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NFL Start ’em sit ’em Week 8: Daniel Jones set for a breakout, Allen Robinson another letdown

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Fantasy football Week 8 has arrived, so who should I start? Who should I sit? We have some answers right here in our start ’em sit ’em fantasy football guide, for some players who have awesome matchups, and some who should be riding the bench in Week 8.

Fantasy Football Week 8: Start ‘Em

Daniel Jones, quarterback, New York Giants

For those struggling to start or sit Daniel Jones in Week 8, start him in a favorable matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are giving up tons of passing yards per week and the second-most fantasy points to their opposing quarterbacks.

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Plus, Jones is going to need to throw plenty to keep pace with a Chiefs’ offense that will be looking to avenge last week’s horrific loss to Tennessee .

Michael Carter, running back, New York Jets

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Carter might be the only safe Jets’ player to start in Week 8 fantasy football lineups. Carter’s fantasy points are starting to increase by the week, with him having last recorded a total of 104 yards. In Week 8, look for Carter to be a safety blanket who sees multiple touches with backup Mike White filling in for Zach Wilson . In PPR formats, Carter makes a great Week 8 flex play against the Bengals.

Kenneth Gainwell, running back, Philadelphia Eagles

Gainwell is the next man up with Miles Sanders likely being sidelined with an ankle injury in Week 8. So, start Gainwell if you have him against a suspect Lions defense yielding the second-most RB fantasy points to date.

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Damien Harris, running back, New England Patriots

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After two huge weeks of production, Harris is a must-start fantasy RB in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Look for Harris to return RB1 fantasy numbers yet again, considering the Chargers have awarded the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.

Michael Pittman, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts

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With T.Y. Hilton missing Week 7, Pittman connected with Carson Wentz on four-of-four targets and returned 105 yards and one touchdown. In Week 8, Pittman is a start at home when the Colts host Tennessee. Through seven games, the Titans have allowed the most WR fantasy points. Pittman should cash big.

K.J. Osborn, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

In Week 8, start Osborn as a flex against the Dallas Cowboys and watch the fantasy points roll in. Prior to their bye week, the Cowboys had given up an average of 221 wide receiving yards per game on top of nine touchdowns. Osborn should make a fantasy impact while the Cowboys defense attempts to shut down Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.

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Fantasy Football Week 8: Sit ‘Em

Sam Darnold, quarterback, Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers benched Darnold in his last game for throwing one too many interceptions. Until we get more information on Darnold’s playing status, he is a QB fantasy sit ’em no matter who the Panthers are playing. While we wait and see, all Panthers players outside of D.J. Moore (and Christian McCaffrey when he returns ) are barely startable in any fantasy formats.

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Taylor Heinicke, quarterback, Washington Football Team

Heinicke struggled big time to keep up with the Green Bay Packers. Next up is a road game against Denver, whose defense last held Cleveland Browns’ backup QB Case Keenum to only 199 passing yards and one touchdown. Sit Heinicke in Week 8 if you have more alluring QB fantasy options.

Myles Gaskin, running back, Miami Dolphins

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On a weekly basis, Gaskin is a headache to start or sit. In Week 8, Gaskin should be on the bench on the road against the Buffalo Bills. Through six games, the Bills have given up the second-fewest RB fantasy points and just four touchdowns. Plus, the last time Gaskin played the Bills in Week 2, he combined for only 46 yards and no scores.

A.J. Dillon, running back, Green Bay Packers

Dillon barely touched the ball in Week 7 and when he did one of those times, he fumbled and got benched. Moving past that, Dillon is a fantasy sit ’em in Week 8 in what should be a tough Thursday Night Football matchup against the 7-0 Arizona Cardinals. The Packers likely won’t be in the position to run those gadgety plays from which Dillon rewards as a fantasy flex player. Find a better option than Dillon this game around.

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Allen Robinson, wide receiver, Chicago Bears

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Robinson is just not cutting it as a reliable fantasy football WR this season. After last producing two catches for 16 yards, Robinson is a fantasy sit until we see improvement with rookie QB Justin Fields . For what it’s worth, Robinson and the Bears next face the 49ers whose passing defense ranks third-best in the NFL. That’s a yucky situation no matter how we look at things.

Mo Alie-Cox, tight end, Indianapolis Colts

Scoring in his last two games, Alie-Cox might be hard-pressed to repeat that in Week 8. He will face the Titans that held him to just two catches and 18 yards with no touchdowns back in Week 2. Stingy against tight ends in general, Tennessee’s defense last limited Travis Kelce to just 65 yards, which is pretty low for him.

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