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2018 Week 8 Start_Sit: Trade Deadline Impact

Preseason Weekly Analysis

For Week 8 Start_Sit, it could have been possible to have top three RB, Le’Veon Bell, on this list, but there is no word yet on his return. NFL has their Trade Deadline approaching and teams are already making moves. Those moves have repercussions on all Fantasy teams. Look at Carlos Hyde, who was getting 20+ carries to splitting carries.

Everyone has to be aware of when the games are on Sunday because the Chargers and Titans were in London, playing at 9:30 in the morning. To the surprise of many, Chargers RB, Melvin Gordon, missed the game due to a hamstring problem. He was ruled out at about eight A.M. and some people still left him in their lineups.

You have to be aware of when the London games are. Jump ahead to Week 8, the Philadelphia Eagles are facing off against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Week 8 has the most teams on a bye this week. Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Chargers, and Tennessee Titans are all on a bye this week. Make sure you adjust your rosters accordingly.

Start

Quarterbacks

Carson Wentz, vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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This isn’t the same Jacksonville defense from 2017 and I have confidence that Wentz can have a good Fantasy day. Since he returned in Week 3 from his torn ACL he’s the fourth best QB in the Fantasy. Over the last three games, Jacksonville is allowing 30 points per game. Carson is capable of point up points and limiting turnovers which is great for his Fantasy value. Four of his five games, he has thrown for two or more touchdowns and he only has one interception. Wentz should have no problem having a productive game against the struggling Jacksonville defense.

Andrew Luck, vs Oakland Raiders

It’s official, Andrew Luck is back and is a viable candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. Through the first seven weeks of the NFL he is QB3 on the year. If you look back before their bye week in Week 7, the defense was allowing 29.3 points per game. Even with his starting TE, Jack Doyle, out for the whole season it hasn’t slowed down Luck. Week after week he’s shown that he is a starting Fantasy QB and this week is no different.

Running Backs

Marlon Mack, vs Oakland Raiders

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With multiple teams on bye weeks, Mack will be a very popular Waiver Wire addition. He is available in 44% of Yahoo leagues. The Raiders have allowed three 100 yard games to Todd Gurley, Phillip Lindsay, and Nick Chubb this season. Since Mack returned in Week 6 he’s averaging 6.9 yards per carry with 215 total rushing yards. It is clear he’s the starter in Indianapolis and for most of the season he’ll be a RB2.

James White, vs Buffalo Bills

Now that teammate, Sony Michel, is out with a knee injury that means more reps for White. I’m not saying he’s going to be getting the 18 or more carries. Before his 11 attempts on Sunday, the most carries that White had all season was eight. He could be in line for 15 carries on top of his usual double digit targets.

Wide Receivers

Josh Gordon, vs Buffalo Bills

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Each game that Gordon plays in feels like him and Brady are meshing together. His receptions aren’t appealing with only five in Week 6 and four in Week 7. Buffalo will be more focused on Gronk and White, that will leave Gordon with more targets. As each week passes, Gordon and Brady’s chemistry builds and that only benefits Josh Gordon in Fantasy.

Doug Baldwin, @ Detroit Lions

I have the utmost confidence in Seattle that they can figure it out and be a plus .500 team at the end of the season. The way Seattle does that is through Doug Baldwin. After suffering a sprained MCL in the season opener against Denver, Baldwin finally got back on track in Week 6. He had six receptions for 91 receiving yards. Against the Lions he should have no problem and I think he will score he first touchdown of 2018.

Tight Ends

C.J. Uzomah, vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Uzomah’s touchdown was one of the few bright spots in the Bengals’ disheartening loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. If you need a TE this week then you should have C.J. on your radar. He has taken advantage of his opportunity with teammates, Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft, both out with lower leg injuries. With four TE’s out on a bye, this makes C.J. a good streaming option against a vulnerable Tampa bay team.

Vance McDonald, vs Cleveland Browns

McDonald is owned in only 46% of Yahoo leagues so if you need a TE I would go ahead and pick him up. In his last game, prior to the bye week, he saw a season high in targets with eight. There is still no report of Le’Veon Bell coming back and that is still good news for Vance. In three of his last four games he has over 60 yards. A solid matchup against Cleveland is another reason to start McDonald this week.

Defenses

Philadelphia Eagles, @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Blake Bortles is starting for Jacksonville on Sunday, what more do I have to say. If he isn’t Bortles isn’t in there then backup, Cody Kessler. On Sunday it was the first time in since Week 3 he didn’t throw a interception. That isn’t saying much since he lost two fumbles and was benched. Philadelphia has multiple sacks in all, but one game this season. In most rankings the Eagles will be the top defense.

