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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 8: Mike Evans and Other RB/WR Fantasy Advice

Evans is an unquestioned WR1 with a great matchup this week

Each week it seems like it gets harder and harder for fantasy owners to make solid start/sit decisions. Between coaches deciding a player should "rest" and not tell anyone (still angry with the Jerick McKinnon call) and handcuffs not coming anywhere close to doing what the starter could do (Alexander Mattison); it's been frustrating and many fantasy owners have won or lost because of these decisions.

 

It's Week 8 now and fantasy owners need to get wins. With four teams on bye and injuries piling up, finding solid starters is still tough. Look at your roster and try your best.

 

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

 

Teams on bye: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington

 

START These RBs

 

Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Scott isn't a great running back, but the Dallas run defense is terrible. Miles Sanders is looking like he will miss another game, and Scott is coming off a game where he ran for 46 yards and chipped in three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. Sanders has not been ruled out, and if he is active, he's an automatic RB1. However, if he is out (which is most likely), Scott should be treated as a high RB2.

 

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions

In the one game where Taylor had more than 20 carries, he had more than 100 yards. He's had three touchdowns this season and has had games where he's been involved in the passing game. In Week 6, before the bye, he had four receptions for 55 yards. The Colts face the Lions, who have allowed plenty of running backs to score touchdowns, both on the ground and through the air this season (including an accidental Todd Gurley touchdown in Week 7). Taylor should be a solid RB2 this week coming off the bye.

 

SIT These RBs

 

Carlos Hyde, Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

Chris Carson is officially considered a game-time decision, but all signs point to him not playing. Hyde was dealing with a hamstring injury of his own, but assuming he can practice this week, he'll likely be the starting running back for the Seahawks. That said, it's going to be tough to trust him in a matchup against the 49ers. San Francisco is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to RBs. This should be a game where Russell Wilson takes over. Hyde is a desperation-only option this week.

 

Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos

With Austin Ekeler out, Kelley and Justin Jackson are the two to carry the load. In Week 7, Jackson rushed for 12 yards and added five receptions for 43 yards. Kelley had 29 rushing yards and added five receptions for 24 yards. Both running backs are going to eat into each other's carries. Neither was able to get anything going on the ground against Jacksonville and both should have a handful of receptions. It's a tough matchup, as the Chargers face the Broncos, who among the stingiest in fantasy points allowed to running backs. That makes both Chargers RB3/4s.

 

START These WRs

 

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants (Mon.)

With Chris Godwin out and Antonio Brown not yet eligible to play, Evans should enjoy a week where he is a no-brainer WR1. He has two games this season with more than 100 yards (Weeks 2 and 4). What do those weeks have in common? Godwin was out. Evans had a touchdown in each of those games as well and six on the season. Godwin also was out in Week 5 and Evans had a touchdown. He's likely started in most leagues as it is, but he's a solid WR1 this week.

 

Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Deebo Samuel left Week 7 with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for Week 8. This gives Aiyuk the opportunity to shine again, as he had 115 yards on six receptions in Week 7. He didn't score a touchdown, but that may come in Week 8 against the Seahawks. Seattle's defense has been the most generous to wide receivers fantasy-wise. The Seahawks have permitted at least one WR to either score a touchdown or surpass 100 yards in every game so far this year. Start Aiyuk in Week 8.

 

SIT These WRs

 

Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

This can be expanded to all Cowboys wide receivers, but it is likely easier to sit CeeDee Lamb or Michael Gallup. Without Dak Prescott, this team has not looked good. Andy Dalton left Week 7 after taking a helmet to the head and is in the concussion protocol. If he's not cleared by Sunday, it will likely be rookie Ben DiNucci at quarterback. He stepped in last week and it wasn't pretty. He'll likely try to find Cooper, the team's No. 1 receiver, but it's going to be tough. The Eagles DST isn't great, but they are tough enough that all Dallas pass catchers should be downgraded.

 

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Cam Newton has been struggling, but he also hasn't been using Edelman like Tom Brady used to. In the past four games, Edelman's best game is three receptions for 35 yards. He hasn't scored a touchdown this season and he hasn't been targeted more than six times in the past four games either. He did have one good game in Week 2, but aside from that outlier, he's been brutal. Fantasy owners are clinging to him for name value only at this point. Put his stats on another player and he'd be on the waiver wire.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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