Week 8 wasn’t packed with near as much excitement as we’ve seen the last few weeks, unless you were watching the Cincinnati vs Tampa Bay game. That was quite the shootout and we got to see Ryan Fitzpatrick come back in after Jameis Winston threw his fourth interception of the game.

Most of us started our studs and some gave us duds, causing many of us to throw the television remote at the wall. This next week is going to be rough. I like to call it “byenado” as six teams are on bye!

Lets get you all prepared as a majority of us will be running to the waiver wire to fill in our bye-week gaps.

Teams on BYE: Arizona, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, New York Giants and Philadelphia.

See, A LOT of our weekly studs are going to be M.I.A. this week, no joke.



Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here we go again, Fitzpatrick could be here to stay the rest of the season (well at least for week 9 since he was named starter). Over the last three weeks Winston has been awesome for fantasy purposes. But if I told you he’s thrown six touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions, that’s not so good in real-life football as he’s not living up to real-life expectations. Also, many of us drafted Mike Evans and Winston hasn’t really been doing his part to provide Evans with the WR1 value we were hoping for. Tampa Bay plugs in Fitzpatrick and BOOM, 72-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Plus Fitzpatrick brought the Buccaneers back in this game only to fall short via a last-second field goal. If you’re QB needy you’re going to want Fitzpatrick at the helm for this team, and if Tampa Bay goes forward with Fitzpatrick, you have to go all in on adding him back to your squad.

Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

His 178-yard, one-touchdown stat line from last week isn’t anything to run to the waiver wire and get. But if you need a bye-week fill in, Smith’s floor is well… okay. He gets the Atlanta Falcons at home and we saw last week what that did for Eli Manning. This is worth a stream if you need it.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Flacco has attempted no less than 35 attempts in each game this season. He’s coming off a tough loss where he only threw for 192 yards and one touchdown while adding two interceptions. He gets what could be a get-right game at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Flacco is worth a stream here.

Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Trading away Amari Cooper should make Carr worse, right? I guess Jon Gruden proved us wrong…. this week that is. Carr had a fantastic outing at home against the Indianapolis Colts completing 21 of his 28 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns to go along with a rushing touchdown. Thursday, the Raiders get the 49ers and their 25th-ranked pass defense. He’s stream worthy.


Running Backs

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones left the game with a hamstring injury giving the backfield back to Barber. He looked good finishing with 19 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Barber could be available on your waiver wire, and if you need a fill in this week, you should go grab him as most of us are probably struggling at running back position.

Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Tevin Coleman hasn’t lived up to expectations, just like his fellow running back member that most of us drafted in the second round, Devonta Freeman. Smith is playing the role that Coleman traditionally plays in this offense, and while most will probably say he’s not doing well, he has been getting red-zone carries and has three touchdowns on the year. He is at least FLEX-worthy.

Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

Signed from the practice squad once Jay Ajayi was placed on IR, Adams has made a few good plays here and there, but Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars he put up a respectable stat line of nine carries for 61 yards. Now I know this backfield is a mess, and the Eagles are on bye this next week, but he’s not a bad bench stash.

Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos

Yeah, I said the same thing when I wrote his name. As long as Royce Freeman is out, Booker is worth a stash. He finished with 78 rushing yards along with four receptions for 23 yards. No matter what we say, we don’t want Booker on the field, but they keep putting him out there anyways. His production last week could have just been Kansas City’s defense being the crap that it is, or maybe it’s something we need to keep an eye on. So if you’re desperate, add him.

Wide Receiver

Keke Coutee, Houston Texans

I’m sure most of you have seen him dropped in most leagues when he went down with a hamstring injury and was inactive for week 8 because of it. There is no guarantee that he will be back this week, but keep in mind that Will Fuller went down with a torn ACL last week. When Coutee comes back he will plug right into that WR2 slot in the Texans lineup, and with how Deshaun Watson is playing right now, you’re going to want him on your team. He’s at least worthy of a spot on your bench, because if Coutee takes off from here, there’s a good chance his value continues to rise and he becomes that replacement for Fuller in your lineups as a WR2.

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Rumor has it as of the posting of this article that Thomas will be traded before the 4:30pm EST trade deadline on Tuesday. This will excel Emmanuel Sanders into the WR1 position (even though he already is) and move Sutton as a former WR3 on the team to someone that you need to add to your fantasy squad. His potential is huge, and if the trade of Thomas happens, the sky is the limit for Sutton.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins

His talent is undeniable as we have been told over the last few years as we draft him with a late-round pick in hopes of something positive happening. Well here we are a couple years later and Parker finally gives us the game that we have all been wanting. A six-catch, 134-yard stat line is nothing to pass up on. He has a nice looking schedule going forward, and if this type of production can continue, he could become an every-week flex.

D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers

Ever since their week-4 bye, Moore has been getting more involved in the offense and last week may have been his coming-out party finishing with five receptions for 90 yards to go along with two rush attempts for 39 yards. He has been getting some carries over the last couple of games, and as long as Moore can continue to make some noise in a juicy matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you have to get him as he could be a potential WR3/FLEX for you this week.

David Moore, Seattle Seahawks

If you want to keep believing that Russell Wilson can continue throwing a touchdown pass every 4-6 pass attempts, then look no further than David Moore. Over the last three weeks he has scored four touchdowns despite having no more than four targets in a single game. Wilson is going to have to eventually throw more as the season progresses, and if Moore continues finding the endzone with his targets, I’ll be targeting him on my fantasy team.


Tight Ends

Chris Herndon, New York Jets

He was an add last week and thank god for his one catch for 16 yards that ended up being a touchdown. He’s basically the only reliable pass catcher for fellow rookie Sam Darnold. This week the Jets get the Miami Dolphins. For those of you who are in tight-end hell, run out now and get him as he is a must add this week as the Dolphins just gave up a two-touchdown performance to Texans’ tight end Jordan Thomas. If that’s not convincing enough, the Dolphins also gave up two touchdowns the week prior to the Lions’ tight end Michael Roberts. Yeah, I rest my case.

Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks

It was his first game back and he made a nice start to his season with two catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Not a bad way to spring into fantasy relevancy at a relatively weak position. Fellow tight end Nick Vannett also had a touchdown, but Dickson was the free agent they brought in to be the leader at the position this last offseason. He could be a viable tight end going forward.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

After a five-week absence, Doyle came back to show that he is a TE1 when healthy, finishing with six receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. He is on bye this week, but if you have an open spot or someone you can drop for him, you’ve found yourself a starting tight end from week 10 on.


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