagles without Zach Ertz riding shotgun at the TE position. Goedert saw five targets, that he turned into with three catches for 70 yards, and he scored a two-point conversion. His finished with 12 PPR points, two points clear of his season average of 10.
Dallas faced the Lions in Week 8, and Detroit has struggled against the TE this season. The Lions have allowed four tight ends to score at least 10 PPR points this season. On Sunday, Dallas Goedert should be the fifth this season to do so.
Cole Kmet – Chicago Bears
I like Cole Kmet. The reality is it is extremely hard to like anything in the Chicago passing game this season. Kmet has been good all things considered, and he has has had 11 targets in his past two games against Green Bay and Tampa Bay.
The problem however is he’s converted those targets into just nine catches for 92 yards and no touchdowns, and he’s still looking for his first touchdown this year. The 49ers also have allowed just one touchdown to a tight end since Week 1, and only T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 had more than three catches or 25 yards from a tight end against San Francisco. Sit Cole Kmet, he is a dynasty league stash and nothing more sadly.
Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
I really like what I have seen from Ricky Seals-Jones since his playing time increased after Logan Thomas was injured. He has become a big part of the Football team’s offense, in fact he has run more routes on average than Thomas was.
Sitting RSJ is really tough, he’s also scored at least 11 PPR points in each of his past two outings against the Chiefs and Packers, and displayed to post double digit point totals weekly. This week is a tough matchup against the Broncos. Thru 7 week the Broncos have not allowed an opposing TE to find the end zone. In addition I don’t like Taylor Heinicke this week as well, so I am sitting RSJ this week if at all possible with two top-8 TEs , (Andrews and Waller) on bye in Week 8.
Thank you for reading Start or Sit These Players on Sunday to Win Week 8 Fantasy
For all your start/sit questions be sure to reach out to me on Twitter @RotoHeatSully.
For more great Fantasy Football content, follow RotoHeat on Twitter, subscribe to our website, and YouTube Channel. Engage with 2,100+ passionate dynasty managers and let the RotoHeat content team know what topics YOU want to hear about by visiting our ROTOHEAT – Dynasty Fantasy Football Community.