I’ve broken this column down into three categories; Studs, Value and Match ups. The studs are the backbone of your team, these are the guys that will score you the most points (hopefully!) Value plays are players that are cheap for the amount of points they are capable of putting up for the game. They allow you to fit more studs into your team. Match ups are players that might be playing a team that’s weak in a specific position. They might be a mixture of studs, mid-priced and value. If you’re tossing up between two players, it generally helps to go the one with the better match up. Balancing out these three categories will give you the best chance of scoring well.
Week 8 contests
NFL $8,000 Sunday Blitz Special (Starts 4am AEDT Monday)
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh, $9,500
After a slow start to the season, Bell has been given a big workload. In his last three games with over 30 carries he’s averaging over 150 yards on the ground. The Lions are top-10 in points to opposing RBs.
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas, $9,100
While the matchup doesn’t appear great stats-wise, Washington’s ranking of 14th fewest fantasy scores against the run includes Philly twice and Oakland. Zeke should have no trouble eating in what may be his last game for a while.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta, $8,800
Jones had nine receptions from 13 targets last week and could better that against a Jets defence that gave up over 175 yards and three TDs to the Dolphins week 7.
A.J Green, WR, Cincinatti, $8,600
Should bounce back from a tough matchup last week, facing a Colts secondary which gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia, $8,000
The late-flier MVP candidate has thrown 11 TDs over his last three games and only two interceptions. He meets the 49ers who give up the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati, $6,000
If the quote “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” applies here, then Mixon should be in line for more carries. The Colts allow 125 yards per game and if the Bengals can get a lead then game script should work in his favour.
Jason Witten, TE, Dallas, $5,500
The old man just keeps going and going. Should surpass his 13 points from last week against a Washington team giving up third-most fantasy points to TE position.
Hunter Henry, TE, LA Chargers, $5,400
Henry is locked in as the Chargers’ TE1 playing 80% of snaps. Meets New England who are ranked sixth in fantasy points to TEs. If the Chargers get behind Rivers will have to throw.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England, $5,300
Lewis is emerging at the Patriots leading RB, seeing an increase in touches over the last few weeks.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washington, $5,300
The Washington head coach has stated he wants to get Doctson more involved, so if he breaks out this week you’ve paid pennies for him.
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Melvin Gordon, RB, LA Chargers, $8,000
The Patriots give up almost 5 yards per carry and are ranked fifth for fantasy points to opposing RBs.
Phillip Rivers, QB, LA Chargers, $7,600
Meets the Patriots who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing QBs so far this season.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia, $6,700
Meets a 49ers secondary who’ve given up 100 yards or a TD to almost every opposing WR so far this season.
Kelvin Benjamin/Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina, $6,500/$6,400
Face Tampa Bay who give up the most fantasy points to wide receivers and also have their top two CBs under an injury cloud.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta, $6,100
Meets the Jets who seem to be a bit vulnerable to pass-catching backs. He’s 2k cheaper than Freeman if this indeed becomes the case this week.
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