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The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 8 Start/Sit List: Offense

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Find success this weekend with the NFL Week 8 Start/Sit list for the offensive side of the ball!


We survived the BYE-Pocalypse and had some fun, hopefully. The Week 8 bye situation is a little more fantasy-friendly with only two teams that have the week off. So now check out the start/sit Week 8 offense edition!

Our favorite fantasy targets from the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders will leave a void in our lineups, but if we were able to get through Week 7 surely we can get through week 8!

Below are a few reminders of what to consider for lineup setting optimization!

The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

  1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
  2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
  3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
  4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

 Thursday Night Football

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals
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Packers

TrustAaron Rodgers QB, Aaron Jones RB

If You MustAJ Dillon RB, Robert Tonyan TE, Allen Lazard WR

Cardinals

TrustKyler Murray QB, DeAndre Hopkins WR, Chase Edmonds RB, Zach Ertz TE

If You MustJames Conner RB, Christian Kirk WR, Rondale Moore WR, A.J. Green WR

 

Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
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Dolphins

TrustMike Gesicki TE, Tua Tagovailoa QB, Jaylen Waddle WR

If You MustMyles Gaskin RB

Bills

TrustJosh Allen QB, Stefon Diggs WR, Dawson Knox TE (if active)

If You MustDevin Singletary RB, Zack Moss RB, Cole Beasley WR, Emmanuel Sanders WR

 

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
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Eagles

TrustJalen Hurts QB, DeVonta Smith WR, Dallas Goedert TE

If You MustMiles Sanders RB (if active), Kenneth Gainwell RB

BustJalen Reagor WR, Quez Watkins WR

Lions

TrustD’Andre Swift RB, T.J. Hockenson TE

If You MustJamaal Williams RB, Jared Goff QB, Amon-Ra St. Brown WR

 

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
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Panthers

TrustD.J. Moore WR, Sam Darnold QB Chuba Hubbard RB

If You MustRobby Anderson WR

Falcons

TrustCalvin Ridley WR, Kyle Pitts TE, Matt Ryan QB, Cordarrelle Patterson RB

If You MustMike Davis RB

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
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49ers

TrustDeebo Samuel WR, Elijah Mitchell RB

If You MustJimmy Garoppolo QB

Bust – Trey Sermon RB, Brandon Aiyuk WR

Bears

Trust- Khalil Herbert RB

If You MustJustin Fields QB, Cole Kmet TE, Allen Robinson WR, Darnell Mooney WR

Bust – Damien Williams RB

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
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Steelers

TrustNajee Harris RB, Diontae Johnson WR, Chase Claypool WR

If You MustBen Roethlisberger QB, Pat Freiermuth TE

 

Browns

TrustNick Chubb RB (if active), Jarvis Landry WR

If You MustD’Ernest Johnson RB, Odell Beckham Jr. WR (if active)

BustDemetric Felton RB, Rashard Higgins WR, Donovan People-Jones WR, Austin Hooper TE, David Njoku TE, Case Keenum QB

 

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
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Titans

TrustDerrick Henry RB, A.J. Brown WR

If You MustRyan Tannehill QB, Julio Jones WR (if active)

Colts

TrustJonathan Taylor RB, Michael Pittman WR

If You MustCarson Wentz QB, T.Y. Hilton WR (if active), Mo Alie-Cox TE

BustNyheim Hines RB, Zach Pascal WR

 

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets
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Bengals

TrustJoe Burrow QB, Ja’Marr Chase WR, Tyler Boyd WR, Tee Higgins WR, Joe Mixon RB

If You MustC.J. Uzomah TE

BustSamaje Perine RB, Chris Evans RB

Jets

TrustCorey Davis WR

If You MustMichael Carter RB, Jamison Crowder WR

BustTevin Coleman RB, Ty Johnson RB

 

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans
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Rams

TrustMatthew Stafford QB, Cooper Kupp, WR, Darrell Henderson RB, Robert Woods WR, Tyler Higbee TE

If You MustSony Michel RB

Texans

If You MustBrandin Cooks WR

BustDavid Johnson RB, Phillip Lindsay RBDavis Mills QB, Nico Collins WR

Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers
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Patriots

TrustDamien Harris RB, Hunter Henry TE

If You MustJakobi Meyers WR, Jonnu Smith TE, Mac Jones QB

Chargers

TrustJustin Herbert QB, Austin Ekeler RB, Keenan Allen WR, Mike Williams WR

If You MustJared Cook TE

BustJustin Jackson RB, Larry Rountree RB

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks
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Jaguars

TrustMarvin Jones WR, James Robinson RB, Laviska Shenault WR

If You MustTrevor Lawrence QB, Dan Arnold TE

Seahawks

TrustD.K. Metcalf WR, Tyler Lockett WR, Alex Collins RB

If You Must – Geno Smith QB, Gerald Everett TE

 

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos
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Football Team

TrustAntonio Gibson RB (if active), Terry McLaurin WR, Ricky Seals-Jones TE

If You MustTaylor Heinicke QB, J.D. McKissic RB

Broncos

TrustCourtland Sutton WR, Noah Fant TE

If You MustMelvin Gordon RB, Javonte Williams RB, Tim Patrick WR, Teddy Bridgewater QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
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Buccaneers

Trust – Tom Brady QB, Mike Evans WR, Chris Godwin WR, Antonio Brown WR (if active), Leonard Fournette RB

Bust Ronald Jones RB

Saints

TrustAlvin Kamara RB

If You MustJameis Winston QB, Marquez Callaway WR

 

Sunday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
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Cowboys

TrustDak Prescott QB, Ezekiel Elliott RB, Amari Cooper WR, CeeDee Lamb WR, Dalton Schultz TE

If You MustTony Pollard RB

Bust Blake Jarwin TE, Cedrick Wilson WR

Vikings

TrustKirk Cousins QB, Dalvin Cook RB, Justin Jefferson WR, Adam Thielen WR

If You MustK.J. Osborn WR, Tyler Conklin TE

Monday Night Football

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs
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Giants

TrustSaquon Barkley RB (if active), Sterling Shepard WR (if active), Kadarius Toney WR (if active)

If You MustDevontae Booker RB (if Barkley is inactive), Kenny Golladay WR (if active), Daniel Jones QB, Evan Engram TE

Chiefs

TrustPatrick Mahomes QB, Tyreek Hill WR, Travis Kelce TE, Darrel Williams RB

If You MustMecole Hardman WR

Bust Jerick McKinnon RB, Josh Gordon WR

Good luck and enjoy the games!


Thank you for reading my NFL Week 8 Start/Sit list for offensive players! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me
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