2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview

by Richard Savill
2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview

At times, it can be a bit of a wait for our fantasy players to achieve higher scores when they are on strong teams. Slumps happen - just like in baseball. This is how traders can take advantage of lows in fantasy production.2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview Blurbview

September games are fickle. Now that we are in late October, the regular production of our fantasy players has settled in. Changing horses in mid-stream is not as good an idea as it was a month ago. Take care with any trades from here on in.

If your season hasn't gone well to this point, you might be stuck with your situation and just have to do better next year. Of course, you may have weaker opponents ahead on your schedule that might help turn things around.

Do not anticipate favorable trades occurring at this juncture. Nevertheless, persist and keep an eye on the waiver wire for potential injury replacements, as that can truly be a game-changer.

Good luck in Week 8!2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview Blurbview

Week 7 Starts/Sits and Sleepers disclosure:
1. Best Start: Puka Nacua Worst Start: Josh Jacobs Week: 50%
2. Best Sit: Keaontay Ingram Worst Sit: Gus Edwards Week: 38%
3. Best Sleeper: D'Onta Foreman Worst Sleeper: Julio Jones Week: 43%
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The Games this Week

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A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Rams (3-4) at Cowboys (4-2)

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The Cowboys are off the bye after a satisfying win against the Chargers on Monday night in Week 6. The Rams lost at home to the Steelers after a sluggish game.

The Rams will face another tough defense. The Cowboys are rested too. Although the Cowboys seem to have an advantage out of that, they tend to falter unexpectedly at crucial moments.

Cowboys Pass Defense

The Rams will need Cooper Kupp's "matchup proof" skills to help against the Cowboys' pass defense, which is second in the league. The good thing for the Rams is that Puka Nacua is on the other side, forcing man-to-man coverage on both sides of the field on every snap. Tutu Atwell seems to find open space and score touchdowns out of the blue. All three are startable at their regular fantasy levels.

The running game should be better for the Rams as well. The Cowboys had better not take this team for granted. This is a game the Rams can win with reasonable ground support.

Rams Pass Defense

The Cowboys will need a strong effort from Tony Pollard. The Rams are tied for the fewest opposition passing touchdown passes this season.

However, the Rams allow substantial yardage to running backs and rank near the top for giving up rushing touchdowns.

The Rams released kicker Brett Maher this week, so they are addressing the problem in that area fast. This is important, as this is definitely a game which could come down to field goals.

Fun Fact: This is Matthew Stafford's first visit to Dallas as a Ram. His first visit as a Lion was in 2011 taking away a win. The Rams won their last visit in 2019 by a score of 44-21.

Vegas Line: Cowboys -6.0
Vegas OU: 45.5
Start: Jake Ferguson, TE, Cowboys
Sit: Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Rams
Sleeper: Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys
Pick Poll: Cowboys 84%
In the Booth: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Injury Update: None

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Saints (3-4) at Colts (3-4)

We are getting too used to Gardner Minshew as a starter. Minshew has back-to-back 300+ yard passing games. Yes, his team lost to the Browns, but the onus was on the Colts' defense to secure a win. Derek Carr is also a gunslinger-type, so if this game opens up, we could have something higher than the Vegas O/U suggests. A good game for sleeper choices. Whether Chris Olave's speeding arrest this week affects anything remains unknown.
Vegas Line: Colts -1.0
Vegas OU: 43.5
Start: Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints
Sit: Zack Moss, RB, Colts
Sleeper: Rashid Shaheed, WR, Saints
Pick Poll: Colts 55%
In the Booth: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Injury Update: Zack Moss Qgtd | Taysom Hill Qep | Kylen Granson O | Michael Thomas Q |

Eagles (6-1) at Commanders (3-4)

With their convincing Sunday night win against the Dolphins, the Eagles secured the top spot in most power rankings. The Commanders continue to ramble along with a sub-par offense. Sam Howell is gathering criticism forcing Ron Rivera to respond. The Commanders have a good enough defense to hold the Eagles for a time, but we know that cannot last. Look for a running game battle early. A good game for your Eagle running backs.
Vegas Line: Eagles -7.0
Vegas OU:  43.5
Start: DeVonta Smith, WR, Eagles
Sit: Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Commanders
Sleeper: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles
Pick Poll: Eagles 95%
In the Booth: Chris Myers, Mark Schlereth
Injury Update: Curtis Samuel Q |

