Start or Sit Week 8

So how does your team look this week? Between byes, injuries, and just not a lot of great fantasy options there are going to be some ugly lineups put out there this week accompanied by some ugly final scores.

Some of you will be completely depleted and need some home run plays. Guys with a floor of essentially zero, but if they hit potentially 20, think DeSean Jackson except with a lower chance to hit.

A lot of you won’t have too many, if any, start or sit decisions this week. Mostly you will be forced into playing guys. 

If you are unlucky and got someone who has no byes, or isn’t hurt much by them, throw some home run type flex options out there and go for the win. Don’t play it safe and try to win 80-78 on the hope that his team doesn’t come through.

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Derek Carr @ Buccaneers: The Tampa defense has not been as good as the season long ranks might suggest. The only “real” quarterbacks to play them lit them up for over 300 and three touchdowns, Palmer threw for three touchdowns. Carr is better than the likes of Case Keenum, Trevor Siemian, Derek Anderson, and Colin Kaepernick, the quarterbacks the Bucs have played well against.

What you can expect: 325 yards, two touchdowns

Russell Wilson @ Saints: I am not sure he is 100 percent yet, but it doesn’t matter this week. Anytime you have someone against the Saints in the Superdome you almost have to start them. Every quarterback to play the Saints in New Orleans has scored at least 19 points.

What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns

Jameis Winston vs. Raiders: This game is going to be a shootout. It is one of this highest over/unders of the week only to be outdone by one game. All of the players in this game should be startable; just be wary that Winston has his random bouts with accuracy.

What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns


Philip Rivers @ Broncos: The Broncos are a team that I wont start a quarterback against no matter who it is. Rivers isn’t close to the guys who I would even debate to start against the Broncos.

What you can expect: 225 yards, one touchdown, two turnovers

Andy Dalton vs. Redskins: The Redskins can be beat on the ground and I would expect that to happen this week. Dalton will be fine for real life, but not for fantasy.

What you can expect: 250 yards, one touchdown

Digging deep

Alex Smith @ Colts: This one should be different than the past weeks. It should be high scoring with how the Colts play. This should let Smith throw more than he has recently.

What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns

Carson Palmer @ Panthers: The Panthers secondary is really bad. Some still remember the great defense from last year, but this isn’t the same unit. The pass rush isn’t doing it and the corners are awful.

What you can expect: 250 yards, two touchdowns

Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Browns: This is all about the matchup. At least two touchdowns for everyone that played the Browns this season, and no quarterback has scored under 16 points.

What you can expect: 275 yards, two touchdowns, one interception

Running Back


Jeremy Hill vs. Redskins: Like I noted with Dalton, the Redskins are beatable on the ground. If you haven’t traded Hill yet then use him this week and then get rid of him.

What you can expect: 75 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 15 yards

Matt Forte @ Browns: Forte has huge workload splits depending on if the Jets are in games or leading. So tell me, do you think the Browns are going to run away with this game? Me neither.

What you can expect: 100 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches 15 yards 

Jacquizz Rodgers vs. Raiders: This is a really easy recommendation with Martin out. He is a workhorse right now. Don’t second guess it. Get him in your lineup.

What you can expect: 100 yards rushing, four catches 25 yards

Devontae Booker vs. Chargers: Easy call here, but including him just in case you weren’t sure.

What you can expect: 85 yards rushing, one touchdown, three catches 25 yards


It is nearly impossible to really recommend sits with how bad the running back position is now. So don’t be shocked when I am saying bench some lower end guys. Odds are, for a lot of you, these guys are actually starting options. This is more of a guys I like less than usual or less than the consensus.

Isaiah Crowell vs. Jets: His touches have taken a hit the past few weeks. Duke Johnson is always going to have a real passing downs role and this is a bad matchup. Avoid him if you can.

