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26 Fantasy Football Players to Buy Week 8 (2023)

26 Fantasy Football Players to Buy Week 8 (2023)

We’ll help you navigate the trade waters of your fantasy football leagues all season. Not only is there the ‘Who Should I Trade?’ tool where you can get instant feedback, but you can also sync your league for free using My Playbook in order to get trade advice specific to your team through our Trade Analyzer and Trade Finder tools. Here’s all my fantasy football trade advice for Week 8. Below we dive into a few players to move this week.

Fantasy Football Trade Advice

Players to Buy

Tony Pollard (RB – DAL)

If anything, I want to continue to buy low on Tony Pollard. 80% snap share and 21 more touches in Week 6, but no TDs. The TD drought won’t last in favorable matchups.

The schedule post Week 7 bye week is favorable: Rams, Eagles, Giants, Panthers, Commanders, Seahawks.

Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC)

Joshua Kelley rushed 7 times for 75 yards and scored 1 touchdown with a long run of 49 yards (37% snap share).

Austin Ekeler totaled 14 rushes for 45 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per clip. Too make matters worse, just two targets (both in the first quarter). Woof. 1 catch for 1 yard. Two red-zone carries.

But his total workload volume was strong for a second straight game – 14 carries – and he posted a 63% snap share. And had he gotten the carry that Kelley scored on instead, fantasy managers would be much less frustrated.

The Bears are good against running backs in the run game, but they are by FAR the worst defense on the planet against RBs in the passing game. After facing two strong defensive units between the Cowboys/Chiefs, we should expect to see the Chargers offense get back on track to some extent.

Buy Austin Ekeler.

Breece Hall (RB – NYJ)

Breece Hall had a decent outing with 12 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown back in Week 6. But the usage is salivating. Hall got there for fantasy with 5 catches for 54 yards on 5 targets. The three down role and usage has returned. YLTSI. 66% snap share. 60% route participation. Bell. Cow.

$5,900 on DraftKings is BEYOND too cheap in a plus-spot versus the New York Giants in a NY Showdown in East Rutherford New Jersey.

Dalvin Cook had just 3 carries for 12 yards. Michael Carter with just two RB opportunities. Dust.

Bijan Robinson (RB – ATL)

Bijan Robinson finished with 1 touch in Week 7. With 33 seconds remaining in the game. Arthur Smith made it known that it was because Robinson was feeling “ill” after halftime, which is why he wasn’t getting the ball, even though he was still on the field seeing snaps.

Buy. Low. Value has hit rock bottom. The playoff schedule is juicy: Panthers, Colts and Bears.

D’Andre Swift (RB – PHI)

Kenneth Gainwell played more in this spot – 8 carries for 16 yards – scoring a rushing TD late to seal victory for the Eagles. He has been used at different times throughout the year at the goal line – 3 red-zone carries in Week 7 – but it’s not a sustainable role for consistent fantasy production. Especially because many of those carries go to Jalen Hurts. Gainwell’s role around the red zone just hurts the RB1 upside of D’Andre Swift, who gets the short end of the stick in red-zone usage based on the personnel in the Eagles’ offense.

Still, it’s Swift’s backfield. 15 carries for 62 yards and 3 catches for 13 yards on 3 targets. Buy the Eagles RB1.

Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG)

Saquon Barkley carried the ball 21 times for 77 yards, averaging 3.7 yards per carry. He didn’t score a a rushing touchdown but was a full-blown bell cow with an 84% snap share.

In terms of targets, Darren Waller led the team with 8 (30% Target share), followed by rookie Jalin Hyatt with 5 targets (19% Target share) and Barkley with 4 targets. Barkley had 4 receptions for 41 yards, and scored 1 touchdown.

After another strong outing – despite operating behind a patchwork OL – Barkley remains a sharp buy-high target. Has a full workload and strong matchups coming up between the Jets/Raiders.

Davante Adams (WR – LV)

Davante Adams had 12 targets (27% Target share), behind Jakobi Meyers with 13 targets (11 with Brian Hoyer) and Zamir White with 3 targets.