Patriots (2-5) at Dolphins (5-2)
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The Dolphins took it on the chin against the Eagles, so it's a good time to put Miami fans back into a party mood. All your regular Dolphins are in play in this one, but your fantasy Patriots could be in trouble. The Patriots are coming off an emotional, demanding victory against the Bills. Look for the Dolphins' speed to overwhelm the Patriots early. It makes no sense for the Patriots to try and use ball control to keep the game tight. That ain't happening.
Vegas Line: Dolphins -9.5
Vegas OU:  47.0
Start: Raheem Mostert, RB, Dolphins
Sit: Kendrick Bourne, WR, Patriots
Sleeper: Cedrick Wilson Jr., WR, Dolphins
Pick Poll: Dolphins 97%
In the Booth: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Injury Update: Alec Ingold Q |

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Jets (3-3) at Giants (2-5)

The Jets have won the last two meetings of the New York teams. The Jets are the only team to beat the Eagles in 2023 so far and look like league spoilers. They come out of the bye feeling good about that, but questions remain about their offense with Zach Wilson. The Giants and Jets combine for the fewest touchdowns in the league (17) and 12 teams have that total or more outright. Keep your expectations in check for any of your fantasy players in this one.
Vegas Line: Jets -3.0
Vegas OU:  35.5
Start: Breece Hall, RB, Jets
Sit: Wan'Dale Robinson, WR, Giants
Sleeper: Darren Waller, TE, Giants
Pick Poll: Jets 82%
In the Booth: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Injury Update: Darren Waller Q | Randall Cobb Q |

Vikings (3-4) at Packers (2-4)

Are there any receivers on the Packers you can trust in fantasy? The answer is no. It's a bit heartbreaking for those who bought stock in Christian Watson. In truth, the best is the rest. Romeo Doubs and Jayden Reed are leading this weak receiving group. It's not saying much, and especially when Jordan Addison and K.J. Osborn look like top shelf receivers even without Justin Jefferson. The Vikings are putting it together, and the Packers are not.
Vegas Line: Vikings -1.5
Vegas OU:  42.0
Start: Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings
Sit: AJ Dillon, RB, Packers
Sleeper: Jayden Reed, WR, Packers
Pick Poll: Vikings 80%
In the Booth: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Injury Update: Luke Musgrave Qgtd |

Texans (3-3) at Panthers (0-6)

Both teams are coming off the bye. We can suppose there are some new wrinkles the coaches are ready to experiment with. The Texans are right in the chase for the playoffs and perhaps even the division. Carolina, at 0-6, are competitive and could pose problems. Your fantasy choices on both sides are reasonably playable. It forecasts as a passive scoring game. That said, don't put it past Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud to have a rookie scrap - college style.
Vegas Line: Texans -3.5
Vegas OU:  43.5
Start: Dameon Pierce, RB, Texans
Sit: DJ Chark Jr., WR, Panthers
Sleeper: Devin Singletary, RB, Texans
Pick Poll: Texans 85%
In the Booth: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith
Injury Update: Robert Woods O |

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Jaguars (5-2) at Steelers (4-2)

If the Steelers can keep a game close, their defense can help them win. This is exactly what they'll try to do when they host the Jaguars. It's possible because the Jaguars don't tend to pile up points in their games. The Steelers have a healthy competition with Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren in the backfield. Najee still holds the edge, but Jaylen is close. This is a great matchup for fantasy, so start all your relevant players in this one.
Vegas Line: Jaguars -2.0
Vegas OU:  41.0
Start: Calvin Ridley, WR, Jaguars
Sit: Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars
Sleeper: Jamal Agnew, WR, Jaguars
Pick Poll: Jaguars 74%
In the Booth: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Injury Update: Trevor Lawrence Q |

Falcons (4-3) at Titans (2-4)

