Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 8 Start or Sit

We’re 7 weeks in and Mike Williams just isn’t as fantasy relevant as we thought. T.Y. Hilton is still terrorizing the Texans and Kenny Golladay continues to be two faced.

Week 8 Start or Sit dives a little deeper for who you should consider for your lineups and looks to a couple of stars for who to sit.

Players who will shine

Darrell Henderson | RB | LA Rams

Henderson was one of the preseason darlings of fantasy football as many believed he would be the featured back if Todd Gurley was to miss any time. When week 1 rolled around, he wasn’t the backup and was even a healthy inactive during weeks 2 and 3.

Gurley eventually missed a game with injury and although he played second fiddle to Malcom Brown, Henderson impressed with a healthy 6.5 yards per carry against a lethal 49ers defense.

Last week Gurley returned to action but Brown was forced to miss allowing Henderson another shot at significant touches. He was handed 11 carries to Gurley’s 18 and while neither produced much, double digit touches are a significant workload on a team with tremendous offensive upside.

This week the Rams play by far the worst rush defense in the NFL as the Bengals reluctantly fly to London to get smashed. This game will likely be another dominant performance by LA.

Even if Brown returns from injury, Henderson should be the preferred backup and see at least double digit touches. Henderson will show is explosiveness while crushing the Bengals overseas on Sunday!

Prediction: 12 car 63 yards 1 td, 2 rec 14 yards: 14.7 pts  

D.K. Metcalf | WR |Seattle Seahawks

It has been two weeks since D.K. has flexed on an opponent and his team is also coming off a bad home loss. Seattle and Metcalf will look to get back on track this week in Atlanta against what could be the worst pass defense in the NFL.

The Seahawks will want to start fast and there is no better way to do that then through the air where Metcalf is averaging 19.5 yards per reception and tops all receivers in end-zone targets with 9. The Seahawks and Metcalf in particular, will put on an air show this week against the Falcons.

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Prediction: 6 rec 95 yards 2 td: 24.5 pts

Kenny Stills | WR | Houston Texans

Will Fuller has yet another lower body injury propelling Kenny Stills into the deep threat for Dashaun Watson. Stills was thrust into an almost every-down role last week after Fuller left the game. He saw a season high 94% of the offensive snaps and turned a modest 5 targets into 105 yards on 4 receptions.

This week he and Houston get a Raiders team allowing the 2nd most pass yards per game and who just shipped Gareon Conley out of town. With the Raiders making every attempt to limit DeAndre Hopkins, I expect Kenny Stills to torch the already horrible and even weaker Oakland pass D.

Prediction: 5 rec 113 yards 1 td: 19.8 pts

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Ride the Pine

Odell Beckham Jr. | WR | Cleveland Browns

Be careful what you wish for! Odell has as many receiving touchdowns as the Tennessee Titans o-lineman David Quessenberry with 1. The targets have been there, the big spectacular catches have been there, but the chemistry with Baker Mayfield has not.

Beckham and the Browns now face the Patriots who are clearly the best pass defense and who have also only surrendered 1 touchdown through the air. Also, when considering how New England has treated first- or second-year quarterbacks under Belichick along with their ability to completely take away a teams biggest threat, Odell is in for a frustrating Sunday.

It is Hard to bench a talent and player you probably drafted early such as he, but consider it this week against what may be an all-time great pass defense.

Prediction: 6 rec 67 yards: 9.7 pts

Melvin Gordon | RB | LA Chargers

Melvin has been smellin since returning after his lengthy hold out only amassing 81 yards on 36 carries so far. LA was averaging over 100 rushing yards during the 4 games he missed and since his return the Chargers haven’t ran for more than 39 yards.

Their continued attempts to force feed Gordon came back to haunt the Chargers in week 7 when he fumbled at the goal-line thus losing the game against the Titans. It has gotten worse for Melvin and company as starting guard Forrest Lamp was placed on IR and the turnstile on the O-line begins again for the Chargers.

Week 8 might look appetizing as the Bears have been gashed for over 150 yards on the ground since Akiem Hicks was placed on IR but those two games were against Oakland and New Orleans who field top level lines.

Chicago will feast on the Chargers less than stellar line on Sunday with LA deferring the aerial attack and Austin Ekeler for most of the game. Sit Gordon as poor play, a costly fumble, and a tough match-up will only cause you more anguish to his already disappointing season.

Prediction: 12 car 41 yards, 3 rec 16 yards: 7.2 pts


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