Fantasy Football: Week 8 IDP Rankings & Tiers

2T0B3B7 Tennessee Titans linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (2) gestures to the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)

Tennessee Titans linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair becomes a must-start: Al-Shaair is coming off back-to-back strong games and draws another great matchup to keep it rolling in Week 8.

Big bounce-back game for Kamren Curl: Curl was quiet in Week 7, but his deployment is among the best for IDP safeties this season. He faces a team that has allowed the most tackles to the safety position this season.

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No NFL teams are on a bye in Week 8, giving fantasy football managers plenty of options to choose from for those IDP starting lineups. Dive in to find the best matchups and players to consider for this coming week. 

Check the rankings page for any updates closer to game time.

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WR:CB Matchup Chart


1 1A Zaire Franklin IND NO
2 1A Roquan Smith BLT @ ARZ Q
3 1A Foyesade Oluokun JAX @ PIT
4 1A Kyzir White ARZ BLT
5 1B Bobby Okereke NYG NYJ
6 1B Quincy Williams NYJ @ NYG
7 1B Alex Singleton DEN KC
8 1B Bobby Wagner SEA CLV
9 1C Fred Warner SF CIN
10 1C Lavonte David TB @ BUF TNF
11 1C Azeez Al-Shaair TEN ATL
12 1C Quay Walker GB MIN
13 2A Terrel Bernard BUF TB TNF
14 2A C.J. Mosley NYJ @ NYG
15 2A Frankie Luvu CAR HST Q
16 2A Dre Greenlaw SF CIN
17 2B T.J. Edwards CHI @ LAC SNF
18 2B Jordan Hicks MIN @ GB
19 2B Drue Tranquill KC @ DEN WW
20 2B Patrick Queen BLT @ ARZ
21 2C Kenneth Murray Jr. LAC CHI SNF
22 2C Cole Holcomb PIT JAX
23 2C Logan Wilson CIN @ SF
24 2C Robert Spillane LV @ DET MNF
25 3A Ernest Jones LAR @ DAL Q
26 3A Jordyn Brooks SEA CLV Q
27 3A Tremaine Edmunds CHI @ LAC SNF
28 3A Henry To’oTo’o HST @ CAR
29 3B Devin White TB @ BUF TNF
30 3B Germaine Pratt CIN @ SF
31 3B Nate Landman ATL @ TEN
32 3B Pete Werner NO @ IND
33 3C Jamin Davis WAS PHI
34 3C Devin Lloyd JAX @ PIT
35 3C Josey Jewell DEN KC
36 3C Eric Kendricks LAC CHI SNF
37 4A Jack Gibbens TEN ATL
38 4A Alex Anzalone DET LV MNF
39 4A Damone Clark DAL LAR
40 4A Luke Masterson LV @ DET WW/MNF
41 4B De'Vondre Campbell GB MIN Q
42 4B Demario Davis NO @ IND Q
43 4B Ja'Whaun Bentley NE @ MIA
44 4B Zach Cunningham PHI @ WAS
45 4C Shaquille Leonard IND NO
46 4C Kaden Elliss ATL @ TEN
47 4C Micah McFadden NYG NYJ
48 4C Josh Woods ARZ BLT
49 5A Nakobe Dean PHI @ WAS
50 5A Anthony Walker Jr. CLV @ SEA Q
51 5A Willie Gay KC @ DEN
52 5A Tyrel Dodson BUF TB WW/TNF
53 5B David Mayo WAS PHI WW
54 5B Christian Rozeboom LAR @ DAL
55 5B Jack Campbell DET LV WW/MNF
56 5B Jerome Baker MIA NE
57 5C Denzel Perryman HST @ CAR
58 5C Blake Cashman HST @ CAR
59 5C Kwon Alexander PIT JAX
60 5C David Long Jr. MIA NE Q

Kyzir White (LB4) is coming off a quiet game with just five total tackles. He did, however, add two tackles for loss and a pass breakup while playing 100% of the defensive snaps. These games happen all the time for linebackers, especially against non-optimal opponents — as the Seahawks were last week. This week, White draws a matchup against the Ravens, who are the most optimal opponent for linebacker tackles, giving up 20.6 per game to the position. This is a great boost for White, who is the lone every-down linebacker on a zone-heavy defense in Arizona, making him a top-tier start this week.

Prior to Azeez Al-Shaair‘s (LB11) Week 7 bye, he posted back-to-back 15-tackle games and earned his way into must-start territory as the Titans' lone every-down linebacker. Al-Shaair becomes even more enticing this week against the Falcons, who have allowed 19.3 tackles per game to opposing linebackers, which is tied for the fourth most in the league heading into Week 8.

