WEEK 8 DRAFTKINGS/FANDUEL SELECTIONS

QUARTERBACK

Patrick Mahomes: vs DEN (DK 7000; FD 9200)

The Chiefs offense averaged 29 points in Alex Smith’s final five games as the Kansas City starter against the Broncos when the Denver defense was worthy of respect.  Imagine what Patrick Mahomes will do this weekend against this defense that clearly isn’t what it used to be.  300+ passing yards and a 3+ touchdown pass performances in five of seven games as well as 20+ fantasy point performances in six of seven; he has lived up to the preseason hype and shows no signs of slowing down in this high-octane offense.  If the Denver defense still causes concern, Mahomes did throw for 300 passing yards against Jacksonville, arguably the toughest defense he will face in 2018.  The question will be, can you afford to pay up and roster him?

Andy Dalton: vs TB (DK 6200; FD 7800)

Baker Mayfield may have struggled last week but Andy Dalton looks to continue how Drew Brees, Mitchell Trubisky, and Matt Ryan have all performed in home games against a terrible Buccaneers defense on the road.  300 yards and 3 passing touchdowns have been the floor for home quarterbacks against the Buccaneers outside of Raymond James Stadium.  The most recent memory of Dalton was an awful performance against a Chiefs defense that has been burnable all year which may lower his ownership in both cash games and GPPs this week.  He’s in a prime position to rebound from that terrible Sunday Night Football performance; start the Red Rifle with confidence.

Matthew Stafford: vs SEA (DK 5600; FD 7300)

Take a look at the quarterbacks that the Seahawks have faced and it makes sense why they’re the “best” fantasy defense against the position.  They’ve faced Dak Prescott before Amari Cooper became a Cowboy, Josh Rosen in his first NFL start, and Derek Carr who has been pitiful in 2018.  Conversely, when playing teams with a serviceable quarterback and good receivers, notice how Seattle has given up 300+ passing yard games to the Broncos and the Rams.  Detroit has one of the best trios of receivers in football and Matthew Stafford should continue to expose Tre Flowers and Shaquill Griffin on the outside with Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay.  While the rest of the field looks toward Rodgers, Mahomes, and Roethlisberger, this is a good opportunity to differentiate lineups and save some salary in a good spot for Stafford.

RUNNING BACK

Todd Gurley: vs GB (DK 9800; FD 11000)

FanDuel has finally priced Todd Gurley at an appropriate price as he represents nearly 20% of each site’s respective salary cap for those who roster him.  Even touching the ball just 19 times against the 49ers, his lowest amount all season, he still managed to find his way to 28.6 FD/30.6 DK.  Paying up for Gurley nearly guarantees a floor of 19 touches and 22 FD/25 DK points, all great figures against a Green Bay defense that has been more susceptible to running backs away from Lambeau Field.  As if you needed another reason to roster this elite talent, the Packers allow nearly 10 fantasy points more in full PPR scoring to the running back position on the road.

James Conner: vs CLE (DK 7500; FD 8000)

The latest seems to be Le’Veon Bell reporting after the trade deadline passes on October 30th.  For at least week 8, James Conner remains the starting running back against a Browns team that has allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns.  He has filled in admirably in Bell’s absence touching the ball 20+ times in games that Pittsburgh either won or tied this season while averaging 25.77 FD/30.52 DK points in those games.  Vegas loves the Steelers as they are 8.5-point favorites following their bye week against a Browns rush defense that has been exposed by Melvin Gordon and Conner himself back in week 1.  Expect him to play a major role in this game as the Steelers may lean on him heavily before he possibly relinquishes the starting duties back to Bell.

