Fantasy Football Matchups - Week 8


Week 7 is officially behind us and now we can breathe easy. Well, at least those of us who had to play against Tyler Lockett last week can breathe easy knowing we don’t have to face that again. What will week 8 have for us? Maybe more misery, hopefully more monster performances for our players and above all hopefully a W. As we head into the halfway mark of the football regular season, we here at The Fantasy Whisperers are here to help as much as possible. That includes this column where we try to give you a perspective on every fantasy relevant player in every matchup for the week 6 slate of games. For any additional start/sit advice make sure you DM us on Twitter or Instagram and for even more in depth analysis head on over to our YouTube channel where we post daily videos to prepare you to win your week.


Teams on BYE:

Washington Football Team

Arizona Cardinals

Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans


IND @ DET

50 O/U -3 (IND)

Indy tries to keep it rolling coming off the bye against a Lions team that has notched two straight wins coming off their own bye week. The Vegas total is higher than I’d expect, so we may see some fireworks in this game.

Lions Preview

Through the Air

Stafford has taken a small step back in fantasy this season, only finishing in the top 10 once in 6 tries so far this year, with every other start finishing QB15 or worse. And this week he finds himself facing an even tougher defense. I’d look for a better option this week. At WR, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones lead the group. Golladay is a definite start, but Jones probably needs to stay on your bench this week, as he’s still waiting to break double digit scoring in standard leagues, and hasn’t had more than 6 targets since week 1. TE TJ Hockenson, on the other hand, has been great, and even with similar target numbers to Jones he has been much more productive, scoring 4 TDs so far and finishing as a TE1 each of those weeks.

On the Ground

Adrian Peterson continues to eat away at D’Andre Swift’s ceiling. You’ll still plan on starting Swift, but temper expectations against a tough Indy run defense that has only allowed 2 100 yard rushing games against them. Peterson is a very low-end RB3 option that you’re only using if you’ve got bye week issues.

Colts Preview

Through the Air

As good as the Colts have been on defense, Philip Rivers has been unable to get them going offensively until their last game against Cincinnati, where he finished as a top-20 fantasy QB for the first time this season. I would wait on him until we see some consistency, keep him on the bench for now. He’ll be looking at WRs TY Hilton, Zach Pascal, and some other guys who you probably shouldn’t be starting. If you have TY, you know how badly he’s been performing, still awaiting a double-digit outing in standard scoring even with 9 and 10 target games. I’d only start him if you’re in a bye-week pinch at WR. Trey Burton at TE, while he did have a good outing in their last game, doesn’t inspire much confidence this week against a surprisingly stingy Detroit defense against TEs. The Colts are a good team, but that’s because of their defense. I’d fade their pass offense until they consistently show that they’re all on the same page.

On the Ground

Marlon Mack’s early injury has really opened the door for rookie Jonathan Taylor to step into a big role. He’s been very successful in PPR leagues, where he’s already had 16 catches, but he’s yet to finish in the top-10 for a week in standard scoring. You’re still locking him in as an RB1 and hoping the production will finally match the opportunities he’s been getting. Nyheim Hines is the main back on passing downs, and he’s a pretty solid RB3 in PPR leagues, but don’t expect any miracles from him this week. Start him at flex/RB3 in PPR, sit him if you’re in a standard league.

Extra Points

The Lions D/ST is probably the worst option this week, not necessarily due to the Colts’ great offense, but because their opportunities for sacks and takeaways should be limited. The Colts, on the other hand, are a solid D/ST start. Start Colts’ K Rodrigo Blankenship, and probably Matt Prater for the Lions as well. They will likely both get FG opportunities when their offenses stall out on drives.

MIN @ GB

54.5 O/U -6.5 (GB)

This NFC North matchup is shaping up to be very bad for the Vikings, as they travel to Green Bay to try and salvage their season. The Packers are riding high after a win against the underperforming Texans, and now that they’ve notched a loss, they look to coast to a playoff berth under the radar.

Packers Preview

Through the Air

This offense runs through Aaron Rodgers, and as he goes, so does the team. He was kept under 200 pass yards and he threw his only two interceptions in their loss to the Bucs. He’s scored at least 18 fantasy points in every other game, and Minnesota isn’t Tampa Bay. Start him up this week. His WR group has been a bit hodge-podge, with injuries taking their toll. Davante Adams is in your lineup whenever he’s healthy. It looks like Allen Lazard may make his return this week, and you should start him if he does. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is an inconsistent option, and might be worth a desperate start if Lazard doesn’t go. I’d ignore the rest of their WRs, as any of them may break out with a TD, it’s really just a dart throw choosing which one. At TE, Robert Tonyan has been a disappointment since his 3-TD game in week 4, but he’s still a decent streaming option if you don’t have a top TE to start.

