Fantasy Football 2014: Week 8 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 8 Waiver Wire Trends
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time once again to start looking forward to the upcoming week in fantasy football. As we do every week, we’ve taken a look at the schedules and come up with a few waiver-wire level players who might make solid starts this week. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and situations to see if anyone might fit your particular needs.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: It’s become a weekly ritual to check the schedule every week and see who’s playing Jacksonville. In Week 8 that’s the Dolphins, which means Tannehill is certainly in play.
He’s coming off a 277-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Bears, which was his third straight game posting at least 20 fantasy points. With that read-option offense humming, and Tannehill’s legs churning in the run game, he’s quickly becoming a shrewd matchup play in fantasy.
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Tre Mason, RB, St. Louis Rams: We’re reasonably high on Mason this week, and not just because of his performance against the Seahawks. He posted 85 yards and a score on 18 carries in that one, and in the process he surged to the front of the logjam of Rams running backs.
Mason doesn’t factor into the passing game much, so his talents will be best suited against mid-to-low level offenses the Rams can keep up with on the scoreboard. They’ll get one of those this week in Kansas City.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: Let’s stick with running backs for a moment and check out McFadden, who should be a solid play this week. He’s coming off a game against the Cardinals in which he posted 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown, and also added seven more in the receiving game.
McFadden’s stock rises a little bit this week given his matchup. He’s facing a Browns defense that was torched by Denard Robinson of the Jags last week, so DMC should be able to find some success here.
Owen Daniels, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Daniels was heavily involved in Week 7, snagging six grabs on nine targets for 58 yards and a score against the Falcons. That was his third time getting at least a half-dozen targets in the last four games.
Daniels goes into a sweet, sweet matchup this week against a highly vulnerable Cincinnati team that doesn’t do very well against opposing tight ends. If the Ravens are smart, they’ll feature him heavily.
Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: Let’s finish up with another TE option and check out Reed. He’s looked pretty good since returning from his hamstring injury, posting 13 grabs for 146 yards in two games thus far.
Reed should see better numbers with a healthy Robert Griffin III, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening this week. Instead he’ll have Colt McCoy, but Reed could get some solid usage as a safety valve against Dallas this week. He’s a TE1 consideration.
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