March 27, 2023
The Athletic

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 8: Sleepers, Starts, Seats

Happy Halloween week everyone and let’s hope it’s all treats and no tricks for your fantasy team. As always, you’ve come to the right place for the Week 8 fantasy football leaderboard and predictions, but we’re doing the obvious fun leaderboard this week. It’s the best Halloween candy ranking! Hate me for not liking your favorite candy, or realize I just opened up your world to the glory of a candy you’ve never tried, or or… just join me in hating the ubiquitous junk that candy corn is.

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2022 Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers

🚨HEAD UP🚨 These are sleepers. They will not 100% mimic my rankings. This hunts upwards and often carries more risk.

QUARTERBACK

POSSIBLE START: Daniel Jones, NYG – This is the hope Daniel Jones managers have created over the past two years as Jones runs for office frequently. Not only is the Seahawks defense weak overall, they’re also among the worst at stopping runs, as evidenced by running back success against them, AND…Kyler Murray, who ran 10-to-100 last week .

HAIL MARY START: Jared Goff, DET – Yes, I know I had Goff here last week as he was indoors, even with a tough matchup, but this week Goff is 1) indoors, 2) at home and 3) facing a Dolphins defense that’s more as 2 touchdowns allowed four games, with Mac Jones, Kenny Pickett and Zach Wilson being the only ones to throw for no touchdown or just one. Buckle up for a potentially painful ride.


RUN BACK

POSSIBLE START: Michael Carter, NYJ β€” This may seem obvious, but I see a lot of people concerned about the James Robinson trade. Yes, Robinson’s arrival will likely result in a timeshare, much like Breece Hall and Carter did earlier this year, but that’s more of a concern after this week. As we saw with Latavius ​​Murray in Denver and Christian McCaffrey last week, it takes a game (or sometimes two) for a running back to realize his true role on a new team. The Patriots are good but not scary, and a day like Khalil Herbert would put Carter in the top 20.

HAIL MARY START: Jamaal Williams, DET – Such is the case when D’Andre Swift returns, because if Swift is out, it’s all too obvious to start Williams. Even with Swift back, Williams has the top 20 advantage in a timeshare given this matchup. Since Week 3, the Dolphins have done little to stop opponents, including running backs. Devin Singletary (19.6), Joe Mixon (15.4), Breece Hall (26.7), Michael Carter (16.3) and Dalvin Cook (14.8) all had top 15 performances (two Jets in the same game). Najee Harris also had a respectable day last week with 9.5 points.


WIDE RECEIVER

POSSIBLE START: Brandin Cooks, HOU – Things didn’t go as planned for Cooks this year as he’s no longer immune to the quarterback. Mill’s drop-in-play ruined the passing game, but there’s a modicum of hope in Week 8…assuming Cooks doesn’t get traded. The Titans are one of the most forgiving matchups, as evidenced by Parris Campbell’s game last week. The Commanders trio had done reasonably well the week before and we can hope Cooks sees a large number of targets and hopefully one leaves for a big game and doesn’t fall short.

POSSIBLE START: DJ Moore, AUTO – PJ Walker isn’t a massive upgrade for Moore, but it helps when Moore sees a tremendously high number of targets when Christian McCaffrey was out and there’s no Robbie Anderson. As seen last week, Moore was able to see 10 goals and convert them to 7-69-1. The Falcons’ pass defense is abysmal, and the lowest score a receiver with 10+ goals has is 12.1 points, or, in other words, the top 25 of any given week.

HAIL MARY START: Parris Campbell, IND – Speaking of Campbell, he anticipates an intriguing pickup and Start with a tricky game as we know little about how Sam Ehlinger will play. Ehlinger has some Jacoby Brissett similarities as this was my NFL draft scouting report:

“Decent arm and inconsistent accuracy. Part of his problem is getting overly aggressive when he’s trying to make a play and committing to his “hope and prayer” option, allowing the defense to read his mind. He’s solid in the running game and doesn’t shy away from pressure…but doesn’t always feel it. Ehlinger can go from looking like a star on one show to a flawed backup on the next.”

But as we know, the Commander’s defense is very exploitable, and hopefully Ehlinger is going for Campbell as much as Matt Ryan. It’s a scary situation; I know.


CLOSE END

HAIL MARY START: Irv Smith, MIN β€” Start your tight ends against the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Vikings leave the bye for the Cardinals, whose worst opposing tight end posted 4.9 and that was Tommy Tremble. Juwan Johnson scored twice last week while even Noah Fant scored 7.5 in Week 6.


Fun with rankings!

This week is all about Halloween and it’s time to update the Halloween Candy leaderboard with a separate little list of the best non-fun sized candies and of course the worst candy options out there! Trick or treat!

