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2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings Review

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Tomorrow night kicks off week 8 with what we hope is a good show like the Week 7 TNF matchup.  Although considering the Dolphins and the Ravens are the bottom two teams in the league in total yards, we can assume that this game will be pretty awful.  But we can hope!

In Week 7, I chose DeMarco Murray, Jordy Nelson and Devonta Freeman as my Too Low picks.  All of these were pretty underwhelming.  Too high picks Adrian Peterson and T.Y. Hilton busted, and Stefon Diggs did not play.  So with that, we will get into the Week 8 picks.

As you take a look at who I tag as Too High and Too Low, be sure to take a look at the Week 8 Staff Rankings.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings (RB29)

Last week, Murray took off for 113 yards on 18 carries, plus a score.  Now while you may think this is a fluke, remember that had 12 and 15 carries in the two previous weeks.  For whatever reason, the Vikings are committed to getting Murray touches.

This week the matchup isn’t great for Murray.  He travels to London to face off against a surprisingly stingy Cleveland run defense.  But if he continues to see this workload, Murray should be able to post respectable yardage, with a chance to score.

Rank Above: James White, DeAndre Washington, Dion Lewis

Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detriot Lions (RB21)

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Thus far in 2017, Abdullah has been a disappointment.  While he has received that bulk of the touches from the Detroit backfield, there has not been much producing for fantasy purposes.

But this week Abdullah has a chance to breakout.  He matches up against a tough Pittsburgh defense, but they have been susceptible to the run this year.  Detroit is also coming off of a bye week, and playing at home.  They should be extra prepared against a team that annually struggles on the road.

Rank Above: Tevin Coleman, Christian McCaffrey

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (WR23)

Funchess has quietly been a consistent fantasy asset this year.  He has received at least 8 targets in each of his last 5 games, and produced 25 catches and three scores in the process.

This week the Panthers travel to face a banged up Tampa Bay defense.  While Funchess shares targets with Kelvin Benjamin, he gets plenty to produce week to week.  In what should be a bounce back game for Cam and Co., Funchess is just a little low.

Rank Above: Nelson Agholor, T.Y. Hilton

Too High

Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns (RB23)

In PPR scoring, Duke remains a viable option, regardless of the matchup.  But this week, I’m not real excited about him.  The Browns get the tough matchup against Minnesota in London.  And despite being severely ineffective, the Browns continue to give Isaiah Crowell a respectable workload.

Johnson has received between 9 and 14 touches each of the last four weeks.  But with only two scores, he has not been a great fantasy asset in those weeks, especially in standard scoring.  With only limited opportunity,  a revolving door at quarterback, and a tough defense, this is an avoid week for Duke.

Rank Below: Bilal Powell, Jalen Richard

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans (QB13)

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Rookie Deshaun Watson has been a fantasy monster so far in 2017.  But his outrageous touchdown totals have been heavily fueled by garbage time and 4th quarter scoring.

This week the rookie travels to Seattle to face off against the Legion of Boom.  Seattle ranks in the top 5 in points against quarterbacks, and playing against the Twelfth Man makes matters worse.  I would shy away here.

Rank Below: Alex Smith, Derek Carr

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (WR21)

Hilton has been one of the most boom or bust players of 2017.  With more bust than boom.  Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has not been able to uphold Hilton’s value consistently and a tough matchup makes things even tougher.

The Bengals have been superb against the pass at home, and Brissett has not played well over his past 3 weeks.  While Hilton always has the chance to bust free on a big play, he is not a great play this week.

Rank Below: Devin Funchess, Nelson Agholor


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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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