This article is part of our Start vs. Sit series.
Welcome to the Week 8 installment of Start vs. Sit. Last weekend's slate did not disappoint as the Texas-Oklahoma and Florida-LSU matchups both lived up to the hype. We also saw a playoff contender get exposed at home with Georgia getting beaten by visiting South Carolina, leaving us with seven undefeated Power 5 teams. This weekend's slate doesn't have quite the same marquee matchup appeal, but it's a good board nonetheless and presents us with plenty of interesting lineup decisions. Let's look at the toughest start/sit calls for Week 8.
Xavier Jones, RB, SMU vs. Temple
The AAC has some impressively tough defenses, with Temple ranking as one of the best, checking in at No. 18 in S&P+. With that, Jones' owners are faced with a decision they really haven't had to consider since he broke out in the season opener.
Jones, who averages the third-most fantasy points per game among running backs (24.6), has to go up against a Temple defense that holds rushers to 3.26 YPC. This is a strength-on-strength setup, and while it could be tough sledding at times for Jones, his workload (19 carries/game), efficiency (5.6 YPC) and ability to find the end zone (13 total TDs) are enough to warrant keeping him in your lineup this week.
Jalen McCleskey, WR, Tulane at Memphis
Memphis' defensive metrics have come back to earth a bit in recent weeks, but the Tigers still rank in the top 30 in S&P+ and are