Monday, January 24

Fantastic busts of week 8: Antonio Gibson, Michael Gallup between risky ‘starts’

Identifying potential failures before your fantasy to begin, making decisions is how to avoid having disastrous weeks. When options are limited, as they were last week, it can be difficult for even players to sit on the edge. When the options are a little more plentiful, like this week, you may have a hard time deciding which two players start most weeks. We’ve chosen our possible Week 8 fantasy busts, featuring notable names like Antonio Gibson and Michael Gallup and up-and-coming guys like Khalil Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa, to help you decide who to start with in Week 8.

As always, even perennial stars can fail in favorable matchups, but it’s hard to call superstars “flops.” We’ll just name the guys in the start-or-sit bubble, not the “mandatory starts” and not the guys who are in more than 90 percent of the exemption leads. As mentioned above, you can’t always avoid the players on this list. Sometimes you don’t have the depth to reasonably evaluate these guys (or you may totally disagree with our evaluations), especially in a week like this.

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We had a disastrous week 7 on our sleeper post, and while our week 7 busts weren’t that bad, they weren’t the best either. First, what went well: Rashaad Penny, Tyler Boyd and our three defensive picks (Raiders, 49ers, Ravens) are solid options. On the other hand, Derek Carr, Elijah Mitchell, and Zach Ertz had productive fantasy days. We prefer not to comment on our selection of Joe Burrow – oops.

Tyler Higbee, Evan Engram, Rashod Bateman, Corey Davis, and Chase Edmonds had days good enough not to necessarily call them failures, but they did have average days, at best. Once again, with so many teams coming back from goodbye, the pool of players is much larger and we have a better idea of ​​who the riskiest players are this week.

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Fantastic busts of week 8: runners

James Conner, Cardinals vs. Packers (Jackson Sparks). Despite some of Aaron Rodgers’ weapons being on the reserve / COVID-19 list, Green Bay will keep this game competitive. Conner has been feasting when the Cardinals have big leads, but this feels more like a Chase Edmonds game.

Antonio Gibson, Washington @ Broncos (Vinnie Iyer). Denver’s running defense will rebound at home as WFT beware of Gibson’s touches with a still sore shin and a looming goodbye in Week 9. You will likely still need to start it in most formats, but prepare to be disappointed again.

Khalil Herbert, Bears vs. 49ers (Matt Lutovsky). Herbert has been dynamite for the Bears the past two weeks, but with Damien Williams back fully healthy, Herbert could see a drop in touching. Even if he doesn’t, the 49ers rank ninth in the fewest rushing yards allowed to the RBs, so Herbert will likely need to get into the end zone to really pay off.

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Fantasy Football busts from week 8: quarterbacks

Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins @ Bills (Sparks). We promoted Tua as one of our best sleepers in the preseason and have mentioned him in the last two editions of our sleeper picks. In week 7, he was the top scorer overall in fantasy football. However, the Buffalo defense is a completely different animal than the Falcons or Jaguars defenses. He gives the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and has given Taylor Heinicke more than 21 points, mostly on garbage time and with the help of a hasty touchdown. The Bills defense outperforms Miami’s offense in every respect, so don’t start with Tua unless you’re in a tough spot.

Justin Herbert, Chargers vs. Patriots (Iyer). New England has lost a few bodies in high school, but it still has some great machinations and it will limit Herbert’s big plays and force him to get impatient with the ball.

Jameis Winston, Saints vs. Buccaneers (Lutovsky). It’s easy to overstate the “revenge game” narrative here, but the Saints just aren’t a high-volume passing team. Nine of Winston’s 13 touchdowns have come in two games, and he has thrown for more than 226 yards just once. Tampa’s pass defense has also improved after a difficult start, limiting Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields to 299 passing yards, one TD and four interceptions combined. Winston will make three bad games in a row for the quarterbacks against the Bucs.

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Fantasy Football busts from week 8: wide receivers

Jakobi Meyers, Patriots @ Chargers (Sparks). Meyers could be productive in the PPR leagues based on sheer volume, but total yards should be low. Los Angeles yields the fewest points to fantasy WRs and has yet to allow a single receiver to reach 14 fantasy points (half PPR). The list of receivers they have faced includes Tyreek Hill, CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin. If those guys were limited, shouldn’t we expect the same result with Meyers, especially with LA coming out of a goodbye?

Mike Evans, Buccaneers @ Saints (Iyer). You still need to roll with him, but he’s a classic boom-or-bust guy and his record in the Marshon Lattimore showdown isn’t good regardless of the QB.

Michael Gallup, Cowboys @ Vikings (Lutovsky). Gallup (calf) is expected to play for the first time since Week 1, but the Cowboys’ No. 3 is the definition of a “boom or bust” play. Ezekiel Elliott has returned to being a high volume part of the offense, and Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are always going to have significant volume. Tight end Dalton Schultz has also established himself as a reliable target. Gallup could always loosen up for a big play, but against the Vikings defense in the middle of the road, there’s no reason to expect that.

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Fantasy Football busts from week 8: tight ends

Jared Cook, Chargers vs. Patriots (Sparks). To keep things simple, Cook has been inconsistent this year, with New England giving up the third fewest points to the fantasy TEs.

Dalton Schultz, Cowboys @ Vikings (Iyer). This screams to be a game with a lot of wide receivers for Dak Prescott given that Minnesota cornerbacks suck without Patrick Peterson. Also, watch out for more of Blake Jarwin.

Mike Gesicki, Dolphins @ Bills (Lutovsky). If you own Gesicki, you’re probably not sitting it, but it’s at least worth considering if you have a decent alternative. Buffalo limited Gesicki to three receptions for 41 yards in Week 2, and even with Tua Tagovailoa (presumably) playing the entire game this time, Gesicki will have a lot of work for him against a Bills defense that will allow him the seventh fewest of FPPG to TEs.

Fantastic busts of week 8: defenses

Carolina Panthers @ Falcons (Sparks). After looking like the best defense in the league by a mile after three weeks, this Carolina stopping unit is crumbling before our eyes. They were touched by Minnesota in Week 6 and then allowed the Giants, without Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay, to score 25 points. So how will they be fair against Matt Ryan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Calvin Ridley, and Kyle Pitts? We say not so well.

Cleveland Browns vs. Steelers (Iyer). It’s hard to see them score enough points at home with a cleaner Pittsburgh offense and a lot of runs coming off the break.

New England Patriots @ Chargers (Lutovsky). The Ravens somehow limited the Chargers to six points in Los Angeles’ last game, but they only managed two sacks and one takeout. In the previous three games (Chiefs, Raiders, Browns), the Bolts averaged 35 points, 1.7 sacks allowed and 0.3 turnovers. The rested Chargers will be a brutal showdown for the jet-lagged Patriots.

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