The Week 8 schedule is, to me, one of the more interesting of the season so far. There are only 2 division rival games on the Blitz slate, several inter-conference games, and a few intra-conference games. Is this a trap game for the Eagles? How will rookie sensation DeShaun Watson fare against the Legion of Boom? Will the Chargers maintain their momentum in Foxboro? What’s going to happen when the lowest scoring offense (Bengals) faces the defense that’s allowed the most points (Colts)? NFL Fantasy Tips:
The lack of familiarity across the slate could very well see some wild results. Let’s hope for lots of fantasy goodness and dive straight into it!
Carson Wentz ($8,000)** looks to be the best play this weekend as the 6-1 Eagles host the 0-7 49ers. He’s passed for 4 TDs in each of his last 2 home games against defenses better than the 49ers (OK, you could argue that Arizona isn’t much better). Wentz will probably be the top cash game QB, but his ownership is likely to be huge.
Kirk Cousins ($7,900) has thrown for multiple TDs in 4 straight games and over 300 yards in 3 of those as well. The Skins return home after a tough loss in Philly to face the rival Cowboys in a game with a pretty high implied total. If there are indeed lots of points scored in this game, Cousins will be accounting for most of Washingtons.
Andy Dalton ($7,700) is my favourite GPP play this weekend. I was high on the Red Rifle to start the year, but he’s had some pretty tough matchups so far. And when he did have a good matchup vs Cleveland, he threw for 4 TDs. At home vs the Colts, Dalton is a great play.
**Late edit: Looks like there’s a significant chance of lots of rain on the east coast. Philly, in particular could be in for “torrential” rains. Keep this in mind and get weather updates as close to lock as you can!
Le’Veon Bell ($9,500) is the most expensive player on the slate, but I think you need to find a way to get him in this week. He gets the ball over 30 times per game and that kind of volume pretty much guarantees 20pts even if he doesn’t score a TD. He has both the highest floor and ceiling of any player this weekend.
Jordan Howard ($6,800) is another guy whose value is increased by the workload his team is giving him. He won’t see the kind of passing game action as Bell, but it seems that the Bears are intent on limiting the number of passes they let their young QB make. Against a fierce New Orleans pass rush, this makes all kinds of sense and also means Howard could very well see 30+ carries vs the 20th ranked rush defense in the league.
Joe Mixon ($6,000) is a good Boom or Bust value play this week against the Colts. His workload has increased recently, but it remains to be seen if he’s the kind of back the Bengals will lean on with a lead. If he is, he could get 10 or so carries late against a very bad defense…which is a very good thing.
Keenan Allen ($7,900) might go slightly overlooked because of his game log, but he’s still Phillip Rivers’ top target and faces off against a bad Patriot pass defense that was recently made worse with the loss of Donta Hightower. I think he’s a safe play in all formats.
Alshon Jeffery ($6,700) has had some tough matchups recently, which has helped to benefit teammate Nelson Agholor reach the endzone the last 3 weeks. I think Agholor will get a lot of interest, but I also think this is a breakout week for Jeffrey. He’s been getting the targets and this week he gets the matchup.
Doug Baldwin ($7,800) looks to be back to his old self after an early season groin tweak. He’s Russell Wilson’s go to receiver and has a decent matchup vs the Texans. The depleted pass rush should give Wilson some time to throw and when he has time, he often finds Baldwin…especially at home.
Jason Whiten ($5,500) is at a great price this week against the Redskins, who have given up the most yards to tight ends this season. Whiten is coming off back to back solid games with 12 catches for 115 yards and seems like the safest TE bet on the slate.
Jordan Reed ($6,400) offers more upside in the same game. Health is always the concern for Reed, but when he’s healthy his numbers are as good as any tight ends. This game has a high implied total, which is always a good starting point from which to choose this position.
Cincinnati ($4,800) look like the easy play this weekend as they get the Colts at home. Jacoby Brissett took a whopping 10 sacks last week, which should play well for the Bengals this week.
Steven Hauschka ($4,700) has double-digit points in 4 consecutive games and the Bills get a nice home matchup against a West Coast to east Coast travelling Raiders. What more do you want?
Good luck everyone!