Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).
As an example, Derek Carr is listed below as a "start" for Week 8. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 8 with him as my starting quarterback.
That said, he may be a sit for your team.
In other words, if you owned both Aaron Rodgers and Carr, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Carr.
So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).
With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 8:
QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. OAK)
Even without their top-two running backs healthy, the Bucs have been run-heavy (54.9 percent of plays) over the past couple of games -- both wins. While I still expect another heavy workload for Jacquizz Rodgers, this matchup could lead Winston to throw it more often. Earlier in the season, Winston had back-to-back 50-attempt games.
With the Bucs having their bye already, Winston has played six games and been highly productive in three of them. In the three games where he didn't finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback, they were mostly poor matchups -- ARI, DEN and CAR.
When given a favorable matchup, however, Winston has generally exploited them -- Falcons (QB5, Week 1), Rams (QB5, Week 3) and 49ers (QB6, Week 7). This week, Winston and the Bucs will face a Raiders secondary that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
In addition, the Raiders have allowed three games of 350 passing yards and three-plus touchdowns. The only other team to allow more than one 350/3 games is Carolina (two).
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QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at NO)
With the exception of a Week 4 matchup against the Jets (309 yards, three TDs and no INTs), Wilson has thrown for 270 yards or less in his other five games with a combined two touchdowns. TWO!
While he's on pace to throw a career-high 552 pass attempts this season, Wilson's rushing production has been nearly non-existent. Through six games, he has 22 carries for 33 yards (1.5 YPC). Much of that has to do with the injuries (knee, ankle, etc.) he had sustained earlier this season that would have sidelined the typical quarterback.
Either way, Wilson has finished as the QB4 in his game against the Jets and QB14 against the 49ers in Week 3. Other than that, he has finished as the QB22 (or worse) every week.
The good news is that if you've been disappointed by another slow start for Wilson this season, he gets an incredibly soft matchup against the Saints to help him begin a second-half breakout again. The Saints have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.
The only concern is that the Seahawks (Christine Michael) should have a lot of success running the ball and perhaps that reduces the production that Wilson will have through the air. I still expect Drew Brees to put up more points at home than a Seahawks defense would typically allow so perhaps that forces Wilson and the passing offense to keep up.
QB - Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. WAS)
In an underrated way, Dalton has been playing well this season. The only quarterbacks (min: 100 pass attempts) that are averaging more yards per attempt than Dalton (8.39 Y/A) this season are Tom Brady (9.94) and Matt Ryan (9.62).
Even though Josh Norman (concussion) is expected to play on Sunday and shadow All-World receiver A.J. Green, Dalton will get a more-involved Tyler Eifert this week. Limited in his return last week, Eifert should be much more involved in Week 8.
Only the Falcons (28.0), Patriots (27.25) and Chiefs (26.5) are projected to score more points than the Bengals (26.25) this week based on Vegas odds. While it's a better matchup for Cincinnati's backfield than their passing attack, Dalton should finish as a top-12 fantasy quarterback for a fourth consecutive week.
QB - Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at TB)
The Bucs pass defense has been solid (17th-most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks), but their past four matchups were against the Rams, Broncos, Panthers (game Cam Newton missed) and 49ers. In Weeks 1 and 2 against Matt Ryan and Carson Palmer, respectively, they allowed 24-plus fantasy points, 300-plus passing yards and multiple touchdowns to both.
Even though they haven't faced any QBs that fantasy owners would have started over their past four games, the Bucs are still allowing 7.80 Y/A, eighth-most, and 5.21 TD percentage, seventh-most, this season. The Bucs have a relatively tough run defense, top-10 in terms of YPC allowed to opposing running backs, so I think we see enough passing volume for Carr to have a nice game.
In terms of weekly consistency, it's been an up-and-down season for Carr. Through seven games, Carr has finished as a top-eight fantasy QB in four games and as the QB20 (or worse) in three games including each of the past two. On the season, however, Carr has the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks and he has posted a 13:3 TD-INT ratio.
Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 8:
QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at DEN)
Once again, Rivers has had to deal with a disproportionate share of injuries, but he continues to produce in spite of that. On the season, he has scored the 10th-most fantasy points while throwing for 2,022 yards, 13 touchdowns and only four interceptions in seven games.
In fact, Rivers has thrown for 320-plus yards in four of his past five games. The exception? Week 6 vs. Denver (178 yards). Of course, all QBs struggle against the Broncos defense.
Denver is allowing 193.1 passing yards per game with four passing touchdowns allowed and five interceptions. The only two quarterbacks to exceed the 200-yard passing mark against them this season was Andy Dalton (206) and Matt Ryan (267).
If you're a glass-half-full person, Rivers will have both of his Denver matchups out of the way after this weekend and he gets the best fantasy playoff schedule -- Panthers, Raiders and Browns in Weeks 14 to 16.
QB - Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. NE)
Since a Week 1 matchup against his former team (Baltimore), Taylor has finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback in six consecutive weeks including the first time he faced the Patriots (QB14 in Week 4). Given the injuries among the team's skill-position players, however, it's hard to imagine Taylor doing much better than that QB14 performance he had the first time around. His rushing ability -- 271 yards and two TDs in seven games -- provides fantasy owners a floor to go along with plenty of upside, but there are at least 12 better options this week than Taylor.
QB - Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)
After a pair of top-12 performances in his first three games, Wentz has not played as well lately. Over the past three games, he has more turnovers (four) than touchdowns (three). In addition, he has back-to-back games with less than 200 passing yards and has finished as the QB29 in both weeks.
The matchup isn't as challenging this week against the Cowboys, who allow the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but Wentz should remain on your bench this week. Only the Bears are projected to score fewer points this week based on Vegas lines.
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