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Flex On Fire: 6 must-starts for Week 8 fantasy football

Get these guys in your team and win in Week 8.

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I lived and died by my selections last week, with two winning selections, one I’ll take as a pass and two that stunk the joint up. Mike Williams and James White managed just 1.4 and 1.3 points each as they both managed just a single catch apiece. Williams was especially disappointing after what he achieved before the bye, so I’m ready to watch him fly again this week when he faces the Broncos as I drop him from my lineups. The Patriots’ offense was an offense to the eyes last week as Cam Newton had one of the worst games of his career and James White got no love as a part of it. Ryan Tannehill was only the QB17 last week, but I was happy with his 17.3 points as a bye week cover, and it was the most points allowed to a QB by the Steelers’ offense since Week 1. I had two real winners in Cole Beasley and Christian Kirk last week, as both had 20+ point games to finish as the WR11 and WR14 respectively.

Flex on Fire Results - Week 7

Week 7 Team Opp Fantasy Points Pos Rank
Week 7 Team Opp Fantasy Points Pos Rank
Cole Beasley BUF NYJ 22.2 WR11
Christian Kirk ARI SEA 20.7 WR14
Ryan Tannehill TEN PIT 17.3 QB17
Mike Williams LAC JAX 1.4 WR98
James White NE SF 1.3 RB59

Onto Week 8 again we’re again looking to replace some major stars in our fantasy lineups this week, with the likes of Nuk Hopkins, Kyler Murray, Will Fuller and Deshaun Watson all having a well-earned week off. Here are the guys I’m slotting into my lineups this week to help me get those all-important wins.

WR Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs Las Vegas Raiders

I’ll start this week with some low-hanging fruit, though Landry has hardly set the world on fire in 2020, currently tracking as the WR42 in fantasy so far this season. With his BFF Odell Beckham now out for the season, Landry is primed to take on a larger role. Landry hasn’t had 10 targets in a game or a 100 yard receiving game so far this year and is also yet to find the end zone (other than a thrown touchdown), but facing what has been a poor Raiders pass defense, he should easily see his best return of 2020.

TE Trey Burton, Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions

In just three starts this season, Burton has become a firm favorite of Philip Rivers, and is currently tracking as the TE11 in points per game. His two touchdown performance against the Bengals last time out tells me he’s going to be getting plenty of red zone looks and with the Lions boasting a below average pass defense, Burton should cook again.

WR Brandon Aiyuck, San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks

Nobody gives up more receiving points per game than the Seahawks and with Aiyuck has been the top wide receiver for the 49ers since he came into the team. With Deebo Samuel banged up and missing the game, I’m backing Aiyuck to go over 100 yards again this week and push to be a top 15 receiving option in Week 8.

QB Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans

With both Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray on a bye this week, I’m starting Burrow in multiple leagues. Burrow is a borderline every week starter at this point anyway as he currently sits as the QB13 and is coming off his best fantasy week last week where how scored 33.64 points in the narrow defeat to the Browns. The Titans allow the 12th most points to quarterbacks and have the third fewest sacks in the NFL, something Burrow is tied for the most in the NFL in taking with 28 so he should see some respite in that regard. Also throw in Joe Mixon is still not practicing and A.J. Green has shown an improvement in his form in the past two weeks, Burrow is again on for a high volume performance and lots of lovely fantasy points for our teams.

WR Scott Miller & TE Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants

A bit of double bubble to finish this week as its Gronk and Millertime in Tampa this after both had standout Week 7’s. Miller went for over 100 yards and a touchdown and Gronk 62 yards and a touchdown of his own. They face a Giants defense that has better vs the run than the pass, and with Chris Godwin out this week with a broken finger, both should see their opportunities solidified and I have no problems starting both on MNF to get me the wins this week.