Dorian Williams and Tyrel Dodson (LB51) can be avoided this week, especially with no teams on a bye. There are better available options to trust in starting lineups. After seemingly securing an every-down role in Week 6, Williams was subsequently benched in Week 7 for Dodson due to poor play. It remains to be seen whether the team goes back to Williams this week or if Dodson will be the starter going forward. So for now, IDP managers should find better options.


1 1A Micah Parsons DAL LAR
2 1A Maxx Crosby LV @ DET MNF
3 1A Nick Bosa SF CIN
4 1A Myles Garrett CLV @ SEA
5 1B T.J. Watt PIT JAX
6 1B Haason Reddick PHI @ WAS
7 1B Josh Allen JAX @ PIT
8 1B Aidan Hutchinson DET LV MNF
9 1C Josh Sweat PHI @ WAS
10 1C Danielle Hunter MIN @ GB
11 1C Kayvon Thibodeaux NYG NYJ Q
12 1C Brian Burns CAR HST Q
13 2A Alex Highsmith PIT JAX
14 2A Jaelan Phillips MIA NE
15 2A Rashan Gary GB MIN
16 2A Trey Hendrickson CIN @ SF
17 2B Joey Bosa LAC CHI SNF
18 2B Chase Young WAS PHI
19 2B Montez Sweat WAS PHI
20 2B DeMarcus Lawrence DAL LAR
21 2C Carl Granderson NO @ IND
22 2C Will Anderson Jr. HST @ CAR
23 2C Sam Hubbard CIN @ SF
24 2C Za'Darius Smith CLV @ SEA
25 3A Khalil Mack LAC CHI SNF
26 3A Harold Landry III TEN ATL
27 3A Kwity Paye IND NO
28 3A Bradley Chubb MIA NE
29 3B Jermaine Johnson NYJ @ NYG
30 3B Greg Rousseau BUF TB TNF
31 3B George Karlaftis KC @ DEN
32 3B Byron Young LAR @ DAL
33 3C Odafe Oweh BLT @ ARZ WW
34 3C Samson Ebukam IND NO
35 3C Denico Autry TEN ATL
36 3C Cameron Jordan NO @ IND
37 4A Jonathan Greenard HST @ CAR
38 4A Andrew Van Ginkel MIA NE
39 4A Jonathon Cooper DEN KC
40 4A Preston Smith GB MIN
41 4B Travon Walker JAX @ PIT
42 4B Shaquil Barrett TB @ BUF TNF
43 4B Randy Gregory SF CIN
44 4B Michael Hoecht LAR @ DAL
45 4C Mike Danna KC @ DEN
46 4C Tuli Tuipuloto LAC CHI SNF
47 4C Yannick Ngakoue CHI @ LAC SNF
48 4C Darrell Taylor SEA CLV WW
49 5A Charles Omenihu KC @ DEN
50 5A Leonard Floyd BUF TB TNF
51 5A Boye Mafe SEA CLV
52 5A Anfernee Jennings NE @ MIA
53 5B Jadeveon Clowney BLT @ ARZ
54 5B Ogbo Okoronkwo CLV @ SEA Q
55 5B Lorenzo Carter ATL @ TEN
56 5B Dayo Odeyingbo IND NO
57 5C Cameron Thomas ARZ BLT
58 5C Deatrich Wise Jr. NE @ MIA Q
59 5C Brandon Graham PHI @ WAS
60 5C Bud Dupree ATL @ TEN

Josh Allen (ED7) draws a favorable matchup against the Steelers, who rank 31st in the league in pass-blocking grade (38.6). Allen is in the midst of a career year in terms of pass-rush metrics, earning an 85.0 pass-rush grade through seven weeks that ranks 11th among edge defenders and posting a career-high 18.2% pass-rush win rate.

Kayvon Thibodeaux (ED11) enters this week red-hot, as he’s delivered 5.5 sacks in five games and now draws a strong matchup against the Jets, who rank 26th in pass-blocking grade (53.3), and Zach Wilson, whose pressure-to-sack conversion rate is a bottom-10 mark in the NFL (21.3%). Thibodeaux is also averaging a very high 88% of defensive snaps on the year, putting him in a great spot to get plenty of sack opportunities this week.