With the trade rumors already circling about Derrick Henry of the Titans, it appears that DeAndre Hopkins is also on the table. If any of this happens, we know the team is going to try and draft their way into a new era. Seems ironic that the Titans will wear their Oilers uniforms from the 1980s. Ryan Tannehill is questionable as of writing, so a starter remains unknown between Malik Willis and Will Levis. Watch this spot.
Note: Will Levis is the Titan's starter.
Vegas Line: Falcons -2.5
Vegas OU:  35.5
Start: Bijan Robinson, RB, Falcons
Sit: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Titans
Sleeper: Jonnu Smith, TE, Falcons
Pick Poll: Falcons 61%
In the Booth: Beth Mowins, James Lofton, Jay Feely
Injury Update: None

Late Sunday: Bengals (3-3) at Forty-Niners (5-2)
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If your team is faced with the task of handing the Forty-Niners their third straight loss, all you can do is your best.

The Bengals have that pressure, but really it is the Forty-Niners who have all the pressure. A third straight loss would certainly form a large enough crater to begin discussions about the level of their power rank.

Purdy in the Protocol

The suggestion that Brock Purdy will be the fall guy and get benched if the Forty-Niners lose another game is gaining traction in the media. This is nonsense. Purdy is in a slump, no question, but his quarterback ratings at home have been strong.

His passing yardage overall isn't anything to rave about, but when you have Christian McCaffrey in your offense, what's left to do? Purdy has very precise passing and commentators often mention this.

On Wednesday, Brock Purdy entered the league's concussion protocol. Check this space for updates.

Note: Purdy remains questionable, but has a chance to play.

Burrow Continues Improving

Some are noting the improvement in Joe Burrow as the season goes along from his injury. The bye week came at a perfect time for extra rest and the wearing in of his joints following the calf injury.

The Bengals are behind in their division. Arguably the toughest in the NFL. Losing this week will put them firmly back at the bottom, so they have a lot to play for.

Game Character

This game will have a character much like what we saw on Monday night last week. The Bengals will likely find themselves on the short end, but their passing game should be able to keep them close.

The Forty-Niners will play it a bit tighter than we're used to seeing and play a possession game.

Fun Fact: The Forty-Niners, following two straight away losses, have a 4-13 record at home in the next game since 1991.

Vegas Line: Forty-Niners -4.0
Vegas OU: 43.5
Start: George Kittle, TE, Forty-Niners
Sit: Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals
Sleeper: Jauan Jennings, WR, Forty-Niners
Pick Poll: Forty-Niners 76%
In the Booth: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Injury Update: Brock Purdy A | Deebo Samuel O |

Other Late Games in Brief...

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Browns (4-2) at Seahawks (4-2)

The Browns are on the rise and their defense is top shelf. The Seahawks, too, are returning to their days of solid defensive play. The offenses in this game will rely on the ground game and short passing for possession advantage. Expect little or no fourth down gambling on the plus side of field position. These teams will take what they can get. It's more of a great game for watching and perhaps less so for seeing breakout fantasy points.
Vegas Line: Seahawks -3.5
Vegas OU:  37.5
Start: Amari Cooper, WR, Browns
Sit: Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks
Sleeper: David Njoku, TE, Browns
Pick Poll: Seahawks 65%
In the Booth: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston
Injury Update: Tyler Lockett Qep | Marquise Goodwin Q | Jerome Ford Q |

Chiefs (6-1) at Broncos (2-5)

The Chiefs have won in their last eight visits to Mile High. That streak looks safe to continue this week. Mahomes threw for over 300 yards in their last meeting at Arrowhead in Week 6. In context, the Chiefs won mildly 19-8. The Broncos didn't make it an easy win. So, expect the same this time and Sean McVay will certainly look through that film for improvements. Nevertheless, all your fantasy Chiefs remain strong playable options.
Note: Forecast for Sunday’s Chiefs-Broncos game in Denver calls for a high of 29 degrees, a low of 13, with 6-14 inches of snow, per the National Weather Service. - Adam Schefter on X
Vegas Line: Chiefs -7.0
Vegas OU: 47.0
Start: Isiah Pacheco, RB, Chiefs
Sit: Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos
Sleeper: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos
Pick Poll: Chiefs 97%
In the Booth: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Injury Update: Brandon Johnson IR |

