I absolutely slam-dunked my Week 7 fantasy Sit calls last week. The Week 7 Starts? Not so much. So let's see what I can do with my Week 8 suggestions for quarterbacks, tight ends, and defense/special teams (DSTs), shall we?
At least the brutal bye week is over. I hope you survived. I myself earned some much-needed wins, took a loss in a league in which I was undefeated, and had some stomach-punch losses of courses.
But I won't dwell on any of that. It's time to move on and I suggest you do the same. However, now also is a good time to look toward the rest of the season as we are just about the halfway point. In fact, we are past the halfway point of the end of the regular season for fantasy. Let that sink in for a moment...
Teams on bye: Baltimore, Las Vegas
Your start/sit decisions are even more critical now. So with that in mind, let's see if we can help.
START This QB
Daniel Jones, New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (MNF)
Jones has three weeks without a TD pass and three weeks with two or more TDs. Is there anyone you know who would be even remotely surprised by that?
Because we know Jones can light up a defense, he just can't seem to do it from one week to the next. But with Kansas City giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, I think this might be one of the weeks where he makes his general manager (Dave Gettleman) look smart. Jones should throw for at least 250 yards and I also like his chances of accounting for a pair of TDs this week.
Worst-case scenario, maybe the Giants move Jones to WR...
SIT This QB
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
I went into detail last week about how disappointing Darnold has been. His showing this past Sunday didn't change my opinion. Over the last two weeks, he has totaled a pathetic 318 yards, averaging only 4.8 yards per attempt over that time frame. While he has never actually faced the Falcons, I don't like his chances this week going into Atlanta.
Atlanta has yet to allow a 300-yard passer. But right now, even a low yardage total from Darnold would be fine. It's the increase in turnovers (7:8 TD-to-INT ratio) that is scaring me away.
START This TE
Evan Engram, New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (MNF)
I like Daniel Jones despite Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney both likely out, with Sterling Shepard far from a lock as well.
And part of the reason I like Jones is because he still has his tight end. Engram saw a season-high eight targets last week. And with the Giants likely needing to keep up with a steamed Kansas City offense, I would expect Engram to get peppered with targets again. And with Kansas City giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to TEs, Engram has both a high floor and a high ceiling this week.
SIT This TE
Ricky Seals-Jones, Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos
I think the fantasy community was a little quick to anoint RSJ the crown prince of cheap TEs. Denver is giving up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to TEs. Since he filled in for Logan Thomas, Seals-Jones has yet to have even 60 receiving yards. It's not like he was tearing it up before Thomas went out either. He has all of two touchdowns and not even two bills of receiving yards on the season. I'm wasn't one of those excited about him when Thomas went down and this week is no exception.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Los Angeles Chargers vs. New England Patriots
Okay, first off we know that I prefer to play DSTs that are at home. Ding. Secondly, the Chargers should be rested coming off the bye and have had an extra week to prepare for the Patriots. Ding. Ding.
On the flip side, the Chargers are not exactly stonewalling teams, as they are 22nd in the NFL in scoring defense (25.0 ppg). But some of this can be attributed to a schedule that has already matched them up against three of the four highest-scoring offenses (Dallas, Kansas City, Baltimore).
I also think a team featuring Joey Bosa, Asante Samuel, and Derwin James Jr. has to improve. The Chargers do have 13 sacks already and I'd bank on their other numbers steadily improving. With the Patriots in the bottom half of the league in total offense and remember Mac Jones is still a rookie QB (and doesn't have a ton of weapons around him), don't be surprised if the Chargers D begins their climb this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Denver Broncos vs. Washington Football Team
I really liked this defense at the start of the season. But too many injuries have befallen this team. They are still without Bradley Chubb, as well as fellow starting linebackers Josey Jewell and Alexander Johnson. Maybe if Von Miller plays I'd consider starting the Broncos. However, right now he is questionable, so for at least the time being, I would not be comfortable with the Denver DST in my starting lineup.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.