Week 7 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 8 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
Justin Forsett ($6100) – There’s a strong possibility that Todd Gurley will be highly own once again this week. A good pivot would be Forsett for $200 cheaper. He has a great matchup against the Chargers who are surrendering 122.9 rushing yards per game, 5.41 rushing yards per carry, and have allowed 10 total touchdowns. They’re also yielding 7.2 receptions and 62.7 receiving yards per game to opposing backs. This bodes well for Forsett as he’s been targeted 17 times in the last three games and has caught 14 of those targets. He is averaging 19.6 fantasy points in his last four games and has scored a touchdown in two of the last three. Another plus is that this a game with a 50.5 point over under where the Ravens are the favorite and they have an implied point total of 26.75. There is plenty to like about Forsett in this matchup.
Danny Woodhead ($4500) – The Ravens defend well against the run, but they allow 5.3 receptions and 50.3 receiving yards to opposing backs. This is great news for backs like Woodhead. He’s currently tied for first amongst running backs in targets with 46 and averages 6.6 targets per game. In the last three games he’s been targeted 26 times. He’s also the teams red zone back as he has received 75 percent of the team’s red zone rushes and has been targeted in 16.7 percent of the teams red zone passing attempts. He has scored double digit fantasy points in all but one game and averages 17.2 fantasy points per game. Despite the consistent season from Woodhead, he remains at a great price. This game has an over/under of 50.5 points and the Chargers have an implied point total of 23.75. This is a great spot once again for Woodhead and it’ll be difficult for him not to at least hit value.
Alshon Jeffery ($6400) – The Vikings defense is allowing 144.7 receiving yards per game, 11.6 yards per reception, and have surrendered five receiving touchdowns to opposing receivers, including one in back to back games. On paper this doesn’t appear like the best matchup, but Jeffery has fared well against the Vikings in the past. He has caught 10+ passes and topped 130 yards in two of his last three games against them, and scored three touchdowns in those games. He’s been targeted 11 times in both games he’s played in this season and came down with at least five catches in each game. He is coming off of a big game against the Lions where he caught eight passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. He should carry that momentum over against another division rival and be highly involved in a game where the Bears will likely be passing a good amount.
Stefon Diggs ($4800) – Diggs remains at a low price despite being the Vikings most productive receiver. He’s been targeted 28 in the last three games and is averaging 9.3 targets per game for the season. He has topped 20 points in consecutive games and has scored double digit fantasy points in all the games he has played. He has a good matchup ahead of him as he takes on the Bears defense who allow 138 receiving yards per game and have surrendered 11 touchdowns to opposing receivers. He should continue playing at a high level against a subpar defense and should crush value.
Ladarius Green ($3000) –Antonio Gates was unable to practice this week and is questionable for this game. If Gates can’t play, Green could be in for heavy workload once again. Green was targeted nine times in the last game and caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. He now has caught a touchdown pass in three of the last four games. He averages six targets per game and receives 16.7 percent of the team’s red zone targets. As I mentioned above, this game has the highest over under of the week (50.5 points). At almost minimum price, Green is a safe bet to hit value. He’s one of this week’s chalk plays.
Delanie Walker ($4100) – Walker is averaging 7.6 targets per game, but has been targeted nine or more times in three of his last four games. He has scored fewer than 12 points just once this season and has seven or more catches in three of his last four games. Overall, the Texans have defended well against tight end. However, if you look closely, they’ve struggled against good tight ends. In Week 1, Travis Kelce caught six passes for 106 yard and two touchdowns against the Texans. In Week 2, Greg Olsen caught six passes for 70 yards. In Week 6, Julius Thomas caught seven passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. See the trend? Walker usually gets overlooked, but manages to produce a quality stat line. In a position with so much volatility, he makes a safe and solid play.