2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
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Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit article.

The Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders are on bye this week, so make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup. If you are under .500 heading into Week 8, this week is a must-win for your team!

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

Now let's help you win your pivotal matchup this week!

2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Start

Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts (ECR QB14)

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I am just going to go ahead and say this from the start. It is never going to be pretty to watch when you start Carson Wentz as your quarterback in fantasy, but pending the matchup, he can get the job done.

Carson Wentz is currently QB17 through the first seven weeks of the season and has scored multiple touchdowns in all but two games, so he has a solid floor each week.

Wentz is also coming off a game in which the weather was awful, and he was still able to get the job done and score more than 20 fantasy points for the second time this season.

We all know Wentz's biggest issue coming into this season was protecting the ball, and so far he is doing a solid job of it.

He is currently on pace to throw for 27 touchdowns compared to only two interceptions, however, he has lost three fumbles.

The Matchup - Tennessee Titans

The first matchup against the Tennessee Titans didn't go over well for Wentz. Wentz only scored 7.8 fantasy points in that contest which is the low mark for him on the season.

However the Titans are very vulnerable through the air, they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, and have allowed 2.3 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks which rank the third highest.

If you are missing Lamar Jackson or Derek Carr this week, Wentz is a solid substitute and should return you QB1 value.

Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks (ECR RB28)

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Since Chris Carson went down with an injury in Week 4, Alex Collins has done a solid job taking his place. Collins has received double-digit carries in each of those games.

He even saw 20 carries in a tough matchup against the Steelers in Week 6 where he ran for over 100 yards and found the endzone.

Last week against a very tough New Orleans Saints defense, Collins was only able to muster 35 yards on 16 carries. Which was Collins worst game since taking over the starting running back role in the offense with 4.9 fantasy points.

Former first-round pick Rashaad Penny returned to action after being out with an injury and saw 20 snaps compared to Collins 22, with Collins dealing with a hip injury.

With how much Seattle wants to lean on the running game with Geno Smith at the helm, Collins should still be able to produce RB2 numbers.

The Matchup - Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence gets his first taste of the 12th man as Jacksonville travels to Seattle. Seattle is going to want to control this game on the ground, and keep the tempo slow so Lawrence cant get comfortable which bodes well for the Seattle running backs.

The Jaguars have allowed the third-most yards and the fourth-most touchdowns to opposing running backs. Collins is a touchdown-dependent RB2 and there is a very good chance he finds the endzone this week.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (ECR WR24)

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Tee Higgins has disappointed his fantasy managers since coming back from injury in Week 5. Higgins has scored under 10 fantasy points in all three of those games.

It's pretty safe to say that Jamar Chase is the alpha in this offense considering he is WR2 on the season only behind Cooper Kupp and averaging 15.9 fantasy points per game.

However, in last week's game against the Baltimore Ravens, Higgins saw a team-high 15 targets and is still seeing a 29% target share in the offense.

Unfortunately, Higgins was only able to catch seven of those targets for 62 yards. But seeing all those targets are a great sign for things to come for Higgins in this offense, and you'd like to think that a touchdown should be coming his way very soon, and could be as soon as this week.

The Matchup - New York Jets

The Cincinnati Bengals travel to New York to take on the Zach Wilsonless Jets who are coming off their worst loss of the season against the New England Patriots 54-3.

To keep it simple, the Jets defense is just very bad, and the Bengals will be able to take advantage of that. The Jets have allowed the 9th most yards to opposing wide receivers this season.

I expect Higgings to have a solid day in this matchup.

Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Washington Football Team (ECR TE12)

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Since Logan Thomas went down with an injury in Week 3 Ricky Seals-Jones has played for 92% of Washington's snaps. Washington seems comfortable in plugging RSJ into the Logan Thomas role and you should too.

Ricky Seals-Jones has seen at least four targets in each of his starts, and 22 targets in his last three games which rank sixth in the NFL at that position during that time span.

If you don't have a top-tier tight end, there is no reason why RSJ shouldn't have been in your lineup the past few weeks, and the next few weeks as long as Logan Thomas is out. He is the number two pass-catcher on the Washington Football team only behind Terry Mclaurin.

The Matchup

The Matchup against the Denver Broncos seems like a tough matchup, with their defense having a strong reputation, but that isn't really the case as it pertains to tight ends.

The Broncos are susceptible against tight ends allowing the seventh-most yards and the 10th most receptions to tight ends in the NFL. Throw RSJ in your lineups this week and you should feel comfortable about it.