Kareem Hunt: vs DEN (DK 7100; FD 8100)

While Tyreek Hill has been more of a focal point in road games, scoring six touchdowns away from Kansas City, Kareem Hunt has been more the focal point in home games as he has crossed the pylons six times at Arrowhead.  A 10-point favorite in a high-powered Chiefs offense at a reasonable cost; Hunt meets all of the requirements for a solid DFS start.  It should no longer be a secret how bad the Broncos have performed against running backs on the ground as they have allowed the second-most rushing yards in the league.  Not to mention he totaled 175 scrimmage yards against Denver back in week 4 and it puts Hunt in an excellent spot to duplicate that performance and perhaps exceed value on both sites.

David Johnson: vs SF (DK 6700; FD 7300)

Things can only go up from here with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy removed from the equation.  Byron Leftwich has witnessed what David Johnson is capable of as the quarterbacks coach under Bruce Arians before his promotion to offensive coordinator.  If anything, he should make the gameplan as easy as possible for Josh Rosen and heavily rely on his prized running back.  Hopefully that starts against a 49ers defense that’s given up the 7th most FPA to the running back position.  The price is low enough to take a gamble on DJ with a Cardinals team that should be reinvigorated after the OC change and 10 days to prepare for this game.

WIDE RECEIVER

Antonio Brown: vs CLE (DK 8500; FD 8800)

From a real-life perspective, the 9th year receiver is putting together another solid campaign.  From a fantasy perspective, there are those that feel like Antonio Brown is having a down year as he has produced 222 fewer yards than last year through six games.  However, the targets and the touchdowns have been there and this week, he faces a Cleveland secondary that has surrendered the 3rd most FPA to receivers lined up on the left side of the ball and the 7th most FPA to receivers lined up on the right side.  The Browns have been effective in shutting down slot receivers which gives JuJu Smith-Schuster the tougher matchup of the two which further bodes well for Brown to put together another strong outing.

A.J. Green: vs TB (DK 8000; FD 8800)

Tyler Boyd: vs TB (DK 6700; FD 6800)

Starting each team’s #1 wide receiver against Tampa Bay has yielded excellent results this year as they are averaging 23.06 FPPG in PPR scoring.  A.J. Green should carve up this depleted Buccaneers secondary rather easily and he is slightly discounted on DraftKings.  M.J. Stewart will be someone we continuously target each week as Jarvis Landry posted a 20.7 FD/25.7 DK point performance last week under Stewart’s coverage.  Tyler Boyd will greatly benefit opposite the struggling slot corner and provides extra salary relief compared to Green.

Doug Baldwin: at DET (DK 5500; FD 6400)

Amazingly, Tyler Lockett is priced high than Doug Baldwin on FanDuel, even after Baldwin played his best game of the year with a 6/91/0 clip.  A lot of fantasy owners and experts in the industry have soured on him as he has dealt with a knee injury that has lingered since the end of the preseason.  After two weeks of rest since the matchup in London, his knee has had additional time to recover and it sets up well as he lines up against Teez Tabor.  Tabor, a cornerback filling in for the injured James Agnew and one that has struggled in his first two seasons in the league, will have his hands full with Baldwin who lines up in the slot on 70% of his snaps.  Don’t let the FanDuel pricing cause confusion, he is indeed Russell Wilson’s preferred receiver and it should show in this juicy matchup.  

Anthony Miller: vs NYJ (DK 3400; FD 5200)

He saw seven targets which is the most he has seen in a game thus far and played a season-high 63% of the offensive snaps against the Patriots.  It aligns well for Anthony Miller to be a cheap option that can return value with a few catches and a touchdown against a Jets secondary that has been horrendous against slot receivers.  Adam Thielen, Jarvis Landry, and Golden Tate are among a few of the receivers that have feasted on this weakness that has allowed the 3rd most FPA to the slot.  At the time of this writing, Allen Robinson missed Thursday’s practice and if he were to be inactive on Sunday, it puts Miller in an amazing spot to see additional snaps and targets at a bargain bin price.

TIGHT END

Travis Kelce: vs DEN (DK 6800; FD 7300)

The Broncos have been fortunate to play the Jets, Cardinals, and Rams in the last three weeks, all offenses that don’t utilize the tight end as much as the Chiefs.  Travis Kelce shredded Denver in week 4 to the tune of 9/137/1 and is certainly worthy of being the highest-priced tight end on the main slate.  To pay up for him means paying down elsewhere but the Denver defense hasn’t improved from their struggles last year against tight ends.  Kelce should certainly prove this for the second time this year.

