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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 8: RB Isaiah Crowell

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Isaiah Crowell #20 of the New York Jets fumbles the ball on a run attempt against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Isaiah Crowell #20 of the New York Jets fumbles the ball on a run attempt against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 8 fantasy football, it’s best to sit New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell as he’s facing a tough defense in the Chicago Bears.

Ever since his franchise record-setting game with the New York Jets a few weeks ago, running back Isaiah Crowell hasn’t been the same. Besides dealing with a nagging ankle injury, the Jets offense was hit with a plethora of injuries that they could very well lead them into a road game with little to no expectations of leaving victorious. Should fantasy football owners trust Crowell to get the job done in Week 8?

In the grand scheme of things, no. Crowell is expected to have a huge workload this week due to running back Bilal Powell being placed on the Injured Reserve list due to a severe neck injury that requires surgery to correct. The only problem is, the Bears defense is very good against the run and are the only team in the NFL to not allow a single rushing touchdown.

The Jets offensive line has been hit with injuries and due to their lack of consistency, will likely not be able to give Crowell the right rushing lanes and gaps he’ll need to be successful. This game has disaster written all over it since the Jets offense has been out of sync for the past few weeks now.

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It’s best that fantasy football owners sit Crowell this week and find another running back entering a more favorable matchup. The Jets won’t have Powell, Quincy Enunwa, or even Robby Anderson (listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game) in their starting lineup.

Due to so many key offensive players out, offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will likely try and feed the rock to Crowell and bit more than usual to make up for the lack of talent at wide receiver. The Jets offense is going up against a Bears defense that is known to play very well in front of their home crowd.

Crowell will likely get a lot of reps but won’t do much of anything since the Bears defense will keep him in check all game long. This game will likely be a blowout with the Jets once again on the losing end of the spectrum for a second straight week.

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