Fantasy Football Predictions Week 8

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The best thing about fantasy football (other than winning) is that things typically change from week to week. So if you have a bad week like I did last week, you just have to put it behind you and move on to the next week. Fortunately for me, this past week was much better and my record showed just that, winning 5 out of my 7 leagues.

As always, you will not see names like Aaron Rodgers or Saquon Barkley here. If you have them on your team you should play them every week. These are players that could help you on bye weeks or if you are a fan of daily fantasy football. So without further ado, here is my fantasy football predictions week 8 edition.

Quarterbacks

Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers

Rudolph took a nasty hit a couple weeks ago against Baltimore, band it looked like he might be out for a while. But in a little over 2 weeks, he has passed through concussion protocol and is ready to go. Nothing like facing the Miami Dolphins to ease back into action, and with the Steelers desperately needing a win to keep up with Baltimore, look for the Steelers to not take the Dolphins lightly, which should mean a solid game for Mason Rudolph.

Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans

In somewhat of a surprise move, Tannehill replaced incumbent Marcus Mariota against the Denver Broncos and has been named the starter going forward. In his first start last week he had 312 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, which is not completely surprising since Tannehill has had success in the NFL during his career. Up next is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, no reason not to see Tannehill put up similar numbers this week.

Matt Stafford – Detroit Lions

Matt Stafford appeared to have his best days in the rear view mirror, but has had a few very nice games this year. It is definitely based on his opponents, but with the New York Giants coming to town, look for Stafford to have another one of those nice games.

Running Backs

James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers

Conner was already coming out of his early season slump the last few weeks, and keeping with the theme of playing everybody that plays the Miami Dolphins I would be surprised if James Conner did not put up big numbers this week

Sony Michel – New England Patriots

Although James White takes away from Michel’s number all too frequently, Sony Michel is beginning to get into a nice groove. Although he only had 19 carries for 42 yards Monday night against the Jets in a route, he did get 3 touchdowns as New England used him near the goal line multiple times, which is a very good sign. With the Cleveland Browns up next, I would expect Michel to have a solid game, and a touchdown or 2 from helping you win your match up this week.

Ty Johnson – Detroit Lions

This is somebody that is probably not owned in your league, so you should be looking for him on your waiver wire. With starter Kerryon Johnson headed to injured reserve, this will be the Lions workhorse for the foreseeable future. The Giants will be a good match up for Ty Johnson to get a nice flow.

Wide Receivers

Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears

I know you have heard that the Bears offense is horrible, and even as a Bears fan myself I have to agree. But before you lose all faith in this fantasy sports dad, hear me out. Even as poorly as the rest of the offense has been, Allen Robinson has been putting up good numbers, with double digit outputs in PPR leagues in every game except 1 this year and the last two games over 20 points. The Bears host the Los Angeles Chargers this week, and while the offense tries to find its identity you can count on Allen Robinson to consistently putting up hi stats.

John Brown – Buffalo Bills

John Brown had 5 catches on 6 targets against the Dolphins last week, including a 20 yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen. The Bills started off slow, but warmed up in the second half. Coming up are the Philadelphia Eagles, who have not shown they can stop many teams through the air, so I expect John Brown to have another successful outing this week.

Golden Tate – New York Giants

Golden Tate has had a couple of good games with Sterling Shepard on the sidelines recovering from multiple concussions this year, but there is just something extra that comes out for some players when they face their old team. Look for Tate to show off a little when he heads back to Detroit this week and put up solid numbers.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram – New York Giants

The Giants as a team did not have near the success that many expected against the Arizona Cardinals last week, but I see Engram bouncing back this week against Detroit. He will be utilized much more than when Engram does well do does the Giants offense.

Austin Hooper – Atlanta Falcons

Hooper is nearing the automatic play area of the likes of Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. He has double digit point totals in PPR leagues in every game save one this year, and The Seattle defense coming up isn’t quite as fearsome as it was a few years ago in the Legion of Boom days. This very well could be a high scoring affair, which means lots of opportunities for Austin Hooper.

Hunter Henry – Los Angeles Chargers

Hunter Henry has had 2 impressive games coming back from injury, and immediately connected with QB Philip Rivers with 8 targets one game and 9 the other. Even with the Chicago Bears up next, there’s no reason to think that Henry will not get similar targets in this game.

