Each week, I’ll be playing the age old game, NFL style. There are always new faces that pop up, and you’ll need to know which guys to chase or fade. Get me on Twitter – @lonero_justin. Let’s get to it!
Nate Washington – $3,600 (Chase)
Week eight Nate Washington will get to stroll down “Narrative Street” as he will be facing his former team in the Tennessee Titans. Last week against the Dolphins, Washington caught 9-of 16 targets for 127 yards and two touchdowns. His role increased in the absence of Cecil Shorts and he contributed most of his production in garbage time. With Arian Foster lost to a torn achilles tendon, the Texans will more than likely have to chuck the pigskin more often from here on out. Temper the expectations a little here but he will make a fine tournament option.
Charcandrick West – $4,700 (Chase)
A Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs offense is just not the same is it? Unfortunately someone has to fill the void, and it’s a big void to plug. History would have suggested Knile Davis would have stepped in immediately and got the job done. That’s not been the case so far. Charcandrick West possesses more similarities in terms of the type of runner Jamaal Charles is. West came out of his shell week seven rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Steelers. In 2014 he was undrafted and used as a practice squad player and eventually special teams. This week, West will face a Lions run defense across the pond that is allowing 123 yards per game. He only needs 14 fantasy points to hit value and that is a distinct possibility.
Darren McFadden – $3,800 (Chase)
Holy DMC where have you been the last decade?! Hurt or underperforming are the correct answers. Last week McFadden had 29 carries for 152 yards and a touchdown. It looks as if he will get another enormous workload at home against the Seahawks this week. The Seahawks are allowing 94 yards per game and have given up six touchdowns on the ground. With Joseph Randle sidelined, the Cowboys are thin at running back and for DMC’s price he’s hard to pass up. I love McFadden this week at his price. Many people will overlook the Seattle factor and spend elsewhere. View him as a contrarian, but don’t be mad if he just plods around. He is after all Darren McFadden. Finding cheap running backs that have decent size roles has been relatively easy thus far. It is just a matter of jumping on board before everyone else does.
Tyler Lockett – $3,000 (Fade)
The beauty of Whack-A-Mole is I can be right and I can be dead wrong. Players pop up, they stay up, or they go back into their hole. Tyler Lockett’s 3k price week eight makes him an interesting play, but a shaky one too. Last week he caught all five targets and had a touchdown which seems like a rarity so far. What makes Lockett unique is his ability to do damage on special teams which can also be beneficial on Draft Kings. If he is only playing half of the Seahawks offensive snaps, the volume and targets will stay sub-par. We know the organization likes him a great deal and we know he is a playmaker. It’s like I always say, whenever you are feeling froggy call me Kermit. Meaning, I’ll dabble, dance, square off if you want. Point is, there is risk here and if we want to dance we need to pay the fiddler just the minimum.
Jameis Winston – $5,200 (Chase)
I can’t believe I’m advocating for Jameis Winston. I must have bumped my head hard. To Winston’s credit he has been steady all season from a fantasy standpoint. Last week Winston was very efficient throwing for 297 yards, and two touchdowns. This week in an NFC South showdown, Winston will face a Falcons pass defense that is last in sacks and is allowing 275 yards a game to opposing quarterbacks. I mostly gravitate towards Winston because Mike Evans is warming up and they have had a solid running game with Doug Martin and Charles Sims. The truth is Winston set personal bests last week in passing yards, passing percentage and passer rating so writing him up was the least I could do for him. We don’t know his ceiling just yet and his floor could be real ugly, but so far he hasn’t hurt anyone that’s rostered him.
Khiry Robinson – $3,000 (Fade)
There is nothing more aggravating in fantasy football than starting a running back and having some plodder come in the game and vulture a touchdown from your guy. That is exactly what Khiry Robinson did twice Sunday to Mark Ingram. The good news is, Ingram ate more than Robinson so I wasn’t as pissed off as I would have been if Ingram did the grunt work and didn’t reach pay dirt. Last week Robinson had 14 carries for 28 yards and two touchdowns. Gross huh? There is a reason he is minimum salary.