WRs to start in Week 8
Panthers’ Robby Anderson (vs. Falcons): Robby Anderson has given us a safe floor to begin the season, eclipsing double-digit fantasy points in each week for the Panthers. After scoring 17+ fantasy points in four out of the first five weeks, Anderson has been somewhat quiet in the past two weeks, combining for 25.1 fantasy points. Luckily for him, he gets a chance to face the Falcons, who are allowing a league-high 10.5 yards per target to WRs and is a team he’s already scored 19.5 fantasy points against in Week 5.
49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk (vs. Seahawks): The San Francisco 49ers continue to be ravaged by injuries and Deebo Samuel is likely going to be sidelined for multiple weeks. Due to Samuel being sidelined, Brandon Aiyuk is going to be the No. 1 WR for the 49ers until Samuel returns. Aiyuk just scored 17.5 fantasy points versus the Patriots and now gets to go up against a porous Seahawks secondary that has surrendered 60.07 fantasy points per week, 132 receptions, and 1,681 yards to WRs this season (all most in the NFL).
Bengals’ Tee Higgins (vs. Titans): It seems to be yet another week where you can fire up all of the WRs of the Bengals and the WRs who are playing the Bengals. In recent weeks, Tee Higgins has emerged as a legitimate threat in Cincinnati’s aerial attack, scoring 10+ fantasy points in five consecutive weeks. Barring the Tennessee Titans’ defense doing a one-eighty and playing formidable defense, Higgins should make it six consecutive games of 10+ fantasy points in Week 8.
Other WRs to consider in Week 8: Raiders’ Nelson Agholor (vs. Browns), Eagles’ Travis Fulgham (vs. Cowboys), Browns’ Jarvis Landry (vs. Raiders), Ravens’ Marquise Brown (vs. Steelers)
WRs to sit in Week 8
Dolphins’ DeVante Parker (vs. Rams): Once again, the Dolphins are electing to insert Tagovailoa under center to make his first career start in Week 8. But with the uncertainty surrounding his development right now, coupled with him facing the Rams, Tagovailoa — plus his pass-catching weapons — are risky plays this week. Devante Parker, who has remained as the No. 1 receiving threat for the Dolphins this season, is probably worth sitting in Week 8 against a Los Angeles defense that is holding opposing WRs to 28.09 fantasy points per game (second-fewest in the NFL) and 7.3 yards per attempt (tied for best in the NFL). Not to mention, he’ll likely see a fair share of Jalen Ramsey in coverage too.
Giants’ Darius Slayton (vs. Buccaneers): The return of Sterling Shepard in the Giants’ offense definitely throws a wrench into the stock of Darius Slayton and Golden Tate. In Shepard’s first game back since Week 2, Slayton tallied only 4.3 fantasy points in Week 7 against the Eagles while having Darius Slay lined up across from him for most of the game. It doesn’t get much better for Slayton in Week 8 as he’ll likely draw Carlton Davis in coverage. Davis is allowing only a 56.5 percent completion rate and a 59.4 passer rating when targeted this season.