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Week 8 Free Agent Focus

By DS Staff 8:55pm EDT 10/24/21


Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-7%

Coming off a bye week, Ryan posted a 336-2-1 passing line against Miami. He’s now hit 2+ passing scores in 4 straight. Next up is a home matchup with a Panthers pass D that ranked 18th in fantasy points allowed to QBs entering Week 7.


D’Ernest Johnson, RB, Browns

Blind-bid recommendation: 25-35%

Johnson was excellent in Thursday night’s win over the Broncos, earning Pro Football Focus’ highest single-game rushing grade of the season and tallying 146 yards and a score on 22 totes.

We don’t think Johnson will see enough action to be a fantasy option when RB Nick Chubb returns -- but we’re not completely ruling it out. And Chubb isn’t a lock to make it back for Week 8.


Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Eagles

Blind-bid recommendation: 25-35%

It doesn’t matter so much that Gainwell caught the 1st TD of Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. What makes him a key pickup for this week is Miles Sanders leaving the game with a right ankle injury.

No backfield hit Week 7 averaging fewer carries per game than Philadelphia’s, so even working as the #1 wouldn’t make Gainwell a RB1-level play. But he’ll certainly be in starting consideration for the Week 8 visit to Detroit if Sanders remains out. Gainwell had already tied Sanders for 4th on the team in targets entering Sunday’s game. His 8 targets against the Raiders trailed only DeVonta Smith among Eagles.

Gainwell hit Sunday available in more than 70% of ESPN leagues.


Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos

Blind-bid recommendation: 50-70%

Jeudy is rostered in about two-thirds of ESPN leagues, but we wanted to give him a mention just in case he’s available in your league.

He’s on track to return from his high-ankle sprain this coming week -- and walks right into a plus matchup vs. Washington. Jeudy racked up 6 catches on 7 targets for 72 yards in just about 1 half of action before going down in the season opener.


Darius Slayton, WR, Giants

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-15%

He was left standing as New York’s top WR Sunday and delivered 5 catches on 9 targets for 63 yards. We’ll see if the Giants get Sterling Shepard, Kenny Golladay and/or Kadarius Toney back for Week 8. But a matchup with the Chiefs makes Slayton worth adding if you need WR help.



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Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber, RBs, Raiders

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-20%

With Josh Jacobs leaving early and Peyton Barber a healthy scratch, Drake’s 14 carries and 69 rushing yards led the Raiders in Sunday’s win over the Eagles. He added a TD on the ground, as well as 3 receptions for 10 yards. (Jacobs caught another 3 passes for 39 yards.)

Jacobs will now have the Week 8 bye to rest, but Drake is worth stashing where possible in case Jacobs is out for Week 9’s visit to the Giants. Barber is also worth a stash, though. Remember that he operated as Vegas’ lead back when Jacobs missed Weeks 2 and 3, totaling 36 carries and 5 targets.


Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots

Blind-bid recommendation: 5-10%

With RB Rhamondre Stevenson healthy scratched again Sunday, Bolden was back in a pass-catching role for New England. He hauled in 6 of 7 targets for 79 yards and a score. That gives him 3+ catches in 4 of the last 5 games, with 4+ in 3 of those.

Bolden could be helpful in PPR leagues as we continue to fight through the bye weeks.


Allen Lazard, WR, Packers

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-7%

His 6 targets, 5 catches and 60 yards in Sunday’s win over Washington were all season highs. Lazard also scored for the 2nd straight game.

He’ll be a low-end fantasy starter in Thursday night’s potential shootout vs. the Cardinals -- as long as Marquez Valdes-Scantling remains out with his hamstring injury.


Kalif Raymond, WR, Lions

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-5%

His 115 yards on Sunday were easily a season high. Raymond didn’t top 68 yards in any of the first 6 weeks. But Week 7 also marked his third 6-catch game among the past 5. He’s seen 6+ targets in 4 of the past 5 weeks.

Raymond isn’t a comfortable fantasy play in this Lions offense, but he might come in handy as a bye-week flier.


Foster Moreau, TE, Raiders

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-10%

With Darren Waller out, Moreau ranked 2nd on the team with 6 targets. He caught all 6 for a team-high 60 yards and 1 of Vegas’ 2 TDs. The Week 8 bye comes at a good time for Waller. We’ll see about the status of his injured ankle on the other side.


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