Workin the Wire for Week 8

23 Oct 2018 - 5:27pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 23 Oct 2018 - 6:06pm | Likes: 27 Like 
Workin the Wire for Week 8


Case Keenum-Denver Broncos: Keenum was here last week so I won’t belabor the point. In short, the Broncos used Thursday night’s nationally televised game to beat up on the Cardinals in Arizona. But it was the defense that got it done for the most part in this one and Keenum logged as many touchdown passes (1) as wideout Emmanuel Sanders. His final stat line was 14/21 for 161 yards and interception and the one score. But that’s been par for the course for Keenum this season. The better the Broncos are as a team, the poorer Keenum’s fantasy output. The good news for those looking for QB help on the wire is that the Broncos will make the trek to Kansas City this week to face the Chiefs at Arrowhead. Even with a few extra days to prepare, they’ll have their work cut out for them in this one. Keenum will have to try to keep pace with Pat Mahomes and a prolific Kansas City offense. It’s a spot where he could easily throw for 300 yards and multiple scores in double digit loss. Last week’s win also means we won’t see Chad Kelly just yet, but if you’re planning ahead then this might be the game that finally sinks the ship and we could see Kelly start in Week 9.

Running Backs

Doug Martin and Jalen Richard-Oakland Raiders: In the wake of Marshawn Lynch’s injury, Martin figures to become the primary ball carrier in the Raiders offense-or at least whatever you want to call what John Gruden is running out there in Oakland. That said, at best he could post some Lynch-lite type numbers running between the tackles, while Richard’s change of pace and pass catching role doesn’t figure to change all that much. DeAndre Washington also lurks here as well. Given what Martin looked like last year and in the preseason, Richard is probably the back to own here. He benefits from the negative game scripts that Oakland keeps falling into, and with Amari Cooper shipped out of town, and Derek Carr imploding, there’s every reason to believe those continue. He’s got potentially huge PPR value going forward.

Raheem Mostert-San Francisco 49ers: With Matt Breida banged up the 49ers are essentially down to Mostert and Albert Morris, the latter of which hasn’t looked good when he’s been deployed. Mostert wasn’t a volume ball carrier as a running back in college, as even the Purdue coaching staff used him mostly as a receiver with some change of pace rushing work. He’s a burner who’s shown out in the last few pre-seasons, but has been largely relegated to special teams, logging 7 career carries over three plus years prior to Week 3. He can probably remain viable in a timeshare for now, but there’s reason to be concerned if the 49ers start pushing him north of 12-15 touches per week.   

Wide Receivers

D.J. Moore-Carolina Panthers: Moore has been coming on the last few weeks for the Panthers, and appears to have climbed to second in the pecking order at wide receiver for Carolina. Torrey Smith still lurks, but he’s more of a one trick pony. Of course being the WR2 in Carolina actually means Moore is fourth in line for targets when you figure in Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey. Still, Carolina’s schedule from here on out sets up ideally for pass catchers after this week’s game against the Ravens. From Week 9 on the team will face Tampa Bay and New Orleans twice each, as well as the Steelers, Falcons and Seahawks in Carolina. Moore could be in for a huge second half.

Tyrell Williams-Los Angeles Chargers: Williams would have been the week’s hottest commodity were it not for the team’s Week 8 bye. Still, he’s not a bad addition for those looking ahead. Williams and Rivers have been locked in on deep balls the past couple weeks, as he’s carded three touchdowns over the past two games with 100+ yards in each. If you’re looking for a reason to jump on him this week, it’s worth noting that the Chargers still have the Raiders, Broncos twice, Chiefs, Steelers, and Cardinals all coming up. That’s a lot of very beatable secondaries he could scorch over the second half.

Tre’Quan Smith-New Orleans Saints: After his big breakout game against the Redskins, Smith looks like a locked in starter opposite Michael Thomas with Ted Ginn on IR. This week  wasn’t nearly as spectacular, but don’t forget that his 3 catches for 44 yards on Sunday came against one of the league’s best defenses this season. His six targets are encouraging, as the Saints have some very good matchups ahead and Smith’s talent isn’t really a question at this point. If you’re grabbing him you’re hoping he plays well enough to render Ginn a bit of an afterthought even when he gets healthy.

Courtland Sutton-Denver Broncos: This is entirely speculative, as rumors about Sanders and/or Thomas getting shipped out of town at the deadline have been rampant. Sutton becomes the de facto WR1 if both are traded, but even if one of the two is dealt he should fall head first into a pile of targets. Granted, they’re Case Keenum targets for now, but we expect that to change as well. Sutton has shown enough so far that it’s hard not to see him having success with an increase in snaps and targets. The talent is real, he just needs a bigger opportunity.

Martavis Bryant-Oakland Raiders: Bryant is another speculative addition now that Amari Cooper has been dealt. Jordy Nelson is on the downslope of his career and Oakland knows what it has in Seth Roberts out of the slot. With the Raiders in the process of blowing it up and starting over it wouldn’t be surprising to see them try to involve Bryant heavily as they try to decide if he’s going to be part of the rebuild.

Tight End

Jeff Heuerman-Denver Broncos: Jake Butt was lost for the season the week before Kansas City visited the Broncos, which saw Heuerman thrust into the starters role for Denver. He responded with 5 catches for 74 yards in that game. Sunday’s night’s blowout win of the Bengals was the first time since Week 2 that the Chiefs hadn’t allowed at least that many yards receiving to the tight end position. That said, they did surrender a touchdown so it’s still a spot to target this team. There should be plenty of garbage time run for Heuerman here and he’s a strong play this week.

Chris Herndon-New York Jets: Herndon is a guy I wrote up last week in the 6-pack, as he’s garnering more snaps at tight end than any of the Jets other options. He also fits the bill as a big receiver underneath that can run with the ball, making him a logical substitute for the role vacated when Quincy Enunwa went down. Only Robby Anderson saw more targets for the Jets, as Sam Darnold threw a career high 42 times on Sunday. With few guaranteed tight end options from week to week, he makes a lot of sense for those desperate at the position for as long as Enunwa sits.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.

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