Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 8 Fantasy Football: NFL Lineup Advice and Best Matchups

Week 8 brings more difficult start/sit decisions for fantasy football owners, and things don’t get any easier with injuries piling up and two offenses loaded with top-tier fantasy performers — the Chargers and Chiefs — off for the season’s third bye week. Below we’ll provide the news about NFL Week 8 Lineup Advice, Best Matchups, and DFS Picks.

Week 8 Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: NFL Lineup Advice and Best Matchups

Week 8 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: NFL Lineup Advice and Best Matchups
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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks

  • QB must-starts
  1. Joe Burrow, Bengals (at CLE)2
  2. Josh Allen, Bills (vs. GB)
  3. Lamar Jackson, Ravens (at TB)
  4. Jalen Hurts, Eagles (vs. PIT)
  5. Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at MIN)
  • Stronger starts

1. Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. ARI)

Cousins will light things up after the bye week in what should be a high-scoring game against Kyler Murray. Last season, Cousins annihilated the same defense.

2. Derek Carr, Raiders (at NO)

The Saints’ defense isn’t what it once was, and this won’t be another Josh Jacobs rushing bonanza.

3. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (at DET)

The Lions’ pass defense will be unable to contain their speedy wide receivers, and Miami should be more aggressive through the air in this matchup.

4. Daniel Jones, Giants (at SEA)

They should be able to run well with him and Saquon Barkley, allowing for a few big plays in the passing game.

5. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers (at LAR)

This will be a higher-scoring battle than the first, as he’ll have to rely on his formidable weapons more frequently.

6. Matthew Stafford, Rams (vs. SF)

With Van Jefferson (knee) back, he should be able to right the ship with more help after the bye, and the 49ers’ secondary has plenty of holes for him to exploit.

7. Davis Mills, Texans (vs. TEN)

Despite the pick-six in Vegas, Mills played well on the road for a change, and he can put up garbage numbers here.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks

Weaker starts

1. Geno Smith, Seahawks (vs. NYG)

It’s difficult to expect him to light it up against a good Giants pass defense when Kenneth Walker can run all over them and DK Metcalf is unlikely to play (knee).

2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at BUF)

With fewer wideout concerns, he managed a couple of scores to Aaron Jones last week, but he’s impossible to play in this game.

3. Jared Goff, Lions (vs. MIA)

This may appear to be a volume-based play for garbage production, but the Dolphins’ blitzing will catch up with him.

4. Dak Prescott, Cowboys (vs. CHI)

The Bears’ pass rush is strong, and their young defensive backs are improving. Dallas should play another run-heavy, defensive-minded game plan.

5. Tom Brady, Buccaneers (vs. BAL)

He might put it together on a short week, but after his misses against the Steelers and Panthers, it’s difficult to trust him at home against a solid defense.

6. Justin Fields, Bears (at DAL)

He ran all over the Patriots, but it’s a short week and the Cowboys’ defense is much tougher.

7. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars (vs. DEN in London)

He hasn’t been playing well, and the team is focusing more on the running game.

8. Kenny Pickett, Steelers (at PHI)

Once he gets past this difficult stretch on the road, he’ll be a viable option in the second half of the season.

9. Marcus Mariota, Falcons (vs. CAR)

He should fare better in a run-heavy game script, but due to the low volume, you can’t go here.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em: Running backs

  • RB must-starts
  1. Dameon Pierce, Texans (vs. TEN)
  2. Rhamondre Stevenson, Patriots (at NYJ)
  3. Christian McCaffrey, 49ers (at LAR)
  4. Alvin Kamara, Saints (vs. LV)
  5. Raheem Mostert, Dolphins (at DET)
  6. D’Andre Swift, Lions (if he returns, vs. MIA)
  7. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers (vs. BAL)
  8. Aaron Jones, Packers (at BUF)
  9. David Montgomery, Bears (at DAL)
  10. Derrick Henry, Titans (at HOU)
  11. Kenneth Walker, Seahawks (vs. NYG)
  12. Saquon Barkley, Giants (at SEA)
  13. Nick Chubb, Browns (vs. CIN)
  14. Josh Jacobs, Raiders (at NO)
  15. Dalvin Cook, Vikings (vs. ARI)
  16. Jonathan Taylor, Colts (vs. WAS)
  17. Travis Etienne Jr., Jaguars (vs. DEN in London)
  18. Joe Mixon, Bengals (at CLE)
  • Stronger starts

1. Miles Sanders, Eagles (vs. PIT)

The Steelers continue to struggle against the run, and he’ll have a good day off Jalen Hurts.

2. Eno Benjamin, Cardinals (at MIN)

He’ll get the majority of Arizona’s RB touches again against a mediocre Vikings run defense.

