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We've found some new running backs in Week 7 that could come into play this week on FanDuel. Tre Mason, Bryce Brown and Denard Robinson all have great opportunities now, but can you trust them in Week 8?
Mason should be the starter for the Rams at Kansas City, and he's not a bad value at $6,000. Brown will share time with Anthony Dixon at the Jets, and he's a great buy at $5,500. And Robinson finally got an extended look for the Jaguars last week against the Browns and faces the Dolphins this week, and he's worth $6,400.
I don't love the value for Robinson given his matchup -- Darren McFadden (at CLE) for $6,100 and Jerick McKinnon (at TB) for $5,800 make more sense -- but Fantasy owners are definitely intrigued by his upside. In ranking those three guys based on their role, matchup and cost, I'd go with Brown, Mason and then Robinson.
We'll also find out how the Jets plan to use Percy Harvin this week, and he could come into play with his potential in the return game against the Bills at home. He's a fair buy at $6,500 if you want to hope he does enough in a limited capacity to help your team, but I'd rather have Michael Floyd (vs. PHI) at the same price or Eric Decker (vs. BUF) for $6,300.
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Tony Romo (vs. WAS)
Romo might seem a little pricey compared to someone like Carson Palmer (vs. PHI) for $7,400, but I love his matchup this week against the Redskins. Washington has allowed each of the past five opposing quarterbacks to throw for at least two touchdowns, with three scoring at least three touchdowns and three passing for at least 250 yards. Romo has been great at home this year with at least 260 passing yards and two touchdowns in all three games against New Orleans, Houston and the Giants. And he has at least two touchdowns in four of his past five meetings with the Redskins overall. I like Romo a lot this week in all formats.
Andy Dalton (vs. BAL)
Dalton's production this week likely hinges on a healthy A.J. Green (toe), who has missed the past two games. But even if Green plays against the Ravens it's hard to trust Dalton at this price. He has five touchdowns and seven interceptions in his past three meetings with Baltimore, and the Ravens have only allowed Glennon to pass for multiple touchdowns against them this season. Dalton had 301 passing yards and one touchdown with a two-point conversion against the Ravens in Week 1, which was good for just 18.34 Fantasy points on FanDuel. He only has one game this season with more than 20 points, which was Week 6 against the Panthers, and it's doubtful he scores that much this week.
Darren McFadden (at CLE)
McFadden has taken advantage of the coaching change in Oakland under Tony Sparano with two quality Fantasy outings against San Diego and Arizona. He had 14 carries for 80 yards and two catches for 6 yards against the Chargers and 14 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 7 yards against the Cardinals. The Browns are banged up on their defensive line and just allowed Robinson to run for 127 yards and a touchdown against them in Week 7. We'd love to see what McFadden could do with more than 14 carries, but even with his current workload he should have plenty of success this week.
Jerick McKinnon (at TB)
There have been three times this season where McKinnon has had at least 11 carries, which include Week 4 against Atlanta, Week 6 against Detroit and Week 7 at Buffalo. In all three games he has at least 80 total yards, with two 100-yard outings against the Falcons and Bills. He's the clear-cut starter for the Vikings, and we expect another productive game this week against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has allowed four touchdowns to opposing running backs in the past two games against New Orleans and Baltimore, with Pierre Thomas and Justin Forsett both gaining over 100 total yards. McKinnon is one of the best buys at any position this week.
Giovani Bernard (vs. BAL)
Bernard is among the better running backs for FanDuel this season and ranks No. 6 among running backs at 15.3 Fantasy points per game. But Week 7 was a brutal game for him at the Colts with seven carries for 17 yards and two catches for minus-1 yard, and this could be another tough matchup. He had 14 carries for 48 yards and six catches for 62 yards against the Ravens in Week 1, but Baltimore has allowed just two touchdowns to running backs all season and only two to gain 100 total yards, including Bernard. I have no problem with Bernard in seasonal leagues, but he's not worth the price here.
Alfred Morris (at DAL)
The Cowboys defense was expected to be a great opponent for running backs this season, but instead Dallas has been solid against the run all year. Carlos Hyde and Arian Foster are the lone running backs to score touchdowns, and Zac Stacy, Khiry Robinson and Foster are the only ones with 100 total yards. In the past two games against Lynch and Andre Williams, the Cowboys have held them to 61 rushing yards or less in each game. Morris has run for 54 yards or less in each of his past three games against Seattle, Arizona and Tennessee and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4. He is not worth using this week at his cost.
Eric Decker (vs. BUF)
The Bills have struggled with receivers all season. They allow the seventh-most Fantasy points to opposing receivers and are tied for third with 10 touchdowns allowed to receivers. Decker should have the chance to score his fourth touchdown of the season and third in the past five games he's played. He hasn't topped 75 yards in a game yet, and he's been held under 70 receiving yards in every game since Week 1. But this is a favorable matchup for him, and he is a great bargain price given what his production could be at home vs. the Bills.
