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/sit decisions still matter Authentic Alec Ogletree Jersey , good for you. We’re about halfway through the season if you start your playoffs in Week 14. These games really start to feel like they mean more for playoff leverage and with the four-team byes in full swing, start/sit decisions can be even more stressful than usual. Hopefully, this can be here to help. Hopefully.Here’s start/sit for Week 8Running backStart: Adrian Peterson, Washington RedskinsPeterson is only averaging 16.8 rushing attempts per game, but his 73 rushing yards per game is his best since 2015. He’ll be facing a Giants defense that just traded away Damon Harrison and while B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson are good, they’re not Damon Harrison, at least not yet. It also wouldn’t be surprising to see Washington with a lead fairly early on that will allow the game script to flow through Peterson and the Washington running game.Start: Kerryon Johnson, Detroit Lions If the Lions haven’t figured out they need to use Kerryon Johnson more by now... Last week he had 19 carries for 158 yards against a Miami defense that’s still 11th in DVOA against the run after that performance. Johnson and the Lions will face a Seahawks defense that’s 12th in DVOA against the run and has allowed the 19th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. It’s not a great matchup, but it’s not terrible and could be a close enough game for the Lions to keep Johnson involved.Sit: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis ColtsMack took over as the clear lead back when he returned from injury — 12 carries for 89 yards in Week 6 and 19 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. But injury might be the issue here. Mack was downgraded to a DNP on Thursday, so his status for the game is unknown. Even if Mack does play and isn’t 100 percent, he’s not so much of a workhorse and the Colts do have more depth at running back that Indianapolis wouldn’t have to continually give him the ball.Side note: Monitor Mack’s status if you have Nyheim Hines. He’s a good start is Mack is out, but probably a sit even if Mack plays at less than 100 percent.Sit: Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde just before Week 7’s games, but he was inactive on Sunday. This game against the Eagles in London will be Hyde’s first official game with Jacksonville, but until his usage is revealed, it’s probably best to stay away. Against Houston last week, T.J. Yeldon took most of the snaps and touches — 12 rushes and seven targets — over Jamaal Charles, who was released this week. We don’t know if this is going to be a 50-50 split or if Yeldon will still be the lead back with Leonard Fournette sidelined and that’s just not a gamble you should want to take.Wide receiverStart: John Brown, Baltimore RavensBrown is someone you should almost not think twice about starting every week. He’s the top target on the Ravens, even as opponents don’t treat him like it. Last week against the Saints, Michael Crabtree saw Marshon Lattimore more often than Brown. Brown has been targeted on 39.3 percent of Baltimore’s air yards, which is the fifth-highest share in the league per Next Gen Stats. He’s also going up against a Panthers defense that ranks 30th in big play rate. Start: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati BengalsDon’t let last week’s bummer of a performance stop you from being excited about a wonderful matchup against the Buccaneers defense. While the Chiefs have been moderately improving on defense — especially against the pass — the Bucs have not. Tampa ranks 32nd against the pass and a change at defensive coordinator isn’t really going to help the lack of talent in the secondary. Boyd has been a fantasy dud in two of the past three weeks, but there’s nothing like a game against a terrible pass defense to turn that ship around.Sit: Michael Crabtree, Baltimore RavensCrabtree leads the Ravens in targets, but his actual role isn’t all that appealing. He’s targeted downfield signifcantly less than Brown — 25.1 percent of Baltimore’s air yards — and he hasn’t been great after the catch, averaging just 2.6 YAC per reception against an expected 4.2, per Next Gen Stats. He’s a better play in PPR leagues because of the volume Authentic Nate Solder Jersey , but against a defense that gives up long plays as often as the Panthers do, it opens up the chance for Crabtree to be overshadowed by Brown.Sit: Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay BuccaneersGodwin’s production really hasn’t been there since Week 3 and he hasn’t been one of Jameis Winston’s top targets since the quarterback change was made. Godwin saw six targets last week against the Cleveland Browns, but that was only fourth on the team. He’s going against a Bengals team that has fared better against WR3’s in coverage than 1’s and 2’s, so this could be a high target game for Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. With Godwin now you’re banking on a touchdown for him to be startable and he’s only had two targets inside the 20 since Week 3, both of which came in Week 5. Tight endStart: Jared Cook, Oakland RaidersWith Amari Cooper gone, there aren’t many other reliable options for the Oakland passing game. Cook only had two targets in Week 6, but he still leads the team in targets for the season and his biggest competition is now gone. Cook is third among tight ends in red zone targets (12) and leads them in red zone receptions (9). The problem, of course, is whether or not this Raiders offense is ever getting back to the red zone, especially against a surprisingly above average Colts defense this week, but Cook should still be targeted often enough on the way there to be worth the play.Sit: C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati