We passed the halfway point of the fantasy football season with Week 8 and good quarterback play continues to come from unexpected players. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been great in fantasy the last two weeks and so has Jay Cutler. Jameis Winston and Kirk Cousins each had big weeks in Week 7 as well. It’s not hard to find a quarterback who will delivery 17 or so points these days.
WEEK 8 FANTASY FOOTBALL Start ‘Em
QB: Jay Cutler
Cutler’s scored 17, 17, and 19 points during the last three weeks and that was without a healthy Alshon Jeffery. The Vikings defense is solid against quarterbacks for the most part, but Cutler comes in on a hot streak. He’s a great sleeper for this week and the rest of the year.
QB: Ryan Tannehill
The Dolphins are completely reborn after their coaching change and now it’s even coming out the Joe Philbin was holding back offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. That makes sense given how explosive they were over the last two weeks, even if it was against lesser teams. This Thursday the offense will get their chances against a Patriots team who allows the sixth-most points to QBs.
RB: Lamar Miller
Most of what I said for Tannehill can be used here. The Dolphins are much more committed to running the ball and Miller exploded for 236 yards and two scores. He’s a couple games away from being a must start each week and will get plenty of chances to score this Thursday.
RB: Alfred Blue
Blue is once again filling in for the injured Arian Foster, for the rest of the season this time. He started the season off slow but the last game he started he ran for 139 yards and a touchdown. The Texans play the Titans this week, a team that can be ran on. Chris Polk will be in the mix but Blue should get the majority of handoffs.
WR: Kendall Wright
Wright should have a good week no matter which of his quarterbacks is throwing him the ball. The Texans allow a lot of points to opposing wide receivers. Wright has been somewhat quiet over the last three weeks but did catch a touchdown from Mettenburger and had success against him last season.
WR: Stefon Diggs
In the offseason I had Charles Johnson as a sleeper pick but it seems Diggs has taken that role from him in the Vikings offense. He didn’t have a reception the first three weeks but his numbers have rose each week after that, culminating with a 100 yard game and a touchdown last week. Now the Vikings play the Bears and his numbers could continue to rise.
WR: Stevie Johnson
Johnson had a decent game last week after being out the past two games. The Chargers face the Ravens and their pass defense. Rivers will be throwing the ball a lot and with a huge amount of success. Johnson’s value takes a hit if Gates is back but is still worthy of a flex regardless.
TE: Ladarius Green or antonio Gates
They each could score in this game even if they both played but going with whoever is the starter is a safer choice. The same thing goes for what was said about Johnson.
WEEK 8 FANTASY FOOTBALL Sit ‘Em
QB: Drew Brees
It is finally time to say Drew Brees is not an elite quarterback or even decent fantasy play. The Saints have been running the ball more and more and while he still has potential to break out it is nothing close to the given that he used to be. The Giants pass defense has slowed down quarterbacks nicely so he isn’t the best start.
QB: Peyton Manning
There weren’t many other bad matchups so this is a reminder that Manning shouldn’t be in your lineup or on your team anymore.
RB: Latavius Murray
Murray’s had a somewhat successful fantasy run this year, sitting 14th among running backs. This week against the Jets won’t continue that trend. New York has the best run defense in football and gives up the least fantasy points to RBs.
RB: Darren McFadden
McFadden is a popular start this week since he is starting his first game for Dallas and is coming off a nice performance. He’s playing the Seahawks which doesn’t bode well and he’s not a power back. I don’t think he’ll be able to do much if Seattle limits his big plays.
WR: Amari Cooper
Welcome to Revis Island and the Jets defense where number one receivers only have 240 total receiving yards on the entire season. Expect Revis to shadow the explosive rookie and take him out of the game.
WR: Nate Washington
He had a big week last week but it’s not the type of thing to happen frequently. Hopkins will get most of the targets so this isn’t a good week to try and grab him in daily fantasy.