What you can expect: 45 yards rushing

Digging deep

Matt Asiata @ Bears: He has been the better back lately. He is better in pass protection and has been the goal line back all season. McKinnon is also dinged and might not play. 

What you can expect: 55 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches 10 yards

Chris Thompson vs. Bengals: With Jones out I don’t even think his role changes much, that would go to Rob Kelley. Thompson looks like a lock for 12 and maybe even as many as 16 touches this week. Sixteen touches should make the eyes of a lot of owners light up with how ugly the running back position is this week.

What you can expect: 35 yards rushing, five catches for 40 yards

Dwyane Washington @ Texans: He should be back this week. I trust him more than Riddick because he has been practicing for a couple weeks now, but trust is such a weird word in that sense. I trust him to get like 40 yards and maybe a touchdown.

What you can expect: 40 yards rushing, one touchdown, two catches for 10 yards

Kapri Bibbs vs. Chargers: As of now no one knows what the Broncos are going to do in the backfield this week. Everyone assumes its going to be 90 percent Booker and 10 percent to everyone else. Maybe the Broncos stick with the rotation and it’s closer to 65/35 and Bibbs gets a goal line carry. Here is your home run play at running back. The prediction is if everything goes his way, I would put like a 5-10 percent chance of that happening.

What you can expect: 65 yards rushing, one touchdown

Wide Receiver


Larry Fitzgerald @ Panthers: See what I said about Palmer above. Fitzgerald is the most reliable (only reliable) receiver in this offense right now.

What you can expect: Seven catches for 80 yards, one touchdown

Doug Baldwin @ Saints: Another see what I said above player. Everyone knows the Saints are horrible on defense. What is a little surprising is that the Saints have only allowed five receivers to score touchdowns this year. It doesn’t mean much, teams can score any way they want.

What you can expect: Seven catches for yards, one touchdown

Michael Crabtree @ Buccaneers: The Buccaneers have allowed multiple wide receiver touchdowns in four games this season; they shutout the Panthers with Derek Anderson starting and the 49ers. Crabtree appears to be the guy when they get in close.

What you can expect: Five catches for 75 yards, one touchdown


Jordy Nelson @ Falcons: He should see a lot of Trufant this week. To this point Nelson has been saved a lot of weeks by finding the end zone. He doesn’t seem to be the same guy he was a few years ago, but who can blame him with the injuries he has had and his age.

What you can expect: Three catches for 35 yards

Alshon Jeffery vs. Vikings: Horrible matchup for Jeffery. He will be in an awesome buy low spot after this game.

What you can expect: Four catches for 50 yards

Golden Tate @ Texans: With Riddick back in the lineup, Tate should see a dip in production.

What you can expect: Three catches for 30 yards

Digging deep

Michael Thomas vs. Seahawks: The Seahawks passing defense hasn’t been nearly as dominant as it has been. Sure, they aren’t allowing many touchdowns, but good passing offenses are beating them with yards.

What you can expect: Six catches for 80 yards

Quincy Enunwa @ Browns: Check out Fitzpatrick above. Marshall can’t get all the work… well, maybe he can. I would put him as a 50/50 bet to find the end zone this week.

What you can expect: Five catches for 70 yards

J.J. Nelson @ Panthers: It’s a home run play. With the injuries to the Cardinals receivers he could get more of an opportunity. This is a DeSean Jackson type player who won’t see the field as much as someone like Jackson.

What you can expect: Three catches for 75 yards

Tight End


C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. Lions: The best matchup out there for tight ends right now. Fiedorowicz is a great play this week.

What you can expect: Six catches for 65 yards, one touchdown

Jack Doyle vs. Chiefs: Doyle gets a little bump down with Moncrief coming back because now Luck has a third option to throw to. Shouldn’t matter too much, Doyle is still a great weekly option with Allen out. The Chiefs are good against tight ends but I am not concerned.