Adams caught 7 passes for 57 yards, averaging 8.1 yards per reception. Hoyer missed him on a wide-open TD in a game where they went to him immediately on the 1st drive.

Meyers had 13 targets and caught 7 passes for 50 yards, averaging 7.1 yards per reception, and scored 1 touchdown in garbage time (two red-zone targets).

If you can buy low on Adams or Meyers you do so. Jimmy Garoppolo should be back in a perfect get-right spot versus a poor Lions’ secondary.

DK Metcalf (WR – SEA)

No DK Metcalf who was ruled shortly before kickoff.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba led the team in targets with 7 (29% Target share) catching 4 passes for 63 yards, averaging 15.8 yards per reception, and scoring 1 touchdown. But more importantly, JSN’s 85% route participation represented a career high.

Jake Bobo earned 5 targets and caught 4 passes for 61 yards and scored 1 touchdown. He essentially took over the Metcalf role picking up the snaps/routes. I’d avoid Bobo with Metcalf presumably returning next week.

Tyler Lockett finished with 5 targets and caught just 4 passes for 38 yards. Another disappointing effort from Lockett. If you can package him in a deal, I’d move off the veteran. Be looking to acquire Metcalf off his injury.

Through 6 healthy games this year, Metcalf still leads the Seahawks in receiving yards. Also was saw 8-plus targets in two of his last 3 games.

Seattle will face the Browns, Ravens and Commanders over their next three games.

Jaylen Waddle (WR – MIA)

Tyreek Hill posted a 47% Target share versus the Eagles. Jaylen Waddle played second fiddle with just a 19% Target share as he was dealing with a back injury during the game.
Still salvaged his outing with 6 catches for 63 yards on 6 targets. He only ran 16 routes – 38% target rate per route run.

Nobody else saw more than 3 targets on the offense. Waddle can only be kept in check for so long before a full-featured breakout. Note that Waddle has been WR16 and WR7 his first two years in the NFL. Currently he is WR35. That will not last.

Zay Flowers (WR – BAL)

Zay Flowers caught 4 passes for 75 yards, averaging 18.8 yards per reception. Andrews had 6 targets and caught 4 passes for 63 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

Flowers has been the model of consistency throughout his entire rookie campaign and remains a buy candidate. 14th in Target share (28%) 7 games into his rookie year.

DJ Moore (WR – CHI)

D.J. Moore saw 9 targets (two red-zone targets) and caught 8 passes for 54 yards (32% Target share, 54% air yards share). Because he is so clearly the No. 1, he will continue to provide fantasy value even with Tyson Bagent at quarterback. Good matchups and Justin Fields coming back make him an interesting buy-low candidate.

DeVonta Smith (WR – PHI)

A.J. Brown is on another LEVEL right now. 50% Target share on Sunday Night Football. Meanwhile, DeVonta Smith has fallen to the wayside as a result. I’d like to say that AJB WR1 szn’s targets will regress at some point – but he’s just SUCH an alpha.

However, the Commanders pass defense is so bad that I think Smith can still feast. Still running 100% of the routes. Also caught 7 balls for 78 yards on 8 targets the last time he played Washington earlier this season.

Philly faces Washington, Dallas, Bye Week and KC in their next three games.

Amari Cooper (WR – CLE)

In terms of targets, David Njoku led the team with 9 targets (two red-zone targets, 26% Target share), followed by Amari Cooper with 8 targets (23% Target share) and Elijah Moore with 7 targets.

Njoku ran a route on 95% of dropbacks. Five straight games with at least 3 catches. You could do worse.

Moore caught 4 passes for 59 yards, averaging 14.8 yards per reception. Njoku had 9 targets and caught 5 passes for 54 yards.

Cooper caught 2 passes for 22 yards. WOOF. But it’s not like we haven’t seen this story before. Cooper is going to be super boom-or-bust as the Browns continue to rotate QBs. But what’s for certain is that he is always going to be given chances to produce suggested by his whopping 123 air yards (45%) in Week 7. Still ran a route on all but one of the Browns’ dropbacks.

