Underdog Battle Royale Picks: Week 8

Where can I get my ‘I Survived 2021 Fantastic Football Season Week 7’ badge / t-shirt? Please leave me a link in my Twitter DMs (@ZK_FFB) if you know the location. Kudos to everyone who came out of Week 7 with both victory and sanity, because last week truly was one of the most difficult weeks to navigate in recent memory.

Luckily we only have two goodbye teams for this Week 8 game list (Baltimore and Las Vegas), but we’re also in Green Bay, Arizona, Kansas City and the New York Giants for Underdog Fantasy Battle Royale. Slate this weekend. as the Packers and Cardinals meet on Thursday night while the Chiefs and Giants meet on Monday.

It’s an interesting list that opens the door to several different games this weekend given the elite talent that we will be deprived of in several positions.

Taking a look at the available players and our 4-for-4 leaderboard, here are a few players I’m focusing on for this weekend’s fixture list.

Week 8 Spread and Over / Under

  • Indianapolis (+1) v Tennessee – O / U 50.5
  • New Orleans (+5) vs. Tampa Bay – O / U 50.5
  • Buffalo (-13.5) vs. Miami – O / U 49.5
  • Los Angeles Chargers (-6) v New England – O / U 48.5
  • Houston (+14.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams – O / U 48
  • Detroit (+3) vs. Philadelphia – O / U 47.5
  • Atlanta (-2.5) vs. Caroline – O / U 46
  • New York Jets (+8.5) vs. Cincinnati Bengals – O / U 43
  • Seattle (-3) vs. Jacksonville – O / U 43
  • Denver (-3.5) v Washington – O / U 43


Joe terrier, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals and Joe Burrow had a dominant start to their 2021 campaign. After a 41-17 smackdown from the Ravens, Burrow and the Bengals now have a road clash with the New York Jets, who ride with Mike White after the recent injury to rookie quarterback Zach Wilson.

Currently, Cincinnati is seventh in points per game (27.0) and fourth in touchdowns per game (2.57).

After a slow start, Burrow currently ranks as the overall QB14 in points per game (19.5), but has averaged 22.6 points per game (QB6) over the past three weeks. He posted a fantastic 26.6-point high last week against the Ravens, throwing 38 times for 416 yards and three touchdowns in the afternoon. Burrow has thrown two or more touchdowns in every game this season, and in three cases he has thrown for three goals.

Our ranking projects Burrow as the overall QB9 of the week with 19.4 points, while Underdog Fantasy projects him for 20.4 points on the weekend (QB6). According to our ranking, Burrow also has the ninth easiest game this week.

Jalen hurts, Philadelphia Cream Eagles

In a game that features two of the worst teams the NFC has to offer, the Lions (0-7) welcome the Eagles (2-5) in what could be a battle for the top 3 picks in the draft. NFL 2022.

One of the few fantastic players to redeem in this game is Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, who currently ranks as the overall QB3 in fantastic points per game (24.4).

As NBC Sports Edge’s John Daigle pointed out earlier in the week, Hurts was an absolute stallion in the games’ fourth quarter in terms of fantastic production, which might reflect the waste time production he gets each week. .

Hurts could find themselves on an easier path to production in Week 8 against the Lions. Detroit gives up the eighth most yards per game to opposing offensives (383.0) and the fourth most touchdowns per game (2.14).

Even though he’s not capable of producing in the air, Hurts gets by with his production quarterback Konami Code. Over the past three weeks, Hurts has averaged 12.5 points per game on the field alone, which includes four rushing touchdowns during that span.

This game could have the potential to be a shootout, as Detroit battles for its first win of the season while Philadelphia makes a point of not being hampered by the lowly Lions. Detriot hasn’t scored more than 19 points in any game this season, but the Eagles are giving up 26.4 points per game.

Our rankings projected Hurts as the overall QB4 of the week at a fantastic 23.3 points.

Back runners

By André Swift, Detroit the Lions

Sticking to that Lions vs. Eagles game for a while, picking up on a Jalen Hurts pick with Detroit’s D’Andre Swift seems like a great correlation in the game.

Swift was one of the league’s top wide receivers as a running back, ranking ninth in the league among all receivers and first among running backs with 42 receptions.

Over the year, Swift averaged six receptions per game for 55.86 yards and 0.29 touchdowns. He also averages 11.14 rush attempts per game for 37.43 yards and 0.43 rushing touchdowns per game. Swift is currently the season’s overall RB9 at 16.6 points per game and recorded a high of 24.4 points last week against the Rams.

The Eagles are allowing the fourth most rushing yards per game of the season (133.0) and are the bottom five in the league in terms of fantastic points per game given to opposing backs.

Our ranking projects Swift as the overall RB8 of the week with 17.7 points and he has the fifth easiest match of the week for the running backs.

