Optimizing Your Fantasy Football Roster: Week 8 Recap and Targets
Week 8 of the 2023 NFL season has come to a close, and it’s time to analyze the players you should be targeting in your fantasy football leagues. Whether you’re playing in smaller leagues or deeper leagues, we’ve got you covered with recommendations for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends.
- Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (Rostered in 31.2% of leagues on ESPN)
Despite being sidelined due to injury, Murray is set to make a return as the Cardinals’ starting quarterback for the rest of the season. With consistent fantasy production and the potential for top-five finishes, Murray is a valuable addition to your roster.
- Sam Howell, Washington Commanders (30.3%)
Howell has been racking up impressive passing yards and touchdowns, making him a top-eight fantasy quarterback for the past four weeks. While his performance may not match other quarterbacks in terms of quality, his high volume of dropbacks makes him a reliable option, especially in close games or when the Commanders are underdogs.
- Derek Carr, New Orleans Saints (20.9%)
Carr may not be a starting quarterback in most weeks, but he’s been consistently finishing as a top-15 fantasy quarterback in recent games. With a favorable matchup against the Chicago Bears next week, Carr is an excellent option if you’re in need of a short-term replacement.
- Will Levis, Tennessee Titans (0.9%)
In his first NFL start, Levis impressed with an exceptional performance, throwing for four touchdowns. While his efficiency may not be sustainable, taking a chance on a rookie who shows promise can pay off. Keep an eye on Levis and consider adding him to your roster.
Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends
In addition to quarterbacks, it’s important to consider other positions when optimizing your fantasy roster. Here are some players to target:
- Chuba Hubbard, Carolina Panthers (42.9%)
Despite the return of Miles Sanders, Hubbard continues to dominate the backfield for the Panthers. If you’re in need of a running back, Hubbard is a reliable option.
- Free Agent Tight Ends
Consider targeting recently available tight ends such as Jake Ferguson, Logan Thomas, and Trey McBride. All three players scored touchdowns in their past games and are still available in many leagues.
Trade Deadline Strategy
With the trade deadline approaching, keep an eye on potential player movements that could impact the waiver wire and the availability of top running backs and wide receivers. Make strategic decisions based on the trade deadline outcomes to optimize your roster.
Remember, these recommendations are tailored to your fantasy football success. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your roster with these valuable players. Good luck!
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