Buy low on Cooper as it’s also the norm after a down game. Still ranks 7th overall in air yards share. $6,200 on DraftKings in Week 8.

Calvin Ridley (WR – JAC)

Calvin Ridley managers look away. If you have been following the fantasy football forecast this season, I’ve tried to be as transparent as possible when it comes to addressing this WR room.

Last week I fully embraced and admitted to the idea that Christian Kirk is the team’s WR1. Because that’s been the exact case since Week 2 (24% Target share). And nothing on Thursday night suggests that will change anytime soon. Kirk posted a 20% Target share catching all 6 of his targets for 90 yards including a 44-yard TD.

Team-leading 23% Target share this season.

Evan Engram actually led the team in total targets (7), catching five for 45 yards. He is second on the Jaguars in targets this season (22%). He’s been one of the most consistent tight ends in fantasy this season despite the fact that he has scored zero TDs.

Jamal Agnew was the biggest surprise also seeing a season-high 6 targets while playing 52% of the snaps.

But now to the bad news. Ridley was held to just 1 catch on four targets for 5 yards. Woof.
He had zero targets in the first half. Double woof. In yet he played 88% of the snaps and ran a route on a team-high 94% of dropbacks. Led the offense with 75 air yards.

Since Week 2, Ridley has just a 17% Target share. 50th among WRs. Woof.

If you have Ridley, you are obviously concerned. I recommended selling him last week, but after a prime time stinker I doubt you will get any fair offers for the Jaguars No. 1 WR in terms of usage.

So, what’s the move? Buy low. That’s where the value is.

Because as bad as Ridley has been, he’s still displayed the spike week potential you want from a fantasy WR2 attached to an above average QB.

It was just two weeks ago he caught 7 balls for 122 yards. He’s still the team’s leader in air yards share (36%) and I really doubt this game is indicative of Agnew breakout.

The upcoming schedule features favorable matchups against teams like the Steelers/Titans.
And most importantly, the team will likely be getting Zay Jones back in the fold. And that’s GOOD for Ridley because having Jones opposite him has presented him softer looks from the defense. Case in point, Ridley’s two games with 100-plus yards were games that Jones was active in.

At the same time, I think selling high on Kirk is a sharp move. It’s so crowded – even on Thursday night where Kirk made up A LOT of production on a 44-yard TD scamper – that makes it tough to trust one guy. And Kirk’s production has been boosted from the Jones injury.

All in all, if you can cash out for a strong return for Kirk – especially based on the positive narrative for him opposite Ridley – I think you’re avoiding potential headaches down the road. But in full transparency, if you can’t get any worthwhile returns, he remains a hold.
Upcoming Jaguars Schedule: Steelers, Bye Week, 49ers, Titans, Texans

Isiah Pacheco (RB – KC)

Same as last week and every week folks. Buy Rashee Rice, Isiah Pacheco.

Isiah Pacheco rushed 13 times for just 32 yards, averaging 2.5 yards per carry. 53% snap share.

Other KC RBs combined for 4 carries.

Still, Pacheco’s receiving usage stays solid. Had 4 targets and caught 4 passes for 28 yards, averaging 7.0 yards per reception, and scoring 1 touchdown. After tying Jerick McKinnon in routes run last week, he ran more routes (20 vs. 15).

Buy.

Garrett Wilson (WR – NYJ)

Garrett Wilson contributed 8 receptions for 90 yards on a whopping 12 targets (36% Target share, 48% air yard share). He continues to amaze and deliver with a horrible QB.

Wilson ranks 5th in the NFL in Target share (32%) and air yards share (45%).

If the Jets can just focus on everything around Hall and Wilson, we should be okay for fantasy purposes.

The schedule over the second half of the season is JUICY. After the bye week: Giants, Chargers, Raiders, Bills and Dolphins up next.

