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2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Running Backs

2021 fantasy football, running backs

The running back position saw some great play for fantasy football during Week 7. Let’s continue or fantasy football series with a breakdown on who you should consider for the running back position.

We are right in the middle of the fantasy football season. This is a crucial time to focus on your roster because wins mean a lot right now. With bye weeks happening, there are a lot of running backs to be considered for this week. Some injuries have forced others to rise up as well as fall. Many backups are starting right now and these guys can seriously elevate your fantasy team at this point in the season. Let’s take a look at the running backs you should consider starting as well as sitting this week.

Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are on this list a lot this week. Joe Burrow, Jamar Chase, and now Joe Mixon are all viable starters for this matchup against the Jets. Mixon is on the rise as a running back and is the Bengals’ clear starter for the future. He doesn’t always blow up and dominate a game, but he’s done it enough to be considered a constant starter for your fantasy team. Mixon only rushed for 59 yards last week but scored a touchdown that raised his fantasy points.

He faces a Jets defense ranked dead last against the run. This should be a great time for Mixon to explode for a solid fantasy game. He could be in line for his first multiple-touchdown game of the year this week. The Bengals offense is rolling right now, and seem to be able to control every game they play. That only helps Mixon’s projection.

James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars 

The Jags are coming off of a bye week. Robinson is playing like one of the better backs in the league this year. His first two games of the year didn’t bold well for him, but he has certainly bounced back. He’s reached at least 19 fantasy points in his last four games and should keep up the momentum against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks are ranked 31st against the run, just barely above the Jets. Robinson is in line for a breakout game, similar to the one against the Titans a few weeks back. There should be no reason he doesn’t reach over 100 yards. If he adds a touchdown then that’s just an added bonus.

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears

Herbert is one of those under-the-radar backs right now. Because of the injury to David Montgomery and Damien Williams getting covid-19, Herbert is the next man up. Over the last two weeks, Herbert notched over 18 fantasy points in back-to-back weeks. He’s received over 18 carries in each of his last three games and that production won’t stop this week.

He will face the San Francisco 49ers who are ranked 16th against the run. The Bears are struggling to pass, so Justin Fields will feed Herbert a ton this week. He’s been handing it off to him almost every single drive, so Herbert should be in line for another strong performance in Week 8.

Fantasy Running Backs Week 8 Sit ‘Em

Antonio Gibson, Washington Football Team

Gibson is not playing as he’d like to right now. He has a combined 12 fantasy points over his last two games. Gibson played well prior but is trending in the wrong direction at this point in the season. He’s getting the carries but the yardage isn’t there. Gibson only found the endzone three times this season.

He faces a solid Denver Broncos defense who is ranked 9th against the run. The Broncos just lost Von Miller to a knee injury, but I don’t think that will have much of a factor for Gibson. Until Gibson proves to regain his momentum, he shouldn’t be a starter this week if you have other options.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins

Gaskin is a streaky running back for the Dolphins. He torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a few weeks ago with over 10 catches and two TDs from the running back position. That’s really been about it, although he did find the endzone last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Gaskin needs to prove that he is a consistent producer if he is going to start. He reached 17 fantasy points last week but will need to constantly do that to be a solid option.

Mike Davis, Atlanta Falcons

Davis is a steady and average running back this year. His highest outing is 13 points, and prior to last week, his lowest was 10 points. He only reached a grand total of one fantasy point last week with 10 total rush yards.

The Falcons are loving Cordarrelle Patterson at running back right now, and look to favor him completely. Davis will need to score multiple touchdowns and start earning more carries for him to be a viable option moving forward.