Bowens Film Room: Week 8 fantasy football upgrades and downgrades

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

After a week in which we really had to dig deep on our fantasy football rosters given the amount of teams on a bye, we have a pretty good slate of games to look at in Week 8. And as always in this piece, it’s about the tape — the schemes, the matchups, the trends — with the goal of finding deeper-league options worthy of starting or players you might want to downgrade when it’s time to set your lineup.

This week, I want to look at a rookie wide receiver who can give you volume versus zone coverage. There’s a tight end we need to discuss more based on offensive scheme, too. And I see a QB1 who might not bounce back given the defensive matchup he has on the schedule.

So, let’s get into it. Here are the players to upgrade, downgrade and monitor on the Week 8 NFL schedule.

Players to upgrade in Week 8

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