David Njoku: at PIT (DK 4600; FD 5700) 

5.5 catches for 57 yards and .5 touchdowns off 8.75 targets; this is what David Njoku has averaged since Baker Mayfield assumed the starting duties back in week 4.   The connection was notable in the preseason and it has blossomed into a reliable weapon for Mayfield.  The Steelers allow the second most targets to tight ends and hemorrhage yardage to the position.  Njoku is right at that point where he will be considered expensive with another solid outing.  While he’s fairly priced on FanDuel, if all goes according to plan, he will be above $5000 and $6000 on each respective site next week against the Chiefs.

O.J. Howard: at CIN (DK 3900; FD 5800)

Jameis Winston has been known to favor the tight end position and that hasn’t changed in the two games since returning from suspension.  O.J. Howard has been the main beneficiary as he has seen 13 targets compared to Cameron Brate’s five and played 60% of the snaps vs Brate’s 38%.  Up next for Howard is a date with a Bengals defense that allows the most targets to tight ends and surrenders the 4th most FPA to the position in PPR scoring.  He’s priced generously on DraftKings and is a solid option to find the end zone and return value as the Bengals have given up four touchdowns to tight ends.

DEFENSE

Chicago: vs NYJ (DK 4100; FD 5000)

Fantasy defenses against the Jets have forced multiple turnovers in all but one game and have scored double digit fantasy points in four of seven games.  Tom Brady has carved up many of the best defenses in his career; don’t let that deter you from starting the best defense on the main slate this week.

Kansas City: vs DEN (DK 2600; FD 3900)

For as bad as the Kansas City defense has performed on the road, giving up 33.25 points per game while averaging 3.25 fantasy points, it’s been much better at Arrowhead, giving up just 17 points per game while averaging 13.33 fantasy points.  While the Broncos have yet to lose a fumble, Case Keenum has been prone to the pick, having thrown at least one in every game thus far.  The Chiefs have won the last six games against their divisional foe giving up an average of 19.33 points.  There’s plenty of defenses in the $2600 and below category on DraftKings this week; this is surprisingly one of the better options.

Pittsburgh: vs CLE (DK 2300; FD 3800)

The Browns are averaging two turnovers a game since Baker Mayfield took over as starting quarterback while the Steelers force 1.33 turnovers per game along with getting to the quarterback 3.5 times.  Pittsburgh comes off a bye and certainly comes into this game angry from an unprecedented tie back in week 1.  

PRICE SHOPPING

Each week, I will identify what players are bargains based on the salary cap percentage difference they represent on the respective site.  Here are the notable week 8 bargains from both sites:

NOTABLE DRAFTKINGS BARGAINS

QB Jared Goff: 2.16

QB Aaron Rodgers: 1.73

WR Anthony Miller: 1.86 

TE O.J. Howard: 1.86

TE Jimmy Graham: 1.26

NOTABLE FANDUEL BARGAINS

RB James Connor: 1.67

RB Joe Mixon: 1.6

RB David Johnson: 1.24

WR Tyreek Hill: 4.2

WR Jarvis Landry: 3.24

WR Mike Evans: 2.6

WR Tyler Boyd: 2.07

QB Streaming Options for Week 8

Last Week’s Results: Mitchell Trubisky had a great fantasy week against the Patriots, throwing for 2 TDs and rushing for another. He finished the week as the QB number 2 with 35.4 fantasy points. For the season that brings the weekly average for my main streaming option up to 25.2 fantasy points per week. For reference that is better than the average points per week put up by Kirk Cousins, Tom Brady and Jared Goff. Instead of using a valuable pick on those guys, it is possible to beat their production for free if you’re paying attention.

