Fantasy Standouts/Busts Week 8

Standouts

JaMycal Hasty (RB): Hasty is a very solid option for a running back 2 spot in your lineup this week if you’re battling injuries or a bye week. With Jeff Wilson Jr. and Raheem Mosert out, Hasty will have an important role in the backfield against the Seahawks and has an opportunity to be the main guy if his performance exceeds Jerick McKinnon’s output. Last week, Hasty averaged 6.3 yards on 9 carries against a respectable New England defense and even hauled in his only target for a 16 yard catch and run. With San Francisco’s run heavy offense you could expect Hasty to receive at least 10 carries on Sunday and you better believe this determined work horse is going to take advantage of the opportunity.

Travis Fulgham (WR): Fulgham is a versatile wideout who is just recently receiving a lot of attention around the league and it is well deserved. He has seen double digit targets in each of his last 3 games and has scored a touchdown in 3 of his last 4 games. With Desean Jackson battling the injury bug Fulgham is in place to have an excellent week against a struggling Dallas defense which is ranked 27th in the league. Fulgham is rostered in about 80% of ESPN FF leagues which is up 17% from last week which is a giant jump for a second year player like himself. The upside is promising for the skillful wideout and is a must grab if you find him on the waiver wire.

Busts

Tua Tagovailoa (QB): The 5th overall pick in the 2020 draft was named the starter over the veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this week in preparation for a scary Rams defense. Before you jump on the Tua train I would proceed with caution; Tua is coming off a devastating hip injury that he endured last year against Mississippi State and has not played in a live game in almost a full year. At least for right now, I would highly recommend to wait on buying your ticket on the Tua train so you can see if he is still the sensational star he was in college. If anything, you should consider picking him up if you have room on your roster but as for a starting QB in week 8, I would look elsewhere.

Jarvis Landry (WR): Landry suffered a rib injury week 5 but has been playing through it and looks to play week 8 against the Raiders. With OBJ out with a torn ACL the Browns are going to be looking for a new go-to guy in the passing game, but this does not mean Landry will be that guy. Up until OBJ’s injury last week, Landry had seen 38 passes thrown his way opposed to OBJ’s 41. Even with similar target ratios, Landry just hasn’t been able to make a strong contribution compared to OBJ, leading me to believe that he is not the guy that is going to step up especially with a lingering rib injury. If you’re desperate for a WR2 filler or Flex filler I would recommend Rashard Higgins who is very well liked in the Cleveland community and has notched a touchdown in 2 of his last 3 games including an 110 yard performance last week on 6 catches.

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