Happy Halloween week everyone, and we hope your fantasy team has everything, and no tricks. As always, you’ve come to the right place for Week 8 fantasy football rankings and projections, but we’re making the rankings fun this week. This is the best Halloween Candy rankings! Hate me for not liking your favorite treat, or realize that I’ve just opened your world to the glory of candy you’ve never tried, or…
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2022 Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers
🚨 HEAD UP 🚨 These are sleepers. They will not mimic my ratings 100%. This runs upside down and often carries more risk.
Possible starter: Daniel Jones, NYG – This is the Daniel Jones managers hope they were drafting the last two years, because Jones runs often. Not only is the Seahawks defense weak overall, they are among the worst at stopping the run, evidenced by the running back success against them, AND… Kyler Murray 10-for-100 rush last week.
HAIL MARY START: Jared Goff, DET – Yes, I know I had Goff here last week since he was in, even with a tough game, but this week, Goff is 1) in, 2) at home , and 3) against a Dolphins defense that allowed 2+ touchdowns. four games, with Mac Jones, Kenny Pickett and Zach Wilson the only ones throwing for none or just one touchdown. Strap in for a potentially painful ride.
Possible start: Michael Carter, NYJ – This may be obvious, but I see many people worried about the James Robinson trade. Yes, Robinson’s arrival is likely leading to a time split, something similar to Breece Hall and Carter earlier this year, but that is more of a concern after this week. As we saw with Latavius Murray in Denver and Christian McCaffrey last week, it takes a game (or sometimes two) for a running back to see his true place with a new team. The Patriots are good, but not scary, against the run, and a day like Khalil Herbert would just land Carter in the top 20.
HAIL MARY START: Jamaal Williams, DET – This is if D’Andre Swift returns, because if Swift is out, it is too obvious to start Williams. Even though Swift is back, Williams has a Top 20 upside in the time division with this game. Ever since Week 3, the Dolphins haven’t done much to stop opponents, including running backs. Devin Singletary (19.6), Joe Mixon (15.4), Breece Hall (26.7), Michael Carter (16.3) and Dalvin Cook (14.8) all had top 15 performances (two Jets in the same game). Even Najee Harris had a respectable day with 9.5 points last week.
STARTING TO KNOW: Brandin Cooks, HOU – Things have not gone as planned for Cooks this year, as he is no longer a defensive quarterback. The loss of Mills has hurt the passing game, but there is some hope in Week 8… assuming Cooks doesn’t get traded. The Titans are one of the most forgiving games, as evidenced by Parris Campbell’s game last week. The Commanders trio did very well the week before, and we can hope that Cooks will see a high number of targets and hopefully they will break one of them for a big play and not come up short.
START: DJ Moore, CAR – PJ Walker isn’t a massive upgrade for Moore, but he’ll help with Moore seeing an incredibly high number of targets when Christian McCaffrey has been out, and Robbie Anderson to boot . As seen last week, Moore was able to spot 10 targets and convert them to 7-69-1. The Falcons pass defense is abysmal, and the lowest score of any receiver with 10+ targets is 12.1 points, or, in other words, Top 25 every week.
HAIL MARY START: Parris Campbell, IND – Speaking of Campbell, he comes from an interesting upbringing and start a game of dice because we don’t know much about how Sam Ehlinger plays. Ehlinger has some similarities to Jacoby Brissett, as this was my NFL draft scouting report:
“Decent arm and inconsistent accuracy. Part of his case is getting too aggressive trying to make a play and he locks into his ‘hope and pray’ option, allowing him to read the mind of the defense. He’s solid in the run game and doesn’t shy away from pressure … but he doesn’t always see it. Ehlinger can go from looking like a star one series to an erratic backup the next.”
But as we know, the Chiefs defense is very used, and we hope that Ehlinger will lock down Campbell as well as Matt Ryan. It’s a scary situation; I know.
HAIL MARY START: Irv Smith, MIN – Start your tight ends against the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Vikings get a bye to get the Cardinals, whose worst tight end was 4.9, and that was Tommy Tremble. Juwan Johnson scored twice last week, while even Noah Fant managed 7.5 in Week 6.
Fun with Rankings!
This week is all about Halloween, and it’s time to update the Halloween candy rankings with a special little list of the best candy that isn’t in fun size, and of course, the worst candy choices -out there! Trick or treat!
