Week 8 WR Start’em, Sit’em: Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy


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If you are in doubt about some players in a tough spot this week, or players that haven’t produced yet this season, you have come to the perfect spot. We dive into a few names to start in borderline matchups, and also talk about players to fade. You can also check out our rankings area to see where players on your team rank and their projections heading into Week 7. Be sure to check out the rest of our weekly fantasy football content.

Start Em

DK Metcalf @ Atlanta

It was a rough week for DK Metcalf, but an easier matchup is there for this week. He is averaging just 55.7 receiving yards per game, and has been relying on the occasional long play, but he gets a prime spot this week. Atlanta’s secondary is easy to target, as they rank 31st against the pass, and they have allowed the 4th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers.

Kenny Stills Vs. Oakland

Kenny Stills was a hot waiver wire pickup this week, and he should jump right into your lineups. Oakland ranks 30th against the pass, and have allowed the 5th most PPR points per game to opposing wideouts this season. Stills has been a big play guy for Houston at times, and the injury to Will Fuller is going to give him a bump. He is averaging 19.5 yards per reception, and should get a jump there.

Terry McLaurin @ Minnesota

Terry McLaurin is back in the start em section after a sit em week against San Francisco in rough weather. He is averaging 6.7 targets per game, and is averaging 2.5 PPR points per target this season. He gets Minnesota this week who have been exploitable against the pass at times. Minnesota ranks 14th against the pass, and most of their fantasy points allowed came with Marvin Jones last week.

John Brown Vs. Philadelphia

Fire up John Brown again, against a Philadelphia defense allowing 31.8 PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers. They rank 20th against the pass, and have been an easy target for fantasy wide receivers this season. Brown is averaging 78 receiving yards per game, and is averaging 2.13 PPR points per target. It is a great spot for him this week. Weather looks bad for the pass, but Brown is still a start.

Corey Davis @ Tampa Bay

There is some excitement coming based off last week as Ryan Tannehill was able to unlock the wide receivers fantasy potential a bit. Being able to throw the ball downfield certainly helps. Now against a Tampa Bay defense that ranks first against the run and 25th against the pass, I am fine starting Corey Davis this week. AJ Brown in deeper leagues is also playable. The Buccaneers are allowing the third most PPR points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Sit Em

Carolina WRs @ San Francisco

Kyle Allen is starting in a road game against San Francisco. While he has held his own this season, it is hard to get excited about him and the passing game this week. San Francisco ranks second against the pass, and are allowing the 5th fewest amount of fantasy points per game to wide receivers. The 49ers have not allowed a double-digit fantasy performance to a wide receiver since Week 4. They have only allowed five all season.

Alshon Jeffery @ Buffalo

Alshon Jeffery is always a tough sit, but I hate matchups for teams going into Buffalo, especially against this secondary. Buffalo has the 5th ranked pass defense, and they are holding wideouts to the fourth fewest fantasy points per game. Philadelphia is also struggling on the offensive side, and is coming off a five target game against Dallas. There are better options to take.

Kansas City WRs Not Named Tyreek Hill  Vs. Green Bay

Kansas City faces Green Bay this week, who have the 6th ranked pass defense, and struggle more against the run. I expect the Chiefs to run a little bit more with Patrick Mahomes out. While Matt Moore is a capable enough quarterback to run this offense, there is still a downgrade to the remaining wide receivers. Tyreek Hill is still a start, but the surrounding wide receivers are lackluster options even with Sammy Watkins on a bum hamstring.

Emmanuel Sanders Vs. Carolina

Emmanuel Sanders moving to San Francisco is not something I am getting too crazy about. For one, is Jimmy Garoppolo that much of an upgrade? No. He is also moving to a team throwing the ball only 42% of the time. While he is an upgrade over the other wide receivers, he will endure tough matchups over the next few weeks, and it starts against Carolina. Given the workload and snaps on a new team issue, and factoring in Carolina’s third ranked pass defense, this is an easy sit for me.

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