Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks
By Max Staley
Arguably the marquee matchup on the Week 8 slate, the San Francisco 49ers will look to keep their win streak going in a crucial matchup with the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is currently a slim 3-point home favorite in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
If you're looking for help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the 49ers-Seahawks Week 8 matchup.
Who Should I Start Fantasy Football
Start Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Aiyuk was our top waiver wire pickup of Week 8, and he should start paying dividends right away. Seattle is surrendering a league-high 368.7 passing yards per game right now. As a result, no team allows more PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers than the Seahawks' 60.2. For reference, no one else is surrendering even 49.0. Set for a huge uptick in volume with Deebo Samuel on the shelf, Aiyuk could be in for a week-winning outing.
Start Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Chris Carson is set to miss Week 8 (and potentially beyond). His absence leaves a huge void in the Seahawks' backfield. Filling in for Carson in Week 7, Carlos Hyde turned 15 carries into 68 rushing yards and a touchdown. However, Hyde is apparently dealing with an injury of his own. If he's good to go he should be in the RB2 conversation. But if he can't suit up, DeeJay Dallas would be the last man standing at RB, as Travis Homer is also banged up. Dallas would be a decent FLEX option if Hyde can't go.
Sit Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Jerick McKinnon looked poised to handle a big workload once Raheem Mostert went down, but he's been buried behind a slew of running backs. He was clearly running behind Jeff Wilson (17 carries, 112 yards and 3 TDs) before he exited Week 7 with an injury. JaMychal Hasty (9 carries for 57 yards) also saw more work than McKinnon (3 carries for -1 yards). With Tevin Coleman likely returning, it's tough to see McKinnon getting much action.
Sit Greg Olsen, TE, Seattle Seahawks: Greg Olsen caught a touchdown last week, but it doesn't seem like that's a sign of things to come. He has only topped 35 receiving yards once this season, and that came against the Dallas Cowboys, who are letting just about anyone put up big numbers. It's tempting to try to find the No. 3 target in Seattle's high-flying offense, but Olsen isn't the answer, at least from a fantasy perspective.
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