Starting Backups Over Starters- Fantasy Football Week 8 Aww’s and Naw’s

Aww Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. New York Giants) – Stafford went off last week against the Minnesota Vikings (364 yards and four touchdowns). He will be without starting running back Kerryon Johnson for the next eight weeks, which should not hurt his fantasy stats at all. Stafford has a great matchup this weekend at home against the New York Giants.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Tannehill had a nice game last week against the Chargers, throwing for 312 and two touchdowns passes. He should have similar or better numbers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home.

Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – A great game to come back from injury for Rudolph. The Dolphins defense has allowed multiple touchdowns to every opposing quarterback this season.


Naw Quarterbacks

Phillip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (away vs. Chicago Bears) – The Bears defense is not scary anymore but my gut tells me Rivers will struggle a bit on the road.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – Wentz struggles on the road last week in Minnesota with just eight fantasy points and just may repeat those numbers against the Buffalo Bills.


Aww Running Backs

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (home vs. Los Angeles Chargers) – Montgomery has been a disappointment so far this season, including the past two games against Oakland and New Orleans but don’t give up on him yet. He just needs more carries and this weekend’s matchup against the Chargers maybe his breakout game.

LeSean McCoy, Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – They should lean on McCoy’s running again against a bad rushing defense to help Matt Moore open in the passing game.

Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (away vs. Chicago Bears) – The way Ekeler has been playing lately, he needs to be listed as a wide receiver. I expect another good receiving of game from Ekeler on the road against the Bears.


Naw Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (away vs. Minnesota Vikings) – This game would mean so much to Peterson if he has over 100 rushing yards, a few touchdowns and most importantly a win…but it’s wishful thinking.

Peyton Barber/Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Tennessee Titans) – Another running back by committee that is just not worth inserting in your lineups this week. Plus the matchup is horrible.


Aww Wide Receivers

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (home vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – As long as Tannehill is the starting quarterback, Davis is a great play. Last week against the Chargers, Davis had six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Let’s hope for better numbers this weekend.

Kenny Stills/Keke Coutee, Houston Texans (home vs. Oakland Raiders) – The Raiders defense has allowed the second most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and with Will Fuller out for multiple weeks, Stills and Coutee should benefit greatly.


Naw Wide Receivers

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – I hope I’m wrong for this because I own Boyd in multiple leagues but he has not been playing well over the last few games. This week, he’ll be harassed by newly acquired All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Emmanuel Sanders, San Francisco 49ers (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Sanders is expected to play per head coach Mike Shanahan, but my fantasy expectations is not as high in his first game as a Niner.


Aww Tight Ends

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – With starting quarterback Mason Rudolph returning from injury, McDonald should get more targets his way in a favorable matchup against a bad Dolphins defense.


Naw Tight Ends

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (away vs. Tennessee Titans) – What a lopsided year for Howard. He was one of the top fantasy tight ends last season, to now being dropped in most leagues. So, if you still own him, continue to stash him on your bench till he at least scores a touchdown.


Aww Team Defense

Pittsburgh Steelers (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – A great streaming defense for this week against a bad Miami Dolphins offense.


Naw Team Defense

Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Green Bay Packers) – Don’t expect the Chiefs’ defense to put up over 20 fantasy points like they did last week against the Denver Broncos. The great Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will be a tough challenge.

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