Welcome to week 8. The byes and injuries each week are making our choices more difficult. Thankfully, the fantasy crystal ball has been clear about a handful of players in week 8. Let’s see who has been selected.
Running Back: Start ’em
Phillip Lindsay (Denver Broncos)
Royce Freeman is out for week 8. Right off the bat, Phillip Lindsay’s workload will increase.
The Broncos are playing the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs have done the following:
- In four out of seven games, allowed multiple running backs double digit fantasy points.
- In two of the three games where they did not allow multiple running backs double digits, the lone running back finished as an RB1.
Phillip Lindsay will be an RB1 this week and has the potential to be top 5 in the position for week 8. Start him!
Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks)
Seattle is playing against the same Detroit Lions defense that just allowed Kenyan Drake to have an RB1 week (11th RB overall). Yes, Kenyan Drake only had 10 touches, perhaps you want to call the performance a fluke. The Lions defense has allowed monster RB fantasy points in five out of their six games. The sixth game was against the Packers. We do not speak positively about the Packers running game.
Chris Carson will have the workload against a positive opponent. We might even see Russell Wilson use his legs!
Running Back: Sit ’em
Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers)
You might be persuaded to start Aaron Jones against the LA Rams by looking at the projections in your league. Don’t be fooled. He is getting minimal touches in a three-headed-monster run scheme. He is not a part of the passing game. The Rams are capable of giving up points, but only when their opponent is able to focus on the running game. The Packers will not have that luxury. They will be focusing on their strengths to stay competitive in the game. Captain Obvious says, “The offensive strength for the Packers is the passing game.” I repeat, Aaron Jones is not part of the passing game. Sit him down and don’t look back. Perhaps you could try trading him to one of those people who still think he is good for fantasy this season.
Carlos Hyde and/or T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville Jaguars)
I do not like the matchup. The Jaguars play the Philadelphia Eagles. The only running back that has had success against the Eagles is Saquon Barkley. Hyde and Yeldon aren’t good enough to lick the dirt off of Barkley’s cleats (I get bonus points for using lines from The Sandlot). The assumption is that Hyde will be the lead back and Yeldon will get the passing downs. It’s a safe assumption, but it hasn’t been proven. Based on Yeldon’s performance without Fournette, this could very easily be a 50/50 split. The Jags are imploding lately so if they fall behind, and the RB position assumption is true, Hyde won’t see the field very often. There are too many assumptions (plus the matchup, plus the offensive troubles in Jacksonville) to start either of these guys. If you must flex one of them, I vote Yeldon.
Tight End: Start ’em
David Njoku (Cleveland Browns)
29 targets, 17 catches, 178 yards, 2 touchdowns. That is Njoku’s stat line over the last three games. The Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch from week 1. Njoku didn’t do well that game, but the Browns were using Tyrod Taylor. Lately, Njoku has been building a rapport with Baker Mayfield AND the Steelers have been allowing fantasy points to the Tight End position. You might notice that the matchup color on your league page is Green. Green is good.
C.J. Uzomah (Cincinatti Bengals)
I couldn’t get through one week without selecting a start ’em who is facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bengals face them this week. Remember in week 7, when Andy Dalton was awful and the Bengals only scored 10 points? C.J. Uzomah still had 8.4 half PPR points. He is an integral part of the Bengals offense and has a wonderful matchup against a terrible defense.
Tight End: Sit ’em
Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings)
If you’re stuck starting Kyle Rudolph, go for it. He usually has a decent floor and you’ll probably do better with Rudolph than the barf sitting on the waiver wire. If you have another option, take it. The Vikings first two options in the red zone are Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Truth be told, they SHOULD use Rudolph in the red zone because when they do, he has success! (5 targets, 3 receptions, 2 touchdowns)
In addition, the Vikings are facing the New Orleans Saints who have not allowed many fantasy points to Tight Ends, an average of 4.9 points per game.
Baltimore Ravens Tight Ends
FIVE TARGETS! I’ve written about the 3 or 4 tight ends that the Ravens rotate during each game. But as a collective position, they were targeted five times in week 7. Two receptions by tight ends. Mark Andrews had 1 catch for 8 yards. It happened to be a touchdown. Good luck guessing if that happens again! What a mess.
Good luck to each of you in week 8! Unless you’re facing me. In that case, I hope that World Series game four catches your attention and they go for 18 innings again. Then you sleep in and neglect your fantasy lineup!