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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Teddy Bridgewater, JuJu Smith-Schuster

Week 8 is upon us and these crucial next few weeks will begin to separate the wheat from the chaff.

There are four teams on bye this week — Cardinals, Broncos, Texans and Washington Football Team — meaning you need to remove Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson, et al. from your lineups. Luckily, there are a number of favorable matchups, including Cowboys-Eagles and Panthers-Falcons, as well as some you should steer clear of, including Lions-Colts and Steelers-Ravens.

Below are some good plays for Week 8 of the 2020 NFL season and others you should consider avoiding.

If you need a streaming option or injury fill-in, check out Week 8 waiver wire pickups here. 

Who to Start in Week 8

Teddy Bridgewater (QB), Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons

Bridgewater has finished as a top-13 quarterback in three of his last four matchups with his lone “bad game” in that stretch coming against the Bears. He completed 23 of 28 pass attempts for 254 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions last week in New Orleans and now gets the Falcons, who are 31st in the NFL against wide receivers. He remains a bit matchup dependent, but is a great streaming option and falls into low-end QB1 territory with top-five upside this week.

Le’Veon Bell (RB), Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets

Bell will face his former squad just weeks after his Oct. 13 release. It will be a fun revenge matchup which should offer plenty of scoring opportunities for the Chiefs. His fantasy value has increased since his time with the Jets, even with limited touches while splitting work with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Bell falls into the low-end RB2 range with slightly more upside in PPR formats.

Boston Scott (RB), Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys

Scott looked like a different running back on Thursday night against the Giants than he did in Week 1 when filling in for Miles Sanders. He had 12 rushing attempts for 46 yards and caught three of five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. Sanders will likely miss this game while recovering from a knee injury he suffered in Week 6 against the Ravens, meaning Scott should be a high-end RB2 this week against the Cowboys, who struggle defending almost anything.

Brandon Aiyuk (WR), San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Aiyuk was a popular Week 8 waiver wire add in light of the 49ers’ hobbled receiving corps. Deebo Samuel will likely miss this week and next with a hamstring strain, which should mean more targets for the 2020 first-rounder. He reeled in six of seven targets for 116 yards in a difficult matchup on the road against the Patriots. Aiyuk is a solid start this week in a favorable NFC West showdown opposite a struggling Seahawks secondary and should fall into the WR2 range.

Tee Higgins (WR), Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tennessee Titans

Higgins caught five of five targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ Week 7 loss to the Browns. The exciting rookie has great chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow and is becoming the No. 2 option in this offense behind Tyler Boyd. He is a high-upside flex option this week against the Titans’ defense, which has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers.

Hunter Henry (TE), Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos

Henry had a brutal Week 7 and posted his worst fantasy performance of the year. He caught three of seven targets for 23 yards, but remains a TE1 this week against the Broncos, especially with the number of looks he’s consistently getting from quarterback Justin Herbert.

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Who to Sit in Week 8

Matthew Stafford (QB), Detroit Lions vs. Indianapolis Colts

Stafford has been underwhelming for the most part this season after a very strong 2019. He has finished as a QB1 in just one week this year and was unable to capitalize on a soft matchup against the Falcons last week. He completed 25 of 36 for 340 yards and one touchdown. He faces a much tougher opponent this week versus the Colts, who boast one of the top pass rushes in the league. Stafford falls outside of the QB1 conversation, even with Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray on byes.

J.K. Dobbins (RB), Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Ravens coach John Harbaugh characterized running back Mark Ingram’s high-ankle sprain as not serious and said Ingram would probably play in Week 8. This doesn’t bode well for Dobbins, who has failed to perform even when Ingram is off the field. He saw nine rushes for 28 yards and caught two of four passes for one yard with Ingram missing most of the game. Dobbins is an RB3 with a near-zero floor, especially against the Steelers’ top-notch run defense.

Jerick McKinnon (RB), San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

McKinnon disappointed fantasy managers in a huge way in Week 7 with three rush attempts for -1 yard, all without Raheem Mostert on the field. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game the team had planned on resting McKinnon after a big early-season workload, which comes after he missed two full seasons with a knee injury. McKinnon is an RB3 and a borderline liability to roster at this point.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR), Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Smith-Schuster might be a tempting start, especially after it looked like he turned a corner against the Titans. He caught nine of 14 targets for 85 yards opposite an inexperienced Titans’ secondary. He will now hit the road to face the Ravens, who have one of the best secondaries in the league, including slot cornerback Marlon Humphrey. It’s not a good matchup, especially in light of Smith-Schuster’s usage this season. He’s a flex play, and the least desirable of the three Pittsburgh wideouts.

Darius Slayton (WR), New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Darius Slayton experience has been a rollercoaster all season. He has had three solid performances and four complete duds, including Week 7 against the Eagles. He caught two of four passes for 23 yards and was eclipsed by Sterling Shepard, who returned from a four-game absence battling a toe injury. Slayton’s four targets to Shepard’s eight is alarming and downgrades the second-year receiver to a flex option, especially in a difficult matchup against the Buccaneers’ stout defense this week.

Dalton Schultz (TE), Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Schultz’s fantasy value was effaced when Dak Prescott was knocked out for the season with a gruesome ankle injury. He caught two of four passes for 22 yards as the anemic Cowboys’ offense managed to put up a meager three points in their Week 7 loss to the Washington Football Team. His targets have dwindled with Andy Dalton under center and he will be further downgraded moving forward with 2020 seventh-rounder Ben DiNucci likely taking over. He isn’t startable in any format at this point.

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