Week 8 Utter-Fantasy Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs the Eagles) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my opinions on them, as well as reading yours. Good Luck this week!
Week 8 Byes: Baltimore, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Start Em Sit Em Week 8 2016
Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 8 2016
DET QB Matt Stafford ( vs HOU )- Stafford is currently the #4 QB in the NFL….a must “Start” at home vs the Texans.
SEA QB Russell Wilson ( at NO)- Wilson has had a slow start due to injuries, but this game is what you have been waiting for.
TB QB J Winston ( vs OAK)- Winston is the #13 QB in the NFL, and he may climb some on this list after Week 8. Start him!
MINN QB Sam Bradford ( at CHI)- Bradford has a rough Week 7, but now he plays Chicago in an easier match up, and you may not have many options with 6 teams on a Week 8 bye.
NYJ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ( at CLEV ) – As I mentioned above, you may not have options with 6 teams on a bye, and Fitz may be a decent start against a bad Brown’s defense.
No Brainers….NE QB Tom Brady ( at BUFF)- IND QB A Luck ( vs KC)- OAK QB D Carr ( at TB )
Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 8 2016
DEN RB Devontae Booker ( vs SD)- DEN CJ Anderson may be OUT for a few weeks. Expect RB Booker to start Week 8. Going forward, HC Gary Kubiak expects to continue using a 1-2 punch at running back going forward. Booker needs to be added in all formats and has a great match up in Week 8.
CINN RB Jeremy Hill ( vs WASH)- START EM SIT EM WEEK 7 2016 RECOMMENDATION. Hill’s match ups of late have been horrendous, but this week it’s as good as the one in Week 7 where Hill had 192 total yards and 1 TD . Washington is 31st vs the run..
TB RB Jacquizz Rodgers ( vs OAK)- Also “Recommended in Week 7″ The Bucs are in no hurry to get RB Doug Martin on the field, because RB Rodgers is doing the job just fine. 20+ carries every time he has started.
NYJ RB Matt Forte ( at CLEV)- 154 total yards and 1 TD for fantasy football owners in Week 7. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it again in Week 8.
KC RB Spencer Ware ( at IND)- In Week 7, Ware had 77 yards on 17 carries and added 2 catches for 54 yards. He also had 1 touchdown in Week 7. RB J Charles fantasy football owners don’t like it, but Ware is a big part of this offense likely for the rest of the season.
No Brainers…..TENN RB De Murray ( vs JACK)…..HOU RB Lamar Miller ( vs DET)- if healthy enough to play, The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!
RB Sleepers Week 8...MINN RB Matt Asiata ( vs CHI)- RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle) is just now out of his walking boot Friday. Even if McKinnon plays, he’ll be limited, leaving Matt Asiata as the preferred fantasy play.
Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 8 2016
GB WR Ty Montgomery ( vs CHI)- Whether he’s a WR in your fantasy football league, or now considered an RB…QB A Rodgers likes having Montgomery as one of his weapons right now.
DET WRs Golden Tate/ Marvin Jones ( vs HOU ) – The Lion’s running game only had 17 carries in Week 7, vs 29 passes by QB M Stafford. Both of these wide outs should get a ton of targets in Week 8.
OAK WRs A Cooper/ M Crabtree ( at TB )- Likely a high scoring game, with both of these guys getting at least 1 TD.
SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at NO)- The Saints are still one of the worst defenses, so this is a game for both QB R Wilson and WR D Baldwin to have a 2015 type game.
NO WRs B Cooks/ Michael Thomas ( vs SEA )- The Seahawks will shut down the Saint’s running game and force QB D Brees to throw 30+ times. Just the volume of passes make both of these receivers a decent start in Week 8.
No Brainers….IND WR TY Hilton ( vs KC)- DEN WR Dem Thomas ( vs SD)
WR Sleepers Week 8…
DAL WR Cole Beasley ( vs PHIL)- Even with WR Dez Bryant coming back, there’s no denying that QB Dak Prescott likes WR Cole Beasley.
HOU WRs D Hopkins/ Will Fuller ( vs DET)- The Lions are #32 vs the pass….DEAD LAST!
Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 8 2016
IND TE Jack Doyle (vs KC)- WR Donte Moncrief is likely to return, but TE Doyle is still a great weapon for QB A Luck. How is Doyle still only owned in 53% of Yahoo fantasy football leagues?
SEA TE Jimmy Graham ( at NO )- If you haven’t noticed, QB R Wilson is targeting Graham a lot lately, and it will continue in Week 8.
No Brainer: TENN TE Delanie Walker ( vs JACK)-
Defenses NFL Start Em Week 8 2016
NYJ (at CLEV) – The Jets are 3rd vs the run, so the Brown’s will likely be forced to throw plenty in Week 8, which could lead to a few turnovers for New York.
TENN ( vs JACK)- JACK QB Blake Bortles is playing very poorly, so the Titans will likely force him to make a few mistakes in this one.
ARI (vs CAR) – The Panther’s offense, nor their defense, are playing like the team that went to the Super Bowl in 2015.
No Brainer DEF starts: DEN (vs SD)….MINN ( at CHI)
Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016
ARI QB Carson Palmer ( at CAR)- Palmer only has 2 touchdown passes in his last 4 starts. With so many teams off on this Week 8 Bye, start him if you must, but do not expect a lot. ( Palmer also has only one healthy receiver- WR Larry Fitz)
WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at CINN)- The Bengal’s defense isn’t playing great, but this game is in Cincinnati and Cousins is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. I would prefer a better match up.
I also do not like…..KC QB A Smith ( at IND)….BUFF QB T Taylor ( vs NE)
Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016
Any DET RBs ( at HOU )– If the Lion’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB M Stafford.
NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs SEA)– If the Saint’s can win this game, it will be thru the air with QB Drew Brees.
PHIL RB Ryan Mathews ( at DAL)- What has Mathews done for you in 2016….? Not much.
CHI RB J Howard ( vs MINN) – This game won’t be pretty for the Bears.
Sit Em if you can…….IND RB F Gore ( vs KC)
Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016
All SD WRs ( at DEN)- QB P Rivers will spread it around, trying to do anything vs the great Denver defense, but I do not see any Charger getting into the end zone in Week 8.
CHI WR Alshon Jeffery ( vs MINN)- Jeffery caught just 3/11 targets for 33 yards Thursday in the Bears’ Week 7, and with QB Cutler back, the targets will go up but the Vikings won’t allow much.
WASH WRs DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon ( at CINN )- QB Cousin’s is only averaging 1 TD pass per game. Versus the last place defense in Week 7 ( Detroit Lions) DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon had a combined 57 receiving yards. ( QB Cousins prefers WR Crowder)
I also do not like any ALL CAR WRS ( vs ARI )-
Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016
DEN TE Hunter Henry( at DEN)- TE A Gates return to the line up plus the Denver defense makes TE Henry a tough start in Week 8.
DAL TE Jason Witten ( vs PHIL )- The Eagles are allowing only 2 catches per week to opposing tight ends, and have allowed only 1 TD catch so far in 2016.
No Brainer Sit- BUFF TE Ch Clay ( vs NE)- Almost non-existent in the Buffalo offense.
Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 8 2016
WASH (at CINN) – The Bengals are the #6 offense while Washington is the #22 defense. Not a good combination.
OAK ( at TB)- I do not see either defense slowing the opposing offense down.
No Brainer DEF sits: SD ( at DEN)….NO ( vs SEA)