2018 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

by Alex Hamrick
2018 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

Let me go on a Matthew Berry-esque rant. However, let this also be a public service announcement to the Fantasy Football community to get rid of Kickers and Defenses. So, last week I went up against two of the higher scoring defenses (Texans) and kickers (Butker) in my main league of record. They scored 21 and 18 points respectively. I lost by four points. It was a horrible loss, so this week I decided to plan better in the defense and kicker department. I did well with the Colts defense, but my kicker decision cost me a guaranteed win without worrying about Monday Night Football.

The weather conditions for the Vikings game had winds reported at over 20 MPH. So, to avoid windy conditions with my kicker, Dan Bailey, I dropped him right before kickoff in favor of Adam Vinatieri. The legendary Adam Vinatieri. Well, wind did not hinder Baileyas he scored 13 Fantasy points, while Vinatieri only scored 5. As of writing this, I am down by five Non-PPR Fantasy points going into Monday Night Football, with only Engram to play. This kicking change cost me a guaranteed win on Sunday. Ban Kickers and Defenses.

With that being said, this article will focus on start and sit recommendations for the main Fantasy skill positions.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After having Dalton listed as a start last week in a great match-up against the Chiefs, he was completely shut down and disappointed those who started him. So, let’s try this again. Dalton gets another juicy match-up this week against the Buccaneers who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Expect a bounce back week and fire up the red rifle.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

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The 2018 Fantasy running back rule is to start your running backs against the Cardinals. Mostert has basically come out of nowhere and has back-to-back games with over 70 total yards. Breida continues to go down with injury each week and the 49ers have said that they plan on evaluating Breida’s health more closely after he missed most of the game in Week 7 after reinjuring his ankle. Mostert should see the majority of the looks in a match-up against the Cardinals. Start him this week.

Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago Bears vs New York Jets

After two games in a row with over 100 yards, Gabriel was shut down against the Patriots in Week 7. Don’t let this down performance discourage you as he gets a match-up this week against the Jets who allow over 28 Fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers. Go ahead and flex him this week.

Ben Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings

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Watson scored a touchdown in Week 7 and was used by Brees in the red zone. This is more about the match-up and the lack of choices at the tight end position. The Vikings have allowed nearly 10 Fantasy PPG to opposing tight ends. I’ll take my chances with a high-powered offense in a revenge game for the Saints.


Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions vs Seattle Seahawks

With back to back games with 16 or fewer Fantasy points, Stafford has had a rather mediocre Fantasy season thus far. Things won’t get much better this week against the Seahawks how have been strong against the pass, allowing the fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Seahawks like to slow the game down with the run, so don’t expect Stafford to get his typical volume in the passing game. Sit him this week.

T.J. Yeldon/Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Philadelphia Eagles

The biggest trade of the season, as of writing this, was the Jaguars’ acquisition of Carlos Hyde. This certainly speaks to the health of Leonard Fournette, but Yeldon owners will be hurt by this, as Carlos Hyde with force a committee at the very least. Both Hyde and Yeldon owners should bench these guys until they can determine how this backfield is going to shake out. Additionally, the Eagles allow the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. All reasons to sit these guys in Week 8.

Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills

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Hogan has actually been pretty solid the past two weeks with 63 and 78 receiving yards. However, with the emergence of Josh Gordon, the continued return of Edelman, James White’s usage, and Gronk expected back, Hogan will be the fourth option at best. Plus, he goes up against the Bills who are solid against the pass. Sit Hogan this week.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings vs New Orleans Saints

On the other side of the ball for the tight end position, Rudolph has failed to score more than five Non-PPR Fantasy points in four straight games. The Saints have allowed the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends and owners should sit Rudolph this week.

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