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Fantasy Football Week 8: Start'em, Sit'em

- Updated: Saturday, October 27th

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, Jameis Winston 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 Winston, you should start Rodgers -- and in turn, bench Winston.

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).

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Week 8 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at CIN)

Before the team's Week 5 bye, Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for Jameis Winston. If you exclude that game, the Bucs starting quarterback has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy quarterback in all five games where the starter finished it. In addition, both Fitzpatrick and Winston have individually finished as the weekly QB1 this season.

With two 2018 starts under his belt, Winston has thrown for 365-plus yards each week to go along with 86 combined rushing yards as well. Of course, Fitzpatrick had a historic start to his season with three consecutive 400-yard passing games.

Facing the Bengals on the road, the Bucs are 4.5-point underdogs in a game with the second-highest game total (54.0) of the week. Both quarterbacks in this game have top-five matchups in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks so there's a good chance that Winston and the Bucs have another top-10 QB performance this week.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (at KC)

Lindsay had 14 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown last week and added a six-yard reception in the Thursday night win over the Cardinals. Lindsay now has 14-plus touches in three of his past four games and five of his seven games played this season. Helping his workload cause this week, fellow rookie Royce Freeman has already been ruled out.

Except for Week 3 when he ejected from the game early and had just four touches, Lindsay has finished as a top-30 fantasy running back (standard scoring) with 11-plus PPR points every week. Averaging 5.81 yards per carry this season, the UDFA has yet to average below 4.5 YPC in any game this season.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CLE)

Smith-Schuster had a 100-yard game against the Bengals last week and now has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in four of seven games this season. Not only did he have a 100-yard game against the Browns in Week 1, but he ended his rookie season with a 143-yard performance against them in the final game of 2017.

Over his past 16 games, the second-year receiver has a 92/1,376/7 line with 100 yards and/or a touchdown in 11 of his past 14 games. Looking to extend his 100-yard streak against the Browns to three games, Smith-Schuster is a top-10 option for me this week.

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Week 8 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (at PIT)

Not only has Njoku scored in back-to-back games, but the second-year tight end has exceeded 50 receiving yards in four consecutive weeks. In those four games, he has averaged nine targets per game and has a total of 22 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Even though he had just 3/13 against them in Week 1, the Steelers have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.

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