Fantasy Football Start or Sit Week 8: RB Elijah McGuire
Fantasy football owners that have running back Elijah McGuire of the New York Jets would be wise to sit him in Week 8 action against the Atlanta Falcons.
When it comes to rookie running back Elijah McGuire, he’s a talented player with a tremendous amount of upside for the future. Just like most rookies, it’s one of those situations where patience is key when it comes to not only his continued development but the playing time he’ll have on offense for the New York Jets. When it comes to his fantasy football value heading into a Week 8 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, it’s not looking good for those that own him.
Due to how the depth chart is in front of him as well as their health, McGuire is on the outside looking in. It’s expected that fellow running back Matt Forte will be starting on Sunday and Bilal Powell will be his main backup.
Considering that Forte is healthy, means he will more than likely receive the majority of reps as the starter. Powell will also see a good amount of touches but not as much as Forte. This leaves McGuire with very little if any reps to work with if his number is called against the Falcons.
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Last week against the Miami Dolphins, McGuire was only given three rushes as he totaled just seven rushing yards and didn’t score a single touchdown. As a matter of fact, he hasn’t scored a touchdown since his huge Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It’s best to sit McGuire this week but keep him around for the rest of the fantasy football season. His time might come sooner than later, especially given the injury history of both Forte and Powell.
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McGuire has to wait until either an injury happens or if he does get a few reps to play on offense, make a huge play or score a touchdown for the coaching staff to consider giving him more opportunities. Until then, he’s not worth starting this week.