PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 8

No matter what your record is entering Week 8, our advice can help you win.

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(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

PFF’s fantasy football cheat sheet for Week 8


You’re 7-0! Congratulations. That’s been a crazy successful season. Surely, you’ve been reading every last bit of analysis you can find all season long.

You’re 6-1! Well that’s amazing. Everybody gets one loss, right? And a 6-1 team is as sure a thing for the playoffs as there is. Keep reading that advice.

You’re 5-2. Strong, strong. No worries, barring a catastrophe, you’re likely to reach the playoffs. Keep on reading.

You’re 4-3. Hey, it’s above .500. Unless your league is ridiculously top-heavy, you’ve got a real shot. Our advice is here to help you.

You’re 3-4. Not great, but not a disaster. Win out and you’re certain for the playoffs. Come close and you’ve got a good shot. Read along and you’ll close the gap.

You’re 2-5. Things could be worse, but that isn’t great. Still, an 8-5 team will make the playoffs, right? Probably. You just can’t afford any more mistakes. Our advice can help there.

You’re 1-6. No beating around the bush, things are looking bad. But in a 13-week season, you could still theoretically finish over .500. Keep reading that advice, keep building.

You’re 0-7. Dude. Well, um … thanks for the click.

This is our weekly fantasy cheat sheet. You’ll want to tour through our full compendium of advice from the week, but if you’re short on time, this cheat sheet will get you most of the way to where you need to be. Below, you’ll find five of our top pieces of advice from the week, with links to the pieces the advice is drawn from. After that, you’ll find links to the rest of our season-long content for the week, and from there we move on to our DFS advice. Good luck in Week 8.

Season-long fantasy

Stream NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

(from Mike Castiglione’s look at QB streamers)

Fitzpatrick went from “out of a job” to “near must-start” in the time it took Geno Smith’s ACL to tear. In part-time action in Week 7, Fitzpatrick completed 9-of-14 passes for 120 yards and a score, and now has the starting job back. The Jets play the Browns in Week 8, meaning Fitzpatrick draws a pass defense that has allowed multiple passing scores every week this season. It’s a very amenable situation.

Sell Baltimore WR Mike Wallace
(from Mike Tagliere’s stock market check)

Wallace has 32 targets and 280 yards the last three weeks, though that’s been with Steve Smith injured. When Smith returns, he rejoins a crowded Baltimore receiving corps, and Wallace won’t get as much work. Wallace has profiled as a WR3 or better in recent weeks, and while he’ll still have value as things move forward, it won’t be at that level.

Add Washington RB Chris Thompson
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s waiver wire check)

Starting running back Matt Jones has struggled with fumbles recently, and hasn’t offered enough productivity otherwise to really justify any sort of fumble issue. Behind him on the Washington depth chart are Thompson, who has heretofore been mostly a pass-catching specialist, and Rob Kelley, who has very little experience. If Washington goes away from Jones, Thompson will get first crack — he has 21 carries the last two weeks after 17 in the first five combined.

Downgrade Chicago RB Jordan Howard
(from Jeff Ratcliffe’s flex rankings)

Howard had a nice stretch when Jeremy Langford first got hurt, but his role lessened when Ka’Deem Carey got healthy, and it could shrink even more with Langford’s expected return. Combine that with Howard’s falling yards per carry (5.9 in Weeks 4-5, 2.5 in Weeks 6-7) and a formidable Week 8 opponent in the Minnesota Vikings, and this isn’t a good week to put Howard to use.

Start Houston QB Brock Osweiler
(from Dan Schneier’s start/sit advice)

After some awful performances of late, Osweiler makes sense to be in lineups in Week 8, thanks to an appealing matchup against a Lions team that has been just about the friendliest defense for any quarterbacks all season, even allowing a previously struggling Kirk Cousins to complete 30-of-39 passes for 301 yards in Week 7. Osweiler has struggled, but his worst games came against the Broncos, Vikings, Patriots and Chiefs, four of the league’s better pass defenses. Against an amenable defense, he should have much more success.

Daily fantasy

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