By Skyler Carlin
This week we’ll be at the halfway mark of the NFL season, and at this point you have a good indication on how your fantasy season will go.
It’s just about five or six weeks away for most Fantasy league’s playoffs to begin so right now is the time to get some momentum going into those playoffs. Thursday night kicked off the week in a huge way in both Fantasy and the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs squared off in a division game where both QBs went back and forth to the end. Derek Carr came out on top with the victory and added 30.2 Fantasy points in the process. Amari Cooper owners were either happy if they finally got production out of him or absolutely sick if they left him on the bench as he scored a whopping 44 points Week 7.
Let’s get into who could have a breakout week like Cooper did. My decisions are made based on PPR (points per reception) scoring so don’t @ me.
QBs to start in Week 8:
Andy Dalton (vs. Colts): I’m usually not a fan of starting Andy Dalton. He’s been inconsistent all season but this week he faces a weak Indianapolis Colts defense.
Interestingly enough this season, Dalton has either thrown 2+ interceptions or thrown no interceptions in each game. I believe he throws none Week 8 and has his best game yet as he takes on the Colts who allow the 6th most points to QBs.
Cam Newton (vs. Buccaneers): I hate to tell owners to start QBs like Cam Newton but start Cam Newton. Some people might be wary playing Newton but he’s coming off having faced a tough Chicago Bears defense in Week 7.
Newton finished with just 7.4 points this week but look for him to bounce back against the injury-riddled Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers allow the 3rd most points to QBs. Look for Newton to have a nice bounce-back week as it could become a shootout in Tampa Bay.
Under the Radar QBs:
Case Keenum (vs. Browns): I didn’t believe these words would ever come out of my mouth. If you need to start Case Keenum, start him. Keenum should see another start this week as Sam Bradford is still injured.
He hasn’t looked great in his starts this year but he hasn’t been absolutely awful either. Keenum could have a breakout week against the Cleveland Browns who allow the 8th most points to QBs.
Trevor Siemian (vs. Chiefs): Trevor Siemian has struggled a bit the past few weeks after starting off hot. Siemian totaled 45.3 points in the first two weeks and since then he’s totaled just 40.5 points altogether. That’s not good but this week he faces a Chiefs defense that allows the 4th most points to QBs surprisingly.
With this game having a chance of being a shootout, Siemian might be in a good spot if you need a fill-in QB.
QBs to sit in Week 8:
DeShone Kizer (vs. Vikings): Who knows at this point if DeShone Kizer will actually be starting this week. I don’t like any Browns QB, which is no surprise, but this week even less so than usual. The Browns go to London to face the Minnesota Vikings so it’s a game that’s earlier than usual plus the Vikings allow the 5th least amount of points to QBs.
Jacoby Brissett (vs. Bengals): Jacoby Brissett has been a solid fill-in QB for the Colts. Brissett hasn’t been terrible but he also hasn’t been great, which is to be expected from a guy that was asked to step in to start just after being traded from the New England Patriots. Brissett has a tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals who allow the 11th least amount of points to QBs.