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

Jason Schandl
Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions
Minnesota Vikings v Detroit Lions / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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Bye weeks keep rolling on, but we're back to having just two teams (the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens) getting the week off.

Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 2019

Those teams are loaded with fantasy options though, and that can force your hand with some tough fantasy football lineup decisions. Having limited options makes it especially important that you get it right in the spots you do have to decide on in Week 8.

Who Do I Start in Fantasy Football?

If you need some help with your Week 8 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 8 Quarterbacks

Start Matt Stafford (DET vs NYG): Matt Stafford is quietly tied for seventh at the quarterback position with 19.7 fantasy points per game this season, and he's coming off a huge four-TD game in a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Still, he's being started in under 50 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues in Week 8, despite drawing a terrific matchup against the New York Giants, who have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position in 2019.

Sit Carson Wentz (PHI at BUF): Carson Wentz isn't far behind Stafford, at 12th in fantasy points per game. His matchup is on the opposite end of the spectrum though. The Buffalo Bills have limited opponents to the third-fewest adjusted yards per pass attempt, as well as the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game for QBs.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 Running Backs

Start Matt Breida (SF vs CAR): Missing some of last week's game with a concussion scare, Matt Breida only saw nine touches against the Washington Redskins. He's good to go for this week though, and we can expect his workload to bounce back closer to the 15.5 touches per game he averaged in his first two games with Tevin Coleman back. The Carolina Panthers rank a lowly 30th in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings, and Breida shouldn't have much trouble turning his volume into fantasy production this week.

Sit Miles Sanders (PHI at BUF): Miles Sanders actually played his highest snap share of the season in Week 7, but he still only touched the ball nine times. He has more games with fewer than five fantasy points than with at least 10, and the Bills represent the start of a stretch of terrible matchups for the rookie. Beyond just sitting him, you can consider Sanders a player to drop in Week 8.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8 Wide Receivers

Start Kenny Stills (HOU vs OAK): With Will Fuller expected to miss a few weeks due to a hamstring injury, Kenny Still is set to fill in as the Houston Texans' field-stretching WR. Stills saw five targets in relief of Fuller last week, catching four of them for 105 yards. He'll be a volatile play, but with a 13.2-yard average depth of target, his big-play ability gives him huge fantasy upside. That's especially true this week against the Oakland Raiders, who are allowing the NFL's second-most adjusted passing yards per attempt. The Raiders are also one of only four teams allowing opponents to throw with an average depth of target over 10 yards. Stills sits at WR35 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Sit D.J. Moore (CAR at SF): The San Francisco 49ers have been an absolute nightmare matchup for wide receivers, giving up bottom-five fantasy numbers to the position while holding opponents to just 133.5 passing yards per game (fewest in the NFL). DJ. Moore's long-term appeal is still fine thanks to an average of 8.2 targets per game in 2019, but you'll want to avoid playing him in this matchup.


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