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THE DIVE: Week 8 – “Thriller”

Although movie theaters have been closed due to the pandemic in many cities, football fans were given several nail-biting, suspenseful “thrillers” in Week 7. In fact, six of these blockbusters were decided by three points or less including Arizona’s overtime upset of undefeated Seattle on Sunday night. Wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams rewarded fantasy owners generously with “monster” performances, while quarterbacks Tom Brady, Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and Kyler Murray “buried” opposing defenses with their huge starts! Lastly, we wish a speedy recovery to Odell Beckham Jr., who sustained a season-ending knee injury.

With Halloween approaching this Saturday along with a full moon in the forecast, let’s get ready for another “thriller” this weekend. Take a dive with me as I review several players and a defense which will hopefully provide more “treat” than “tricks” this weekend. Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville and Washington are on bye this week so adjust your rosters accordingly. Lastly, the weather will be cooling in most cities and rain is in the forecast for the Buffalo and Cleveland home games.

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has proven not to be just a flash in the pan. Sure, he was only scheduled to start after Tyrod Taylor was injured during a medical procedure, but Herbert has not looked back. In his five starts, the rookie is averaging 308 passing yards and totaled 14 touchdowns already! In fact, he is averaging more total points than any other quarterback including Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson over the last four weeks. Not only does he need to be owned in every league, he is now a must start. With a neutral road matchup against Denver, look for Herbert to post another strong outing; he should be considered a QB1 going forward.

Week 8 forecast: 275 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, 2 TD

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia

Although Boston Scott’s game in Week 7 was poised for disappointment, he heated up on Philadelphia’s final drive and scored the game-winning touchdown. Scott should thrive again when Philadelphia visits the downtrodden Dallas defense, who has allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs (including 5 yards per carry). Keep an eye on Miles Sanders’ status as he was just listed as “day-to-day” which could impact Scott’s role and workload.

Week 8 forecast: 80 total yards, TD

Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas

Nelson Agholor is on pace for career bests on his new team and has increased productivity over his last five games. He has also scored three weeks in a row and has become a top receiving option for Derek Carr. With an attractive road matchup against Cleveland, who has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, Agholor enters Week 8 as a WR3 or Flex option with upside.

Week 8 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD

Richard Rodgers, TE, Philadelphia

With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert out at tight end and Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson out at wide receiver, someone has to catch passes from Carson WentzTravis Fulgham stepped up a few weeks ago and has been a consistent fantasy option. In Week 7, Richard Rodgers answered when his opportunity knocked by leading Philadelphia in receiving with six receptions for 85 yards. If you are desperate at tight end, consider Rodgers for Week 8 when Philadelphia welcomes struggling Dallas, who has surrendered the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Rodgers will be a low-end TE2 with decent upside against the Dallas secondary.

Week 8 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD

Philadelphia Eagles D/ST

Yes, I seem to be “all in” on Philadelphia this week, but this will be a strong week for several players as well as its defense. Philadelphia’s defense has been solid most of the season and has ranked fourth in sacks this season. Philadelphia sacked Daniel Jones three times and also forced three turnovers in last week’s win against the New York Giants. In Week 8, the Philadelphia defense will feast on Dallas’ third string quarterback Ben DiNucci. Dallas’ offense has only managed 13 points combined over the last two games and likely won’t be rebounding this week.

Week 8 forecast: 13 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.