WATCH: MATCHUPS BREAKDOWN
Seven weeks of football are in the books and we get set for Week 8. Injuries have impacted just about every team by now which has lead to some interesting matchups. Let’s get you ready for this one and as always, you can get me on the ol’ Twitter machine @SBuchanan24.
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Projected Point Total – 53 points
Well, this should certainly be a fantastic game in terms of fantasy points. The Packers will visit the Atlanta Falcons with the Falcons opening the week as 2-point favorites. Matt Ryan is coming off a relatively disappointing Week 7 against the Chargers that saw him score only 14.7 fantasy points with one touchdown. Ryan was 22 of 34 for 273 yards with an interception. Nonetheless, Ryan was able to hook up with Julio Jones plenty, as Jones accounted for 174 of those yards on 15 targets. Without Sam Shields, the Packers have allowed eight passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers as they’ve caught 68 of 121 targets for 1,022 yards. This should be a great bounce back spot for Ryan as he continues to feed Jones.
For the Packers, Aaron Rodgers gets a defense that has allowed plenty of offense to opposing quarterbacks. With 15 passing touchdowns allowed, the Falcons are allowing an average of 308 passing yards per game with a 67-percent completion rate on 295 targets. Rodgers has only exceeded 300 yards once this season, but that came last week against a Bears defense that allowed three touchdowns while going 39 of 56. With weapons like Jordy Nelson at his disposal, this game should most certainly live up to the hype.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Projected Point Total – 43.5 points
Not a ton to like in this game – with the exception of Ezekiel Elliot for the Cowboys. With the lowest projected score on the slate, the Cowboys opened the week as 4.5 favorites with 24 implied points. For as good as the Eagles defense has been, they certainly have had some issues against the run. Coming into this matchup, the Eagles have allowed three rushing touchdowns along with 4.7 YPC on 114 carries. Elliot has been getting at least 20 carries per game since Week 2 and I expect no less in this spot as well. Otherwise, this is certainly a game to avoid unless you’re grabbing a team defense here.
Worst QB Matchups
1. Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles continue to be the toughest team against quarterbacks heading into Week 8. They’ve allowed six passing touchdowns with a 59-percent completion rate on 199 attempts for 1,349 yards.
2. San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – Denver checks in as the second-best defense against opposing quarterbacks. The Broncos have held them to a 55-percent completion rate on 237 attempts for 1,352 yards and only four touchdowns.
3. Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals – The Panthers woes may continue this week with their impending matchup with Arizona. The Cardinals have allowed only five passing touchdowns with a 59-percent completion rate on 245 attempts for 1,484 yards. The nine interceptions are tied for second-most in the league.
Best QB Matchups
1. Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions – The Lions continue to be the worst against opposing quarterbacks. Detroit is tied for the most passing touchdowns allowed in the league at 18 to go along with a 74-percent completion rate on 244 attempts for 1,990 yards.
2. New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns – The Browns are truly as bad as it gets, so the Jets are in a really nice spot this week. With 18 passing touchdowns allowed, opposing quarterbacks have completed 65 percent of their 241 attempts for 2,080 yards.
3. Arizona Cardinals vs Carolina Panthers – Really shocking to see the Cardinals defense playing so poorly, but the numbers don’t lie. Coming into this week, opposing quarterbacks have 13 passing touchdowns with a 64-percent completion rate on 206 attempts for 1,779 yards.
Worst RB Matchups
1. Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers – The Packers are still acting like a brick wall when it comes to opposing running backs. Allowing the least amount of rushing yards at 399, the Packers have allowed only one rushing touchdown while allowing just 3.1 YPC.
2. Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals continue to be a force against the run this season. Coming into Week 8, they’ve allowed just four rushing touchdowns and 3.4 YPC.
3. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys – While the Cowboys may be giving up some healthy yardage to opposing running backs at 4.6 YPC, they’ve only allowed two rushing touchdowns on the season.
Best RB Matchups
1. Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints – The Saints continue to be trampled on the ground, and this week should be no different. Tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns allowed with 10, the Saints are allowing 629 rushing yards and 4.3 YPC.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts – The Colts rank as the second-worst defense against the run for Week 8 as they face the Chiefs. Indy has allowed six rushing touchdowns with 763 rushing yards and 4.8 YPC.
