Fantasy Football Week 8: Kenny Britt and Other Worthwhile Free Agents
Every week, we compile a list of players that may be available and worth consideration in your fantasy league(s).
The players that find their way on to our list are those owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues and not mentioned in the previous week's list, even if we think the players from last week's list are still worth adding.
So, as an example, Titans receiver Kenny Britt was on our list of free-agent pickups for Week 6, but he's now owned in 65 percent of leagues. If you're in one of the leagues that makes up the 35 percent, add him now.
As another example, players like Saints running back Chris Ivory or Seahawks receiver Mike Williams—both of whom were on last week's list—are still owned in less than half of leagues and are still good options.
Week 8 Picks
QB—Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Through four games this season, Fitzpatrick has thrown 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
In fact, the Harvard-educated signal-caller has thrown two-plus touchdowns in all four games. In addition, Fitzpatrick is mobile enough to make plays with his feet—16 rushing attempts for 116 yards (7.25 yards per carry).
RB—Willis McGahee, Ravens (34 percent)
Going into Week 7, McGahee had roughly one-quarter of the carries in a split with Ray Rice.
Some anticipated a rout of the Bills and a heavy workload for McGahee as a result. Instead, it was the Ravens who trailed much of the game despite escaping with a three-point victory in overtime.
Nonetheless, McGahee got a heavy workload—11 carries to Rice's 16. In addition, McGahee scored his fourth rushing touchdown.
Although the Ravens have a bye in Week 8, he could be worth stashing for Week 9 and beyond.
RB—LeGarrette Blount, Bucs (four percent)
In deeper leagues, Blount is worth a look.
In yesterday's come-from-behind victory over the Rams, Blount led the way with 11 carries for 72 yards. Meanwhile, Cadillac Williams had only four carries for 12 yards.
Considering Williams is averaging only 2.5 yards per carry and has no touchdowns on 80 carries, it's fairly safe to assume that Blount (4.9 yards per carry) will get more work than Williams going forward.
If you have some backs on bye in Week 8 and Blount is available, he could be in store for a solid game against the Cardinals, who have allowed the fourth-most rushing yards (141.3 per game) this season.
WR—Davone Bess, Dolphins (40 percent)
Although still underrated, Bess is a guy who has been getting more attention recently, and NFL Network's Mike Mayock described Bess as being "very close in my opinion to Wes Welker."
Not only is Bess a solid option in point-per-reception (PPR) formats, he has value in standard-scoring formats as well. In five of his six games this season, Bess has five-plus receptions, and he has scored in three consecutive games.
WR—Steve Johnson, Bills (37 percent)
Johnson, who appeared on this list earlier in the season, as has Bess, is on a scoring tear.
In putting together his four-game scoring streak, Johnson has caught five of the 11 touchdowns that Fitzpatrick has thrown during that span. Yesterday, Johnson had the best game of his career—eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown.
WR—Jordan Shipley, Bengals (four percent)
Returning from the concussion that he suffered in Week 4 (and the team's bye in Week 6), Shipley had his first-ever 100-yard game and caught his first-ever NFL touchdown on Sunday.
He finished with six receptions for 131 yards, and is a decent option in deeper PPR leagues. Trailing Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and Jermaine Gresham in targets, Shipley has caught 84 percent (21 receptions) of his targets (25) in five games.
WR—James Jones, Packers (four percent)
With a mediocre running game and the loss of ultra-talented tight end Jermichael Finley for the season, there should be more targets to go around to the team's receivers not named Greg (Jennings) or Donald (Driver).
Jones was second on the team (behind Jennings) in targets (eight) yesterday and finished with four receptions for a game-high 107 yards. Although Jones is inconsistent, he is worth a look in deeper leagues.
WR—Blair White, Colts (two percent)
The Colts have lost tight end Dallas Clark for the season and wide receiver Austin Collie will likely miss a couple of games following thumb surgery.
Now that Anthony Gonzalez has tweaked his ankle, it's likely that White is in line for a significant increase in targets. Better yet, the Colts face the Texans, who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
WR—David Gettis, Panthers (two percent)
Clearly, Steve Smith is the Panthers' No. 1 receiver.
However, the receiver that leads the team in receptions (18) and yards (244) is Gettis. Gettis, who was a sixth-round pick in April, was one of the top four scoring receivers in fantasy football this week.
He finished with eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns. While there's no way he puts up numbers even close to that on a consistent basis, he's worth a look in deeper leagues if you have several players on a bye.
TE—Tony Moeaki, Chiefs (39 percent)
Moeaki deserves to be on this list based on talent and consistency.
Through six games, Moeaki has 21 receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Even better, however, is the fact that the Chiefs face the Bills on Sunday.
Entering Week 7, no team allowed more fantasy points to opposing tight ends than Buffalo. And in Week 7 against Buffalo, Ravens tight end Todd Heap scored two touchdowns.
Later this week (early Saturday morning due to a business trip), I will release our Week 8 fantasy rankings by position at TheTipDrill.com.
If you read this before Oct. 25 at 8:25 p.m. ET, it's not too late to enter our free fantasy football contest for Week 7. If you read it later than that (it's too late), however, the good news is you can enter our Week 8 contest. (New entries welcome and encouraged.)
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