Defenses

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Viking defense has had up and down games all year, but have proven to be able to take advantage of easier match ups. With the Washington Redskins coming to Minnesota on Thursday night, especially with this being the first time their QB Kirk Cousins will be playing his old team, the Vikings will come out firing on all cylinders.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Although the Steelers as a team have struggled early this year, starting of 2-4, their defense has actually put up nice fantasy numbers. Besides the week one beat down at the hands of the Patriots, the lowest the Steeler defense has put up in traditional fantasy leagues is 7 points, and 4 straight games in double digits. With the Dolphins up next on Monday night, don’t expect this streak to end.

New Orleans Saints

I have had people ask me when I was going to give this Saints defense their credit, and it is hard not to wonder why. After the first 2 games they have been almost unstoppable, only allowing garbage points against their opponents after the game was well in hand. While rookie QB Kyler Murray has been doing very well for the Arizona Cardinals, Sean Paytons defense is very fast and hides coverages as well as anybody in the league. Expect another strong performance from this defense.

We are Nearing the Halfway Point

We are about halfway through the NFL season and those playoff races are now starting to heat up in fantasy leagues. Let me know if you have any questions about your lineups, or any comments about my picks for this week. If you want to check out my thoughts on daily fantasy football click here. Have a great week!

 

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14 thoughts on “Fantasy Football Predictions Week 8”

  1. Ray says:

    I agree with you on Golden Tate. Ego is a big part of his game and you can bet he will be up for this one. Also, I really like New Orleans as a team as well as its top-rated defense. You should do well with your picks.

    Glad to see a sports blog after looking at nothing but Affiliate posts for months. Keep up the good work!

    1. Travis says:

      Thank you! I understand, I wanted to write about something I enjoy talking about anyways. Have a great week!

  2. kiara_mypilatescollective says:

    Awesome article and website, such a great idea!

    I’m not a fantasy football enthusiast myself but my partner and many of his mates are, I will definitely pass on your detailed article to them for a read. I think they will be sure to get a lot out of it 🙂

    After reading through your post, this is surprisingly something that I would like to learn more about.

    Do you have a newsletter that people can subscribe to?

    1. Travis says:

      I am glad to hear that! I have not put together a newsletter as of yet, but do have a Facebook page Fantasy Sports Dad that you can check out if you want more fantasy football discussion!

  3. Josie says:

    As a super newbie to the idea of fantasy football and trying to wrap my head around everything, I am really glad I came across your website. I appreciate the easy manner that your blog is written in and it really helps me to get my head around your predictions. Thanks!

    1. Travis says:

      I completely understand. Check out this post where I go over the ins and outs of how to play fantasy football. https://fantasysportsdad.com/f

  4. Jan says:

    Hi There,

    Great article and happy that you changed the background now able to read, and as I said i avoid playing actual sport, so as a newbie of fantasy football i am trying to wrap my  head around everything!!

    I am really glad I came across your website. I appreciate the easy manner that you have written and it really
    helps me to get my head around your predictions.

    it was interesting and was great to read something about sport –

    made a huge change after reading many posts all on the same subject

    Keep up the great articles

    Jan

    1. Travis says:

      Thank you I am glad that you were able to read this week’s article! If you ever have any questions please let me know I’ll try and help out as much as I can! 

  5. Garrett says:

    This is really cool. I am currently in a fantasy football league and I am not going to lie, my team is getting KILLED. It seems like all my players is getting hurt with my best player being Patrick Mahomes and now he is out too. I am just having bad luck this season so thats why I am looking for some sleepers and a replacement quarterback so I am glad that I came across your article. I am definitely going to check some of these players out and share this article on my Facebook so others can benefit as well. Great article, very helpful.

    1. Travis says:

      Awesome I’m glad that it is helping! It’s tough to win when your players are getting hurt, especially the better players on your roster like Mahomes. If you need anything else just let me know, I’m here to help! 

  6. Anjali says:

    Hello Travis,

    First of all I have to be honest and let you know that my knowledge about fantasy football is next to nothing. Bit I liked reading your article. It seems like you have some great picks for this week. I am glad to hear Mason Rudolph, Matt Stafford and James Conner are doing good and improving day by day. And congratulations for winning 5 out of 7 leagues this week. I wish you all the best in the future as well.

    1. Travis says:

      Thank you! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the article, I know not everybody plays fantasy sports but if you ever start or know somebody that has, please send them this website to help them

  7. Abel says:

    Hi! I saw that nasty hit Mason Rudolph took in the game against Baltimore. I also thought he would be around 2 months away. But it’s good to know he’s already ready to come back. With him playing I think the Steelers will triumph over the Dolphins. But it will be a tight game!

    1. Travis says:

      We will see, the Steelers have been looking much better the last few weeks I expect the to keep rolling. But that’s why they play the game! 

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