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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 8: All the Moore to Love and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

Your Week 8 start/sit fantasy football decisions might have recently become more difficult as we enter the height of trade season. Whether it is by addition or subtraction, a trade (in real life or your league) might have made your fantasy start/sit decisions even tougher.

But that's where this column comes in to help. And feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@MarkStrausberg) if you still are struggling, as this column will certainly not cover every situation.

Week 8 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers

And that brings us to the weekly reminder of the ground rules for this column. Any RB or WR who is a "consensus" RB1 or WR1 (i.e. typically a player in the top 12 for his position that week) will not be mentioned as a "start." Likewise, you will typically not see any "sit" suggestions in this space for an RB or WR who is not in the top 30 of their respective position.

So let's take a look at which RBs/WRs are worthy of inserting into your starting lineup and which ones should ride the pine in Week 8.

START These RBs

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears

Pollard owners have to be absolutely licking their chops this week. For one, Ezekiel Elliott's practice schedule is not trending in the right direction:

Pollard has been an efficiency fiend and has actually played better than Elliott. He has, unfortunately, had to share the backfield with Elliott this season. However, it looks like for at least one week he will have a chance to shine.

Pollard owners couldn't ask for a much better matchup as the Bears have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to RBs this season. Pollard is a must-play this week.

Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos (London)

I admit, I often look at the matchup and consider that heavily. But I don't always do that and this week is a good example. Denver has a pretty solid run defense.

But I am encouraged by the Jags trading away James Robinson and I think this backfield might finally belong to Etienne. He has seen his carries steadily rise over the last four weeks and I would not be surprised to see him get a career-high number of rushing attempts on Sunday. And given that the Broncos have allowed 22 TDs (fifth in the league), I got a feeling that Etienne gets a score this week too.

Related: Week 8 Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for QB/TE/DST

SIT These RBs

Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles

What has Harris done? Through seven games he has a whopping 329 rushing yards, 86 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. That is not RB1 production. Frankly, it might be barely RB2 production. He's averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and at some point, the volume just doesn't justify the results.

And that point might be this week against the Eagles. The Steelers will be traveling to their cross-state rivals' home, where Philadelphia has allowed just 89 rushing yards per game when roaming Lincoln Financial Field. And if you're hoping for simply a TD, you might want to look elsewhere as only the Cowboys have allowed fewer rushing TDs in home games than the Eagles.

Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills (SNF)

Jones has been one of the few bright spots on what let's politely describe as a floundering Packers team. But he too is due for a bad game, especially against Buffalo's solid defense, which should be well-rested after last week's bye. The Bills are giving up the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to RBs this season.

Jones won't be an RB1 this week and might not even be an RB2. If you are okay with him giving you possibly low-end RB3 numbers, give him a go. But otherwise, I'd sit him.

START These WRs

DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Sigh.

I can understand why any Moore owner is reluctant to start him. We can blame it on sub-par QB play all we want, but Moore has yet to see even 15 traditional fantasy points any week this season.

But Moore did score last week and gets to face the Falcons who are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing WRs this year. Atlanta is also expected to be without their best coverage guy, cornerback A.J. Terrell, as well as safety Jaylinn Hawkins Plus, there's this:

 So there is hope!

Brandin Cooks, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Cooks has yet to break the century mark this season. But I'm calling my shot and says he does so on Sunday.

Nico Collins is likely out, which means Cooks should see even more than his half a dozen or so targets. He only played six games last season, but let's not forget that Cooks had back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns with the Texans before that. There's some positive regression coming and I think the Titans might be just the salve that Cooks needs. Tennessee is allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs.