Fantasy Football Cheat Sheet: Top Matchups, Targets For NFL Week 8

Week 7 of the NFL is officially in the books! We now turn our attention to Week 8, which features a nine-game main slate. Let’s jump right into all the info, and, as always, you can reach me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.

Game Notes

Highest Scoring Game

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins – 50.5 Projected Points

The highest projected total of this nine-game slate belongs to the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys opened as slight 2.5-point favorites in this one with a 26.5-point projection. Ezekiel Elliot should be a participant in this game, as his next hearing isn’t scheduled until Monday, Oct. 30. He’ll face a Redskins defense that’s allowed the third-fewest rushing yards in the league at 394 with three rushing touchdowns. With his huge salary of $9,200, this is a fairly tough spot to justify paying up for Elliot, even with him carrying the ball more than 20 times in all but one game this season.

It’s also worth keeping a watch on the status of Redskins CB Josh Norman (ribs), as he would most likely be on Bryant if he’s in. I personally think this is a game to target Kirk Cousins, as his $6,400 salary is too good to pass up. With rumblings that Redskins WR Josh Doctson is also going to be more heavily involved in their passing game, his $3,900 salary could end up being a steal this week.

Lowest Scoring Game

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals – 41 Projected Points

The Colts are projected at just 15.2 points in this matchup as they take on a Bengals team that owns a 25.7 projection. Normally, I shy away from the lowest projected game of the week, but with Cincinnati owning such a high projection, I’m comfortable targeting it. The Colts’ defense has been extremely generous to opposing teams, so the Bengals should be able to coast in this matchup. Andy Dalton ($5,700) is extremely cheap, and a pairing with A.J. Green would only cost $14,300. Even with only five targets in Week 7, Green is still averaging 9.3 on the season and should see heavy work early. My only concern is if the Bengals go up big early and focus on a more run-heavy approach. Joe Mixon is a name to consider operating as the Bengals’ lead back at only $4,700.

DvP Matchups

FORMAT: Team vs. Opponent, Defense vs. Position Rank

Worst QB Matchups

Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks, 4th
Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills, 6th
New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears, 7th

Best QB Matchups

Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 32nd
Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers, 31st
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30th


Worst RB Matchups

Seattle Seahawks vs. Houston Texans, 3rd
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles, 4th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers, 5th

Best RB Matchups

Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers, 32nd
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts, 31st
Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 27th

Worst WR Matchups

Houston Texans at Seattle Seahawks, 4th
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 7th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers, 8th

Best WR Matchups

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31st
Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 29th
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts 28th

Worst TE Matchups

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 2nd
Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers, 3rd
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals, 4th

Best TE Matchups

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 31st
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles, 27th
Atlanta Falcons at New York Jets, 26th

Target Report

Target Leaders – Last Week

NameTeamLast Week’s OPPTargets
Amari CooperOAKKC19
Julio JonesATLNE13
Doug BaldwinSEANYG12
Michael ThomasNOGB11
Dez BryantDALSF10
Mike EvansTBBUF10
Jordan ReedWASPHI10
Mohamed SanuATLNE10
Cameron BrateTBBUF9
Zay JonesBUFTB9

Target Leaders – Last Three Weeks

NameTeamLast 3 Weeks TargetsAvg. Targets YTD
Pierre GarconSF339
Christian McCaffreyCAR308.4
Keenan AllenLAC289.7
Amari CooperOAK278.3
Cameron BrateTB266.5
Mike EvansTB269.7
Kelvin BenjaminCAR256.3
Michael CrabtreeOAK256.8
Devin FunchessCAR257.4
Marquise GoodwinSF246.1

Lineup Quick Hits

QB To Build Lineups Around…

Cam Newton ($6,600) – This feels like a huge bounce-back spot for Newton this week after his 10.4 DKFP performance against the Bears. Newton now faces a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed an average of 22.48 DK fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Even more impressive is that Case Keenum, Eli Manning and Carson Palmer have the top-three fantasy points of the QBs that have gone against the Buccaneers. This should be a fantastic spot for Newton at a $400 discount from Week 7.

WR To Pair Him With…

Kelvin Benjamin ($6,400) – I was a bit torn on who to feature here between Benjamin and Devin Funchess ($5,900). Funchess has been targeted more (7.4) than Benjamin (6.2) and brings a $500 discount, but Benjamin has the more favorable matchup against Tampa Bay CB Vernon Hargreaves. On the season, Hargreaves has been targeted 41 times and has allowed 28 catches for 404 yards with two touchdowns. Benjamin remains the WR1 on this team and should get the opportunities in this game.

The Top Running Back Will Be

LeSean McCoy ($8,700) – McCoy finally reached the end zone, not once, but twice in Week 7 in a favorable matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He should be able to follow that up with another favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Heading into Week 8, the Raiders have allowed an average of 105 rushing yards to opposing running backs and 366 yards on 37 catches out of the backfield. McCoy is nearly a lock for at least six targets out of the backfield and at least 15 carries on the week. With the Bills looking to get him going, this is another ideal spot to take Shady McCoy.


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