Week 7 created an extraordinary situation for many Fantasy football lineups with so many of the NFL's top players on bye. This week, only the Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens are off, so a sense of normalcy returns, but so does the task of making critical Week 8 Fantasy football start-sit decisions. With five games slotted for 4 p.m. ET or later, Fantasy owners have a little more time to make those calls before finalizing their Fantasy football rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson had four consecutive games with at least 73 yards and a touchdown before last week's bye. Dallas' Ezekiel Elliott has been rolling since the Cowboys' season-opener and has had 322 rushing yards and two touchdowns over the last three weeks, but he also had seven catches ahead of his Week 7 break. Before you lock in your lineups, be sure to check out the Week 8 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine.
When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine's model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was extremely high on Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, saying he'd finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Stafford completed almost 70 percent of his passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.
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One player the model is extremely high on this week: Patriots running back Damien Harris. After a tough week and a lost goal line fumble in Week 5 against Houston, there were concerns that Harris lost favor with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Instead, he's been a featured player in the offense and battled through injuries to put together consecutive 100-yard games with three scores over the last two weeks.
The Patriots travel cross-country to take on a Los Angeles Chargers team coming off of a bye week, but L.A. has had one of the worst rushing defenses in the league in 2021. Even in one fewer game played than most teams, the Chargers have allowed the third-most rushing yards to opposing running backs and eight touchdowns. Harris ran for 80 yards on 16 carries last season against the Chargers, and the model predicts he'll have another strong showing this week, ahead of backs like Nick Chubb, Khalil Herbert and Antonio Gibson.
And a massive shocker: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who leads the NFL with 2,275 passing yards and 21 touchdowns, stumbles big-time and doesn't even crack the top 10 at his position. Brady is coming off a record-setting performance last week against the Bears. throwing four touchdown passes and becoming the first quarterback to toss 600 touchdowns in his career.
Brady has thrown 11 touchdown passes in his last three games, but now he'll face-off against the Saints, one of the NFL's stingiest defenses. The Saints are giving up just 16.8 points per game this season, which ranks third in the league. Plus, Brady struggled against New Orleans in the regular season last year, completing 22-of-38 passes for 209 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions on Nov. 8. With such a tough matchup on Sunday, Brady is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 8.
How to set your Week 8 Fantasy football rankings
The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.
So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 8 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.