This week there are 4 teams that have a bye week. Unless you are in a 2 QB league, you likely won’t need a streaming option to replace Dak Prescott or Marcus Mariota, but Matt Ryan and Philip Rivers are both top 5 QBs for fantasy so far this season. With them not playing, here are my streaming picks for this week:

Main Streaming Option: Baker Mayfield

It might not be pretty but I expect the Steelers to score in this game and the Browns will need to throw to keep up. That means Baker will have the ball in his hand and have the opportunity to come through for fantasy. This game has an over/under of 49 and the Steelers are pretty heavy favorites. It is expected that the Browns will be playing from behind in this game. The game script will likely force Baker to throw the ball frequently, the yardage should be there and the opportunity for TDs comes with it. While it is also probable that Baker will throw a few interceptions, I expect the volume to be enough to overcome any turnovers. In the 4 games Baker has started he has thrown an average of 41 passes a game, finishing with less than 40 attempts only once. Last week he also showed that he can provide additional value as a runner. It does seem like the Browns are trying to go to overtime and play for a chance at a tie every week, at this rate you may even get an extra quarter worth of production from Mayfield, not that it is something you can count on.

Alternate 1: Joe Flacco

This game does not have the high over/under I would like to see for a fantasy QB steamer, but Flacco has been very reliable for fantasy this year and it might be time to accept he needs to be considered as a possibility every week. He has thrown for 11 TDs on the season and is averaging 295 yards passing a game. He offers no value as a runner, but he is averaging 43 pass attempts per game. He has 3 solid options at WR, including John Brown who can break a big play at any time. Javorius Allen has provided a safe outlet catching passes out of the backfield and then there are all the TEs the team seems to use. The Ravens’ rushing attack hasn’t been anything special, Alex Collins is averaging only 3.6 yards per rush, and Allen is at a very bad 2.6. They need Flacco to play well for the offense to move.

Alternate 2: Case Keenum

Keenum is not having a great season, but in a deeper league or a 2QB league he should be looked at as a fill in if needed. They are playing at Kansas City and are the second biggest underdog of the week; this game has the 2nd highest over under of the week at 53.5. The Broncos will be down in this game and Keenum will need to throw to give them any chance. Royce Freeman has an ankle injury and it is possible he is not active for this game and when you combine that with the high flying offense of the Chiefs then it’s a recipe for a lot of pass attempts. He has shown a good connection with Emmanuel Sanders so far this season and I expect that to continue. This recommendation is entirely based on the match up and the way I am expecting this game to go. Denver was able to keep the 1st matchup between these two team close, but that is not what I am expecting as they head to Kansas City.

Next week is one of the bigger bye weeks with 6 teams getting the week off. It will be an interesting week where there will likely be some unexpected names putting up QB1 weeks. I will be back to provide some names to look at for those who need to plug someone in. Until then keep streaming.

Week 8 RB/TE Start ’em Sit ’em

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!

Week 8 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: QB/WR

The saying goes that ‘you win some, you lose some’. That was the case with last week’s start/sit article. I won some (QB’s) and I lost some (WR’s). While all 4 suggestions at QB worked out well, only half of the WR calls worked out in some capacity. Take the wins with the losses and the ups with the downs and move along.

Start ‘Em QB

Bengals QB Andy Dalton VS TB

I called for sitting Dalton last week and if you listened, you were rewarded. This week, I expect a bounce back at home VS a bad Bucs defense. This game should have a good amount of scoring and I think Dalton will move the ball at will on the Bucs. Look for a big bounce back week for Dalton and the Bengals offense as a whole.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston @ CIN

This suggestion comes with a good amount of caution. I am worried about Winston going into Cincinnati because the Bengal usually play good defense at home. Couple that with the fact that Jameis is still pretty turnover prone and there is some cause for concern. My argument is that the weapons Winston has to work with will prevail and vault Winston into yet another week of QB1 territory. It’s risky, but it will be worth it.

