Your Best Friend’s Ranks: Frank Stampfl’s Best Fantasy Five and Week Eight Lineup Ranks
Frank Stampfl offers his Week Eight Fantasy Football lineup ranks
Much to the dismay of my BFF Gregg Sussman, Lamar Miller is set up for success on Thursday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. Miller is coming off a Week Seven where he rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He saw both of his team’s rushing attempts within the red zone during that contest without any interruption from Alfred Blue. In Week Eight, Miller faces the Dolphins, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs over the last month of the season. During that time, they’ve allowed 793 total yards and six total touchdowns. They’re also allowing 118 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs, fourth-most in the league. With the Texans -7.5 points at home, Miller is in a good place as a mid-range RB2. PLUS…. THIS IS A REVENGE GAME #NeverForget.
There are a few running backs in good spots this week, but they’re contingent on their counterparts missing time because of injury. One of those players is Ronald Jones who “got the majority of everything” in practice with Peyton Barber battling an ankle injury. Jones totaled just 23 yards in Week Seven’s win over the Browns but did manage to score the first touchdown of his professional career. Assuming Barber is out in Week Eight’s matchup against the Bengals, Jones is in a good position to build off what he did. The Bengals have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs over the last month and have allowed a whopping 5.07 yards per carry to the position this season. Again, this is contingent on Barber missing time, but if he does, Jones will be a mid-range flex option with four teams on bye. Peyton Barber is active. I hate the Bucs.
Amari Cooper has been released from the black hole and Fantasy owners are left putting the puzzle pieces back together. While we should see our fair share of Jared Cook and Jalen Richard in the pass game, Jordy Nelson is in a prime position here in terms of opportunity. If you throw out Week Six where evidently the Raiders just didn’t show, Jordy had scored a touchdown in each of the three previous games. He leads Raiders wide receivers in red zone targets with five and has a solid matchup ahead in Week Eight. The Raiders face the Colts, a defense that allowed 826 yards and five touchdowns to wide receivers over the last month of the season. During that span, that’s an average of 17.3 receptions, 206.5 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to the position. Derek Carr has to throw the ball to somebody, and I expect that to be Jordy quite a bit in Week Eight. He’s a mid-range WR3 in this matchup.
The matchup between Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton is one where it might be ugly throughout but by game’s end, points will be scored. Vegas certainly agrees, with this game total up around 54.5, the second highest total in Week Eight. One of the beneficiaries in the pass game should be Chris Godwin who currently sits at WR35 in points per game this season. This past week Godwin played 69.5 percent of the team’s snaps, his highest percentage since Week One (69.7 percent) and we’re hoping he builds off that. While he doesn’t have the highest ceiling, he’s been incredibly consistent. He has a touchdown in four of six games and has had between 41 and 74 yards in five of those. Godwin scores as often as he does because he leads the team in red zone targets with eight. Defenses are so zoned in on trying to stop Mike Evans and the tight ends, they often forget about Godwin in that area of the field. I expect Godwin to get in the end zone at least once in Week Eight.
This is a risky one because there is injury involved, but seeing as how he’s coming off the bye, I expect Geronimo Allison to suit up against the Los Angeles Rams. When he does, he’ll be part of the highest game total of Week Eight (56.5) in a game where the Packers are +9.5 road dogs. Aaron Rodgers chasing points in a shootout with the Rams? Sign me up. Allison has missed time because of concussion and ankle issues but in the four games he’s played, he’s WR25 in fantasy points per game. He racked up at least 64 yards in each game, scoring a touchdown on two different occasions. The Rams have also allowed 10 touchdowns to wide receivers over their last five games. Sure, Davante Adams could go out and steal all three but if Allison is healthy enough to play, I want him in my lineup as a WR3.
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