We are back for Week 8 overvalued fantasy players! With all the byes, we know you need some help this week. To make my article more reader-friendly and applicable, I also provide players I would play over my picks this week. Here we go!
Jeremy Maclin, WR Chiefs
I found myself scratching my head a little bit about Jeremy Maclin’s #26 ranking for week 8. He currently stands at #52 fantasy WR overall and has not ranked higher than #15 (that was week 1 with 12 fantasy points). Maclin scored his only TD this season in Week 1 and hasn’t gained more than 78 yards in any game, even though he receives a healthy amount of targets (7 on average, but the amount is declining the past 2 weeks). He received just 2 targets inside the 20-yard line and zero inside the 10 this season so far.
This week, Maclin faces the Colts defense that allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. This isn’t one of those stats that is skewed either. Indianapolis allowed only 3 TDs to WRs and gave up only one 100+ yard game (Cameron Meredith) in weeks 1-7. My guess is that Kansas City will rely once again on their run game (Colts give up 4th most points to RBs) and use a healthy dose of Travis Kelce (Delanie Walker and CJ Fiedorowicz crushed them in weeks 6 and 7, both gaining 80+ yards and one TD). If I’m putting money on a KC offensive player this week, it certainly wouldn’t be Maclin.
Players that I would play over him: Willie Snead, Alshon Jeffery, Golden Tate, Stefon Diggs, Will Fuller, Kelvin Benjamin, TY Montgomery
Jeremy Hill, RB Bengals
You knew this was coming right? Just because he had a monster game last week against CLEVELAND doesn’t mean he’s off-limits from being overvalued. Currently ranked at #14 (yes, you saw that right, 14) on FantasyPros.com, I’m a little floored. I’m a Jeremy Hill owner myself and I don’t have that kind of confidence in him! Last week, he killed it. Hill carried the ball 9 times for 168 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 24 yards. His YPC was 18.7. Want to know what his average YPC was before then? 3.4, with two games under 3.0 YPC. Week 7 was against a run defense that gives up the 5th most fantasy points to RBs. Let’s get some perspective.
Before last week, Hill hadn’t had a TD since week 3 and has only had two games with double-digit fantasy points(standard scoring). Does that sound like a guy you can trust? Believe me, I wanted to. And I got burned. What we should concentrate on from the results of week 7 is the division of workload in the Bengals backfield. Hill took 11 touches and blew up. Gio Bernard got….18 touches (good for 87 yards and a TD). That’s definitely concerning to me.
This week, the Bengals face Washington, who aren’t that intimidating, but they haven’t given up double-digit fantasy points to an RB since week 4 (standard scoring). Gio received more touches than Hill the past three weeks. You’re definitely hoping for a TD from Hill to make it worth your roster spot. Either way, I’m confident he doesn’t end week 8 at #14.
Players that I would play over him: Jonathan Stewart, James White, Latavius Murray, Gio Bernard, Theo Riddick, Mark Ingram
Davante Adams, WR Packers
Don’t get me wrong, Davante Adams certainly stepped up to help his struggling offense last week (and in week 5), but #28 fantasy wide receiver? No way. The recency bias of watching all-stars Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers struggle to connect and Adams’ 132 yard, 2 TD performance against the Bears is leading you astray. Adams rankings by week are: 29th, 81st, 26th, 12th, 73rd, and 1st. Like I said the shiny “1st” from last week is blinding owners to the five other weeks that he didn’t best his week 8 ranking of #28.
This week, Green Bay draws a moderate match-up against Atlanta. Their defense has only given up one 100+ yard game to an opposing WR and hasn’t given up a passing touchdown (to a WR) since week 5. Adams falls 4th in line for red-zone targets (15%) and 3rd in overall target share (behind Nelson and Cobb). Don’t forget that Ty Montgomery will still be in the mix and has more red zone targets than Cobb and Adams.
Adams is the definition of boom-or-bust and I wouldn’t trust him in my lineup unless you’re really hurting due to bye weeks (which could describe you). Swing for the fences, owners, but there’s a higher likelihood of you striking out versus hitting a home run 2 weeks in a row with Adams.
Players that I would play over him: Donte Moncrief, Quincy Enunwa, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Matthews
Jamaal Charles, RB Chiefs
Hey, I’m just saying what everyone is thinking. He may not get back to the running back we all know. When he is at his best and healthy, you could argue he is the best RB in the league. But, he’s not. The Chiefs activated Charles in week 4, but since he has received a measly 14 touches for 54 all-purpose yards. Even the 14 touches are deceiving since the bulk of that came in the game against Oakland and Charles only received 1-2 carries in weeks 4 and 7.
Andy Reid essentially stated that Charles’ knee has not been 100% and now it has “acted up”. Charles is limited at practice this week, which means he may not even suit up. This is why I feel comfortable calling him overvalued with his#35 ranking (as high as 25 on some sites). Even if he is active this weekend, I would be cautious about playing him unless you are desperate.
Players that I would play over him: TJ Yeldon, Theo Riddick, Ka’Deem Carey, Knile Davis, Darren Sproles, Zach Zenner
Martellus Bennett, TE Patriots
Hey, ask Kevin Steele about how I feel about Bennett. I thought he would have a great year, even once Gronk returned. With Gronk’s injury history, he could play a larger role again this season. But, not in week 8. Currently ranked at #9 fantasy TE, Bennett is sure to disappoint if you’re expecting a top 10 performance against Buffalo. We have seen a dip in production the past two weeks for Bennett while Gronk hulked out, gaining 255 yards and 2 TDs on 11 catches. Bennett saw half of those targets, gaining 53 yards on 6 catches. Brady only threw his way once last week against Pittsburgh.
I’m not saying that you should banish him to fantasy obscurity, but temper your expectations and snag a streamer if possible. Many might be thinking we will see a repeat performance from Bennett based on his last game against Buffalo in week 4 (5 catches for 109 yards). The chances of that are slim. Gronk wasn’t fully healthy for that game, so he only stole one of Bennett’s targets. The game against the Patriots represented the worst Buffalo performed against a TE, as they held the rest of their TE opponents to less than 39 yards and gave up zero touchdowns.
Players I would play over him: Coby Fleener, Gary Barnidge, Julius Thomas (yes, he already played but I had finished my ranks before TNF), Tyler Eifert, and CJ Fiedorowicz
Jordan Howard would’ve made this list again, but I didn’t want to be redundant. Minnesota is no joke, Langford may return, and Carey received 11 touches in week 7. Bench him if you can.
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