The NFL season rolls along and with it, the tough start or sit decisions that we’ll be faced with all year. If you would like to know how I do in these start/sit columns then be sure to follow me on twitter @TheFF_Taters. Every Tuesday I will post the names of my starts and sits then put a check or an X to signify whether it was a good call because it is important to be accountable in fantasy football. It is never my intention to lead those that read these articles astray and I try to be as accurate as possible.
With that said, let’s move on to Week 8 of the NFL season. Oh. And Arizona I hate you. I hope Winifred Sanderson resurrects and turns you into a plumbus.
Ryan Tannehill VS TB
Tampa has been middle of the pack as a passing defense but I like this matchup for the new Titans starter. Tannehill looked sharp last week targeting Corey Davis and AJ Brown early and often. Those two have the potential to be a dynamic duo, it just takes a competent QB to make it work. Tannehill is just that; start him with confidence this week.
Derek Carr @ HOU
Houston have allowed the 4th most fantasy points to the QB position. Derek Carr has had a weird little season but he has some appeal in this matchup. He’ll be getting Tyrell Williams back, Darren Waller is emerging as a stud and Josh Jacobs (even without practicing) is expected to play. You can do worse than Carr this week.
LeSean McCoy VS GB
Backup QB in for Kansas City and a backup’s best friend is the run game. Green Bay is allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing RBs and McCoy has slowly but surely taken over lead back duties for the Chiefs. Even with Moore, this matchup is too good to shy away from Shady.
Ty Johnson VS NYG
One Johnson out, another Johnson in and it’s time to see what this kid can do. He’s flashed a bit but this is his first official game where he will be spotlighted. The Giants have surrendered the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing RBs so the matchup is a good one. Let’s see what Ty Johnson has to offer.
John Brown VS PHI
I know this might be one of the more obvious starts but I just want to make sure people understand that Brown is the only constant in the Bills offense and should be started every week he’s on the field. Currently WR20 on the year, Brown should eat against the worst fantasy defense against opposing WRs in the Eagles.
DK Metcalf @ ATL
I’m putting DK here this week for two reasons. First is because I feel like some owners may feel burned after he had a rough week last week against a good Ravens secondary. Second because he gets a Falcons defense that has given up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Lockett will obviously get his but DK is a nice play this week.
Jonnu Smith VS TB
Delanie Walker is dealing with an ankle injury so Jonnu Smith should be the next man up. He finds himself in a very plus matchup against a Bucs defense currently giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing TEs. Smith caught all 3 targets thrown his way last week for 64 yards. He’s already clicked with Tannehill, here’s to hoping they keep it up in Week 8.
Benjamin Watson VS CLE
This is where we’re at with tight ends and I hate it. Ben Watson is a wonderful gentleman. He is a model athlete and a very well spoken human being. He is also a beloved teammate wherever he goes. I have not said anything positive about his football abilities because he is 38 years old and had one foot out the door into retirement. First game back at Gillette, my thinking here is he finds the end zone.
Baker Mayfield @ The Boogeymen
The New England Patriots seem to be on a mission to make last years vaunted QB class look extremely mediocre. First it was Rosen, then Josh Allen and poor little Sammy Darnold last week on Monday Night Football. “I’m seeing ghosts”, said poor Sammy Darnold. Baker plays for the Browns, after Sunday his pants will match his team name. Don’t do it. Do NOT play Baker this weekend.
Jacoby Brissett VS DEN
I advocated for Jacoby on the Fantasy Fanalysts podcast this past week and fully believe he can be a QB1 in today’s fantasy football landscape. However, this is not the week to get bold. I would bench Brissett this week against Denver. The Broncos have allowed the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
Derrick Henry VS TB
Tampa Bay very surprisingly has been the 3rd toughest defense against opposing fantasy RBs. Henry has been a stud this year and you start your studs… but this week I’d be a little worried about him. It would be a bold sit, but fantasy football is about risk VS reward.
Chase Edmonds @ NO
Last week’s fantasy farling, I have to bring Edmonds back down to Earth for a week here. Playing against a Saints defense that has allowed the 4th fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs, Edmonds will find it hard to find breathing room this week. His long-term outlook is still great, but this week he may disappoint.
Odell Beckham JR. @ NE
Start your studs, but Odell hasn’t been a stud this year. The Browns offense has been very erratic and to expect them to get back on track against the best defense in the league on the road is a bold take. All it takes is one play with Beckham but against Stephon Gilmore, even one play has been hard to come by.
Alshon Jeffery @ BUF
Openly criticizing (or not openly, who knows) your QB is not a good way of getting on his good side. It was a rough week for Philly and it might get a little worse with a trip to Orchard Park. The Buffalo defense had a hiccup last week but are still allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs. Jeffery is a no go for me this week, ESPECIALLY if he draws Tre White in coverage.
Greg Olsen @ SF
Believe it or not, the 49ers have been better than the Patriots at stopping TEs. Even if it’s only by a few points, that still goes to show that this 49ers defense is legit. Not a good week for Greg Olsen or Kyle Allen for that matter.
TJ Hockenson VS NYG
The Giants have actually been pretty stingy against opposing TEs, only giving up 5 fantasy points per game to the position. Hock is having a typical rookie TE season with some ups and downs but this week could be a down. I expect Stafford to look elsewhere.