NFL Week 8 Sit’em Start’em
We’re back for another edition of guys you should start and guys you should sit for your fantasy football league, to optimize your lineup for your season-long or daily fantasy sports teams.
Quarterback: Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears — Mitchell Trubisky notably got off to a slow start this season, but it’s also worth noting that over the past three games, he’s thrown 10 touchdown passes and added another score with this legs. In each of those past three games, he’s also gone over 300 yards passing. The New York Jets, whom the Chicago Bears play this weekend, are in the bottom half of the league in passing yards allowed per game and passing touchdowns surrendered this season, so the potential is there for Trubisky to continue his hot streak.
Running Back: Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos – In truth, Phillip Lindsay is approaching must-start status for any team, especially if you’re in a league that scores for receptions. Lindsay is among the top 15 running backs in the NFL in half-PPR fantasy football leagues right now, and against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, look for his production to continue.
Wide Receiver: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts – Ask anyone who’s had T.Y. Hilton on their fantasy football team over the past few years about how he’s performed for then, and be prepared for an angry rant. That being said. Hilton will have as good an opportunity as ever to finally put up some statistical production, as the team he plays this week – the Oakland Raiders – surrender the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the NFL.
Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns – Yes, at the risk of being unoriginal, we’re excited to recommend him for the second straight week as an under-the-radar start. Njoku has two straight starts with a touchdown reception, and is still averaging just under 10 targets (and six catches) per game. He’s going against a Pittsburgh defense that’s also been very friendly to opposing tight ends this season to date.
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – While Matthew Stafford is on pace for a career-high in completion percentage, he’s outside the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns, meaning he’s already more of backup quarterback for fantasy football purposes. If you’re forced to start him, you might try to rationalize Stafford attacking the remnants of Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary. While guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are gone, the Seahawks are 3rd in passing yards allowed per game, and are tied for second in fewest touchdown passes allowed this year.
Running Back: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints – Fantasy Football General Managers who drafted Mark Ingram and stashed him for later in the season were likely thrilled to see him get work early in New Orleans Week 6 game against the Washington Redskins. But while Ingram played well against the Redskins, it’s not a given that he does so against Minnesota, given how stout their defensive line remains, and given that they’re in the top six in the NFL in fewest points allowed to opposing running backs. If that game turns into a shootout, expect the lion’s share of work to go to Alvin Kamara.
Wide Receiver: Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers — Finally healthy from injuries that have plagued him this season, Goodwin flashed his abilities two Monday’s ago, when he caught four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay. The problem is, he has seven catches for 78 yards for the remainder of the season, meaning his performance against Green Bay looks more like an outlier than a trend. Add in the fact that Goodwin might be shadowed by ace cornerback Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, and you’ll see why you should keep him on your bench.
Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – We should start off by mentioning that we included Kyle Rudolph in this list just to prove we don’t have a complete bias against starting people whose name begins with the letter “M” this week. Jokes aside, things don’t look great for Rudolph’s fantasy prospects this week. Rudolph and the Vikings play the New Orleans Saints, who are among the top five teams in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.