Week 8 of the NFL season has officially arrived! The NFL season is moving very quickly, but doesn’t it always fly by? There will only be two teams on a bye in Week 8: the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders. This week will likely be of lesser importance to check out streamers for that reason; however, there are still some huge injuries that happened, including Miles Sanders, who suffered an ankle injury in the Eagles’ last game. Also, check out the list below and see if any of these guys can help your fantasy squad! Stay tuned every week for our Streamer and Waiver Wire articles.
Daniel Jones against Kansas City Chiefs
Jones goes against a morbid Kansas City Chiefs passing defense that ranks 31st in the NFL in fantasy against opposing QB through seven weeks. This should be a shootout, and Jones will probably have to pass a bit more than usual, depending on the game script, of course. Jones has looked better than he ever has, and this Giants team has been competitive in several games. He should put together a strong game this week.
Carson Wentz against Tennessee Titans
Wentz will hopefully take the momentum he has garnered in the past few weeks and apply it to this game against the Tennessee Titans. The Titans have a weak pass defense, so Wentz should be able to take advantage; however, he did have his worst game of the season against them in Week 3 when he put up merely 194 yards and no touchdowns. I contend that was more of a product of the Colts’ lack of chemistry and blocking than it had to do with Wentz. Regardless, he is a great streamer this week.
Kenneth Gainwell against Detroit Lions
With the serious ankle injury to Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell is set to be the beneficiary of more targets in the air and more touches on the ground. Gainwell has shown terrific explosiveness and pass-catching value all season long, and the Eagles will need to rely even more heavily on him now. There will be competition for touches with Boston Scott; however, none of this should deter you from getting Gainwell. If he is on the waiver wire, you must pick him up. His value this week should be a low-end RB2 and perhaps an RB3 in future weeks.
J.D. McKissic against Denver Broncos
I am once again doubling down on the idea that McKissic is the running back that you want from Washington. Surprisingly, McKissic is still available in nearly half of ESPN leagues. McKissic has only had one bad week in his past four games, which was against the New Orleans Saints. He was targeted four times in that game and only had one catch, so you can also chalk some of that poor performance to chemistry issues with Heinicke. I can assure you that the more McKissic plays, the more he and Heinicke will be on the same page. McKissic has low-end RB2 potential in most weeks but might be a high-end RB3 in this one.
Randall Cobb against Arizona Cardinals
The Packers have suffered two setbacks to their wide receiving unit: Davante Adams and Allen Lazard are both on the COVID-19 list. You can go with either Randall Cobb or Marquez Valdes-Scantling as a flex player streaming option this week. Either option works for this game, as Rodgers will still need to pass the ball a lot. I personally prefer Cobb because there is already a long history of established chemistry. This pick may only be a one-week streamer, but you never know.
Russell Gage against Carolina Panthers
Perhaps the Panthers’ D isn’t as scary as many thought they were through the first few games. They just had a terrible game against the New York Giants and gave up 25 points to Daniel Jones and company. Gage played in his first game since his injury earlier in the year and pulled in four receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown. Fantasy managers would take that output from a streamer every day of the week.
C.J. Uzomah against New York Jets
Uzomah has turned into a solid option for a streamer and backup tight-end after having very respectable performances in three of his past four games. He does not have TE1 relevance quite yet as he still can be a bit inconsistent and doesn’t quite get as many targets as fantasy managers would hope; however, this could change, and the chemistry with Joe Burrow could continue to grow. He is a solid player to stream or have on your roster.
Tyler Bass against Miami Dolphins
There are some luxuries in playing with the No. 1 offense in the NFL, especially with how many scoring opportunities there are, whether it is kicking a field goal or an extra point. Bass is ranked on ESPN as the No. 4 scoring kicker in the NFL and has had several double-digit games so far this season. Strangely enough, he is still available in almost half of the leagues on ESPN. If that is the case, you should pick him up and start him if your kicker is on a bye or just not playing as well.
San Francisco 49ers D against Chicago Bears
The San Francisco 49ers have been somewhat mediocre this season compared to what many experts expected. Regardless, there is value in this Week 8 matchup as the Chicago Bears are struggling mightily on offense at the moment. The Bears have gotten stomped in their past two games, merely scoring 17 total points between them. I would not expect that to change, even against a struggling defense.