Wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and Mike Evans were phenomenal for their fantasy teams in Week 7. Which wide outs will reign supreme in Week 8? Let’s take a look into Week 8 choose or lose.
JARVIS LANDRY VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Fantasy owners are finally starting to see results from a wide receiver that was considered to be a sleeper pick across fantasy football. Last week, Jarvis Landry exploded for two touchdowns against a porous Houston Texans defense.
This week, the former LSU wide out should be the perfect option against the New England Patriots. Landry is a solid possession receiver and the Patriots are 23rd against opposing wide outs. The Patriots might not have an answer for Jarvis Landry so he’s worth choosing.
MARTAVIS BRYANT VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS
The Bengals are really good and have a solid pass defense but no one has been able to stop Martavis Bryant the last two weeks with Landry Jones at quarterback. Now that Big Ben Roethlisberger will be back healthy, Bryant becomes a viable deep threat option that the Steelers have needed to compliment Antonio Brown.
This is a crucial AFC North division game and the Steelers balanced offense will be in full effect. Big Ben throwing to Bryant could lead to some more fireworks this week.
GOLDEN TATE VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
It seems like do or die time for Golden Tate and his fantasy owners. Tate only has one double digit fantasy performance in seven weeks this season. That isn’t acceptable considered the year that Tate had last season but if there’s a time to turn it around it’s now.
The Chiefs are dead last in the league against opposing wide receivers, so if Tate doesn’t perform well then it might be time to say it isn’t his year. Fantasy owners will be hoping for the best with Golden Tate this week.
RANDALL COBB VS. DENVER BRONCOS
The former Kentucky quarterback has been a relative disappointment considering Jordy Nelson tore his ACL in the preseason. Randall Cobb has been hampered by a shoulder injury for the majority of the season. The bye week will definitely help Cobb get better but the Packers face the Broncos this week in Denver.
Cobb may have Aaron Rodgers but it’ll be difficult to get open against guys like Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr. and T.J. Ward. On top of that, the Broncos are best in the league against wide receivers. It might not seem right but it’s not a good idea to start Randall Cobb this week.
TRAVIS BENJAMIN VS. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Travis Benjamin has been great so far this season. He’s a top 10 fantasy wide out and is the clearly number one receiver on a Browns team that doesn’t have much depth at the position. The issue for Benjamin is he faces the daunting Arizona Cardinals secondary.
The Cardinals are 13th against opposing wide receivers and guys like Patrick Peterson will be draped all over him. The only scenario where Benjamin has a good day is if the Browns fall behind early and they have to throw their way back into the game. Starting Benjamin will be a risk against the Cardinals this week.
ON THE BUBBLE
JEREMY MACLIN VS. DETROIT LIONS
Jeremy Maclin is coming off of a concussion despite having passed the protocol in Week 7. This week, Maclin could have a big day against the Detroit Lions who are 24th against wide receivers. Rookie Stefon Diggs had his coming out party against the Lions which means Maclin might have a big day as well.
The problem is that his quarterback is Alex Smith and he simply doesn’t throw that many touchdowns to wide receivers. Maclin’s upside in this matchup could be capped solely because of Alex Smith.
STEVE SMITH SR. VS. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
The San Diego Chargers are 6th in the NFL against opposing wide receivers which spells bad news for the Baltimore Ravens. However, you can never, ever count out Steve Smith Sr. Smith is the Ravens only real receiving option and he continues to tear it up at 36 years old.
He’s had back problems recently and that hasn’t effected him. The Chargers are a tough matchup but they’re not as tough or gritty as Steve Smith Sr. is. Smith could actually be held in check or he’ll do what he does best.