Sit ‘Em QB

Broncos QB Case Keenum @ KC

Last week was a nice little bounce back for a Broncos team that thinks they can make the playoffs. Well Denver, get ready to get smacked in the face by reality. I want no part of any mediocre QB going into Arrowhead stadium and playing a Chiefs team that can maul people on their home turf. Stay far away from Keenum this weekend.

Giants QB Eli Manning VS WAS

Hey Eli looked pretty great last week, almost throwing for 400 yards! That won’t happen again…maybe ever for poor Eli. Washington has done a very good job shutting down QBs not named Drew Brees this season. While Eli usually performs well against his division rivals, I think this game is going to be a low scoring affair. Look elsewhere if you have Eli rostered.

Start ‘Em WR

Raiders WR Jordy Nelson VS IND

That is new Raiders Wide Receiver number 1 Jordy Nelson thank you very much. Nelson will now take over as the top receiver on the Raiders’ depth chart and he has a pretty good matchup against a porous Colts secondary. I think Nelson already has pretty good chemistry with Carr and he will now get even more targets with Cooper gone.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon @ Buffalo

With his role growing more and more each week, Josh Gordon is starting to turn into the receiver I expected him to be. He’s also starting to turn into the receiver opponents of New England have feared. Gordon has earned Brady’s trust. He will draw Tre White at times during the Monday night game but I simply don’t care. I know the Gordon breakout game is coming and it practically happened last week (4 catches for 100 yards). I think Gordon breaks out on Monday Night with a huge game. Start him from here on out.

Sit ‘Em WR

Panthers WR Devin Funchess VS BAL

I want no part of any WR playing against what could be the best secondary in the league. The Ravens lost a heartbreaker last week and will be determined to impose their will on Carolina. This should be a defensive ball game so both offenses should be avoided.

Ravens WR John Brown @ CAR

Like I said before, this game will be all defense. The offenses are actually pretty good but defense springs eternal in this case. I’d avoid John Brown this week even in the midst of a great first season with Baltimore.

Redraft Waiver Wire Targets: Week 8

Here’s a weekly reminder that byes are at hand! The teams you’re losing players from are: Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee. There’s a few players that’ll be missing that will hurt you, but not as bad as it has been.

QB-Matt Ryan/Dak/Rivers/Mariota

WR-Julio/Ridley/Sanu/Amari Cooper+DAL receivers (if you depend on any)/Keenan/Mike & Tyrell Williams/Corey Davis

RB-Tevin & Ito/Zeke/Gordon & Ekeler/Lewis & Henry

TE-Hooper/Swaim/Gates/

PK-Bryant/Maher/Badgley/Succop

Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said,  stay tuned to my tweets @THEffVigilante throughout the week for more gems later on in the week.

Christian Kirk

ESPN Own %: 18.4

Yahoo Own%: 26

Like I’ve said in the past, he sees consistent enough target share to be rostered by everyone. His upcoming schedule looks really good for the receiver position with SF, (BYE), KC and OAK. On top of that, the OC has changed so I expect the offense to look a little different under Byron Leftwich. What we’re banking on here is the offense looking a lot better. There’s no denying his connection with Josh Rosen, they just need a better flow in the offense.

DeVante Parker

ESPN Own %: 20.4

Yahoo Own%: 10

This embattled receiver has had a tough time reaching his potential and reaching the field in general. However, he may have a chance to be in line for at least the chance to up fantasy relevant numbers with Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills possibly missing a lengthy amount of time.

Jakeem Grant

ESPN Own %: 2.5

Yahoo Own%: 7

Just like DeVante, there’s going to be more food on his plate and could make him a great option or not. He’s very boom bust, but he’s also very FAST. If the Dolphins decide they want to use him the way CHI uses Tarik and KC uses Tyreek, we could be in for a show. Not to mention MIA was already utilizing Albert similarly. This is more of a risky option on a short week (they play the Thursday game) but I’d take a look especially in deep leagues. What have you got to lose?

