2021 Season: McLateral's Week 8 Boom/Bust (PPR)

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The FantasyPros ECR projected points listed are those at the time of writing and may change as the week progresses as they are dynamic in nature.]

Week 8 Boom/Bust (PPR)

Week 8 Booms

Quarterback (QB)

Teddy Bridgewater
 (Denver Broncos) [17.1 projected points]

As I mentioned over at BallBlast Football this week, when Teddy Bridgewater gets to throw the ball, he does well in fantasy football. Regardless of whether the Denver Broncos win. Luckily for him, the Washington Football Team defense is exactly the defense to torch through the air. Expect Bridgewater to crack 20 fantasy football points in Week 8.

Running Back (RB)

Samaje Perine (Cincinnati Bengals) [7.0 projected points]

Yet another player from the BallBlast Football Heat Check this week. If Samaje Perine continues to be heavily used by the Cincinnati Bengals, fantasy football managers can start him. Full stop. Perine has seen at least a dozen opportunities per game over his past two games. The New York Jets are the best fantasy football matchup for opposing running backs right now. If Perine continues to see this usage against the Jets, he should double his seven-point projection in point-per-reception (PPR) fantasy football leagues.

Wide Receiver (WR)

T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) [8.2 projected points]

There is a chance that T.Y. Hilton's projection is low due to injury. After all, he is still not a guarantee to play this week. However, based on what Kyle Yate's had to say over at FantasyPros, there is a chance that experts are just down on Hilton anyway. However, there are reasons to trust Hilton if the Indianapolis Colts wide receiver is healthy. The Tennessee Titans are an incredible fantasy football matchup for opposing wide receivers, and Carson Wentz was comfortable throwing to Hilton in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. Hilton scores 13.5 PPR fantasy points on average against the Tennessee Titans. Even as the second wide receiver on the Colts' depth chart he has the potential to repeat such a performance.

Tight End (TE)

Gerald Everett (Seattle Seahawks)
 [6.2 projected points]

While the breakout that fantasy football managers were hoping for has not happened, Gerald Everett at least sees consistent usage. Even with Geno Smith at quarterback, he has seen a steady three targets per game. The Jacksonville Jaguars should provide an excellent opportunity for Smith to look Everett's way often, and a touchdown will have Everett double his PPR projected fantasy football points.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

: Kansas City Chiefs [5.8 projected points]

As I mentioned in, "The Lateral Show: 2021 Week 8 P-P-P-Preview!" this could be a get right game for the Kansas City Chiefs. Combine that with the fact that the New York Giants still have serious injury problems, and the Chiefs defense may be a surprise in Week 8.

Kicker (K)

Jake Elliott (Philadelphia Eagles) [7.3 projected points]

Jake Elliott has done okay with the opportunities he has seen this season. Unfortunately, those opportunities have also been few and far between. Luckily, the Philadelphia Eagles get the Detroit Lions in Week 8, and Elliott should finally get the chance to kick some field goals. The Lions are one of the best fantasy football matchups this season for opposing kickers.

Week 8 Busts

Quarterback (QB)

Tom Brady (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) [21.6 projected points] 

It is tough to bet against Tom Brady, but sometimes it has to be done. The New Orleans Saints defense is a terrible fantasy football matchup for opposing quarterbacks, and historically, they have been a tough matchup for Brady. Brady has averaged less than 17 points in seven games against the Saints. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be the better team, but Brady is unlikely to have an electric performance this week. 

Running Back (RB)

Nick Chubb (Pittsburgh Steelers) [15.7 projected points]

Nick Chubb has been touchdown or bust this season for fantasy football. Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Steelers have not been giving up many of those on the ground. In fact, they typically do not give up rushing touchdowns to Chubb in general. Over five games, the Cleveland Browns running back has averaged 68.8 rushing yards against the Steelers, but just 0.2 rushing touchdowns per game.

Wide Receiver (WR)

Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks) [14.0 projected points]

As long as Geno Smith is the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, Tyler Lockett is unplayable. Just look at his stats since Smith took over partway through Week 5. Smith simply does not feel comfortable throwing to Lockett.

Tight End (TE)

Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins) [12.6 projected points]

The Buffalo Bills are a terrible fantasy football matchup for opposing tight ends. That does not bode well for Mike Gesicki, despite his spate of good performances. Plus, if wide receiver DeVante Parker manages to play on Sunday, that could bring down the valuable target share that Gesicki needs.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Carolina Panthers [6.6 projected points]

The Carolina Panthers are trending in the wrong direction. They have lost four games in a row, during which time they have been fantasy football DST20. Conversely, their Week 8 opponent the Atlanta Falcons have won two out of their last three games, averaging 29 points per game. This confluence of events does not bode well for the Panthers DST.

Kicker (K)

Harrison Butker (Kansas City Chiefs) [8.5 projected points]

Week 8 may have the potential to be a bounce-back game for the stumbling Kansas City Chiefs, but that does not mean Harrison Butker will finally get to shine. The Chiefs kicker has been a disappointment from a fantasy football standpoint, mostly kicking extra points so far this year. That pattern seems likely to repeat against the New York Giants, who allow plenty of extra point opportunities, but not many field goals.

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