Week 8 Starts and Sits
A handy guide on who to start and sit in Week 8 of Fantasy Football.
Start: Kyler Murray – Arizona
Against the defense that gives up the eighth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, Kyler Murray is primed for a big day. While the touchdowns have not come as quickly and easily as Arizona fans hoped for Murray, the New Orleans defense has given up ten passing touchdowns this season. The yards have been there for Murray, with a few exceptions like last week, but the next step in fantasy for the rookie is to get touchdowns. While rookies are generally up and down in fantasy production, this a week that Kyler Murray could really excel.
Sit: Baker Mayfield – Cleveland
Mayfield plays a New England defense that makes quarterbacks think that there 30 defenders out there. Mayfield, a quarterback with 11 interceptions this year, is playing a defense that has picked off 18 passes this season. Nothing more needs to be said, sit Mayfield so that he cannot hurt your team this week.
Start: Ty Johnson – Detroit
With Kerryon Johnson going down, the Lions run game is a mystery. The guy who looks in line to get the first chance at being the lead back is Ty Johnson. With Detroit facing a bottom-ten run defense in the Giants, the Lions should have ample opportunity to figure their run game out this week. J.D. McKissic might very well take over the reins of the running game from Ty Johnson, but as of now, he looks to be more of the pass-catching gadget back. The Giants defense has not allowed a receiving TD to a running back this season, so McKissic may not be too fantasy relevant this week.
If you are looking for a streaming option at running back this week, then do not look to Tampa Bay. Their opponent, Tennessee, has been a middle-of-the-road run defense this season. However, Tampa Bay does not seem to be committed to run the game, as they have 155 rushes this season compared to 220 passes, so confidence in the Tampa Bay running backs this week looks to be misplaced.
Start: D.K Metcalf – Seattle
Atlanta is awful in pretty much any defensive metric. They allow the second-most receiving yards in the NFL. Furthermore, the Falcons have allowed ten receiving TDs this season, good for second-most. Metcalf is a common red zone target for the Seahawks ever since Will Dissly went down. D.K Metcalf has yet to break 100 receiving yards on the season, and Seattle will run a fair amount after they get up early so this might not be the game he crosses that threshold. However, he should put up fantasy points this week based on the fact that he will have the opportunity to score and get catches.
Sit: T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis
Hilton may not be the best play this week against the Broncos defense. Denver ranks as the third toughest defense so far against receivers, right behind New England and San Francisco. When you couple that with the fact that Indy is committed to having a balanced offense (185 rushes on the season and 207 passes), the fantasy outlook for Hilton this week is not too favorable.
Start: Gerald Everett – Los Angeles Rams
Everett is no secret anymore since he is rostered in 73% of ESPN leagues, but he still is not getting the fantasy respect that he should be getting. He is averaging more than eight targets the past three games, and with a matchup against a Cincinnati team that has struggled mightily this year, Everett should flourish this week versus the Bengals.
Sit: Zach Ertz – Philadelphia
Buffalo is one of three teams this season to not give up a touchdown to a tight end. In fact, they have given up the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season. With only one touchdown and no game more than 72 receiving yards on the year, Ertz might really struggle in this game. It may be difficult not to play Ertz if he is on your team, but if you do, then do not expect his breakout game to come week eight.
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