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2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview: Survey


The constant appraisal and re-appraisal of fantasy teams continues. Looking ahead, we can see some strange twists coming up.

As we survey the future, that late surprise league winner could emerge in the form of Antonio Brown. Believe it or not, Dez Bryant might make some noise before this is all over. Even Josh Gordon, sitting in wait, could come along too. Trick or Treat?

This is wild stuff. These old names could rise up and defeat your fantasy team if you dismiss them.

Whatever you do, do not stagnate with your successes or mire yourself in the setbacks half-way to the playoffs. Keep your team in motion as best you can. Look for risable stashes and do not eliminate any prospect no matter how far fetched the notion.

Avoid nuts and bolts thinking and you will do okay.

Note: I have introduced FPAR (Fantasy Points Allowed Rank). Here’s how it works. “Cowboys: QB6 RB12 WR2 TE6″ means the Cowboys give the 6th most fantasy points to QBs, 12th most to RBs, 2nd most to WRs, and 6th most to TEs.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview

2019 Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. You have your fantasy lineups set, now it’s time to watch ’em play.

Early Sunday: Steelers (6-0) at Ravens (5-1) +3.5 46.5

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Here we go. The first of two crucial divisional games between these storied rivals. They tend to be defensive in the Baltimore leg – hitting the under in the O/U for six straight years.

The Steelers come in as the only remaining undefeated team. Considering the overall success of the franchise, 1978 seems a bit distant since their last 6-0. The Steelers can bomb the lights out of the Ravens unless Marcus Peters and Co. can get some help up front with pressure. The heavy weaponry of the Steelers in the passing game is hard to neutralize without it.

The Ravens need to diversify their option game a bit more to handle a possible offensive barrage by the Steelers. It’s tough. The Ravens cannot afford a big day from Minkah Fitzpatrick, so Lamar Jackson needs to be careful with any cross seam route shots. They’ll likely need to get Marquise Brown or Miles Boykin in separation somehow. The Steelers are too tough against the run.

Fun Fact: The last time the Ravens came out of their bye to face the Steelers was in 2016. The Ravens won 21-14.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Steelers: QB26 RB30 WR8 TE28
Ravens: QB13 RB29 WR26 TE16
Sleeper: Devin Duvernay, WR, Ravens

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief…

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Titans (5-1) at Bengals (1-5-1) +6.0 54.5

Heartbreaking loss for the Titans, but the team showed character coming back against the Steelers. The Bengals will need to solve the issue of Derrick Henry, who seems constantly hungry. The Bengals can take advantage of suspect secondary coverage, but Adoree Jackson is close to returning. Look for flashy offensive plays in this game and Jonnu Smith revived.
FPAR: Titans: QB10 RB11 WR6 TE9 Bengals: QB14 RB14 WR16 TE3

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Raiders (3-3) at Browns (5-2) -3.0 53.5

Now here’s a game to get the popcorn. These are evenly matched teams despite the records. Without Odell Beckham around, the opportunities open up for several fantasy hopefuls. Rashard Higgins is the main ideal, but I would put the money on Donovan Peoples-Jones to break into the scene. Nelson Agholor commands good targets from Derek Carr and is a solid flex.
FPAR: Raiders: QB4 RB3 WR9 TE18 Browns: QB7 RB18 WR3 TE14

Colts (4-2) at Lions (3-3) +3.0 50.0

Some buzz on twitter this week about this game and the matchup. Philip Rivers versus Matthew Stafford to start with has the potential for all sorts of air attack. The Colts remain a stout unit, and as of their bye, rank second in overall defense. Detroit have enough talent and variety to overcome some of the disadvantage. Look for Jonathan Taylor to finally break it open.
FPAR: Colts: QB31 RB27 WR20 TE32 Lions: QB16 RB4 WR10 TE29

Vikings (1-5) at Packers (5-1) -6.5 54.5

Aaron Jones held out another week. Seems odd considering the reported mild injury. The Vikings are right off the boil with bad beats and an offense that wants a run-first character. Aaron Rodgers should work Davante Adams similar to the Texans game. The Vikings will attack on the ground with a similar possession plan they attempted against the Seahawks in Week 5.
FPAR: Vikings: QB8 RB17 WR2 TE17 Packers: QB21 RB2 WR21 TE25

Rams (5-2) at Dolphins (3-3) +4.0 46.0

Tua Tagovailoa gets his first start against the Rams. Fantasy Football across all formats from redraft to dynasty have a very keen interest. Who does Tua connect with best in the offense? Is Tua truly ready for his NFL moment in handling the offense? How about mobility considering the severity of his Alabama injury? What will we consider as acceptable stats? Pressure? You bet!
FPAR: Rams: QB27 RB26 WR31 TE13 Dolphins: QB23 RB8 WR19 TE31

Patriots (2-4) at Bills (5-2) -4.0 41.0

It’s almost like a “bye-season” for the Patriots as they try and track a future between Cam Newton and someone else. The “someone else” isn’t shaping up as Jarrett Stidham (we don’t think) and the rest of the offense resembles a jumble sale of football humanity. The Bills are struggling for a next level themselves and outside of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, things definitely need fixing.
FPAR: Patriots: QB29 RB10 WR17 TE27 Bills: QB17 RB15 WR24 TE5

Jets (0-7) at Chiefs (6-1) -19.5 49.0

If you own a good portion of KC fantasy assets, you better hope there isn’t a wasted quarter or more of rest for Patrick Mahomes once this game gets out of hand. Apart from DST Chiefs owners, you would like to see the Jets be at least a little competitive to avoid this scenario. It’s an uncomfortable thing to temper fantasy expectations because your Chiefs are too good for the opposition.
FPAR: Jets: QB19 RB9 WR22 TE12 Chiefs: QB24 RB16 WR27 TE19

Late Sunday: Saints (4-2) at Bears (5-2) +4.5 43.5

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Two main starters, Allen Robinson, Bears and Michael Thomas, Saints are out. The favorability of Saints is unsteady for this game considering this and other uncertainties.

