By: Sam Schlesinger @avishai41
DFS – Week 8
Carson Wentz – $7,200 (vs. SF)
After watching what Wentz did to the Redskins last week, and what Dak Prescott (and of course Zeke) did to the 49ers, this one should be a no brainer. Carson Wentz is the number one quarterback in fantasy football right now and he’s going up against the defense that has given up the second most points to quarterbacks.
Kirk Cousins – $6,400 (vs. DAL)
Although things have looked ugly for the Redskins, Carson Wentz is the only quarterback who has more fantasy points than Kirk Cousins over the past two weeks. Cousins has started to take things into his own hands, rushing for 44 yards and a touchdown in those two games, while passing for 633 yards and five touchdowns. Cousins will need to shine bright again to keep his team competitive against a the red-hot Cowboys.
Andy Dalton – $5,700 (vs. IND)
Andy Dalton has had a lot more bad than good this season, but this week is a big potential bounce back. The Colts are one of two teams that give up an average of over 300 passing yards per game (the Patriots are the other). The Steelers were able to lock him down after he threw two touchdowns in the first half last week, but his game has been a lot better since Bill Lazor took over as the offensive coordinator. With a dream matchup at home against the Colts, I think this Sunday will bring us Good Andy.
LeSean McCoy – $8,700 (vs. OAK)
LeSean McCoy had been trying to get into the end zone all year and he finally got there last week – twice. The Bills said before the season that they would give the ball to Shady as much as the needed to get a win and they’ve been staying true to their word. He’s only had one game with fewer than 20 touches. It was only a matter of time before the touchdowns started pouring in and I think that trend will continue against what has been a mediocre Raiders defense.
Mark Ingram – $7,400 (vs. CHI)
Mark Ingram is on fire. Over the past two games (since Adrian Peterson was traded) Ingram has amassed 47 carries which he’s turned into 219 yards and three touchdowns. Alvin Kamara has been active in the passing game, but Sean Payton is rolling with the hot hand. The threat of Drew Brees always opens things up for the run game and the Saints are finally using that to their advantage. The Saints are 10th in the league in rushing yards and 14th in rushing attempts per game.
Joe Mixon – $4,700 (vs. IND)
The Colts have given up 10 rushing touchdowns this season, two more than any other team in the league. Joe Mixon is dirt cheap here. He’s out-snapping both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill and according to Pro Football Focus, has a significantly higher rating as a pass catcher than Bernard. The Bengals are trending towards their young rookie and he should tear it up against the Colts who have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to running backs this season.
Julio Jones – $8,400 (@ NYJ)
After forcibly ripping the ball away from Malcolm Butler, Julio Jones got his first touchdown of the season last week. He also had nine catches for 99 yards. The Falcons need a team to beat up on after an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins and then a Super Bowl rematch loss to the Pats. If they’ve finally remembered how to target Julio Jones, the Jets could be in for a long day.
Doug Baldwin – $6,900 (vs. HOU)
Doug Baldwin was back to his old ways last week, smoking the Giants for nine catches, 92 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks always pick it up in the second half of the season, and according to Michael Fabiano, no team has given up more PPR points to WRs on the road than the Texans.
Demaryius Thomas – $5,900 (@ KC)
Demaryius Thomas is not the elite receiver he once was when Peyton Manning was throwing 12 touchdowns a game, but he’s got a beautiful matchup against the Chiefs. Terrance Mitchell has given up 565 yards and five touchdowns so far this season. Those numbers are good enough to be the WR 2 in fantasy, behind only Antonio Brown. Thomas lines up on the Terrance Mitchell side of the field 49% of the time. He’s got a huge advantage there.
Hunter Henry – $4,800 (@ NE)
Since week 4, Hunter Henry has 14 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Currently the TE 8, Henry is now decisively out-snapping Antonio Gates and looking more and more like the Chargers’ premiere tight end. With a great matchup against the Patriots who have given up the 8th most fantasy points to tight ends, Henry should continue his hot streak.
Jordan Reed – $4,700 (vs. DAL)
When healthy, Jordan Reed is a monster. He’s the guy Kirk Cousins is always looking for when in trouble. He had 10 targets and two scores last week. It’s hard to trust him for an entire season but when he’s healthy, you need to have him in your DFS lineups.