Start ’em, Sit ’em advice for Week 8

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Start ’em, Sit ’em advice for Week 8


Halloween is here, the season of tricks and treats. Ghosts and goblins. Witches and warlocks. It’s also the season of candy corn, the disgusting confection that tastes like the plastic road pylons they resemble. My mom always put out a candy dish of the stuff in the fall. No one ever ate it. By Oct. 31 it became a gelatinous sticky mess. Najee Harris, Kyle Pitts, D’Andre Swift, Keenan Allen, Cam Akers and James Connor are Fantasy Football candy corn; all sticky and messy. As we look at our Giddy Ups! and Whoa Downs! for Week 8, make sure to check the NFL injury reports before submitting your lineups.

Daniel Jones, QB The Giants QB put up 20 or more points in three of his last four games. He’s doing it with his arm and legs, running for over 300 yards. The Seahawks defense doesn’t scare anyone, giving up the 11th most Fantasy points to QBs. If you need a bye replacement for Mahomes or Herbert, Jones is your man.

Jameis Winston, QB Check to see if Winston is starting. I would be surprised if the Saints roll out Andy “Pick-Six” Dalton again. The Raiders are dead last in QB points per game. Winston should put up huge numbers in an expected shootout. If Winston is still out, you could do worse than Dalton.

Gus Edwards, RB With mothballs flying off his shoulder pads, Gus came out of storage to lead the Ravens with 66 yards and two TDs last week. Start him against the Bucs who were just shredded for 181 yards by D’Onta Foreman and Chuba Hubbard.

Michael Carter, RB The Patriots have the No. 1 run defense, but the Bears pounded them for 240 yards on Monday night. Last year Carter had 11 and 19 points against the Pats. The newly acquired James Robinson will take a game or two to get acclimated. For this week in the Jets’ run-first offense, Carter is a solid RB2.

Wan’Dale Robinson, WR — Robinson caught six of eight targets for 50 yards in the first half against Jacksonville. Game-scripted plays for the 2022 second-rounder show the Giants have big plans for him. The Seahawks, Texans and Lions are next on the schedule. You can start Robinson every week.

George Pickens, WR The Steelers will not beat the Eagles this weekend. But playing in catch-up mode for most of the game will only enhance the stats for Pickens. I predict 80+ yards and a garbage-time touchdown.

Greg Dulcich, TE — The mustachioed Dulcich is on a two-game tear. He needs no costume to be Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” for Halloween. The resemblance is inconceivable. “Hello! My name is Greg Dulcich. You unskilled fodder. Prepare to die!”

Marcus Mariota, QB Thirteen passes. That’s how ridiculously few attempts Mariota made last week when down 21-0 in the first 16 minutes to Cincinnati. Head coach Arthur Smith makes Falcons fans long for Norb Hecker (4-23 in 1966-67). Atlanta’s passing game is worse than getting an apple on Halloween.

Tom Brady, QB Witchiepoo has put a spell on Brady. An internet rumor says Gisele Bundchen is a white witch and has cursed him this season. It’s working.

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Dontrell Hilliard, RB After back-to-back four catch games and a TD, Hilliard had zero receptions and one carry in a flex spot last week. His only value is trading him to the owner of Derrick Henry.

A.J. Dillon, RB — Wasn’t Dillon supposed to cut into Aaron Jones’ playing time? That has not happened. He had 18 carries in Week 2, and only four in Week 7. Bench him in Buffalo.

Parris Campbell, WR Rookie QB Sam Ehlinger is now at the helm as Indianapolis gives up on the season. To quote ex-Colt coach Sam Pagano: “It’s almost a waste.” Downgrade all Indy WRs for now.

Hunter Renfrow, WR — It’s the Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs show in Vegas. They are the main attraction. The big stars. Renfrow is barely an usher.

Kyle Pitts, TE They say that breaking up is hard to do. Now I know, I know that it’s true. Don’t say that this is the end. Instead of breaking up, I wish that I could please re-draft again.

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