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Fantasy football tips for Week 8: Devontae Booker should excel

Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) has looked great and gets an upgrade with C.J. Anderson out.
Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) has looked great and gets an upgrade with C.J. Anderson out. AP

Shoot Devontae Booker (Denver) way up the rankings with C.J. Anderson (knee) out – San Diego allows the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs and Booker looks exceptional (averaging 4.8 yards per carry).

▪  Look for another big game from LeGarrette Blount (New England) – Buffalo has been shredded for 491 yards rushing over the past three games. Blount continues to be a workhorse to close out games and he leads the NFL in fourth-quarter rushing attempts.

▪  Mike Evans (Tampa Bay) should again tee off this weekend – Oakland is the only team allowing more than 300 yards passing per game. Evans leads the NFL with nearly 32 percent of his team’s passing targets.

▪  Look for Jimmy Graham (Seattle) to be fired up making his first return to New Orleans as a Seahawk after being traded before the 2015 season. He will go against an epic-bad defense – after a slow start, the entire Seahawks offense should be able to get on track in this one.

▪  There seems to be no slowing Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona), who is just 39 receptions away from passing Marvin Harrison for third all-time in NFL history. The Panthers’ defense is coming off a bye week so maybe it has figured out some adjustments, but Carolina is allowing a league-worst 381 yards passing over its past three games.

▪  Now is the time to look to the waiver wire for a couple of promising young backs – who should be more involved coming off their team’s bye – in Kenneth Dixon (Baltimore) and Paul Perkins (N.Y. Giants). Dixon, in particular, has high upside and could be starting over Terrance West before too long.

Players to avoid

▪  Marvin Jones (Detroit) comes into Week 8 as the ninth-ranked receiver in fantasy. However, this should be a below-average week against Houston, which allows less than 185 yards passing per game. Likewise, Mathew Stafford is likely a candidate to sit against the second-ranked pass defense.

▪  Isaiah Crowell (Cleveland) has been a very reliable fantasy asset as the 19th-ranked fantasy running back this year, on pace for 1,376 total yards and nine touchdowns. However, Crowell faces a stiff Jets run defense that ranks second in the NFL at just 74.1 yards rushing per game.

▪  It’s best to look elsewhere if you have Philip Rivers (San Diego) or the Chargers receivers against a ferocious Denver defense – the Broncos allow the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.

▪  Jay Cutler (Bears) has been cleared to return after a thumb injury sidelined him for five games. It will not be a welcome-back party against a Vikings defense that has allowed just five passing touchdowns in seven games vs. nine interceptions and with 19 sacks. Sit all your Bears.

Other Week 8 sleepers

▪  DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) is way overdue for a score, and this weekend he will go against a Detroit defense allowing a league-worst 2.6 passing touchdowns per game. Likewise, Will Fuller could hit this week (and Detroit has allowed a ton of long passing plays).

▪  Chris Hogan (New England) was quiet last week but any Patriot is able to have big games in this offense on any given week. Hogan will get a boost to the rankings as he makes his first return to Buffalo after playing his first three NFL seasons there, so perhaps Tom Brady will make a point to dial him up a little more.

▪  Cordarrelle Patterson (Minnesota) is getting on the sleeper radar with six or more targets in three straight games, and this weekend he and the Vikings receivers will go against a defense that allows the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this year.

▪  He’s still a deep-sleeper, but look into stashing Tyreek Hill (Kansas City) now on the cheap. On just 14 receptions, Hill already has three receiving touchdowns. Hill has world-class speed and arguably had first-round talent, but fell to the fifth round of the NFL draft because of off-the-field issues.

▪  C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) is a prime deep-sleeper for Week 8 – he has caught 19 passes and two touchdowns in his past four games. Detroit has allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends this season.

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.