Ravens (5-2) at Cardinals (1-6)

Considering how the Ravens dismantled Detroit last week, there's not much optimism for the Cardinals' offense in this one. The Ravens have coal on the fire and they are rising. Zay Flowers may not have the same fantasy esteem as fellow 2023 rookie Jordan Addison, but he is just as reliable. For the Cardinals, this might be the last, or second to last, start for Joshua Dobbs, as Kyler Murray's return is nigh. Dobbs will go out firing.
Vegas Line: Ravens -9.5
Vegas OU: 44.5
Start: Zay Flowers, WR, Ravens
Sit: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Cardinals
Sleeper: Justice Hill, RB, Ravens
Pick Poll: Ravens 98%
In the Booth: Chris Lewis, Ross Tucker
Injury Update: Keaton Mitchell Q |

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Bears (2-5) at Chargers (2-4)

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Tyson Bagent didn't pack his first start with stats, but the win against the Raiders gave the Bears a big lift. It might not create a quarterback controversy, but it's clear from the post-game team celebration, he's got the locker room.

For the Chargers, their shifting fortunes aren't bringing them the same joy. A third straight loss delivered at SoFi by the Bears wouldn't help matters.

Ekeler Unspectacular in Return

Following his recovery from injury, Ekeler's performances have been underwhelming, resulting in him achieving RB25 and RB38 finishes. We're used to touchdowns every game from him, but so far, zippo.

The Chargers will look to turn that around in this one, so look for Ekeler to get plenty of work on Sunday Night Football. It's probably odds-on he'll score his first touchdown since the opening weekend in this game.

Can Foreman Do it Again?

As they say, never chase fantasy points. D'Onta Foreman is precisely in that spot and this makes him a critical fantasy option. However, the matchup isn't bad for Foreman to continue his strong run. You can start him as a flex, but keep your expectations tight.

As for the rest of your fantasy Bears, they are absolutely fine. Sunday night brings out the best. All of your regular fantasy Chargers are green for go.

Fun Fact: The Chargers have won five straight games at home following two consecutive losses.

Vegas Line: Chargers -8.5
Vegas OU: 46.5
Start: DJ Moore, WR, Bears
Sit: Cole Kmet, TE, Bears
Sleeper: Quentin Johnson, WR, Chargers
Pick Poll: Chargers 89%
In the Booth: Mike Tirico, Chris Collinsworth
Injury Update: Joshua Palmer Q | Gerald Everett Qep |

Monday Night Football

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Raiders (3-4) at Lions (5-2)

The Lions were so close to making team history by reaching 6-1 last week. They'll have to settle for a 6-2 mark if they win on Monday night. The Lions were beaten badly by the Ravens in Week 7, so getting back on track is the top priority. Davante Adams remains perturbed at his team's performance. His numbers have tanked over the past four weeks and little going on with the team is helping his attitude. This game should be a wide open one.
Vegas Line: Lions -8.0
Vegas OU: 46.0
Start: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Lions
Sit: Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
Sleeper: Jakobi Meyers, WR, Raiders
Pick Poll: Lions 96%
In the Booth: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Injury Update: Jimmy Garoppolo A | David Montgomery O |

In the Booth on Sunday2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview Blurbview

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Sunday Games2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Preview Blurbview

CBS Early

Jaguars at Steelers: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Jets at Giants: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
Patriots at Dolphins: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Falcons at Titans: Beth Mowins, James Lofton, Jay Feely

FOX Early

Rams at Cowboys: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Eagles at Commanders: Chris Myers, Mark Schlereth
Vikings at Packers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Saints at Colts: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez
Texans at Panthers: Brandon Gaudin, Robert Smith

CBS Late

Bengals at 49ers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Chiefs at Broncos: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Ravens at Cardinals: Chris Lewis, Ross Tucker

FOX Late

Browns at Seahawks: Adam Amin, Daryl Johnston

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