Fantasy Football Week 8 Start ‘Em & Sit’ Em: Tony Pollard Breakout Week, Tua Tagovailoa’s dream match, and more

The biggest thing we want to see in Week 8 is an injury-free scoring period. The mash unit we had at week seven was brutal, and we were still trying to pick up the pieces.

From Breece Hall (ACL) to DK Metcalf (knee) to Mike Williams (ankle) and so many others, it wasn’t fun watching our stars go down. Injuries happen, we know that. It is part of the NFL. But we can hope this week isn’t that bad, and infections don’t increase.

The flip side of players dropping is that they can unlock jobs for other players, and we’ll address that below with Ezekiel Elliott (knee) out in Week 8 for Tony Pollard. But I’m sure most fantasy managers prefer limited or no injuries when it comes to our stars, especially when that knocks them out for an extended period of time.

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I wasn’t planning on using Pollard as the start of the week, but when news broke on Wednesday that Ezekiel Elliott (knee) would miss Week 8 against the Bears, it became a great choice. For the fantasy directors who have crafted Pollard this season, you’ve been waiting for a chance to see how Pollard can do in an iconic role, and here we are.

He’s already done a great job alongside Elliott, scoring no less than 12 PPR points in three of his past six games. He has two games this season with over 100 yards, including Week 7 against Detroit, and has scored twice this year’s touchdown.

With Elliott out, Pollard could look at his first game of the season with more than 20 touches. Elliot’s average load is 15.5 for the season – he only has six grabs – and that job should mostly belong to Pollard. In four games this season with double-digit touches, Pollard has either 100 yards or touchdowns on three of them.

The Bears allowed their backflip to score at least 12 PPR points in six straight games, including five with at least 18 PPR points, and Chicago just replaced star defensive end Robert Quinn to Philadelphia on Wednesday. The shady defense just got worse, and Pollard should excel in this match.

The Cowboys, even with Dak Prescott back, must lean on their ground game, and Pollard is now the catalyst for that attack with Elliott out. I love Pollard as a top 10 runner-up in all tournaments for Week 8.

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Titans (in HOU)

The Titans’ defense was great in Week 7 against the Colts with two interceptions, a faltering recovery, three sacks and a touchdown. The Titans DST should stay hot this week against Texas. Except for a blast of 41 points by the Bills in Week 2, Tennessee has been solid in defense, allowing 22 or fewer points per game. Texas offense has scored more than 20 points only once this season, and Houston has allowed at least three sacks in three of six games this year, with five interceptions. Expect another strong performance from Titans DST this week.

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The Packers defense weakened by an attractive portion of the table, allowing at least 23 points in four consecutive games for the Patriots, Giants, Jets and Captains. The Bills have the second-highest offensive in the NFL after only Kansas City, averaging 29 points per game and 40 points per home game. Expect Josh Allen to race again at home against the Packers, who have only had one interception per season and four sacks in their past three rounds.

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