Guide to Week 8 Fantasy Football Betting (2021) – Waiver Wire, Start/Sit and Sleepers

By Nick Sterling in Fantasy Sports
| October 27, 2021 9:22 am PST

 I hope you survived bye-magedon because it was a rough week for fantasy owners. While I’m sure some people will miss Lamar Jackson and Darren Waller this week, it only pales in comparison to last week.

Even with players coming back from bye, we still have those out with injury. That’s why you should continue to play the waiver wire and check out the start and sits of the week.

Here is the fantasy football guide for Week 8.

Top Week 8 Waiver Wire Adds

Tua Tagovailoa was one of my adds last week and he paid off with 291 yards and four touchdowns.

Let’s see who can give you that kind of impact in Week 8.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys (50% Owned)

Michael Gallup entered 2021 looking to increase his value in free agency.

In Week 1, he had four receptions for 36 yards on seven targets. Unfortunately, a calf injury ended his night early. The Dallas Cowboys placed him on IR, but he will likely make his return this week.

Gallup is the third receiving option on the Cowboys, but their offense is capable of producing three pass catchers.

Last season, Gallup played five games with Dak Prescott. Here are his numbers.

Receptions Yards
Week 1 3 50
Week 2 2 58
Week 3 6 138
Week 4 2 29
Week 5 4 73

I’ll be honest, Gallup might not be the most consistent option, but it’s hard to find someone with his kind of upside on the waiver wire.

Dallas takes on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. This is our first chance post-injury to see how the target share plays out.

Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (26% Owned)

For weeks, fans have been pleading with the Philadelphia Eagles to use Miles Sanders. Last week, Sanders had a great start with six carries for 30 yards. Then, he suffered an ankle injury.

Right now, we don’t know the specifics but Nick Sirianni said he is week-to-week.

While the injury is unfortunate for Sanders, it opens the door for Kenneth Gainwell. Gainwell has quietly carved out a role in the Eagles backfield this season. The rookie has 120 rushing yards, 164 receiving yards, and three total touchdowns.

We’ll likely see some kind of committee with Boston Scott, but Gainwell is the guy you want.

A big reason for my interest in Gainwell is his upcoming opponents. Check out how they perform against the run.

  • Detroit Lions: 120.0 Rushing Yards Per Game (21st)
  • Los Angeles Chargers: 162.5 Rushing Yards Per Game (32nd)

The Detroit Lions defense is 31st against running backs in fantasy football. Gainwell is a quality option for at least two weeks.

Week 8 Start Calls

Matt Ryan and A.J. Brown both produced good numbers last week as members of my start list.

Let’s see if we can keep the success going.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins has been on a tear to start the 2021 season. He has thrown for at least 275 yards in four of his first six games. He also has 13 touchdowns to two interceptions.

It’s time for the fantasy community to consider Cousins a QB1.

What’s impressive is Cousins did a lot of his damage without Dalvin Cook. With Cook healthy and back in the fold, defenses are going to focus more on the run.

The Minnesota Vikings will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night football. Dallas’ defense has been much better this season, but one unit is much stronger than the other.

  • Passing Yards Per Game: 295.0 (28th)
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 86.2 (5th)

I know Minnesota wants to establish the run but they’ll throw enough to keep Dallas honest.

The early betting lines show this game has one of the highest point totals. Cousins will need to pass to put up points.

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots

At times, it can be tough to own a New England Patriots running back. We’ve seen Bill Belichick rotate his backs and boot players that fumble.

There was some concern for Damien Harris after he combined for 10 carries and 10 rushing yards in weeks three and four. Since then, we’ve seen him perform like a low-end RB1.

Carries Rushing Yards Touchdowns
Week 4 14 58 1
Week 5 18 101 1
Week 6 14 106 2

He still isn’t a factor in the passing game, but he makes up for it with his rushing ability.

This week, New England will take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Right now, there is no reason not to employ a pass-heavy approach against Los Angeles.

They allow the most rushing yards per game, and fourth-fewest passing yards per game.

Why let a rookie quarterback attack that unit when you can ground and pound your way to the end zone?

Fire up Harris with confidence.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

Over the last few weeks, we’re starting to see the Indianapolis Colts offense come to life.

Jonathan Taylor is receiving all the attention but Carson Wentz has eight passing touchdowns over his last four games. His strong play is having a direct impact on Michael Pittman Jr.

Pittman has at least 55 yards in five of his seven games this season. Here are his numbers from his last three games.

Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Week 5 6 89 1
Week 6 2 35 0
Week 7 4 105 1

Indianapolis relied on their run game in Week 6. They’ll need the passing game in Week 8 against the Tennessee Titans.

Following a slow start, Tennessee has found its footing and looks like one of the best teams in football. Still, their defense ranks last against fantasy wide receivers.

They also have a respectable run defense, so look out for the Colts passing game.

