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It is getting gritty in your season, you either feel set, are right in the thick of it or you have resigned to knowing that you are not going to win this season. Even if you're 0-7 right now (which is highly unlikely, given your kinship for this column) you still have a very decent shot at getting into the playoffs. The object isn't to just win, you have to make the playoffs and in most leagues that means that you're going to need to finish in at least 6th place.
Here are some things that you may not know about the rest of the season, did you know that Jonathan Stewart will probably win the fantasy playoffs for you this season? That he has one of, if not the best remaining schedules of any fantasy running back?
You can say the same thing for Keenan Allen.
Only 2% of undefeated teams in Yahoo Fantasy Football do not have Devonta Freeman on their roster.
I'm not a player, I just crush a lot. Follow me on Twitter for daily advice and start/sit questions. I got an email this Tuesday with a screenshot from Evan Silva who won $20,000 using my recommendations (just kidding).
The perfect lineup in standard scoring last week would have looked like this:
Tom Brady (29 points), Lamar Miller (35), Todd Gurley (27)*, T.Y. Hilton (27)*, Nate Washington (24), Mike Evans (22), Jordan Reed (19), Jaguars D/ST (22), Blair Walsh (20). (*- a recommend start in this column last week).
Last week I only had two of your top players in my column, but if you used my 'shiesty' recommendation you played Khiry Robinson (14 points) whose two rushing touchdowns outscored: Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson, Chris Ivory and Justin Forsett.
My other shiesty recommendation was none other than Chris Connely who got you 12 points in standard scoring from the Kansas City Chiefs' wide receiver position.
My sleepers for you last week:
Ryan Fitzpatrick (19 standard scoring points), Brian Hoyer (20), Derek Carr (23), Chris Johnson (18), Theo Riddick (4), Khiry Robinson (14), John Brown (12), Michael Crabtree (12), Stefon Diggs (16), Allen Hurns (11), Rishard Matthews (13), Charles Clay (2), Eric Ebron (14), Ladarius Green (14).
Not all of those are the greatest numbers, but here is an example of Matthew Berry's Top 10 Waiver Wire pickups for week 7:
Christine Michael (1 standard scoring point), James Starks (n/a), Charles Sims (3), Teddy Bridgewater (18), Stefon Diggs (16), Falcons (10), Brandon LaFell (2), Marvin Jones (n/a), Ladarius Green (14) and Jamison Crowder (4).
So, my team of waivers got you a top score of 110 (with no kicker or defense) and a low score of 62 (if you made some awful choices from my waivers). But ESPN's Matthew Berry's list only got you a top score of 64 and a low score of 28.
So, you wonderful people were recommended a team by me of waiver wire pickups that would have scored over 100 points in standard scoring for the fourth week in a row.
I have no idea what I am doing...
League Play Waiver Wire:
In week 7 Kirk Cousins 29 points tied Tom Brady and outscored every other quarterback in fantasy football. Ryan Tannehill reemerged (then quickly sank back down Thursday against the New England Patriots), Philip Rivers (25) and Andrew Luck (23) rounded out the top 5 best fantasy quarterbacks of week 7.
My waiver wire suggestions of Derek Carr (23) and Brian Hoyers (20) were the 6th and 7th best fantasy football plays last week with Ryan Fitzpatrick (19) finishing 9th. Placing three of my sleepers inside of the top 10 scoring quarterbacks of the week.
This week I like: Ben Roethlisberger, Brian Hoyer, Matt Stafford, Ryan Fitzpatrick and either Zach Mettenberger or Marcus Mariota (whoever goes). I am going to throw in Alex Smith here, because Roethlisberger and Stafford are likely not available in your leagues.
Running backs: Lamar Miller confused everyone that still had him on their fantasy rosters by turning in the best week of any fantasy running back (35 standard scoring points), Todd Gurley reminded everyone why they drafted him (27), Arian Foster (23) made the most of his day before returning to injured reserve, Darren McFadden (22) took advantage of Joseph Randle's injury and Danny Woodhead dominated even standard scoring (21) with his two touchdown receptions.
If you started any combination of Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, Adrian Peterson, Justin Forsett, Jonathan Stewart, Chris Ivory, LeSean McCoy or Frank Gore you started a running back that was not in the top 15 for week 7 fantasy football running backs.
Here are my week 8 running backs: Charcandrick West, Chris Johnson, Darren McFadden, Alfred Blue and Charles Sims, if you're reaching deep feel comfortable with Ronnie Hillman this week. If you're feeling extra froggy, Carlos Hyde has just been announced as out for the San Francisco 49ers, his backups are Reggie Bush of course, but also that Australian Jarryd Hayne. I am going to play him in at least one league this week, just for the story.
