Daily Dr. Roto—October 26, 2018
Visionary Plays for Week 8
Patrick Mahomes — I say the same thing every week: START MAHOMES! Denver’s run defense has been putrid all season which should set up nicely for some play action passing downfield leading to some big plays and possible scores.
Aaron Rodgers — The Packers running game is a mess and the Rams front four is going to bottle up Jones and Williams all game long. The only chance the Packers have of winning this game is through Rodgers. I think he has over 300 yards passing this week and three TDs. I am not calling for the upset victory, but I think this game will be one where the Rams must play the full four quarters.
Andrew Luck — The Raiders are letting up passing yards in droves and Luck has been the best QB in Fantasy for the past month. Marlon Mack is very questionable with an injury and I can easily see the Colts sitting him with their BYE week coming up in Week 9. If that’s the case I think Luck will pass more than ever and is a must start.
Jared Goff — Goff has tailed off over the last few weeks, but I think that is more due to the fact that the games have not been close, and Todd Gurley has been magical. If the Packers can keep this game competitive (which I think they will), Goff will be throwing the ball for all four quarters, making him a top five starter.
Andy Dalton — This is the last week that you hold onto Dalton if he plays poorly. Dalton and the Bengals take on the Bucs who are not only a bad defense, but they are without Kwon Alexander and two other big-time players on defense (McCoy and Curry) are questionable. I do worry slightly that this will be a Joe Mixon week, but Dalton is in a prime position for Fantasy success.
Ben Roethlisberger — Big Ben is a beast at home and is a must play against a Browns defense that has logged a ton of minutes this year playing in multiple overtime games.
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Todd Gurley — I am sure that there are some teams out there with both Gurley and Mahomes this season—and to those owners I salute you for your Fantasy prowess. Gurley is a game changer in every sense of the word and I expect him to have another 130+ yards from scrimmage and a TD.
Joe Mixon — By all accounts, this should be a Joe Mixon week. The Bucs lost LB Kwon Alexander for the season last week and DT Gerald McCoy and DE Vinny Curry are questionable at best. The Bengals need to establish the run to set up their deep throws to A.J. Green. I really have high hopes for Mixon--I just pray he doesn’t fault into the Andy Dalton perpetual disappointment category.
Kareem Hunt — The Broncos have been gauged by running backs this season which lends itself beautifully to playing Kareem Hunt. Hunt has been more involved in the Chiefs passing attack which has made him way more consistent than he was at this time last season. He is a must play in any format.
David Johnson — I am hoping that new OC Byron Leftwich will channel his inner Bruce Arians and figure out a way to get DJ more involved in the Cardinals overall offensive scheme. Let’s put it this way--things can’t get any worse for Johnson, so if he gets more touches and opportunities, he could be very successful against an average 49ers defense.
Tarik Cohen — I am 100% sold on Cohen’s ability, but that said I still think that there will be weeks when we see more of Jordan Howard. As of right now, WR Allen Robinson is questionable for the game and if he is out, I can see Nagy using Cohen more in the slot to get some good mismatches against the Jets linebackers. Cohen has been one of the hottest players in Fantasy Football over the past few weeks, and I think Fantasy owners should ride the wave once more.
Phillip Lindsay — I am doubtful that Royce Freeman returns to action and even if he does, I think that the Chiefs will be winning by so much that Lindsay will be in the game way more than Freeman anyway. With the Chiefs pass defense applying decent pressure to Keenum, I can see a pathway for Lindsay to get about six or seven receptions, making him a nice under the radar play.
Nyheim Hines — I love this play, but ONLY if Marlon Mack is ruled out. This is a late afternoon game, so make sure that you have other options and don’t get caught without a starter in case Mack ends up playing.
DaVante Adams — I see this is a wide-open high scoring game where Rodgers will have to throw all day to keep the game close. Look for Adams to have well over 100+ yards receiving and a TD.
Robert Woods — With Cooper Kupp out, Woods is clearly Goff’s favorite target and I see him having a huge Week 8. Woods stepped up last season when Watkins struggled, but this season he has stepped it up even more becoming a legitimate WR1 for Fantasy. I don’t see how he has fewer than ten targets this week, making him a must start in any format.
T.Y. Hilton — Andrew Luck has been the hottest QB this side of Kansas City and his favorite target is TY Hilton. With Mack and Doyle still not 100%, Hilton should be in a great spot for Fantasy success this weekend against a Raiders defense that has mentally checked out.
Golden Tate — You all know that I love the revenge narrative. Tate has been quiet over the past few games, but I like him to breakout against his old team.
Taylor Gabriel — I have a feeling that Allen Robinson is going to miss this week, so that would thrust Gabriel into the role of WR1 for the Bears. A 20th round Fantasy pick in most leagues, Gabriel has been a huge surprise this season and possibly one of the most unsung players in Fantasy Football. The Jets have struggled against quicker receivers, and Gabriel has tons of speed. Look for him to bust out one big play for sure on Sunday.
Sammy Watkins — Hunt’s dominant running of the football should allow for Mahomes to set up some play-action passes downfield and I have a good feeling that Watkins is going to be the recipient of a some of those targets. Opposing defenses need to key on Kelce and Hill, leaving Watkins one on one with a defender. Advantage Chiefs and advantage to Watkins’ owners.
Jared Cook — No Cooper and no Lynch should mean that Cook gets all the targets he can handle in Week 8. I will always have deep fears about his inconsistent play, but right now he is in a great spot for success and I think Fantasy owners need to take the leap.
David Njoku — The Steelers are horrible against opposing tight ends and Mayfield has shown that he wants to have Njoku heavily involved in the offense. I really like him to score this week.
C.J. Uzomah — Keeping with the same theme, the Bucs has been the worst team in the NFL against tight ends and while Uzomah is never going to be a big scoring threat, he should be able to put up about 14 points in a PPR format, with a chance for more if the game is high-scoring and close throughout.
O.J. Howard — I really like how Howard has been meshing with Jameis Winston and the Bucs are most likely going to be playing from behind in this one. I am worried that If the Bengals front four puts pressure on Winston that Howard will have to stay in and block more than I would like, but he still should be on the field for most of the snaps.
Hayden Hurst — Carolina has been poor this season against opposing tight ends and the Ravens have talked about getting Hurst more involved in the offense. If there ever was a good time for his first NFL TD, I think this might be the week.