Fantasy Football: Week 8
posted Oct 28 2016, 08:56PM
story by Chris Kapel
posted in NFL, Fantasy

Injuries and the waiver wire

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Week 7 was fun wasn’t it? We saw more players lose their season to injuries, A WR excell playing RB and Brock Osweiler play one of the worst games a QB has ever played. I enjoyed it.

Week 8 comes with six teams on a bye. These six teams have extremely high profile guys such as Antonio Brown, Le'veon Bell, Odell Beckham Jr, Jay Ajayi(last 2 week stud), and Todd Gurley. That is just naming a few. This week you will need to find fillers. Who has good matchups, and what numbers say they will have good weeks? That's what we do right? We either play our gut feeling or the numbers…. Most of the time the numbers and the gut feeling are the same...but some of the time they are different.

Some people might call this week “Bye week hell.” My bye week hell is next week as I have four starters on a bye… great job at drafting by me(eye roll.) That team is 5-2, so I can take comfort in that. I am looking a week ahead. I have my starting QB on a bye in week 9. Joe Flacco has a great matchup against the Browns, so I am picking him up this week instead of hoping to get him through waivers next week. Try and stack your team for the next week if you have bye week hell while you can and not have to rely on the waiver wire. Transactions should automatically process today in most leagues instead of waiting and bidding next week.

I play in three leagues that I truly care about. One league I am 7-0, another I am 5-2 and the last I am 2-5. Strangely enough, my best team on paper is 2-5. Sometimes it matters who you play. You can score 178 points and lose to the person who scored 180 when the rest of your league never surpassed 140. You still lost the game. Fantasy football has some skill involved, a lot of luck and a lot of research. If you want to win big on Draftkings or Fanduel, a lot of luck is necessary. If you want to win your office pool,  15-20 minutes a week and play the waiver wire right could do the job. If you’re in a competitive league with your friends, multiple email and texts are probably exchanged each week trying to work trades to always make your team better. Sometimes those trades are made to make the other team worse too. I may snag a top TE for my bench and give out a middle of the road WR if that’s what the other team needs. I may not have made my team better, but I may have made their team worse.

Trades should always make sense. Injuries happen and sometimes you have to give up more than you want to to be able to get what you want in return. It happens, deal with it. At the end of the day, this is a game. A game that most of us enjoy. If you obsess over this game and it makes or breaks your day, maybe move on from it. Take a walk, throw the ball with your son, take your daughter to the zoo. At the end of the day, if Fantasy Football isn’t fun, then what's the point?

Each week this year I have been streaming a DST. I have done well above the average. I have streamed a top 5 DST each week so far except for 1 week. This week I will stream the Jets. The Jets are owned in roughly 18% of ESPN leagues. They will line up against the 0-7 Cleveland Browns this week. The Browns look like they may get Josh McCown back this week. Is anyone afraid of anyone on this Browns offense? Their best player is a former starting QB. I take nothing away from Terrelle Pryor, as he is an outstanding WR, but he is all they have at this point. Will Kevin Hogan play another Tebow like role this week? We just don’t know. I do know that Cleveland ranks 27th in points per game and have 10 giveaway through 7 games. That number should rise.

Onto this week’s rankings:


1. Aaron Rodgers

2. Tom Brady

3. Matt Ryan

4. Cam Newton

5. Andrew Luck

6. Drew Brees

7. Jameis Winston

8. Russell Wilson

9. Matthew Stafford

10. Derek Carr

11. Carson Palmer

12. Philip Rivers

13. Andy Dalton

14, Dak Prescott

15. Alex Smith


1. David Johnson

2. Ezekiel Elliott

3. Christine Michael

4. Spencer Ware

5. Devonta Freeman

6. Lamar Miller

7. Devontae Booker

8. Jacquizz Rodgers

9. Melvin Gordon

10. Matt Forte

11. Legarrette Blount

12. Mark Ingram

13. Latavius Murray

14. Frank Gore

15. Jeremy Hill

16. James White

17. Gio Bernard

18. Mike Gillislee

19. Jonathan Stewart

20. Ty Montgomery

21. Theo Riddick

22. Matt Asiata

23. Isaiah Crowell

24. Ryan Matthews

25. Chris Thompson

26. Bilal Powell

27. Jerick Mckinnon

28. Ka’Deem Carey

29. Robert Kelley

30. Jordan Howard

31. Duke Johnson

32. Zach Zenner

33. Reggie Bush

34. Alfred Blue

35. DeAndre Washington

36. Knile Davis

37. Dwayne Washington

38. CJ Prosise

39. Darren Sproles

40. Jalen Richards


1. Julio Jones

2. Mike Evans

3. T.Y. Hilton

4. Brandon Marshall

5. A.J. Green

6. Larry Fitzgerald

7. DeAndre Hopkins

8. Amari Cooper

9. Jordy Nelson

10. Brandin Cooks

11. Marvin Jones

12. Doug Baldwin

13. Randall Cobb

14. Demaryius Thomas

15. Michael Crabtree

16. Dez Bryant

17. Emmanuel Sanders

18. Terrelle Pryor

19. Kelvin Benjamin

20. Ty Montgomery(Both WR and RB status)

21. Julian Edelman

22. Alshon Jeffery

23. Jeremy Maclin

24. Golden Tate

25. Willie Snead

26. Jordan Matthews

27. Davante Adams

28. Stefon Diggs

29. Will Fuller

30. Cole Beasley

31. Michael Thomas

32. Donte Moncrief

33. Quincy Enunwa

34. Tyrell Williams

35. Desean Jackson

36. Brandon Lafell

37. Travis Benjamin

38. Cameron Meredith

39. Chris Hogan

40. Jamison Crowder


1. Rob Gronkowski

2. Jimmy Graham

3. Jordan Reed

4. Travis Kelce

5. Greg Olsen

6. Jack Doyle

7. Kyle Rudolph

8. Martellus Bennett

9. Tyler Eifert

10. Coby Fleener

11. Gary Barnidge

12. Cameron Brate

13. Antonio Gates

14. Eric Ebron

15. C.J. Fiedorowicz


1. Matt Bryant

2. Mason Crosby

3. Adam Vinatieri

4. Stephen Gostkowski

5. Brandon McManus

6. Steven Hauschka

7. Matt Prater

8. Dustin Hopkins

9. Dan Bailey

10. Cairo Santos

11. Josh Lambo

12. Blair Walsh

13. Sebastian Janikowski

14. Nick Novak

15. Caleb Sturgis


1. Minnesota

2. Arizona

3. Denver

4. NY Jets

5. New England

6. Kansas City

7. Carolina

8. Cincinnati

9. Seattle

10. Philadelphia

11. Houston

12. Dallas

13. Chicago

14. Tampa Bay

15. Oakland

Great Matchups:

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston

RB: Jacquizz Rodgers, Spencer Ware, Christine Michael

WR: Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald

OK Matchups:

QB: Brock Osweiler, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton

RB: Devontae Booker, Latavius Murray, Legarrette Blount

WR: Ty Montgomery, Doug Baldwin, Emmanuel Sanders

Bad Matchups:

QB: Dak Prescott, Tyrod Taylor, Philip Rivers

RB: Mark Ingram, Theo Riddick, All Bears RB’s

WR: Alshon Jeffery, Willie Snead, all Chargers WR’s

Bye week: LA, Miami, NY Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Baltimore

Chris Kapel
I have a Bachelors Degree from the University of Toledo in Communications emphasis Journalism. Working on a Finance degree as well. You can never lear...

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