Fantasy Preview: Week 8 Afternoon Slate

  • Titans (-145) @ Texans (+2.5): O/U 40.5

    Giants (+3) @ Seahawks (-155): O/U 44.5

    49ers (-125) @ Rams (+1.5): O/U 42.5

    Commanders (+3) @ Colts (-150): O/U 39.5


    Titans vs. Texans

    Key storylines/What to Watch

    The matchup between the Titans and the Texans is a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions.  The Titans are looking to take a stranglehold on the top spot in their division, while the Texans are in the fight for the first overall draft pick in 2023.  Both teams are very similar in their offensive gameplans, leaning heavily on their rushing games while their aerial assaults are far from a thing of beauty.  The Titans defense is what will make the difference in this matchup, as they rank substantially higher in all categories in comparison to the Texans.  There are only a few fantasy relevant plays, but Derrick Henry could easily be the best play of the week at his position. 


    Top Starts

    Derrick Henry: Henry is averaging the fifth most fantasy points per game so far this season and continues to be the focal point of the Titans offense.  Ryan Tannehill is banged up going into the weekend, so it would not be surprising to see if Henry is relied upon even more than normal.  The Texans are allowing the most yards per game on the ground, including allowing the most fantasy points to the RB position.  Henry could easily finish as the overall RB1 this week and is a smash play in all formats. 


    Dameon Pierce: The Titans are allowing the fourth-fewest rushing yards per game this season, but over the past four games, Pierce is the RB12 in PPR formats.  He does not have tremendous usage in the passing game, but the Texans have consistently found ways to get him close to 20 touches per game. Pierce likely won’t finish this week in that range with the Titans allowing the sixth fewest fantasy points to running backs, but he still remains in the must-start category for fantasy GMs.  


    Boom/Bust Dart-Throw

    Brandin Cooks: Cooks was able to finish as the WR14 back in Week 4, but otherwise he has yet to finish inside the top-24 in any of his other contests.  That’s a tough pill to swallow for his fantasy GMs, especially now that the Texans passing game seems to be improving.  It really makes no sense why he has not been utilized more, which makes him a scary play this week.  The matchup and game-script should work in his favor, but it’s very tough to be hopeful for any sort of major fantasy production this week. 


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    Giants vs. Seahawks

    Key storylines/What to Watch

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