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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

The NFL season is officially reaching its midway point as we enter Week 8. In Week 7, there was a bevy of wide receivers who balled out in fantasy football.

However, if you had Marvin Jones on your bench this past week, hopefully your days will be better moving forward. The Detroit Lions pass-catcher scorched the Minnesota Vikings defense for 10 receptions for 93 yards and four touchdowns.

Above all, Jones totaled 43.3 fantasy points that made you happy if he was on your team or made you close your fantasy football app if you were facing him. With that out of the way, let’s get into the wide receivers who could be in for a notable game in Week 8.

Before jumping into that, all of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) articles.

Without wasting any more time, here are the start ’em sit ’em wide receivers to start and sit in fantasy football in Week 8.

WRs to Start in Week 8

John Brown, Bills, Patriots

Bills’ John Brown (vs. Eagles): The Buffalo Bills don’t throw the ball a ton but when they do, chances are it is going to John Brown. The speedy wideout has been targeted at least five times and has gotten 50+ yards in every game this season.

This week, he’ll look to continue his touchdown streak to two games against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles’ abysmal defense has allowed 1,383 yards and 11 touchdowns to WRs (both most in the NFL).

Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett (vs. Falcons): Tyler Lockett has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy for the Seattle Seahawks. The big-play wide receiver has scored 11 or more fantasy points in six of the seven games that he’s played in.

Fortunately for him, up next is the Atlanta Falcons who are the ultimate ‘get right’ defense in the NFL right now. The Falcons defense is giving up nearly 42 points per game to WRs (fourth-most in the NFL).

Lions’ Marvin Jones (vs. Giants): Marvin Jones had himself quite the game in Week 7 so why not stick with the hot hand? The Detroit Lions will be without Kerryon Johnson for an extended period of time so they’ll have to lean on Matthew Stafford and the passing attack more.

Jones will get a chance to carry his momentum from this past Sunday into Week 8 against the New York Giants. The Giants have allowed 1,323 yards to WRs in 2019 (fourth-most in the NFL).

Other WRs to Start: Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. Dolphins), Titans’ Corey Davis (vs. Buccaneers), Texans’ KeKe Coutee (vs. Raiders)

WRs to Sit in Week 8

Odell Beckham Jr., Browns


Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. Patriots): Yes, Odell Beckham Jr. is still one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL but he hasn’t gotten acclimated with the Cleveland Browns just yet. This season, Beckham Jr. has just two games where he’s scored 16 or more fantasy points.

Sadly, it doesn’t appear as if he’ll get his third game of over 16 points in Week 8 as he will see Stephon Gilmore for the majority of the game. Additionally, the New England Patriots defense has allowed just one touchdown to WRs (best in the NFL).

Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery (vs. Bills): Despite the Philadelphia Eagles struggling, Alshon Jeffery has maintained a large share of the targets in the offense. Jeffery has had at least five targets in every game that he’s played in. But until Philadelphia solves their offensive woes, it’s tough to trust any of the wideouts on the roster.

It also doesn’t help that the veteran receiver will face TreDavious White and the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. The Bills defense has surrendered just two touchdowns to WRs (second-best in the NFL).

Panthers’ D.J. Moore (vs. 49ers): This seems to be the week of being wary of starting guys who have been consistent options in 2019. Next up on the sit list is D.J. Moore, who has scored 12 or more points in five of the six games that he’s played in.

The second-year wide receiver has gradually built a decent rapport with Kyle Allen over the weeks but this week he’ll face a dominant San Francisco 49ers defense. The 49ers defense has given up just 51 receptions to WRs this season (best in the NFL).