Best rated Halloween candy
- Nerds Gummy Clusters (once you try them… you’re welcome)
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (Chocolate Candy King)
- Peanut Butter M&Ms (Plain M&M’s outside Top 10)
- Sour Patch Watermelon Slices
- Starburst FaverEDs – if you’re lucky, two packs of strawberries!
- Laffy Taffy (Strawberry, Watermelon) – would be higher if the package came out easily
- Haribo Golden Bears (only gummy bears are allowed…outside of the Disney ones)
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Take 5
- Swedish Fish Minis
- Airheads (raspberry, watermelon, mystery)
- Junior Mints (they are very refreshing)
- Short Patch Kids
- 100 Grand – great, but I feel like Take 5… takes… it a step higher
- Butterfinger (must be fresh/soft – lost a few spots for new recipe)
- York Peppermint (any kind, all good)
- Nestle Crunch
- Hot tamales
- Kit Kat – legit forgot about them at first because they are overrated…can eat 20 and it’s like nothing…very good, but very unsatisfying
- The Milky Way
- Blow a pop
overvalued: Hitters – Who wants to sink their teeth into those malty balls of mediocrity? And Tootsie Rolls – EVERYONE gives them away, and the kids get half a bag of them. Enough!
The best candy that needs the size of Halloween
- Starburst FaverEDs Minis (so dangerous – can kill a bag without thinking)
- Sour Patch Strawberry Slices
- Rainbow Twizzlers
- Sour berries (raspberry, watermelon, blueberry)
- Hi-Chew Strawberry (a different spin on Starbursts)
Worst Halloween Candy
(ranked worst – worst to least worst)
- Necco Wafers – I don’t even know where people get them. Are we sure it’s not street chalk?
- Candy Corn – obviously, too easy
- Circus Peanuts – I mean… orange colored Styrofoam anyone?
- Good & Strength – What does it even taste like?! These are hell in a box
- Mary Jane
- Generic Wrapped Candy – You know…the black/orange wrappers
- Smarties – At least Tootsie Rolls are good for a little bit. These are barely better than Neccos and everyone has them! (Note to our Canadian readers: Jake is referring to American Smarties, which are completely different from the Canadian ones)
- Bubble Dubble – Even baseball card gum isn’t this hard… and the taste is gone in 60 seconds
- Jolly Rancher – Speaking of cracked teeth… just the bigger ones (small ones are fine). I’m bitter, so maybe it’s just me, but speaking of hard candy, these will literally break your teeth!
Buying and selling
- Buccaneers – With the Ravens matchup, this is the week Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin get back on track, especially Brady and Godwin.
- Alvin Kamara, RB, NO – As mentioned in receivers… Top 25 in total yards, Top 20 in touchdowns, Top 10 in receptions and Top 5 in receiving yards for running backs… despite two games to lose
- Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL – Close to a comeback, and the Falcons are ready to run whatever this game script is.
- Keenan Allen, WR, LAC – Allen isn’t 100% yet but he’s close and there’s still Top 15 upside… especially with Mike Williams out.
- Diote Johnson, WR, PIT – another concern reporting player; Johnson remains a top target in Pittsburgh, and if he starts catching 65-70% of his targets, Johnson can get back to WR2 status.
- Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL – He may not be 100% or get back to it, but Dak Prescott likes him a lot, and Schultz was a top 5 tight end last year with him.
- Travis Etienne, RB, JAX – Yes, Etienne has RB1 upside the rest of the season, but when you see people saying that he will beat Austin Ekeler the rest of the way, you can see his biggest return.. .now!
- Gus Edwards, RB, BAL – Just like Etienne, launch Edwards name to see if you can get Top 15 value. If so, you can’t ignore that return.
- Aaron Jones, RB, GB – Just a week ago managers were panicking, and now that Jones had his second big game of the season (against four with 9.1 or less), he has seen value again.
- James Robinson and Michael Carter, NYJ – If you can run back Top 15 for either (lots of different ideas out there), you need to sell.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, SF – Some may not have noticed the concern, but Samuel was barely getting a rush already, and now CMC is ruining his potential for WR1 value.
Week 8 Fantasy Football Predictions
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Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings
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- Only Semi-PPR as FantasyPros auto-calculation of Non- and Full-PPR rates may be off. However, there is so little difference between Neo and Half and Full and Half that you don’t need to worry.
- ECR = Expert Consensus Rating. Don’t focus too much on it, because not all experts update regularly/regularly.
- Updated regularly, so check all the way up to the line lock.
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