With six teams on bye in week 8, filling out roster spots can be a challenge. But that’s what The Fantasy Authority staff is here for. While we look at week 8, we can give you the players to watch and the players to avoid. With this article I will continue our Undervalued and Overvalued piece, pointing out which players are ranked too high and too low in week 8. Check it out below, along with all the pieces produced by TFA in week 8!
Undervalued and Overvalued Players
Matt Forte, New York Jets (RB28)
In standard scoring leagues, Forte doesn’t present much of a play this week. However, in PPR formats, Forte is being slightly undervalued this week. Despite being less effective than Bilal Powell on the year, the Jets have remained committed to getting Forte the ball when healthy.
In the last two weeks, Forte has received 13 balls in the passing game, despite getting less than 10 carries in each game. In essentially a split with Powell, Forte should still be able to post RB2 numbers in PPR scoring.
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (WR21)
Funchess has been nearly as, if not more productive than teammate Kelvin Benjamin in 2017. Over the last 5 games, Funchess has received at least 8 targets per game. He has converted that into 3 scores over the same span.
This week the Panthers face off against a banged up Tampa Bay defense. And coming off of a poor showing in Chicago in week 7, the Panthers should rebound this week. I expect Funchess to have a solid week.
Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals (WR43)
LaFell hasn’t done a whole lot so far in 2017. But over the past two weeks, he has 15 targets, including a touchdown in week 7. The overall outlook of the Bengal offense has lowered Lafell’s value altogether.
The last couple weeks, however, Cincinnati’s offense has shown hope. This week they get to play the struggling Colts at home. Dalton and this offense should put up some points this week, and LaFell will have another chance to finish as a WR3.
Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (WR11)
Crabtree has been consistent so far this year, thanks to six touchdowns already on the season. However, he has yet to top 83 yards in a game. And the reemergence of Amari Cooper in week 7 out of the slot puts another dent in Crabtree’s case.
The Raiders go to Buffalo this week to face a tough Bills defense. There is a good chance that Derek Carr and Co. struggle this week, and Crabtree could be the biggest to suffer.
Will Fuller, Houston Texans (WR28)
Will Fuller is the ultimate regression candidate. While receiving only 14 targets and 8 receptions in 3 games, Fuller also hauled in 5 scores in that time. Almost all of his production has come from touchdowns on behalf of the garbage time scoring of Deshaun Watson.
Fuller and the Texans travel to Seattle in week 8 to face Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks rank at the top of the league in fantasy points against QB’s. I would expect that to continue in week 8.
JuJu Smith- Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (WR34)
Over the past 4 weeks, Smith- Schuster has averaged just 3 catches, and under 50 yards receiving. During that time he has also caught 2 touchdowns to uphold his fantasy value. But without them, Smith- Schuster is near worthless.
This week Pittsburgh travels to play a Detroit defense that is coming off of a bye. Plus, the Steelers are notoriously bad on the road offensively. Even with the issues that teammate Martavis Bryant has had, I would not be confident starting Schuster in week 8.