The eighth week of the fantasy football season is upon us and there are millions of things to think about before setting your final lineup. So before finalizing your Week 8 starters, make sure to check out my five bold fantasy football predictions.
1. QB Matthew Stafford Will Throw 250 Yards & 3 TDs
Stafford has been red-hot over the last two weeks. The quarterback has averaged 302.5 yards over the last two games and has thrown seven touchdowns. He has a extremely favorable matchup this Sunday, as Detroit hosts the Dallas Cowboys and their atrocious secondary. Stafford showed last Sunday that he is willing to throw the ball into any type of coverage and this gunslinger mentality will always make him a threat to pile up fantasy points. Look for him to easily go over 250 yards and add a handful of touchdowns as well.
2. WR Jarrett Boykin Will Have Another Big Game
In the absence of receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, Boykin really stepped up last Sunday for the Green Bay Packers. He ended the Week 7 matchup with eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. It was truly a breakout game for the young wideout and has surely earned him a spot in the offense moving forward with the team’s depleted receiving core. He will get plenty of targets again this weekend versus the Minnesota Vikings and I fully expect him to have another big game in Week 8.
3. Kansas City Chiefs Will Rack Up 3 Turnovers & 5 Sacks
The Kansas City Chiefs have been the top-ranked fantasy defense all season and the unit seems to outperform many offensive players on a weekly basis. The team has a dream matchup in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns and it just screams fantasy gold. Cleveland has allowed 10 sacks over the last three weeks alone and the o-line will have an impossible task containing a relentless KC pass-rush. Sack specialists LB Justin Houston (10), Tamba Hali (9.0), and Dontari Poe (4.5) should have a field day this Sunday and easily be able to get to newly-appointed QB Jason Campbell five times.
4. TE Rob Gronkowski Will Catch A TD
The only thing missing from New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski’s stat line in his season debut was a touchdown. Last weekend, Gronk hauled in a team-high eight balls for 114 yards, but he was held out of the end-zone. This week the Pats play the Miami Dolphins and Gronk will have no problem catching his first touchdown of the 2013 season.
5. RB Marshawn Lynch Will Score 2 TDs
The Seattle Seahawks love to pound the ball inside with Lynch. The back has run the ball over 20 times in the past two games and has scored three touchdowns over that span. Lynch will run wild against the 30th ranked St. Louis Rams’ defense on Monday night and have no trouble finding the end-zone twice in yet another NFC West blowout.