Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos
By Max Staley
Week 8 brings NFL fans a clash between two intriguing AFC West squads in the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos. Los Angeles is currently a 3-point road favorite in this one, per FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 8 showdown.
Who Should I Start Fantasy Football
Start Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: It has only taken five starts for Justin Herbert to establish himself as an elite fantasy quarterback. And honestly, it happened even quicker than that. Herbert has looked special since the moment he set foot on an NFL field. The red-hot rookie is currently fantasy's QB4 on a per-game basis, trailing only Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray and Dak Prescott. He has also put up at least 22.0 fantasy points in four of his five starts on the year.
Start Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: Since returning from a turf toe injury, Phillip Lindsay has established himself as the Broncos' best running back. Over his last two weeks, he's averaging 16.0 carries for 90.0 rushing yards per game on 5.6 yards per carry. That includes a Week 7 performance he exited early due to a concussion after playing just 14 snaps. Lindsay is back at practice, though, and it looks like he should be good for this one. He'll likely remain in a 50/50 timeshare with Melvin Gordon, but he's running efficiently enough for that not to matter too much. Fire him up as a decent FLEX option against a Chargers' run defense that ranks No. 17 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics.
Sit Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but Hunter Henry has marooned on an island somewhere. After averaging 8.0 targets for 5.5 catches and 78.0 receiving yards per game over the first two weeks, the star tight end has put up just 6.5 targets for 3.5 catches and 33.8 receiving yards per game over his last four outings. One would think Herbert's impressive play would give Henry's fantasy outlook a huge boost, but that just hasn't happened. He's a TD-dependent tight end right now, and there are better TEs out there on the waiver wire for Week 8.
Sit Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos: Jerry Jeudy was the consensus No. 1 rookie wideout in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but he's struggled to do much this season. He's certainly made some splashy plays, but he's yet to top even 62 receiving yards or 5 receptions in a single game. To make matters worse, Drew Lock has been back over the last two weeks and he hasn't had much of a rapport with Jeudy. The Alabama product is averaging 2.0 catches for 26.0 receiving yards per game in that time.
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