Fantasy football start/sit advice Week 8: Raider vs. Steelers

Kyle Rivas

The Oakland Raiders don't have many strong fantasy options heading into the team's Week 8 match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Oakland Raiders will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Both teams have a combined four wins on the year and this doesn't figure to be a particularly exciting game. If the Oakland's offensive line can't find a way to improve upon their last contest where they allowed 10 sacks, it could be another long day for quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Lets break down the fantasy options in this week's start/sit advice.


Start: Terrelle Pryor, Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor deserves some praise for showing steady development as a passer in an offense that has very little pieces to work with. He has managed to complete an impressive 64.5 percent of his passes behind a absolutely porous offensive line. Coming off of a bye week, Pryor is a mid-range QB2 against the Steelers.

Running back Darren McFadden is much closer to 100 percent as he continues to deal with a hamstring issue. He has a decent match up in the Steelers defense and owners should expect to see him in the 15-20 carry range. He's an RB2 with upside if he can't overcome the hamstring.

Wide Receiver Denarius Moore is having a quietly solid season. Although he managed a goose egg in Week 2, the speedster has provided owners with WR3/2 production in every other game. He has four touchdowns on the year and two in the last two weeks. Owners should start Moore as a high-upside WR3.

Sit: Rashad Jennings

With Darren McFadden back in the starting mix, the questionable Rashad Jennings will be relegated to the change-of-pace role if he suits up. His only fantasy value will be as a handcuff to Run DMC.


Start: Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Heath Miller

Running back Le'Veon Bell has been impressive in his small sample size this year. The rookie is averaging 17 carries per game. As the team's workhorse and goal line back, owners need to start Bell in his Week 8 match up against the Oakland's mediocre defense.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown will be a solid WR2 play, especially in PPR league. The Steeler's best receiving threat is averaging 7.8 catches per game and handles their punt returns. Although he only has two touchdowns on the year, he's more than capable of providing fantasy owners with a nice game. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been solid as the team's number two receiver and makes a decent start as a WR4 in deep leagues.

Look for tight end Heath Miller to continue to provide owners with solid, steady production. Although he only managed two catches for 17 yards last week against the Baltimore Ravens, one of the catches went for six and owners weren't left hanging. Prior to last week, he was averaging five catches for 63 yards. He's a reliable back-end TE1.

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has led the Steelers lackluster offense and has only thrown for seven touchdowns on the year to go along with his five interceptions. The run-first Steelers will likely pound the Raiders with a heavy dose of Le'Veon Bell. Roethlisberger is a reasonable QB2 in two-quarterback leagues but owners in standard leagues hopefully have a stronger option.

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