Sit

Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR QB6)

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I know you just read Jalen Hurts and thought this guy who wrote this article is crazy because of the fact that he is currently QB2 on the season, only behind Tom Brady.

The numbers by just looking at the box score are very solid, he is currently completing over 60% of his passes and has thrown 10 touchdowns compared to only four interceptions.

Hurts has yet to disappoint this fantasy season, scoring at least 20 fantasy points in every week of the season.

It hasn't always looked pretty from a football perspective and most points have come from garbage time, but for fantasy football, he is great because of the rushing floor he possesses.

Hurts has rushed for at least 30 yards in every game this season. However, rumors are starting to swirl that if the Eagles don't start winning, we could see Gardner Minshew take his job.

The Matchup - Detroit Lions

I know that the matchup looks great on paper, going up against the winless Detroit Lions. The Lions have played some solid teams pretty tough this season, and I don't think we can say the Eagles are a good team.

My biggest thought on this is that Jalen Hurts is the king of garbage time, and are we going to ever see garbage time this game?

The Lions have also only allowed 160 rushing yards to quarterbacks this season which is tied for the best in the NFL. This may be the first-week Hurts underwhelms for fantasy purposes.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos (ECR RB28)

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Melvin Gordon started out the season very solid by scoring more than 14 fantasy points in two out of the first three weeks.

However, since then he has scored double-digit fantasy points just one time, and that was last week when he finally found the endzone.

Gordon just really isn't getting enough carries to get cooking, he's only seen double-digit carries in one game since Week 3.

This backfield started out the season as a 50/50 split between Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams, and nothing has really changed so far.

Gordon played eight more snaps than Williams last week, however, Williams outscored him, and frankly looked better.

The Broncos also drew up some plays to get Williams the ball out of the backfield as well. Gordon isn't really involved in the passing game a whole lot, only seeing four targets one time. I'd much rather roster Williams over Gordon moving forward.

The Matchup - Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team defense has been very bad this season, which is a big surprise considering they were most likely a top-five D/ST for fantasy football heading into the season.

However, they have slowed down opposing running backs down allowing the 24th fewest yards to the position.

They have also only allowed eight touchdowns to running backs which is second-best in the NFL. With Gordon being really touchdown-dependent, I don't want to play him this week.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (ECR WR36)

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Jakobi Meyers is the number one option in the Patriots passing game, unfortunately, he doesn't score touchdowns, like ever.

Through a season and a half, Meyers is still waiting to score his first career touchdown. We have been also waiting since you have probably been starting him since week 3-4 when he saw 12 and 14 targets in those games for 13, and 24 fantasy points

Unfortunately, the last three weeks have been a disappointment. Meyers has caught at least four balls in each game but hasn't scored more than 8.9 fantasy points.

Unfortunately, we have seen that Meyers ceiling is very low only being a short and intermediate pass-catcher. Meyers ranks as WR37 in half PPR formats. and I can't see him going much higher than that unless the touchdowns come.

The Matchup - Los Angelos Chargers

The Chargers are a very solid football team but have been beaten up on the ground this season. They have allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

But they have been stingy against opposing wide receivers, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to that position. Bill Bellichek is going to try and keep the Chargers' offense off the field, by grinding it out on the ground. I don't see much volume for Meyers this week.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles ( ECR TE3)

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Just to start things off here, I believe that Goedert being ranked as a top-three tight end this week is a little wild.

I get it that Mark Andrews and Darren Waller are both on bye this week, but Goedert just isn't seeing the targets that I want to see from a top-three tight end.

Goedert hasn't seen more than five targets in any game this season.

Goedert is currently TE13 on the season but is now free with Zach Ertz now a member of the Arizona Cardinals.

But With Ertz gone last week, Goedert still only had three receptions for 70 yards for 10.5 fantasy points.

You'd like to think that better days are ahead for Goedert, but to have him as TE3 in consensus rankings, I cant quite get there.

The Matchup - Detroit Lions

We talked about this matchup above when we talked about Jalen Hurts. It's not an awful matchup against the Detroit Lions.

The Lions defense doesn't do a lot of things well but they do slow down opposing tight ends. They have given up the eighth fewest fantasy points to the tight end position this season, along with the fifth-fewest yards in the NFL to the position.

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I don't think that you should necessarily be sitting Goedert this week, just because of the tight-end landscape. But we might want to temper our expectations for him this week.

I would start TJ Hockenson and Mike Gesicki over Goedert this week.

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