By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
Week eight is upon us and it's time to set those lineups. The fantasy
playoffs are drawing closer each week and every move fantasy owners make
is becoming more important. These last handful of weeks may determine
making the playoffs or not. With that said, make sure your lineup is set
for the optimal amount of points. Leading the league in points may end
up being the tie breaker fantasy owners need to continue playing beyond
the regular season.
Fine- Tom Brady- New England Patriots- When the fantasy season started,
any owner that had Tom Brady as their quarterback was more than likely
panicking and looking elsewhere for a replacement. Brady's last three
games saw him score 23.9, 34.4 and 25.1 fantasy points. Add to that the
Chicago Bears are the week eight opponent for the Patriots who happen to
allow the eighth most fantasy points to opposing signal callers at 19.5
fantasy points per game and fantasy owners should have no problem
trusting Tom Terrific in week eight.
Pine- Matt Ryan- Atlanta Falcons- Fantasy owners are very disappointed
with Matt Ryan up until this point seeing how most expected him to be
better than he has been with all of his weapons in tact. While he has
the weapons to succeed, his offensive line hasn't been much help. Ryan
is averaging 23 fantasy points per week but has not posted 20 fantasy
points in a game since week four and has only three games with 20 plus
fantasy points this season. It also doesn't help that Ryan faces a tough
Lions defense that allows only 13 fantasy points per game to the
opposing quarterback. While fantasy owners can be optimistic that Matt
Ryan may turn his season around at some point, week eight versus the
Lions doesn't look to be that week.
Fine- Marshawn Lynch- Seattle Seahawks- After a disappointing showing
the last two weeks, fantasy owners should expect Lynch to bounce back
this week versus a Carolina run defense that is allowing the second most
fantasy points to running backs. On the season, the Seahawks tail back
is averaging a respectable 15.4 fantasy points per game this season.
Pine- LeSean McCoy- Philadelphia Eagles- While I'm not an advocate of
benching star players, Shady just hasn't gotten the job done this season
and his week eight matchup versus the Cardinals isn't going to do him
any favors either. The Cardinals run defense is tops in fantasy football
through the first seven weeks and with McCoy averaging just over eight
fantasy points per game, this may not be the week the 2013 rushing
champion gets back on track.
Fine- Davante Adams- Green Bay Packers- I may be going out on a little
bit of a limb here but the matchup versus the Saints may be too good for
Adams owners to pass up unless they have a much better option. In
deeper leagues, Davante Adams may be the perfect play this week. The New
Orleans pass defense is allowing over 44 fantasy points per game to the
wide receiver and Davante Adams' fantasy points have been trending up
each of the last three weeks. Fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned
about his lone target last week due to the early blowout of Carolina.
Pine- Keenan Allen- San Diego Chargers- Through the first eight games of
the season, it's been pretty easy to pick on Keenan Allen as far as
benching him or not. He's shown no consistency thus far and is averaging
a mere 5.1 fantasy points per game in 2014. His only double digit
fantasy point performance came back in week four where he scored 13.5
fantasy points. The second year wide out hasn't posted double digit
fantasy points in a game prior to week four or since. Until he shows he
can be more consistent, his owners need to keep him on the bench.
Fine- Charles Clay- Miami Dolphins- With 32 targets on the season,
Charles Clay has had 10 balls tossed his way the last two weeks (5
targets per game) and is coming off of an 11.8 fantasy point game in
week seven. Week eight will have Clay face one of the worst teams when
it comes to defending against the tight end in the Jaguars who allow
over 14 fantasy points per game to the position.
Pine- Jimmy Graham- New Orleans Saints- Once again, I'm not into
benching stud players but Jimmy Graham just ain't right. Even though he
played last week, he received two targets and gave fantasy owners a
goose egg in the points department. Through seven weeks, Graham has only
two double digit fantasy point games and is averaging single digit
fantasy points on the season. As bad as the Packers defense has been so
far, they do tend to play the tight end pretty tough. It will be hard to
trust Graham until he shows he's back to his old self.
Fine- Miami Dolphins- It's no big secret that the Jaguars are a team
fantasy owners like to stream defenses against. The Dolphins get the
Jaguars in week eight and should be able to produce enough fantasy
points to make them a top defensive unit in week eight.
Pine- Carolina Panthers- The Panthers opponent in week eight is not
going to help them any. The Seahawks offense can put points up in a
hurry as Russell Wilson proved last week and the Panthers defense is
only scoring 3.6 fantasy points per game through seven weeks. Hopefully
there are other options for fantasy owners if they have the Carolina
Panthers defense in week eight.