Welcome to “Rivalry Week!”
Week 8 will show what teams will be the contenders going forward and the pretenders’ fairy tale is nearing their end. This week we have the following matchups.
Vikings – Packers, 49ers – Seahawks, Cowboys-Eagles (no comment), Falcons – Panthers (they are in the same division, ha-ha), and the matchup meant for a DeLorean time machine. The undefeated Steelers @ the 5-1 Ravens, where the ice tubs are ready early and players still feel the pain a day later.
However, it’s also a “king-size” week for your fantasy football team. I have five underrated players to shake up your fantasy lineup.
Let’s do this.
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Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater
Do you see who the Panthers play on Thursday Night Football? The Atlanta Falcons and their 31st-ranked pass defense. You go with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater has proven time and time again that he is a solid option behind center. He had a QBR of 128.3 in the tough loss to the Saints last week. He has only thrown five interceptions. His chemistry is vastly improving with wideouts Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore. By the way, you may want to start those receivers as a strong WR2.
Prediction: 28 points
Browns RB Kareem Hunt
While Baker Mayfield‘s five-touchdown performance in Cincinnati was the talk of Cleveland sports talk this week. Let me remind you that the reason the Browns are 5-2 is because of their running game. They are ranked third in rush offense with a domineering 157 yards per game and eight touchdowns. I’m riding the Kareem Hunt hype train. Quietly, he has three touchdowns on the ground and four through the air. Hunt is worth a FLEX or RB2 option because of his versatility. The Raiders’ liability is their defense. They have given up 12 rushing touchdowns. As Champ Kind from the film Anchorman said, “News team, let’s hunt.”
Prediction: 20 points
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk
It’s 2020 and again, even in a win. The 49ers can’t stay healthy. They lost running back Jeff Wilson, Jr. and for the second time, Deebo Samuel is out. Who do they have left? Superstar tight end George Kittle and rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk. The 22-year-old receiver had six receptions and 115 yards vs the Patriots. Let’s gift you with a beaten-up Seahawks pass defense who is ranked dead last in the league. They give up nearly 370 yards a game. Aiyuk’s speed and route running will be on full display this weekend.
Prediction: 18 points
49ers RB JaMycal Hasty
I listen to a ton of content throughout the week. There was one soundbyte that stood out to me, Rich Eisen of the Rich Eisen Show was comparing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and rookie Niners back JaMycal Hasty. “JaMycal Hasty runs like his hair is on fire.” I’m sold. This is the dream breakout game for a rookie. Arch rival, on the road and they have a bad defense. He was showing sparks last week vs New England. Go with the kid.
Prediction: 17 points.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd
I can’t believe I am saying this, but this Bengals offense is a lot of fun to watch. However, with the inconsistent numbers from A.J. Green and rookie receiver Tee Higgins dealing with a chest injury. Tyler Boyd is the only reliable option as the frustrated Tennessee Titans come to town. Boyd was targeted 13 times against the Browns, he caught 11 balls for 101 yards. He already has 517 yards and on his way to another 1,000-yard season. The Titans are 26th in passing and have surrendered 15 touchdowns. Granted, the Bengals will fall to 1-6-1 but they will score enough for Boyd to have a good day.
Prediction: 22 points.