Each week we will make predictions on who we think will potentially outperform and underperform their weekly fantasy projections. (These projections are provided by Sit or Start Fantasy Football using standard PPR scoring.) We make these predictions to help you figure out which players can help you win your matchup and/or to nudge you in the right direction for that lineup decision you’ve been sitting on all week. Let’s see who’s going to be this week’s heroes and zeroes.

 

First, full disclosure from our Week 7 selections:


Heroes:

Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals

Week 7 Projection: 20 pts

Actual -- 7 pts                

 

Derrick Henry, RB, Titans

Week 7 Projection: 15 pts

Actual -- 18 pts

 

Zeroes:

Allen Robinson, WR, Bears

Week 7 Projection: 14 pts

Actual -- 24 pts      

 

Jared Cook, TE, Saints

Week 7 Projection: 7 pts

Actual -- 0 pts

 

I think this past fantasy football week is one most of us can easily forget, unless you started Marvin Jones (10 rec, 93 yards, 4 touchdowns).  Kyler Murray did not need to do much in his game against the Giants as Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds blew up for 3 rushing touchdowns. Allen Robinson scored a garbage time touchdown in a loss versus the Saints to put him over his projection and we won’t count Jared Cook who was ruled out just after we posted.  We will take credit for Derrick Henry, who had 108 total yards and a touchdown.  So let’s try to get back to perfection in Week 8’s version of Heroes and Zeroes. This week we will focus on:

 

Heroes

 

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Titans

Week 8 Projection: 16 pts

In his first week as a starter for the Titans, Tannehill did a good job in their win versus the Chargers. He was efficient going 23 for 29 with 312 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. He will continue to start over Marcus Mariota and has a juicy matchup this week against the Buccaneers at home. The Bucs have given up the most passing yards per game in the NFL this year and their quarterback, Jameis Winston, has been a turnover machine. Winston has the second most interceptions this year (10), which means he could be giving the ball back to Tannehill for more scoring opportunities. If you have Tannehill, you need to start him this week.

 

Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions

Week 8 Projection: 15 pts

It has been feast or famine with Golladay this season and if he continues that same trend then Week 8 is going to be a solid one for him. If you look below at his 2019 game logs, you can see that he will have two decent games and then an absolute dud:

@ Cardinals- 4 rec, 42 yards, 1 touchdown

vs Chargers- 8 rec, 117 yards, 1 touchdown

@ Eagles- 2 rec, 17 yards

vs Chiefs - 5 rec, 67 yards, 2 touchdowns

@ Packers- 5 rec, 121 yards

vs Vikings- 1 rec, 21 yards

As we mentioned in the open, Marvin Jones was the Lions receiver to start last week, but this week we are going with Golladay. The Lions host the Giants who have given up the eighth most fantasy points to wide receivers and have allowed over 250 passing yards per game this year. Matthew Stafford has been averaging over 291 yards per game, so the moons are aligning for Golladay to have a solid week. Look for him to bounce back from his poor performance last week. 

 

Zeroes

 

Matt Moore, QB, Chiefs

Week 8 Projection: 15 pts

Matt Moore was one of the most added players across all MyFantasyLeague (MFL) teams leading up to this week. Blind bid dollars were being thrown his way by over 27% of MFL owners. Remarkably though, Patrick Mahomes is actually practicing following his dislocated kneecap, so the writing is on the wall that Moore will only be used to stream for maybe two weeks. In his one half of relief last week, Moore was 10 for 19 with 117 yards and a touchdown. Although 57 of those yards came from a Tyreek Hill touchdown catch. Green Bay hasn’t been the greatest against the pass this year surrendering 252 yards per game. The Packers have been particularly tough on quarterbacks by only allowing 15 fantasy points per game, which ranks seventh best in the league. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense have been great this season and if this game gets into a position where Matt Moore is forced to throw the ball to win I wouldn’t be too confident. Especially considering he has only had one week of practice with the starting offense. I know everyone will throw him out there, but don’t expect him to light it up. Look for him to underperform his projection this week.

 

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

Week 8 Projection: 15 pts

Last week, Devonta Freeman was ejected from the game for throwing a punch at Aaron Donald. Not a smart idea, especially after Donald picked Freeman up by his collar with one hand. Regardless, it has been tough for Freeman this year getting loose on the ground. In seven games this year, Freeman has five games of 30 yards rushing or less. He also has zero rushing touchdowns and it is looking like Matt Schaub could be starting in place of injured quarterback Matt Ryan.  The Falcons welcome in the Seahawks to Atlanta this Sunday and the Seahawks have only given up seven rushing touchdowns all year. This has the potential to be an ugly game for the Falcons at home. Don’t expect Freeman to hit his fantasy projection this week.