Week 8 Fantasy Predictions: Best Players At Each Position

Matthew Gordon
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Raiders at Redskins 9/24/17. Photo Credit: Keith Allison via Creative Commons License.

Boom, just like that we have entered Week 8 of the NFL season and it has flown by quick. Your team may be in a good spot, it may not. Fear not my friends as comeback season is alive and well in fantasy football and possibly for your favorite team. Maybe not the Jets, however, but I digress. As always, I’m feeling good about this week. So far this year there has been a 40 point scorer in each week and the trend looks to continue in Week 8. So let’s jump right into it with my predictions for this week.

Top 3 QBs

Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks play host this week to their division rival San Francisco 49ers. In his last 10 contests vs. the 49ers, Wilson has thrown for 18 touchdowns against 4 interceptions. The difference this year is that Wilson is carrying the Seahawks offense on his back relative to years past. Now while the 49ers defense ranks one of the best in pass defenses this year vs. opposing quarterbacks, I suspect that this game will have its fair share of points scored. Last week’s three-interception performance was a bit of an anomaly for Wilson as that hasn’t happened to him since 2017 and was only the fourth time in his career with 3+ interceptions. Look for a bounce-back this week.

Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TB12 rolls into New York this week for a MNF matchup with the Giants. In his five regular-season matchups with the Giants, Brady has thrown for 300+ yards four times. Given that this Giants team is quite different than in years past, I expect Brady to throw for even more yards and some touchdowns. The Giants defense ranks in the middle of the pack vs. opposing QB’s this year, but that doesn’t deter my faith in the GOAT. He and Rob Gronkowski have been clicking the past few weeks and I think the Bucs are about to hit their stride as an offense.

Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders have dropped 3 of their last 4 games since starting 2-0 but that shouldn’t faze fantasy owners. They face the Cleveland Browns this week, a defense that has surrendered the fourth most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this year. After seeing what rookie Joe Burrow was able to do last week and in Week 2, my confidence is high for Carr this week. In his three career matchups vs. the Browns, he’s thrown for 300+ yards each time, with one of those games eclipsing 400+ yards. He has a 7:2 touchdown to interception ratio as well. If he can protect the ball this week, expect fruitful numbers from the seven-year veteran.

Top 3 RBs

Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings travel to Green Bay this week coming off a much-needed bye week for Cook. The Packers have given up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Though Cook’s yards were the lowest this season in the Week 1 matchup with the Packers, he was able to snag two TD’s on the ground. He’s also scored in every game he’s played this year. Fantasy owners are looking for the “Boom” potential if he can go this week and hope he can replicate his lone performance in 2019 vs. the Packers where he rushed for 154 yards and a score.

Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints

Though the Bears have a stout defensive front and rank in the middle of the pack vs. opposing RBs, Kamara has proven week in week out that he is the best fantasy RB in the league. His rushing, plus pass-catching ability, always makes him a threat to opposing fantasy owners. He hasn’t scored a touchdown the past two weeks after scoring seven in his first four contests. His only matchup vs. the Bears came in his rookie season where he wasn’t the lead back but he was still able to find the endzone. Look for Kamara to return the favor to fantasy owners this week with a couple of scores.

Boston Scott – Philadelphia Eagles

This play relies heavily on whether or not Miles Sanders starts this week. If Sanders is unable to suit up, count Scott in for a good week. The Cowboys are surrendering the third-most fantasy points to opposing RB’s this year as their defense looks like swiss cheese. Scott was able to muster a solid performance in Sanders’ absence last week having 40+ yards on the ground and through the air. He was also able to add a touchdown to that line. This is a SNF matchup that could give Scott a chance to show out for himself, and fantasy owners.

Top 6 WRs

Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers

In Week 1 vs. the Vikings, Adams secured 14 of his 17 targets for 156 yards and two scores. The Vikings are giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing WRs so far this year. Including this year, Adams has scored a TD in the last 5 of 7 matchups vs. the Vikings. He is Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver and I expect another week of healthy targets for the seven-year veteran.

A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals

Green has come out of the woodworks the past two weeks after a slow five weeks. He’s received 10+ targets in the past two contests and it seems that he and Joe Burrow are finally on the same page. The Titans are giving up the ninth most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. He has never played the Titans in his career which can be a good sign for a potential breakout game. The nine-year veteran is searching for his first touchdown since Week 8 of the 2018 season. Oh, it’s Week 8 this week. I like it.