New England Patriots, vs Buffalo Bills

Look back at the games Buffalo has play and you’ll know why I have New England as a Start this week. Buffalo has failed to surpass more than 13 points in six of their seven games. To make the Patriots more of a reason to start it is worth noting the Bills have four single digit games. Every game this season the Patriots have an interception.

Sit

Quarterbacks

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Derek Carr, vs Indianapolis Colts


This trade sent a cataclysmic shock throughout the NFL. When your team trades the best WR on the roster and your starting RB goes on the injured reserve with a groin injury, what is the point of starting Carr. Oakland is in total rebuild mode and the whole roster is on edge. If you do have Carr on your roster I would drop him for someone like Mitchell Trubisky, who is owned in less than 60% of Yahoo leagues.

Alex Smith, @ New York Giants

There are so many injuries for this Washington offense and that damages Smith’s potential. Back to back games with less than 180 passing yards doesn’t translate well in Fantasy. Even with a positive matchup against the struggling Giants isn’t enough to make me put Smith in my starting lineups.

Running Backs

Duke Johnson Jr., @ Pittsburgh Steelers

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On Friday of last week, Cleveland traded Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville. Many people in the Fantasy Football industry thought that Duke Johnson’s role would increase, but to no avail. He had a single carry that went for negative four yards and caught four balls. I don’t see the Browns increasing his role anytime soon. Johnson will continue to see less than 7 touches per week while Nick Chubb is the starter.

Carlos Hyde, vs Philadelphia Eagles

As I said above, Carlos Hyde was sent to Jacksonville in a mind bottling move. While starting RB, Leonard Fournette, is recovering from his hamstring injury the Jaguars will still use T.J. Yeldon as their starter. At some point in this season the Jaguars will have Yeldon and Hyde split carries. I don’t believe Hyde will have much of a role this week and the only way he is fantasy relevant in Week 8 is if he scores a touchdown.

Wide Receivers

Keelan Cole, vs Philadelphia Eagles

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A spot on the bench this week is due to Blake Bortles being under center for Jacksonville this week. Ever sense Cole dropped a nuke on New England in Week 2, he has failed to drop a fire cracker. His most catches since that game is five and most receiving yards are 70. Cole has multiple games with 40 yards or less and looks more like a WR3 for Jacksonville.

Marvin Jones Jr., vs Seattle Seahawks

For some reason, Marvin is owned in 81% of Yahoo leagues. It looks like Detroit has no intentions on getting him more involved in their offense. Don’t get me wrong he has a lot of potential, but his downfall is the breakout of young stars. Detroit has established the run game and Kenny Golladay has moved behind Golden Tate as their best receiver. Jones has a grand total of 93 receiving yards and seven catches in the last three games. You’re better off streaming another WR or even dropping him at this point.

Tight Ends

Charles Clay, vs New England Patriots

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Are any Buffalo players worth keeping at this point? If you have Clay I would sit him on your bench this week. There was a possibility that with veteran QB, Derek Anderson, starting for Buffalo it would give life to the team. Sadly, we were mistaken and Buffalo continued to be themselves. I don’t believe that Clay has much Fantasy value nor do any Bills players.

Ricky Seals-Jones, vs San Francisco 49ers

Josh Rosen’s struggles are having an impact on all Arizona pass catchers. Ricky is having a tough time especially and it doesn’t get easier this week. He is against the San Francisco 49ers, who stopped him dead in his tracks last time. In Week 5, Seals-Jones had 6 targets, which tied his season high. The downfall was he didn’t have a single reception. You’re better keeping him on your bench this week.

Defenses

Denver Broncos, @ Kansas City Chiefs

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Just a few weeks prior, Denver was demolished by Kareem Hunt and the Chiefs. Their previous game, Denver allowed 27 points and had only one sack at the end of the game. As long as Patrick Mahomes is in command of that Kansas City offense I’m gonna sit any defense that faces them. Yes, Denver help the Chiefs to their season low in points, 27, but they are averaging 37 points per game.

Minnesota Vikings, vs New Orleans Saints

If you’re able to stream a defense like New England or Indianapolis I would do that instead. I’d take my chances with those two defenses against lesser offense than a defense playing a top three offense. New Orleans faced off against the best defense in Baltimore and managed to come out with a win. Baltimore managed only one sack, a fumble recovery, and allowed 24 points. This offense can’t be stopped and I don’t expect Minnesota to slow them down this week.

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Conlin Postma

Fantasy Football Writer at So Called Fantasy Experts
An aspiring Fantasy Football Analyst, a member of the #RavensFlock, and the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan you'll meet.

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