*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Week 7 Review:
Top QB: Matt Ryan – finished 17th
QB Sit: Sam Bradford – finished outside top 25
QB Sleeper: Matthew Stafford – finished 9th
Top RB: DeMarco Murray – finished 7th
RB Sit: Frank Gore – finished 16th
RB Sleeper: Patriots’ RBs – Blount finished 3rd, James White outside top 25
Top WR: Julio Jones– finished 6th
WR Sit: Stefon Diggs– finished outside top 25
WR Sleeper: Allen Robinson – finished outside top 25
Top TE: Delanie Walker – finished 2nd
TE Sit: Coby Fleener – finished 13th
TE Sleeper: Zach Miller – finished 14th
Top D/ST: Baltimore – finished 3rd
D/ST Sit: Pittsburgh – finished 23rd
D/ST Sleeper: Buffalo – finished outside top 25
Week 8 Predictions
Top QB: Andy Dalton – Look for the Red Rocket to do some work across the pond. All Dalton has done this season is produce sterling numbers. He’s third in the league in yards, and seventh in quarterback rating. Dalton has had a QBR of 103.4 or better in five of his seven games, including each of the last four. Washington has been pretty good against QBs this season, but they have been lackluster in games against Cody Kessler, Joe Flacco and Carson Wentz.
QB Sit: Philip Rivers – Stay away from this matchup against a Broncos D who gives up just 11.93 points to the position. In Denver’s last two home games, they’ve faced elite quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan, holding them to just a combined 25 points. There are way better options than Philip this week.
QB Sleeper: Russell Wilson – For the most part, Russell Wilson has been a huge bust this season, but there is room for trust in Week 8. Squaring off against a Saints defense which has surrendered 19.61 points per game to the position, all but one time has the Saints haven’t given up any less than 19 points to a QB this season.
Top RB: Spencer Ware – 69 percent of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps have gone to Ware this season compared to four percent to Jamaal Charles, yep, that’s a big gap. Facing a Colts’ D that’s given up 24.7 points to RBs (4th worst) is actually second worst in Week 8 considering the two of the three teams above them are on bye. The running back position this week is a big wasteland so look for Ware to step up big time.
RB Sit: Jonathan Stewart – It is going to be incredibly tough to leave Stewart on a bench this week, but if you can afford to pull this risky move off, then do it. Arizona held Christine Michael to just 5.5 points last week, and are allowing the second fewest amount in the league at 12.5. To be fair, the last time Stewart went off, it was against the Saints last season.
RB Sleeper: Christine Michael – I was going to go with Jacquizz Rodgers this week for the sleeper section against the Oakland Raiders, but I will go with the Saints/Seahawks matchup that figures to be a little more high scoring in my opinion. The Saints do give up the most points to the position in the league at 26.9, and Michael is the main man in this offense this week.
Top WR: Michael Crabtree – Facing a Tampa D that gives up 26.2 points to the position, the Raiders and Bucs could be in for a relatively high scoring affair. While both Amari Cooper and Crabtree have the same matchup, obviously, I like Crabtree a bit more here as momentum from last week’s solid game is too good to pass up.
WR Sit: DeSean Jackson – D-Jax overseas, don’t do it. Scoring just a combined 13 points in his last four games, Cincinnati have given up just 973 yards on the year, and only 19.9 fantasy points per game to wideouts altogether.
WR Sleeper: Ty Montgomery – Bursting onto the scene this year, Montgomery has seen a huge jump in snap percentage. This could be because of the injuries to Lacy and Starks, however, he still comes in at second in targets on the Packers. With that said, Montgomery is going to have all the opportunity against a Falcons defense that allows 23.2 points to WRs.
Top TE: Kyle Rudolph – Well, the matchup isn’t great and Sam Bradford has seemingly fallen off a cliff lately. Rudolph has been on the field for 95 percent of snaps this year, and is the third most targeted tight end this season. Overall, the Bears are only allowing 5.4 points to the position this year which is solid, but their overall defense is obviously below average.
TE Sit: Jason Witten – Despite a good career track record against division foe Philadelphia, there is no reason to put Witten in your lineup this week. The Eagles have allowed just ONE touchdown pass to tight ends all year, and a minuscule 3.5 fantasy points per game.
TE Sleeper: CJ Fiedorowicz – Tight end isn’t very deep at all this week, so I will go with one of the best matchups in the league. By no means has Fiedorowicz been consistent this year with Osweiler being his QB, but the Lions give up 12.3 PPG to the position (3rd worst), and have allowed seven touchdown passes to TE’s. It is going to take a huge game for Fiedorowicz to come out on top, as he is a free agent in most leagues.
Top D/ST: New York Jets – The Browns just keep getting ganged up on, this time, by Gang Green. A matchup in Cleveland this week is extremely attractive against a team that contains a disaster at QB. If it’s Kevin Hogan, or Cody Kessler, the Jets undoubtedly hold the clear upper hand.
D/ST Sit: Houston – Losing JJ Watt has been killer this year for the Texans who have scored just six points in their last three games combined. Coming into a matchup against Matthew Stafford who has been great against defenses, doesn’t bode well. There is no reason to start Houston this week.
D/ST Sleeper: Tennessee Titans – Although you could maybe go with Jacksonville’s defense also, the Titans come into a TNF matchup tonight against Blake Bortles who has struggled mightily this season. The Titans are going to be a waiver wire streamer this week, so pick them up while you can.