3. Tony Pollard, Cowboys (vs. CHI)

With Ezekiel Elliott (knee) out, he’ll have the Cowboys’ backfield all to himself to put up Stevenson-like explosive numbers.

4. Gus Edwards, Ravens (at TB)

Given his powerful volume in a run-heavy offense, Get on the Bus even in a difficult situation.

5. Brian Robinson Jr., Commanders (at DAL)

He’s getting far too much work in comparison to Antonio Gibson to stay out of lineups.

6. D’Onta Foreman, Panthers (at ATL)

With Chuba Hubbard (ankle) out, Foreman will have the backfield to himself, and the Falcons can be beaten on the ground.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Running backs

  • Weaker starts

1. James Robinson and Michael Carter, Jets (vs. NE)

Following the Bears’ debacle, the Patriots should prioritize run defense.

2. Najee Harris, Steelers (at PHI)

He’s been so ineffective this season, and the stacked front in Philadelphia won’t help him break out of it.

3. Devin Singletary, Bills (vs. GB)

This game should not be close, which is bad news for his effective use.

4. AJ Dillon, Packers (at BUF)

This offense can no longer function with two running backs.

5. Damien Harris, Patriots (at NYJ)

Rhamondre Stevenson has dominated touches with great success, and that is unlikely to change here.

6. Tyler Allgeier, Falcons (vs. CAR)

It’s difficult to believe the rookie and chase from last week.

7. Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. CIN)

This offense can no longer function with two running backs.

8. Jamaal Williams, Lions (vs. MIA)

Goodnight, sweet ex-Packer.

9. Darrell Henderson Jr., Rams (vs. SF)

You can’t expect him to get key touches after the bye.

10. Latavius Murray, Broncos (at JAX)

The matchup isn’t bad, but the game flow could be detrimental if he doesn’t score a touchdown. This also applies to Melvin Gordon.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em: Wide receivers

  • WR must-starts
  1. Deebo Samuel, 49ers (if he plays, at LAR)
  2. Davante Adams, Raiders (at NO)
  3. A.J. Brown, Eagles (vs. PIT)
  4. Jaylen Waddle, Dolphins (at DET)
  5. DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals (at MIN)
  6. Chris Olave, Saints (vs. LV)
  7. Tyreek Hill, Dolphins (at DET)
  8. Justin Jefferson, Vikings (vs. ARI)
  9. Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. SF)
  10. Stefon Diggs, Bills (vs. GB)
  11. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Lions (vs. MIA)
  12. Courtland Sutton, Broncos (at JAX in London)
  13. Christian Kirk, Jaguars (vs. DEN in London)
  14. Terry McLaurin, Commanders (at IND)
  15. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (vs. BAL)
  16. Tee Higgins, Bengals (at CLE)
  17. Gabe Davis, Bills (vs. GB)
  18. Michael Pittman Jr., Colts (vs. WAS)
  19. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (vs. BAL)
  20. CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys (vs. CHI)
  21. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (vs. NYG)
  • Stronger starts

1. Allen Lazard, Packers (at BUF)

Check the shoulder injury, but given Aaron Rodgers’ limited options at wideout, this is a volume-based garbage play.

2. D.J Moore, Panthers (at ATL)

This secondary is in disrepair and gives up a lot to wideouts. Moore will continue to have feelings for P.J. Walker.

3. DeVonta Smith, Eagles (vs. PIT)

They can’t cover him and A.J. Brown at the same time.

4. Alec Pierce, Colts (vs. WAS)

Don’t dismiss Sam Ehlinger because young players tend to connect with other young players, and this matchup is especially appealing at home.

5. Curtis Samuel, Commanders (vs. IND)

Samuel is involved well off Terry McLaurin, and given Washington’s other wideout injuries, he’ll come through with big targets.

6. Brandin Cooks, Texans (vs. TEN)

They have injuries at wideout, so Davis Mills should return to peppering him the most in garbage time.

7. Adam Thielen, Vikings (vs. MIN)

Because the Cardinals can give it up to the slot, expect a short score with six catches and 60 yards.

8. Rashod Bateman, Ravens (vs. TB)

They need him to take regular snaps, and he’ll deliver this week.

9. Jerry Jeudy, Broncos (vs. JAX)

With either QB, Jeudy has punch, and the Jaguars’ corners aren’t too intimidating.

10. Jakobi Meyers, Patriots (at NYJ)

Meyers is hitting his targets regardless of the quarterback.

11. Allen Robinson, Rams (vs. SF)

Another sneaky play, as he showed well before the bye and should be good for another 60 yards and a touchdown.

12. Tyler Boyd, Bengals (vs. CLE)

His floor is too comfortable and his ceiling is too high to not roll out of the slot with him again.

