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We’re halfway through the season so it’s time to ask, are you where you want to be? Have you won money? Have you moved up in stakes as the season went on?
If you have, that’s great. Keep up the good work. Don’t change a thing.
If you haven’t… well, let’s change some things.
- Stop trying to out think everything.
- Start Demaryius Thomas! Start Matt Forte! Stop trying to pick all of the diamonds in the rough. Pick some diamonds that are right there in front of your face too.
- Let go of old biases.
- After the first couple weeks I got convinced that the Packers and Patriots weren’t that good and therefore didn’t draft any of their guys. For the past few weeks that has cost me money. Shane Vereen was right there in front of my face last week! Randall Cobb wasn’t that expensive and he went off! Let go of what you thought before and make new opinions based on what’s going on now.
- Beware of injuries.
- Last week I had Golden Tate as a DON’T DRAFT and he had a career game. More often than not injuries mean someone else gets points, not that the points go away. (Unless it’s a quarterback.) Jerrick McKinnon! Mohammed Sanu! Branden Oliver! The list goes on!
- Start the Broncos.
- Just do it. Ronnie Hillman scored 26 points last week! Demaryius Thomas had 40 in two of his last three! And 31 in the other! They are all monsters!
And with that, these are this week’s sleepers and value plays. These aren’t always the best players of the week, these are the guys who I think are going to give you the best bang for your buck in daily fantasy football.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS WEEK 8: QUARTERBACK
Carson Palmer: Two touchdowns in every game he’s played this season (it’s only been three, but still) plus the Eagles defense (has allowed 2+ touchdowns in five games this season) equals Carson Palmer as a great buy low guy.
Joe Flacco: He’s hot right now and the Bengals defense is cold. It’s that simple. Also, in week one he threw a whopping 62 times against these same Bengals for 345 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Ryan Tannehill: Three straight 20+ point games and now he gets Jacksonville. Don’t expect 30 or anything, but he should be solid.
Russell Wilson: It won’t be like last week and against Carolina I think they will be running the ball far more often than we’ve seen them do this season.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS WEEK 8: RUNNING BACK
Marshawn Lynch: Seattle has been trying to get the running game going the past couple weeks and I think this one against Carolina will be the cure for what ails them. I expect a big week of Beast Mode.
Ben Tate: He burned me last week, but that was the entire Browns team so I am going to chalk it up to a bad week. Even in the loss he had 16 carries. His heavy workload should continue and a Raiders match-up.
Mark Ingram: He was back last week, but I think this week he really comes back to the 19 points per game style of play he was showing early in the season. It helps that Pierre Thomas is out and he’s facing the worst run defense in the league.
DeMarco Murrary: It might be this week or it might be next, but the days of Murrary getting 25+ carries a game are coming to an end. It’s just not smart given what we’ve seen in the past and you’d think that Dallas would realize this sooner rather than later. (And if they don’t, he’ll probably get injured. Beware.)
FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS WEEK 8: WIDE RECEIVER
Mike Wallace: Double digit points in every game this season, his quarterback is hot and he’s playing the Jaguars. Yes, please.
Michael Floyd: I love Carson Palmer this week and I’m stacking him with Floyd. Sorry, Larry Fitzgerald, but you’re not the favorite anymore. I’m with Carson Palmer, I’m #TeamFloyd.
Keenan Allen: Leads the Chargers in targets, but doesn’t have a touchdown and is therefore behind Eddie Royal and Antonio Gates in fantasy points. Something has to give and this (should be) high scoring game against Denver could be it.
Deandre Hopkins: Double digit fantasy points in ever game but one so far this sesaon. 17+ in four out of ten. Can easily see another one of those against a Titans defense that is 23rd against opposing fantasy WRs.
Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb: This week at Draft Kings they are both ranked in the top four in pricing and there is no way they both finish there. One of them might, but I’m not into betting on coin flips.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS WEEK 8: TIGHT END
Greg Olsen: Coming off the biggest game of the year, Cam Newton’s favorite receiver so far and the Seahawks have allowed points to opposing tight ends this year. Neither defense is what it was a year ago and I could see some points in this one.
Zach Ertz: My guy! This is his week. Ertz has 12+ in half his games so far this season, but I think this could be the breakout. I’m calling 18, at least. The Cardinals defense is tough, but they have allowed big points to tight ends this season.
Delanie Walker: If Jake Locker plays. If he doesn’t…
FANTASY FOOTBALL SLEEPERS WEEK 8: DEFENSE
Miami Dolphins: Defense that is averaging 8.7 per game versus an offense that has allowed less than ten in only one this season. Simple.
Minnesota Vikings: Coming off a huge game defensively, they now face Tampa Bay who ranks 30th in total offense. As Morpheus might say “they are starting to believe.”
Houston Texans: The Titans are possibly starting a third string QB. I repeat, a third string QB is going against JJ Watt.
Detroit Lions: They gave up 400 yards to the Saints last week and I could see Ryan and company doing the same this week because the Saints and Falcons are always copying each other.