Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens

Max Staley
Diontae Johnson fantasy outlook makes him worth a start against the Baltimore Ravens.
Diontae Johnson fantasy outlook makes him worth a start against the Baltimore Ravens. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers travel to M&T Bank Stadium to take on the 5-1 Baltimore Ravens in what should be one of the marquee matchups of Week 8. Baltimore is currently a slim 3.5-point home favorite in this one, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you need some help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Steelers-Ravens AFC North showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: When Diontae Johnson has been on the field, he's undeniably been the Steelers' WR1. In his three full games, Johnson has drawn a whopping 38 targets. That's not just the highest on the team, that's more targets than any other player in the league saw during that time (Week 1, 2, 7). It's a tough matchup against Baltimore, but you can't leave that kind of volume on the bench. The one caveat here would be injuries, as he limped off the field at the end of Week 7, but most signs suggest he'll be a full go for Sunday.

Start Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson has been pretty underwhelming from a fantasy perspective this season. He's currently the QB15 on the year, and he's only the QB12 on a per-game basis. That's certainly not what fantasy managers were expecting. While it may be tempting to leave him on the bench this week given how tough the matchup is, don't overthink this. He's still put up 25.0 fantasy points in half of his starts this year, so his ceiling is as massive as ever. And with Mark Ingram likely to be sidelined, Jackson could be looking at a heavier rushing workload than usual.

Sit JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Diontae Johnson breakout has come at a cost, and JuJu Smith-Schuster has been the one paying the price. Prior to Week 7, JuJu was averaging just 5.6 targets for 4.6 receptions for 38.8 receiving yards per game. Essentially, the emergence of Chase Claypool and Johnson has turned JuJu into a possession receiver. And 5.6 targets per game is not enough to sustain a receiver with an average depth of target (aDOT) of 5.6. To be fair, he did explode for 85 yards on 9 catches and 14 targets last week. But he was still primarily working underneath. There's a chance JuJu has re-gained a bigger role, but we can't ignore six weeks of evidence that suggests otherwise – especially in a matchup with the No. 3 defense in DVOA.

Sit J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens: With Ingram sidelined, rookie running back J.K. Dobbins should theoretically be getting a significant boost in value. Unfortunately it's not that cut and dry. In fact, Dobbins has only seen 25 carries on the year, putting him well behind the team's actual second-string back Gus Edwards (48). He's also getting way less work than Jackson, who has 50 carries on the year. In a matchup against the No. 1 run defense by DVOA, Dobbins likely won't get enough work to be worth a start here.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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