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Manopause Fantasy Football Week 8: Injured Reserve And Managing Your Bench

Manopause Fantasy Football Week 8

How are you going to juggle the pieces on the board when you’re moving players around your bench and the injured reserve status? Some leagues have one IR spot and other leagues have two IR spots. If your league has none ignore the part about IR and pay attention to what I’m about to say about your bench. 

Managing Your Bench

Manopause Fantasy Football Week 8

Whether your bench has four, five or six spots available it is my recommendation to always keep one spot open. I know what you’re thinking- why would I keep a spot open if I could fill it with a potential player that can help me? I’ll tell you why, because being able to move players up and down from injured reserve and in and out of your lineup can depend on whether you have an open spot or not.

It can depend on whether you just picked up a player and he might be locked on your team. This means you can’t drop him quickly in order to fill a position for a player that might get hurt right before game time or has just be ruled out for some other reason. 

I know some of you have looked at your opponents team and said, “wait a minute- they don’t even have their bench fully filled out…” You might think they’re an idiot or they have no clue what they’re doing, but I’m telling you- they knows the game better than you because they are maintaining the flexibility of having an open roster spot.

Flexibility and how you move the pieces around your roster is key to winning the game. If you’re in a league that does have injured reserve positions then it’s very important that you pay attention to the status of those players. Should one of the players you have on injured reserve all of a sudden become activated, even if they were listed as questionable, you must move them off the injured reserve status prior to game time of the first game on Thursday night in order to have flexibility in your lineup.

A lot of moves that you can make in order to change players are determined by whether or not they’re locked and whether or not they were on IR when they should not be.

Start ’ems For Manopause Fantasy Football Week 8

Start EM Quarterbacks for Week 8

Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons, Trevor Lawrence of the Jacksonville jaguars, Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints, Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and Daniel Jones of the New York Giants. 

Start EM Running Backs for Week 8

James Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Damien Harris of the England Patriots, Khalil Herbert of the Chicago Bears, Darrell Henderson of the Los Angeles Rams, Elijah Mitchell of the San Francisco 49ers, Kenneth Gainewell of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Devon Booker of the New York Giants. 

Start EM Wide Receivers for Week 8

Michael Pittman of the Indianapolis Colts, Cortland Sutherland of the Denver Broncos, Emmanuel Sanders of the Buffalo Bills, Deebo Samuels of the San Francisco 49ers, T. Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals, Devonte’ Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles, DJ Moore of the Carolina Panthers.

Start EM Tight Ends for Week 8

Hunter Henry of the New England Patriots, Tyler Higbee of the LA Rams, Gerald Everett of the Seattle Seahawks, Mike Giseki of the Dolphins, Dallas Goedert of the Philadelphia eagles, and CJ Uzomah of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Start EM Kickers for Week 8

YoungHoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons, Greg Joseph of the Minnesota Vikings, Tyler Bassett of the Buffalo Bills, and Graham Gano of the New York Giants.

Start EM Defenses for Week 8

Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.

Sit ’ems For Manopause Fantasy Football Week 8

Sit EM quarterbacks for Week 8 

Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins, Jimmy Garoppolo San Francisco 49ers, Mack Jones New England Patriots, Tyler Heinicke of the Washington Football Team.

Sit EM Running Backs for Week 8 

Mike Davis of the Atlanta Falcons and Miles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins.

Sit EM Wide Receivers for Week 8 

Tyler Boyd of the Cincinnati Bengals, Jaylen Waddle of the Miami Dolphins, Moe Ali-Cox of the Indianapolis Colts, Jared Cook of the LA Chargers, Pat Freiermuth of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ricky Seals-Jones of the Washington Football Team. 

Sit EM Kickers for Week 8 

Jake Elliot of the New York Giants, Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins and Chris Blewett (great name for a kicker) of the Washington Football Team.

Sit EM Defenses for Week 8 

Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans.

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