Sneaky Fantasy Football Players to Start in Week 8

Jason Schandl
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We're seven games into the fantasy football season, and with the heavy dose of change the NFL seems to bring us every week, most fantasy teams have been shaken up significantly since draft season. Injuries, duds and bye weeks have all been wreaking havoc, leaving holes in plenty of starting lineups.

Whatever the case, here are three sneaky players to start in fantasy football in Week 8, all of whom are owned in fewer than 25 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football Leagues.

1. Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (24% Owned)

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He may not have the big-play upside of John Brown, but Cole Beasley leads the Buffalo Bills with 46 targets on the season. He's not overly efficient, averaging only 6.2 yards per target, but when he gets a favorable matchup that volume still gives him plenty of fantasy upside. He showed that with a TD against the Miami Dolphins last week, and he should continue to impress in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, who have allowed the NFL's most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

2. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (17% Owned)

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Making his first start of the season in Week 7, Ryan Tannehill notched 19.2 fantasy points, throwing for 312 yards with two TDs and one interception on 23-of-29 passing. He's probably not going to stay that efficient for long, if his career averages are any indication, but a favorable Week 8 matchup leaves him offering some fantasy value anyway. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank 25th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings and have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

3. Keke Coutee, WR, Houston Texans (19% Owned)

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Will Fuller has been ruled out for the Houston Texans in Week 8, and while that gives Kenny Stills the biggest boost, it also leaves room for Keke Coutee to make an impact against the Oakland Raiders. Coutee and Fuller play distinctly different roles, but the second-year slot receiver still saw his snap share jump by 20 percent from Week 6 to Week 7, playing 69 percent with Fuller on the shelf. Coutee notched five targets and one carry in that game, making it his second straight performance with six opportunities. Oakland ranks 30th in pass defense DVOA and is allowing opponents to average the NFL's second-most adjusted yards per pass attempt in 2019.

For more help setting your lineups, be sure to check out our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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