Fantasy football has been a great way to stay connected to friends through an NFL season that has shaped up to be pretty unusual thanks to this pandemic. The NFL preseason was cancelled altogether and the first few weeks this was apparent as several key fantasy players fell victim to injuries. The NFL’s new phrase in the time of Coronavirus is “an abundance of caution”. All our projected Fantasy Football point totals are based on Fantasy Pros. CELEB will exercise “an abundance of caution” when advising you with our picks for this week. Good luck to all the Fantasy Football players out there!
Thursday, 29 October 2020
8:20 p.m. EST
Atlanta Falcons (1-6) @ Carolina Panthers (3-4)
In Week 7, the Falcons suffered a heartbreaking loss at the last second on a Hail Mary throw from Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford. According to The New York Times, “The Falcons don’t just lose games; they lose them in spectacular fashion.” Considering they are on the road this week against the Panthers, it does not seem likely that the Falcons can pull out a win. With that being said, Falcons QB Matt Ryan is projected to throw over 300 yards and two touchdowns this week, but it may not be enough to get the win in Week 8. However, fantasy players be advised that RB Christian McCaffery has not been activated off of IR for Carolina. He has been limited in practice this week but has not be upgraded to ‘Questionable’. According to ESPN, “Look for the backfield to once again be led by [RB] Mike Davis, with [RB] Trenton Cannon available if needed in a reserve capacity.” Neither the Falcons nor the Panthers are a defense a fantasy team will want to play this week either, with both teams projected to score over 20 points.
Main RBs: Todd Gurley II (Falcons) and Mike Davis (Panthers)
Main WRs: Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and Robby Anderson and DJ Moore (Panthers)
Sunday, 1 November 2020
1:00 p.m. EST
Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) @ Cleveland Browns (5-2)
This game is going to look like two peewee teams on the field lobbing a ball around and hoping for results, but the team that comes away with a win is still up in the air. According to The New York Times, “The Raiders and Browns have two of the ten least-efficient pass defenses in the NFL, a stat that has been borne out on the scoreboard as both teams allow opponents more than 30 points a game.” Fantasy players are advised to stay away from both teams D/ST this season. TE Darren Waller is supposed to have a big game for the Raiders this week. According to Fantasy Pros, Raiders QB Derek Carr is projected to throw for more than 250 yards and two touchdowns, making him a decent selection at quarterback this week, but Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield is projected to throw for three touchdowns and over 200 yards this week, putting him above Carr in fantasy point projections. With Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. out for the rest of the season, it is unsure whether Mayfield will be able to win without his number one receiver. Look for WR Rashard Higgins to step up and into OBJ’s role. According to ESPN, “Cleveland has liked the raw talent of Higgins, who has a chance to earn his keep in Beckham’s absence.”
Main RBs: Josh Jacobs (Raiders) and Kareem Hunt (Browns)
Main WRs: Nelson Agholor (Raiders) and Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins (Browns)
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-1)
The last undefeated team in the league (Pittsburgh) looks to keep that title at the end of Week 8. The AFC North defending champion Ravens are looking to give the title contenders their first loss this season. One of the best rivalries in the AFC, this game should shape into a grudge match as Ravens QB Lamar Jackson looks to finally best a Pittsburgh team that has alluded him since he threw three interceptions in one game against them in the 2019 season. Baltimore TE Mark Andrews is projected to have a big game this week. Coming off of a bye, Baltimore should be able to pull out a win by less than a touchdown in this game that is sure to be the highlight of the weekend. Look to the Ravens quarterback to have the superior fantasy performance this week.
Main RBs: James Conner (Steelers) and JK Dobbins (Ravens)
Main WRs: Diontae Johnson (Steelers) and Marquise Brown (Ravens)
Green Bay Packers (5-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-5)
Los Angeles Rams (5-2) @ Miami Dolphins (3-3)
It’s FINALLY Tua time. Dolphins backup QB Tua Tagovailoa will start for the first time in the NFL in Week 8. He will be going up against a fantasy favorite D/ST; the Rams. Their defense “has yielded the third-fewest points in the NFL and an opposing 87.9 passer rating,” according to Sportsnaut and they rank in the top five defenses for sacks per game. Tua’s first start will not be an easy one, being chased by Rams’ DT Aaron Donald as the rookie takes on a Rams team after they had a short week coming off a win against an impressive Chicago Bears team. In the height of a rebuild, the Dolphins probably will not be the superior team here, but it will be a good gauge of how Tua will perform this season at the helm over QB Ryan ‘Fitzmagic’ Fitzpatrick.
