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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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As we round the corner on the second half of the fantasy season, it becomes do or die time for our fantasy teams. This is the point in the season where all the trends become clear, and short of an injury we know what our teams are capable of. And hopefully, the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit can help.

Hopefully the injury bug hasn’t bitten too hard this season and you’re making a playoff run. And if you’re out, there is always the joy of ruining someone else’s chances of making it.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

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The formula isn’t that hard: start people who play Dallas.

As far as we can see the Cowboys have given up entirely. Whether it be nobody reacting to the borderline assassination attempt against Andy Dalton or the trade deadline fire sale of their more high priced defensive players, they don’t seem to be concerned with subtlety.

While that may suck for America’s Team, fantasy players should rejoice. Carson Wentz and the injury-plagued Eagles finally have a matchup as devastated by depth issues as they are. Wentz and the B-team should without a doubt put up big points this week and every Eagles player is worth considering.

But seeing as how every few weeks a new player we never expected leads the team in receiving yards, the only safe bet here is Wentz.

Honorable Mentions: Derek Carr vs. the Browns, Joe Burrow vs the Titans

Devin Singletary/Zach Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills

The Patriots just gave up almost 200 rushing yards last week. In what has been a season of struggles, the Pats defense has taken a surprising turn for the worse.

Now the Bills aren’t quite as effective as the 49ers are at rushing the ball. But with the recent struggles of efficiency with Josh Allen, the smart move would be to take advantage of the defensive weakness.

Recently Zach Moss has emerged as a threat to the RB1 status of Devin Singletary, and both haven’t had enough volume to be particularly relevant. But both have high end RB3 potential this week and are just one big run or TD away from top 15 production at the position.

Honorable Mentions: Le’Veon Bell vs. the Jets (revenge game!)

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

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In what has been a quietly consistent couple of weeks Agholor seems to have learned how to catch passes. His days of notoriety for dropping balls in Philadelphia, seem to just be memories now.

With 40+ yards and a TD in three straight games, including a team-leading (tied with Darren Waller) nine targets last week, he seems to have found his groove in this system. It’s not to say that he is a must start by any means, but if you’re desperate at the position he’s as good of an option as anybody on the waiver wire.

The only real threat to his production would be Henry Ruggs having a big day. But Ruggs has only exceeded 3 targets just once this season. With enough anticipated volume to support Waller and a bad enough defense to require a shootout, Agholor should have more than enough opportunity to continue producing.

Honorable Mentions: Corey Davis vs. the Bengals, Travis Fulgham vs. the Cowboys, All of the Bengals vs. the Titans

Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts

If you frequent this site, you may have read my take on the Colts tight ends trending down until one separated himself from the pack. Trey Burton did that immediately, scoring two touchdowns against the Bengals.

Being the tight end in a Phillip Rivers offense has its perks. Rivers has historically relied heavily on the position, leading to consistent although somewhat limited production.

With injuries and uncertainty at the wide receiver position, the Colts will need at least one of their tight ends to step up. Fantasy players can bank on top 10 potential if he can find the end zone.

Honorable Mention: Jared Cook vs the Bears, Richard Rodgers vs. the Cowboys

Sits

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers seem like one of the best teams in the league so far this season. They play the same dominant defense as always, but Ben has new and dominant weapons.

However, this Ravens defense is no joke. The Steelers are likely to win, but the scores should remain low.

Ben’s upside remains limited and with lower expectations, the usually dependable starter is best left on the bench this week if there is a better alternative.

Honorable Mention: Nick Foles vs. the Saints

J.K. Dobbins/Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have played one good defense so far this year (the Chiefs) and it was a truly terrible performance. With the Steelers vicious defensive front we can expect a better, but still bad performance this time around.

The Steelers’ ability to stop tight ends, in particular, has me concerned about this matchup. Without depending on one of their top playmakers in Mark Andrews, the offense seems likely to struggle.

Lamar Jackson is also a notorious goal-line TD vulture further capping their upside.

Honorable Mention: Justin Jackson vs. the Broncos, whoever starts for Seattle vs the 49ers

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

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The Dolphins are once again a team in transition. However you feel about Ryan Fitzpatrick being benched, one thing is for sure: there is once again uncertainty.

So far this season Parker has been a somewhat dependable flex player. While he hasn’t been blowing us away at any particular time, he has been consistent. That is likely to change this week.

Parker may or may not find himself at the top of the reshuffled pecking order as the season shakes out. But against Jalen Ramsey, it is a big risk to start him.

Honorable mention: Mecole Hardman vs. the Jets, Tre’Quan Smith vs the bears

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

The Bucs are an offensive powerhouse. But their defense might actually be their biggest strength. Daniel Jones will likely be pressured consistently and throwing into tight windows, a bad combination for a generally low scoring offense.

In addition to the bad matchup, Engram hasn’t even been living up to our lower standards for the position. His availability hasn’t been affected by injuries and yet his production per game is at an all-time low.

Engram no doubt will have brighter days ahead, but for the time being, don’t expect a big game this week.



Honorable mentions: Eric Ebron vs the Ravens, Mike Gesicki vs the Rams


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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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