By: Randall Blakeslee @_fantasykings
DFS Week 8: By the Numbers
Greetings. Welcome back. We did very, very well last week. I hope you incorporated a few of last week’s steals and/or stacks to your final rosters. Let’s get to our HITS and MISSES:
Mitchell Trubisky (36.4 pts): Okay, his passer rating was bad. Like 69.8 bad. Yet, Trubisky tallied 36.4 pts and was only outscored at the position by Mahomes. How’d he do it? 333 passing yards and 2 TDs, coupled with 81 yards and a TD on the ground. Not bad, young man. Not bad at all.
Kerryon Johnson (22.9 pts): If you remember what I said last week, it sounded like, “Once again, I’m going with my gut here. Though he’s only costing you RB2 money, I believe he’s due to finish with RB1 numbers this week. No real analysis here. I’m just feeling him.” KJ finished with 158 yards (8.3 YPC) and 21 receiving yards. However, ever since week 4, the end zone still eludes him.
Colts, DST (19.0 pts): As long as Derek Anderson is under center for the Bills, every single DST that faces him is the weekly stream.
David Njoku (15.2 pts): Njoku finished week 7 as TE6, ahead of Kelce, catching 4 of 6 for 52 yards and a score. That’s the 2nd straight week with a TD and 4th scoring at least 10 pts. He’s turned into an every week play and is in the running to finish top 5 at the position.
Nick Chubb (14.0 pts): Chubb had his first start without having to share the backfield without Hyde and he did not disappoint. Averaging 4.44 YPC, he finished with 80 yards rushing and a TD, on 18 carries. It was his coming out party and it could not have been at a better time.
STACK / Baker Mayfield (20.9 pts) + Jarvis Landry (25.7 pts): While Mayfield’s numbers weren’t amazing, they were solid enough at his salary, coupled with Landry’s big-time performance: 10 catches, 97 yards, and a TD. That was good enough to propel him into week 7’s top 5, beating out the likes of Tyreek Hill, Michael Thomas, A.J. Green, Mike Evans, and Julio Jones.
STACK / Mitchell Trubisky (36.4 pts) + Taylor Gabriel (5.6 pts): Trubisky, great. Gabriel, not-so-great. However, I’m not ready to fade Gabriel just yet. Tomorrow’s game could be just what the fantasy doctor ordered for those with Gabriel stock, since Allen Robinson is dealing with a groin injury.
STACK / Andy Dalton (8.9 pts) + A.J. Green (21.7 pts): Dalton and company found themselves at the receiving end of a strong Kansas City defensive outing. Who knew?
Josh Reynolds (2.9 pts): Let’s be honest here. We were shooting for the stars here.
STEAL OF THE WEEK
Phillip Lindsay, RB (DEN) $5,200: Lindsay is averaging 13.1 FPPG and with Royce Freeman declared out, he should eat against Kansas City, currently ranked 30th against the position. He has 75 rushing attempts and 20 targets so far on the year. Devontae Booker will help carry the load, but Lindsay should see the mass majority of the carries. I’m all in.
Patriots, DST (NE) $3,500: They play Derek Anderson and the Bills. This is just easy money.
Jared Cook, TE (OAK) $5,000: He’s averaging 15.0 FPPG and he’s a top 5 TE so far on the season. With the departure of Amari Cooper, those 10 targets have to spread around and expect Cook to get a few extra.
Taylor Gabriel, WR (CHI) $5,100: I still have faith in him and Trubisky. I expect him to ball out with Robinson struggling.
In a previous article I discussed the benefits of stacking a QB and a WR/TE, a popular gaming method in DFS that pays dividends. Here are this week’s recommended stacks:
Andrew Luck ($6,300) and T.Y. Hilton ($6,300)
Kirk Cousins ($5,900) and Adam Thielen ($8,700)
Andy Dalton ($6,200) and A.J. Green ($8,000) or Tyler Boyd ($6,700)
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