This article is part of our In-Season Strategy series.
A pair of teams, Boston and Philadelphia, have just two games in Week 8. If you're devoid of players from those teams, most of your start/sit decisions will be on the margins, with recent play and injuries likely dictating most of your decisions.
Four games: BKN, CLE, DEN, DET, NOR, NYK, SAS, TOR
Three games: ATL, CHA, CHI, DAL, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIA, MIL, MIN, OKC, ORL, PHO, POR, SAC, UTA, WAS
Two games: BOS, PHI
Consider Sitting: Nicolas Batum (90% owned, 57% start)
Opponents: MIN, DEN, NYK
The 148th-ranked Fantasy player over the past two weeks, Batum looks to be taking on a smaller role while Jeremy Lamb (71st over the same period) emerges as the Hornets' second option on offense. Batum's 9.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals over the past 14 days wouldn't entice me enough to start him if he was on my roster, especially in shallower 10-team leagues. It's not worth dropping Batum, but it may be advantageous to start him conservatively for the time being.
Consider Starting: Reggie Jackson (90% owned, 50% start)
Opponents: OKC, MIL, PHI, NOP
Jackson has looked like a true third cog in the Pistons offense lately next to Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Efficiency from the field remains a concern, but Jackson has averaged 16.8 points, 4.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals over the past two weeks, lifting him to the 48th-ranked Fantasy player over that period. Even on a three-game