This past week of fantasy football very well could’ve been the craziest yet. A week that was combined with the duel in the dome (among other final drive finishes), some great matchups and some major injuries, week 8 wasn’t missing anything. The latter being clearly the most intriguing moving forward, especially for us fantasy football players. With the injuries this past week, whos fantasy value is on the rise? Take a look below.
RB, Jeremy Langford, Chicago Bears
With the knee injury to Matt Forte, that opens the door for the talent rookie running back out of Michigan State. Langford has a very similar running style to that of Forte – he’s a physical back with speed who presents a receiving threat out of the backfield. He carried the ball for a season-high 12 times, averaging about 4 yards per rush. Already with 2 TDs in limited time, he’s a threat to score every week with Forte off the field.
Assuming Forte’s injury isn’t a ‘serious’ knee injury, that still gives Langford a few weeks to be the primary running back in Chicago. A better option in deeper leagues, but still worth a bench slot at the very least in case he actually does live up to my expectations.
RB, DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
What a devastating week for the Steelers – not only do they lose to the Steelers, they lose All Pro running back Le’Veon Bell for the rest of the season in the same week Big Ben returns. That’s OK though. If you remember, DeAngelo Williams started the first two games of the season while Bell was suspended – and he tore it up with over 200 rushing yards, 3 TDs and 5 catches. With only 17 carries the past 4 games, Williams will have fresh legs out of the gate, making him a must start in fantasy.
WR, Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Another player that rises due to a teammate’s injury, Malcom Floyd. With Keenan Allen’s status in question, Floyd becomes the #1 WR for Philip Rivers and the high powered passing attack in San Diego. Not to mention, he’s coming off a great performance with 2 TDs and nearly 100 yards. Floyd should be a solid FLEX with Allen out.
WR, Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals
Entering the season, Michael Floyd was a hot commodity in the earlier rounds of fantasy drafts – expected to be the #1 WR in Arizona. Through the early weeks, that’s not how it panned out. However, he’s bursted onto the scene the past few weeks with a TD catch in each of he past three weeks. Carson Palmer has been utilizing him more often and Floyd is a guy who makes the most of the catch – he is great with the ball in his hands. A solid FLEX guy every week from here on out, a fringe WR2.
WR, Nate Washington, Houston Texans
He’s no DeAndre Hopkins, but the veteran Nate Washington is emerging as a viable fantasy option. I didn’t buy the hype last week after going for 127 yards and 2 TDs, but he followed that up with another great game this past week with another TD catch and over 70 yards. While he doesn’t have as much upside as other guys on the list, he brings reliability. The Texans throw the ball a lot, especially with Foster now out, and Washington will benefit from that.
QB, Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals QB posted his worst performance of the season this past week in a win against Pittsburgh. While he got off to a hot start and was among the best QBs in the league, he’s known for his inconsistencies. Can he bounce back in week 9? Or will Dalton prove to be the QB we thought he was?
RB, Chris Ivory, New York Jets
What a drop-off we’ve seen from Ivory the past two weeks. For a guy that led the league in rushing at one point earlier in the season, you’d have no idea who he now is. Ivory rushed for a measly 17 yards on just as many carries. To make matters worse, he had only 41 yards last season. Ivory has been dealing with injuries and clearly isn’t the same guy running the football that he was just a few weeks ago. Still, he’s a FLEX start, but do so with caution.
WR, Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Before you jump to conclusions, hear me out on this one. Yes, I know it was his first game back – and yes, I know he was covered by Richard Sherman. However, it may be a slow start for Bryant the next couple weeks; considering, he still has Matt Cassel throwing him the ball. I definitely think he’ll turn it around and finish the season strong, especially after Romo comes back – but until then, he may have less of an impact than you had hoped after stashing him on your bench for the past few weeks.
WR, Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
He hasn’t done anything since week 3, and it looks like James Jones is the new prized target of Aaron Rodgers. Since he scored three times in week 3, he hasn’t scored once and has failed to eclipse 50 yards in every game since. I refused to sell Cobb, but I’m now doing so. Still a threat in the Green Bay offense, but not a reliable option – especially as your WR2.
WR, Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
After a steamy hot start to the season, the Titans top WR has cooled down in a big way. He hasn’t eclipsed 5 catches in each of the past 4 weeks and has only 1 TD in that span compared to 2 in the first 3 weeks. He suffered an injury this past week which will hurt his stock along with porous play from Zach Mettenberger – hopefully Mariota can go next week. Noone is worth a fantasy play on that entire offense.