by Adrian Martinez-De la Cruz
My Week 7 picks had mixed results. Chase Claypool was a non-factor against the Titans. Cairo Santos had a solid five fantasy points that helped me win my fantasy match-up, but he wasn’t able to help the Bears win against the Rams. The Browns couldn’t hold down the Bengals (I’ve learned my lesson, so if you have the Titans D/ST this week, DON’T start them). But, Justin Herbert had a PERFORMANCE. He passed for three touchdowns and 347 yards, as well as rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown. If you’re lucky to have picked him up, he looks like a must-start for the rest of the season. However, it’s a new week, so here are four players and teams to look out for in Week 8:
Corey Davis – WR (Sun @Bengals 12:00p.m.)
Davis had a decent performance last week against the Steelers with 15.5 fantasy points. He’s a solid pick-up this week, but he does have his doubters. Although I don’t suggest you start the Titans D/ST, I recommend you start Davis (also QB Ryan Tannehill if you have him or if you can pick him up) as they’ll face a Bengals defense that’s given up an average of 27 points per game this season.
Boston Scott – RB (Sun vs. Dallas 7:20p.m.)
Scott was the Eagles’ primary running back last week as Miles Sanders was out with a knee injury. He rushed for 46 yards, racked up 46 receiving yards with a touchdown, and he was able to earn a total of 18.2 fantasy points. Sanders is still questionable this week, and it looks like there’s a good chance he’ll be out for the Sunday night matchup against the Cowboys. If Sanders is out, Scott will be Philadelphia’s primary back again, and he’ll be poised to gain some fantasy points against a Dallas D/ST that’s averaged negative points this season (-1.3 points per game).
Chiefs – D/ST (Sun vs. Jets 12:00p.m.)
This week, it’s a tale of good defenses facing baaaaaaaad New York offenses. First off, we have the Chiefs, who proved last week they’re just as formidable on defense as they are on offense. The defense was able to provide two touchdowns and 21 points in the snow against the Broncos. This week, they’re a must start, not just because they’re great, but they’re facing the Jets, who let go of Le’Veon Bell, STILL have Adam Gase as their head coach, and are probably making Trevor Lawrence rethink if he wants to get drafted this year.
Buccaneers – D/ST (Mon @Giants 7:15p.m.)
The Bucs have already embarrassed Aaron Rodgers this season (I’d like to thank them for that), and they’re currently ranked the second-best D/ST in fantasy. The defense has given up the 3rd fewest average scrimmage yards per game, and they’ve averaged the 3rd most sacks and 7th most turnovers per game this season. Expect them to rack up more sacks and turnovers against the sackable (and trippable) Daniel Jones this week.
Stats provided by ESPN Fantasy Games.