Week 8 of the NFL Season is already here. It’s flying by, sadly, so make sure you sit back and enjoy it. Also, enjoy the chaos, as this fantasy football season is unlike anything we have ever experienced. It’s a scary sight. Look below at my running back start/sit for Week 8.
Week 7 is in the books, and it was a chaotic week again. We saw big-time performances from names like Eno Benjamin, Gus Edwards, Alvin Kamara, and others. At the same time, we saw injuries occur to Breece Hall, Mike Boone, and others. Sigh. Now we are onto Week 8 in what will hopefully be a much better football week. I’ll be helping the Nerd Herd out this season with some running back Start/Sit for that week of fantasy football. Analysis and reasoning will be provided for every player that I mentioned. I’m here to help you win your fantasy football week and, ultimately, the championship. You might remember me from last year as I covered whom to start/sit at tight end. This year, I’m covering the running back start/sit.
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There is one thing I want to note. For this article and every running back start/sit article I write, I won’t be including players like Jonathan Taylor or Austin Ekeler. These are apparent starts so long as they aren’t on bye or injured. If you don’t start them, well, you’re a Taco. I’ll be focusing on players that are a bit harder to decide whether to start or what to expect from them. All scoring in this article series will be PPR. All stats/RB# number finishes come from FantasyPros. So, let’s make this a great season as we get to watch over 200+ games of NFL football. It’s back! Good luck with this dynasty fantasy football season.
Week 7 Recap
This is my recap of my picks from Week 7. They qualify as a “win” if they finish above the consensus for the “start” and a “loss” if they finish below the consensus for the “sit” in PPR scoring. Hopefully, Week 8 running back Start/Sit fare better!
I hope you started the Cowboys duo last week as they both surpassed expectations with Zeke finishing top-12. It was a terrific game from those two, though keep your eye on Zeke’s injury this week. Pierce was a let-down but still finished strong with an RB18 showing. Another strong week is on-tap for him perhaps. CEH started the game on the bench and didn’t see much work. Though it was enough to finish 33rd, but WAY below what FantasyPros expected. Someone who finished EVEN FURTHER below FantasyPros’ expectations is AJ Dillon so I hope you followed my advice and benched him. He finished as the RB60 overall. He’s a sit until further notice.
Start: D’Andre Swift, DET, RB19
Swift practiced in full on Wednesday, which sets up his return from his shoulder injury to happen this weekend. If Swift is fully healthy, there’s no way he doesn’t finish better than RB19. He’s an elite talent that can run the ball to the end-zone from anywhere on the field. Plus, he’s the Lions second-best receiving option which should mean that Goff targets him plenty. In PPR leagues, I’ll gladly start the star Swift in his first week back from injury. He faces the Dolphins, who are in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs. Fire up Swift and watch him burn the Dolphins’ defense this Sunday.
Start: Devin Singletary, BUF, RB24
The Bills are going to have lots of fun this Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers. This is true for Singletary, who should get plenty of run against the Packers meager defense. The Packers are giving up over 21.3 points to running backs a game. The Jets and Commanders just had good running games against the Packers. With the Bills oline and Singletary getting a bunch of receiving work, I like his odds to come off his bye and beat his RB24 projection.
Honorable Mentions: Brian Robinson Jr (RB29), Tony Pollard (RB21)
Sit: Michael Carter, NYJ, RB22
So, Breece Hall is out for the season with a torn ACL which means that Carter will get used a bunch, right? Right? Sorry Carter owners, the Jets traded for James Robinson, who has certainly proven to be a far better running back than Carter. Back to the bench you go, Carter. Robinson should see plenty of work despite being acquired Monday since he’ll have had a full practice week with the team. Against New England, who can be run on, I’d expect the Jets to use Jrob plenty, leaving Carter the flex-caliber player he always is. In this regard, that’s why I’d “sit” Carter, as it’s doubtful he will finish as a top-22 running back.
Sit: Tyler Allgeier, ATL, RB30
If you start Allgeier, you’re just hoping he scores a touchdown. Otherwise, it’s just not worth it to start him. With the Panthers playing decent defense and Mariota running the ball non-stop, I wouldn’t find myself wanting to start Allgeier at all. It’s a merry-go-round of running backs in Atlanta, and you never know who will get the vast share of touches. The Panthers are middle of the pack against running backs in terms of fantasy points allowed. So, maybe considering sitting Tyler since I doubt he will finish in the top 30 this week.
Honorable Mentions: David Montgomery (RB23)
Good luck this week with your running back start/sit dilemmas!
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