NFL Week 8 Value Picks
Andy Dalton (Cin @ Pit): Dalton has let the Bengals to a 6-0 record so far this season against some strong defensive fronts. He has averaged almost 300 passing yards and thrown only 2 interceptions all year. Rested off of the bye week, Dalton will have to win the shootout against the returning Roethlisberger to keep the Bengals streak alive.
Projection: 22.7 Fantasy Points
Alex Smith (Det @ KC): Smith has been consistently subpar in fantasy value so far this year, but has had decent completion rating and very few interceptions. He has Maclin back this week against the Lions and should be able to provide serious fantasy value for his cheap price.
Projection: 21 Fantasy Points
Matt Stafford (Det @ KC): Stafford on the other side of the ball has been one of the most volatile quarterbacks but chances are he will be firing the ball downfield just as much. Also coming for a bargain, Stafford may be able to put together another big fantasy performance.
Projection: 21 Fantasy Points
Justin Forsett (SD @ Bal): After a slow start to the season, Forsett has been a top pick at the running back position. With his combination of running attempts and receiving targets, he should be able to deliver solid value this week against the weak Chargers defense. Chargers have allowed second most rushing yards per game (132) and the most receiving yards per game (344) this season.
Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points
Danny Woodhead (SD @ Bal): Woodhead is the exact counterpart of Forsett for the chargers— a primary running back who magnifies his fantasy value with receptions. After scoring two touchdowns last week and being the only effective running back for the Chargers, look for Woodhead to deliver again this week.
Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points
Chris Johnson (Ari @ Cle): Chris Johnson has asserted himself as the primary back among the Cardinals strong group of Running backs (including Andre Ellington and David Johnson). He is facing the struggling Browns this week who have allowed more rushing yards (151 per game) than any other team this season.
Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points
Martavis Bryant (Cin @ Pit): With the veteran Quarterback Roethlisberger back on the field, Bryant’s fantasy production should be far beyond his recent weeks (which have not been bad considering the conditions. You can expect some long, on target passes to be thrown to Bryant downfield in the shootout against the Bengals.
Projection: 21.3 Fantasy Points
Jeremy Maclin (Det @ KC): Alex Smith has recently been spreading out the ball with moderate success. However, his favorite targets are the Tight End Travis Kelce and Receiver Jeremy Maclin. If the Chiefs are going to win against the Lions, Maclin will have to do his part.
Projection: 22 Fantasy Points
Alshon Jeffery (Min @ Chi): Alshon Jeffery has been plagued by injuries so far this year but look for him to return to his normal production this week against the vikings. With Cutler back on track that chemistry could generate some good fantasy value.
Projection: 21.7 Fantasy Points