13. Elijah Moore, Jets (vs. NE)

This is a sneaky squeaky-wheel play because they desperately need him in the short passing game to replace Breece Hall’s explosive plays.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Wide receivers

  • Weaker starts

1. Romeo Doubs, Packers (at BUF)

After a zero, you can’t play him outside against an established secondary.

2. Cowboys’ Michael Gallup (vs. CHI)

After a zero, you can’t play him outside against this improving young secondary.

3. Drake London, Falcons (vs. CAR)

Because of Atlanta’s low passing volume, London isn’t worth a shot against this secondary if Jaycee Horn (ribs) plays.

4. Amari Cooper, Browns (vs. CIN)

Chidobe Awuzie, another former Cowboy, will keep him in check.

5. Diontae Johnson and George Pickens, Steelers (at PHI)

Go against Darius Slay and James Bradberry on the outside or Avonte Maddox on the inside.

6. Robert Woods, Titans (at HOU)

Don’t push this dubious idea.

7. Darnell Mooney, Bears (at DAL)

It’s not going to happen. The Cowboys defend the deep ball far too well.

8. Rondale Moore, Cardinals (at MIN)

It’s difficult to predict what he’ll get from ‘Nuk.

9. Hunter Renfrow, Raiders (at NO)

The Saints are vulnerable in the slot, and they must get him going in a high-scoring game. However, his recent volume has made him very shaky.

10. Garrett Wilson, Jets (at NE)

He’ll struggle in this spot because Zach Wilson can’t get it to him.

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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em: Tight ends

  • TE must-starts
  1. T.J. Hockenson, Lions (vs. MIA)
  2. Dallas Goedert, Eagles (vs. PIT)
  3. Taysom Hill, Saints (vs. LV)
  4. Mark Andrews, Ravens (vs. CLE)
  5. George Kittle, 49ers (at LAR)
  6. Zach Ertz, Cardinals (at MIN)
  • Stronger starts

1. Pat Freiermuth, Steelers (at PHI)

Freiermuth has recently received more from Pickett, and this may be the only thing that works in garbage time.

2. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at DET)

The Lions are too generous with the position for him not to be involved playing off the wideouts.

3. Irv Smith Jr., Vikings (vs. ARI)

He’ll get three or four receptions and dent the end zone.

4. Hunter Henry, Patriots (at NYJ)

Tight ends can beat the Jets, and Henry needs to be more involved.

5. Cade Otton, Buccaneers (vs. BAL)

Expect Tom Brady’s rookie role to grow out of necessity.

6. Will Dissly, Seahawks (vs. NYG)

He’s a sneaky scoring-based play that works well off the run.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Tight ends

  • Weaker starts

1. Kyle Pitts, Falcons (vs. CAR)

You can’t come here unless you see something noteworthy.

2. Tyler Higbee, Rams (vs. SF)

Higbee’s targets are about to decrease, as wideouts are better for Matthew Stafford.

3. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (vs. CHI)

The Bears do a good job at this position, and the Cowboys won’t have much use for him.

4. Hayden Hurst, Bengals (at CLE)

The Browns are decent here, and Tyler Boyd is the preferred inside option.

5. Robert Tonyan, Packers (at BUF)

This position is eliminated by the Bills.

6. Dawson Knox, Bills (vs. GB)

This position is also eliminated by the Packers.

7. Greg Dulcich, Broncos (at JAX in London)

The Jaguars have too many options at safety and linebacker to put their faith in a rookie.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em: Defenses

  • Defense must-starts
  1. Cowboys (vs. CHI)
  2. Eagles (vs. PIT)
  3. Bills (vs. GB)
  4. Patriots (at NYJ)
  5. Jets (at NE)
  6. Broncos (at JAX in London)
  • Stronger starts

1. Dolphins (at DET)

The blitz should result in sacks and takeaways.

2. Titans (at HOU)

They should get some important numbers against Davis Mills.

3. Buccaneers (vs. BAL)

They can outperform Lamar.

4. Jaguars (vs. DEN in London)

They have the ability to burn Russ or Brett.

5. Ravens (at TB)

They will frighten the GOAT.

6. Bengals (at CLE)

On the road, they will outperform Jacoby Brissett.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Sit ‘Em: Defenses

  • Weaker starts

1.  49ers (at LAR): This is going to be a sneaky high-scoring game.

2. Giants (at SEA): On the road, I have nothing against the Kenneth Walker express.

3. Rams (vs. SF): As previously stated

4. Colts (vs. WAS) (vs. WAS): Not with their wounds.

5. Saints (vs. LV) (vs. LV): Not in their current condition.

6. Cardinals (at MIN) (at MIN): Don’t try to catch the Saints game.