Now that Week 8 of the NFL/fantasy season is in the books, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that they got through it. Week 8 may have been the busiest week in recent memory in terms of injuries. It seemed like there was at least one player in every game that was getting carted off, which is never a good sign.
While we obviously wish the best for all of the players that are injured, the focus of fantasy owners is usually "now what?" Waiver wires will be busy, and fantasy teams will have to prepare for a week with the most teams on bye (six) plus the massive amount of injuries in Week 8. But until then, let's look back at the bloodbath and the questions it raised:
Malcom Floyd: Top WR waiver priority this week?
Floyd has four games with more than 50 receiving yards and four games with less than 50. He has three touchdowns on the season, which includes two in Week 8. With Keenan Allen out indefinitely because of a kidney injury, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green banged up, someone has to fill in. While there are running backs (DeAngelo Williams) that will likely be a higher waiver priority, Floyd should be on the list, especially for wide receivers.
Floyd is about 20 percent owned in fantasy leagues, and with Philip Rivers throwing the ball as much as he's been throwing it, can easily slide in to a solid WR2 role. The schedule for the Chargers is favorable, with Chicago, Kansas City and Jacksonville as the next three games (with a bye week in there as well). While your leaguemates may be blowing their FAAB dollars on running backs, try to sneak in and grab Floyd for cheap. He should pay dividends.
Is Bad Andy Dalton here for the next few weeks?
While you can't say that Bad Andy is here after one so-so game, the schedule has to make fantasy owners nervous. In Week 9, the Bengals play the Browns on Thursday night; in Week 10, the Bengals play the Texans on Monday night. Primetime games and Dalton don't always go well. In 2014, the Bengals had one Thursday night game, one Sunday night game and one Monday night game. His stats:
Week 5, Sunday night at New England: 15-for-24, 204 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions
Week 10, Thursday night vs. Cleveland: 10-for-33, 86 yards, no touchdowns, three interceptions
Week 16, Monday night vs. Denver: 17-for-25, 146 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
While some quarterbacks typically shine in prime time, Dalton isn't one of them. With the short week, the tough matchup and his track record, Dalton isn't a recommended fantasy option this week. It may not be the beginning of Bad Andy, but don't look for Superstar Andy to show up in Week 9.
Does Antonio Andrews have fantasy value as a RB2?
Andrews was a recommended waiver add about four weeks ago and he has yet to have a breakout game. The Tennessee Titans' running game has struggled all year. Andrews actually had his best game, statistically, in Week 8. However, those stats — 16 rushes for 64 yards, three receptions for 18 yards — don't exactly scream "pick me up!" He has two touchdowns on the year, but those were in Weeks 3 and 5. He has two games with more than 50 yards, and he doesn't have more than three receptions in a game.
The Titans play New Orleans in Week 9, which is a good matchup. The fear with believing in Andrews is that David Cobb is eligible to come off the injured reserved/designated for return list. However, reports out of Tennessee said that Cobb showed up at practice overweight, which doesn't bode well for Cobb taking over the running back role immediately. Bishop Sankey isn't the answer, so the Titans may continue to use Andrews until Cobb is ready to get on the field. Andrews may not be a RB2, but he is a RB3 with upside.
More Burning Questions:
Is Stefon Diggs a legit WR1 for the rest of the season?
Jeremy Langford or DeAngelo Williams?
Which Lamar Miller will show up in Week 9?
What on earth is going on with the Detroit Lions?
Charandrick West: worth all the FAAB money now?
Is Jacob Tamme the next Tony Gonzalez?
When is Mike Evans going to string together good games from week to week?
Is Carson Palmer in the discussion for top 3 quarterback this year?
Is Gary Barnidge in the discussion for top 3 tight end this year?
Todd Gurley: No. 1 overall for 2016 fantasy drafts?
How many people lost this week because they faced Eli Manning or Drew Brees?
Did we just see Steve Smith Sr.'s final NFL play?
Did anyone listen when I didn't recommend Ben Roethlisberger this week?
Does anyone really want to start a Houston running back?
Did the 49ers really bench Colin Kaepernick so they can start Blaine Gabbert?
What happened to the Jets defense?
Does Dallas really believe Matt Cassel, who threw for less than 100 yards on Sunday, is the answer?
Is Peyton Manning back?
Is Aaron Rodgers OK or is Denver's defense really that good?
Can we look at Monday night and learn this is why we don't start pass-catchers in a downpour if we have the option to sit them?
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.