QBs to Play in Week 8:
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (@Cleveland Browns): Angry Ryan is a good Ryan. Two years ago, when he was a member of the Houston Texans, Fitzpatrick was benched after a loss. After two weeks of being benched, he was put back in the starting job, and took his anger out in the form of six touchdowns on 358 yards. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s ready to do the same thing after taking over for an injured Geno Smith last week against the Ravens. He’s going up against a Browns defense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Expect Fitzpatrick to explode.
- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (@Indianapolis Colts): The Colts secondary has given up the following this year: an average of 281 passing yards per game, 15 passing first downs per game, and 18 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Not to mention, Smith is coming off a hot game against the Saints, 214 yards and two touchdowns against the Saints.
- Brock Osweiler, Houston Texans (vs. Detroit Lions): Yeah, Osweiler was abysmal last week against his former team. But I’m keeping faith. His numbers this year don’t show anything less than average, and he’s provided at least 10-12 points per game this year. Plus, comparing the Detroit secondary to the Denver secondary is like comparing the Detroit secondary to the Denver secondary, one’s way better at covering the pass than the other. Denver is within the top five defense for all of the following: least allowed passing yards per game, least allowed passing first downs per game, and least allowed passing touchdowns per game. Detroit is in the bottom of every single one of those categories. If you’re in a situation without a quarterback, or you just don’t care anymore, Osweiler might be the way to go this week.
RBs to Play in Week 8:
- Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks (@New Orleans Saints): The New Orleans Saints run defense is arguably, or not arguably, the worst run defense in the NFL so far this year. They’re only close in margin to the 49ers, which is saying something. With diverse passing options, and the constant option of Russel Wilson running the ball, Michael is going to be an ever-looming threat against an extremely porous Saints run defense.
- Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (@Cincinnati Bengals): While Matt Jones is currently the leader of the Redskins’ backfield, his knee injury and fumble issues may keep him at equal share of the ball with Chris Thompson. With Thompson’s pass catching skills apparent over the last couple weeks, he’s bound to produce at least 8-10 points whether fellow back Matt Jones is in or not against a Bengals defense that gave up 78 yards and one touchdown to the Browns last week.
- LaGarrette Blount, New England Patriots (@Buffalo Bills): If Blount isn’t on your radar yet, he should be now. Last week, he dominated the Steelers defense for two touchdowns on 127 yards. Now, it should be noted that Blount’s only week with less than 9 points and no touchdowns was against Buffalo in week four, but I wouldn’t expect him to make the same mistake twice.
WRs to Play in Week 8:
- T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Kansas City Chiefs): Hilton continues to prove himself on the football field. The only week he’s provided less than 10 points since week three has been week six against the Texans, a secondary that has only allowed a 58% completion rating to opposing teams. This week, Hilton is up against the Chiefs, a team that has allowed the second-most receiving yards to wideouts, and a 65% completion rating. Expect Luck and Hilton to connect plenty this week.
- Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (@Tampa Bay Buccaneers): While the return of Latavius Murray may mean Crabtree’s goal line usage dies down a bit, his deep ball efficiency will still stand tall. Last week, Crabtree managed 96 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. Although he shares the field with Amari Cooper, Crabtree’s experience makes him a solid choice in a WR2 or Flex position.
- Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Philadelphia Eagles): Bryant seems to finally be coming off of his injury, as this week he participated a fair amount in practice, and reportedly looked good catching passes. While Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott’s favorite receiver since Bryant fell out early in the season, his return could mean an explosion for the rookie/veteran duo. Not to mention, Tony Romo looks like he might be getting closer and closer to full recovery, so I would expect Prescott to go all out as he continues his quest to prove himself as starting role worthy for the entire season.
TEs to Play in Week 8:
- Jermaine Gresham, Arizona Cardinals (@Carolina Panthers): Note, this pick is only viable if you’re struggling with your tight end pick for this week. Greshman has been a complete non-factor for the Cardinals this season, even though he’s been the most relevant tight end for the Cardinals throughout the season. This week he’s going up against a Panthers defense who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season, so if there’s a week to play him, it’s this one.
- Kellen Winslow, New York Jets (@Cleveland Browns): Another pick that is completely dependent on injuries and your team’s tight end status. With both Kellen Davis and Austin-Sefarian Jenkins listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Browns, Winslow might be the only one who can line up in the tight end spot this week. Keep an eye on everyone, as injury statuses can change in an instant. However, if both other tight ends are kept out, I’d expect Winslow to be worthy of a start if you’re sparse on tight end options, especially against such a loose Browns secondary.
- Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (@Dallas Cowboys): As far as tight ends go, Ertz is a little far down on the list of scoring leaders. However, the Cowboys have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season. With head wide receiver Jordan Matthews still listed as questionable, Ertz might be called on to step up as an extra target for Carson Wentz to look down field for.