Week eight means things are a little clearer on the fantasy football front, but there are still some moves to like a lot more than others.
Start: RB LeGarrette Blount, Eagles
I know he hasn’t always been reliable in terms of overall production, but the carries continue to be steady, which means there’s still a good chance he finds the endzone. He’s been between 12 and 16 carries each of the last five weeks. Last week’s two-point outing against Washington was a big disappointment, but he should have a much better matchup today against San Francisco.
Start: TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
Year two of Dak Prescott has been great for all pass-catchers. Dez Bryant, and particularly, Jason Witten, are having much better 2017 campaigns. Against Washington, who’s been a feeding ground for tight ends, allowing them touchdowns in three of the last four games, Witten is set up to have another nice day.
Start: TE Hunter Henry, Chargers
My outlook on Henry’s changed a lot the last few weeks, and so has the Chargers’. After a hot and cold first three weeks where Henry went from zero receptions to seven, and then back to zero, he’s notched nine or more points in PPR leagues every week since. It appears the Chargers finally committed to him in their passing game, and it’s paid off. Against a shaky pass defense like New England’s, I like Henry’s chances to have at least four catches and haul in a touchdown catch.
Sit: QB Deshaun Watson, Texans
He’s been on fire for weeks and he comes off a bye week where Houston had an extra week to prepare for the Seahawks. But that said, remember that it’s the Seahawks in Seattle. That’s a defense and an atmosphere that can get to any quarterback any day, especially a rookie. If Watson is your only choice, good luck. But I’d even take Derek Carr in Buffalo before rolling out Watson today.
Sit: RB Mike Gillislee, Patriots
There’s no way, at this point, he should have been in your starting lineup anyway. But just in case, here’s your justification to sit him. Since his hot start with four touchdowns in the first two weeks, he’s been ice cold. As a back whose production is heavily depended on his touchdowns (because the yards will never be there, nor is he a pass catcher), he’s not giving you anything right now. Dion Lewis is the much better play as he’s received more of the goal line carries recently. But then again, it’s the Patriots, so we’re never really sure who’s going to have the hot hand in their backfield.
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