By: Cooper Weiss @CATCHINGTAPICK6
Redraft Risers and Fallers – Week 8
The rookie was feasting for the Packers on Sunday. He had 17 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown. On the first drive, Aaron had 4 carries for 70 yards including a 46 yarder. The whole game he was running between the tackles and showed patience as he ran. He might’ve just earned being the lead running back for the Pack. After the bye this week, he gets a good match up against the Vikings. Whether you were a Ty Montgomery believer or hater, there is no question that this backfield looks like it is being taken over by the rookie.
The second year tight end has been used more and more each week. In the past 3 weeks he’s had 20 targets with 12 catches for 205 yards. Last week he played 81% of the snaps for the Chargers. The Antonio Gates era might’ve just ended for the chargers, but the Hunter Henry era has just begun. Many Dynasty owners had Hunter Henry ranked extremely high this off-season and have been disappointed so far, but patience is key here. Give some time for Gates to fall off and watch as Henry’s numbers continue to slowly creep up.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) October 23, 2017
The year of the rookies continued last week and will continue again in week 8. JuJu has been consistent catching the ball and with his touchdown celebrations. Over the past 4 games he’s had 16 target with 12 catches for 176 and 2 TDs. For week 8, he has a matchup against the Lions for Sunday Night Football. Martavis Bryant will not be active this game, so JuJu will be the number 2 WR for the Steelers. Detroit hasn’t been that good against WR 2s. Watch JuJu this weekend as he was placed into the concussion protocol after week 7.
The Chicago Bears Defense
This defense has been on fire lately, especially last week. Over the past three games they have had a total of 12 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 3 touchdowns. Pretty good for a young defense. In week 7 they absolutely shut down the Panthers, allowing just 3 points. This defense is becoming better and better each week.
High expectations from the offseason, and he has most certainly not lived up to those expectations. Terrelle Pryor has struggled all season and his struggles continued on Monday Night Football. He took a backseat to Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder. Jamison Crowder had 58 snaps and Josh Doctson had 54, hile Pryor only had 30. Josh started the game for the Redskins. He has also been struggling with drops this season. It looks like Terrelle has been benched. Doctson was extremely talented coming out as a prospect, was arguably the most talented receiver for the Skins, and his rookie season was basically non-existent due to injuries. It may be time he starts breaking out.
Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been that good this season. He has had just 3 games where he went over 50 yards. None of the Eagles WRs did anything exceptional Monday Night Football eitherl. In a Game where Josh Norman wasn’t active, Alshon still wasn’t his old self going up against Bashaud Breeland. He had 6 targets and 2 catches for 37 yards. Oddly enough, Nelson Agholor has been better and far more consistent this year. Nelson has 366 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns while Alshon only has 354 and 2 touchdowns. Agholor isn’t even the number one guy in Philly and still has done better then Alshon, not to mention Carson Wentz has been unbelievable. Maybe Alshon Jeffery just might not be the same as he used to be in Chicago.
Trevor Siemian started the season on fire, but he has been ice cold since week 3. In total, over 4 weeks Trevor has only thrown 2 touchdowns with 5 interceptions. After being shutout against the Chargers in week 7, he could rebound against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football, but I’m staying away from him. He should be a decent fill in QB every once in awhile, if you’ve lost Aaron Rodgers or are streaming QBs.
The Seattle Seahawks Running Backs
Will the real running back in Seattle please stand up? Even after a bye week, Seattle doesn’t have a back to go to. Thomas Rawls has been struggling, CJ Prosise has been injured, Eddie Lacy has been Eddie Lacy, and J.D. Mckissic isn’t being used that much. Chris Carson looked like he was the guy to own, then headed to the IR shortly after. Hopes at Rawls or Lacy being “The next Beast-Mode” are long gone. Just stay away from this mess.