Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable - Week 8
Welcome to Week 8 of the Fighting Chance Roundtable, Let’s get to our panel and this week’s burning questions. Follow Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance), Brian Drake (@drakefantasy), Gary Haddow (@garyhaddow1), and Steve Rapin (@fantasygeek37) for this week’s installment of the roundtable.
With some major backs injured, which backup will have the best Week 8: Chase Edmonds, Latavius Murray, or Ty Johnson?
Steve Says - Latavius Murray. If Alvin Kamara is out this week, Lat Murray is the pick. He looked great last week against the tough Bears defense and he has the best matchup of the three (in terms of yards per carry given up by the opposing defense). I want to see what role JD McKissic will play before I trust Ty Johnson. I do want to say that if Kamara does play, then Chase Edmonds is the pick for me.
Gary Says - Latavius Murray. This is hard to answer. I think Edmonds is the safest play, but Ty Johnson has the highest upside. It sounds like Kamara is going to play otherwise Latavius is my favorite out of this group. I think all should do well, and I would happily start all three of them, but the Giants defense just got gashed by Edmonds, and now they go up against speedster Ty Johnson who seems to be the goal line back in Detroit. (Editor's Note: Looks like Alvin Kamara will not be playing).
Ryan Says - Chase Edmonds. He might have a tough matchup against the Saints, but Edmonds has been showing for a few weeks how explosive he can be. He broke out in a major way last week against the Giants with three touchdowns. David Johnson likely won’t play or play much, and Edmonds should be running with this job. He is a great start.
Drake Says -Chase Edmonds. As we wait on the statuses of David Johnson and Alvin Kamara, our fingers remain idle on putting Chase Edmonds or Latavius Murray into our lineups. Ty Johnson is an appealing play but for me, I'm going to lean Edmonds. The matchup versus New Orleans might not be ideal, but his role with DJ sitting would be massive. He's a three down back with insane upside. Those are the guys who will win weeks for you.
Similarly, for a quarterback, which backup will have the best week for streamers: Ryan Tannehill, Mason Rudolph, Jacoby Brissett, Matt Moore, or Kyle Allen?
Steve Says - Ryan Tannehill. When you have this much uncertainty, you have to go with the best matchup, and that belongs to Ryan Tannehill. The Titans are facing the Bucs who are dead last in the NFL, giving up over 300 yards per game through the air. The Titans could have to throw to keep up with Tampa, so I think Tannehill is a decent play in Week 8.
Gary Says - Ryan Tannehill. I am all about Tannehill this week. I think he is a breath of fresh air for this offense and the Tampa Bay pass defense is terrible, while they have a solid rush defense. As such, I expect a healthy dose of Corey Davis, AJ Brown, and Jonnu Smith (with Delanie walker injured). I’m starting Tannehill where I have him in 2QB leagues. Close second is Jacoby Brissett, but TY Hilton should be covered by Chris Harris who is dominant at shutting down wide receivers.
Ryan Says - Ryan Tannehill. I haven’t been a fan of Tannehill in his career, or the Titans receivers, but I am doing a 180 at least temporarily on both. Tannehill looked in control of the Titans offense last week and has breathed life into the offense. He should have no trouble with the awful Bucs defense.
Drake Says - Jacoby Brissett. Brissett shouldn't really be a streamer at this point. He's thrown the second most touchdown passes in the league and his team is in first place. Roll with the Colts signal caller this and every week! I do love me some Tannehill, but sooner or later the clock strikes midnight and I've got a feeling with him it's going to happen soon.
Which streaming tight end are you most interested in for this week: Chris Herndon, Gerald Everett, Dallas Goedert, or Jonnu Smith?
Steve Says - Jonnu Smith. Delanie Walker has already been ruled out and as stated in the previous question, Tampa is susceptible to being beaten in the air. Jonnu Smith is a great athlete who was drafted to eventually take over for Delanie Walker, and he gets a great opportunity to show off his skills this week against the Bucs.
Gary Says - Gerald Everett. I really like Everett this week as he has only had one down week in the past four. The Bengals defense is laughable, and I think Goff spreads the love to his three wide receivers and Everett again. If Everett is unavailable, I would lean Jonnu Smith given Dallas Goedert is going against the Bills stout tight end defense. They have allowed 17 receptions for 192 yards all season to opposing tight ends, though most of the teams didn’t have great tight ends. So we land on Jonnu Smith who caught all three targets for 64 yards last week, and the Buccaneers are the 31st worst defense against tight ends.
