Hot Take House was on its bye week last week; therefore, we’re back with the bold predictions you need for Week 8 — and we had a special guest pop in to make his first entry into Hot Take House! However, before we get into the predictions for this week, we need to review the last ones made.
Week 6 Bold Predictions
- Robbie (@RobbieMacG94): “Kirk Cousins will be a top-five quarterback in fantasy football this week.” What started out as a disastrous bold prediction turned out to be closer than initially realized. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback came back to throw for 343 yards, three touchdowns, but threw three interceptions in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons. I’ve personally ranted about this before, however, it’s clear you can’t play Kirk Cousins in fantasy football. The only viable starters in that Vikings offense are Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson.
- Lucas (@lunar_lucas): “Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Lamar Jackson will throw for 250 yards, rush for 100 yards, and score four total touchdowns.” Well, he did rush for over 100 yards. However, the other two stipulations did not come to fruition. However, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback did throw for 189 yards, a touchdown, and rush for 108 yards and a touchdown, finishing as QB6 that week. In conclusion, this bold prediction was wrong, but on the right track.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “The Washington Football Team D/ST will outscore the Miami Dolphins D/ST this week.” See, what I meant to say was Washington’s defense would outscore Miami’s last week, while the Dolphins were on a bye. In all seriousness, my bold prediction was WRONG. The Dolphins did their job against the lowly, pathetic, downtrodden New York Jets, finishing fourth among fantasy defenses. Meanwhile, Washington managed to be outscored by their opposing defense, the New York Giants. Don’t start the Dolphins D/ST against the Los Angeles Rams, and don’t start the Football Team’s D/ST against the bye week.
- Caleb (@DJKaleeeb): “Laviska Shenault will be a top-15 wide receiver this week.” This bold prediction was more wrong than five thirty-eight predicting Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election. The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver finished as WR73 in fantasy football in Week 6, compiling three catches for 10 yards, in addition to a single rushing yard. However, his teammate Keelan Cole had a day against the Detroit Lions, compiling six catches for 148 yards. Shenault isn’t available to let fantasy owners down this week, because the Jaguars are on their bye week.
Week 8 Bold Predictions
- Chibs (@lateroundcorner): “No player on the Pittsburgh Steelers finishes as a top-10 play in fantasy football this week.” The Steelers’ fantasy options have been largely inconsistent week to week. Ben Roethlisberger is QB22, James Conner is RB15 (not bad), and Chase Claypool, their highest-scoring wide receiver is WR24 this season. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens defense to this point is a top-10 fantasy defense against running backs, and wide receivers. And with trading for Yannick Ngakoue last week, I expect this formidable Ravens defense to be even better. They currently boast the NFL’s best secondary to combat the Steelers’ receivers, while the front-seven is closing the gap on the Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Expect a tough day for your Steelers fantasy options on offense.
- Jake (@wutangx1134): “Jimmy Garoppolo will score more fantasy points than Russell Wilson this week.” San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been inconsistent in fantasy football this season. After getting hurt against the New York Jets, he returned to action to score negative fantasy points against the Miami Dolphins. However, he scored 23 fantasy points against the Los Angeles Rams the next week, finishing as QB9 overall. Fast forward to this week, the Seattle Seahawks are the worst fantasy defense against quarterbacks and wide receivers this season. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson faces a 49ers defense currently ranked in the top-10 against fantasy QBs. I fully believe Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense will still get theirs. However, even without Deebo Samuel this week, I expect Garoppolo and the 49ers to eat against that dreadful Seahawks defense. He’s a worthy stream for those who have QBs on the bye week, and will outscore Russell Wilson this week.
- Jake (@wutangx1134) Bonus Bold Prediction: “Carson Wentz will be a top-5 fantasy quarterback this week against the Dallas Cowboys.” Have we reached the end of time? I’ve consistently lambasted the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback as a fantasy option this season. So why the sudden change of heart you ask? Well, for starters, Wentz is currently QB8 in fantasy football; in spite of all the turnovers. Secondly, the Eagles are welcoming the return of rookie wide receiver Jalen Reagor. And finally, the Cowboys are a bottom-10 defense against every skill position in fantasy football this season. I have to give credit where it’s due. Carson Wentz has produced in spite of the myriad of injuries the Eagles have endured. With a favorable match-up against the Cowboys this week, Wentz will surely produce at a high level.
And there you have it. Those are our bold predictions for Week 8.
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