Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Cleveland (6200)
So Fitzy has been an absolute mess all year, and he even lost his job for half a game to big game Geno Smith. We should have no faith in him at all right? Wrong! This week put your faith in the Jets quarterback as he goes up against the Browns who have been struggling all year. The Browns have let up at least 2 touchdowns per game to opposing QBs and are allowing an average of 21.3 fantasy points per game, which is a deplorable 31st in fantasy. Don’t be scared to start Fitz, who has the talent around him to dismantle the abysmal Browns defense.
Derek Carr @ Tampa Bay (5900)
Carr has struggled over the past 2 weeks after getting off to a red hot start, but don’t expect the struggles to continue for him this week. The Bucs have a middle of the road defense against the quarterback in terms of fantasy rankings but that is deceiving. They have only played 2 games against quarterbacks at Carr’s talent level (the Panthers had Anderson in relief of a concussed Newton). When they were playing these teams they allowed an average of 324.5 yards and 2.5 TDs to those QBs. Carr should bounce back in a big way against the Bucs in week 8.
Jameis Winston vs Oakland (5700)
Winston has been playing well and continues to get the ball to his best target in Evans. Now he has a great matchup going up against the Raiders who have allowed 3 or more passing TDs in 3 games this season. The game is sure to be a shootout so both QBs should be throwing quite a bit. Winston is coming off a great week where he was able to throw for 3 touchdowns. Tampa Bay got up early so it limited his production late in the game, something you won’t have to worry about this week.
Isaiah Crowell vs New York (3700)
At the beginning of the year it looked like no one was going to be able to run on the Jets, then income the Steelers and the Cardinals who run all over them. Granted it was Bell and Johnson (2 of the top backs in football) who were the ones toting the rock. This just showed that the vaunted Jets run defense has some cracks in it. Outside of 2 games Crowell has looked fantastic this year, and should be a major part of the game plan going into week 8, it is rare to find a starting back with this low of a price regardless of the matchup.
James White @ Buffalo (4800)
White started off great, with an early TD against the Steelers last week. Then he was silent the rest of the game, ending with about 30 total yards and a TD which is disappointing considering the start to the game. Buffalo, just like Pitt will be coming off an embarrassing defensive performance against the Dolphins to face the Pats. The Bills have been solid against the run all year, so I don’t expect Blount to go off like he did last week. White is better out of the backfield which should be a big factor in this week’s game, he should get in the endzone for the 3rd week in a row.
Devontae Booker vs San Diego (3700)
Booker was finally a big part of the offense last week, splitting carries with Anderson and putting up solid numbers. It has just been released that Anderson will be missing a couple of weeks due to injury so here is the rookies time to shine. He gets to face one of the softest run defenses in all of football for his first starting role. Look for Booker to come up big this week against the Chargers.
Davante Adams @ Atlanta (4900)
Adams has been up and down so far this year, including a fantastic performance against the Bears last week (13 for 132 and 2 TDs). This week he has another great matchup against the Falcons. Look for this game to be a shootout of epic proportions, with Matty Ice and Rodgers under center. With Adams great performance fresh in Rodgers mind he should look his way often in week 8.
Russell Shepard vs Oakland (3300)
You may be asking yourself who the hell is Russell Shepard? Well, you wouldn’t be alone in asking that. To answer everyone’s question he is the next best thing to Evans in Tampa Bay, logging 5 receptions for 77 yards and a TD last week. He saw an increased role once Jackson was injured and made the most of it. He will be competing with Humphries for targets, but Humphries put the ball on the ground twice last week (did not lose either) so he is not to be trusted. Shepard should see an increased role again this week against a soft Oakland secondary.
Quincy Enunwa @ Cleveland (4800)
Enunwa has been solid this year racking up 32 receptions so far on the season. He has had a few down weeks recently but with Decker out and a great matchup this week you would be remiss if you did not put him in your lineup. Fitzpatrick is going to make a statement this week after being benched and Enunwa along with Marshall should be the main beneficiaries of it.
CJ Fiedorowicz vs Detroit (2800)
There hasn’t been much to get excited about in Houston in terms of the passing game, besides Fiedorowicz. He has produced double digit fantasy points in 3 of the last 4 weeks of daily fantasy, and has seen 7 or more targets in the past 3 weeks. Though he is splitting targets with Griffin he has been the only one doing anything with the targets. This week Houston is going into Detroit who was just shredded by 32 year old Vernon Davis, so expect a big day from the young TE.
Antonio Gates @ Denver (2700)
Henry has been the guy so far this year with Gates missing some games, but this week he is going through concussion protocol. Gates was targeted 10 times once last week and should see a high number of targets again this week. If the Broncos have one weakness in the passing game it is covering the TE and Gates has been great historically against Denver. He is a high risk high reward player for Draftkings this week.
Cardinals defense @ Carolina (2700)
Carolina has looked nothing like the team from 2015, their offense has been subpar in every week besides 2, and those were against the New Orleans and Atlanta defenses. The Cardinals on the other hand have been playing very well on the defensive end of the ball. The Cardinals defense has not scored lower than 5 points in fantasy and have been hot only allowing 10 points per game over the past 3 weeks. While this is a risky play it could have a high reward for those ballsy enough to play them.