WEEK 8 HERE WE COME! HERE ARE MY PICKS FOR THIS WEEK!
QB option 1 ($6,300): IND Andrew Luck @ OAK He’s back. The man who took the league by storm is back after 2 seasons out. He’s having a good year and his biggest weapon, TY Hilton is back. The Raiders have already decided to tank so I don’t expect the defense to put up a fight, not that it can, the secondary is horrendous. Luck should be good for multiple TDs and a 300 yarder.
QB option 2 ($6,000): TB Jameis Winston @ CIN He looks reinvigorated after his suspension early in the year and this Tampa offense is flying and fun to watch. The Bengals on the defensive side of the ball make a lot of mistakes and the explosive playmakers that Winston has on the outside should be able to get in between these corners and exploit them all over the field.
RB option 1 ($5,200): DEN Phillip Lindsay @ KC He’s looking better each week and, the much less talented, Royce Freeman is out this week so won’t be stealing any of his carries. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry in week 4 against the Chiefs and he has only gotten better as the offensive line has rounded more into shape. The Broncos know they can’t rely on Keenum to win them games, so they may turn to Lindsay to save their season.
RB option 2 ($4,200): SEA Chris Carson @ DET For such a low price, Carson is a no brainer against Detroit. Although Detroit have improved in the last few weeks they still cannot set the edge and Seattle finally has somewhat of an offensive line, at least for run blocking. The whole Seattle offense exploded against the Raiders at Wembley so if they can carry that momentum forward after their bye, the Lions should be trampled.
WR option 1 ($7,200): CLE Jarvis Landry @ PIT Everyone mocked us when we gave the Browns so much love last week, but it somewhat paid off. I’m going big on the Browns here again. Pittsburgh give up 11 catches a game in the slot, and Landry is the best slot receiver in the game. Mayfield should be looking to him first on every play as he’ll probably be open.
WR option 2 ($5,300): Desean Jackson @ CIN The speedy receiver is having a good season and for the price he is, you can take a punt and hope that he gets behind the sluggish secondary of the Bengals for a few long catches. Winston should have no trouble getting the ball to him as Mike Evans is always the focus in this Bucs offense.
WR option 3 ($5,100): Taylor Gabriel @ NYJ The shifty slot receiver is due for a big game after posting back to back 100 yarders and then just 30 yards last week. Like the Steelers, the Jets are atrocious against slot receivers giving up an insane amount of catches. Trey Burton was the main man against the Patriots and now Gabriel is going to be the beneficiary of Mitch Trubisky developing into a touchdown tossing machine.
TE option 1 ($5,000): Jared Cook @ IND I can’t believe I’m doing it, but Cook is my No. 1 TE pick. He’ll probably catch 2 passes for 11 yards, but the potential is there. The Colts give up the most catches to tight ends in the entire league and now that Amari Cooper is gone I can’t see any of these no name receivers stepping up and taking his targets. Cook will see a lot of balls.
TE option 2 ($4,600): David Njoku @ PIT He had a good game last week and is building on a strong second season. He shouldn’t stay this price for long if he keeps having solid games and Pittsburgh, like Indy is among the league’s worst in giving up catches to tight ends. If Njoku can get his hands on the ball, then he can turn it into a big play against the undisciplined secondary of the Steelers.
D/ST option 1 ($3,200): Arizona Cardinals @ SF I know what you’re thinking, the Cardinals defense is not very good. But here me out, it’s a divisional game and the Cardinals have faced them previously. So, in week 5, the Cardinals held the 49ers to 18 points, sacked Beathard 5 times and picked him off twice. That was a road game, this time its home turf and the 49ers have only got worse since their last meeting. Expect a Cardinals win.
D/ST option 2 ($2,700): Washington Redskins @ NYG I’m a little iffy on this pick but if you need a cheap defense then look at the Redskins. Their underrated pass rush led by two first round picks should be able to keep Manning under consistent pressure and he is not the QB he used to be. Plus, the Redskins give up the second lowest fantasy points to running backs. Barring a herculean effort by OBJ, this offense will stall time and time again on Sunday.
QB BAL Joe Flacco – $5,300 @ CAR
RB IND Marlon Mack – $5,400 @ OAK
WR CIN A.J. Green – $8,000 @ TB
TE TB O.J. Howard – $3,900 @CIN
D/ST NE Patriots – $3,500 @ BUF