Week 8 Fantasy Preview
Welcome to Week 8, the post-apocalyptic wasteland that was leftover from the bye week disaster. Hopefully, everyone was able to come out with some version of hope, as we are nearing ever closer to the fantasy playoffs. Going into week 8, we have some more injury question marks to some major names, as well as more bye weeks, so let’s dive in and see if we can cobble together a winning lineup. Don’t forget the trade deadline comes later this week, so we may have some big fantasy news to share coming up. Good Luck in week 8!
Los Angeles Rams (6-1) at Houston Texans (1-6)
The Rams were supposed to have an easy two-game stretch coming up, but the Lions gave them all they could handle last week This will be a good bounceback game for the Rams, and their offensive stars should all shine. Play them all with confidence. Jalen Ramsey should be able to slow down Brandin Cooks, and no other Texans are worth mentioning.
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) at Cleveland Browns (4-3)
Mayfield and the Browns wideouts are dealing with various injuries. The key here will be the return of Nick Chubb, who I expect to get a heavy workload. Pittsburgh has had a bland offense most of the year, but I believe Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris will get their usual volume. Take a look at rookie TE Pat Freiermuth.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-5) at Detroit Lions (0-7)
After nearly pulling off an upset over a very good Rams team, Detroit has a matchup against a very beatable Eagles team. TJ Hockenson, D’Andre Swift, and even Khalif Raymond should all be solid starts. The Eagles are working without starting RB Miles Sanders, so look for rookie Kenneth Gainwell to have a big game. Hurts, Goedert and Devonta Smith are all solid options.
San Francisco 49ers (2-4) at Chicago Bears (3-4)
Big yawn game alert. Jimmy Garoppolo has returned to the starting lineup as a consequence of Trey Lance’s injury, and the wideouts have suffered. Elijah Mitchell had a solid game last week and should continue his good play this week. Meanwhile, thanks to the league’s worst offensive line and Matt Nagy’s lackluster playcalling, the Bears are a dumpster fire to the point that people are openly talking about dropping Allen Robinson from fantasy rosters and are being taken seriously. Make like a camper and avoid the Bears.
Carolina Panthers (3-4) at Atlanta Falcons (3-3)
These two division rivals have been going in opposing directions since the start of the season. Atlanta has improved from a slow start to a 3-3 record, which also coincides with the arrival of rookie phenom TE Kyle Pitts to stardom. The return to health of Calvin Ridley and the continued presence of Patterson at RB makes the Falcons as dangerous as we thought they were. Carolina, on the other hand, started 3-0 before dropping four straight games. Sam Darnold has fallen back to Earth after a hot start, even getting benched last week. Hubbard and Moore would be the only players I trust from Carolina.
Miami Dolphins (1-6) at Buffalo Bills (4-2)
Tua Tagovailoa has had to deal with the potential of a Deshaun Watson deal, but he should be safe there. Don’t trust Myles Gaskin. Waddle and Gesecki are good plays against a good Buffalo defense. Buffalo is coming off a bye, and you should start Allen and Diggs with confidence.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) at New York Jets (1-5)
The Jets are going to be without Zach Wilson. Start no one from there, with the exception of Michael Carter. The Bengals have just come off a demolition of the Ravens. Play every Bengal you can acquire.
Tennessee Titans (5-2) at Indianapolis Colts (3-4)
The Titans crushed a quickly declining Chiefs squad on the road and should continue that trend against Indy. AJ Brown has had a resurrection back into relevance in the past couple of weeks, and Derrick Henry is Derrick Henry. Indy has been improving, but I would be wary of this game. Start JT and Pittman, but if you have other options, leave Carson Wentz on the bench.
New England Patriots (3-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)
The Patriots put a weakened Jets squad through the wringer in Week 7, but Week 8 will be a far more challenging test. The Chargers are coming off a bye after a painful loss to the Ravens and should be ready to go. Hunter Henry should have a good Revenge Game this week, but Herbert, Allen, and company should be major winners. Make sure you check the injury report for updates on the availability of Austin Ekeler.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) at Seattle Seahawks (2-5)
Geno Smith should have a bounce-back game this week, as he hasn’t played terribly in relief of the injured Russell Wilson. Metcalf, Collins, and Lockett should all be good starts. In Jacksonville, it’s hard to trust anyone outside of James Robinson but look at Jamal Agnew. He has developed a solid rapport with Trevor Lawrence as of late.
Washington Football Team (2-5) at Denver Broncos (3-4)
This will be a close game. McLaurin and Mckissic are the only ones I trust, as Antonio Gibson continues to deal with a shin injury. Denver might be boosted by the return of star wideout Jerry Jeudy, but if not, Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton are holding down the fort. Play them with confidence.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-1) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Tampa Bay and New Orleans meet for the first time this season in a key divisional matchup. The Saints have been a good bad team for most of the year. Play Kamara and not much else. Tampa Bay got gashed by Khalil Herbert last week and they are looking for a bounce-back performance. Play Brady and his collection of weapons, as if you’d bench them.
Dallas Cowboys (5-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-3)
Everything rests on the health of Dak Prescott. If he can play, wheels up on the Dallas offense. If he can’t, it’s gonna be difficult to expect much from Cooper Rush. Minnesota has been shaky in prime time, but I believe Cousins gets his revenge on the Cowboys from his Washington days. Cook, Jefferson, and Thielen should wreck the Cowboys defense.
New York Giants (2-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-4)
On paper, this is a laughable matchup. The Chiefs have not been playing well recently, however, and this game should be closer than expected. That said, you aren’t sitting Mahomes and company for anything. The Giants should have some good performances from Devonte Booker and whichever WR is healthy this week.
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