Wide receivers: T.Y. Hilton, Nate Washington, Mike Evans, Jarvis Landry and Amari Cooper were your top five fantasy wide receivers last week, with Stefon Diggs, Julio Jones, Allen Robinson, Calvin Johnson and Danny Amendola placing 6th-10. Of note Robert Woods, Rishard Matthews, Tyler Lockett and Michael Crabtree finished 11-14.
For sleepers this week Jeremy Maclin, Brandin Cooks, Stefon Diggs, Marvin Jones, Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, Nate Washington, Willie Snead, Travis Benjamin, Rueben Randle, Stevie Johnson and Tavon Austin should be the drones that you are looking for.
Tight ends: Jordan Reed, Rob Gronkowski, Ladarius Green, Eric Ebron, Gary Barnidge, Clive Walford and Michael Hoomanawanui were the top 7 in week 7 in standard scoring and five of those guys are likely still on your waiver wire. Green is dependent on Antonio Gates not playing (and he likely won't this week in week 8), Ebron is going to be the Detroit Lions leader in targets by seasons end if he can stay healthy, but remains largely touchdown dependent points wise.
Sleepers: Ladarius Green, Eric Ebron, Benjamin Watson, Crockett Gillmore.
Keep in mind a sleeper tight end is not winning any games for you, I expect Gillmore and Watson to get 9 points or less.
My sleeper defense this week is Houston and my sleeper kicker is Pittsburgh's Chris Boswell.
Get called shiesty this Monday and Tuesday:
My week 7 pick(s) got you 14 points if you went with Khiry Robinson and 12 points if you went with Chris Conley.
My week 8 recommendations will contain a really sweet one for you fans of thing blog's Denver Broncos... I've got this, if Jordan Norwood does not play and it does not look like he will go-go Bennie Fowler! I think that he will be in the slot, I think that Owen Daniels will not get the short targets if Fowler is open and I expect Fowler to be on a much better catching status with Peyton Manning.
What fun is FanDuel if you don't get the satisfaction of grabbing someone on the cheap and watching him light up your scoreboard and wallet?
Go with these guys:
QB - Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford
RB - Devonta Freeman, Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Justin Forsett, Matt Forte, Charcandrick West, Chris Johnson, Doug Martin, Danny Woodhead, Christopher Ivory
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, Demaryius Thomas, Mike Evans, Calvin Johnson, Emmanuel Sanders, T.Y. Hilton, Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham, Jeremy Maclin, A.J. Green
TE - Greg Olsen, Ladarius Green, Martellus Bennett, Delanie Walker, Tyler Eifert, Gary Barnidge, Travis Kelce
Avoid these guys:
QB - Nick Foles, Matt Cassel, Josh McCown, Colin Kaepernick, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr
RB - Knile Davis, Robert Turbin, Rashad Jennings, Andre Ellington, Melvin Gordon, C.J. Anderson
WR - Eddie Royal, Mike Wallace, Tavon Austin, Chris Conley, Leonard Hankerson, Albert Wilson
TE - Kyle Rudolph, Heath Miller, Jared Cook, Larry Donnell, Jacob Tamme
Bombs over Baghdad this week, I wouldn't start Peyton Manning or Owen Wilson, but Denver's defense is going to be tagging Aaron Rodgers and those Green Bay receivers all night. Demaryius Thomas came out of the bye week last season and went off like exorcism. Jordan Norwood is likely out, so that means more targets for both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. I have a shiesty call in for Bennie Fowler (who you will see below I've even inserted into a DFS lineup). I'd even start Ronnie HIllman this week, but sit C.J. Anderson and of course Brandon McManus is going to have to work.
My craziest DFS lineup this week:
Brian Hoyer, Devonta Freeman, Todd Gurley, DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, Bennie Fowler, Richard Rodgers, Chris Boswell, Houston defense.
Among teams not on bye this week:
Five worst fantasy defenses to QBs (worst to fifth): Ravens, Saints, Texans, Lions, 49ers
Five best fantasy defenses to QB (best to fifth): Broncos, Panthers, Jets, Rams, Vikings
Five worst fantasy defenses to RBs (worst to fifth): Chargers, Browns, Texans, Falcons, Colts
Five best fantasy defenses to RBs (best to fifth): Jets, Seahawks, Vikings, Steelers, Titans
Five worst fantasy defenses to WRs (worst to fifth): Chiefs, Ravens, 49ers, Colts, Lions
Five best fantasy defenses to WRs (best to fifth): Broncos, Seahawks, Panthers, Rams, Vikings