Fantasy Football Rankings Week 8: Sleepers, starts, sits – Michael Carter, Parris Campbell, and more – The Athletic

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Happy Halloween week everyone, and let’s hope it’s all treats, and no tricks, for your fantasy team. As always, you’ve come to the right place for the 8th fantasy football rankings and projections, but we’re doing the obvious fun ranking this week. It’s the Best Halloween Candy rankings! Hate me for not liking your favorite treat, or realize that I’ve just opened your world to the glory of a sweet you’ve never tried, or or…just join me in unanimously hating the omnipresent garbage that is candy corn

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2022 Week 8 Fantasy Football Sleepers

🚨 BEWARE 🚨 These are sleepers. They don’t mimic my rankings 100%. This hunts up and often carries more risk.


POSSIBLE STARTER: Daniel Jones, NYG β€” Here’s what Daniel Jones’ managers hoped they’d drafted the last two years, because Jones often runs. Not only is the Seahawks defense weak overall, they are among the worst at stopping the run, evidenced by the running success against them, AND… Kyler Murray went 10-for-100 last week.

HAIL MARIA COMMENCEMENT: Jared Goff, DET β€” Yes, I know I had Goff here last week because he was indoors, even with a tough matchup, but this week, Goff is 1) indoors, 2) at home, and 3) facing a Dolphins defense that allowed 2 + touchdowns in four games, with Mac Jones, Kenny Pickett and Zach Wilson the only ones throwing for none or just one touchdown. Strap in for a potentially painful ride.


POSSIBLE START: Michael Carter, NYJ β€” This might seem obvious, but I see a lot of people worried about the James Robinson trade. Yes, Robinson’s arrival likely leads to a time split, somewhat similar to Breece Hall and Carter earlier this year, but that’s more of a concern after this week. As we saw with Latavius ​​Murray in Denver and Christian McCaffrey last week, it takes a game (or sometimes two) for a running back to see his true role with a new team. The Patriots are good, but not terrible, against the run, and a day like Khalil Herbert just had would land Carter in the Top 20.

SALT SEA COMMENCEMENT: Jamaal Williams, DET β€” That’s if D’Andre Swift comes back, because if Swift is gone, it’s too obvious to start Williams. Even if Swift returns, Williams has the Top 20 lead in time trading given this matchup. Since Week 3, the Dolphins have done little to stop opponents, including running backs. Devin Singletary (19.6), Joe Mixon (15.4), Breece Hall (26.7), Michael Carter (16.3) and Dalvin Cook (14.8) all had Top 15 performances (two Jets in the same game). Even Najee Harris had a respectable day with 9.5 points last week.


POSSIBLE STARTER: Brandin Cooks, HOU β€” Things haven’t gone as planned for Cooks this year, as he’s no longer a defensive quarterback. Mills’ drop in a game ruined the passing game, but there’s some hope in Week 8…assuming Cooks isn’t traded. The Titans are one of the most forgiving matchups, as evidenced in the Parris Campbell game last week. The Commanders trio did quite well the previous week, and we can hope that Cooks sees a high volume of targets and hopefully breaks one off for a big play and doesn’t come up short.

POSSIBLE START: DJ Moore, CAR – PJ Walker isn’t a massive upgrade for Moore, but it helps when Moore sees an awfully high volume of the targets when Christian McCaffrey has been out, and there’s no Robbie Anderson to boot. As seen last week, Moore was able to see 10 goals and make them 7-69-1. The Falcons pass defense is terrible, and the lowest score any receiver with 10+ targets has is 12.1 points, or, in other words, Top 25 any given week.

SALT SEA START: Parris Campbell, IND – Speaking of Campbell, he’s going off an intriguing pickup and start a random play given that we know little about how Sam Ehlinger will play. Ehlinger has some Jacoby Brissett similarities, as this was my NFL Draft scouting report:

β€œDecent arm and inconsistent accuracy. Part of his issue is getting too aggressive trying to make a play and locking down his “hope and pray” option, letting the defense read his mind. He’s solid in the run game and isn’t afraid of pressure…but doesn’t always feel it. Ehlinger can go from looking like a star one series to a bug-riddled backup the next.”

But as we know, the Commanders defense is very exploitable, and hopefully Ehlinger locks Campbell in as much as Matt Ryan. It’s a scary situation; i know


SALT SEA COMMENCEMENT: Irv Smith, MIN β€” Start your tight ends against the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Vikings come off the bye to get the Cardinals, whose worst opposing tight end scored 4.9, and that was Tommy Tremble. Juwan Johnson scored twice last week, while even Noah Fant managed 7.5 in Week 6.

Fun with Rankings!

This week is all about Halloween, and it’s time to update the Halloween candy rankings with a separate little list of the best candies not in fun size, and of course, the worst candy choices out there! Trick or treat!

