Start Hunter Henry in Week 8
By: Matt Gruber
Week eight is upon us and it is time for the weekly starts and sits. This is the eighth installment of the 17-piece series aimed to help you make the roster decisions to give you an edge over your opponent. Let’s jump into it and win some championships.
Start: Teddy Bridgewater – Denver Broncos
In seven games this season, Teddy Bridgewater was thrown at least two touchdowns in five of those games. He has also hit at least 250 yards in four of these games. This week he has a juicy matchup against the Washington Football Team. Ranked last against the pass, Washington has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for at least 250 yards in each game this year. Furthermore, they have given up at least two passing touchdowns in five consecutive weeks. Start Bridgewater with confidence this week.
Honorable Mentions: Daniel Jones @ KC, Kirk Cousins vs. DAL, Carson Wentz vs. TEN
Sit: Mac Jones – New England Patriots
Coming off his best week of the season, I am tempering my expectations for Mac Jones in week eight. He is going up against the Los Angeles Chargers who are ranked fifth best against quarterbacks. Allowing an average of just 15 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, I expect New England to focus on running the ball in this one. Look for other options at quarterback this week.
Honorable Mentions: Taylor Heinicke @ DEN, Tua Tagovailoa @ BUF, Jared Goff vs. PHI
Start: James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
Fresh off a bye, look for James Robinson to pick up right where he left off. He has put up at least 17 fantasy points in four consecutive weeks. This week, he faces the Seattle Seahawks who have been awful against opposing running backs. Allowing at least 23 fantasy points to opposing backs in six of their seven games, start Robinson this week and don’t think twice.
Honorable Mentions: Chuba Hubbard @ ATL, Joe Mixon @ NYJ, Darrel Williams vs. NYG
Sit: Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After a slow start, Leonard Fournette has been impressive these last few weeks. However, this week he plays against a stout run defense in the New Orleans Saints. Bottling up Seahawks running backs this past week, the Saints have yet to allow more than 85 rushing yards to opposing running backs. I think it will be a long day for Fournette. Look for an alternative at running back this week.
Honorable Mentions: Mike Davis vs. CAR, Myles Gaskin @ BUF, James Conner vs. GB
Start: Courtland Sutton
I am expecting a big game from Courtland Sutton this week. If the blurb on Teddy Bridgewater was not enough for you, then continue reading here. Facing the Washington Football Team, the matchup does not get any better. Washington is allowing an average of 38 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Giving up at least two touchdowns to receivers in three consecutive games, Sutton is in line to win some weeks.
Honorable Mentions: Emmanuel Sanders vs. MIA, Michael Pittman vs. TEN, Tyler Lockett vs. JAX
Sit: Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
While his 15 targets last week were an encouraging sign, I still need to see more from Tee Higgins to plug him into my lineup. Since returning from injury, he has yet to score double-digit fantasy points. Additionally, he has not eclipsed 65 receiving yards all season. To make matters even worse, fellow wideout, Ja’Marr Chase is popping off. I am looking for better options this week.
Honorable Mentions: Robert Woods @ HOU, Jakobi Meyers @ LAC, DeVante Parker @ BUF
Start: Hunter Henry – New England Patriots
Hunter Henry has scored a touchdown four weeks in a row. While his receptions and yards may be a bit low, scoring is everything. I think there is a good chance he finds the end zone again this week. Not only is fellow tight end Jonnu Smith dealing with a shoulder injury, but he is going up against the Los Angeles Chargers. This is good news considering the fact the Chargers have allowed a touchdown to opposing tight ends in five of their six games. In a position lacking playmakers, you could do worse this week.
Honorable Mentions: Tyler Higbee @ HOU, C.J. Uzomah @ NYJ, Tyler Conklin vs. DAL
Sit: Ricky Seals-Jones – Washington Football Team
Facing the Denver Broncos this week, Ricky Seals-Jones will be staying on my bench this week. Ranked fourth best against tight ends, the Broncos have not allowed a single touchdown to opposing tight ends. I think for Seals-Jones to have a productive week, he will need to find the endzone. I am not too confident that he will be able to this week. Look elsewhere for tight end options.
Honorable Mentions: Dalton Schultz @ MIN, Jared Cook vs. NE, Mo Alie-Cox vs. TEN
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