In this Sunday-only version of fantasy football starts and sits, we’re going to take a look at some unlikeable items. As bye weeks continue and playoff dreams disintegrate, we’ve arrived at what I deem “the game-changer”. Most fantasy leagues still don’t start the playoffs for a few weeks. But in some leagues, like my preference, the playoffs begin in Week 11 and each matchup is two weeks long.
Now you may be thinking, what does that have to do with Week 8? The answer: trying to win by any chance to sneak your way into the postseason. If you’re on the cusp and stuck, this could be your meal ticket. We’re also going to omit the obvious choices this week as well. Any owner of Patrick Mahomes shouldn’t be questioning whether or not to start him against the Jets.
Tua Tagovailoa vs. LAR – Tua is getting his first career start for the Miami Dolphins and has an unfavorable matchup against the Rams. The Rams just trounced the Bears, which isn’t saying much, but the Dolphins don’t have the same kind of talent to put up a resistant fight. Tua Tagovailoa is a sneaky start here. He’s only owned in about 24% of ESPN leagues and could be in for one of those improbable breakout games. Sean McVay is a smart head coach. He won’t underestimate Tua’s abilities here. Where Tua can shine is in his ability to use his legs. If the Dolphins can create a plan where Tua can move freely and at-will, then he has a chance at being a productive fantasy quarterback. If you’re in need of quarterback play this week, take a gamble on Tua and hope the rest of your team is solid enough to keep you on the right side of the playoff fringe.
- Baker Mayfield vs. LV
- Matthew Stafford vs. IND
- Ryan Tannehill at CIN
Kirk Cousins at GB – I’m a bit of a hypocrite here because I’m personally starting him in one league and I have no other valid choices. Trust me, I’m not thrilled about it. Take my advice and hopefully you’ll succeed where I hope I don’t fail too hard. Kirk Cousins has been a mild salsa this season, to put in lightly. In today’s NFL, quarterbacks need to be molé sauce. The Vikings take on divisional opponent Green Bay for the second time this season. In the first game, Cousins threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 21 fantasy points in most leagues thanks to some rushing yards and a two-point conversion, but otherwise it was a lackluster performance.
- Drew Lock vs. LAC
- Jimmy Garoppolo at SEA
Wide Receiver/Running Back Starts
Travis Fulgham vs. DAL – This surprising new target for the Eagles has become a new favorite of Carson Wentz. In the four games he’s played this year, Fulgham has either:
- Five or more catches for over 70 yards
- Two catches and a touchdown
- Both (ten catches for 152 yards and one touchdown)
The Eagles take on the Cowboys defense, unfortunately on Sunday Night Football, and there’s nothing to make me think Fulgham should be benched. Deep league or not, this guy is legit.
- Diontae Johnson at BAL
- Darnell Mooney vs. NO
- Darrell Henderson at MIA
- JaMycal Hasty at SEA
Wide Receiver/Running Back Sits
LaMical Perine at KC – Regardless of being the featured running back and the bell cow, LaMical Perine isn’t worth starting against the Chiefs let alone rostering him. Perine’s only production came last week against the Bills with an average of 13.5 fantasy points. He ran 11 times for 40 yards and a score in addition to recording two receptions for 16 yards. The gist of it is: the New York Jets stink. They won’t be getting a whole lot of offense going anytime soon, especially against the defending champs.
- Joshua Kelley/Justin Jackson at DEN
- Le’Veon Bell vs. NYJ
- Amari Cooper at PHI
- T.Y. Hilton at DET
This speedy walkthrough of this week’s starts and sits comes to a conclusion with this:
Do not drop bye-week players for current starters just to get points on the board.
I fully understand that byes create holes and those holes create voids in fantasy points. This is not the time to drop players just to make a lineup work, considering we still have plenty of time left in the season. This is the time when tweaks and small moves can make a world of difference. You never know, you might just come out on top with a big risk-play like Tua! Good luck this week and tune in to the latest episode of the Fantasy Hour On Tap where we discussed these games in further detail.