Sit/Start Week 8: Reviewing All Fantasy Relevant Players In Every Single Game

Fantasy Football Sit or Start recommendations for every player in Week 8 of the season.

Kickoff: Sunday, October 31st at 8:20 PM ET

Location: US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Betting Odds: DAL, -1.5, 55 Total on Sports Line

Network: NBC

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Quarterback

Dak Prescott (Start)

 

 

Dak Prescott is still not officially cleared to play this week, although he has been practicing on a limited basis and should be considered a start until we are told he isn’t playing. Prescott has been absolutely on fire the past two weeks tallying, 747 yards, 6 TDs to 2 INTs. This is an interesting matchup because the Vikings have allowed the third-fewest TDs (7) and fifth-fewest yards (1,382) to opposing quarterbacks. That being said, they haven’t faced Prescott and this high-powered offense, check on Prescott during the week and start him if the Cowboys do.

 

Running Backs

Ezekiel Elliot (Start), Tony Pollard (Flex option)

 

 

Ezekiel Elliot has 6 TDs in the past 5 games and is getting 70 percent of offensive snaps. In week 6, Zeke got involved in the receiving game collecting 7 receptions, for 50 yards. It seems like Zeke is going to get his touches no matter how the game goes. Tony Pollard has been more than a change of pace back for the Cowboys, he has taken his 30 percent of the snap share and turned in a great season so far. Averaging 6 yards/carry, 11.6 carries/game, and just about 3 targets/game. Keep Pollard in your lineups if you need a flex for the bye, he’s always got the potential to have a good game. Both will get touches but are startable in different situations, Zeke is undeniable, while Pollard is a flex option.

 

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

CeeDee Lamb (Start), Amari Cooper (Start), Michael Gallup (flex), Dalton Schultz (Start)

 

 

For this game, the Cowboys will need to bring all the firepower, which means roll out CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. There’s always a chance one of them won’t go off but do you really want to try and be cute by sitting either one? No, the answer is no! As far as the rest of the team, while Dalton Schultz has been a good player for fantasy, he is playing a team that is very good against the tight end position. The Vikings have only allowed 31 fantasy points to the tight end position, and have yet to give up a TD. You may want to lower your expectations this week. Michael Gallup looks like he could return in this game and I want to see who he takes targets from. Being that it is his first game back, I want to see how he looks after this game before I send him out on a week-to-week basis. At most he’s a flex this week.

 

Minnesota Vikings

 

Quarterback

Kirk Cousins (Start)

 

 

Kirk Cousins has been a bright side to this 3-3 start for the Minnesota Vikings. Keeping them in every game this year, as the Vikings have lost by 11 points in their 3 losses. Cousins has been his usually impressive self on the stat-line with 13 TDs to 2 INTs and 1,769 yards in 6 games this year. This week Cousins will get to play a middle of the pack, but very opportunistic Dallas Cowboys defense. This is a defense that gives up 8.2 yards/attempt, the Cowboys have also given up the fourth most 40+ yard plays (5) and the sixth most 20+ yard plays (27). Needless to say, this is a team that will give you a chance to score big points in fantasy. Start Cousins, Minnesota will need him in this potential shootout.

 

Running Backs

Dalvin Cook (Start)

 

 

Dalvin Cook is back and that means you keep him in your lineup, that also means Alexander Mattison isn’t playable. Cook made an immediate impact in his week 6 return, taking the Carolina Panthers’ strong run defense and turning it inside out with a 140 yard and one TD performance. The Cowboys’ defense has been good against the run this year, but in the past two games, they have allowed top 15 performances to Devontae Booker and Damien Harris. Overall if this game is to stay close then the Vikings are going to need Cook to put on a strong performance.

 

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Justin Jefferson (Start), Adam Thielen (Start), KJ Osburn (Sit), Tyler Conklin (Start)

 

 

These are two teams with very identical situations, where you’re not sitting the top dogs. Justin Jefferson doesn’t belong on your bench and this year Adam Thielen has continued his 2020 success with 5 TDs in 6 games. The real question for this squad is who do you start as the third option? For me it’s Tyler Conklin, because the Cowboys have given up 4 TDs and 60 fantasy points to opposing tight ends through 6 games. It’s obvious that this is a weak spot for that defense and Conklin has the talent to exploit it. This makes KJ Osburn the odd man out for this game.

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