Week 8 is upon us, which means we are finally done with the madness of Week 7. Was Sunday a bumpy ride or what? Now we enter the home stretch of the regular season. It's a six-week sprint to the playoffs. We’re now well into the bye weeks, but we get a bit of a break in Week 8 with only two teams at rest.
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The Cowboys and Ravens are on their byes this week.
Unless specified, all players in this article are owned at a less than 50 percent rate on Yahoo.
Jacoby Brissett, Colts
As I said last week, the ex-Patriot has been a solid option so far this season and in Week 7, he tossed four touchdowns as the Colts beat the Texans. And, as I have said repeatedly this year, I really like the Colts closing schedule. Brissett is a solid buy not just for Week 8, but for the rest of the way.
Sam Darnold, Jets
He was under duress all night and looked awful versus the Patriots, but as we've been saying for a while, it's the Jets' schedule after the Patriots that you are buying with Darnold. He also gets Chris Herndon back soon--one of his favorite weapons. Oh, and no more games versus New England--which is nice.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans
He has a lot of good passing matchups the rest of the way and after his Week 7 performance, I doubt we'll be seeing Marcus Mariota any time soon. Tannehill can help as a QB in leagues with 12 or more teams.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
He wasn't supposed to play the lion's share in Week 7, so he's still out there in about half of Yahoo leagues. Adding Edmonds was always a strong move for David Johnson-dependent teams, but now, he's a no-brainer add for all. There's no lock Johnson plays this week, and, with multiple nagging injuries, he could miss games down the stretch. Edmonds is a must-add for any team with weakness at RB or flex.
Ty Johnson, RB, DET
Kerryon Johnson went down with a knee injury early inWeek 7. While it does not sound overly serious, Kerryon will likely miss some time--perhaps multiple weeks. Enter Ty Johnson, a rookie who has nailed down the backup job and has been good enough to allow for the release of C.J. Anderson. Ty played the bulk of the snaps after Kerryon went down and amassed 57 total yards. Now the best part. If help this week is what you crave, the Lions play the Giants--the same team that allowed Chase Edmonds to run wild in Week 7. Johnson is a great short term add with some long term upside if Kerryon's rehab progresses slowly.
Mark Walton, Dolphins
As I said last week, he’s not the next coming, but in a backfield where they seem to dislike all of the other players, Walton’s broad skill set could be a source of fantasy production for those who roll in large leagues or for those who have bye week troubles. In Week 7, Walton led the Miami backfield in snaps and received 14 carries plus one reception. He needs to be rostered in all 12-team leagues right now. The Dolphins visit Pittsburgh this week.
Kareem Hunt, Browns
He'll be back soon--so the time to roster him is probably now, especially if you are a Nick Chubb team. My guess is that Cleveland brings Hunt along slowly. In case you forgot, Hunt had hernia surgery on August 29th, and has been away from the team. Expecting him to hit the ground running is perhaps a stretch in that he'd have to take time away from Nick Chubb, and Chubb has been the best part of the Cleveland offense to date.
Wendell Smallwood, Washington
Keep an eye on Smallwood this week, because both Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson are nursing injuries. Smallwood is worth a speculative add if you need a back this week, but there are two concerns. First, one of the aforementioned backs could make a quick return. Two, Washington travels to Minnesota this week. So maybe bid on Smallwood if you know he can help you, like maybe you have Peterson rostered, or just get ready to add him if news breaks tomorrow or Thursday. This is a short week for Washington. They play on Thursday night.
Corey Davis, Titans
Ryan Tannehill, as we expected, returned some conventionality and rhythm to the Tennessee offense. It ignited Davis to the tune of six receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Davis is a hugely underrated talent whose been residing in a broken passing game for a long while. Tannehill may not be Johnny Unitas, but he's a huge step forward from the clearly damaged Marcus Mariota, who could use some clipboard time at this point. I would be buying Davis aggressively in all leagues this week if I had not added him so much over the last three weeks. This guy has WR2 upside the rest of the way. The Titans have already worked through a lot of their tougher matchups. Their second half schedule is favorable.
A.J. Brown, Titans
For many of the same reasons I want to add Davis, I want Brown, and in deeper PPR formats, you can consider Adam Humphries as well. Again, it's all about the switch to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback and the improving schedule over the second half. He was targeted 8 times in Tannehill's first start and if that type of usage continues, he's a weekly WR3 with upside. I'd be adding this guy anywhere I can. The ceiling with Brown is very high--maybe even higher than Corey Davis in full PPR scoring.
Kenny Stills & Keke Coutee, Texans
With Will Fuller being a good bet to miss multiple games (hamstring), both Stills and to a lesser extent, Coutee, step into the fantasy light. Stills is more likely to play full-time opposite DeAndre Hopkins, while Coutee is now likely to be the third receiver in and should play the bulk of his time in the slot. Stills can be deployed as a WR3 in all formats until Fuller returns while Keke is more of a flex in PPR formats.
Phillip Dorsett & Mohamed Sanu, Patriots
As I said last week, the Patriots really need Dorsett to get healthy and he did--scoring a touchdown versus the Jets. As usual, Dorsett used his speed to get behind the defender. With Josh Gordon banged up, Dorsett is the main deep threat and should remain so for the time being.
The newly acquired Sanu, who is available in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues makes a nice speculative add too. It's hard to know exactly what his role will look like, or how long it will take him to digest the offense and playbook, but he certainly has a lot of potential in this scheme.
Cole Beasley, Bills
The Bills face the Eagles this week and there are few teams more generous to slot receivers than Philadelphia. Beasley is a solid PPR receiver the rest of the way but this week holds added appeal.
Olabisi Johnson, Vikings
Adam Thielen (hamstring) is going to miss some time, most likely. Thielen seems to think it will be just one week. While he is out, the Vikings will likely play Johnson in his place as he took up most of the slack after Thielen's departure. In doing so, he caught four balls for 40 yards and a score. The Vikings play Washington this week. Not bad!
Chris Herndon, Jets
I know, I know. This is beginning to feel like a legend or fable. Herndon's been long-promised and is arriving a few weeks late--assuming he does arrive. Still, he's a catch-first tight end at a time when many of us have an acute need at the position. Add Herndon anywhere you need tight end help. The matchups over the next month are super choice.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
He's a short term pickup who can help you this week with Adam Thielen out. The theory is that there will be more targets available in the middle of the field with Thielen on the sidelines. The matchup with Washington this week is very good.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Browns
As I said last week, Seals-Jones played 68 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 6. That was a big step forward and led to six targets. Both were season highs and both bode well in terms of continued success. The Browns are fresh off their bye. This week's matchup with New England is rough but things ease up some after that. Seals-Jones should have a solid role until David Njoku gets back--probably around Week 13.
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