BengalsThe matchup is great, as we discussed with Tyler Boyd, but C.J. Uzomah just hasn’t been a part of Cincinnati’s offensive game plan this season. He had seven targets in Week 6, but that’s the only time he’s topped two targets since taking over as the starter at tight end. Last week there was a touchdown, but just two receptions for 13 yards. With so many other receiving options for the Bengals and so little secondary depth for the Bucs, you’re really stretching for that touchdown if you’re starting Uzomah this week. “Im my opinion this is the game. We gotta win this game in order to feel like you still have a chance in the division.”That’s Michael Strahan, legendary, New York Giants Hall of Fame defensive end, on the importance of Thursday night’s NFC East at MetLife Stadium against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.This game is absolutely the season-defining one for the Giants. This game will determine whether or not the Giants can be competitive in the mediocre NFC East or if they will simply spend the rest of the season playing out the string and building toward a hopefully brighter future.They know it, with tight end Evan Engram saying Tuesday that players are “well aware” of the standings.Here is Saquon Barkley on tonight’s game:“I think everyone’s goal is to win a Super Bowl and that’s still in play and in my opinion, if you ask me, like you said I think we’re a game behind in the division and I know I haven’t been in the NFL for a long time, but I think if you win your division, you automatically go into the playoffs, so everything like I said before, that coach Shurmur said a couple weeks ago Youth Eli Manning Jersey , everything that we want in our season is still there.”Here are your NFC East standings entering tonight’s game:1 - Washington Redskins (2-2)2 - Dallas Cowboys (2-3)3 - Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)4 - New York Giants (1-4)Shurmur told the team’s official website that looking at the standings “just reinforces that you just keep playing because you never know. You never know where this thing is going to go, so you just can’t get down on yourself, you can’t worry about what’s happened in the past. You just keep worrying about getting better and put a winning effort on the field.”Here are five things to watch tonight as the Giants try to make themselves relevant in 2018.Can Olivier Vernon make an impact?The Giants best EDGE player will make his season debut Thursday night, and the Giants desperately need him to give them something. The pass rush has been non-existent for the Giants this season. They have a league-worst six sacks and their Adjusted Sack Rate of 3.6 percent is also last in the league. In the Pro Football Focus grading system, the Giants have the league’s 29th-ranked pass rush score. If the Giants are ever going to generate an impactful pass rush this is a game where it could happen. The Eagles have given up 17 sacks and have an Adjusted Sack Rate allowed of 8.4 percent, worse than the struggling Giants offensive line (16 sacks, 7.8 percent).The Giants have had virtually no pass rush the past two weeks. If that’s the case Thursday night, the Eagles’ struggling offense could get healthy.Dealing with those tight endsEarlier this week, Mark Schofield looked at the myriad ways the Eagles use tight ends in their passing attack. The Eagles have thrown more passes (82) to their tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, than any other team in the league. Ertz leads all tight ends with 58 targets.Historically, tight ends have cause the Giants trouble in the passing game. This season, Football Outsiders DVOA ratings actually have the Giants ranked seventh in the league in covering tight ends.Can the Giants control Ertz and Goedert? If they can, that could go a long way toward slowing down the Philadelphia offense.Which offense will we see?Will we see the empty the playbook, get the ball down the field Giants who finally cracked the 30-point barrier Sunday against the Carolina Panthers? Or, will we see the Giants revert to the checkdown-oriented complete a lot of passes that go nowhere team that has been so frustrating to watch.The play of the offensive line vs. and Eagles front that includes Fletcher Cox, Michael Bennett, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Chris Long will be critical. The Giants have been improving in pass protection in recent weeks, with coach Pat Shurmur telling the team’s official website they were “much better” in that area vs. the Panthers.The Giants could have advantages in the passing game against the Philadelphia secondary. Brandon Lee Gowton told us that the Giants targeted cornerback Jalen Mills 21 times in Week 3 of last season. They will probably go after Mills again, if Eli Manning is given time.Where the Giants have really struggled is in run blocking. The Giants have the league’s highest number of negative running plays, a stat that needs to change to both keep the Giants on schedule and maximize the talents of Saquon Barkley.Special teamsCan the Giants avoid the Curse of the Game-Ending 60+ yard field goal?” That bit them last year against Jake Elliott and the Eagles (61 yards) and last week when Graham Gano hit a game-ending 63-yarder. Seriously, though, the Giants do have some things on special teams to figure out. Will Odell Beckham Jr. return punts again? Will it be Jawill Davis? Placekicker Aldrick Rosas is apparently good to go after being on the injury report earlier in the week with a sore quad. Those throwback uniformsThis isn’t really a thing to watch as much as it is, in my view, a really cool thing to look at, The Giants will be in all-white throwback uniforms with “Giants” on their helmets rather than the lowercase “ny.” Gotta admit, I love it.
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