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NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football: Buy Low & Sell High Targets Based on High-Value Opportunities

Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) reacts after making a catch during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

High-end fantasy football performances and weekly finishes are fueled by routes run and high-value targets and touches. The majority of top scorers from last week saw healthy doses of end-zone targets, air yards, routes run, deep targets and goal-line carries. 

Chris Godwin, Terry McLaurin and Bryan Edwards were all long overdue to score based on their previous target volume inside the end zone. Each hit paydirt in Week 7: Trust the process. 

To find Week 8's version of Godwin or Edwards in the fantasy football rankings or as a waiver wire pickup, fantasy managers can leverage PFF’s fantasy stats tool to identify the players who saw the most high-value opportunities but failed to cash in. 

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These guys are the perfect “buy-low” candidates and will soon exceed fantasy expectations for weekly fantasy matchups or large-field DFS contests.


Most end-zone targets | Week 7
Player End-zone targets End-zone touchdowns
Mike Evans 3 2
DeAndre Hopkins 2 1
Jack Doyle 2 0
Cameron Brate 2 0
Chris Godwin 2 1
Darrell Henderson Jr. 2 0
Allen Lazard 2 1
Terry McLaurin 2 1
Tee Higgins 2 0

Welcome to Tee Higgins week. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver led all players in targets (16) in Week 7, many of which were the high-value variety. Higgins saw two end-zone targets, three targets of 20-plus air yards and 177 total air yards. Unfortunately, he failed to haul in any of his high-value touches from Joe Burrow, as his quarterback failed to deliver an accurate ball on these potential big plays.

Don’t expect that to be the norm — Burrow owns the league’s ninth-highest completion rate. Look for Higgins to cash in on his premier looks and team-leading 30% target share over the past three weeks in a massive way versus the New York Jets. Gang Green owns PFF’s sixth-worst coverage grade this season. 

Higgins is a steal at just $5,200 on DraftKings for Week 8. 

Mo Alie-Cox is bound to generate buzz off the waiver wire, but he is not running more routes or seeing more end-zone targets than fellow tight end Jack Doyle. This makes chasing the behemoth's streak of four touchdowns in the last four weeks ill-advised until he completely overtakes the TE1 role. 

Cameron Brate separated himself from O.J. Howard in routes run versus the Chicago Bears and also commanded two end-zone targets. He’s a decent streaming tight end option if Rob Gronkowski misses another week. 

Other wide receivers/tight ends who should experience positive touchdown regression based on their target volume inside the 5-yard line include CeeDee Lamb, Courtland Sutton, DeVonta Smith, Diontae Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku, Ricky Seals-Jones, Tyler Higbee and Allen Robinson II


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