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2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Many of the Week 7 games had low score totals and overall it was an uneventful NFL week and Fantasy Football Week. Week 8 is a rather heavy week for teams on bye, as owners will be without Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette, Larry Fitzgerald, and DeMarco Murray to name a few. This makes lineup decisions that much harder. So, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit preview.

You can also use the Start-Sit tool and check out our Week 8 Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

Starts

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs San Francisco 49ers

Carson Wentz has been spectacular in both real and Fantasy Football his sophomore year. He is currently the overall QB4 and is averaging over 19 Fantasy points per game.

Up next he gets a 49ers defense that allows the second-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz is an easy must-start in Week 8 against an exploitable match-up.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Philadelphia Eagles vs San Francisco 49ers

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Sticking with the Eagles and taking advantage of a vulnerable run defense that allows the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, Blount makes for a solid start in Week 8. Blount has been impressive from Week 3 to Week 6, averaging over 6 yards per carry. Blount struggled against the Redskins, but even with Wendell Smallwood back, Blount still received 14 carries and multiple goal-line attempts.

The crazy thing is, he has only found the end zone once in that time span, a characteristic that has made him fantasy relevant over the years. Playing against a terrible run defense, expect Blount to finally find the end zone in a cake match-up and have a bounce-back week.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

The rollercoaster continues for the Broncos offense and Demaryius Thomas. Thomas recorded only two catches for 9 yards in Week 7 after a game in which he caught 10 balls for 133 yards.

Now, Thomas goes up against the Chiefs who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. In a get right game, Thomas should see plenty of work to make him worthy of start consideration.

Start of the Week: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Benjamin, minus Weeks 1 and 3, has provided a relatively safe floor in Fantasy this year. The normal red zone dominance seen from Benjamin in the past just hasn’t been there this year, as he has only one touchdown through seven games.

Up next, Benjamin goes up against the Buccaneers and their shaky pass defense that allows the second-most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. After losing to the Bears, expect the Panthers to come out aggressively and for Benjamin to find the end zone at least once in Week 8. Start him with confidence in an exploitable match-up.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

Witten now has four games with over 50 yards and three with a touchdown in 2017. He is becoming more and more of a safety outlet for Dak Prescott in the passing game.

Now, Witten gets a matchup against the Redskins who allow the third most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Josh Norman and the Redskins will look to shut down Dez Bryant, so look for Prescott to rely more heavily on Witten, making Witten a must-start tight end in Week 8.

Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers vs NE; Joe Mixon vs IND; Keenan Allen vs NE; Kyle Rudolph vs CLE

Sits

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Stafford started the year off hot with a 26 Fantasy point performance, but has since cooled off with 15 points or less in every match-up since.

Coming off a bye week, the Lions now go up against the Steelers who allow the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as their solid pass defense has been able to shut down opposing passing attacks. Expect Stafford to struggle and look elsewhere at the quarterback position for Week 8.

Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns vs Minnesota Vikings

Crowell has continued to struggle after being touted as one of the potential break-out Fantasy running backs for this season. He has failed to rush for over 60 yards and has rushed for fewer than 40 yards on four occasions. He has also not yet found the end zone.

Up next Crowell gets the Vikings defense that allows the second-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Don’t expect Crowell to turn things around this week and keep him on your virtual benches.

Sit of the Week: Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins

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Dez has struggled against tough match-ups this year, and this is all about the match-up. The Redskins have allowed the fourth-fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year. But there is a bigger problem lurking for Dez, and his name is Josh Norman. The Cowboys’ wide receiver and the Redskins’ cornerback have a history of bad blood and battling it out on the field.

This history, however, is not written in Dez’s favor. Norman has shut Dez down. On 12 career targets against Josh Norman, Dez has just four catches for 38 yards. Over the past three games against Norman, Dez had one catch for six yards, zero catches, and three catches for 32 yards, respectively. He also has zero touchdowns against Norman.

Maybe this is the game where Dez finally gets the better of Norman, but all signs point to more of the same result. Dallas will move Dez around so that he doesn’t see Norman on every play, meaning Dez’s Fantasy numbers won’t be terrible, but don’t expect WR1 or even WR2 numbers from Dez in a tough match-up.

It is worth monitoring Norman’s health as he has missed a few games this season. If Norman were to miss Week 8, owners could certainly feel more comfortable starting him.

Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans vs Seattle Seahawks

Since returning to action in Week 4, Fuller has been on fire with 15, 17, and 12 Non-PPR Fantasy points in each of his games respectively. The problem is that Fuller has been amazingly touchdown efficient scoring five touchdowns in three games on only seven receptions. That’s right, he has scored on over 70 percent of his receptions.

Up next Fuller has a match-up against the Seahawks who allow the fifth fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With a tough match-up and an unmaintainable touchdown pace, expect some regression sooner rather than later and avoid Fuller in Week 8.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

Doyle hasn’t been what owners had hoped for, without Andrew Luck under center. And, it appears Luck won’t be returning anytime soon and will miss Week 8. The Colts go up against the Bengals who have allowed the fourth fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Sit Doyle with confidence.

Honorable Mention: Deshaun Watson vs SEA; Kareem Hunt vs DEN; Tyreek Hill vs DEN; Zach Ertz vs SF


Check out the rest of our 2017 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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