Fantasy Football: Who to start in Week 8

Pete Davidson
October 27, 2018 - 6:49 pm

Week 8 is upon us, football fans, so it’s time to think about lineup construction, and I have some ideas for you. For those you in need of lineup advice for your seasonal leagues, check out my full lineup rankings at It’s all free. No registration required. Come on over and dig in.

For the freshest insights on all the Week 8 action, tune in to the Fantasy Football Hour, this Sunday morning right here on 93.7. Jim Hackett and I will take your questions (via text) and get you ready for Sunday! We’ll also be talking about how the Bills and Patriots don’t belong in the same stadium. And, we’ll get into a few mid-priced running backs on tomorrow’s slate that I didn’t have room to include here.

All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Todd Gurley, Rams vs. Packers, $9,800

I have Gurley as the highest scoring player on the slate, so there’s no doubt that I want him in any lineup I’m making. The trick is fitting in his salary on a week with tightened pricing. So while I fully support drafting him for your team, you’ll need to make some tough choices before you’re done. There’s no reason to predict a down week in a medium matchup on his home field. We’re talking about a guy who is AVERAGING 30.9 points on DraftKings this season. That is, quite simply, insane.

James Conner, Steelers vs. Browns, $7,500

Conner is a core play for me this week. He’s been a strong play in DraftKings scoring system all year, and this is a great matchup. The Browns defend the pass better than the run. The most likely game script has the Steelers playing with a lead which leads to run volume. And, if the script flips, as it often does, Conner is a good bet to rack up some receptions. He’s also the only back they use at the goal line. It’s hard to see Conner hurting you this week barring injury.

A.J. Green, Bengals vs. Bucs, $8,000

As with Gurley, I will have trouble getting Green into as many lineups as I’d like due to the price, but I’m sure going to try. I love his matchup this week with the Bucs’ cornerbacks. Additionally, I love the way this game should flow. You have two of the absolute worst defensive teams in football and they both defend the run better than the pass. Green’s heavily involved—seeing 36 targets over the last three games. The Bucs give up more receptions and touchdowns to wide receivers than any team in the NFL according to Rotoworld’s Evan Silva.

David Njoku, Browns at Steelers, $4,600

Njoku and O.J. Howard ($3,900) are going to be my two most rostered tight ends this week. Both possess tournament-busting upside and both cost less than five thousand bucks under the salary cap. The reason I want to pay up for Njoku when possible is that his targets feel more assured. While Howard plays on a team that legitimately uses six targets (not including the running backs) in their passing game, the Browns will be down to just two primary weapons this week—Njoku and Jarvis Landry. And, Landry will be facing tough matchups with the Steelers cornerbacks—mostly Joe Haden. The ball should be flowing Njoku’s way.

Stack of the Week

Aaron Rodgers ($6,400) & Davante Adams ($7,900), Packers at Rams

The Rams defense has been less than expected this season. They are beatable—particularly with the pass. I fully expect the Rams offense to continue its roll, so the question becomes, do you want to roster Rodgers on a day where he’ll be forced to the air early and often? Put me down for a big yes. Pass volume can be overrated. Sometimes you throw a lot because of a continued lack of offensive success. See Blake Bortles. However, I expect Rodgers to play like Aaron Rodgers, so more should indeed yield more. He’s not cheap, and roster construction can be a bit challenging, but in tournament play, I love him this week. I’m stacking Adams because he’s Rodgers’ favorite target and a huge red zone threat. He also has a beatable matchup with the Rams’ corners. It’s also worth mentioning that you could add Jimmy Graham ($4,700) for roughly the same price as Njoku. He’s been playing well lately and the Rams are a plus matchup for tight ends.