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Fantasy Football Week 8 Awws And Naw’s: Back To The Old And Faithful
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Fantasy Football Week 8 Awws And Naw’s: Back To The Old And Faithful

Aww Quarterbacks

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Did Winston look like he had a shoulder injury last week in Buffalo??? The Panthers defense have allowed four of the past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 19-20 fantasy points.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – If Tyrod Taylor can get it done last week with no legit wide receivers, Newton should definitely have a stellar game with the weapons he has.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – Dalton is playing against a weak defense in the Colts at home.

 

Naw Quarterbacks

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – As much as I love Watson as a fantasy starter, this is the week to sit him.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – The Steelers defense will get after Stafford and he may not have Golden Tate to save him in the slot.

 

Aww Running Backs

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – This is just my gut feeling. If the Lions can stay in the ball game against the Steelers and their weaker run defense, Abdullah should have his first 100 yard game or close to it.

LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – If there’s any week to feel good about putting Blount in your starting roster, this is the week! The 49ers allow the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and eight running backs have either scored a touchdown or gained 100 total yards against San Francisco this year.

Bilal Powell, New York Jets (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Powell is healthy and is ready to lead this crowded backfield for the Jets. Don’t be worried about Matt Forte, as he will be used as well but in my opinion, Powell will out produced Forte.

 

Naw Running Backs

C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – I personally want Anderson to ball out this weekend vs the Chiefs but I don’t like the fact that the Broncos offense is struggling. Jamaal Charles, who is making his return to Kansas City, will get looks and Devontae Booker on third downs so I don’t see much production from Anderson this weekend.

Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Murray had a huge game last week against the Ravens at home with 18 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. This week maybe different playing in London against the Browns.  If there’s one thing Cleveland can be proud of this year despite the team’s struggles, it’s the run defense. No running back has run for 66 or more yards in a game against the Browns this year and they’ve only allowed two rushing touchdowns.

 

Aww Wide Receivers

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (away vs. Cleveland Browns) – Thielen is still waiting for his first touchdown this year and I hope he gets it in London this weekend. Stefon Diggs (groin) remains out as expected against the Browns so Thielen should get plenty of looks.

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. San Francisco 49ers) – All Agholor does is score touchdowns with limited targets. Outside of Zach Ertz, Agholor is looked at often in the red zone.

 

Naw Wide Receivers

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – Hilton complained last week about his offensive line holding their weight. The Bengals will keep up his frustrations by taking him away for yet another week.

Will Fuller, Houston Texans (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – In three games this year, Fuller has eight catches for 154 yards and five touchdowns on 14 targets but let’s not forget that the teams he went against was Tennessee, Kansas City and Cleveland all at home. He’s very TD dependent against a Seahawks pass defense that does not give up touchdowns to wide receivers.

 

Aww Tight Ends

Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (home vs. New England Patriots) – Henry is almost an every week guy and now Antonio Gates is banged up. The matchup is great as well against the Patriots.

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Washington Redskins) – The Redskins have allowed a lot of fantasy points to the tight end position of late and he scored last week in San Francisco, which is a good sign for Witten owners.

 

Naw Tight Ends

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Carolina Panthers) – Cameron Brate is still Winston’s preferred choice in the red zone despite Howard going off in Buffalo. Here’s a fact – The Panthers defense has given up only 10 PPR fantasy points per game to tight ends.

Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – The Bills have allowed just one tight end to score more than six fantasy points this season, which was OJ Howard’s surprise outing last week in Buffalo. I don’t expect those numbers this weekend from Cook.

 

Aww Team Defense

New Orleans Saints (home vs. Chicago Bears) – The Saints defense is getting better weekly and they’re playing against rookie Mitch Trubisky at home.

 

Naw Team Defense

Denver Broncos (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – The Broncos offense is struggling and can’t stay on the field, which makes their defense exposable.

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