Week 8 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Last week we hit on a couple "Start 'Em's" and definitely helped out a lot of fantasy owners. This week we look to find some hidden gems as the waiver wire was on fire after Week 7. Here are the Start 'Em and Sit 'Em for Week 8.
Kyler Murray at New Orleans: Man oh man did Kyler let us down last week, but I expect a bounce back performance this week. Yes, the Saints defense is very good, but they still allow the 7 most points to quarterbacks thus far. With David Johnson looking like a game time decision, even more pressure will be put on the rookie. A big thing here is game script. The Saints should be ahead most of the game, which allows the talented QB to chuck the ball all game long. Gimme over 25 points for Kyler in Week 8.
Ty Johnson at New York Giants: You had to see this one coming. Johnson was the hottest waiver wire pickup and for good reason. He is a talented player and does very well in space. With the lions share of work up for grabs (see what I did there) and a cake of a matchup, I expect Johnson to pay dividends for his new owners this week.
John Brown vs. Philadelphia: For those of you who have been keeping up with these articles, you'll notice that picking on the Eagles secondary works almost every time. John Brown has been surprisingly consistent this year and should deliver some nice fantasy numbers against an Eagles secondary that ranks dead last when it comes to stopping opposing wideouts.
Kyle Rudolph vs. Washington: Call me crazy but this is a sneaky start. Rudolph had his best game of the year last game when he dropped a 6-58-1 line on the Lions. Now that Theilen has been ruled out for Thursday night, Rudolph could see a uptick in usage. Tight end is a such a wasteland that if you're hurting for a tight end, Rudolph could fill the spot.
Tom Brady vs Cleveland: This is the second week in a row I am calling Brady to the benches. It worked out last week and the same reason applies here. I don't think he will be needed. The Patriots crushed the Jets on Monday night and while the Browns pose more of a threat theoretically, Cleveland is still a mess. Yes, they come out of a bye so they might pack more of a punch, but I still think Brady has a mediocre fantasy day.
Melvin Gordon vs Chicago: We saw the usage rise last week, but then a fumble lost all momentum. Gordon is still talented, but his efficiency lacks. Now when you throw in a good Bears defense, its best to leave Gordon on the bench this week. I would rather start Ekeler.
Allen Robinson at Los Angeles Chargers: Same game, different player. Robinson should get the Casey Hayward shadow which puts a big cloud over his outlook. Not to mention Mitch Tribusky can't hit a 6'4 wideout in his catch radius half the time. This might be a week to find another flex option.
Gerald Everett vs. Cincinnati: Enjoying a nice season, you might have no choice to but to start Everett due to the tight end position. If possible, I would find another starter. Cincy is giving up less than 6 points a game to opposing fantasy tight ends and Everett shouldn't be needed in what should be an easy win for the Rams.