3. New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns – The Browns have allowed seven rushing touchdowns on the season to go with 876 rushing yards and 4.7 YPC.
Worst WR Matchups
1. San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – The Broncos continue to do their thing when it comes to defending against opposing wide receivers. With only one touchdown allowed, they’ve allowed a 50-percent completion rate on 123 targets for 638 yards.
2. Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans – The Texans have been fantastic against the pass this season with just three touchdowns allowed. Opposing wide receivers have caught 65 of 110 targets for 857 yards.
3. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts – For as much as people have ripped on the Colts defense, it certainly hasn’t been because of opposing wide receivers. With three touchdowns allowed, they’ve allowed just 98 of 153 targets to be caught for 1,167 yards.
Best WR Matchups
1. Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs are the worst against opposing wide receivers coming into Week 8. They’ve caught 62 percent of their 153 targets for 1,208 yards and eight passing touchdowns.
2. New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns – No surprise here with the Browns struggling against, well, everything. They’ve allowed 10 passing touchdowns to opposing wide receivers with a 61-percent completion rate on 133 targets for 1,269 yards.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders have allowed the most passing yards to opposing wide receivers at 1,399 yards. Besides that, they’ve allowed seven touchdowns and a 65-percent completion rate on 155 targets.
Worst TE Matchups
1. Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals check in as the toughest team against opposing tight ends. All that’s been allowed against this defense is 21 of 40 passes being caught for 185 yards.
2. Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots – The Bills defense against opposing tight ends will certainly be put to the test this week against the Patriots. To this point, they’ve allowed just 17 of 25 targets to be caught for 228 yards.
3. Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys – The Eagles have barely seen any action to opposing tight ends this season. Coming into this week, they’ve allowed 13 of 26 passes to be completed for 148 yards and one touchdown.
Best TE Matchups
1. Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers – The Panthers have been torn apart by opposing tight ends this season. Carolina has allowed six touchdowns with a 66-percent completion rate on 42 targets for 401 yards.
2. New York Jets vs. Cleveland Browns – So many ways to beat this Browns defense. With six touchdowns allowed, 79 percent of the 62 targets have been completed for a league-leading 574 yards.
3. Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions – The Lions still lead the league for touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends with seven on the season. Add in that fact that they’re allowing 75 percent of the 53 targets to be caught for 423 yards and you can identify the struggle.
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Lineup Quick Hits
QB To Build Lineups Around…
Andrew Luck ($6,800) – Week 8 may bring us the toughest week in terms of matchups so far this season. With a number of teams on a bye and only 10 games in the main Sunday slate, the options quickly become limited. Andrew Luck seems to be the safest play on this slate as he has a great matchup on tap against the Kansas City Chiefs. Luck hasn’t been his best on the road, but with the matchups he’s had, he certainly has performed well. Even facing teams like Denver and Houston, Luck is averaging 259 passing yards per game on the road with seven touchdowns, averaging 21.5 FPPG. Fresh off his 30.8 fantasy point performance against the Titans, Luck should be a fine play here in Week 8. Not to mention, he and his number one wide receiver are firing on all cylinders right now.
WR To Pair Him With…
T.Y. Hilton ($7,900) – After a bit of a sluggish start to the season, Hilton has been lighting it up as of late. He’s fresh off a 7 of 12, 133-yard performance against the Titans where he also grabbed a touchdown, his fourth on the season. Hilton has exceeded 100+ receiving yards three times this season and has a legitimate shot to do so here in Week 8. Hilton continues to be a target monster on the Colts, nabbing double digits in all but one of his games this season (nine against Houston).
The Top RB Will Be…
Ezekiel Elliot ($7,200) – Coming off a bye, Elliott is going to be fresh and ready for a ton of volume against the Eagles. Elliot is essentially a lock for 20+ carries a game, as he enters Week 8 averaging just less than 23 per game. Averaging 22 FPPG, Elliot has broken off at least a 20-yard run in all but one game this season and has reached the end zone in four of his six games. With how good Philly has defended through the air, Elliot should be extremely busy this week for the Dallas offense.
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