NFL Breakdown – Week 8
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
Week 7 will kick off with a Thursday night game between division rivals. Jacksonville has looked pretty bad this year, and is almost depleted of any fantasy weapons, which is strange considering how many existed in 2015. Tennessee doesn’t have a ton themselves, but at least it is rather easy to pinpoint where the production is likely to come from. Thursday night games tend to be a little lower scoring, but I and while I don’t love anyone here for cash games, I think there is some tournament appeal.
Washington Redskins @ Cincinnati Bengals
Right now, Washington seems to be a bit of a mess as well. Their running situation is becoming very muddled, which will make finding a usable player a bit difficult. Kirk Cousins seems to love Jamison Crowder, so I think there is some safety there. The Redskins have been pretty poor against the run this year, and after what he did to Cleveland last week, I think you could see Jeremy Hill pop up in a few more lineups this week.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts
This is the first game this week that I think we could really use for fantasy performances. There are a number of players on both sides, but none of them is Jeremy Maclin. Running backs have been clutch against Indianapolis this year, so all aboard the Spencer Ware train. On the Colts side of things, Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton and Jack Doyle should be a recipe for success, especially if Dwayne Allen is out again.
Oakland Raiders @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Raiders are in a good position going against a bad Buccaneers defense, even on the road. The problem is that production can be very difficult to predict, as one week it is Crabtree, then the next it is Cooper. The running back position is muddled as well, but Latavius Murray seems to be the most stable. Expect ridiculously high ownership of at least Jacquizz Rodgers and Mike Evans this week, and maybe Jameis Winston as well.
Seattle Seahawks @ New Orleans Saints
Anytime the Saints are on the schedule at home, they and their opponents are great targets. Even though they haven’t been great all year, the Seattle options will be high owned. Be warned though: Cam Newton is the only one to really have success at the QB position against the Saints. I think that the Saints options could go a little underowned here because of how good the Seahawks defense is, but I would just shift them from cash plays to tournament plays.
Detroit Lions @ Houston Texans
This is going to be a bit of a tricky game, and could end up having little to no fantasy relevance. The Texans have a pretty good pass defense, so that lowers the ceiling, and possibly the floor, of Matthew Stafford and his targets. Conversely, Brock Osweiler is bad at football, so that in itself causes most of his options to be unusable as well. All I’m going to say is tight ends against the Lions.
New York Jets @ Cleveland Browns
Ryan Fitzpatrick was not the Jets quarterback for all of about a quarter and a half, but now he is back under center and in a nice matchup with the Browns. Pardon me if I am underwhelmed. This game could be scrappy, and while I’m sure you could find some options here, I’m most likely just going to stay away altogether.
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
The Patriots have to be fuming still after the Bills shut them out at home a few weeks ago and will likely look to rebound in decisive fashion. The Bills have a pretty good defense, so I do think that all of these options are more tournament than cash game playable, and someone could end up having a good game. If I had to guess, I’d consider Gronk.
Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers
Two teams that have underperformed this year will face off in divisional action in what seems like could be a pretty intriguing option for fantasy production. The Cardinals offense outside have David Johnson has struggled at times, and the Panthers defense has definitely been on the wrong side of bad. Still, this could be a good spot in tournaments to use some options that could end up with low ownership.
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Much like the Patriots/Bills game, the Broncos will likely be looking for revenge, as they take on a Chargers team that shut them down on Thursday night several weeks ago. This is an intriguing situation, as I could definitely see the roles reversed in this game, and I am downgrading the Chargers options, and I think there are a few Broncos that could end up having good games.
Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Aaron Rodgers had a really nice game last week, and while now head on the road to take on a defense he could very easily dominate. He COULD, but we’ve had this happen a few times already with poor results. All I know is that Julio Jones should dominate a decimated Packers secondary and has to be one of the top options on the slate this week.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
The Eagles defense has been just awesome this year, but will take on a Cowboys team that has been very good in its own right this year. Ezekiel Elliott took down his first big test against Green Bay, but will get another major one against the Eagles. He makes a top tier tournament play that may or may not have high ownership.
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
Here is a Monday night game that screams brutal to me. The Vikings defense has been very good this year, and Jay Cutler will be taking back over after a few weeks of the Brian Hoyer show. This in itself makes the Vikings an excellent play, but again offers another Monday night game I will likely shut off half way through.