Taylor Gabriel

ESPN Own %: 32.6

Yahoo Own%: 22

Another guy I hyped up last week had himself a game against MIA. He is still way under-owned and we need to fix that. Pick him up against a very human NE defense who has proven they can do enough to win, but that doesn’t mean receivers can’t come in and have a good game. 5 or more targets a game is the type of guy I want on my team.

Mike Gesicki

ESPN Own %: 2.8

Yahoo Own%: 3

My favorite tight end prospect since Ebron, is the last of the MIA options that will be on the wire that will benefit from extra targets from injuries. Don’t get me wrong, I hate suggesting rookie TEs in redraft, but in the wasteland of the position recently, you have to have SOMETHING. He still leads the position on his team in targets and should see enough to have a salvageable game. Yes, he’s uber-talented, but unless forced into a lot of targets, TEs don’t produce early in their careers.

Seth Roberts/Brandon Lafell/Dwayne Harris/Martavis Bryant

ESPN Own %: Available

Yahoo Own%: Available

If you’re just not finding us and haven’t heard the news, Amari Cooper was traded to Dallas (hence being listed in the byes section). Which means a big piece of the target share is wide open. In the past, we’ve seen Seth Roberts step into that role, so based off history he’s the next man up. Martavis Bryant could also be a beneficiary of Cooper leaving but has been struggling with drops recently and Carr hasn’t been going deep a whole lot so maybe not. Harris and Lafell are other veteran options as well as the rookie Marcel Ateman (for you dynasty guys out there) who is talented enough to maybe start getting some reps. I essentially added this blurb to give you some insight on who they may go to in their loss of Cooper. We’ll use this week to help us clarify who will be their #2 going forward.

Jalen Richard

ESPN Own %: 17.1

Yahoo Own%: 23

ONE MORE TIME FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK! Amari is gone, Lynch is now on IR, Doug Martin is trash, need I go on? This is prime-time for Jalen to become a second half of the season winner. He’s on pace to double his target and reception total from last year on top of being the second in targets on the team. This will absolutely be the last chance you’ll have to get him before his own percentage skyrockets.

Tre’Quan Smith

ESPN Own %: 8.7

Yahoo Own%: 17

A talented receiver that recently had a 100+ yard game and followed it up with a “poor” game against a great defense. This guy is going to be available. He’s Drew Brees’ #2 and will do a lot better in the coming weeks. A lot of people will avoid him because of the game he had, but don’t be like them. Go grab him while you can. He looked good against the Baltimore defense on a day where wind was a slight issue. His next few games aren’t terrible and he should always see favorable coverage when playing opposite of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

Brock Osweiller

ESPN Own %: 3.7

Yahoo Own%: 3

I never thought I’d be writing anything about #Brocktober in my time as a writer/analyst, yet here we are. Robert Pattinson’s look alike has done anything but look like the QB he’s replaced in the lineup. He has a short week and if you’re short at the position, I would suggest you pick him up. There’s no fun in streaming QBs (imo) but if you have to, he is one of the better options this week versus Houston who even Eli Manning managed to drop 250+ and 2 TDs on.

Derek Carr

ESPN Own %: 15.5

Yahoo Own%: 27

Not a pretty option, but Carr gets a favorable matchup against IND who has allowed everyone but Derek Anderson 250+ and 2 TDs which is what I look for if you haven’t figured out by now. It’s a comfortable baseline that you need in order to feel comfortable somewhat going to battle with one of these streaming options.I expect him to go to Jordy, Cook and Richard a lot as he has this whole season especially with Cooper out.

As always, I beg of you, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for add/drop transactions. Someone always drops valuable players during the waivers. Bye weeks are actively wrecking some teams that have multiple players on the same bye, valuable players will become available in the coming weeks. You set yourself up in the draft, you win through waivers! Go get your #waiverxmas on and come home with a #Top2TypeVictory!

