2023 IDP Football Week 8 Start-Sit

by Alex Michael
2023 IDP Football Week 8 Start-Sit

Get your 2023 IDP Football Week 8 Start-Sit advice of the 2023 Fantasy Football season, hot off the press!

Your 2023 IDP Football Week 8 Start-Sits lie in the paragraphs within this article. Unless the situation requires it, it's likely that the IDP Start-Sits in this series won't contain the most obvious choices and should give plenty of food for thought.

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2023 IDP Football Week 8 Start-Sit

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Linebackers to Start

Damone Clark, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have a favorable matchup against a Los Angeles Rams running back corps that is clutching at straws. That should give second-year linebacker Clark a lot of tackling opportunities against an expected running back committee.

Off a bye week, the Cowboys are rested and should be ready to go. Clark has had a sneakily good season given he has been used inconsistently on defense. With 37 total tackles to his name and having appeared in 98.6% of defensive snaps in Week 6, it should prove to be a nice Week 8 for Clark.

Jerome Baker, Miami Dolphins

Baker showed out when it really mattered last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. With 11 tackles, an interception and a touchdown, it certainly was a performance to remember.

This week against the New England Patriots should give Baker another opportunity to score well against a running back committee that has flattered to deceive and a quarterback in Mac Jones who didn't throw a touchdown pass between Weeks 3 and 7. Go with Baker this week.

Linebackers to Sit

Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles

Dean's season has been able to start now after the injury picked up in Week 1. However, it seems that in the last two games Dean's on-the-field time has been limited. I foresee this week against the Washington Commanders this trend will continue so as not to risk a repeat injury.

Cunningham and Morrow have a handle on the defense. While Dean will see the field, it's a risky play to start him in Week 8.

Defensive Linemen to Start

Khalil Mack, Los Angeles Chargers

After a down week in Week 7 against a tough offensive line, Mack will be looking to take it out on rookie quarterback Tyson Bagent. Let's recall Mack's last performance against a rookie quarterback in Week 4. He destroyed Aidan O'Connell with 10 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles.

He will be looking to emulate that again this week against the Bears. It seems almost unfair for Bagent but this could be a real taste of the level that will be required of him in the NFL.

Defensive Linemen to Sit

Mike Danna, Kansas City Chiefs

Danna has racked up the sacks this season after starting the year as an outsider ahead of Charles Omenihu. Omenihu's suspension was lifted before last week, and he instantly came back with two tackles and a sack while Danna complimented that showing with six tackles and a sack of his own.

Now that Omenihu is back it stands to take a direct hit on Danna's production with the opposite defensive end George Karlaftis showing he deserves to be a permanent fixture. After seeing a slight hit to his opportunities last week, we can expect the downward trend to continue with Danna being the odd man out and switching back to more reps on special teams.

Zaven Collins, Arizona Cardinals

In a constantly changing Arizona Cardinals defense, Collins still hasn't been able to create a consistent role for himself. Switching to a defensive end role definitively has reduced Collins' time on the field and has limited his production.

Even with 3.5 sacks to his name, Collins hasn't scored well week-to-week and can't be trusted against a strong Baltimore Ravens offense.

Defensive Backs to Start

Rudy Ford, Green Bay Packers

Outside of his Week 1 performance, Ford has been very strong the entirety of this season.  On the field for 98.8% of defensive snaps, Ford in his last three games has 24 tackles and two interceptions.

Available on most waiver wires, Ford should be a start against an inconsistent Kirk Cousins who doesn't have the best of records in Green Bay and is without his lead receiver in Justin Jefferson.

CJ Henderson, Carolina Panthers

In their last two games against the Saints and Falcons, cornerbacks have had a lot of joy against the Texans offense. This leaves Henderson in prime position to capitalize after a week's rest.

In Henderson's last two matchups, he has amassed 14 tackles and a sack, and he is maybe one of the most in-form defensive backs in the NFL. The ex-Jaguar has been on the field for 294 snaps, and we can expect much more in Week 8.

Defensive Backs to Sit

Geno Stone, Baltimore Ravens

Stone has had a really great season so far and has tallied up four interceptions. His scoring production has spiked as a result of the interceptions but this doesn't make him a reliable start week-to-week.

The Cardinals are unreliable at quarterback currently, and between Joshua Dobbs and potentially Clayton Tune, whoever leads the team will play it as safe as they possibly can. That won't be possible against a Ravens defense that will rush the quarterback before they get a chance to throw the ball, which means Stone's potential to see action will be limited.

Amani Hooker, Tennessee Titans

The changes to the Tennessee Titans defense will have a direct effect on Hooker as he will look to overcompensate as the new longest-serving starter in the Tennessee secondary. While Hooker will see some action, it will likely be a steady performance only as Hooker will spend some time on the field trying to cover the hole that Kevin Byard has left behind.

Even though cornerbacks have had some joy against Desmond Ridder in recent weeks, the Falcons are due a good performance.


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