Instead of asking the question “Will the Real Slim Shady please stand up” from Eminem’s famous hit song, fantasy analysts asked “Will Shady be starting in Week 8” all of last week. LeSean McCoy‘s, AKA Shady, status was up in the air until just minutes before game time. McCoy owners were pulling their hair out trying to decide whether to play their stud running back, start backup Mike Gillislee instead, or just avoid the entire situation. Well, the third option was correct as McCoy ran for 11 yards on 8 carries, while Gillislee rushed five times for only 20 yards. To make matters worse, McCoy reportedly aggravated his hamstring injury, which has caused an encore of questions to surface much of this week.
With six teams on bye, your team’s depth will be tested. Take a dive with me as we check out several attractive matchups for Week 8.
Generally, Seattle’s superstar quarterback is not featured in my column since he has traditionally been a “must-start’ most of his young career. However, Wilson’s performance, including his fantasy production, has down this season due this the leg injuries that continue to hamper him. In fact, Wilson has scored 18 points or less in every week except one this season. With another week to get healthy and an attractive matchup in Week 8, it is now time to consider starting Wilson again. Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks will visit the New Orleans Saints who have allowed the 6th most points to opposing quarterbacks. Although Wilson may still be hindered with mobility issues, look for a solid rebound game in Week 8.
Week 8 projection: 200 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 2 TD
RB Jeremy Hill
Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Jeremy Hill was about to hit the “bust radar” this season, but broke out of his slump in Week 7. Although he only carried nine times, Hill ran for 168 yards including a 74-yard stampede into the end zone. Giovani Bernard has become the featured choice at back and has been receiving the bulk of carries, but Coach Marvin Lewis has chosen to wield a committee approach. The Bengals will battle the Washington Redskins who have been tougher on running backs recently, but still have given up the 9th most points and 3rd most rushing yards to opposing backs. This game will be held in London, so closely monitor the start time and any player statuses including Jeremy Hill as the kickoff time approaches.
Week 8 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
After the first three games of the season, Cordarrelle Patterson appeared non-existent in Minnesota’s offense with only two catches for 14 yards. Recently, he has become an integral component with six or more targets in the last three games including touchdowns in back to back games. Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings offense will look to rebound in Week 8 against a weak Chicago Bears defense whose secondary has surrendered the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Treat Patterson as WR3/flex in Week 8’s Monday Night Football matchup.
Week 8 projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis’s fantasy value has been briefly revived, as he has been an asset for those in need of a tight end after Jordan Reed’s injury. With Reed questionable in Week 8 for the Washington Redskins’ matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in London, Davis will be low TE1/high TE2 for owners. Reed will visit with an independent doctor for the final stage of concussion testing, which should ultimately determine his status for the London game. Even with Reed starting, Davis will have value if Reed is limited.
Week 8 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
DST Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions defense has been far from intimidating this season, but will have an extremely favorable matchup in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. Houston’s offense has looked pitiful this season especially in the passing game led by Brock Osweiler, which was recently put on full display in a historically dreadful performance on Monday Night Football. With a short week to prepare for their next game, don’t expect the Houston Texans to rebound. Grab the Detroit Lions for a plug and play if your defense is on bye or faces a difficult matchup.
Week 8 projection: 10 points
Week 7 Results….were a mixed bag!
QB Kirk Cousins
Week 7 forecast: 225 passing yards; 2 TDs
Week 7 results: 301 passing yards; 19 rushing yards; 2 TD (good call)
RB Spencer Ware
Week 7 forecast: 100 total yards; 1 TD
Week 7 results: 131 total yards; 1 TD (great call)
WR Kenny Britt
Week 7 forecast: 90 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 7 results: 43 receiving yards (bad call)
TE Hunter Henry
Week 7 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 7 results: 16 receiving yards (bad call)
DST Houston Texans
Week 7 forecast: 11 points
Week 7 results: 0 points (bad call)
Good luck in Week 8!