With the fantasy playoffs on the horizon, it is important to plan ahead. That’s where the fantasy forecast comes in. Taking a look ahead at the next month of schedules for your fantasy roster can keep you one step ahead of the competition. The NFL schedule isn’t the only schedule you should be keeping an eye on either. Don’t forget about trade deadlines for your league. Know them and don’t let them pass you by before you get a chance to improve your roster. Transactions now can make all the difference between a championship and disappointment. Let’s take a look at what November has in store. Enjoy Week 8 fantasy forecast.
Clear Skies (Favorable Schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: @KC, @PHI, NE, CIN
Thomas, and to a lesser extent Benny Fowler, has a solid slate of games coming up. His next 3 contests are all against teams that are in the top 5 in terms of surrendering points to opposing WRs. If healthy, I expect Demaryius to be heavily targeted, especially for as long as Emmanuel Sanders is out.
Next 4 Opponents: @PHI, AZ, NYG, Bye
Kittle, a rookie TE for the 49ers, has now been paired up with C.J. Beathard. The two played together in college and should make the most of that chemistry in the next 3 weeks. Philadelphia is giving up the 5th most points to TEs, while the Giants are the most generous team in the league. Kittle has the added benefit of possibly being available on the waiver wire as he is owned in just 21% of Yahoo leagues.
Partly Cloudy (Mostly Favorable)
Next 4 Opponents: @SEA, IND, @LAR, AZ
Miller owners may have to deal with some early gloom as he takes on the Seahawks in the land of the 12s. However, the fog should burn off by Week 9 when the Texans face the 2nd worst team against the run in the Colts. The Rams are also bottom 5 in defending against the run. It might not be a bad idea to target Miller in a trade after Week 8.
Evacuation Warning (Tough Schedule, Sell)
Tennessee Wide Receivers
Next 4 Opponents: Bye, BAL, CIN, @PIT
The Titans WRs face a veritable murderers row of defenses in the next month. Firstly, the bye has yet to allow a single reception to opposing WRs. Secondly, the Ravens, Bengals, and Steelers are all top 5 in defending against pass catchers. Decker and Matthews may not have a ton of value in a trade, but I would take this opportunity to flip Corey Davis to someone in your league who like what they saw from the rookie in Week 1.
Next 4 Opponents: Bye, LAR, @SF, KC
Evan Engram has been a darling of the fantasy community. The half WR, half TE has been thrust into the spotlight with injuries to Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard. However, he’s on bye this week and then returns to face the Rams and the 49ers who have been surprisingly tough on TEs. Both giving up fewer than 10 fantasy points per game to the position. Also, Sterling Shepard has a chance to return after the bye, likely taking over as the alpha target in the passing game.
Snow Chains Required (Difficult Schedule)
Next 4 Opponents: Bye, @NYG, HOU, @MIN
Gurley gets his own section in the Fantasy Forecast because though I do want you to be cognizant of a tough schedule, I don’t think you can sell him. Gurley has been an absolute stud this season and is on pace for 2,100 yards from scrimmage to go with 18 touchdowns. Obviously, Gurley is someone you want on your team. You’ll just have to grin and bear it through the next few weeks against a pretty rough slate of games that includes a bye. All this being said, if someone wants to give you the farm to acquire his services, I wouldn’t blame you for taking it. I’ve always wanted a farm…
On the Horizon
Week 8 Byes: Jacksonville, Tennessee, New York Giants, Green Bay, Arizona, Los Angeles Rams
Week 9 Byes: New England, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago, Minnesota
Week 10 Byes: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland
Week 11 Byes: New York Jets, Indianapolis, Carolina, San Francisco