On the Ground

It looks like Aaron Jones will miss another week, so fire up Jamaal Williams as an RB1. AJ Dillion didn’t get much of an upgrade in usage with Jones out last week, so don’t put too much faith in him to perform for you this week. Keep him on the bench.

Vikings Preview

Through the Air

Kirk Cousins leads this pass offense, and although he had 27 fantasy points in his last outing, that was against the Falcons and it is probably not a good indicator of things to come. It was also only his second top-10 finish on the season, so you should look elsewhere at QB. His WRs are a different story, however. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson have been great this year, Thielen leading with 7 TDs and Jefferson with 537 receiving yards. The two of them have accounted for over 50% of team targets, and well over 90% of WR targets. Slot them both in. Keep the TEs Irv Smith and Kyle Rudolph on your bench.


On the Ground

The Vikings should have Dalvin Cook back this week, and they’ll probably need him to stay competitive. He should get plenty of volume in his return, so start him up, although temper expectations since this team will likely be playing from behind all day. Alexander Mattison goes back to being just a handcuff on your bench.

Extra Points

The Vikings will be battling the Lions for ‘worst D/ST start’ this week. Just don’t do it. The Packers probably aren’t the best option either, although they may make up for the points they allow by forcing sacks and interceptions from Cousins. Mason Crosby is a K1 for you this week, and should get plenty of opportunities.

NE @ BUF

43 O/U -3.5 (BUF)

Buffalo looks to impose their will and show that they’re the new kings of the AFC East in this divisional matchup. New England just looks to keep their heads above water as they visit Northwest New York.

Bills Preview

Through the Air

Josh Allen comes off his worst finish of the season last week, and looks to bounce back against a New England defense that has yet to allow a 300 yard passer, including games against the Chiefs and Seahawks. He’s a low-end QB1 this week, getting a boost from his ability to run the ball. WRs Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley should be the main targets this week, as they have been all season, with Diggs already seeing 70 balls and Beasley with 49 targets. John Brown has had some injury issues, but should be fine this week. Go ahead and start Diggs with confidence, and Beasley as a bye-week fill in flex guy. Wait on Brown to get back in sync with the offense, as he’s been in and out with only 4 receptions since week 2. Dawson Knox, the TE, has Covid, and Tyler Kroft will be filling in. Leave him on the waiver wire for now.

On the Ground

Devin Singletary has been a bit disappointing, with Zack Moss stealing a big amount of touches and snaps in this offense, as well as Allen taking on some of the rushing himself. Both of these RBs are in the RB2/3 range, with Singletary getting a bump in PPR leagues with his 29 targets and 153 yards receiving. Don’t depend on either for rushing TDs, though, as they’ve managed just 1 between them. I’d try to look elsewhere this week if possible.

Patriots Preview

Through the Air

Cam Newton looked bad last week. So bad, in fact, that he was benched for Jarrett Stidham in the second half. I would wait for him to show some competency before putting him back in the lineup. And now, with the injury to Julian Edelman, it’s going to be even tougher for this pass offense to get back on track. N’Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd will likely be the starters, but neither is easy to trust, especially with the situation at QB and the matchup against a good Bills defense. I would fade this group until they start showing something promising.


On the Ground

This backfield is probably the murkiest in fantasy right now. They don’t score many TDs, and Buffalo has yet to allow a TD to a RB, so you’re really just hoping for volume for now. And it’s unlikely you’re going to get it from anyone here. Damien Harris has looked promising since his return from IR, but James White and Rex Burkhead have eaten into his snap count, limiting upside. Like the pass offense, I’d keep the whole group on my bench if possible.


Extra Points

Bills D/ST should be a great option this week. Don’t start the Pats D/ST and skip both Kickers. Don’t be surprised by a game that looks similar to the Bills’ game last week against the Jets, which ended 18-10.


LV @ CLE

53.5 O/U -3 (CLE)



Las Vegas Raiders

Through the Air

Dereck Carr is playing some of his best football and has become an every week streamer for your fantasy lineup. His weapons include apparent WR1 Nelson Agulor, Henry Ruggs and Darren Waller. Agulor has been on fire in this offense and seems to be having the ball scripted into his hands. This week he faces another tough test but give him a dice role in your flex spot given his big play upside in this offense. Darren Waller is a TE1 and is fed targets each week and should be in your lineup. Let’s hope we are rewarded again with another TD against the browns. Henry Ruggs isn't seeing enough volume to trust on a weekly basis especially not with this matchup.


