3 Lessons Learned After Week 8

Chris Allen reviews three noteworthy performances coming out of Week 8 and provides some advice for fantasy managers on how to approach their situations going forward.

The focus in Week 8 was the weather. Multiple games were heavily scrutinized for the optimal fantasy plays due to high winds or rain expected throughout the contest. Regardless, the disappointing results for some of our favorite players warranted a closer look. To that end, I reviewed a few of our favorite plays heading into Week 8 that disappointed us in the box score and how to approach their values as we head into Week 9.

Quarterback: Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Week 8 Results: 23.5 (Projected), 14.8 (Actual)

The Ravens’ loss to Pittsburgh in Week 8 cemented what we had all been thinking for the past few weeks. Baltimore’s offense isn’t the same powerhouse it was in 2019. That’s not to say they haven’t been dominant. Their only losses were against Kansas City and the undefeated Steelers but the context doesn’t shake us from the idea that Lamar isn’t the same quarterback. At least, not the same fantasy quarterback. He’s only had three QB1 finishes through seven games and was outscored by Daniel Jones, Nick Foles, and Nick Mullens who only played in one quarter. Jackson’s elevated ADP and disappointing results have caused us to look back at our draft process and see what we may have missed in getting aggressive at quarterback on draft day. I took a deeper look at Jackson with some thoughts on how to adjust expectations moving forward.

Advice Moving Forward:

Only viable starters in 12-team leagues should be considered, but Lamar Jackson is still your starting quarterback. I’m giving the slight hedge in favor of anyone that may have picked up someone like Justin Herbert despite already having Jackson. Another example would be if Carson Wentz had been dropped due to the Eagles going on their scheduled bye in Week 9. Regardless, the list of quarterbacks to consider over Lamar is -- as it should be -- short. Jackson isn’t dominating as he did in 2019, but the situation isn’t as dire as some would think.

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