Fantasy Football Week 8: Starters and sitters


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Arjun Srivatsa, Staff Writer

As Week 7 has come to an end, we can recap the stars over this week. Below are the best performances from each position, a few suggestions and some predictions for Week 8. 

Aaron Rodgers (QB)

There were many questions about the chemistry between the new head coach, Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers. However, those questions have been answered through the dominant offense led by Rodgers. The Packers are currently cruising at 6-1 with a three-game win streak, and they currently hold the number one position in the NFC North. The Packers dismantled the Raiders’ defense with a score of 42-24. Rodgers completed 25 out of 31 throws for 429 yards and five total touchdowns. He also had a perfect passer rating of 158.33, giving him 43.8 PPR fantasy points. Though the Packers were missing key offensive players like Davante Adams, Rodgers was still able to march down the field through the Raiders’ defense to score multiple times. Next week, the Packers are set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs who are without their star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are struggling defensively, and their pass defense has had a very tough time defending deep threats and limiting the number of passing yards their opponents’ quarterback have had. Rodgers, without Adams, should still be able to rip through the Chiefs’ weak defense and find his tight end Jimmy Graham and other receivers like Marquez Valdes-Scantling.  Start or Sit Week 8: Start

Dalvin Cook (RB):

This shouldn’t come by surprise at all, as the major component of Minnesota is their run game. The Vikings are 5-2, sitting at number two in the NFC North with a big win over the Lions, 42-30. Cook had 25 touches for 142 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. On top of that, he had one reception for 7 yards and zero fumbles for a total of 27.9 PPR fantasy points. Cook is a major player in this offense as he can run down defenses and also be a receiver at the same time. With his speed and agility, it is very tough for linemen to catch up to him. This dual threat will cause defenses throughout the NFL many problems. This week, the Vikings will face an extremely unhealthy Washington Redskins team. Many of their defensive linemen are injured, thus there are many inexperienced defensive linemen playing on their defensive line. The  Vikings will simply run the ball over and over down the Redskins’ throat. Start or Sit Week 8: Start

Deandre Hopkins (WR):

Many fantasy players knew that coming into this season, DeAndre Hopkins would haul in many fantasy points for their team, as he is by far one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league, and he has lived up to that expectation. The Texans went up against division rival Indianapolis Colts, and ended up losing with a score of 23-30, putting them at number two in the AFC South just behind the Colts with a record of 4-3. In that game, Hopkins caught nine of twelve targeted passes. He amassed 106 yards and one touchdown with an average of 11.8 yards per reception, providing him a good amount of fantasy points: 25.6 PPR. The Texans, led by star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, have done well offensively with key offensive players like Hopkins,  Will Fuller V, and Duke Johnson Jr. It is no doubt that Hopkins will remain Watson’s top wide receiver, leading to more receptions, yards, and ultimately fantasy points. This week, the Texans go up against the Raiders. The Raiders compensate for their subpar pass defense with a solid run defense. This should allow for more passes to be thrown to Hopkins and Fuller. Start or Sit Week 8: Start

Darren Waller (TE):

This may come as a surprise to many, as most would have expected either Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce here. However, the Raiders have been using Waller a lot, as after the loss of their star wide receiver Antonio Brown, they needed a person to fill his spot. Waller, a very athletic tight end, was able to fill Brown’s spot and help this offense take off with the help of teammate Josh Jacobs. They went up against the Green Bay Packers and fell short to a score of 24-42. The Raiders are currently second in the AFC West with  a record of 3-3. However, this was a big game for Waller as he had a total of 31.6 PPR Fantasy points. He caught the ball seven out of the eight times he was targeted for a total of 126 yards, an average of 18 yards per reception, and two touchdowns. The Raiders are going up against the Texans, who have a very weak secondary allowing for more passes to Waller and more yards. Waller is a very strong TE1 option for this week. Start or Sit Week 8: Start

Chiefs (D/ST):

The Chiefs are not known for their defense as it is sub-par. However, they had the highest fantasy point total, 23, as they went up against the Broncos. The Broncos are simply not a good team and don’t have an offense that can function at all. Thus, the Chiefs came out with a win with a score of 30-6 putting them at the top of the AFC West division. This week, they go up against the Packers, whose offense is just too tough to stop. A Super Bowl-caliber defense is required to stop such an offense led by Rodgers, and unfortunately, the Chiefs just don’t have such a defense to stop them. This would be a very poor pick for this week’s matchup. Start or Sit Week 8: Sit