On the Ground

Josh Jacobs has completely fizzled out from his 3 TD performance week1 but is still a volume based RB2 each week. Start him this week and every week as such. Jalen Richard and Devonte Booker are not threats to Josh Jacobs.


Cleveland Browns

Through the Air

Baker Mayfield was on fire last week and found his swagger again, throwing 5 TD passes. The Raiders have been putting up points so I expect this game to be a high scoring affair and Baker is a legit streamer this week. Odell Beckham Jr tore his ACL last week and is out for the season. This should open up some targets for Jarvis Landry as the next man up and is on the WR2 radar this week. Another WR who should see more volume is Rashad Higgins and he now slides into the WR2 spot in this offense and could offer flex production is you are limited due to bye and injuries.


On the Ground

Kareem Hunt will now have to pick up even more of a workload now that OBJ is out. He should see some extra targets out of the backfield and this trend could even continue when Chubb is back week 9. Kareem Hunt is an RB2 every week.


Extra Points

Daniel Carlson has been a very reliable kicker and is worth a start most weeks. I would fade on both of these D/STs this week.


NYJ @ KC

49 O/U -19.5 (KC)

The Jets travel to Kansas City. The Chiefs win. End of story.


New York Jets

Through the Air

Sam Darnold returned from a shoulder injury last week and it was the same story for this struggling offense. The only reason they stayed in the game against the Bills was their Defense became elite within the red zone and held the Bills to 6 FGs. Please don’t start anyone on the Jets offense especially now that Crowder is expected to miss another game. Rookie Denzel Mims however could be a nice stash as he gets more games under his belt.


On the Ground

You are in need of some serious help if you are starting either of the Jets RBs Frank Gore, Lamical Perine. The game script is stacked against them each week but this week is especially bad going up against the best offense in the NFL. DO NOT START THEM


Kansas City Chiefs

Through the Air

Do not panic on Patrick Mahomes’ fantasy performance last week, they were playing in a blizzard. Now that that is addressed go ahead and start the Kansas City offense. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce are all top options at their positions and should be in your lineup every week. This team should score points early and often against the Jets.


On the Ground

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and new addition Le’Veon Bell lead the backfield for the Chiefs. Andy Reid is playing with cheat codes with this offense and is simply fun to watch. I still believe CEH is the RB1A in this situation but expect Bell’s role to grow. I expect this to turn into a 60/40 RBBC rest of season but this offense puts up enough points that both of these guys could be weekly starters regardless of matchup. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some extra volume this week against the hapless Jets.


Extra Points

Start any defense against the Jets. Don’t start any defense against the Chiefs.




LAR @ MIA

46 O/U -4 (LAR)

Rams travel east to Miami this week to play the Dolphins and their new starting QB. The Dolphins look to breach .500 this Sunday but the Rams dynamic and unpredictable play style will make that a challenge.


Los Angeles Rams

Through the Air

Shiny pieces on the Rams team you will not find but especially in this Miami matchup you should feel confident rolling out Goff, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. Tyler Higbee should be back on the field this week after missing last week with a hand injury but you’ll want to keep him out of your lineup for the time being. His TE counterpart Gerald Everett has increased his market share and so long as they are both playing it’s not a situation ripe for fantasy purposes.


On the Ground

This Rams committee situation is consistently leaning in favor of Darrell Henderson who has averaged 13 touches over the last 3 games even with a healthy Akers on the field. Malcom Brown’s touches have increased and in desperate situations he might be a play this week with the likelihood that the game script goes in their favor.


Miami Dolphins

Through the Air

Much to everyone’s surprise, legendary perennial backup Ryan Fitzpatrick has been relegated back to the bench as Miami yields QB control to Tua Tagovailoa. This is… exciting? Miami isn’t exactly in a “coast” position in terms of the playoff hunt so they must see good things coming from Tua. For fantasy purposes, this should be considered a wait and see situation. It’s Tua’s field now.


On the Ground

There is so much up in the air this week with a new QB lining up behind center. Miles Gaskin has been a low-end RB2 due to volume this season and things could change in any direction this week.


Extra Points

The Miami Defense and kicker Jason Sanders have been decent plays this season but without knowing how this team looks with Tua behind center, I am not advising you start them. The Rams D is very enticing start this week though.