Buying and Selling WR/TE Targets for Week 8

We all know the NFL trade deadline is approaching and teams are making move, the Raiders gave away a fantastic talent in Amari Cooper (He’s still a sell candidate) and I can only wonder what else is to come. We in the fantasy world have a luxury of being able to trade often and whenever, depending on your league rules. With that in mind, here’s some buy and sell targets ahead of week 8.

Wide Receiver, Buying

John Brown

He has been a wonderful surprise this year and is currently WR11 in standard leagues. Through 7 games he has a stat line of 54 targets with 28 receptions, 558 yards, and 4 touchdowns. I like it, it’s not solid gold, but I like it. His catch percentage of 52% isn’t thrilling but I don’t know that we can put it all on him. He’s seeing 18% percent of Flacco’s throws in a season where Flacco is on pace to throw almost 600 times. I think he has massive upside just off that knowledge alone, not taking into consideration his big play ability. Oh, lets also talk about his schedule – favorable matchups against Pit, Atl, TB, KC, Oak – he looks ripe to continue a breakout year.

Cole Beasley

Boy, I wish I could see the puzzled look of concern on your face when you see his name popup. Beasley has potential to dominate the field and the looks from Prescott, we saw it in week 6 against Jacksonville where he walked away with 9 for 101 and 2 touchdowns, a monster stat line. He saw consistent targets and catches last week against Washington but failed to reach the endzone. I think the addition of Cooper breaks the field open a bit more for him. To date, he’s seen 43 targets and caught 33 of them, I expect this number goes up much more. Oh, the best thing, he’s available in almost 80% of leagues on ESPN, go get him for free, consider him a WR3/Flex play based on match-up, and benefit.

Wide Receiver, Selling

Brandin Cooks

He’s back! To his old ways of boom or bust, with a sprinkle of injuries. I loved him on the pats because he gave us a great speed threat, on the Rams he’s still that player but he’s on an offense with too many options. 44 targets for 32 catches and 569 yards, a solid stat line, add in 2 touchdowns and he definitely has his boom games. It’s this reason that you can trade him for valuable pieces, use him and the fact that the Rams are so dominant to get you a potential RB1/WR2/3 package, that kind of trade is out there.

Any Jaguars Receiver

Jacksonville isn’t quite the team we thought we’d see this year, specially after their dominant week 2 win against the Patriots. There is definitely turmoil going on as Bortles continue to flounder and his receivers are suffering. As a whole, they average about 256 passing yards per game, that’s not a ton to go around to begin. They have varying degrees of usage and targets and no constant denominator. Hell, the player with the second highest amount of receptions is T.J. Yeldon, a running back! With no receivers having more than 31 receptions going into week 8, no one higher than 404 yards receiving, and no one owning more than 2 touchdowns, I’m just not a fan of any wide receiver.

Tight End, Buying

Jimmy Graham

I’m back tracking here but only because I’m loving the stats and usage he’s seen the past 2 weeks. He’s seen 20 targets for 11 receptions, 180 yards but no touchdowns, averaging a respectable 9 yards per target. Rodgers is looking his way more and more (45 targets on the season) and he’s catching them more and more. They have a tough defensive matchup this week against the Rams but after that, no defense scares me for them. I think he progresses and continues to gain Rodger’s trust and teeter-totters on the second or third option in that passing attack.

Tight End, Selling

Oj Howard

There is such a fine line between weekly, startable options at TE that it’s hard to justify anyone sitting in the top 15. Except, you can. Howard is a consistent TE, generally bringing 4 or 5 balls a game, averaging yards in the 60/game range. It’s not bad, it’s good for 10 PPR points a week, but it’s not great. It’s not wowing me. I will bet there’s someone in your league with a need at TE, it’s just how things go. You can offer him up and get a nice trade that swings your way. Well, who do you replace Howard with, you may ask. There are a number of tight-ends available that can be sufficient, see CJ Uzomah (available in over 60% of leagues) or Ricky Seals-Jones who’s offense may turn around for the better and add value to him (available in 80% of leagues) There’s talent out there for you to make a move at TE to upgrade another roster need, you just have to look.