2022 Fantasy Football 8 Start/Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2023 Fantasy Football Start-Sit

Welcome Fantasy nerds! It is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start/Sit article.

In the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start/Sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. 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 disagree with.

Last week we had a crazy week with the Panthers upsetting the Bucs, and the Bears upsetting the Patriots. This week probably won't be any different, with more Bye weeks. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers are on Bye, so make sure to pull Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert out of your lineups!

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start/Sit

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Start

Andy Dalton, QB, New Orleans Saints (ECR QB25)

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I have been downright bad at recommending quarterbacks to start the last few weeks as I have swung and missed on Geno Smith and Matt Ryan. But I believe Andy Dalton is the man to break the run! I know, it's tough to do that after he is coming off a game in which he threw three interceptions and two ended up being pick-sixes.

But with Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert, you may not have a choice but to start Dalton. Dalton still scored a whopping 29.5 fantasy points last week because he threw four touchdowns as well. It was the volume that carried Dalton last week after they were down most of that game, and I think he might find himself in a similar situation this week.

The Matchup

The matchup for Dalton and the Saints is the Las Vegas Raiders whose defense has struggled at times this season. The Raiders are allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Davis Mills just finished as QB6 against them last week. That's the main reason I am on Dalton this week, great matchup.

Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills (ECR RB21)

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This honestly shocked me that Devin Singletary, in this high-powered offense is only RB23 this week. To make things even better, this is Singletary's backfield. In Week 5 Singletary led all backs in snaps with 30, the next closest was Zack Moss with 16. Then you go to Week 6 against Kansas City and he led running back snaps 63 to James Cook's ten snaps.

To me, with Singletary getting that many snaps in a big game like that, that says he is the only back that the Bills trust, and I love that. It's not often we see a running back get 90% of the snaps in an offense, especially in an offense as good as the Buffalo Bills.

The Matchup

The Buffalo Bills are taking on the struggling Green Bay Packers one week after their bye, That is bad bad news for the Packers. This game could be close, I have a hard time seeing the Packers falling to 3-5, but I think they will. They are also allowing the ninth most points to opposing running backs this season, which seems to be a trend over the past few years. Find a way to get Singletary in your lineups this week.

Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (ECR WR44)

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Rondale Moore was pretty much non-existent last week just seeing two targets after he had seen at least eight targets in his previous two games. That had to do a lot with Marquise Brown and Robbie Anderson not being up to speed with the offense yet.

Moore had to move outside for that game, as Greg Dortch lined up in the slot and that is just not where Moore excels. Rondale Moore excels in the slot, and with Robbie Anderson getting a full week of practice in, I expect Moore to move back inside to his natural slot position in three wide receiver sets.

The Matchup

The Cardinals will be taking on the Minnesota Vikings defense which hasn't been great this season. They are middle of the road against opposing wide receivers, but there isn't a player on this Vikings defense that can keep up with the speed of Moore. Moore is a big play waiting to happen, and this could be the week where he hits big. I'm plugging Moore in as my WR3 this week as an upside play.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (ECR TE14)

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Dalton Schultz has been downright awful to start the season once Dak Prescott went down with an injury. Schultz has also been dealing with a knee injury himself. With Prescott at quarterback in Week 1, Schultz saw nine total targets. In weeks two four and five Schultz only saw a combined 8 targets in all three games.

In Week 7 Schultz saw the third most targets on the team with five and he caught all five of them for 49 yards. It was good to see Schultz produce something, even though he was still only TE16 on the week. The Cowboys offense should start improving the more and more Dak plays. We can not forget that Schultz was a top-five tight end last season with Dak at quarterback. Now, we just need that knee to start improving.

The Matchup

The Cowboys are taking on the Chicago Bears who are riding high after defeating the New England Patriots on Monday night. The Bears have actually done a solid job holding down opposing tight ends, fifth best in the league actually. But I expect the Cowboys offense to be efficient and handle this Bears offense. Schultz has a solid floor with Dak back, now if he finds the end zone, we could see a great game from him.

Sit

Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks (ECR QB12)

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What a roller coaster of a season it has been for Geno Smith this season. I think he has been much better than anyone ever anticipated. The first two weeks he finished at QB15 and QB30. It wasn't until weeks 3-5 in he finished as QB7, QB2, and QB4 during the span averaging 25.21 fantasy points per game.

The last few weeks have not been kind to Geno however since that hot streak, as he is QB14 over the past few weeks averaging 13.3 fantasy points per game. This will also be the first game without his standout wide receiver D.K. Metcalf who will miss this game due to a knee injury.

The Matchup

The Matchup against the New York Giants will not do Smith any favors this week however either. The Giants are about middle of the road against opposing quarterbacks this season. But what worries me about these two teams is that they both play so slow. The Giants rank 14th in the league in plays run, and the Seahawks rank 28th. This will limit what Geno Smith and this offense can do in this one. Sit him if you can.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears (ECR RB23)

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This pains me to type this, because I am a big David Montgomery fan, and believe he is a very underrated NFL running back. But with this backfield heading toward more of a committee, I am scared of Montgomery's production moving forward for fantasy purposes.

Since coming back from an injury in Week 4 Montgomery has been solid averaging 12.3 half-point PPR points per game which is RB22. Unfortunately, most of those points came on the back of two touchdowns he's scored. I'm not sure that is sustainable with how bad this Bears offense has been this season, and Justin Fields and Khalil Herbert taking red zone touches away from him.

Herbert also saw a season-high in snaps with 29 in which Montgomery was also playing in. This came after earlier in the week, head coach Matt Eberflus said they would ride the hot hand.

The Matchup

The Bears offense has to be feeling good after what they did to the Patriots in New England last Monday, but now they are traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. The Cowboys have been great against opposing running backs, allowing the fewest fantasy points to the position in the NFL. Dallas has also only allowed two touchdowns all year to running backs. That doesn't bode well for Montgomery.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (ECR WR26)

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It has been an extremely disappointing season for Johnson so far through seven games as he currently ranks as WR48 in points per game. Last year he finished as WR11 on a points-per-game basis. This season he only has one week in which he finished as a top-30 wide receiver, just brutal.

The volume has been there the last three weeks as well since the quarterback change to the rookie Kenny Pickett. During those three games, he has seen 30 targets which ranks first on the team, six ahead of Chase Claypool and ten ahead of rookie sensation George Pickens. Volume isn't the issue here, it's the chemistry between him and Pickett, It's just not there.

The Matchup

The Matchup for Johnson this week isn't doing him any favors either going against the Philadelphia Eagles defense that has been outstanding all season long. They allow the 12th-fewest fantasy points to the position and have allowed the fifth-fewest touchdowns to wideouts. If you have a better option like Tyler Boyd or Rondale Moore, I would start them over Johnson this week.

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Minnesota Vikings (ECR TE13)

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It is so hard picking a tight end to sit every week just because of how thin the position is. But if I had to pick one guy who was near the top 12 it would have to be Irv Smith. Through the first seven games, Smith is only TE20 on the season and has only finished as a top-13 tight end once this season, so I don't quite get his ranking this week. He did catch a touchdown two weeks ago to salvage his week, but if he didn't, it would have been a dud.

The Matchup

This has to be a big reason that Smith is ranked as a top-13 tight end this week is the matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. They have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season, so it looks good on paper. I just am not trusting it this week. I would rather Dalton Schultz over Smith Jr. this week.


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