Can’t believe I am saying this but….buy the Jets fresh off the bye week. With Buffalo and Miami both losing, there’s hope that New York can still win their division – at least in their minds.

Rhamondre Stevenson (RB – NE)

Rhamondre Stevenson carried the ball 9 times for 34 yards, averaging 3.8 yards per carry with three red zone touches to boot (65% snap share). Ezekiel Elliott had 11 rushing attempts (5 in the fourth quarter), gaining 31 yards at an average of 2.8 yards per carry and scored 1 touchdown on a red-zone plunge. More than half of his carries came in the red zone (6).

Stevenson saved the day with a strong receiving output. Was targeted 6 times (20% Target share) and caught 6 passes for 51 yards, averaging 8.5 yards per reception. Elliott was targeted once but didn’t record a reception.

Buy Stevenson. The schedule is lightening up in terms of defensive matchups and Stevenson’s overall role seeing 15-plus touches per game has not faltered. And the receiving usage has been extremely strong for Stevenson after he ran a route on 60% of Mac Jones‘ dropbacks in Week 7. Back-to-back weeks with a 19% plus Target share. The Pats got at Miami, Commanders and Indy (Germany) over the next 3 games.

Dameon Pierce (RB – HOU)

Devin Singletary took the lead in Week 6, carrying the ball 12 times for 58 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Led the backfield with a 54% snap share. Ran a route on 56% of the dropbacks which boosted his total snap numbers.

Dameon Pierce contributed 13 carries for 34 yards. It was bizarre to see Singletary play so much after not tallying any carries last week. Led the team in carries in the first half (9 vs. 8). Pierce was held to just a 33% snap share. Woof.

Pierce also had the chance for a massive run blown dead by the whistle. Also, his poor ypc is somewhat contributed to getting stuffed at the goal line thrice. With Carolina coming right after the bye week and the Texans offensive line getting healthy, I’d be looking at Pierce as a sharp buy low target. He still started in Week 6.

He is still a zero in the passing game, but he should have more productive games with Houston playing more competitively.

Chris Godwin (WR – TB)

Mike Evans had 8 targets, catching 6 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, averaging 13.7 yards per reception in Week 7. Chris Godwin saw 12 targets (29% Target share) and caught 6 passes for 66 yards. Also led the team in air yards and earned two red-zone targets. The TD game is COMING for Godwin, as no player has more receiving yards/red-zone targets with a TD score yet this season.

James Cook (RB – BUF)

James Cook carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards (52% snap share), averaging 4.3 yards per carry, while Latavius Murray carried the ball just 4 times for 8 yards, averaging 2.0 yards per carry.

Stefon Diggs led the team with 12 targets, followed by Dalton Kincaid with 8 targets (21% Target share) and James Cook with 3 targets.

Cook caught all 3 passes for 46 yards, averaging an impressive 15.3 yards per reception, and scored 1 touchdown (3 red-zone carries). He was worked best for the Bills offense that struggled for a lot of Sunday’s game.

It was a solid RB2 fantasy outing for Cook, which I think is the best way to view him moving forward. The fact that he is continuing to see some red-zone work as opposed to zero is super encouraging as the team shows more trust him in. There’s always going to be some other RB involved but the fact that Cook out-touched Murray 16 to 6 is a very positive development. 10 touches in the first half and most touches overall since Week 3. He’s a hold/buy for me.

Aaron Jones (RB – GB)

A.J. Dillon rushed 15 times for 61 yards, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, with a long run of 15 yards. 2 catches for 34 yards and 2 red-zone rushes. Dominated the snaps with 56% snap share.

Aaron Jones rushed 8 times for 35 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry (1 red-zone carry). Only played 36% of the snaps.

Jones took a backseat to Dillon as a rusher, while Jones owned the targets (5 vs 2) catching 3 for 22 (two red-zone targets).

At this point, the entire Packers offense is a concern. And Jones’ lack of snaps and red-zone usage makes him extremely big-play dependent. Throw in the injury he is returning from, and I want no part of Jones now.

