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Kyle Yates’ Last-Minute Week 8 Cheat Sheet (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Oct 30, 2021
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We’ve got some fantastic matchups on the tv this weekend! Are you ready for them?

I’m here with my quick-hitting thoughts to help you get ready for your fantasy matchups heading into week 8! If you’d like a little bit more in-depth studying, you can also find my weekly rankings here or my in-depth player notes can be found in The Primer moving forward.

Here are some last-minute quick-hit items designed to help you live your best fantasy life in Week 8.

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5 Players I Like More Than ECR

Darrell Henderson: Henderson disappointed last week against the Lions, but you start your RBs against Houston. He’s RB9 in ECR and RB6 in my rankings.

Michael Carter: It’s only a slight difference compared to his RB29 ECR, but Carter should see plenty of volume this week as really the only Jets player we should be looking at from a fantasy perspective. He’s RB27 in my rankings.

Michael Pittman Jr: This is simply to stay on brand. In all seriousness, Pittman’s showed out this season and he’s got a fantastic matchup against Tennessee’s secondary this week. He’s WR21 in ECR and WR17 in my rankings.

Emmanuel Sanders: This is only a slight difference of two spots, but Sanders has the potential to explode this week against Miami’s secondary. He’s WR27 in ECR and WR25 in my rankings.

Tyler Higbee: Higbee’s been a bit hot-and-cold this season, but Houston is bleeding fantasy points to opposing TEs this year. He’s TE6 in my rankings versus TE9.

5 Players I Like Less Than ECR

Zack Moss: This is only a slight difference in my rankings versus ECR, but Moss is going to need the Bills to go up big in order for him to finish the week as a top-24 option. I’m going to play it a little bit safer with the young RB. He’s RB26 in ECR and RB28 in my rankings.

Boston Scott: This is nit-picking due to the range of ECR that he’s in, but it’s highly likely that we see Jordan Howard receive the majority of the workload on the ground and then Kenneth Gainwell see an uptick in work as the receiving back, which would force Scott back into his Special Teams role. Scott’s RB39 in ECR and he’s RB42 in my rankings.

Courtland Sutton: At the time of writing, all signs point to Jerry Jeudy returning to the lineup this weekend. This dramatically decreases Sutton’s upside, so I’m playing this one a bit safe this week. He’s WR28 in my rankings versus WR22 in ECR.

Tyler Lockett: He’s still worth playing as a low-end WR3, but there is virtually no upside with Lockett right now. He’s WR33 in my rankings versus WR31 in ECR.

Noah Fant: Just like with Sutton, Jeudy’s presence on the roster has me concerned for Fant’s workload. He’s TE6 in ECR and TE12 in my rankings.

Desperation Pickups

Tyler Conklin: We should see Minnesota throw the ball quite a bit in this one and points could fly up on the board. Conklin’s 22% rostered in Yahoo leagues currently.

Samaje Perine: The Bengals are going to go up big on the Jets this week, which means that we could see Perine with a healthy workload in the second half. It’s only if you’re in a pinch, but it could pay off.

Russell Gage: He came back into the lineup last week and lined up both in the slot and out wide. He should continue to see a solid target share and he can be played as a FLEX option if you’re in a pinch.

K.J. Osborn: Just like with Conklin, he’ll be needed in this matchup. He’s only rostered in 9% of leagues on Yahoo.

Pat Freiermuth: With Eric Ebron out this week, Freiermuth is a solid mid-range TE2.

5 Receiver/Cornerback Matchups to Watch

Jaylen Waddle/Taron Johnson: Waddle’s been playing great recently, but so has Johnson. This will be fun to see who comes out on top.

Cooper Kupp/Tavierre Thomas: This is going to be a massive game for Kupp.

DeVonta Smith/Jerry Jacobs: Jacobs is allowing a very high 1.59 Yards Per Route Covered and he’s going to have a tough time keeping up with a route-runner like Smith.

DK Metcalf/Nevin Lawson: This is a massive advantage for Metcalf, but will Geno Smith be able to get him the ball?

Ja’Marr Chase/Brandin Echols: Oh boy. This might be the best matchup for any WR this entire weekend.

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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