Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 8: Best and Worst RB Plays This Weekend
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em decisions present the most important and difficult choices for fantasy owners. If you hit on a player, you have a great chance of winning the week. If you miss, your chances go down the drain.
Week 8 is no different, and there are a lot of intriguing matchups that will make life difficult for fantasy owners.
But we'll take the guesswork away for you and give you clear and definitive answers to your burning Start 'Em, Sit 'Em decision.
Read on to find out.
Start 'Em: Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore has been on fire of late.
The running back has led the league in rushing yards since Week 4, according to Matthew Berry of ESPN.
He should extend that after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. The Jags are not good in any department, but they especially struggle against the run.
The Jags have the worst rush defense in the league, giving up an average of 153.3 yards per game.
The Niners will probably jump out to a big lead, and they will need to run the ball to run down the clock. Enter Gore. Gore is the perfect runner for that task—he's tough, he keeps his legs moving and he runs inside the tackles, meaning he won't stop the clock by stepping out of bounds.
Gore has five touchdowns this year. I think he's going to have seven by week's end. He's just too good for the Jags, and he will have a big game. He's a must-start and a perfect RB1.
Sit 'Em: Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints
This one will be a bit more controversial, but I do think it's the right call.
Sproles and the Saints will face the Buffalo Bills, who actually have a pretty good defense. According to Matthew Berry of ESPN, the Bills allow the second-fewest receptions and third-lowest receiving yards to running backs.
Sproles is most valuable in the passing game. He's not a traditional runner and has only run the ball 30 times this year. If he's shut down in the passing game, Sproles will not have a good game.
Because the Saints should blow the Bills out of the water, they will stick to running the ball to eat the clock. That means that guys like Pierre Thomas will get a lot of action.
Sproles is normally a must-start, but this week is an exception. It's a bad matchup, and he won't get too many chances to run the ball out of traditional formations.
It's going to be a quiet game for Sproles. Stay away.
Start 'Em: Chris Ivory, New York Jets
The Jets need to take pressure off of rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who has thrown an unacceptable 11 interceptions this year.
The team did a really good job of that last week with Chris Ivory. Ivory rushed 104 yards against the New England Patriots and carried the rock 34 times. The Jets need him to be successful. Otherwise, Smith will get them into too much trouble.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Ivory should put up another good game.
The Bengals do have a good rush defense, giving up only 97.9 yards per game.
But remember, the Jets need Ivory, and he's going to get the ball a lot. Last week, the Bengals gave up 77 yards to the Detroit Lions on the ground, but keep in mind that the Lions also threw the ball 51 times.
Ivory could carry the ball 40 times. He's going to put up yards and should easily eclipse 100. If you're looking for a RB2 in a bye week, look no further than Ivory. He's going to get a score or two and get you around 10 to 15 points, depending on the league.
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