Joe mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

We’ve already identified Joe Burrow as a player to consider chasing after the draft this week, so how about teammate Joe Mixon to really make Tiger’s full stack work?

Mixon had a weird week 7 against the Ravens. He finished the day with 11.9 fantasy points and didn’t shoot a single reception in the game, let alone a target. It was the only time this season that Mixon was not targeted, but it marked the third game in which Mixon saw one or fewer targets.

Despite a week of occasional decline in the passing game, Mixon is still averaging 19.86 chances / g and 14.2 points per game (RB17). He gets the easiest game of all the running backs on the slate this week, while our standings put Mixon in the overall RB12 standings on the weekend at 15.6 projected points.

There should be a number of ways to build Bengals stacks this weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them land in the top 10 for this week’s finishes in the tournament.

Wide receivers

Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Invoices

In fairness, my 1.01 for wide receiver picks would definitely be the Rams Cooper Kupp. But since he looks like such an obvious smash week after week, that’s the most I’m going to mention about him.

If I can’t get Kupp, Stefon Diggs becomes my priority wide receiver on the weekend, which shouldn’t be all that surprising considering he’s ranked WR4 this week in our rankings as we project him for 17.4 fantastic points.

Diggs has destroyed the Dolphins throughout his career, averaging 5.75 receptions per game to go with 84.5 yards and 0.75 touchdowns. Earlier this season against the Dolphins, Diggs posted a 4/60/1 receiving line on eight targets, ending the day with a fantastic 14.0 points.

The Dolphins were also bad at passing defense, allowing the third-most yards per game (297.1) and the most fantastic points per game to opposing wide receivers.

Courtland sutton, Denver Broncos

The Broncos are set to pick up Jerry Jeudy this week, but in Jeudy’s absence, wide receiver Courtland Sutton and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater have developed some nice chemistry under the radar. Sutton is currently the WR17 of the season in fantastic points per game (12.1), but has three games of 19.4 points per game or more.

Denver gets the football squad in Week 8, which averages 300.6 passing yards per game for opposing teams, and the second-highest number of fantastic points per game for opposing wide receivers.

Sutton is screened as the WR22 for this weekend in our standings, slated for 12.5 points, but he (and Jeudy) could be in contention for some fantastic strong days against Washington. If you temper expectations with Jeudy on his return, Sutton could be a solid game as he is averaging 8.29 targets per game and has three games of 11 or more targets.

Tight ends

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars

Just to make sure we’re on the same page here, with how the calendar and the slate are lined up for this week, we’re not able to draft Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Mark Andrews and Robert Tonyan for our Battle Royale rosters. We’re also down Dalton Schultz as the Cowboys and Vikings play Sunday night.

That leaves Kyle Pitts, TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant among the top three projected goal scorers of the week on Underdog.

These are all good options, but we might be faced with a unique stance of scraping the bottom of the barrel for tight picks if we don’t take either of those options with one of our top two picks.

If you find yourself in the position of having to make legitimate dart throws at position this weekend, one player I love is Jaguar’s tight end Dan Arnold. For starters, Arnold is an incredibly athletic winger, having run a 4.68-40 yard dash during the screening process for the 2017 NFL Draft Class. He also demonstrated strong playing ability in the game. field, averaging 13.5 yards per reception for his career.

Since being traded to the Jaguars before Week 5, Arnold immediately became a focal point of the offense. With less than a week of practice under his belt, Arnold entered his Week 5 clash against the Titans and saw eight targets, which he turned into a 6/64/0 receiving line.

The following week he saw five targets, which he took for two receptions and 27 yards, and now he and the Jaguars are coming off a week off before facing a Seahawks team that allows more than five receptions. per game and over 50 receiving yards per game at opposing tight ends.

He’s not the most attractive of the names on the slate this weekend, but there aren’t a ton of tight ends to like either. Our projections place Arnold as the overall TE17 of the week with 6.9 points.

Tyler higbee, Los Angeles Rams

I don’t like Tyler Higbee. He’s often been a player I’ve avoided in drafts, though the masses have been shouting at me about his incredible end to the 2019 season in which he amassed over 500 receiving yards in the last five weeks of the season.

That being said, Higbee gets a more than generous clash against the Houston Texans this weekend, a clash we rank as the second easiest for all tight ends in Week 8.

Higbee has seen five or more targets in five of seven games this season, and is averaging 3.86 receptions for 35.43 yards per game this year. He’s currently the TE15 in fantastic points per game (7.7) and will likely need a touchdown to be worth the game this weekend, but it could come against the Texans.

In their last five games, the Texans have allowed tight ends one touchdown per game and 52.6 receiving yards.

The Rams have an implied team total of 31.25 points in this one, so it’s not hard to imagine Higbee having a good day here.

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