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Fantasy Football Week 8 Start Em & Sit Em: Carson Wentz set to soar vs. lowly Cowboys – CBS Sports

It’s nice to know that Dalvin Cook appears on track to play in Week 8 against Green Bay, and the Panthers are hopeful Christian McCaffrey could return against the Falcons on Thursday night. We’ve missed not having two of the top Fantasy running backs, especially McCaffrey who hasn’t played since Week 2, and we could use some good news. Because all is not right still when it comes to injuries.

In the last week, we lost Odell Beckham (ACL) for the season, Deebo Samuel (hamstring) for a couple of weeks and Chris Godwin (finger) is out in Week 8 at the Giants. Joe Mixon (foot), Aaron Jones (calf) and Miles Sanders (knee) could also be out again this week, and Chris Carson (foot) isn’t expected to play against the 49ers, either.

The status for Michael Thomas (hamstring), Allen Robinson (concussion) and Jamison Crowder (groin) remains unknown. And we have Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville and Washington on a bye, leaving many Fantasy managers searching for starting options.

Thankfully, we did see some starting Fantasy running backs emerge as a result of the injuries to Mixon, Sanders and Jones. You should feel confident if you’re forced to start Giovani Bernard, Boston Scott and Jamaal Williams again this week. All three should be considered starters in the majority of leagues.

At receiver, guys like Brandon Aiyuk, Rashard Higgins and Sterling Shepard look poised for bigger roles — and bigger production. And there are quality streaming quarterbacks this week in Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and potentially Baker Mayfield.

It’s been a frustrating season with all the injuries. But we do have replacement options you can trust in Week 8 to still get quality Fantasy production in all leagues.

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You always want to be flexible and adjust in life when things don’t go as planned. And that’s the case with the Start of the Week for Week 8. We originally had Ryan Tannehill in this spot Wednesday, but weather concerns in Cincinnati have altered that selection. Now, we’re going with another quarterback I like a lot for Weke 8 Carson Wentz.

Tannehill is still worth starting, as you’ll read below. But we moved him from the marquee to a little lower on the list. Reports of wind gusts up to 25 mph could impact the ceiling for Tannehill, but he still should have a good game against the Bengals. Wentz, however, could be even better against the Cowboys.

Wentz might be the poster boy for adjusting to bad situations based on how the season has gone for him. After a slow start where Wentz combined for just 27 Fantasy points in his first two games against Washington and the Rams — he had four interceptions, eight sacks and a lost fumble over that stretch — Fantasy managers were dropping him. It was understood.

His offensive line and receiving corps was a mess due to injuries, and Wentz looked lost. But, thankfully, he rallied as a Fantasy quarterback. For the past five games, Wentz has scored at least 21 Fantasy points,  including the past two outings against the Ravens and Giants with at least 31 points.

It hasn’t been prett, as Wentz has a turnover in every game and is completing just 58.6 percent of his passes, a career low. But two things are working in his favor — volume and rushing. Wentz is on pace for 635 pass attempts, and the Eagles are top five in pass attempts in the NFL for the season. Wentz also has a career-high five rushing touchdowns already, and he’s run for at least 37 yards in three of his past five games.

He also could be getting reinforcements this week with Jalen Reagor (thumb) likely back to join Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward; Dallas Goedert (ankle) could return as well. But even if Goedert is out, Richard Rodgers can be a serviceable replacement at tight end — for Wentz and Fantasy managers. On the offensive line, Jason Peters (knee) and Lane Johnson (knee) could play this week, which would be a huge upgrade.

This week, Wentz should love playing the Cowboys, who have allowed multiple touchdowns to five of their past six opposing quarterbacks. Over that span, Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray each scored at least 32 Fantasy points against Dallas. And Wentz has at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past four meetings with the Cowboys, including two games with at least 24 points during that stretch.

I like Wentz as a top-five Fantasy quarterback this week. I never expected to say that after his slow start, but he’s rallied and produced at a high level. He should have another strong performance Sunday night against Dallas.

Here’s everything else you need to prepare for Week 8: Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em | Dave Richard’s Week 8 Preview | QB Start ‘Em & Sit ‘EmRB Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em | PPR Cheat Sheet | Non-PPR Cheat Sheet | Trade Values | Biggest Questions | QB Preview | RB Preview | WR Preview | TE Preview | Rest-of-Season Rankings | Cut List | Waiver Wire | Winners and Losers | Believe It or Not    

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Saints (at CHI): The Bears could be without receiver Allen Robinson (concussion) and center Cody Whitehair (calf) this week, which would further impact a struggling offense. The Bears have scored 20 points or less in three of their past four games, and Chicago has an interception in six games in a row, with nine interceptions over that span. Nick Foles was also sacked four times last week against the Rams. This should be a good game for the Saints DST.                  

  • Eagles (vs. DAL): In two games without Dak Prescott (ankle), the Cowboys have scored 13 points against Arizona and Washington, given up nine sacks and have five turnovers. With Andy Dalton (concussion) likely out, the Eagles should be coming after Ben DiNucci in his first NFL start.
  • Chargers (at DEN): The Broncos have scored 18 points or less in three of their past four games, and Drew Lock was sacked five times in his past two games against New England and Kansas City. He also has four interceptions over that span.
  • Packers (vs. MIN): Kirk Cousins has thrown an interception in all but one game this season, he took a safety against the Packers in Week 1 and he’s been sacked at least three times in three of six games.

49ers (at SEA): Russell Wilson did throw three interceptions last week at Arizona and does have an interception in three games in a row, but this is a good week to bench the 49ers DST. Seattle has scored at least 31 points in five of six games this year, and the Seahawks have only lost one fumble. The 49ers DST was great in Week 7 at New England, but this is a matchup to avoid on the road.

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