What you can expect: Five catches for 60 yards

Gary Barnidge vs. Jets: He keeps putting up the yards and that is all you can ask for from a tight end. Safe five to six points and he will find the end zone at some point. It also doesn’t hurt that McCown might be back.

What you can expect: Seven catches for 75 yards, one touchdown


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12 thoughts on “Start or Sit Week 8”

  1. 12 Team Non-PPR Non-Keeper (Record: 4-3)
    QB: Winston, Dalton
    RB: Lamar Miller, Ajayi, Giovani Bernard, Jacquizz Rodgers, Gillislee, Asiata,  Dion Lewis,  Rawls
    WR: AJ Green, Mike Evans, Allen Robinson
    TE: Bennett,  Doyle
    DST: Broncos
    K: None

    How likely do u think it is that Bennet plays? I’m trying to decide who the drop is for a kicker. I’m thinking of dropping Doyle. I’m favored to win as he has his studs on bye… Bell, OBJ, and Bryant… So i’m thinking more long term/ROS. Also, unfortunately I started Robinson… But I need 1 WR, 2 RBs and a flex. Would you start Miller, quizz, green and Evans?

    1. Bennett is going to play. Its just Patriots playing mind games. If you arent starting Doyle then he is a drop candidate. Its almost never worth it to carry 2 tight ends.

      Miller, Quizz, Geen and Evans would be the guys I would start this week. Pretty easy with Ajayi on a bye and Robinson already locked into the lineup. Next week you will have some tough decisions

      1. Thanks Andy…I’m not sure there is much difference between Doyle and Bennett this week and I think Bennett is better ROS right? So it looks like Doyle is my drop candidate.

        1. Oh wait… is it looking like Doyle is relevant for next week as well? With Bennett the bye next week…hmmmm Would you drop Doyle this week and hope for a fill in next week? or Drop someone like Asiata who may have a big week this week which could help me trade him before next weekend?

          1. With the Bennett bye in mind you might be able to get away with dropping Bennett now and no one picking him up next week. So many week 9 byes that people wont be looking to add a 2nd tight end that is on a bye.

            You could also drop Lewis who will be on his bye next week and might not even be ready to return when they come out of the bye.

  2. What do u think Bennett’s value is beyond his bye week? Do u think he is a top 10 TE? If so, I’m thinking he’s worth holding on to if I don’t need the extra points this week. Other tight ends available are Miller, Ebron and brate. Do u feel Bennett is a weekly starter or would the difference be minimal if I were to pick up Miller or brate for use after week 9? I see Miller is ranked pretty well and Brate has the nice playoff schedule… But Bennett is just an unknown in my mind despite his good ranking now that Gronk is out there. As always thanks Andy!

    1. There is little difference between like TE5 and TE15 to me. Bennett is in that class but has a much higher ceiling than pretty much everyone in that group.

      Miller Ebron Brate are in that group and have a similar floor with a much lower weekly ceiling. For me I am not getting a tight end just so I can get 5-6 weekly points. I want a real chance for 15-18 or even more

      1. Thanks Andy. That is great analysis. I ended up keeping both Bennet and Doyle and dropping Dalton due to his rough upcoming schedule. I think I’ll roll with Doyle the next couple weeks.

        Given the still questionable label on Miller this week and the fact that McCoy is out… Would you possibly consider staring Gillislee or Asiata instead of Miller? I realize he’s a stud… But not sure if it’s one of those injury situations where he plays but is very limited in his involvemsnt…(flashbacks of Charles involvement ;-P)

        1. Aren’t you the same guy who was constantly asking questions last year when you claimed to be new? If not holy crap buddy! Grow a set and do some things on your own for once.

          And thanks for the Fiedorowicz name Andy, streamed him and used him on FanDuel.

  3. I worry about Miller a little bit but it appears Gillislee isnt going to be a workload guy. They seem to want to have Bush and Williams involved.

    Miller might be limited but I would take him and the chance that he gets a decent workload over Gillislee in a bad matchup where he might be splitting work

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