DFS Visionary Plays for Week 8
Cam Newton—Cam slaughtered DFS owners last week when he couldn’t find any offense against the lowly Bears, but this is another week and I like Cam to have a bounce back game. The Bucs are without Spence and Grimes which should give Cam a ton of opportunities to make big plays.
Russell Wilson—The Seahawks can’t run the ball, so they will need to throw it a ton. Wilson always seems to improve as the season goes on so watch him air it out for 250+ yards.
Philip Rivers—I like the Patriots to win this game, but I think the Chargers keep it close and take it to the very end before losing. Neither of these teams play great defense, so watch for Rivers to shred New England’s defense for 300+ yards.
Kirk Cousins—I am a little worried about the bad weather, but I still think that Cousins is playing at a pretty high level and should have a good game. The Redskins OL is a bit suspect, so that is a concern, but the emergence of Josh Doctson and a healthy Jordan Reed should ensure a solid performance by Cousins.
Star I am Fading: Carson Wentz
LeSean McCoy—Shady is a must start against a Raiders defense that has struggled to stop the run. The Bills do not like to throw the ball much, so you know McCoy is a lock for 20 carries.
Melvin Gordon—Gordon was awful last week, but I am not going to let that bother me in Week 8. The Chargers are so well balanced on offense that I think the Patriots are going to overlook Gordon and let him make some big gains. Look for him to score at least once in this game.
Devonta Freeman—Freeman has had only 21 carries in his last two starts. I have to think that with Tevin Coleman not quite 100% and the Jets mediocre run defense that Freeman will get about 20 carries in this game alone and run for over 100 yards—but then again OC Steve Sarkisian has been a Fantasy nightmare!
Christian McCaffrey—I like him way more on DK than I do on FD. The Bucs will have to spy Newton which means that McCaffrey might be able to find a running lane (for a change) or be a terrific outlet on pass plays.
Joe Mixon—Is this the week that the Bengals finally give him 20 carries? I certainly hope so. The Colts have one of the worst run defenses in the entire league, so this should be a good game for Mixon to showcase his awesome abilities.
Jordan Howard—The Bears threw the ball only SEVEN times last week! Howard is going to get 20 carries at a minimum, so he must be considered a top start.
Star I am Fading: Ezekiel Elliott
Kelvin Benjamin—Benjamin has a seven-inch height advantage over the Bucs CBs. Considering that Cam throws it ten feet in the air, I think that Benjamin will come down with one or two TD catches in what should be a wide-open game.
Keenan Allen—Recency Bias alert! Allen was atrocious against Denver. Look for a huge rebound here in Week 8 as he might be one of my favorite plays on the main slate.
Doug Baldwin—Baldwin begged for the football and had a terrific second half against the Giants. He won’t need to beg this week as Wilson will be looking for him all over the field.
A.J. Green—He will be the most owned player on the slate as he draws the Colts at home in a game that is a must win for the Bengals. I think he could have 150 yards and 2 TDs by halftime. My only concern is that this game is lopsided by the end of the 3rd quarter and he sits for the 4th.
Mike Evans—The Panthers CBs have been awful, and they just don’t have anyone who can match the size and speed of Evans. Jameis Winston and Cam Newton are going to try to one up each other this week, so watch for some deep shots to Evans throughout.
Ted Ginn—Willie Snead’s injury and suspension opened the door for Ginn to become the WR2 and he has done an excellent job thus far. I love starting Ginn in domed stadiums where his speed is almost unstoppable. Look for him to make one or two huge plays in this game.
Star I am Fading: Michael Thomas
Travis Kelce—The Broncos are TERRIBLE against the TE. My only regret is that Kelce is not on the main slate as he would be my favorite play of the week.
Jordan Reed—When healthy, Reed is one of the top five producers at his position. Cousins threw to him for two TDs last week and while don’t expect the same production out of him against Dallas, he should still have a good game.
Hunter Henry—Henry seems to get better each week and his size and speed make him a difficult matchup for any opposing LB. The Patriots lost Hightower for the season which means that Kyle van Noy might shadow Henry. If that happens, Henry could go to town in this game.
Jason Witten—I am smitten for Witten in Week 8. The Redskins are going to go all in on stopping Zeke and Josh Norman is back to cover Dez Bryant. This should set up nicely for Witten to make a few plays in the middle of the field.
Tyler Kroft—At 3,000 on DK, all Kroft needs to do is to score 12 points to be 4x his salary.
Star I am Fading: Rob Gronkowski