Those who need a QB this week may want to give Jimmy G a look
It's Halloween weekend, a full moon, and time to set the clocks back. Oh, and it's Week 8 for fantasy football owners. Teams are still dealing with COVID-19 cases, so be sure to continually check to make sure that all games are on as scheduled. The New York Giants have cases involving their offensive line, so that is something to keep an eye on (although they don't play until Monday, currently).
It has gotten harder and harder to predict which players are going to go off each week, but in looking at matchups, opportunity and past performance, fantasy owners need to give it their best guess.
Please note 5 Up/5 Down is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status, and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Teams on bye: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers face the Seahawks in Week 8, and that is a great matchup for opposing quarterbacks. They allow the second-most fantasy points to the position and even without Deebo Samuel, Garoppolo should be successful. He's ranked No. 20, which definitely seems low. He is a decent streaming option for fantasy owners that are looking for a quarterback this week. He is a high QB2 and may even finish in the QB1 range, based on matchup alone.
DeeJay Dallas, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Dallas is a rookie who had two carries in Week 4 for eight yards. He has four receptions on the season for 33 yards. He's ranked No. 50, but he has the potential to finish much higher than that. It seems that Chris Carson will be out this week with a foot injury. Carlos Hyde will likely play, but he's been dealing with a hamstring injury. The matchup against the 49ers is a tough one, but Russell Wilson will be looking to throw, and Dallas may just have a role as a pass-catching RB. He's worth a look in deep PPR leagues.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills
Beasley had 12 targets in Week 7 against the New York Jets. He caught 11 of them for 112 yards. Josh Allen has been struggling in the past couple of weeks and has been using Beasley as his check-down guy. That should continue in Week 8 against the Patriots. New England's secondary can be beaten and while Stefon Diggs is still the No. 1 receiver, that just means Beasley will see less defensive attention. John Brown has been practicing and should return, but Beasley will have a role. In PPR formats, he should exceed his No. 34 ranking.
Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears
Mooney is ranked No. 64 and Anthony Miller is ranked No. 65. However, Allen Robinson has been dealing with a concussion and is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Saints. While Nick Foles hasn't looked great, he is going to have to throw the ball to try to beat New Orleans. The Saints have allowed at least one touchdown to a wide receiver in every game they've played so far this season. Mooney has had three receptions in the past two games. While a 3/30/0 stat line is certainly probable, if Robinson is out, Mooney should at least see more targets.
Drew Sample, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Sample has had games where he really hurt fantasy owners (Week 6: zero receptions), but he's also been a decent tight end at times. In Week 7, Sample had five receptions for 52 yards. Those were his most yards in a game this season so far, but the Bengals face the Titans in Week 8. The Titans have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Joe Burrow should be throwing plenty in Week 8 and Sample should exceed his No. 23 ranking.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Stafford and the Lions face the Colts in Week 8, which is a tough matchup. In what should have been a shootout against the Falcons in Week 7, Stafford finished with 340 yards and a touchdown. He has a total of two TD passes since the Week 5 bye. He only has one interception in that time as well, but he's pretty firmly in the QB2 range. He's ranked No. 13, which is a borderline QB1 in 12-team leagues, but he shouldn't rank that high against the team allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Jacobs is ranked No. 7, which seems a bit high. He faces the Browns this week, which is a decent matchup. In Week 7, the Browns allowed Giovani Bernard to catch a TD pass. Jacobs has been limited in practice this week with a knee injury, but he should still play on Sunday. He has yet to have a 100-yard rushing game and he hasn't been involved in the passing game. Jacobs scored three touchdowns in Week 1 but has added just two more since. It doesn't seem that Jacobs is fully healthy as he's sat out snaps in recent games while Jalen Richard has replaced him.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions
Golladay has been a great WR1 for fantasy owners in the four games he's played this season. He's ranked No. 7 this week, which seems in line with his performance (six receptions for 114 yards in Week 7) but he has a tough matchup. Xavier Rhodes will likely be on Golladay, and Matthew Stafford may avoid throwing to him. Fantasy owners should certainly still start Golladay, but he's more of a WR2 based on matchup this week.
Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
It's been a frustrating season for Gallup's fantasy owners. He had one game with more than 100 yards and a touchdown. In every other game, he's finished with 75 yards or fewer (including two games with under 30 yards, and let's not forget Week 7 where he gave fantasy owners a goose egg). Gallup is used downfield, but since Dak Prescott went on IR, no quarterback can get the ball to him downfield. With Andy Dalton looking doubtful for Week 8, it's hard to imagine rookie Ben DiNucci helping Gallup get to his No. 36 ranking.
Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins
Gesicki has had two big games this season: Week 2 (8/130/1) and Week 5 (5/91/0). Other than those two, Gesicki has been nearly nonexistent. In the other four games, he has a total of five receptions for 30 yards. That includes Week 6 (before the bye) where he didn't record a catch. Gesicki is ranked No. 15 this week, which is a solid TE2. It's hard to trust him in a fairly tough matchup against the Rams. The Rams allowed a big game to George Kittle, but have been pretty decent against other tight ends this season.
Full Disclosure from Week 7
5 Up (2/5 correct)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Panthers (Ranked: 14, Actual: 13)
Jerick McKinnon, RB, 49ers (Ranked: 26, Actual: I don't want to talk about it)
Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks (Ranked: 23, Actual: 1)
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs (Ranked: 55, Actual: 95)
Jonnu Smith, TE, Titans (Ranked: 17, Actual: 42)
5 Down (4/4 correct, one tie)
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons (Ranked: 7, Actual: 19)
Zach Moss, RB, Bills (Ranked: 27, Actual: 26)
D'Ernest Johnson, RB, Browns (Ranked: 41, Actual: 67)
Will Fuller, WR, Texans (Ranked: 14, Actual: 39)
Eric Ebron, TE, Steelers (Ranked: 11, Actual: 11)
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.