Week 8 of the NFL season is upon us. With the regular season nearly halfway over, we can get a good look at how teams look from a playoff perspective. If the season ended today, the Patriots, Bills, Raiders, Broncos, Steelers, Texans, Cowboys, Seahawks, Vikings, Falcons, Packers, and Eagles would be your playoff teams. The NFC East is as close as ever, with 1 5 win team (the Cowboys) and 3 4 win teams. The Vikings, and not the Packers, are leading the NFC North. If the season ended today, the Bengals would miss the playoffs for the first time in years. If the season ended today, things would be interesting.
But the season doesn't end today. The regular season (and your fantasy season) goes on. In week 8, the Ravens, Rams, Dolphins, Giants, Steelers, and 49ers take the week off. Eddie Lacy is on IR. Brian Hoyer is injured. Arian Foster has retired. This week, as always, fantasy owners will need to look to the waiver wire for answers in some fashion or another. Who am I targeting this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Is Jared Goff's time to shine now? Following a horrid game by Case Keenum against the Giants in England, Goff could be inserted into the starting role after the Rams bye this week. Worth a stash or at least monitoring.
Kevin Hogan, QB, Cleveland Browns. Hogan isn't an every game starter in any format. That being said, he was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this year's draft class, and can do a huge amount of damage with his legs. He's not going to win you a game on his own, but if you're stuck at QB this week, he's a top 15 quarterback option in my opinion from a fantasy perspective with top 10 potential depending on carries in the run game.
Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers. Rivers is a guy that is overlooked on an annual basis. He's available in a lot of smaller leagues right now, even though he can put up top ten numbers on a regular basis. Take a look at your waiver wire if you have a glaring need at QB. He just might be there.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith is as boring as they come, but he could put up at least passable numbers if you need a starting quarterback this week. Give him a look.
Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos. Sooner or later, Booker will be the top RB in Denver. If it's this season, he had better be on your team. Grab him if he's available in your league.
Knile Davis, RB, Green Bay Packers. Somebody has to get carries for the Packers. Might as well be Davis. He's a guy that is a borderline must add just given the uncertainty in Green Bay right now.
Jacquizz Rogers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rogers is looking strong in a relief role in Tampa. This makes him well worth rostering until Doug Martin is healthy.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins. Thompson would be a nice sleeper especially in PPR leagues; he's outscored Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy, Bilal Powell, TJ Yeldon, Thomas Rawls, Devin Funchess, Danny Amendola, and DeVante Parker this year in PPR formats. He gets streaky at times, but he's well worth a roster spot in all PPR leagues.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions. Zach Zenner finally had his first big game as a fantasy option. If he continues to get looks in the Detroit backfield, that will continue. Go get him if he's out there.
Kenny Britt, WR, LA Rams. Did you see Britt's game this past week? He had a huge one. He's a guy that is more than worth a flier in most leagues, especially if you're weak at receiver. Well worth a look especially in deeper leagues.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo Bills. With Sammy Watkins down, Goodwin has had some big games. He's streaky, but has the potential for some big games. If you're struggling at WR he's worth a look.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Marqise Lee leads the Jaguars in receptions. This makes him worthy of a spot start here and there and a roster add in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts. Sooner or later, Donte Moncrief will be healthy. When he is, you want it to be on your team. Grab him and sit on him until he heals.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings. Patterson finally found the endzone this past week. That allowed him to put together a pretty nice game from a fantasy perspective. He's another risky start, but he's not without upside. Worth grabbing if you have an extra spot.
Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans. I'm still a big Kendall Wright fan. He had a big week 2 weeks back, and while last week wasn't quite as good, Wright is a player that will help you through a bye week or two if needed. Go get him.
AJ Derby, TE, Denver Broncos. AJ Derby looked really good with the Patriots in the preseason, but was buried on the Patriots depth chart. He was just traded to the Broncos. The Broncos depth chart is not nearly as deep. Derby could be a worthwhile add. Don't start him this week, but grab him, bench him, and see what happens.
Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts. With Dwayne Allen again dealing with injures, Doyle is worth being on your roster, even if it's as your backup. If you have Allen, he's must-have. He could put up some solid numbers moving forward depending on Allen's health. He broke out in a big way against the Titans in week 7.
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Houston Texans. Fiedorowicz is seeing lots of targets right now for Houston. That makes him worth a look, especially against the Detroit Lions, who allow lots and lots of fantasy points against tight ends.
Lance Kendricks, TE, LA Rams. Kendricks is headed into his bye, but once he returns, he has some great matchups. If you're looking for a TE to start for a few weeks, he's a guy to keep on your radar.
New York Jets D/ST. The Jets face the Cleveland Browns this week. Start and enjoy the show.
Tennessee Titans D/ST. Blake Bortles is struggling with interceptions right meow. That opens up the door for potential fantasy relevance for the Titans defense, especially if your scoring format heavily rewards turnovers.
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