Your Fantasy Football life raft for Week 8

In a week where six teams are on a bye (Baltimore, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Giants, Pittsburgh and San Francisco) fantasy rosters everywhere are going to be thinner than usual.  Then, if you include all of the big names that have suffered season ending injuries, or are currently out because of an injury, it makes this fantasy week one of the roughest of the season. 

Let’s just take a look at some of the relevant names that are going to be out this week:

QBs

  • Joe Flacco
  • Ryan Tannehill
  • Eli Manning
  • Ben Roethlisberger
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Brian Hoyer
  • Tony Romo
  • Robert Griffin III
  • Teddy Bridgewater

RBs

  • Terrance West
  • Todd Gurley
  • Jay Ajayi
  • Leveon Bell
  • Carlos Hyde
  • Adrian Peterson
  • C.J. Anderson
  • Eddie Lacy
  • LeSean McCoy (doubtful for Sunday)
  • Tevin Coleman
  • Lamar Miller (His head coach called him a game time decision)
  • Matt Jones
  • Jerick McKinnon (questionable, missed practice both Thursday and Friday)

WRs

  • Steve Smith
  • Mike Wallace
  • Kenny Britt
  • Tavon Austin
  • Jarvis Landry
  • Kenny Stills
  • Devante Parker
  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Victor Cruz
  • Sterling Shepard
  • Antonio Brown
  • Josh Gordon
  • Eric Decker
  • Corey Coleman
  • Kevin White

So, what players are out there that could possibly be fill-in options for this week?  Here are some guys that have potential to do something for your team. 

QBs

Dak Prescott, DAL
He has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the NFL this season.  His combination of passing efficiency and scrambling ability give him a very high fantasy floor

Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ
After a horrendous start to the season, and losing his starting job, an injury to Geno Smith found him right back under center.  After replacing Smith ,Fitzpatrick looked more like the guy from 2015 completing 9 of 14 pass attempts for 120 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers.  He has receiving weapons, it is worth a shot if you are in a pinch.

Josh McCown, CLE
Coming back from a shoulder injury, McCown will face a weak Jets defense that is 26th in the NFL in pass defense.

RBs

Devontae Booker, DEN
With news that C.J. Anderson is out for the rest of the regular season (most likely), this gives the talented young running back an enormous opportunity to prove his worth. 

He has already been gradually eating into more and more of Anderson’s touches as the season has progressed.  Going up against a San Diego rushing defense that has given up the 4th most touchdowns and 7th most fantasy points to opposing backs, Booker has the potential to do something big this week.

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR GB
Since filling in for the injured Eddie Lacy, the wide receiver turned running back has shown flashes of brilliance.  His ability to catch the football and excel in open space has made him a true dynamo the last couple weeks (he has 10 receptions in back to back games).  He’s been battling an illness all week, but assuming he is fine he should have a very high fantasy floor this week.

Matt Asiata, MIN
With Jerick McKinnon hobbled, it should be more work for the bruising Asiata.  Already getting most of the goal line work, Asiata is averaging 17.5 touches a game the last two weeks.  Look for that number to increase this week against a poor Chicago defense.

WR’s

Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
He has been trending downward almost every week since the start of the season.  However, he had two catches for 73 yards and a touchdown last week.  Obviously, you would like for him to have a higher percentage catching the football (he only caught 10.5% of his targets last week), but he has big play ability and will be going up against the Browns 5th worst passing defense.

Will Fuller, HOU
He has struggled the last three weeks after exploding onto the scene to start the season.  The Texans are hosting Detroit and their pass defense that is allowing the 7th most fantasy points per game and give up big chunks of yardage.  If Fuller is going to break out of his rookie slump, this would be a golden opportunity to do so.

Michael Thomas, NO
Featured last week in our sleepers article, Thomas had a monster game against the Chiefs as he finished with 10 receptions for 130 yards.  In the last four games, Thomas has either a touchdown or 130 receiving yards.  He is quickly becoming a trusted weapon for Drew Brees, and that is something that almost always proves to be very fruitful. 

Shockingly, he is still available in 35.3% of leagues.  If he is still available in your league you should grab him immediately.  If you have him on your roster, he needs to be starting.

Check out Blake on Twitter @blakegibbs for more insight on your fantasy team.

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