Our Week 8 busts contain plenty of potential risky options for the upcoming slate of games. Every week, there are guys that fail to live up to expectations, and fantasy owners everywhere get frustrated by their complete lack of production. This week, the London game is a prime target for potential busts, as both the Jaguars and Eagles have some serious question marks surrounding them, and it will be important to try and avoid those busts and target other potential sleepers that might be lower in the rankings but could have breakout games.
Like our sleeper picks from last week, our busts weren’t entirely accurate. Generally speaking, we got the lower-than-normal yardage totals right for guys like Jordan Howard, Drew Brees, and Deshaun Watson, but touchdowns really helped to skew the stats against our picks. This week, we’ll try better to accurately identify some borderline plays that could have big bust potential.
Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker
Per usual, you don’t have to avoid starting these guys, and there’s always a chance that they could go off at any moment. Still, there are good reasons that each of these players could put up a poor performance and if you rely on too many of them, you may end up on our “How You’ll Lose” list for Week 8.
WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end
Week 8 fantasy football busts: Running backs
Carlos Hyde, Jaguars vs. Eagles (Jacob Camenker). This will be Hyde’s first action with the Jaguars. The game is in London, he’s learning a new offense, and he may split time with T.J. Yeldon. On top of all that, the Eagles are the second-best team against RBs this season, allowing just 12.54 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to the position. This is setting up to be a difficult game for Hyde, so he may be best served as bench depth this week.
Latavius Murray, Vikings vs. Saints (Vinnie Iyer). Murray has been doing well without Dalvin Cook of late, but now he faces a brutal run defense in what should be a busy passing affair.
Isaiah Crowell, Jets @ Bears (Lutovsky). Hey, Crowell is the only game in town with Bilal Powell (neck) out! Yeah, so what? He’s not that good (four games with sub-3.0 ypc) and the Bears have an awesome run defense (fourth-fewest FPPG allowed to RBs). The extra volume isn’t necessarily a big blessing for a guy who was already the goal-line back and dealing with an injury.
Full Week 8 RB rankings
WEEK 8 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Week 8 fantasy football busts: Quarterbacks
Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Jaguars (Camenker). The Jaguars have been the third-best team against QBs this year, allowing just 16.09 FPPG to the position. If the Jaguars take away Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz, it will be very hard for Wentz to generate a lot of points — especially with his left tackle, Jason Peters, dealing with a biceps injury. If you have a good enough backup, this may be the week to bench Wentz.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks @ Lions (Iyer). Seattle will need to stick with a run-first game plan and Wilson hasn’t had much of his part in that aspect. Plus, this is a pretty good pass defense.
Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Ravens (Lutovsky). It’s tough to sit someone like Newton who has a built-in high floor, but the Ravens are death on QBs (second-fewest FPPG allowed). Also, doesn’t it feel like Newton is due for a bad game? His career has been full of up-and-down performances, and this year he’s suddenly the model of consistency? Any way you look at it, he’ll likely score fewer points than usual this week.
Full Week 8 QB rankings
WEEK 8 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKings
Week 8 fantasy football busts: Wide receivers
Josh Gordon, Patriots @ Bills (Camenker). Tre’Davious White has played well this season and while Gordon is developing chemistry with Tom Brady, he still hasn’t been consistent for the team. If White follows Gordon around on Sunday, that could make Brady look elsewhere for yards, so it may be best to avoid Gordon this week.
Devin Funchess, Panthers vs. Ravens (Iyer). We’ll see if Marlon Humphrey can return, but this is a pretty darn good pass defense overall that will rebound from the Saints game.
Marvin Jones, Lions vs. Seahawks (Lutovsky). Jones is already a boom-or-bust player who seems to have taken a backseat to Kenny Golladay. This week, he faces a Seahawks defense allowing the ninth-fewest FPPG to WRs, which makes him even riskier.
Full Week 8 WR rankings
Week 8 fantasy football busts: Tight ends
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings vs. Saints (Camenker). The Saints surprisingly allow the fourth-fewest FPPG to TEs, and Rudolph hasn’t scored since Week 3. He’s not a great play this week as a result.
Jordan Reed, Redskins @ Giants (Iyer). Landon Collins and friends are covering the position well, and Reed’s not playing well.
Greg Olsen, Panthers vs. Ravens (Lutovsky). Enough already crapping on the Panthers, right? There’s a case to be made for Olsen, seeing as he caught a TD last week and the Ravens gave up a good game to Ben Watson, but Olsen had just two catches for five yards against the Redskins. He’s averaged six targets per game since returning from a foot injury, but this one won’t be easy for him. And, for once, there are plenty of decent TEs with good matchups to choose from this week.
Full Week 8 TE rankings
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Week 8 fantasy football busts: Defenses
Indianapolis Colts @ Raiders (Camenker). The Raiders are coming off a bye week and the Colts have to travel to the Black Hole to take them on. Derek Carr will be motivated to prove himself after a couple of weeks of criticism, and that may make this a tough day for the Colts defense.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Packers (Iyer). It’s a whole lot different to face Aaron Rodgers than C.J. Beathard.
Full Week 8 D/ST rankings
Cleveland Browns @ Steelers (Lutovsky). The Browns still lead the league in takeaways, largely because of the six they had in Week 1 against Pittsburgh. But the Steelers have only turned it over four times since that windy/rainy game and are scoring just over 27 points per game. In Pittsburgh against a rested Steelers team, there will be no repeat performance for the road-weary Browns.
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