Week 8 brings another four-team bye, but at least in terms of defense, fantasy football owners aren’t going to be in too much of a bind. The Falcons are a blessing to have off, as fantasy defenses don’t have to face their offense, and the Cowboys, Chargers, and Titans, while all decent streaming options in favorable matchups, aren’t regular starters — nor are their offenses the type you stream D/STs against. However, there are still plenty of bad matchups for some key defenses, which you can easily spot in our rankings.
The Rams (vs. Packers), Vikings (vs. Saints), Jaguars (vs. Eagles), and Broncos (@ Chiefs) are all much riskier plays than usual, and the Ravens (@Panthers) are also in a fairly tough spot. Fortunately, a few D/STs with favorable matchups are available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. The Patriots (@ Bills), Cardinals (vs. 49ers), Steelers (vs. Browns), and, if you’re really bold, the 49ers (vs. Cardinals) could all be out there. The Jets (@ Bears), Redskins (@ Giants), and Bengals (vs. Bucs) are also in pretty good spots and worth consideration.
Week 8 Rankings:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | Kicker
Note: We’ll be updating our D/ST rankings and adding analysis throughout the week, so check back often.
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