Nelson Agholor – Las Vegas Raiders

Agholor has snagged a touchdown pass in his past three contests. Last week he surpassed 100+ yards receiving for the first time since Week 2 of 2019 with the Eagles. The Browns are giving up the second-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year thus far. In his lone career game vs. the Browns in 2016, he was able to secure a stat line of 4/57/1 in Cleveland. Look for Agholor to replicate another score and 100-yard game this week.

Travis Fulgham – Philadelphia Eagles

Fulgham has secured a touchdown in 3 of his 4 contests this year as well as going for 70+ yards in 3 of 4. He has become a favorite for Carson Wentz as the Eagles receiving core has been hit with the injury bug often this year. The Cowboys defense, as I mentioned earlier, is synonymous with swiss cheese as they have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. Look for Fulgham to take the top off the defense and go for 100+ yards and a score this week.

Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans secured six touchdowns through the first four weeks of the season but has been held out the past two weeks. The Giants defense ranks seventh so far this year in fantasy point given up to opposing receivers. The big man is due for another 100+ yard performance with a touchdown or two to add to the stat line. What better way to do it than on MNF. He’s scored five touchdowns in four career games vs. the Giants, three of those games being 120+ yard performances. And I don’t need to remind you who is throwing him the ball.

Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions

Golladay has seen a healthy target share since returning to the lineup in Week 3. The past two weeks, he’s been able to go for 100+ yards. The Colts are in the top third of defenses this year vs. opposing receivers but that doesn’t deter my confidence in him. He’s yet to play the Colts in his young career. I expect him to snag a touchdown and go for 100+ yards this week.

Top 3 TEs

George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing receivers this year but the second least to TEs. I had to throw in both because, well, Kittle is the 49ers best pass-catching option. He’s had relatively modest numbers vs. the Seahawks in his young career and has yet to find the endzone. I expect that to change on Sunday. If the 49ers have any chance at winning on Sunday, they’ll need a big day from Kittle.

Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce’s lowest target share and yards came last week in a snowy game in Denver. The team was helped out by the defense and special teams and Kelce just took a back seat to the team win. I expect him to bounce back this week. He’s scored a TD in each of his three career contests vs. the Jets and finished with 65+ yards in each game. Look for him early in this game and hope that the onslaught happens in the second half.

Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

It will be Tua Tagovailoa‘s first start of his career on Sunday in Miami. Gesicki looks to be a player that can benefit from this. Gesicki will look to be Tua’s security blanket in the contest, though he has flashed his ability as a downfield threat. The Rams have given up the eleventh most fantasy points to opposing TEs this year. Expect for a big game while the Rams scheme to stop the outside receivers for the Dolphins.

Top 3 Kickers

Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have shown they can get the ball moving this year and while I think they’ll find the endzone vs. the Rams, they’ll definitely be settling for some field goals. Sanders is perfect on the year in FG’s and PAT’s.

Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos

McManus will look to bounce back this week vs. the Chargers. While the Chargers are no slouch of a team, Denver should be able to get into scoring range on Sunday. They’ll get stopped a few times and McManus will be there for the rescue.

Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals offense will get into Titans territory on Sunday. Their ability to score multiple touchdowns will be the question. When they stall, Bullock will be there to add points and keep them in the game.

Top 3 DEF/STs

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys this week, a team that is without their starting QB and presumably their backup. In comes as QB3 for the Cowboys. Look for the Eagles to snag a few turnovers on Sunday and keep that point total and yardage low.

Kansas City Chiefs

Another no brainer as the Jets travel to Kansas City. KC was able to nab two touchdowns for the owners of their DEF/ST’s and it looks like they’ll have another shot at doing it over again.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs defense has been stout this year and has had some great performances vs. quality opponents. They held future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense in check a few weeks ago. Daniel Jones will have his work cut out for him this week.

To Conclude

As always, I’m Mr. Optimistic over here and these plays look to be good ones. Whether you play daily fantasy or are in a league with friends, starting any of these players could be beneficial to the outcome of your game. Only time will tell if I’m correct in predicting that my “Boom” week is on the horizon. Agree or disagree with these plays? Let me know on Twitter @RealsleeepyG.

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Raiders at Redskins 9/24/17. Photo Credit: Keith Allison via Creative Commons License.