Main RBs: Darrell Henderson (Rams) and Myles Gaskin (Dolphins)
Main WRs: Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp (Rams) and Preston Williams (Dolphins)
New York Jets (0-7) @ Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)
“21. That’s the point spread for this game. It’s among the highest in recent NFL history,” according to Sportsnaut. The winless Jets will definitively NOT get their first win of the 2020 season this week, sorry boys. Add on top of that the Chiefs coming off a win against an impressive Bills team, the Jets are about to be routed. CELEB will just be interested to see if RB Le’Veon Bell stuffs one into the endzone adding insult to injury on his former team. The Chiefs could win this game by up to 30 points if they wanted it badly enough. It is up to them the degree of slaughter of the Jets this week.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is projected to have a 15-point game this week.
Main RBs: Lamical Perine (Jets) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Le’Veon Bell (Chiefs)
Main WRs: Braxton Berrios (Jets) and Tyreek Hill (Chiefs)
Indianapolis Colts (4-2) @ Detroit Lions (3-3)
Despite QB Philip Rivers lackluster performance this year, the Colts still have managed to keep a winning record. Coming off their bye week and an amazing Week 6 performance, he is poised to win if they can manage not to fall behind early. The Lions have won three of their last four, but “Detroit has mostly benefited from a soft part of their schedule,” according to The New York Times. After Stafford’s Hail Mary pass in Week 7, the Lions are back in the running for the NFC North. Playing at home should bode well for this Detroit Team since the Colts can’t seem to find it on the road this season (1-2). LB Darius Leonard should be active for Indianapolis’s defense this week after his groin injury to give that half of the team an added boost.
Main RBs: Jonathan Taylor (Colts) and D’Andre Swift and Adrian Peterson (Lions)
Main WRs: Zach Pascal (Colts) and Kenny Golladay (Lions)
Tennessee Titans (5-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1)
Rookie Bengals QB Joe Burrow is cited by ESPN as one of the most important fantasy QB’s this season. According to ESPN, “He has three efforts with at least 20 points this season and is coming off the best game of his young NFL career. He leads the NFL in attempts and completions and is the third in passing yards,” making him one of the highlights of fantasy performance this season. The Bengals defense however, will be no match for the Titans who will continually put up points and outscore the team by the end of the game. The Titans QB Ryan. Tannehill is a serious MVP candidate this season, on pace for 40 touchdowns by the end of the 2020 season. The Titans are the only team to almost defeat the undefeated Pittsburgh team this season, making this one of the most interesting matchups in Week 8.
Main RBs: Derek Henry (Titans) and Giovani Bernard (Bengals)
Main WRs: AJ Brown (Titans) and Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and AJ Green (Bengals)
New England Patriots (2-4) @ Buffalo Bills (5-2)
The Bills have started to struggle over the last couple of weeks, having persistent problems on both offense and defense. According to The New York Times, “The Patriots have outdone that by simply being awful, starting 2-1.” The Bills are coming off an eight-point win over the winless Jets, but they didn’t score a single touchdown. The Patriots defense is floundering against the run and the passing game, leaving players like Buffalo’s WR Cole Beasley prepped for a big fantasy game this week. According to ESPN, “[Beasley is] on pace for a 90-catch, 1,075-yard season.”
Main RBs: No Patriots RBs are projected to score more than 10 fantasy points, Zack Moss (Bills)
Main WRs: Jakobi Meyers (Patriots) and Stefon Diggs (Bills)
4:05 p.m. EST
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) @ Denver Broncos (2-4)
Rams QB Justin Herbert finally got his first win last week over the Jaguars. The stakes this week are equally as low, “but winnable games against lesser teams are good practice for a rookie quarterback,” according to The New York Times. Herbert is prepped to get the second win in his ‘streak’ this week with a healthy WR Keenan Allen and DE Melvin Ingram back in the defensive lineup. According to Sporting News, “Drew Lock (Broncos QB) hasn’t thrown a TD pass in his last two starts, and Justin Herbert has seven TDs and no interceptions in the last two weeks.” That’s good enough for us. The Chargers are an easy pick this week.