Ryan Says - Gerald Everett. The Rams have been throwing to the tight end a lot lately, and Everett has been the main beneficiary. He gets a beautiful matchup against a Bengals secondary that is really short handed and should have at least five catches and a touchdown. If he isn’t available I really like Jonnu Smith a lot too. Who am I liking so many Titans?????
Drake Says - Gerald Everett. Gerald Everett is getting a TON of looks. My podcast co-host Dwain McFarland points out that Everett has managed 20% or better target share each of the past three weeks. With that much volume, he's crushing the spirits of his team's wideouts, but he's helping your roster emerge from the wasteland that is tight end.
Bonus - Which Pats wide receiver is the one to own the rest of the season (Not Julian Edelman): Mo Sanu, Phillip Dorsett, or Jakobi Meyers?
Steve Says - Phillip Dorsett. The Patriots defense is complex, so I don't think Sanu will be able to be as effective as some think he will be. Brady seems to trust Dorsett and I think he has the highest upside of the three.
Gary Says - Mo Sanu. I want to say Sanu, but I know that the Pats defense can be difficult. I want to then say Jakobi for the upside and the unknown, but Brady seems to the trust Dorsett. So my final answer: Mo Sanu. A second round pick is a high price for someone that most people view as a WR3 on everyone one of his teams thus far in his career. But, in Belichick we trust.
Drake Says - Phillip Dorsett. If you follow me on Twitter (@DrakeFantasy) you'll know I love Phillip Dorsett. Not only does he have a 22% touchdown rate on catches, but the guy can fly. He ran a 4.2 forty as his pro day. Nobody else on the Patriots can run like him. He's going to find a nice home as the vertical threat for Brady. It wouldn't shock me if he's on some leagues waiver wires.
Steve Says - Keke Coutee, WR Houston. With no Will Fuller, the Texans will have to throw the ball to others not named DeAndre Hopkins in this offense. Everyone is clamoring for Kenny Stills this week, but Keke Coutee has a great matchup against Lamarcus Joyner that he should be able to exploit. Particularly if you play in PPR leagues, Coutee could be a sneaky good play.
Gary Says - Darius Slayton, WR NY Giants. Sterling Shepard is out due to concussion, but so is Darius Slay of the Lions. I think Slayton is a deep sleeper that Daniel Jones has looked to quite a few times. He didn’t have a good game against the Cardinals, but his targets were there. I’m not saying he will be a WR1, but I think he is a sneaky flex2 with upside.
Ryan Says - Mark Walton, RB Miami. Sure the Dolphins stink, but he has definitely been given a role as a running back, especially catching passes out of the backfield. He only caught one pass last week, but he led the team in carries with 14. He did have five catches the previous week, and he is certainly ahead of Kenyan Drake in terms of touches. Hopefully he doesn’t get vultured by Kalen Ballage and can find the end zone.
Drake Says - Calvin Ridley, WR Atlanta. With Mohammed Sanu out of town, the door is open for Ridley to play in two-wide sets. He's going to see more targets, more playing time, and more chances to score. The passing tree in Atlanta is small and he just moved up a branch.
Steve Says - Odell Beckham Jr., WR Cleveland. This may be a popular “Bust” pick this week as Beckham will be facing Stephon Gilmore and the tough Pats defense. After OBJ gets shut down this week, consider looking to trade for him as I think his value will be at an all-time low and he should only get better from here.
Gary Says - DJ Moore. DJ Moore should have a tough game against the 49ers. This could probably be all Panthers not named Christian McCaffrey, but I don’t see Moore being able to do much besides some very quick dump offs which should get funneled through CMC. The 9ers pass rush is deadly, and this strikes me a 10+ catch CMC type of game.
Ryan Says - Odell Beckham. Well, if I am going to change some mind on the Titans who I usually don’t like, I am going to continue my hatred towards Beckham. Baker Mayfield and the Browns passing game has been a mess and they are going against the best defense in the league. You still might start Beckham, but the expectations should be very low.
Drake Says - Christian McCaffery. That's right, I said it. CMC versus San Francisco this week is less than ideal. The Niners allow the eighth fewest rushing yards per game to running backs and is number one in the league versus the pass. He's still a hell of a player, but I think this week he's going to lose you money in DFS.