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DeVonta Smith start or sit: Week 8 fantasy football advice

We go over the fantasy football outlook of DeVonta Smith ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles Week 8 matchup against the Detroit Lions.

DeVonta Smith #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles fell to the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday, but have a favorable matchup against the winless Detroit Lions in Week 8. It will be a much better opportunity for DeVonta Smith, facing a pass defense that gave up 334 receiving yards last game.

Fantasy Football analysis: Eagles WR DeVonta Smith

Similar to the other four losses for the Eagles this season, the final score was quite deceiving. Philadelphia was down 30-7 late in the fourth quarter which led to more desperation pass attempts from Jalen Hurts and the rest of the offense, ultimately salvaging days of a few players for fantasy managers — Smith and Dallas Goedert in particular. Smith was targeted nine times and tallied just 8.6 fantasy points in half-point PPR formats, though his usage suggests that he has a legitimate shot to erupt against the Lions.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

START Smith.