Milk? Check. Bread? Check. Eggs? Check. No time to ponder why people rush to these three items exclusively when disasters are about to strike — we still need to gather all the blankets, candles and Waiver Wire stream-creatures possible. What screams warmth and comfort more than a Raheem Mostert plug-n-play, after all?
Yes, Bye Week Hell has officially hit. In fact, it began last week and left many scrambling for shelter. For each of the next six daunting weeks, at least 4 teams will be out, severely limiting an already thin fantasy football talent pool. Lineups will be strewn together with laughable Hail Mary’s and Bench Depth will be tested to the limits. This week, owners will be without their talent from the explosive Chargers and Falcons, as well as the mainly irrelevant Titans and Cowboys (outside Ezekiel Elliott, of course).
In the process, the correct player choices become all the more crucial. There’s no better place to start mapping out your Bye Week Emergency Plans than The Wolf’s Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings.
If you have any specific lineup questions, please let me know. While rankings are helpful, many factors are at play that can cause a change. For example, you may be an underdog, and starting a “boom-or-bust” player is more appealing for your lineup versus a surefire 7 or 8 points.
As a reminder: these Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings are based on 1/2 PPR, 4 Pt Passing TD Scoring.
Week 8 Byes: Los Angeles Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans
Week 8 Updates
- Allen Robinson is officially inactive. Taylor Gabriel should see a nice uptick in looks against a highly burnable Jets D, making him an attractive FLEX this week. Anthony Miller would be an intriguing flier if you’re truly desperate (and Tre’Quan Smith is unavailable).
- The Jets have legitimately nobody at WR, so Jermaine Kearse could be in line for redemption against a Chicago D that is generous to his slot-style mold. He rises several spots, though don’t be surprised if Richard Matthews is immediately involved.
- After popping up on the injury report with an ankle ailment, Marlon Mack “has a good shot” at playing after getting in a full practice on Friday. While he’s fresh off a 30 FP day and has another juicy matchup versus OAK (8th most FPs to RBs), Mack’s ranking as the RB11 this week is a little too high and “knee-jerk” in my opinion. Frank Reich‘s running attack is almost always committee based.
- Chris Thompson is expected to be active. He’s definitely in-play, as he has at least 6 receptions in 3 of 4 games and is just 4 looks behind Reed for the team target lead despite missing two full contests and chunks of others. Adrian Peterson loses a little shine, but don’t overreact. He’s still a horse and should see plenty of RZ Chances
- Though you’ll need to wait until Monday for final confirmation, LeSean McCoy is expected to play despite not officially clearing concussion protocol yet. Chris Ivory (hamstring) is also expected to play, making neither overly high recommendations. I would only play if one sat and the other was a workhorse, but if you’re relying check on Kenjon Barner‘s
- Annoyingly, Matt Breida is expected to play “on limited snaps” versus the Cardinals. These situations suck, as “pitch counts” are often tossed to the wind amidst the game action, and he could just as quickly see a full complement of snaps as he could not play a single down. As such, you can’t trust him… but it makes Raheem Mostert just a little more difficult to trust. Mostert’s the preferred play still, but is risky.
- Both Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison are expected to go. Allison is definitely preferred of the two, as he’s gone 15, 9, 14, and 11 in all active games. He’s available in 50% of leagues so check if any impatient owners dropped him. Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams will see their volume slightly drop, but shouldn’t overly fall.
Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings
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