Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 8 – by Richard King

Start ‘Em

QB – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Coming off a bye week after a game against the Oakland Raiders, Wilson has allowed his hamstring to rest and should be good to go against a Detroit Lions team that has shown it has a tendency to struggle against the position. Wilson hasn’t yet hit the great heights expected of him in terms of his rushing output, but his passing game has gotten back on track with him throwing three touchdowns in each of his last few games. If Doug Baldwin is able to play, expect Wilson to be a great start this week.

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RB – Wendell Smallwood & Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles

This is kind of cheating because I’m listing two players, but what I’m trying to say is you have to play one of them. Your roster is likely suffering from some bye week losses, and the Jacksonville Jaguars are really not the same team that they were last season. The Jags have given up at least 85 yards and a touchdown to RBs in three consecutive weeks. Pick your poison and feel confident starting the Eagles backfield this week.

WR – Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

Julian Edelman is a fantastic start for fantasy owners this week – his matchup against the Buffalo Bills on paper may not be a great one, but with Rob Gronkowski having missed the last game and limited in practice so far this week, and Sony Michel getting injured – Edelman presents a great opportunity for fantasy owners as the favored option of quarterback Tom Brady.

TE – David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

David Njoku is one of the better options at tight end this week. The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the worse teams at defending the position, and with Baker Mayfield being much improved and using Njoku as a main weapon alongside Jarvis Landry, there is a good opportunity for a big week at a position where you may be struggling for options.

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Sit ‘Em

QB – Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton is a great mobile quarterback, and that is where his fantasy value lies. He is quite hit or miss with his passes, and going up against a Baltimore Ravens team who are one of the better units in defense doesn’t bode well for Newton. While he might be able to save his fantasy week with his legs, I wouldn’t expect too much to come from his arm this week.

RB – Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions

This is more of a temper your expectations, than a full sit at all costs. Johnson was great in the opportunity that he was given last week and certainly looks great on film if you were watching the highlights; but let’s remember that the Lions aren’t a team who are great at rushing the ball and the red zone opportunity for Johnson is limited with LeGarrette Blount being the goal line back. Just ease off a little…..

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WR – Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers

This week Funchess is a flex play at best due to the volume he is likely to receive from Newton, but there is a significant cap on his upside going up against the Ravens as the Baltimore have only allowed one receiver more than 70 yards this season, and in a game where you are relying on a touchdown to be relevant for fantasy, that doesn’t bode well.

TE – Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph looks to be the reason why the Minnesota Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have both been able to be productive this season. Rudolph just isn’t getting the targets that he needs in order to give value to fantasy owners, and the New Orleans Saints are one of the better units against the position. I would look to stream the position rather than play Rudolph this week.

by Richard King – @ExcelGeek

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