We saw two of the highest-scoring wide receiver games in fantasy football history this week. Tyler Lockett finished with a 50 burger while Davante Adams had a 13-196-2 line himself. There was 30 wide receivers over 15 PPR points this week, and 15 with over 20. We have some big names on bye this week with DeAndre Hopkins and Terry McLaurin. There are also plenty of injuries to dig into this week, and especially the Michael Thomas situation which continues to frustrate fantasy managers. Week 8 matchups set up for some break out games but also some matchups that might question who to start. The Saints wide receivers take on the Bears stingy defense and the Giants face a much improved Buccaneers defense.
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There is a strong chance Davante Adams can put up another big week, facing the Minnesota Vikings. They have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, and Adams chipped in back in Week 1 with a 14-156-2 line against them. Minnesota has allowed these lines to WR1s over the last three games. Julio Jones 8-137-2. DK Metcalf 6-93-2. Will Fuller 6-108-1. The Falcons have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and Robby Anderson stands out alongside DJ Moore. Atlanta continues to struggle against wide receivers and they have allowed 90+ yards to two receivers in the same game three times already this season. Moore and Anderson both had a strong game against them in the prior matchup and I expect more of the same.
You can go back to the well with the Bengals wide receivers this week. They should be playing keep up or chasing the game in this one, which means plenty of volume to go around. Tennessee has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and they rank 24th in pass defense DVOA. Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins are coming off big games but AJ Green has 15 catches for 178 yards over the last two games and a total of 32 PPR points. On the flip side of this game, AJ Brown has come in and produced 21, 22, and 27 fantasy point games since his two-game absence. Brown continues to crush. Kenny Golladay has been putting together a steady game log since returning with 17, 16, 14, and 17 fantasy point games since returning from injury. He hasn’t had that big hit yet but this is a week where it can happen. The Colts numbers are a bit deflated due to matchups against the Jets and Bears, and Minnesota also was a disaster, but more on Cousins.
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The Miami Dolphins are in a tough spot this week facing a very good Rams defense and also undergoing a quarterback change. DeVante Parker and Preston Williams are two names I am not keen on this week. The Rams have allowed just one 100 yard receiver so far this season and only three touchdowns. Given the matchup, I am skipping these guys this week for better options. New York has had a tough situation this season with just terrible play at all levels. Jason Garrett has taken this team down a notch. They face a Tampa Bay defense that ranks first in pass defense DVOA. Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are in a spot that I am not banking on them to succeed. The Saints offense could be without Michael Thomas again but also Emmanuel Sanders if he doesn’t clear in time. This will be a tough task against the number two pass defense. I would expect a heavy dose of Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook in this one.
Week 8 WR Streaming Options
Not only is Brandon Aiyuk a great starting option this week, but he is also going to be a strong fantasy wideout moving forward. He finished this week with over 15 fantasy points and with Deebo Samuel out the next few weeks, Aiyuk is going to see plenty of touches. He is around 20% rostered and should be a high priority for those in need of WR or FLEX options. This is a great week with Seattle allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. Corey Davis came back from injury and posted 15.5 fantasy points against Pittsburgh. He gets a strong matchup this week against the Bengals secondary but also this Titans offense is firing on all cylinders. Davis is out there in over 75% of leagues as many likely forgot he was even back and playing well before his absence.
With DeSean Jackson out for the next 6-8 weeks, the Eagles are back where they started with limited options. Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders are banged up and will be out for Week 8, leaving Greg Ward and Richard Rodgers are primary targets, alongside Travis Fulgham who has stepped up. Ward is a fine WR3 or FLEX option this week against a week Cowboys secondary. Dallas is allowing the 4th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Ward is in the 10-15% rostered range. While it is not an optimal situation it never will be for Denzel Mims this season but he is a rookie to go and grab. He saw seven targets against Buffalo catching four of them for 42 yards. There should be plenty of garbage time run.
Week 8 Injury Corner
There is a good chance Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley have questionable tags for most of the weeks moving forward. Jones should remain limited in early weeks moving forward and you should assume he is good to suit up as that was the case this past week. John Brown will be a questionable tag this week, and if he is out, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis will see a few more looks. With Odell Beckham Jr out for the season, there will be plenty of targets to go around. Rishard Higgins and potentially Donovan Peoples-Jones should see more looks. Higgins is the name to grab right now. Deebo Samuel is going to be out for the next few weeks, and this means the 49ers will lean on Aiyuk and Kittle mostly. Michael Thomas was out this week and the hamstring injury was now added to the report. This whole situation remains very odd and his status is in question again against the Bears.
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