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THE DIVE: Week 8 “Ram Tough”

As we look ahead at Week 8, let’s rewind through several few Week 7 highlights.  Can the Los Angeles Rams be stopped…or even slowed down?  They won their 7th straight and continue as the NFL’s only undefeated team as they pounded the San Francisco 49ers who lost their fifth in a row. The Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals continue to struggle, especially offensively. The New England Patriots won a shootout against the Chicago Bears’ despite another great performance from Mitchell Trubisky. Several running backs including Todd Gurley, James White, Kareem Hunt, and Marlon Mack rewarded their fantasy owners with monster performances!

What’s in store for Week 8?  Get ready to take a dive as we review several players a defense ready to help you win this week!

QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Although the “Red Rifle” has performed at a high level in 2018, Week 7 was a nightmare for he and the Cincinnati Bengals who were crushed 45-10 by the Kansas City Chiefs.  Week 7 can be Dalton’s “mulligan” as he should rebound well in Week 8 as the Cincinnati Bengals welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have allowed the most points including most touchdowns to quarterbacks.   Dalton should be considered a low-end QB1 for this weekend.

Week 8 projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD

RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco

After a breakout performance in Week 7, Raheem Mostert followed up with a 78 total yard performance in Week 8 despite a limited workload.  With Matt Breida questionable this weekend after aggravating his ankle injury and Alfred Morris lacking consistency week to week, Mostert may have an even bigger “coming out” party this weekend.  Although his average carry is 7.6 yards over the last two weeks and will likely decrease with a heavier workload, Mostert may be the spark the 49ers need to halt their current skid as they visit the Arizona Cardinals who have given up the most points including most rushing yards and touchdowns to opposing running backs.  Start him as a low-end RB3 or FLEX with high upside!

Week 8 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

After an amazing 2017 campaign, Arizona Cardinals veteran wide receiver has fallen off the “must start” list and may not be worth owning in shallow leagues as he’s managed only one game with more than 50 receiving yards.  However, quarterback play and offensive play-calling may also be factors that seem to be on the mend.  Fitzgerald will welcome the San Francisco 49ers who have surrendered the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts this year.

Week 8 projection: 75 receiving; 1 TD

TE Chris Herndon, New York Jets

Although the New York Jets looked out of sorts in Week 7, tight end Chris Herndon was one of the few bright spots with a solid start that included 42 receiving yards as well as a touchdown for the second game in a row. Although Herndon will visit Soldier Field, the Chicago Bears’ defense had allowed touchdowns to opposing defense four weeks in a row.  Their streak ended last week against a New England Patriots offense sans top tight end Rob Gronkowski.   Like many fantasy teams desperate at tight end, it is often slim pickings, but Herndon does have a decent upside for Week 8.

Week 8 projection: 75 receiving; 1 TD

D/ST Washington Redskins

After defeating NFC East division rival Dallas Cowboys last weekend, the Washington Redskins will aim for their third win a row as they visit the New York Giants.  With the exception of rookie running back Saquon Barkley, the Giants’ offense has struggled mightily! They have given up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing defense and should struggle against the Washington Redskins’ defense who has forced five turnovers in their last two games.

Week 8 projection: 11 points

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.