NO @ CHI

44 O/U -4 (NO)

The Bears have a short week to shake off an embarrassing loss to the Rams last week. For a team sitting at 5-1, things shouldn’t feel this uneasy but they do. The Saints enter this matchup without star talent on the team but the nod tips in their direction


New Orleans Saints

Through the Air

Drew Brees is not an advisable start this week. The Bears are such a force and have let up the fewest points to any fantasy quarterback this season. Plus, the Saints will likely be without both Michael Thomas and Emmanual Sanders this week. His lifeline continues to be the running back Alvin Kamara, who currently has run more than double the screen routes than the next closest guy. His 448 yards after the catch - 65 in the last game alone - is what is keeping this offense moving forward.


On the Ground

Alvin Kamara can do it all! While being purely dominate on screen routes, Kamara is maintaining his 66% baseline snap share and packaging up impressive performances as a running back each week this season. Bears are tough, but Kamara is a sure start regardless of matchup.


Chicago Bears

Through the Air

Nick Foles had some choice words about Matt Nagy’s play calling and with drama in the air I tend to start looking for other options if I’ve got them. What’s more, Allen Robinson is in concussion protocol. If he sits, Anthony Miller may be an interesting WR2 option for ya. And AR sit may also bode well for tight end Jimmy Graham who is playing at TE8 status right now. Keep an eye on how things progress closer to Sunday.


On the Ground

David Montgomery is a low end RB2 option.


Extra Points

I like the Bears Defense this week against Drew Brees who will be short on passing options and Vegas predicts this game will be close so that may work out alright even in a Saints win.


SF @ SEA

54 O/U -3 (SEA)

The Seahawks will host the 49ers at CenturyLink Field come Sunday. The Niners stomped their way above .500 last week and all over the Patriots along the way. That 33-6 bloodbath won’t dare be replicated in Seattle if MVP candidate Russell Wilson has anything to say about it. The Hawks lost in overtime to another bird gang last week and will likely come back hard from that loss in this Divisional matchup.


San Francisco 49ers

Through the Air

George Kittle is a force, ascending to TE2 status after missing two whole weeks on the field. It should go without saying that he is a must start, regardless of matchup. Brandon Aiyuk is in position to lead the team in WR targets with Deebo Samuel out for 2-4 weeks. Jimmy Garoppolo will be forced to throw the ball a lot in this match up and that could make him a low end QB2 option this week.


On the Ground

San Frans run game is in an interesting spot at the moment and fantasy potential must be thoughtfully considered. First thing to note - Tevin Coleman now has a 3 week window of eligibility to come off the IR. Pay attention to when that happens because everything else I say may change. Jerrick McKinnon will keep having a role in this backfield. And as a wide receiver. It’s his own, unique little situation and it’s his and It’s really not bother


Seattle Seahawks

Through the Air

You want to be involved in this air raid. Russell Wilson is playing record setting level football and his receivers are proving unstoppable. Watching Tyler Lockett nab three touchdowns for the second time this season was matched by watching DK Metcalf clock over 22 miles an hour as he chased down Budda Baker on a pick last week. With some major question marks in the run game this pass offense should be flying come Sunday.


On the Ground

This backfield is a bit murky at the moment. Lead back Chris Carson sustained a foot injury last week. He is said to be a game time decision but with this type of injury, it’s likely he’ll sit. Behind him typically stands Carlos Hyde but he’s questionable this week with hamstring tightness that could flare up at any moment, making him unreliable as a start even if he plays. Rookie running back Deejay Dallas will definitely see game time come Sunday but how much is still undetermined. And against a tough 49ers rush defense, this may be a backfield to avoid this week.


Extra Points

The 49ers are typically a decent start but this matchup against a formidable Seahawks offense has got me thinking twice.


LAC @ DEN

44 O/U -3 (LAC)

This battle of 2-4’s will put one team a game away from .500. Woof.


Los Angeles Chargers

Through the Air

Justin Herbert is a saving grace for this Chargers team and their fantasy output this season. Keenan Allen is reaping all the benefit, pulling double digit targets in four out of 6 games this season. Mike Williams is turning into a big boom or bust play and it was confusing why he didn’t pop off last week. Which means…. Big things might be coming! To further that point, he’s paired off against a rookie corner. Get him in your line up for this matchup.


On the Ground

The Broncos have contained nearly every running back they’ve faced so the Chargers won’t be able to rely on Justin Jackson or Joshua Kelly. They are splitting carries pretty evenly and it’s tough to say who - if anyone - will be more effective on Sunday.