Update: Allen Robinson cleared the concussion protocol – expected to play.

Nick Foles has six TD passes and six interceptions. The needle for Foles is definitely down, but do we want Mitchell Trubisky back? The fantasy Bears center around David Montgomery and Allen Robinson, but only Robinson is providing big fantasy paydays since September. The Bears must employ Anthony Miller more and stop trying to make a star out of Darnell Mooney.

The Saints seem fine personnel-wise without Michael Thomas, but between being “fine” and a dominating NFL contender isn’t cutting it. There are good receivers stepping up well, but Thomas has that field presence we see in the likes of Davante Adams, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins. You’re not seeing that in Tre’Quan Smith or Deonte Harris.

Fun Fact: Feels like an away game? The Bears have lost five straight against the Saints and the last three meetings at Soldier Field.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Saints: QB6 RB25 WR11 TE2
Bears: QB32 RB20 WR30 TE15
Sleeper: Darnell Mooney, WR, Bears

Other Late Sunday Games in Brief…

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Chargers (2-4) at Broncos (2-4) +3.0 44.5

Justin Herbert is playable fantasy quarterback, but better than that, Keenan Allen owners are over-the-moon because his floor and ceiling are reaching new levels. The preseason downgrade is in the rear-view mirror. What about the rest of the offense? It’s slow. The outlook remains mixed of whether the rest can catch up. The Broncos continue with dwindling safe fantasy choices.
FPAR: Chargers: QB3 RB21 WR23 TE10 Broncos: QB12 RB31 WR15 TE22

49ers (4-3) at Seahawks (5-1) -3.0 54.0

Tevin Coleman is set to return for the 49ers. Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty round out this frustrating fantasy backfield. The Seahawks may need to rely on DeeJay Dallas as their lead back – the next least injured is Travis Homer. Enough is written about Russell Wilson this year for you to know that he only needs a reasonable ground game to open up his downfield targets.
FPAR: 49ers: QB25 RB32 WR28 TE26 Seahawks: QB2 RB22 WR1 TE30

Featured Games

Sunday Night: Cowboys (2-5) at Eagles (2-4-1) -9.5 43.0

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Scary. Halloween scary. Ben Dinucci, a name completely unknown just a week ago, will likely start for Dallas.

Update: Dallas Goedert available to play.

Dinucci comes from James Madison University a member of the FCS conferences. He played at Pitt in his travels and was Nathan Peterman’s backup. Yeah! Watch Sunday Night Football for a showcase of interesting plays! The best hopes for the Cowboys must fall on Ezekiel Elliott, but the Eagles can key on him and force Dinucci into the short passing game.

The Eagles still have to deal with their own difficulties on offense. Miles Sanders remains out and their supposed regular receivers practically haven’t been seen all season. Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward are the best you get for a Sunday Night football feast. Tinned prawns with bread and butter.

Fun Fact: When heading into Philadelphia following a loss on the road, the Cowboys have come away winning straight up and against the spread four times since 1996 in this scenario.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Cowboys: QB11 RB6 WR4 TE8
Eagles: QB15 RB23 WR12 TE6
Sleeper: John Hightower, WR, Eagles

Monday Night: Buccaneers (5-2) at Giants (1-6) +10.5 47.0

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Three of the four NFC East teams featured in primetime in Week 8. It doesn’t get any better than this. That’s the way it goes.

Daniel Jones will not or can not secure a football when scrambling out of the pocket. When a quarterback loses the football through fumbles and picks with rallying drives cut short in the 4th quarter, your fantasy pass catchers are cut short as well. That extra Evan Engram catch you need? Gone. Points left on the field like this are the reason you lose your H2H matchup by less than five points.

The Bucs paid good money for Leonard Fournette and they are going to use him. This had an effect on Ronald Jones’ value – noticeably last week. Before we go off the rails and speak of the dimishing returns of Jones, remember that Fournette is an adjunct and not the main. This will become a back page fantasy concern with the return of Antonio Brown to football next week.

Fun Fact: The Giants have won seven of their last eight games versus the Buccaneers. In their last five encounters, the Over prevailed as well.
Fantasy Points Allowed Rank (FPAR):
Buccaneers: QB30 RB28 WR25 TE20
Giants: QB22 RB13 WR13 TE24
Sleeper: Even Engram, WR, Giants

In the Booth on Sunday

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Troy Aikman

CBS Early

Steelers at Ravens: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Patriots at Bills: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Jets at Chiefs: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Colts at Lions: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Titans at Bengals: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta

FOX Early

Vikings at Packers: Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston
Rams at Dolphins: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Raiders at Browns: Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman

CBS Late

Chargers at Broncos: Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon

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FOX Late

Saints at Bears: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
49ers at Seahawks: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth

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About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. Winner of the 16-Team 2015 FSWA challenge.

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