2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters article!

Well, Week Seven took its toll on my team, most of the good players were on a bye, and the players I started had horrible performances. When Brandin Cooks was your best player, you know it was a rough, rough week.

Enough of my whining and crying; let's work on getting victories and new players in Week Eight.


2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters

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Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Daniel Jones is coming off a so-so performance against the Panthers in Week Six and had a terrible outing against the Rams in Week Five, so Jones is not receiving any love from the fantasy community like he was in the first two weeks.

Well, it's Halloween season, so the vampires will give Jones some love this week because he has a fantastic matchup in Week Eight against Kansas City.

The Chiefs allow the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks (24.1 per game) and just allowed Taylor Heinicke to rush for 95 yards, so you know Jones is going to rack up the rushing yards.

Running Backs

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

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Nick Sirianni has already indicated that Miles Sanders will likely sit in Week Eight, which opens the door for Gainwell to have an increased workload. 

The Eagles will split touches between Gainwell and Boston Scott; it's just going to happen even though Gainwell could handle a full workload. Vampires can rest easy starting Gainwell because he out-snapped Scott last week and clearly has the trust of his coach.

He has a fantastic matchup against the Lions, who allow the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs (28.7 points per game). In addition, the Lions are tied for first in receiving touchdowns allowed to running backs, which Gainwell's receiving ability will be on display and will most likely end with him in the endzone.

Plus, his name is Gainwell. Can you think of a better last name for a running back?

Alex Collins, Seattle Seahawks

There is still no timetable for Chris Carson's return, which means Alex Collins will still shoulder the workload for Seattle.

Alex Collins has not set the fantasy world on fire with his three relief starts, but they were against three very tough defensive fronts (Rams, Steelers, and Saints). However, his Week Eight matchup against the Jaguars should curtail his recent struggles.

This season, the Jaguars allow 25.3 fantasy points per game to running backs and have allowed 21.9 fantasy points per game to running backs in the last four weeks. 

It's pretty apparent that the Seahawks are trying to keep the ball out of Geno Smith's hands, and the best way to accomplish that is to hand it off the running backs.

Wide Receivers

Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos

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Tim Patrick is coming off his worst performance of the year and will be looking to get back to form in Week Eight. 

He has the perfect matchup against the Washington Football Team, who allow the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers (45.8) and are second in touchdowns allowed to wide receivers. 

The only thing that will hold Tim Patrick from a big game is Teddy Bridgewater's conservative tendencies. Still, even Bridgewater will be able to sling the ball around against Washington's terrible secondary.

Darius Slayton, New York Giants 

Slayton returned to the field in Week Seven, and from the sounds of it, he might be on his own again in Week Eight due to the injuries of all New York's pass catchers.

Slayton had nine targets, five receptions, and 63 yards against a pretty good Panthers' defense; just imagine what he will do with that kind of target share against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs allow 35.1 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season. Therefore, it is highly probable that the Giants find themselves in a negative game script forcing them to throw the ball exclusively for most of the game. Slayton is Daniel Jones's most trusted weapon that he should be heavily targeted in this game.

Tight End

C.J. Uzomah, Cincinnati Bengals

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 Uzomah had been a touchdown machine, pulling in five of them in the Bengals' previous four games, and should continue that trend in Week Eight against the Jets.

The Jets allow 16.4 fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. They have allowed 25 fantasy points per game over their previous four games. (which is most by the defense during that period)


Donovan Peoples-Jones, Cleveland Browns

I'll admit that Donovan Peoples-Jones is a risky flex starter. He is dealing with a groin injury he sustained in Week Seven, and those types of injuries tend to linger. Plus, Jarvis Landry is back, and Odell Beckham keeps hobbling on the field, but Peoples-Jones will be worth the risk.

He is averaging 5.5 targets and 85.5 yards in the past two games and has a great matchup against Pittsburgh. The Steelers allow fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers (41.7 fantasy points per game).

We all know he has excellent speed and only needs one play to make his fantasy day, and I'm willing to take the chance his groin will hold up long (not that I know anything about his groin...he won't return my calls) enough for vampires to earn a victory.

Defense/Special Teams

Cincinnati Bengals 

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J…E..T…S, that spells victory for the Bengals and vampires.

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