Still, that likely means the fantasy manager that has him currently feels the same, so it’s prime time to strike a low-ball deal in an RB market that is extremely void of decent guys.
Note that although Dillon out-carried Jones overall, in the first half Jones led with 5 carries for 17 yards.

Rachaad White (RB – TB)

Rachaad White carried the ball 13 times for 34 yards, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. He didn’t score a touchdown. Ke’Shawn Vaughn carried the ball 4 times but only managed to gain 7 yards at an average of 1.8 yards per carry. White isn’t great but nobody is threatening his touches (75% snap share). Also had 6 receptions on 6 targets for 65 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per reception.

Because he’s been so underwhelming fantasy managers are trying to move him. Don’t sell. Instead, buy. The Bills are an elite matchup for RBs on Thursday night. Then the move will be to sell following a BOOM Thursday night performance.

Tee Higgins (WR – CIN)

The Bengals’ receiving corps was highlighted by Ja’Marr Chase, who received 13 targets and caught 6 passes for 80 yards in Week 6. Chase’s contributions were significant in moving the ball downfield. Additionally, Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Joe Mixon were also essential receiving options, collectively contributing to the Bengals’ passing attack. Boyd scored while catching all 7 targets for 38 yards. Higgins was a major bust – again – with 2 for 20 on 4 targets. He has had one good game this season…

Worth noting that he did not play a full-time role – 56% route participation – as he continues to deal with the rib injury. But coming off the bye week, I think he will be healthier making him a screaming BUY LOW. Again, I say this because his production is going to regress positively. Higgins has always been a fantasy WR2 throughout his entire three-year career. Currently, he is WR69 through his games played. But it’s justified based on the injury and slow start for the offense.

He won’t finish that poorly over the rest of the season. The definition of a buy-low WR, with the most fantasy points scored UNDER expectation. Higgins is WR21 in expected points per game. WR58 in actual points per game.

49ers, Bills, Texans and Ravens after the bye week.

He is priced at $5,900 on DraftKings this week.

Drake London (WR – ATL)

Drake London led the team in targets with 7, catching 6 passes for 54 yards (32% Target share).

Kyle Pitts saw 4 targets, catching 3 passes for 47 yards at an average of 15.7 yards per reception. Jonnu Smith caught all 3 of his targets, gaining 27 yards, averaging 9 yards per reception.

In terms of targets, Drake London led the way with 7 targets, followed by Allgeier with 3, and both Pitts and Smith with 4 targets each. Worth noting that Van Jefferson has taken over as the WR2, as Mack Hollins snaps/routes have dropped dramatically.

The Titans, Vikings and Cardinals over next 3 matchups for Atlanta. Good matchups for the receiving game make London a strong target candidate after a so-so game, even though he was inches away from scoring a TD. Totaled 3 red-zone targets in Week 7. Still clearly the alpha in the passing game. 26th in Target share (23%) since Week 2.

Diontae Johnson (WR – PIT)

George Pickens led the team with 8 targets (35% Target share), followed by Diontae Johnson with 6 targets (26%). Pickens caught 5 passes for 107 yards on the back of 131 air yards (64% air yards share).

Johnson caught 5 passes for 79 yards, averaging 15.8 yards per reception.

A very concentrated Target share between the two WRs as long as Pat Freiermuth misses time. Two good upcoming matchups for WRs makes Johnson a buy for any WR-needy teams.

Rashee Rice (WR – KC)

Travis Kelce led the team with 13 targets, while Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 5 targets and Rashee Rice was targeted 6 times (15% Target share).

Kelce caught 12 passes for 179 yards and scored 1 TD.

MVS caught 3 passes for 84 yards and also scored. Leader in routes. Don’t fall for it.

Rice caught 5 passes for 60 yards and hit paydirt yet again. But this time the usage ALSO increased. Ran a route on 65% of dropbacks. Season-high in snap share (59%). YLTSI. Buy this MAN.

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