SLEEPERS AND BUSTS - WEEK 8
FREAKS, GEEKS, AND THE GAME OF THE WEEK - WEEK 8
Week 7 has come and gone, and what did we learn?
We learned that the 2017 Atlanta Falcons are not the 2016 Falcons. We learned that the Zeke Elliot legal roller coaster is going to be a thorn in his owners side for at least 2 more days. But we were reminded that he is way to good to sell for peanuts and can carry your team in the playoffs, even if he is suspended this season.
But quit bringing up old shit, lets get rolling on Week 8.
FREAKS - SLEEPER STARTS AND OVERACHIEVERS
Sleeper: Andy Dalton /CIN
It has been three weeks where our sleeper has been playing against the Colts - for good reason. The Colts D has let every QB that faced them this year put up top-14 numbers. This week will be no exception. I expect a lot of Dalton to Green in Cinci today.
Other QB Sleeper Starts: Phillip Rivers / LAC; Trevor Semien / DEN; Tyrod Taylor / TB
Freak: Andy Dalton / CIN
I am cheating and doubling up here. Not only is Dalton a nice sleeper play this week, but I expect him to put up freak-like numbers and finish a top-5 scorer at the position.
Sleeper: Jalen Richard /OAK
Marshawn Lynch continues to be a headache for the Raiders. In putting his hands on a ref last week, he opened up opportunities for Richard and Washington. I think the duo will be used in tandem, but it is Richard's lightening in a bottle, big play
Other RB Sleeper Starts: Latavius Murray / MIN; Matt Forte / NYJ
Freak: Le'Veon Bell / PIT
Bell is being FED in this Pittsburgh offense. In three of the past 4 weeks, he had 38 touches, 35 touches, and 39 touches. He is the best player in football and he is getting the rock more than anyone else. Bell is going to have another 'this is why you drafted him #1 overall' games today against the Lions.
JuJu Smith-Schuster /PIT
If you followed our IG page this week, you may have caught our Trumpian Tweet take on the Bryant-Schuster situation in Pit. If you missed it, long story short is Bryant spouted off on Twitter and got himself benched for tonights game against the Lions. JuJu has only seen a high of 6 targets this season, and usually averages just 3 a game. So, this play is risky. I think he takes full advantage of his opportunity this week and keeps Bryant in the dog house until they eventually move him.
Other WR Sleepers: Mohammed Sanu / ATL; Josh Doctson / WAS
Freak: AJ Green / CIN
Been hyping Dalton pretty hard this week. It only serves that Green would go along for the ride. I foresee 10+ targets for 7 /100 / 1 line for Green this week. Here is to hoping Kroft doesn't snipe his TDs.
Sleeper: Kyle Rudolph / MIN
Not really a sleeper, but Rudolph should have a monster game against the Browns in London. Diggs will play, but is a little banged up and the Browns have been one of the most generous defenses to opposing TEs this season.
Other TE Sleeper Starts: Hunter Henry / LAC; Tyler Kroft / CIN
GEEKS - BUST STARTS AND UNDERACHIEVERS
Alex Smith / KC
Denver's Defense is too talented to keep playing so mediocre. That team knows it needs its Defense to play at an elite level to make the playoffs this year. I think they have a coming to Jesus moment in a tough divisional game under the bright lights of MNF.
LeGarrette Blount / PHI
This one seems counter-intuitive since the matchup is so good. Blount hasn't scored since Week 3 and Smallwood is back. I think he cedes more work to Smallwood and he rumbles for roughly 40 yards and doesn't get into the endzone.
Dez Bryant / DAL
Josh Norman is questionable, but I do not think there is a chance in hell he misses this game. They have been hyping the matchup between these two all season with those weird, locker room, cell phone commercials. These type of rivalries are what get me excited for middle of the season NFL games that do not feature anybody on my Fantasy roster or my favorite team. I want to see some face mask to face mask jawing, a late hit/tackle, and at least one time where these two need to be pulled off each other. PS. Norman wins the matchup if he goes.
Jordan Reed / WAS
Reed is coming off his best game of the season where he finally looked healthy, and caught 8 balls, two of which went for touchdowns. Naturally, he finds himself on the bust list this week. Cousins is relying too heavily on the TE position, and I think Dallas forces Washington to beat them some other way. Vernon Davis also isn't going away. He has posted 55 yards or more every week since week 3.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Minnesota Vikings "at" Cleveland Browns in London
The Browns might have a better shot at home field advantage in London than they do in Cleveland.
A shitty matchup of "America's Game" featured in London. Still, I am a Cleveland Homer (a curse to be sure), so I am excited that I get to watch them lose before all the other games start and will be able to watch a more competitive game in the 1 pm slot, instead of feeling forced to watch the Browns.