1 1A Chris Jones KC @ DEN
2 1A Jeffery Simmons TEN ATL
3 1A DeForest Buckner IND NO
4 1A Quinnen Williams NYJ NYG
5 1B Aaron Donald LAR @ DAL
6 1B Jalen Carter PHI @ WAS
7 1B Javon Hargrave SF CIN
8 1B Christian Wilkins MIA NE
9 1C Dexter Lawrence NYG NYJ
10 1C Jonathan Allen WAS PHI
11 1C David Onyemata ATL @ TEN
12 1C Leonard Williams NYG NYJ
13 2A Derrick Brown CAR HST
14 2A Arik Armstead SF CIN
15 2A Ed Oliver BUF TB Q/TNF
16 2A Osa Odighizuwa DAL LAR
17 2B Grady Jarrett ATL @ TEN
18 2B Daron Payne WAS PHI
19 2B Dre'Mont Jones SEA CLV
20 2B Justin Madubuike BLT @ ARZ
21 2C Kenny Clark GB MIN
22 2C DJ Reader CIN @ SF
23 2C Zach Sieler MIA NE
24 2C Zach Allen DEN KC
25 3A Jarran Reed SEA CLV
26 3A B.J. Hill CIN @ SF
27 3A Harrison Phillips MIN @ GB
28 3A Christian Barmore NE @ MIA Q
29 3B Dalvin Tomlinson CLV @ SEA
30 3B Vita Vea TB @ BUF Q/TNF
31 3B Larry Ogunjobi PIT JAX
32 3B Fletcher Cox PHI @ WAS
33 3C Roy Robertson-Harris JAX @ PIT
34 3C Maliek Collins HST @ CAR
35 3C Nathan Shepherd NYJ @ NYG
36 3C Devonte Wyatt GB MIN Q

Jalen Carter is the clear favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, and it’s easy to see why. He sports a 90.0 pass-rush grade in Year 1, which ranks third at his position. He has also totaled 27 pressures (fourth) and 3.5 sacks this season. Carter draws the ultimate matchup for pass-rushers in Week 8, going against Sam Howell, who has taken more sacks (40) and allowed a higher pressure-to-sack conversion rate (33.1%) than any quarterback in the league. After highlighting Dexter Lawrence last week and his delivering two sacks on the day, expect a similar performance from Carter in Week 8.


1 1A Derwin James Jr. LAC CHI SNF
2 1A Kamren Curl WAS PHI
3 1A Budda Baker ARZ BLT
4 1A Kyle Dugger NE @ MIA
5 1B Dax Hill CIN @ SF
6 1B Jevon Holland MIA NE Q
7 1B Jaquan Brisker CHI @ LAC Q/SNF
8 1B Julian Blackmon IND NO
9 1C Jalen Pitre HST @ CAR
10 1C Grant Delpit CLV @ SEA
11 1C Camryn Bynum MIN @ GB
12 1C Jamal Adams SEA CLV
13 2A Antoine Winfield Jr. TB @ BUF TNF
14 2A Kyle Hamilton BLT @ ARZ
15 2A Vonn Bell CAR HST Q
16 2A Jayron Kearse DAL LAR
17 2B Kevin Byard PHI @ WAS
18 2B Minkah Fitzpatrick PIT JAX
19 2B Jabrill Peppers NE @ MIA
20 2B Jessie Bates III ATL @ TEN
21 2C Richie Grant ATL @ TEN
22 2C Jordan Fuller LAR @ DAL
23 2C Justin Reid KC @ DEN
24 2C Tyrann Mathieu NO @ IND Q
25 3A Rayshawn Jenkins JAX @ PIT
26 3A Harrison Smith MIN @ GB
27 3A Nick Scott CIN @ SF
28 3A Xavier McKinney NYG NYJ
29 3B Reed Blankenship PHI @ WAS Q
30 3B Amani Hooker TEN ATL
31 3B Jordan Whitehead NYJ @ NYG
32 3B Brian Branch DET LV MNF
33 3C Talanoa Hufanga SF CIN
34 3C Rudy Ford GB MIN
35 3C Jordan Poyer BUF TB TNF
36 3C Josh Metellus MIN @ GB
37 4A Jimmie Ward HST @ CAR
38 4A Sam Franklin Jr. CAR HST
39 4A Ryan Neal TB @ BUF TNF
40 4A Marcus Maye NO @ IND
41 4B Geno Stone BLT @ ARZ
42 4B Justin Simmons DEN KC Q
43 4B Jalen Thompson ARZ BLT Q
44 4B Jason Pinnock NYG NYJ
45 4C Jonathan Owens GB MIN WW
46 4C Tracy Walker III DET LV MNF
47 4C Tre'von Moehrig LV @ DET MNF
48 4C DeShon Elliott MIA NE
49 5A Elijah Hicks CHI @ LAC SNF
50 5A Terrell Edmunds TEN ATL
51 5A Kerby Joseph DET LV MNF
52 5A Donovan Wilson DAL LAR
53 5B Russ Yeast LAR @ DAL
54 5B Marcus Epps LV @ DET MNF
55 5B Micah Hyde BUF TB TNF
56 5B Tashaun Gipson Sr. SF CIN
57 5C Percy Butler WAS PHI
58 5C Andre Cisco JAX @ PIT Q
59 5C Julian Love SEA CLV
60 5C Rodney Thomas II IND NO

Kamren Curl (S2) had an unusually quiet Week 7, with just three total tackles on the day, but he played 100% of the defensive snaps, which should calm the nerves of fantasy managers panicked by the box score. Curl has played 43% of his defensive snaps in the box this season, which is about as ideal of a deployment as we can ask for from an IDP perspective. He also draws a matchup against the Eagles this week, who are averaging the most tackles allowed to the safety position this season (18.1), making it a great bounce-back spot for Curl.