Main RBs: Justin Jackson (Chargers) and Melvin Gordon III (Broncos)
Main WRs: Keenan Allen (Chargers) and Jerry Jeudy (Broncos)
4:25 p.m. EST
San Francisco 49ers (4-3) @ Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
With Seahawks RB Chris Carson OUT this week with an ankle injury, this NFC West rivalry should still be a great game with RB Carlos Hyde stepping in to take over his role as RB1. The 49ers blew the Patriots away in their Week 7 win, while Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw three interceptions in their Week 7 OT loss to the Cardinals. Russ needs to bounce back at home in Week 8 from their only loss this season in order to pull out the win, but the 49ers have always been an amazing road team. This game is truly up in the air depending on Wilson’s performance and the tenacity of the 49ers who have “only allowed just 11 points per game in the last two weeks.” according to Sporting News.
49ers TE George Kittle has been performing amazingly this fantasy season, projected to record almost 90 receiving yards this week.
Main RBs: No 49ers RBs are projected more than 10 fantasy points, Pick up Carlos Hyde on Waivers
Main WRs: Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne (49ers) and Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf (Seahawks)
New Orleans Saints (4-2) @ Chicago Bears (5-2)
Coming off their loss to the Rams, the Bears get to play at home in Chicago against a Saints team that narrowly beat the Panthers in Week 7. Saints QB Drew Brees seems to be getting back on track after his wins the last three weeks and New Orleans is looking to make up for earlier season losses in this NFC matchup. According to Sporting News, “Brees has won his last four starts against Chicago.” The Bears are still dealing with the drama surrounding QB Nick Foles and Coach Matt Nagy’s disagreement, which may be taking some focus away from their game this week. Look for the Saints to narrowly pull out a road win in Week 8.
TEs Jared Cook and Jimmy Graham are projected to have a big game for the Saints and Bears respectively, both projected to score more than ten fantasy points.
Main RBs: Alvin Kamara (Saints) and David Montgomery (Bears)
Main WRs: Tre’Quan Smith (Saints) and Darnell Mooney (Bears)
WR Allen Robinson II is questionable to play in Week 8 with a concussion.
8:20 p.m. EST
Dallas Cowboys (2-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)
After QB Dak Prescott was injured, QB Andy Dalton took over, but now he has entered the league’s concussion protocol. If he doesn’t clear in time for the main event Sunday night, the Cowboys may be in trouble because they have been relying heavily on the passing game this season. While QBs are a concern for this Dallas team, their other glaring problems cannot be ignored either. If the Cowboys start a rookie QB and have to rely on RB Ezekiel Elliot when their offense has heavily relied on passing this season, this game is doomed before it even starts. Zeke is not in top shape this season, so this is an easy Eagles win in a week of uncertainty for this Cowboys team.
Main RBs: Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys) and Mike Sanders (Eagles)
Main WRs: Amari Cooper (Cowboys) and Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward (Eagles)
Monday, 2 November 2020
8:15 p.m. EST
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) @ New York Giants (1-6)
According to Sportsing News, “[Tom] Brady has just one interception in his last four games.” While he may be older and with a new team, Buccaneers’ QB Brady is still displaying a height of athleticism that is unprecedented for a man in his forties. Their offense continually puts up large numbers of points, but Brady himself has not been a great source of fantasy points for a QB this season. The Giants are coming off an awkward, sloppy loss to the Eagles in Week 7. Even in the week before the Buccaneers are poised to add WR Antonio Brown to their lineup, the Giants are going to be crushed. The Giants could put up a good fight with the Buccaneers wavering slightly because of injuries, but by no means do they have the ability to win this game.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard is a good fantasy pick up this week after showing that he is back in form after spending four weeks on IR.
Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski is projected to score 14 points this week.
Main RBs: Ronald Jones II (Buccaneers) and Wayne Gallman (Giants)
Main WRs: Mike Evans and Scotty Miller (Buccaneers) and Sterling Shephard (Giants)
Teams on Bye: Arizona Cardinals (5-2), Washington Football Team (2-5), Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6), Houston Texans (1-6)
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