“The Homestead” Running Back to Receiver Sit/Start, or Claim/Drop, Week #8
RBs Starts Trending Up
Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay) : In two games since taking over the starting job, Rodgers has tallied an insane 62 touches (56 carries, six receptions) for 292 total yards (255 rushing, 37 receiving). I picked him up two weeks ago and now I am enjoying the rewards of doing so. He gets to face a Raiders defense that is allowing 5.09 yards per carry to opposing running backs and ranks 29th in league versus the run (128.3/ypg allowed). With the bye weeks now in full swing, he is a must start.
James White (New England) : (PPR, FLEX) He has 38 targets on the season and has caught 27 of them and scored three touchdowns. He isn’t going to give you much in the run game as those touches go to LeGarrette Blount. With that said, he will face a Buffalo defense that just gave up 214 yards to Miami RB Jay Ajayi last week.With six teams on bye’s this week he is worthy of starting.
RBs Sits Trending Down
Matt Jones (Washington) : Jones rushed 10 times for 27 yards in the Redskins’ Week 7 loss to the Lions, also losing a fumble. After he fumbled twice on Sunday against the Lions, he was demoted to the bench for the rest of the game. Coach Jay Gruden admitted Matt Jones could see his carries reduced because of his fumbling issues. If this is the case then his fantasy value takes a hit and you should consider sitting him favor of better options. He will also be facing a decent Bengals defense in a London match up for week 8.
Jordan Howard (Chicago) : After two consecutive 100-plus-yard performances, Howard has fallen back to earth! He has been losing a steady diet of touches to Ka’Deem Carey the last couple weeks and will be facing the Minnesota Vikings in week 8. The Vikings have yet to allow anyone to tally more than 56 rushing yards in a game. Jeremy Langford could return this week also, further clouding up this backfield. Howard is a must sit this week.
TJ Yeldon (Jacksonville) : He has been held to less than 10 carries and 30 yards rushing in four of the last five games and hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 1. This backfield situation is a complete mess at this point and just can’t be trusted. Yeldon is a must sit this week, even against the Titans, who have been decent against the run at times.
WRs Starts Trending Up
Ty Montgomery (Green Bay) : He is listed as a WR on most sites, but in ESPN leagues he recently earned eligibility at RB. This is a big boost to his fantasy value. Montgomery has compiled 32 touches (20 receptions, 12 carries) and 230 yards (164 receiving, 66 rushing) over the last two games. He could lose playing time in the backfield when Knile Davis gets more familiar with the offense
Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) : He has had a below average performance the last couple games (8 catches 85 yards 0 touchdowns combined) and the Saints are 27th in the NFL in yards per pass allowed (8.0), but their home games tend to turn into shootouts. The point totals in three games at the Superdome this year have been 69, 77 and 79. The Saints are horrible on defense and Baldwin is a must start this week.
Davante Adams (Green Bay) : Adams caught 13 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the Bears and seems to be the one WR that QB Aaron Rodgers is on the same page with. He has scored a touchdown in four the six games this season and will face the Atlanta Falcons in week 8, in what could be a shoot out.
WRs Sits Trending Down
DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) : This is more of an indictment of just how bad Brock Osweiler is more than Hopkins struggles, but the two are tied together. Until I can see better QB play, I am finding it hard to start Hopkins. I told you last week to sit Hopkins versus the Broncos (5 catches for 36 yards) and I am going suggest you sit him again this week. I know the match up versus the Lions is a much better one but keep in mind that Hopkins only had one catch for 4 yards versus the Titans a few weeks back. It’s just too risky right now, to start him.
Alshon Jeffery/Cameron Meredith (Chicago) : They will face a Vikings defense that has held Kelvin Benjamin to zero yards, Odell Beckham to 23 yards, DeAndre Hopkins to 56 yards and Jordan Matthews to 10 yards. Jay Cutler has been cleared to play in week 8, but if he doesn’t and Matt Barkley has to start at QB, then Meredith is a must sit. This is also not a good match up for Alshon Jeffery as well. Keep an eye on Cutler’s status.
Tyrell Williams (San Diego) : He faces a stingy Denver defense, this week that just doesn’t give up anything to opposing receivers. They only allowed DeAndre Hopkins 5 catches for 36 yards on 12 targets. While Williams should see plenty of targets, it will be tough sledding against the leagues best secondary.
Working the Waiver Wire
WR Brandon Lafell (Cincinnati) : He caught 4-of-5 targets for 83 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals’ Week 7 win over the Browns. His five targets were second-most on the team behind A.J. Green’s eight. he will face a banged up Redskins secondary who could be without CB Josh Norman. If he is still available in your league and you need someone to cover a bye week, this is one of the better options to grab.
RB Devontae Booker (Denver) : (FLEX) The Broncos have been steadily increasing Booker’s workload each week and fantasy owners should take notice. Now Booker gets to go against a Chargers defense that allowed 21 or more points to four opposing backfields over the first six weeks of the season
WR Marquise Lee (Jacksonville): (PPR, FLEX) Owners in deeper leagues should take a long look at Lee, who has 13 catches for 168 yards in his past two games on 14 targets. He has at least six targets in five games in a row, with at least five catches in four games over that span.
Chris Thompson RB (Washington) : (PPR, FLEX) With Matt Jones in the doghouse because of his fumbling issues, Thompson gets a big bump in potential value. Known as a receiving back, Thompson actually led the Redskins in carries (12) in Week 7 in addition to being targeted seven times. This a good option, if you’re in a pinch and need someone to fill in for a player on a bye.
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