Week 8 saw some interesting football being played. There were some big upsets and some big surprises. We also saw a couple of big name starters go down with season ending injuries. I'm digging for some names this week for you guys to look at, and maybe replace those injured stars.
Teams on Bye: Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team
Quarterback: Mac Jones (New England) vs Carolina Panthers (14.9% Rostered)
Mac Jones has been a decent rookie QB this year, and I think he is coming into his stride as we reach the midpoint of the season. Before his game against the Chargers, he had 5 straight games of throwing a touchdown pass. Carolina has an okay defense, but at this point, it's hard to doubt the offensive system in New England.
Running Back: Ty Johnson (New York Jets) vs Indianapolis (5.3% Rostered)
The New York Jets are such a strange team. They look terrible most weeks, then they beat two of the top teams in the AFC in the Titans and Bengals. Backup QB Mike White looked like the answer for the Jets, and their offense looked good. They run a backfield by committee with Michael Carter and Ty Johnson, and both had a day in week 8. The past three weeks, Johnson has scored double digit fantasy points, and has become a good receiving option. He has had 13 targets the past two weeks combined, and has caught 11 of them. I wouldn't rely on him for a full season, but a spot start shouldn't be out of the question.
Wide Receiver: Tajae Sharpe (Atlanta) vs New Orleans (0.1% Rostered)
With the absence of Calvin Ridley due to taking time to focus on his mental health, Sharpe is now the number 1 receiver in the Falcons offense. He had a respectable game with 5 catches for 58 yards. It's hard to be the main option in an offense with Kyle Pitts, but Sharpe can have another solid fantasy day in a divisional matchup against the Saints.
Tight End: Geoff Swaim (Tennessee) vs Los Angeles Rams (0.1% Rostered)
With a possible season ending injury to Derrick Henry, the Titans will have to change up their offensive strategy. So far, the beneficiary of a new Red Zone strategy is Swaim. Only 4 catches for 23 yards, but he had a big Red Zone touchdown against the Colts. Going up against the Rams, this Titans offense will have to go high octane to keep up with a vaunted Rams offense. Anytime the Titans reach the Red Zone, look for Swaim to be a target.
Defense/Special Teams: New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers (59.7% Rostered)
Double dipping on the Patriots? Yea, I can't believe it either, but this matchup seems to enticing to ignore. After back to back weeks with double digit fantasy points, it seems as though New England is hitting their stride defensively. Carolina hasn't been the same team we watched in the first 3 weeks of the season, and some of that can be contributed to the loss of McCaffrey. I expect the Patriots to make Sam Darnold see ghosts again.
Kicker: Jake Elliott (Philadelphia) vs Los Angeles Chargers (1.6% Rostered)
The Eagles offense looked remarkably different in Week 8, and that change lead to them scoring 44 points as a team. One of the biggest beneficiaries of a high scoring offense is the kicker. Elliott hit all 5 PATs and went 3/3 in FG attempts. This new Eagles offense will have to have a repeat performance against the Chargers, and if they do, Elliott will have another big fantasy day.
Homer Pick of the Week: Buffalo Bills Defense/Special Teams vs Jacksonville (97.4% Rostered)
This pick is more for those daily fantasy players. Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier will have a field day scheming against a rookie QB in Trevor Lawrence, and maybe, just maybe, Buffalo can pitch another shutout. Besides 2 outlier games against Pittsburgh and Tennessee, they've been holding their opponents to 20 points or less. Turnovers will be a plenty in Jacksonville, and they will need to capitalize on them.