Best Halloween Candy Ranked

  1. Nerds Gummy Clusters (once you try them…you’re welcome)
  2. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
  3. Peanut Butter M&Ms (Plain M&Ms outside Top 10)
  4. Sour Patch Watermelon Slices
  5. Twizzlers
  6. Snickers
  7. Starburst FaveREDs – if you’re lucky, a strawberry two-pack!
  8. Laffy Taffy (Strawberry, Watermelon) – would rank higher if the wrapper ever fell off easily
  9. Haribo Golden Bears (only gummy bears allowed…outside of Disney)
  10. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  11. Take 5
  12. Swedish Fish Minis
  13. Airheads (Strawberry, Watermelon, Mystery)
  14. Junior Mints (they are very refreshing)
  15. Sour Patch Kids
  16. Twix
  17. 100 Great – great, but I feel that Take 5… takes… it one step higher
  18. Butterfinger (must be fresh/soft – lost a few places for a new recipe)
  19. York Peppermint (of any kind, perfectly fine)
  20. skittles
  21. Nestle Crunch
  22. Hot Tamales
  23. Kit Kat – literally forgot about them at first because they are overrated…can eat 20 and it’s like nothing…really good, but really unsatisfying
  24. Milky Way
  25. Blow Pop

Overrated: Whoppers – Who wants to sink their teeth into these malty balls of meh-ness? And Tootsie Rolls – EVERYONE hands these out, and kids end up with half a bag of them. Enough!

Best Candy Needing Halloween Dimension

  1. Starburst FaveREDs Minis (so dangerous – can kill a bag without thinking)
  2. Sour Patch Strawberry Slices
  3. Twizzlers Rainbow
  4. Sour Belts (Strawberry, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry)
  5. Hi-Chew Strawberry (a different spin on Starbursts)

Worst Halloween Candy
(ranked worst-worst to least-worst)

  1. Necco Wafers β€” I don’t even know where people find these. Are we sure it’s not street chalk?
  2. Sweet Corn – obviously, too easy
  3. Circus Peanuts β€” I mean… orange Styrofoam anyone?
  4. Good & Plenty β€” What’s the taste, even?! These are hell in a box
  5. Bit-O-Honey
  6. Mary Jane
  7. Generic Wrapped Candy β€” You know… the black/orange wrappers
  8. Smarties – At least Tootsie Rolls are good for a bit. These are barely better than Neccos and everyone has them! (Note to our Canadian readers: Jake is referring to American Smarties, which are completely different from the Canadian ones)
  9. Dubble Bubble β€” Even baseball card gum isn’t that hard… and the flavor is gone in 60 Seconds
  10. Jolly Rancher β€” Speaking of cracked teeth…just the bigger ones (small ones are okay). I’m a biter, so maybe it’s just me, but speaking of hard candies, these will straight up break your teeth!



  • pirates – With the Ravens competition, this is the week Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are back on the road, especially Brady and Godwin.
  • Alvin Kamara, RB, NO β€” As mentioned in waivers…Top 25 in total yards, Top 20 in touchdowns, Top 10 in receptions and Top 5 in receiving yards for running backs…despite missing two games.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, ATL β€” Close to his return, and the Falcons are all set on running regardless of this game script.
  • Keenan Allen, WR, LAC β€” Allen is still not 100% but is close and still has Top 15 upside…especially with Mike Williams out.
  • Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT β€” Another player of concern report; Johnson continues to be the top target in Pittsburgh, and if he starts catching 65-70% of his targets, Johnson can return to WR2 status.
  • Dalton Schultz, TE, DAL β€” Might not be 100% or back to it, but Dak Prescott likes him quite a bit, and Schultz was a Top 5 tight end last year with him.


  • Travis Etienne, RB, JAX β€” Yes, Etienne has RB1 upside the rest of the season, but when you see people claiming he’ll outplay Austin Ekeler the rest of the way, you can maximize his potential return… now!
  • Gus Edwards, RB, BAL β€” Same as Etienne, float Edwards’ name out there to see if you can get Top 15 value. If so, you can’t ignore that return.
  • Aaron Jones, RB, GB β€” Just a week ago, managers were panicking, and now that Jones had his second huge game of the season (against four with a 9.1 or less), the perceived value is rising again.
  • James Robinson and Michael Carter, NYJ β€” If you can get a Top 15 review for both (lots of different opinions out there), you have to sell.
  • Deebo Samuel, WR, SF – Some may not have noticed the concern, but Samuel barely got a rush anymore, and now CMC is ruining his potential for WR1 value.

Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections

🚨 BEWARE 🚨 These may differ from my rankings, and mine ranks is the order in which I would start players out of added context, such as “Requires highest advantage, even if risky.” Also, based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point rest, and Half-PPR

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Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings


  • Only Semi-PPR because FantasyPros automatic calculation of Non and Full-PPR ranks can be disabled. But there is so little difference from Non to Half and Full to Half that you needn’t worry.
  • ECR = Expert Consensus Rank. Don’t focus too much on it, because not all experts update constantly/constantly.
  • Updated regularly, so check back until rows lock.

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