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Two Starts, Two Benches, Two Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 8 of the Fantasy Season

By Tristen Kinne | October 24, 2023

We are now seven weeks through the NFL season and I’m going to tell you the best moves for your team to win this week.

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1) Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (Running Back)

Over the past two weeks Hunt has been seeing a lot more action and had back-to-back weeks with 15+ points in ESPN’s PPR format (point-per-reception). With the recent news that Cleveland’s first string running back Jerome Ford is going to miss a few weeks with the high ankle strain he suffered this past Sunday against Indianapolis, I can see Hunt getting a lot of Fantasy production for the third week in a row. Currently Hunt is projected at 12.4 Fantasy points by ESPN, but I can easily see him continuing this recent trend and going for 15+ again.

2) Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (Tight End)

After a slow start to the season, Goedert is becoming one of the better tight ends in the league once again. Through the first three weeks of the season, Goedert was only averaging seven Fantasy points a game, but over the past three weeks he has been averaging 18 points. He is finally breaking into form as he has had touchdowns in two of the last three weeks. Against the Washington Commanders this week he’s projected at 11 points. I can easily see him posting 15+ again, and with this reason in mind, I believe it’s a good idea to start him.


1)Devonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles (Wide Receiver)

After a very productive start to the season, it looked like Smith would continue to become one of the better receivers in the league. This trend has not continued. Through the first two weeks of the season, he was averaging a respectable 22 Fantasy points a game. Over the following weeks, he has only averaged eight points a game. Smith has only had one game so far where he has surpassed 100 receiving yards.

Smith’s teammate A.J. Brown is having a tremendous Fantasy season, ranking third overall among receivers with five consecutive games with over 125 receiving yards. I think it is going to be hard to get production from Smith with Brown getting all these targets.

2) Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks (Quarterback)

The Fantasy struggles for Geno Smith have lingered all year and it is getting to the point where if you’re starting him, you should consider releasing him. Geno is only averaging 13.4 ESPN points a game and is now ranked 22nd among all quarterbacks. In Week 8 he will be facing the Cleveland Browns who have been one of the best defenses in the whole league, and for this reason I believe Geno is in for a rough day.

Waiver Pickups

1) Kendrick Bourne, New England Patriots (Wide Receiver)

In the previous two weeks Bourne has been averaging a strong 17.5 points-per-game and has had over 60 yards both weeks. Bourne is only rostered in 24.1% of fantasy leagues, so if he’s available I would place a claim, with his value rising. Against the Dolphins in Week 8, Bourne is projected for 10.9 points but I can see him going for 15+ again for the third consecutive week.

2) Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Quarterback)

Mayfield’s Fantasy production has been so-so this season as he ranks 19th amongst other quarterbacks this year. I think Mayfield is a very solid backup option if your starter has a bye or is currently injured. Baker has been averaging a solid 15.1 points this season and is projected for 16 against Buffalo this Thursday night. He is only rostered in 28% of leagues and I would get him, as it is hard to come across Fantasy quarterbacks that consistently average above 15 points.


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