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I will take a look at the worst defenses of Week 8 and provide an in-depth look on borderline names to get a bump or just overall strong matchups where we could see ceiling games from players. If you are looking for player rankings for Week 8, you can find them here, as well as waiver wire adds. Anything fantasy football related can be found here.
Pittsburgh Steelers Offense Vs. Miami Dolphins
The Steelers are a team that have struggled in fantasy this season, and we can look at the starting quarterback injuries been a big reason why. Coming off a bye week, it gave James Conner a chance to rest up the quad injury, and also get some more reps with Mason Rudolph. This is a week to be fully confident in your Steelers fantasy options, or for those who have held on. They are allowing 417 yards per game, which is the third highest in the league. They are also allowing 35.1 points per game. James Conner has had a tough go this season, but this is a great spot. Miami is allowing 160 rushing yards per game, and 4.7 yards per attempt. Opposing backs are also averaging 34 rushing attempts against them this season.
JuJu Smith-Schuster gets a plus matchup, although I am not strongly on using the rest of the receiving core given the volume has been pedestrian this season. Miami’s pass defense is easily targetable too. Opponents are completing 69% of passes, and have allowed the third most passing touchdowns per game. Miami has allowed 9.2 passing yards per attempt, and only have two takeaways. Fire up those Steelers studs, as it is a good spot.
Buffalo Bills Passing Attack Vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo is not a team built for the aerial attack, but they have been a bit more balanced after run heavy offenses over the last few seasons. I like the Bills passing attack this week against Philadelphia, who have a struggling secondary that everyone wants them to fix. I am fine with them not addressing those problems, because they are an easy secondary to attack. Opposing teams are averaging 36 passing attempts per game against Philadelphia, which is the 9th highest in the league. The Eagles are allowing 270 passing yards per game and have allowed 14 touchdowns per game.
Josh Allen is a fine home start this week, and he has been solid overall this season averaging 18.4 fantasy points per game. That is slightly more than Carson Wentz, Philip Rivers, and Jared Goff. His teammates are in play this week. John Brown is averaging 7.5 targets and 78.8 receiving yards per game this season. He is a big threat to this Philadelphia defense who has had trouble with the deep ball. I also don’t mind Cole Beasley in PPR leagues, who has 7.3 targets per game, and averaging five receptions per game.
Oakland Raiders Passing Attack Vs. Houston Texans
Tyrell Williams is due back, which would be helpful for the Oakland passing attack. Overall Oakland is going to be in a good game script with their defense letting teams get ahead early. This forces teams to throw the ball against Houston. Opposing quarterbacks throw an average of 39.5 times against Houston, which is the 4th highest. The secondary is banged up, but overall this was a potential weak spot heading into the season, and it has been. They are allowing 275 passing yards per game, and have allowed 15 passing touchdowns.
Williams has been banged up over the last few weeks, and has been a touchdown dependent wideout. This is a breakout week for Williams, who is averaging six targets per game when healthy, and 12.7 yards per reception. He is averaging 2.2 fantasy points per target, and is a lone receiving option outside of Waller. The newly extended tight end is top five in targets, and has averaged 18.5 PPR points per game this season.
Tennessee Titans Passing Attack Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It will be another week where Ryan Tannehill can expand on his solid Week 7 performance. The Buccaneers are a team funneling a lot through the air given they have a good run defense, and also have been in some shootout games. Overall Tampa Bay has allowed 372 yards per game, and 30.8 points per game. Only 68 of those yards are coming on the ground, where 304 of them are coming through the air. Opposing quarterbacks are also averaging 41.6 passing attempts per game.While Tennessee is a tough offense to trust, I like the Titans in this spot. Corey Davis, AJ Brown, and Jonnu Smith are all names that are worthy of flyer starts. Davis is at a higher tier in comparison to the others.
Detroit Lions Vs. New York Giants Both In Good Spots
This game has shootout potential on both sides, as both defenses have had their struggles this season. Detroit is injured, trading players away, and has just been flat out bad on the defensive side. We knew New York‘s defense was going to be bad, so no shocker there. The Lions have allowed 428 yards per game and 26.6 points per game. New York is allowing 388 yards per game, and 26.7 points per game. Saquon Barkley finds himself in a good spot, as opposing backs are rushing for 4.9 yards per attempt against Detroit, and nearly 140 yards per game. Ty Johnson is in a great spot as he will get a gain in snaps and touches with Kerryon Johnson out.
Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are in upside spots, as the Giants are allowing 8.3 yards per attempt which is the third highest. As for the Giants passing attack, I don’t mind them this week. Golden Tate will be the lead guy, and Evan Engram will be peppered with targets again. Detroit is allowing 289 passing yards per game, and have allowed 40 attempts per game.
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