Week 8 Sit Calls

Sitting Tyler Lockett last week was a great call, but I missed with Daniel Jones and Javonte Williams. Let’s see who we’re sitting in Week 8.

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins

Since returning from a rib injury, Tua Tagovailoa has had a pair of great performances.

Week 6 Week 7
Passing Yards 329 291
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing Yards 22 29

Both performances amounted to 20+ fantasy points.

While it was encouraging to see him play so well, I should remind you he played against two of the worst fantasy defenses against quarterbacks. He’ll be on the complete opposite end of things this week.

The Miami Dolphins head north to take on the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo’s defense had a bit of a letdown in Week 6 but make no mistake. They remain one of the best in the league.

Tagovailoa suffered an injury early in their Week 2 matchup. Last season, he had a disastrous performance against them in Week 17.

He had 361 yards but three interceptions doomed the Dolphins playoff hopes.

We’ll probably see Tagovailoa’s hot streak come to an end.

Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Mike Davis has become a complete afterthought in the Atlanta Falcons offense.

He started the season as the lead back, but he failed to clear 55 rushing yards in any of his first five games. Davis had at least nine carries in all five of those games.

Following the bye week, we saw a change of the guard for the Falcons backfield.

  • Mike Davis: 4 carries for 10 yards (38 offensive snaps)
  • Cordarelle Patterson: 14 carries for 60 yards (46 offensive snaps)

The only saving grace Davis had was being the goal line back. That all went away when Patterson rushed for a three-yard touchdown late in the game.

Even without the lack of usage, I wouldn’t recommend starting Davis. He plays a Carolina Panthers team that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.

At this point, I wouldn’t be afraid to drop Davis.

Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Following a rough start to the season, we’re finally starting to see Robert Woods have a bigger role in the Los Angeles Rams offense.

In Week 5, Woods went off with 12 receptions and 150 yards. Since then, we’ve seen a pair of solid fantasy performances.

This week, the Rams will take on the Houston Texans.

Unsurprisingly, the Rams come into this matchup as big favorites. Because of that, I don’t think we’ll see them go pass-heavy.

When you look at fantasy numbers, it’s clear the Texans are much better against the pass than the run.

  • Fantasy Points Per Game Against WRs: 21.0 (6th)
  • Fantasy Points Per Game Against RBs: 22.1 (26th)

I’d say a lot of it has to do with teams jumping out to big leads on the Texans, so they just run the ball.

Cooper Kupp is the Rams primary option. Woods may not see a ton of looks this week.

Best Fantasy Sleepers for Week 8

I hope fantasy owners listened to me and picked up D’Ernest Johnson because he had a big performance on Thursday night.

Let’s see if any of my deep sleepers will pay off.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (19% Owned)

Now before I start, I want to mention that Rashod Bateman has a bye this week. Picking him up is a move for the remainder of the season.

The Baltimore Ravens had high hopes for their first-round pick. Unfortunately, a groin injury held him out through the first five games.

In Week 6, Bateman had four receptions for 29 yards. Baltimore controlled the game throughout, so there wasn’t much of a need in the passing game. Last week, we saw Bateman show off his potential.

  • 3 receptions
  • 80 yards
  • 6 targets

Bateman is the third option in the Ravens passing game, but he should have an opportunity to accrue more targets.

Baltimore has a few tough matchups before the end of the season. Their ground heavy approach may not work against teams like the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams.

It’s a good low-risk move that could return flex value.

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (5% Owned)

For the longest time, we’ve been waiting to see which Green Bay Packers wide receiver would step up alongside Davante Adams. Over the last two weeks, it looks like Allen Lazard is that player.

Week 6 Week 7
Receptions 3 5
Yards 27 60
Touchdowns 1 1

This week, it appears Lazard will have to take on a bigger role.

On Monday, the Packers announced that Adams tested positive for COVID-19. Adams can return with two negative tests in 24 hours. However, he likely won’t play because the game is on Thursday night.

Last season, Adams missed the Packers Week 3 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Lazard went on to record eight receptions, 146 yards, and a touchdown.

The Packers do have a tough road matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. Even so, we’re talking about an Aaron Rodgers led offense. Great defenses can’t hold him down all night. With the (+165) odds, the Packers may be a wise choice in your parlay.

Lazard should take over as the Packers top option in the passing game.

Week 8 Fantasy Football Advice

While a lot of players are coming back from bye, we still have quite a few out with injury. They include Russell Wilson, Saquon Barkley, Chris Carson, etc. As I mentioned before, it looks like Davante Adams won’t play after testing positive for COVID-19.

Sports betting is another thing that can affect fantasy football. I had Kirk Cousins as one of my starts because the Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings matchup had one of the highest point totals.

In turn, I picked Robert Woods as a sit because the Los Angeles Rams are big favorites and I don’t think they’ll pass a ton.

With that in mind, you can try out betting on the NFL using the top football betting sites.

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