2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

by Mark Strausberg
2023 Fantasy Football Start-Sit

Had some pretty decent calls in my 2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Start-Sit last week. Hopefully, I can duplicate those results in my 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit.

As I said, I made some decent calls. Derek Carr looked like he was gonna be a lousy start call, but ended up finishing with over 300 passing yards That's pretty good for a borderline play. My QB sit recommendation was even better as I told you to sit Goff due to the Ravens' defense. And did that ever come through as he finished with zero TDs and an INT.

At TE, I told you to start Musgrave and he answered the call with a TD. Despite coming off a miserable day in week 6, I recommended you to start my boy Puka Nacua as well. He failed to score a TD, but finished with 8 receptions and 154 yards.

But I'll admit, I wasn't perfect. I recommended starting Jakobi Meyers and boy did he disappoint. Aaron Jones didn't exactly light up the end zone like I thought he would on Sunday night either.

I had a strong week, but there's still room for improvement. Let's see what I can do with my 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit recommendations.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Start-Tyson Bagent, Chicago Bears

I've been on Bagent since before the season started telling you that he is the handcuff you want for Justin Fields. And don't give me that "out-of-nowhere" stuff. As I mentioned in the preseason, he finished his collegiate career with 159 TDs, an all-divisions record.

He's not going to win the week for you, but he's a perfectly fine stopgap. He can run, as he did for 24 yards this past weekend or like he did for a touchdown the previous week. He's not going to throw for a ton of yards, but he did complete 74% of his passes this past Sunday, including a touchdown.

Throw in the fact that the Chargers are allowing the MOST fantasy points to quarterbacks per game and this makes for a surprisingly smart but sneaky move.

Potential "Hail Mary" QB to Start: Whoever is under center for the Raiders 

Sit-Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

There are a lot of ways this game can go, but I have this suspicion that we are going to see a big Tony Pollard game. The Rams are not allowing a lot of QB fantasy points, as they are the tenth stingiest in that category.

Those two reasons alone could be enough to hold back on Dak, but there's more. Prescott hasn't been bad per se, but he's been kind of "meh", right? Six TDs in six games? That's not exactly the numbers that get you into Canton. He has four interceptions already and has yet to pass for more than 272 yards in a game. He does have a rushing TD, but is averaging less than 15 yards rushing a game.

As I said--"Meh". And "meh" does not scream start. I'd bench him.

Other QBs to Potentially Avoid: Kirk Cousins, Kenny Pickett 

Running Backs

Start - Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions

We all know the risks. But the reward of playing Gibbs far outweighs the risk in my opinion. In Gibbs' first start in Week 3, he played 60% of Detroit's offensive snaps. He saw an even higher percentage of Detriot's offensive snaps in this game (86%). Expect him to see a similar number this upcoming weekend, but the game script should be far more in his favor.

Baltimore is/was middle of the pack when it comes to fantasy points allowed to running back. Yet the Raiders are the fifth most generous in the league. Expect Gibbs to "carry the load" as Head Coach Dan Campbell said he would. It's time to see what kind of motor this Detroit option has.

Potential "Hail Mary" RBs to Start: Justice Hill (BAL) and Ezekiel Elliott (NE) 

Sit - Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

If you need the floor that Henry brings, play him. Henry should give you at least four fantasy points minimum. But his ceiling this week is really low as I don't see him breaking the century mark this week.

And the reasons are multiple. For one, Atlanta is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to RBs this season. Secondly, Tyjae Spears seems to be getting more and more action lately. Spears has played just 17 fewer snaps total than Henry and he's actually played more snaps than Henry in half of the Titans' games this season. With Atlanta being a pass-funnel defense, that does not bode well for Henry's outlook.

Other RBs to Potentially Avoid: Kareem Hunt (CLE), AJ Dillon (GB), Brian Robinson (WAS)    

Wide Receivers

Start - Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

I know it's scary to put your faith in Desmond Ridder, but I think he does just enough that London can put up double-digit fantasy points this week.

For one, Tennessee, like their opponent Atlanta, is such a pass-funnel defense and is allowing the seventh most fantasy points to WRs this season. Furthermore, London has seen at least half a dozen targets in each of the last six games including 28 over the last three. If you have London on our team, you should start him.

Start - Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

Rice is coming off another strong game (five receptions for 60 yards and a score) and is in serious danger of becoming Patrick Mahomes primary look a la Tyreek Hill.

Rice could certainly see his share of coverage by All-Pro Patrick Surtain this coming weekend, but Surtain is rarely locked onto one receiver all game. And when Rice is not covered by Surtain, I expect him to see plenty of targets his way and plenty of production.

Potential "Hail Mary" WRs to Start: Rashid Shaheed (NO) and Odell Beckham Jr. (BAL) 

Sit - Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals

Brown is the highest-rated Arizona WR this week, but my sit recommendation could apply to any Cardinal WR this week. That Baltimore secondary is getting better and better. And if they shut down the Lions' high-flying attack, it will likely be a lackluster night for Hollywood.

Brown is going to have some weeks with big games this year. But this won't be one of them.

Sit - DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans

Wow. How the mighty have fallen. I'm not saying Hopkins is way past his prime. But I'm not sure he's good enough to overcome all the issues that exist with the Titans' passing game.

First off, Tennesee might be without their starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If Tannehill can't play, expect either Malik Willis or Will Levis to be under center. And should that happen, I'd be surprised if either attempts more than 20 passes. Even if Tannehill does play, Tennesee is still unlikely to suddenly be a pass-heavy team. The Titans are 23rd in the league in passing percentage and an even lower 31st in passing percentage at home. Yuck.

And we haven't even discussed the competency of the Titans' OL to give Tannehill time to throw the ball and Tannehill's own competency with throwing long passes to a streaking Hopkins.

That last piece is subjective, but I suspect you and I have similar opinions. I will likely need to start Hopkins in the one or two leagues where I own him. But I really wish I had better options so I could sit him.

Other Highly Owned WRs to Potentially Avoid: Diontae Johnson (PIT), KJ Osborn (MIN), Michael Gallup (DAL)

Tight Ends

Start - Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders

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I'm seeing Thomas ranked outside the Top 15 TEs this week. And I could not disagree more. In six games, Thomas has seen 32 targets. Washington is going to need Thomas this weekend against the Philly D and my guess is he sees right around 5 targets this week.

He's seen half a dozen or more targets in two of the the last three weeks. And in those two weeks, he's averaged over 8 standard fantasy points. I think he exceeds that this week in standard scoring and easily tops a dozen in PPR scoring.

Potential "Hail Mary" TEs to Start: Hunter Henry (NE) and Donald Parham (LAC)

Sit - Jonnu Smith, Atlanta Falcons

The Jonnu Smith ride was fun while it lasted, but it has now come to a complete stop. He's not going to see anything close to his 2020 numbers. Kyle Pitts is the TE1 in this offense. Smith is outside the top-25 in route share for TEs, making him a Hail Mary choice at best.

Other TEs to Potentially Avoid: Taysom Hill (NO) and all Arizona TEs

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