Fantasy Football Crystal Ball: Looking For Under-the-Radar Options To Grab For Week 8

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Do you play in an extremely deep, competitive league?  Are you trying to get a step up, stashing players for a few weeks ahead?  Let us try to help!  Each week we are going to turn the clock ahead three weeks in an effort to find a few players you may want to stash.  For this week, we move to Week 8 to dig for a few options:


Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – Quarterback
Week 8 Opponent – at New York Jets
ESPN Ownership – 0.3%

We will touch on Orton earlier later today, so we won’t go into too much detail here. There’s no guarantee he’s still the starter come Week 8 (it’s not unthinkable that they turn back to E.J. Manuel), but if the team is playing well he certainly will be. The fact is that the Jets secondary is abysmal and there doesn’t appear to be any salvation in sight.

With Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Mike Williams at his disposal, look for the Bills to attack the Jets through the air (not the norm for the team). Whoever is the starting QB for this game will be a starting option in all two-quarterback leagues.


Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – Running Back
Week 8 Opponent – vs. Cleveland
ESPN Ownership – 1.5%

Oakland has changed their head coach and, by Week 8, their dreams of competitiveness will likely be gone. It’s the perfect mix to finally find out what Murray can do as opposed to continuing to play Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, neither of which figure to be part of the future (nor have the shown much in the present).  We have already seen plenty of change in Oakland, between the coach and the quarterback, so running back should be next in line (only because the GM likely won’t be dismissed in season).

Cleveland’s defense has been terrible at stopping opposing running backs this season, both on the ground and through the air. At the same time, Andre Holmes has also started opening eyes once again and could be the lead wide receiver (and is also worth grabbing).


Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – Wide Receiver
Week 8 Opponent – at Jacksonville
ESPN Ownership – 3.5%

The Jaguars have been torched by opposing wide receivers to the tune of 58 receptions (tied for second most in the league), 852 yards (most in the league) and 5 TD (one behind the league leaders). Any wide receiver taking them on is going to be worth considering.

Mike Wallace is obviously owned in your league, but Hartline easily could be available. However, he’s the second most targeted receiver (26) on the team and has 16 catches for 161 yards and 1 TD. He should get opportunities and has the matchup, so what’s not to like?

Sources – ESPN,

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Waiver Worthy: Week Five Fallout: Running Backs Galore
Waiver Worthy: Week 4 Fallout: Eli Manning, Jerick McKinnon and More


  1. Randy says:

    In a vacuum, I’d be comfortable starting Eli, R Jennings, and Rueben Randle (at flex) this week in a standard league. However, is that too many eggs in one basket? The first two are locked in, but other flex options would be Foster, Ben Tate, T-Rich, and Allen Robinson…what do you think? Also, who would you rather speculate on at the end of your bench, Allen Robinson or Justin Hunter? Thanks!

  2. Ross says:

    Wr/Flex this week m.ball, aj green, micheal Floyd? Pick 2.

  3. Randy – I like Randle as a sleeper this week, but I don’t think he’s a must use. If healthy I’d use Foster instead, though we’ll have to monitor the news.

    Ross – Green is a must play. As for the FLEX, I’d probably lean Floyd. The Arizona/Denver game could be a shootout and the WR are going to be the beneficiaries. I do like Ball, but it’s a tough matchup.

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