Welcome back to the latest edition of the FlurrySports Fantasy Football Start or Sit article! By clicking in, that means that you were one of the survivors of last week’s bye-pocalypse. This week, things get a little easier, with only the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders on a bye. But that doesn’t make things any less scary, because in this special Halloween edition you will find a horror movie reference included in each recommendation as well.
This article is not here for the obvious plays, so if you have Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook or Jonathan Taylor, you know what to do. This article will look at fantasy football RBs on the fringe of RB2/Flex status to help you make the tough choices to win your matchups.
Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 8 RBs
Start: Kenneth Gainwell at Lions
Team Name: Alls Well that Gainwell
With Miles Sanders likely out for at least a week, rookie Kenneth Gainwell will take on a more prominent role in the Eagles backfield. He has already carved out a due to his usage in the Eagles’ passing game, but now he will have more opportunities. While he will have to share some of the work with Boston Scott, undoubtedly his role will increase. The matchup against the Lions, who give up 28.7 fppg to opposing RBs, is advantageous as well. With the increase in usage and great matchup, It Follows that Gainwell will be an RB2 you can plug in at least this week and possibly next as well.
Start: Khalil Herbert vs. 49ers
Team Name: Herbert and Ernie
If there is one silver lining for the Bears this season, it would have to be the emergence of Khalil Herbert as a talented young RB who no doubt has forced his way into some sort of timeshare when David Montgomery returns. For this week, however, it looks like once again it will be Herbert leading the charge as the only startable asset in an offense I am generally bearish on. Over the last three weeks, Herbert put up 75 or more rushing yards in each game. He put up 19.2 fantasy points against the Packers and 18.3 last week on the Buccaneers. The Bears Host the 49ers, who allow 23.8 fppg to opposing RBs, so you should get at least one more week with Herbert as an RB2.
Sit: Myles Gaskin at Bills
Team Name: Smiles for Myles
Another week, another drastic reversal in usage and production for Myles Gaskin. Talk about a rollercoaster. He has gone from RB79 to RB3 to RB48 to RB8 over the course of the last four weeks. This week, in a tough matchup against the Bills who are giving up only 16.9 fppg to and only 19 receptions on the year to opposing RBs, you cannot start Gaskin with any sort of confidence. The last time these two teams met in Week 2, Gaskin had five carries for 25 yards and four receptions for 21 yards. A similar stat line will likely be in store this go round, and Gaskin is far more likely to be The Invisible Man than put up an RB2 or better performance.
Sit: Mike Davis vs. Panthers
Team Name: The Quad Squad
Yikes! Mike Davis seemed like a Flex option with at least a solid floor heading into last week, but it turned out that his floor is actually The Basement. Finishing with four carries for 10 yards, Davis was out-touched, 16 to four, by Cordarrelle Patterson. He actually played 38 snaps, but you wouldn’t know it by that usage. Next up, the Panthers, who are allowing a league-best 15.4 fppg to opposing RBs, and Davis is unplayable this week, even in the deepest of leagues. He is droppable as well, if you are looking to free up roster space.