Week 8 Fantasy Football Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for New York Jets vs Kansas City Chiefs

Larry Rupp
Clyde Edwards-Helaire's consistent volume and production makes him a great start in Week 8.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire's consistent volume and production makes him a great start in Week 8. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images
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The New York Jets (0-7) head to Arrowhead Stadium in search of their first win of the season as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) in Week 8 NFL action. The Chiefs are 19.5-point home favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, in what is the largest spread of the week.

If you need help with your lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the Week 8 Jets-Chiefs showdown.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets: Crowder is currently dealing with a soft-tissue injury that caused him to miss the Jets' Week 7 game. However, if he is active, he remains a must-start player in fantasy football, and really the only Jet you'd want in your lineup. In every game Crowder has played this year, he has seen at least 10 targets and caught at least 7 passes. He has racked up over 100 yards in three of the four games and has proven to be one of Sam Darnold's favorite targets. There isn't much to like about the Jets offense, but Crowder remains a lone bright spot on the team. Crowder should see a lot of work out of the slot receiver position as the Jets try to keep up with the mighty Chiefs' offense.

Start Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Le'Veon Bell's workload may continue to increase as the season moves on, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire should remain a starter in fantasy football until he proves otherwise. Edwards-Helaire has been one of the most consistent running backs in fantasy as he has produced at least 11 PPR points in every week so far. Outside of Alvin Kamara, Edwards-Helaire has the most scrimmage yards among running backs and now faces a Jets defense that is giving up 125.6 rushing yards per game this season (No. 20 in the NFL). Edwards-Helaire should have no problem producing double-digit fantasy points again this week.

Sit Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets: Darnold is coming off of a Week 7 loss where he only threw for 120 yards and no touchdowns. It doesn't seem like things will get better as he now faces a Chiefs' defense that is giving up just 211.7 passing yards per game so far this season (No. 4 in the NFL). Darnold only has 4 total touchdowns on the season and doesn't bring a lot of upside in fantasy football being stuck in a dismal Jets' offense. Darnold may seem like an option for fantasy managers dealing with quarterback injuries or bye weeks, but it is best to stay away and go with almost anyone else this week.

Sit Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: While it is tough to find players on the Chief's offense worth sitting in fantasy football, Hardman sticks out as a candidate. The weekly FLEX option has caught just 4 passes over the past three games and has scored only 2 touchdowns all season. Hardman's big-play factor makes him a boom-or-bust fantasy player every week and he has been a bust for a little while now. It is best to leave Hardman on your bench until he can prove he is still a vital part of this Chiefs' passing attack. This matchup against the Jets may be the perfect opportunity to do just that as they are giving up 7.6 yards per pass attempt (No. 26 in the NFL), but it's simply too risky to start him.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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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