Denver Broncos

Through the Air

In Denver, Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy have emerged as the lead receivers but aren’t exactly putting the numbers up you want for fantasy purposes. Chargers defense is missing some key players so QB Drew Lock should have plenty of room to connect with these two on Sunday. TE Noah Fant is dealing with an ankle issue and beat reporters are saying he does not look like himself. Give him a week off if you can.


On the Ground

Denver’s run game will take a blow this week as game script likely won’t be in your favor. Phillip Lindsay is in concussion protocol so the workload will be put on Melvin Gordon and while the game won’t be great, you aren’t pulling him from your line up.


Extra Points

The Chargers defense is a great start this week against the Broncos.




Steelers @ Ravens

46.5 O/U -3.5 (BAL)

As we near the halfway point of the season the Steelers will travel to Baltimore a week removed from playing maybe the biggest game of the year to play the Ravens in what is likely the biggest game of the NFL season thus far. The Ravens fresh off a bye will look to face their toughest test on offense to date.


Steelers Preview

Through the Air

Much to the chagrin of his fantasy football GM’s, Ben Roethlisberger has been more than happy to lean on the Steelers running game and elite defense in most games this year. That is not hard to see when looking at the numbers for 2020’s fantasy QB22 as he has only eclipsed 20 points in two of his six games played this year. Despite having a loaded cast of receivers in Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Chase Claypool, Ben is merely a matchup-based streamer at this point. This is not the matchup to target as the Ravens have only allowed 8 passing TDs on the season which is the 3rd least in the NFL. These divisional battles always prove to be defensive back and forth battles that each team tends to grind out. If you are looking for a player to start at WR, for my money’s worth it is Diontae Johnson. Monitor his health as he is constantly banged up, but when healthy he has not seen below 10 targets in his 3 full games this season. Should Johnson miss, I would feel comfortable starting the rookie Claypool over JuJu in this matchup as Pittsburgh has been creative in moving Claypool around the formations in games that Johnson has missed. This will be helpful against Baltimore’s two elite outside cornerbacks.


On the Ground

Put some respect on James Conner’s name. After a weird week one benching, Conner the RB12 in standard scoring and has not seen below 15 carries in any game since. He is averaging 18.3 touches per game and is locked into bellcow usage. We just need him to stop losing goal line work to Benny Snell. This will not be an easy matchup against the Ravens who are allowing the 4th least fantasy points per game to running backs but Conner belongs in your lineup.


Ravens Preview

Through the Air

Disappointing. There is no other way to put it. That is what this offense has been as a whole and that begins and ends with Lamar Jackson. Jackson just has not been the hyper-efficient passer that we thought he would be this season as he has only eclipsed 200 yards passing in two games this season and those were weeks one and two. Hopefully the bye will give Jackson the rest he needs to get back in his MVP-like groove. Luckily he is still among the league leaders in rushing at the QB position and has averaged north of 50 yards per game this year. This will be a real test of strengths and you are obviously not benching Lamar but the Steelers present the toughest test on the docket as they are allowing the fewest rushing yards to enemy signal callers this season at 53 total yards in 2020. If this isn’t a get right game for Lamar we can’t be confident it will be for Marquise Brown either as he has never seen more than 6 targets in any game and has only topped 100 yards once this year(week one). A date with Pittsburgh’s rugged secondary puts him on the WR3 map for me this week. Mark Andrews is a true boom or bust TE this season and is feeding off of touchdowns. In each of the 3 games that Andrews has not scored in this year, he has less than 5 PPR fantasy points. Pittsburgh has only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends this year. Wish him luck and start him. It is really all you can do at this point.


On the Ground

Even if Mark Ingram is unable to go and it turns this mess of a backfield from a three headed monster to a tandem of just Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins, they will be splitting carries against a dominant Steelers defense. Pittsburgh has allowed running backs to gain just 351 rushing yards against them which is the second lowest mark in the NFL. Running backs have averaged just 13.4 points per game against them which is the 3rd lowest mark. You should fade all Baltimore backs this week.


Extra Points

Both team’s defenses can be started this week as the offenses have not been elite this year and the defenses have, especially for fantasy. Just Tucker is the only kicker of the two I am starting here.


Cowboys @ Eagles

43.5 O/U -3 (PHI)

After featuring potentially the game of the year last week, Sunday night football will feature, well, not that. Philadelphia will host Dallas on Sunday night as both teams look to do their best to solidify themselves as the favorite to win this sad division.


