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By: Jett Rosenstein
Welcome back to “The Playbook.” The one-stop shop that gets you ready for the week ahead in fantasy football. Everything from who to start, who to sit, who to buy low, who to sell high, and much more. For fantasy managers, the goal every week is to set the best possible lineup and be celebrating a victory when it is all said and done. So, let’s get right into it!
QB Carson Wentz (IND)
Is Carson Wentz back? While he may never return back to his MVP form, Wentz is looking like a serviceable option for fantasy owners. He currently has 11 pass TDs and 1 INT on the year. In Week 8, Wentz faces off against a Titans defense that is allowing the 6th most points to opposing QBs. He may not have elite upside but he will put up respectable numbers.
RB Kenneth Gainwell (PHI)
With Miles Sanders slated to be inactive for the Week 8 duel with the Lions, Kenneth Gainwell looks to take control of the backfield. Yes, he has to deal with Boston Scott, but Gainwell is the more talented back. The Lions are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing RBs. With Gainwell’s ability to get involved in the receiving game, he should have a solid floor with the ability for more if he finds the endzone.
WR Emmanuel Sanders (BUF)
The veteran, Emmanuel Sanders make another appearance in my weekly start/sit column. Sanders has been one of the better finds off the waiver wire this year. He is currently the WR28 in PPR formats. In Week 8, he will be facing off against a Dolphins defense that is allowing the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing WRs. This Bills offense will thrive come Sunday and Sanders will look to carve out a steady dose of work.
RB Myles Gaskin (MIA)
When the Dolphins feed Myles Gaskin the ball, good things happen. With Malcolm Brown now placed on short-term IR, Gaskin should be dominating this Dolphins backfield. However, in Week 8, the Dolphins face off against a Bills defense that shut them out several weeks back. They are also allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Stay away!
WR Jakobi Meyers (NE)
Every week, we continue to hope that Jakobi Meyers will find the end zone and that has yet to come to fruition. He is suitable most weeks in PPR formats, but his upside is unfortunately capped. Now, he has to travel to Los Angeles to face a Chargers defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing WRs. Hopefully, you have a better option.
TE CJ Uzomah (CIN)
I get why people are starting to hop on the CJ Uzomah hype train. He has scored 3 TDs in the last 2 games. While he is facing a Jets defense that has been generous to opposing TEs, you are going to have to hope for a TD from Uzomah in this one. On top of that, there are plenty of other mouths to feed on this Bengals offense.
RB David Montgomery (CHI)
Currently, David Montgomery is sitting on the short-term IR waiting to get healthy and continue where he left off. He should be returning within the next few weeks. While Khalil Herbert has taken the opportunity and ran with it in Montgomery’s absence, this is still his backfield. There may be someone in your league that cannot afford to wait on Montgomery to return so that's where you can swoop in and get him for cheap.
RB Elijah Mitchell (SF)
I love what Elijah Mitchell brings to the table. Ever since the 49ers RB room has been decimated due to injury, Mitchell has stepped up when healthy. Just last week he ran for over 100 yards and a TD against a solid Colts defense. However, can we really trust Kyle Shanahan to continue to give one back the bulk of the carries? JaMycal Hasty has been involved through the air and Jeff Wilson’s return is imminent. Mitchell is sure going to have his fair share of productive outings, but can we really trust him when we need him most?
Jakobi Meyers finds the end zone for the first time in his career
While this may not seem like a bold prediction for anyone else in the NFL, at this point this can be defined as bold when referring to Jakobi Meyers. Yes, it may seem contradictory considering I just advised on sitting Meyers, but this is a bold prediction for a reason. Meyers has thrown for 2 passing TDs but has caught 0 receiving touchdowns in his first 36 games. Meyers sees a decent amount of volume and the Pats will need to throw the ball to keep up with the Chargers. Meyers will finally get to rejoice!
Rob Gronkowski picks up right back where he left off and finishes as a Top 3 TE
To start the season, Rob Gronkowski had 2 TDs in back-to-back games. Then, he suffered an injury in Week 3 and has not played since. But, Gronk makes his return in Week 8 against the division-rival Saints. Antonio Brown will be inactive in this game and Gronk has the best connection amongst the remaining Bucs weapons. He may be a little bit rusty, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few Gronk spikes en route to a top 3 TE finish in PPR formats.