2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters article!

Well, I had a week that every fantasy manager hates. I had the second-highest-scoring team in my league, but my opponent had the highest-scoring team.

Losing like that has happened to me before as a vampire, but this loss stung the most because I had two long shots (D'Onta Foreman and Josh Downs) explode for massive games, and to have their point totals negated by Patrick Mahomes, Alvin Karmara, and Jordan Addison just leaves a killer pain in my stomach. 

I was so close to not having to worry about my quarterback spot for the rest of the season, but enough of my whining and crying. Let's dive into Week 8 and make sure we all come out winners!

2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers

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No, I'm not high, drunk, or taken a hit to the head recently; I genuinely believe that Kenny Pickett can be of use for vampires for Week 8. 

Pickett has been mediocre this season, averaging 209.5 yards and 0.8 touchdowns per game. But he is showing some improvement. He has gone two full games without throwing an interception and should have a clean sheet against the Jaguars in Week 8.

The Jaguars allow 17.6 fantasy points, 284 yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks this season. 

If you need more reassurance on starting Pickett in Week 8, remember that he gets plenty of rushing attempts and might fall in the end zone this week, so he adds a little security with his legs.

Running Backs

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Gus Edwards has been a security blanket for vampires this season and others, always providing solid weeks of fantasy production. In Week 8, we call on our security blanket with his 4.02 yards per carry rate and 49.4 average rushing yards to break out against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals allow 25.8 fantasy points, 111.8 rushing yards, and 0.7 touchdowns per game to running backs this season. I know Edwards had a great game last week, so it would be ridiculous to think he could do it two weeks in a row, right? Well, I've relied on Edwards in the past, and he hasn't let me down yet, so we ride together in Week 8.

Tyjae Spears, Tennessee Titans

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Spears doesn't have great yardage averages at 28.5 rushing yards and 18.3 receiving yards, but he is so efficient and is liked by his offensive staff right now.

He averages 5.52 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per reception this season. Spears is clearly going to be a focal point in the Titans offense. He has been in over 50 percent of the Titans' offensive snaps in almost every game this season, just outside by one week. 

Now, he doesn't have a good matchup against the Falcons who only allow 14 fantasy points per game to running backs. But, I don't care about that. That game will be two rushing teams going at each other to see which rushing game gets ahead and then keeps hitting the gas. I like my chances with the Titans running game more than the Falcons, but I like to live dangerously. 

Wide Receivers

Rashee Rice, Kansas City Chiefs

At the beginning of the season, I thought that Rice would be my boom-or-bust player. I'm always hoping I start him on the right week, but he is proving to be a more consistent option each week. Hey, Rice is also another young player who is getting more involved in his team's offense. 

Over the past two weeks, Rice has been averaging 66 receiving yards and 0.5 touchdowns, and now you get to take those averages against this great matchup against the Broncos.

The Broncos allow 32.4 fantasy points, 138 rushing yards, and 1.1 rushing touchdowns per game to running backs this season.

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

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Doubs' production has fallen off a cliff, but so has Jordan Love, so that's to be expected. Ironically, Doubs has become my boom-or-bust option this week, but his matchup against the Vikings is so good that you know Doubs will boom in Week 8.

The Vikings allow a whooping 40.6 fantasy points, 185 yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game to wide receivers this season. I will put all my chips in on the Packers regaining their offense against their division rival.

Tight End

Michael Mayer, Las Vegas Raiders

I forgot to mention this earlier, but this week's article theme is young players getting more attention, and Michael Mayer fits that profile.

He still needs to get a touchdown, but he is putting in the work in the yardage department. He is averaging 42.3 yards in his last three games. I'm willing to take a chance on those averages against the Lions' defense.

The Lions' defense struggles with tight ends, allowing 15.5 fantasy points, 61.2 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns per game to tight ends this season. 

Flex

Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers

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I will speak on behalf of all vampires, Thielen. We are sorry that we thought you wouldn't be productive because you are super productive. 

He has one of the most prominent target share percentages among wide receivers in the NFL, which shows in his season averages. He is averaging 9.8 targets, 8.2 receptions, 84.8 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns. Plus, he is also averaging 75.8 air yards per game for the season.

Now Thielen heads into Week 8 with a decent matchup against Houston. The Texans allow 28.7 fantasy points, 120 receiving yards, and 0.2 touchdowns per game to wide receivers.

It doesn't seem like much, but remember, almost all the passing work is coming Thielen's way, so it's all for him. Yes, I got an Omen reference in my article before Halloween.

Defense/Special Teams

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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have a great matchup in Week 8 against the Cardinals!

The Cardinals' offense hasn't broken over 20 points in their past four games. Plus, that same offense has allowed 15 sacks and averages a turnover per game this season. Lastly, Arizona is allowing two sacks per game as well.

The Ravens are all almost guaranteed a big week because the offense they are facing can't score and can't protect the ball. It sounds like a can't-miss, but I like to live dangerously.


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