Rated Best Halloween Candy

  1. Nerds Gummy Clusters (once you’ve tried them…you’re welcome)
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (King of Chocolates)
  3. Peanut Butter M&Ms (plain M&Ms outside of the top 10)
  4. Sour Patch watermelon slices
  5. twizzler
  6. giggles
  7. Starburst FaveREDs – if you’re lucky, a strawberry two-pack!
  8. Laffy Taffy (Strawberry, Watermelon) – would rank higher if the packaging ever came off easily
  9. Haribo Gold Bears (only gummy bears allowed… except the Disney bears)
  10. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  11. take 5
  12. Swedish fish minis
  13. Airheads (Strawberry, Watermelon, Mystery)
  14. Junior Mints (they are very refreshing)
  15. Sour Patch Kids
  16. twix
  17. 100 Grand – Great, but I feel like Take 5… takes it up a notch
  18. Butterfingers (must be fresh/soft – lost a few spots for a new recipe)
  19. York Peppermint (any kind, all good)
  20. skittles
  21. Nestle Crunch
  22. Hot tamales
  23. Kit Kat – genuine, forgot about them at first because they’re overrated…can eat 20 and it’s like nothing…really good but really unsatisfying
  24. Milky Way
  25. hit pop

Overrated: Whoppers – Who wants to crack their teeth with these malt balls of the mehness? And Tootsie Rolls – EVERYONE hands these out and kids end up with half a bag of them. Enough!

Best candy that needs a Halloween size

  1. Starburst FaveREDs Minis (so dangerous – can kill a bag without even thinking)
  2. Sour Patch strawberry slices
  3. Twizzler’s rainbow
  4. Sour Belts (Strawberry, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry)
  5. Hi-Chew Strawberry (another variant of Starbursts)

The worst Halloween candy
(ranked worst to worst)

  1. Necco Wafers – I don’t even know where people find these. Are we sure it’s not sidewalk chalk?
  2. Candy Corn – obviously too easy
  3. Circus Peanuts – I mean…orange styrofoam, anyone?
  4. Good & Plenty – What is the taste anyway?! These are hell in a box
  5. Bit-O-Honey
  6. mary jane
  7. Generic Wrapped Candy – You know…the black/orange wrappers
  8. Smarties – At least Tootsie Rolls are good for a little bit. These are little better than Neccos and everyone has them! (Note to our Canadian readers: Jake is referring to American smarties, which are vastly different from Canadian ones)
  9. Dubble Bubble – Even baseball card gum isn’t that hard… and the taste is gone in 60 seconds
  10. Jolly Rancher – Speaking of cracked teeth… just the bigger ones (little ones are fine). I’m a biter, so maybe it’s just me, but speaking of candies, these ones are going to break your teeth!


BUYS AND SOLD

Buys

  • privateer – With the Ravens matchup, this is the week for Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to get back on track, Brady and Godwin in particular.
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, NO – As noted in the waivers…top 25 in total yards, top 20 in touches, top 10 in receptions, and top 5 in receiving yards for running backs…despite missing two games.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL – Nearing his return, and the Falcons are determined to run independently of this game script.
  • Keenan Allen, WR, LAC β€” Allen isn’t 100% yet, but he’s close and still has the advantage in the top 15… especially with Mike Williams out.
  • Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT β€” Another Worry Report player; Johnson is still the top target in Pittsburgh, and if he starts catching 65-70% of his targets Johnson can regain WR2 status.
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL – Maybe not 100% or back, but Dak Prescott quite likes him, and Schultz was a top 5 tight end with him last year.

Sold

  • Travis Etienne, RB, JAX – Yes, Etienne has the advantage on RB1 for the rest of the season, but when you see people claiming he’ll outplay Austin Ekeler the rest of the way, you can maximize his potential return… now!
  • Gus Edwards, RB, BAL β€” Like Etienne, announce Edwards’ name to see if you can score a top 15. If so, you cannot ignore this return.
  • Aaron Jones, RB, UK β€” Just a week ago, managers were panicking, and now that Jones has had his second big game of the season (against four with a 9.1 or less), the perceived value is back up.
  • James Robinson and Michael Carter, New York β€” If you can get a top 15 running back for either one (lots of differing opinions out there), you need to sell.
  • Deebo Samuel, WR, SF β€” Some might not have noticed the concern, but Samuel barely got any rushes, and now CMC is ruining his potential for WR1 value.

Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 These may differ from my rankings and mine Ranks are the order I would start players in outside of the additional context, such as B. “Need the highest potential, even if it is risky.” Also based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point break and half PPR

Projection download link

***These are NOT updated Sunday morning, FYI ***


Week 8 fantasy football rankings

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨

  • Only Half PPR as FantasyPro’s automatic calculation of non and full PPR ranks may be disabled. But there is so little difference between Non to Half and Full to Half that you don’t need to worry.
  • ECR = Expert Consensus Rank. Don’t focus on it too much as not all experts update consistently/constantly.
  • Will be updated regularly so check all the way to the lockdown lineups.

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