Week 8 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Larry Rupp
Week 8 start 'em, sit 'em advice for fantasy football, including Kirk Cousins, Damien Harris and Courtland Sutton.
Week 8 start 'em, sit 'em advice for fantasy football, including Kirk Cousins, Damien Harris and Courtland Sutton. / Jim McIsaac/GettyImages

Whether you're off to a hot start to your fantasy football season or you're already looking at an uphill battle for a playoff spot, your season is still alive in Week 7. That makes every fantasy football start and sit decision crucial.

With that in mind, here are The Duel's Week 8 start 'em, sit 'em picks for fantasy football.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 Quarterbacks

Start Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (vs DAL): Sunday Night Football is expected to be a shootout and is tied for the highest over/under on the schedule this week set at 52.5 points. That boosts quarterback Kirk Cousins' fantasy value in a favorable matchup. The Cowboys are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs to go along with 11.8 yards per completion (No. 26 in NFL). Cousins has thrown for over 300 yards or 3 touchdowns in four of his six games played in 2021. His consistency gives fantasy managers no reason no to trust him in primetime. Cousins has a shot to ball out under the bright lights.

Sit Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins (at BUF): Tua Tagolvailoa has played well in his first two games back from an injury posting a top-10 fantasy quarterback performance in both contests. However, this is a nightmare matchup for the second-year pro. Buffalo has been dominant on defense this season and is giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs so far. In fact, the Bills have posted the best total defense DVOA rating in the NFL and are allowing a league-low 180.5 passing yards per game. Tagovailoa is a reliable QB2 moving forward, but he is not worth a start this week.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 Running Backs

Start Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots (at LAC): There may not be a hotter running back in the NFL than New England's Damien Harris. The powerful ball-carrier has posted back-to-back 100-plus yard games and has scored 3 touchdowns during that span. He draws a great matchup in Week 8 going up against a Chargers' defense that is giving up a league-high 5.4 yards per rush attempt. This is a team that has posted the worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL and should give Harris a ton of opportunities to break into the second level. Everything lines up for Harris to have another big game on Sunday.

Sit Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons (vs CAR): Atlanta started the season using a two-headed approach in the backfield, but it is now turning into the Cordarelle Patterson show. That is not good news for running back Mike Davis. The veteran playmaker saw a season-low 4 carries in Week 7 and was not targeted at all in the passing game for the first time this season. He is seemingly being phased out and now has to face one of the best rushing defense in the NFL. Overall, the Panthers are giving up the fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. Keeping Davis on the bench is the best move for now.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 Wide Receivers

Start Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (vs WSH): Wide receiver Courtland Sutton has emerged as a respectable WR2 in fantasy football this season. He currently ranks as the WR17 in PPR scoring leagues and should be able to keep his momentum going this week. Washington has failed to stop anyone on offense and is allowing the second-most PPR fantasy points to opposing wideouts. The Broncos should be in the red zone a lot in Week 8 and it's worth pointing out that Sutton leads all Denver pass-catchers with 7 targets in that area of the field this season. Start the 26-year-old with confidence this week.

Start Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (at NYJ): Facing the New York Jets may seem like a perfect matchup for wide receiver Tyler Boyd. However, this is a defense that has been sneaky good at defending the pass and has allowed an opposing wideout to score a touchdown just three times this season (T-No. 2 in NFL). With the possibility of a blowout looming, the Bengals will likely lean on running back Joe Mixon to carry the load in this one. Boyd is the No. 3 option in this Cincinnati passing attack behind Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. His lack of upside makes him a sit candidate in Week 8.

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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.