Week Eight – Start ‘em or Sit ‘em

Start ‘em

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr (Raiders):

Now, let’s be perfectly clear. This is the last chance the Raiders have to make a run towards the playoffs. It has been a tumultuous week for Derek Carr and I expect him to come out all guns blazing as he takes on a Colts side who have been terrible of late. Yes, they won last week, but that was against the Bills. Everyone beats the Bills.

Prediction: 350 yards, three touchdowns, one rushing touchdown

Big Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers):

Roethlisberger and the Steelers face the Browns for the second time this season. A tie in week one will not happen again. Big Ben has been on fire of late and will want to show the work, the result in week one was an anomaly. This game has the chance to be a huge blow out for the home side.

Prediction: 400+ yards, five touchdowns, zero interceptions

Wide Receivers

Julian Edelman (Patriots):

Edelman has been huge since returning from an early-season suspension. He has returned to be a dominate force in the Pats line up. Expect big numbers from him on MNF, against a Bills team who couldn’t stop a paper plane now.

Prediction:100+ receiving yards, Two touchdowns.

 

Robert Woods (Rams):

Woods has great in recent weeks and that form will continue against a Packers side who don’t have any decent cornerbacks this season. They have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposition wideouts this season. Expect that trend to continue in a very high scoring game.

Prediction: 120 receiving yards, two touchdowns

Running Backs

Chris Carson (Seahawks):

Carson and the Seahawks are coming off the bye and will be fresh to face a Lions side who have been terrible against the rush this season. Carson already has two games of 100+ yards rushing. Expect that to be three this weekend.

Prediction: 20 carries, 100+ rushing yards, one touchdown.

 

Phillip Lyndsay (Broncos):

Lyndsay was huge last week with 90 yards and a touchdown. He also turned it on that last time the Broncos played the Chiefs, with 75 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs D has improved but not enough to stop this run machine.

Prediction: 20 touches, 100 total yards and a touchdown.

Tight ends

OJ Howard (Bucs):

Howard faces a Bengals team this week who struggle to contain tight ends in 2018. The highest scoring tight ends this season have all come against the Bengals. Look for a very high scoring game from Howard.

Prediction: 100+ receiving yards, one touchdown

Jared Cook (Raiders):

With Amari Cooper now with the Cowboys, expect Cook to take a lot more of the football. He has been the most productive Raider so far this season and they will look to him more in a must-win game at home against the Colts.

Prediction: 120+ receiving yards, one touchdown

Sit’ em

Quarterbacks

Case Keenum (Broncos):

Stay away from Case Keenum this week. Yes, I know he is facing the Chiefs D, but they have improved the last few weeks and have only allowed two touchdowns and have five intercepts. Best to stay away from Keenum this week.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception

Joe Flacco (Ravens):

The Ravens suffered a tough loss last week and are in danger of dropping two in a row against a red-hot Panthers side. Don’t play Flacco this week. The Panthers are hungry and will inflict some pain on the veteran.

Prediction: 175 yards, one touchdown and one interception

Wide Receivers

Sterling Shepard (NY Giants):

Shepard was great last week but is struggling for consistency in 2018. He has trouble backing up big performance. That trend will continue against a strong Redskins defense this week.

Prediction: 60 receiving yards, zero touchdowns.

 

Marvin Jones (Lions):

Jones needs to spend this week on the fantasy sidelines. He has dropped in problem of late and that will continue against a Seahawks side who have only allowed 100 receiving yards per game in recent weeks. It will be a tough day at the office for Jones.

Prediction: 60 yards, zero touchdowns.

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde (Jaguars):

Hyde makes his debut for the Jags in London against an Eagles side who are solid against the run game. He will also share the duties with TJ Yeldon. Don’t expect much from Hyde today.

Prediction: 10 carries, 35 yards, zero touchdowns.

 

Corey Clement (Eagles):

Like Hyde, Clement shares his workload with Smallwood and faces a Jags defense who only allow 3.8 yards per carry. Best to stay away from this one this week.

Prediction: 15 carries, 40 yards, zero touchdowns.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram (NY Giants):

The Redskins D has been solid against tight end sand slot receivers this season and will make life hard for Evan Engram today. He will be better for the run he had last week after a long absence, but he needs more time to improve and that won’t happen against the Redskins.

Prediction: 60 yards receiving, zero touchdowns

Jordan Reed (Redskins):

Jordan Reed has failed to show anything of promise this season and that wont change against a Giants D who punish tight ends this year.

It will be a tough day at the office for Reed.

Prediction: 50 receiving yards, zero touchdowns.

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