With six bye weeks occurring this week in the NFL, we are lucky to still have some great match-ups to take advantage of. This is especially true with star players like Lev’eon Bell, A.J. Green and Julio Jones available to play this week. Here are some nice savings to help you stack up on the potential stars of week 8.
Andy Dalton vs IND, Price $5700
The Colts defense has been horrendous this year and last week losing star Safety Malik Hooker may have just finished them off for the remainder of the season. Although Dalton he has struggled this year, he still has the weapons to take advantage of a great opportunity and have a big game.
Phillip Rivers @NE, Price $6300
The chances of a shootout led by the two Quarterbacks are pretty high in this game. Facing the Patriots sub-standard defense and high powered offense should lead to a ton of passing for Rivers. He’s likely to take advantage of the match-up this week and pile up some good fantasy points just as previous QB’s have done when facing the Patriots this season.
Trevor Siemian @KC, Price $4800
Case Keenum @ CLE, Price $5100
LeGarrette Blount vs SF, Price $5100
The 49ers are statistically the worst defense in the league against running backs. This could lead to some potential red zone opportunities for Philly. Blount is their bruiser, but while he’s showed some inconsistency this year so far, this should be an opportunity for goal line work and a chance for him to garner a lot of carries.
Joe Mixon vs IND Price $4700
Mixon went public complaining about his carries which didn’t sit well with Head Coach Marvin Lewis. But hopefully this outburst has not fallen on deaf ears and the coaching staff can realise that he is an elite talent. The match-up against a sub-par Colts defense could lead to the second round draft pick making the most of this opportunity to show us what he’s capable of.
Theo Riddick vs PIT, Price $4300
Matt Forte vs ATL, Price $4200
Josh Doctson vs DAL, Price $3900
The Skins offense has been efficient and high scoring this year without a number one receiver stepping up. As the season has progressed, Doctson has too and finds himself increasingly involved with more snap counts and production improving every week so far. The Cowboy’s questionable pass defense could help him get that big breakout game.
Devin Funchess- vs TB, Price $5900
The Bucs corners have struggled all year stopping the pass leading them to be the worst defense against wide receivers in PPR scoring. Not only that, they are undersized with not one DB measuring over 6’0. This should be a major advantage for Funchess who stands at 6’4. I expect him to continue being one of Cam Newton’s favourite go to guys and dominate in the end zone this week.
Pierre Garcon @PHI, Price $6100
Travis Benjamin vs NE, Price $3900
Jason Witten @ WAS- Price $4200
Washington has given up 519 passing yards to tight ends this year which is the worst in the league. Veteran Jason Witten has been defying his age all year so far and I can see him taking advantage of a great match-up this week.
Kyle Rudolph @CLE, Price $4500
With the trip to London and Diggs health up in the air, the Vikings could lean more on Rudolph in this favourable match-up. Tight ends have continued to harass Cleveland all year so far and I don’t expect that to stop across the pond.
Julius Thomas @ LAC – Price $2600
Tyler Kroft vs IND – Price $3000
Seahawks vs Hou- Price $3200
The Texans offense have played great as of late, mainly due to the impressive performances from rookie QB Deshaun Watson. But this could come to an abrupt halt this week though as he will get a dose of what an elite NFL defense looks like. Seattle should be able to force some pressure and turnovers for the young QB.
Saints vs CHI- Price $3400
The Bears have been miraculously winning games and scoring points with a one dimensional offense and surprisingly great defensive play. In a game where the Saints should score a lot of points this could put more pressure on the young shoulders of rookie QB Mitch Trubitsky who has been somewhat coddled so far this season. He will likely be forced to throw the ball more meaning this should be a great opportunity for a surprisingly tough Saints defense to get some turnovers.
Benny Fowler has been stepping up in the absence of Emmanuel Sanders and has carved out a role in that under performing offense. For $4000, he could be a nice play either getting volume with Sanders out or moving into the slot with him back. Torrey Smith has under-performed this season but at $3900, tied in with the amount of points that the 49ers give up to receivers could mean he has the opportunity for a long touchdown.
At running back, Jonathan Stewart has been inefficient and struggled so far this season. Despite this, he has been been getting a decent amount of carries and at $3600 he could see some red zone attempts and might be a sneaky play. Dion Lewis played well last week for the Pats and was the lead rusher on the team with 13 carries. At $4600, you’re still underpaying for the amount of touches he sees and could be a nice upside play if he’s able to get into the endzone.
By Ryan Cearfoss