Week 8 Fantasy Football Top 5 Matchups: Raiders vs. Browns to bring big fantasy weeks

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Tennessee Titans Offense vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in week eight, which should be advantageous for most of their offense. The Bengals allow the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the most amount to running backs, and the 11th most to wide receivers. This season, Ryan Tannehill has the ninth-best average fantasy points per game with 22.63 points. Derrick Henry has the fifth-most fantasy points for running backs and a 21.1 average. Henry should certainly have a monster game against the weakest fantasy defense to running backs in the league. A.J Brown has the fifth-best average for wide receivers in the NFL. Corey Davis also averages 14.3 fantasy points per game. All of these players have first position potential for next week against the Bengals offense. The Titans, while they have a solid defense, still allow 25.3 points per game to teams, which ranks below average in the NFL. The hope is that the Bengals can keep close to the Titans so they will have to perform more on offense. If they can do that, the Titans should have a productive fantasy week.

Los Angeles Rams Offense vs. the Miami Dolphins

Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams will be facing the Miami Dolphins next week on the road. Similarly to the Bengals, the Dolphins allow a plethora of fantasy points in all areas. They allow the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks, the third most to running backs, and the seventh most to wide receivers. This bodes especially well for Darrell Henderson, who is averaging 12 fantasy points per game right now on one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league. Jared Goff should move up to be a QB1 this week, as he ranks 19th in average points per game in 19th, but could see a spike next week. Include Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in as starters with the week too. However, out of all of the Rams’ skill players, Henderson should have the most advantageous week as the team’s leading rusher and center of the run-heavy offense.

Colts Rushing Game vs. the Detroit Lions

Indianpolis Colts
The Colts’ passing game has been struggling in terms of fantasy football behind Philip Rivers. Their best receiver in fantasy football, Zach Pascal, has 47 points on the year, which is an 8 point per game average. However, Jonathan Taylor is averaging 14.5 fantasy points this season and Nyheim Hines is averaging 9.6 points per game. The Detroit Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to run backs this season, and their defensive line is one of the worst in the NFL. They allow opposing running backs nearly five yards per carry, which is one of the worst values in the NFL. On the other hand, their secondary behind Desmond Trufant, Amani Oruwariye, and Jeff Okudah is quite efficient. I think the Lions will shut down the passing game enough for the Colts to want to attack through the run. This will leave Jonathan Taylor with an RB1 ceiling and an RB2 floor for fantasy football. Nyheim Hines could be a low-end RB2 filler, but a better flex option for next week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Game vs. the New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the New York Giants in what should be an easy win. The Giants have allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and the seventh most points to quarterbacks. For owners of Tom Brady, he should have a solid week as he has been averaging 22 points per game and has the sixth-most fantasy points in total amongst quarterbacks. Sadly, for owners of Chris Godwin, we have learned that he will be out after getting hand surgery from catching a touchdown pass. However, Mike Evans and Scotty Miller should see solid fantasy weeks in the passing game. Both receivers average near five targets per game, but that should go up next week. Mike Evans has a projection of 9.6 points and Scotty Miller has a projection of around 6 fantasy points. However, I could see Mike Evans as a potential WR1 next week, and Scotty Miller a solid flex option.

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns

Oakland Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders have produced solid fantasy players in Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and even Derek Carr. Next week they play the Cleveland Browns, who are below average in allowing fantasy points in every position. The Raiders offensive has also been fairly productive this season with 28.5 points per game and above average in total yardage and touchdowns per game. Josh Jacobs should take advantage of the Browns on offense with a projection of 17.45 points. Derek Carr is projected to be the eight quarterback in fantasy with a 19.5 point projection. Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow are valid flex options with a projection of around 9 points each for the next game, where they both have boom-like potential.
Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have picked up their offensive game this season ranking seventh in touchdowns per game with 3.6 and 10th in points per game with 28.6 points. The Raiders this season have allowed the fifth-most points to quarterbacks and the sixth-most to wide receivers this season. Even though the Browns lost Odell Beckham Jr. to a season-ending injury, Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones are both projected over 10 points for the next game. Plus, Kareem Hunt should have a solid game controlling the backfield after putting up 19.2 points last week against the Bengals. Hunt is projected as the third overall running back with a 20.35 point projection next week. Baker Mayfield is also projected at #15 for quarterbacks next week with a 19.2 point projection as a solid QB filler for anyone on byes.

I have played football, baseball, hockey, golf, and basketball separately when I was young. Now I run cross country and track for DePaul University. My favorite part about sport is the mental strength. I am a big fan of all of the Chicago sports teams that don’t end in “Cubs.”

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