Cowboys Preview

Through the Air

Well this is where I am supposed to paint a hopeful picture for you about the players you can trust in this Cowboys passing attack this week against the Eagles. Unfortunately I don’t believe you can trust any of them. Andy Dalton seems likely to suit up and even if he did he was not consistently getting the ball to any of the studly trio of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, or Michael Gallup. As of this writing it looks as if rookie QB Ben DiNucci will be making the start for the Boyz. I am only starting Amari Cooper as far as pass catchers are concerned and he is on the back end of the WR2 rankings this week until we can see how DiNucci will favor the WRs.


On the Ground

It might be time to panic with Ezekiel Elliott who has now failed to get more than 12 carries in three of his last four games and has 8 or fewer points in back to back games(.5ppr scoring). Things don’t look to get any better this week against the Eagles top 10 defense against fantasy RBs. The good news is you will have to start Zeke because of the current fantasy RB landscape, the bad news is you have to start Zeke.


Eagles Preview

Through the Air

Don’t look now but Carson Wentz is the QB7 in fantasy football. It has been easy to discredit this Eagles offense given all the injuries they have sustained but Wentz now has 20 or more points in 5 straight games and 30 or more in back to back games. He is averaging 276 yards passing over his last three and will now face a Dallas defense that has given up 15 passing touchdowns to QBs this season which is the 5th highest mark in the NFL. Wentz has been boosted by the play of his fill-in WR1 Travis Fullgham who has been an absolute revelation for the Eagles. Fullgham belongs in your lineups especially after three straight games of double digit targets, three straight games of 73 or more receiving yards, and touchdowns in 3 of his last four contests. Jalen Reagor has been activated off of IR and you can call me crazy but against Dallas who allows the 4th most points per game to wide receivers, he finds himself on the FLEX radar this week. Dallas Goedert is working his way back from IR as well but seems to be a longshot to play this week which would put Richard Rodgers on the streaming radar.


On the Ground

Still nursing a knee injury, Miles Sanders looks ready to miss his second straight contest. Enter Boston Scott who saw 15 touches and 70% of the team snaps in relief last week. In this climate? Against this “defense?” Fire up Boston Scott.


Extra Points

When you stream defenses you should focus on low over/unders and teams that are favored. The Eagles D/ST checks both of those boxes and is a strong stream this week against a rookie QB or a dazed and confused Andy Dalton.


Buccaneers @ Giants

46 O/U -10.5 (TB)

Tom Brady will face the team that haunted him the most during his time in New England this Monday night in the Giants. The Buccs will look to stay dominant against a mightily underwhelming Giants squad during the primetime showdown.


Buccaneers Preview

Through the Air

Two weeks ago we were laughing at Tom Brady for holding up 4 fingers at the end of the game and just last week 4 was how many passing touchdowns he had against Vegas. He added a rushing TD and now has two 40+ point games in the last four weeks. The problem in this game is if the Giants do not make it competitive you could see a Brady floor game. Either way you are firing him up for a taste of that ceiling. Brady will be without both Chris Godwin who is dealing with a fractured finger and Antonio Brown who is still passing COVID and team protocols before joining his man crush. Mike Evans becomes a great start in games without Godwin; he has 15 or more PPR fantasy points. If you got him you are sliding him in for this game. The same goes for Rob Gronkowski who finally seems to have shaken the rust off from his multi-year football absence.


On the Ground

In the two fully healthy games with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, Lenny has 16 and 17 touches in each respectively. Jones has 9 and then 14. Any given week it seems this backfield could switch but the talk from Bruce Arians and the stats when Fournette plays indicate that he is the better and more trusted and more consistent pass catching option which would make him the more valuable one in fantasy. I do believe in a game where Tampa is favored by two scores you can trust both as RB2s with upside this week.


Giants Preview

Through the Air

No. What else do you want me to say here? Daniel Jones can’t even save himself from himself.

If that play doesn’t epitomize the Giants for both fantasy and real football I don’t know what else will. You can’t trust Jones or any pass catchers especially against a very talented Tampa Bay defense.


On the Ground

The Tampa Bay defense has yet to surrender more than 60 yards to any RB in any contest this season and that includes matchups against David Montgomery, Aaron Jones, and Josh Jacobs in their last three. Even if Devonta Freeman suits up, he should not be starting for you this week.


Extra Points

Tampa Bay’s D/ST is in an absolute smash spot against the walking turnover machine in Daniel Jones and I also like Ryan Succop as a streamable kicker this week.

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