The downloadable cheat sheet includes a breakdown by position of our favorite plays across all salaries. Projections and recommended game format plays are included, alongside our favorite stacks of the week. Updates will be made up until the slate locks, as injuries and projections are bound to change.
Downloadable Week 8 FD Cheat Sheet
Deshaun Watson is the top quarterback in the cheat sheet this week, with Jared Goff and Russell Wilson following closely behind. In my lineups I will be going with these names on fairly limited quarterback slate. The Raiders are allowing 2.6 passing touchdowns per game, and 289 passing yards per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Watson is also one of two quarterbacks with a 30+ fantasy point ceiling over the last eight games. Wilson is the other, who gets Atlanta, which is an obvious matchup to attack through the air. They are allowing 2.4 passing touchdowns per game and 274 passing yards. If I am moving down into another salary tier, Matthew Stafford is in a good spot. New York is allowing 18.7 FD points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
There are cheap quarterbacks that can unlock some salary, but they are names that don’t make you feel good. Ryan Tannehill is one of them, as Tampa Bay’s secondary is one to target. The Buccaneers have allowed 304 passing yards per game, and 1.8 touchdowns per game. Derek Carr is another one, who has a strong value tag next to his name. Houston’s secondary has been an easy target. They are allowing 20.8 FD points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and allowing 2.1 passing touchdowns.
Tough week for Christian McCaffrey, who would be nothing but a GPP play against this defense. Saquon Barkley is in a good spot, as Detroit has allowed over 160 all-purpose yards to opposing running backs this season. They have also allowed 1.6 touchdowns per game, and over 25 FD points per game. Out of the top tier, we have limited options. Alvin Kamara is questionable, leading us to Latavius Murray as a value, and the same goes for Ty Johnson. Those two will be the popular value plays to build lineups around. Moving down to the $7,000 range, Leonard Fournette is one of the higher touch per game guys and brings a stable floor, but the touchdowns haven’t been there. However, New York has allowed 1.3 touchdowns per game.
Todd Gurley is in a great spot this week, and Malcolm Brown has been ruled out which takes another body out of play. Cincinnati has allowed over 180 all-purpose yards to opposing backs, and 1.4 touchdowns per game. The Rams are 13 point home favorites, and backs have just destroyed the Bengals defense. Le’Veon Bell is another cheap option at $7,000, and the volume is there. The Jaguars are allowing 19.5 FD points per game to opposing running backs.
In addition to the Watson top play at quarterback, both DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills are strong plays at their price points. Oakland has been shredded by wideouts, allowing 187 receiving yards and 1.67 touchdowns. Stills gets a bump with Will Fuller out the next few weeks. Most of the big names are in tougher spots this week, like Julio Jones and the Atlanta options against Seattle, as well as Tampa Bay against Tennessee. I still like these teams in fantasy this week given the volume is there and consistent. Outside of Chris Godwin, I would pin them more into tournament lineups only. Tyler Lockett at $7,200 is a good play this week. The Falcons have allowed 195 receiving yards to wide receivers, and 1.4 passing touchdowns. Kenny Golladay, Allen Robinson, and the Rams wideouts are all names I like above the $6,500 mark.
There continues to be a ton of cheap wide receiver options. Golden Tate gets the revenge narrative, but also a Detroit secondary that traded Diggs and Slay continues to battle a hamstring injury. Sterling Shepard is also still out with concussion issues. John Brown is an excellent sub-6K name, as Philly allows 31.8 FD points per game to opposing wide receivers. Brown sees the highest amount of targets in Philadelphia, and is a threat deep. Stills, Davis, Boyd, Ridley, and Fitzgerald are all cheap names.
At a position that has lacked this season, it remains top heavy for those who want a higher floor. Darren Waller is one of them, and while Houston has done well against tight ends, it is a good spot for Waller. He is averaging 13.8 FD points per game, and 1.66 FD points per target. He averages 8.3 targets per game, which is third to Zach Ertz and Evan Engram. Speaking of Engram, Detroit ranks 15th against tight ends, and Shepard is going to be out again. His volume makes him a primary target, and his ownership will be lower after the dud against Arizona. Austin Hooper is one of my favorite plays this week, as Seattle ranks 30th against tight ends. Hooper is averaging 1.85 FD points per target, and 7.8 targets per game.
The Patriots have a 15.7 FD point floor this season, and a 28.5 FD point ceiling. They have an 87% consistency rating, and are the highest projected defense on the board. No surprise here, and this is a Browns team that is undisciplined and turns the ball over often. It should be more of the same for this group. The Rams are a nice pivot, who get the Bengals. They have a 17.75 implied total, and are allowing a ton of production to opposing fantasy defenses. The Titans are a mid range team with plenty of upside against Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston. If I am looking to punt at the position, Carolina is just $3,500. The 49ers might be undefeated, but this isn’t an impressive offense outside of the run game.