Can you believe that we are already in our Week 8 game previews?!
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This week, the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars are all on a bye. But, there is still a full plate of action slated for Week 8.
Let’s take a look at the Week 8 games previews and what to expect.
Week 8 Game Previews
Detroit Lions at Kansas City
Matthew Stafford is averaging 37.57 passing attempts per game, but he’s not helping his receivers serve Fantasy owners as consistent options. The outlook for the rushing attack is even more bleak with the Lions have recorded two rushing touchdowns this season. Charcandrick West stepped up for the Chiefs in Week 7 with 110 rushing yards and a touchdown, but he still has a long way to go in earning the trust of Fantasy players.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Jameis Winston hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 4, and his average completion percentage from the past two games has been 70.4. The Buccaneers’ defense has allowed an average of 108.7 rushing yards per game to opposing teams, so there’s a good chance that Devonta Freeman can finish Week 8 with his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance.
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns
John Brown may sit out this game to get two weeks worth of rest since the Cardinals have a bye in Week 9, so get ready for Larry Fitzgerald to be one of the highest-owned players in daily for Week 8! There isn’t much clarity surrounding if Josh McCown can start this week, so lower your expectations for Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin if Johnny Manziel gets the start.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
This is a tough divisional matchup that won’t offer a lot of upside for Fantasy players. Outside of Todd Gurley and some long shots on Tavon Austin and Vernon Davis, you really don’t want to start too many players from this matchup.
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints
Odell Beckham Jr. has battled through hamstring issues through most of the season, but it looks like he could be getting closer to full health. With Beckham Jr. only recording 35 receiving yards in Week 7, he’s going to be a little overlooked in daily. The Saints’ defense has allowed 14 touchdown receptions to opposing teams this year. Make Beckham Jr. is plugged into your daily lineups.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Stefon Diggs should have earned the trust of every Fantasy player after Week 7. I was a little skeptical of the rookie, but he’s averaged 108 receiving yards per game this season and caught one of Teddy Bridgewater’s five touchdown passes. There haven’t been any reported setbacks for Alshon Jeffery, and he’s averaging 112.5 receiving yards per game from just two appearances in 2015.
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
With Antonio Gates most likely out, expect Stevie Johnson, Keenan Allen, Ladarius Green and Danny Woodhead to take advantage of a Ravens defense allowing an average of 300.7 receiving yards to opposing teams. This Ravens defense has also surrendered 13 touchdown receptions as well.
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
You’re starting Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard if you own one of them. If Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t start, Antonio Brown still had a nice rapport with backup Landry Jones, hauling in six of eight receptions for 124 receiving yards. Martavis Brynat, however, is a little more risky. You can start both with confidence when Big Ben returns, but keep a close eye on his status until Sunday.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
Marcus Mariota may not play on Sunday, but Delanie Walker should still be in your lineups. Zach Mettenberger targeted him on nine out of hiss 33 passing attempts, and he also looked toward Kendall Wright on eight of his passing attempts. With Arian Foster done for the year, Brian Hoyer may attempt close to his average of 42.5 passing attempts from the past two games.
New York Jets at Oakland Raiders
Chris Ivory may not be 100 percent healthy, but you’ll have a hard time sitting him. The 27-year old back is currently averaging 100.2 rushing yards per game. Brandon Marshall should have a much friendlier matchup in Week 8 against a defense allowing 312.8 receiving yards per game to opposing teams. You can start Amari Cooper, but temper your expectations with Latavius Murray and Derek Carr.
Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys
Beast Mode should have a solid Week 8, but this Cowboys’ defense is a little tougher than most Fantasy players realize. Dez Bryant may return in this game, but he is catching passes from Matt Cassel, so do with that what you like.
Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
So apparently Eddie Lacy has been dealing with ankle issues, but he doesn’t receive a friendly matchup in Week 8. The Broncos’ defense has only allowed four rushing touchdowns this season. Davante Adams appears to be on track to play in Week 8, which will mark the first time he’s been on the field since Week 3. Ronnie Hillman seemed to set himself apart from C.J. Anderson with 111 rushing yards off of 20 carries, but Hillman still needs to produce in Week 8 to earn a larger role.
Thanks for checking out our Week 8 game previews, and best of luck from the entire staff of the So-Called Fantasy Experts!
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