Julian Blackmon (S8) is in a similar boat as Curl, in that he has been quiet as of late as a tackler but is getting some of the best usage for an IDP safety this season. Blackmon has played 46% of his defensive snaps in the box this season but has been held to five or fewer tackles in each of the past three games. All three of those games came against below-average opponents in allowing tackles to the safety position, and two of them (Tennessee and Jacksonville) are among the bottom five squads in giving up tackles to opposing safeties. Blackmon should be able to get back on track this week, thanks to his ideal usage and a matchup against the Saints — a top-12 team in giving up tackles to the safety position this season.


1 1A Trent McDuffie KC @ DEN
2 1A Deommodore Lenoir SF CIN
3 1A Kader Kohou MIA NE Q
4 1A Kenny Moore II IND NO
5 1B Michael Davis LAC CHI SNF
6 1B Jamel Dean TB @ BUF TNF
7 1B Jerry Jacobs DET LV Q/MNF
8 1B Devon Witherspoon SEA CLV
9 1C L'Jarius Sneed KC @ DEN
10 1C Carlton Davis III TB @ BUF TNF
11 1C DaRon Bland DAL LAR
12 1C Nate Hobbs LV @ DET Q/MNF
13 2A Darious Williams JAX @ PIT
14 2A Marshon Lattimore NO @ IND
15 2A Tyrique Stevenson CHI @ LAC SNF
16 2A D.J. Reed NYJ @ NYG Q
17 2B Charvarius Ward SF CIN
18 2B Kyler Gordon CHI @ LAC SNF
19 2B Sauce Gardner NYJ @ NYG Q
20 2B Asante Samuel Jr. LAC CHI SNF
21 2C Tyson Campbell JAX @ PIT Q
22 2C Pat Surtain II DEN KC
23 2C Brandon Stephens BLT @ ARZ
24 2C Xavien Howard MIA NE Q
25 3A Taron Johnson BUF TB TNF
26 3A Levi Wallace PIT JAX Q
27 3A Darius Slay PHI @ WAS
28 3A Marco Wilson ARZ BLT
29 3B J.C. Jackson NE @ MIA
30 3B Deonte Banks NYG NYJ
31 3B Byron Murphy Jr. MIN @ GB
32 3B Patrick Peterson PIT JAX
33 3C Derion Kendrick LAR @ DAL
34 3C Tavierre Thomas HST @ CAR
35 3C Kendall Fuller WAS PHI
36 3C Christian Benford BUF TB TNF
37 4A Paulson Adebo NO @ IND
38 4A Cam Taylor-Britt CIN @ SF
39 4A Roger McCreary TEN ATL Q
40 4A Rasul Douglas GB MIN
41 4B Stephon Gilmore DAL LAR
42 4B CJ Henderson CAR HST
43 4B Sean Murphy-Bunting TEN ATL
44 4B Greg Newsome II CLV @ SEA
45 4C Martin Emerson Jr. CLV @ SEA
46 4C Akayleb Evans MIN @ GB
47 4C Jaylon Johnson CHI @ LAC SNF
48 4C Cobie Durant LAR @ DAL

Jamel Dean (CB6) has been one of the more efficient tacklers at the cornerback position this season (11.1%) and now draws a great matchup against the Bills on Thursday night. Buffalo has yielded 15.6 tackles per game to the cornerback position, which is the third-best mark in the league for Dean and Carlton Davis (CB10) to take advantage of this week.

Tyrique Stevenson (CB15) is a great streaming option this week against the Chargers, who rank just behind Buffalo in tackles yielded to opposing cornerbacks per game (15.5) this season. Stevenson has been picked on by opposing offenses, ranking among the five most-targeted cornerbacks on the year (48), which includes 17 targets thrown his way last week — the most faced by any player in one game this season.


  • DNP: Did not participate in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • LP: Limited participation in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • D: Player is doubtful to play due to injury
  • Q: Player is questionable to play due to injury
  • TNF: Player is playing on Thursday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • SNF: Player is playing on Sunday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • MNF: Player is playing on Monday Night Football. Set lineups accordingly.
  • UK: Player is playing on Sunday morning’s London game. Set lineups accordingly.
  • WW: Potential waiver-wire target (see Weekly IDP Fantasy Report).

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