Dwayne Bowe (vs. STL)
The Rams are No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and we like Bowe in this matchup at home. He has at least 81 receiving yards in two of his past three games, and the Rams are dealing with injuries in their already shaky secondary. St. Louis has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing receivers and five have gained more than 75 receiving yards. Bowe has the chance to be a solid No. 3 receiver this week in FanDuel at his price.
Other good value picks: Mike Evans (vs. MIN) for $5,900, Davante Adams (at NO) for $5,400, Justin Hunter (vs. HOU) for $5,300, Jermaine Kearse (at CAR) for $4,900 and Martavis Bryant (vs. IND) for $4,800
DeSean Jackson (at DAL)
Do you really want to trust Colt McCoy? That's kind of where it starts with the Redskins and their receivers this week. Jackson is obviously a dynamic talent, but going from Kirk Cousins to McCoy is a downgrade, if you can believe that given how bad Cousins has been. And the Cowboys have actually done well against receivers this year. Michael Crabtree, Marques Colston, DeAndre Hopkins, Andre Johnson and Rueben Randle have all been held to under 75 receiving yards with no touchdowns, and the Cowboys have only allowed three receivers to score all year. You can buy into Jackson at this price with McCoy if you want, but I'm staying away this week.
Mohamed Sanu (vs. BAL)
Sanu should remain the No. 1 receiver with Green out, and that should mean a matchup with Baltimore cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has been solid all season. He has helped limit Julio Jones and Vincent Jackson to a combined nine catches for 122 yards the past two games. Sanu was great up until last week at the Colts when he had three catches for 54 yards on nine targets. He also struggled against Baltimore in Week 1 with four catches for 36 yards on five targets. If Sanu were cheaper he might be worth the risk based on his volume of targets, but I'd rather spend my money on a flier like Evans, Adams or Hunter this week.
Other bad value picks: Steve Smith (at CIN) for $7,500, Pierre Garcon (at DAL) for $7,300, Julian Edelman (vs. CHI) for $7,100, Andre Johnson (at TEN) for $7,000 and Kendall Wright (vs. HOU) for $6,800
Zach Ertz (at ARI)
Ertz did well in his last game in Week 6 against the Giants with three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, and we hope he can build off that this week. It's a good time to trust him, especially at this price, since he was great against the Cardinals last year with five catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Arizona has only allowed two touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year, but three have had at least 81 receiving yards and four have had at least six catches. Jordan Reed is my favorite tight end this week based on his cost, but Ertz is a close second given his matchup.
Travis Kelce (vs. STL)
Kelce is not getting the playing time and targets we hope for, which is frustrating given his upside. In his past two games he has just seven targets, and he's finished with six catches for 48 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers and Chargers. The Rams are tough against tight ends, which makes it even more daunting for Kelce. They've allowed two touchdowns to tight ends this year, but Cooper Helfet last week is the first tight end to have more than 49 receiving yards. If Kelce was getting more work we'd love him this week at that price, but it's hard to count on him in this matchup.
Other bad value picks: Martellus Bennett (at NE) for $5,900, Gavin Escobar (vs. WAS) for $5,900, Jason Witten (vs. WAS) for $5,700, Cooper Helfet (at CAR) for $5,600 and Delanie Walker (vs. HOU) for $5,600
Caleb Sturgis (at JAC)
Mason Crosby (at NO)
Dan Carpenter (at NYJ)
Mike Nugent (vs. BAL)
Graham Gano (vs. SEA)
Kai Forbath (at DAL)
Browns (vs. OAK)
Buccaneers (vs. MIN)
Cowboys (vs. WAS)
Seahawks (at CAR)
Cardinals (vs. PHI)
Eagles (at ARI)
QB: Russell Wilson (at CAR):
RB: Lamar Miller (at JAC): $7,400
RB: Jerick McKinnon (at TB): $5,800
WR: Jordy Nelson (at NO): $8,800
WR: Sammy Watkins (at NYJ): $7,300
WR: Michael Floyd (vs. PHI): $6,500
TE: Jordan Reed (at DAL): $5,200
K: Dan Bailey (vs. WAS): $5,400
D: Cowboys (vs. WAS): $4,700
Wilson has scored at least 23.52 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and I don't expect him to slow down this week at Carolina. Miller has at least 14.8 Fantasy points in four games in a row, and he has a good matchup at Jacksonville with Paul Posluszny (pectoral) out. Nelson, Watkins and Floyd all scored touchdowns in Week 7, and I expect them to remain hot this week in their respective matchups. And I like Reed again this week against the Cowboys. Speaking of Dallas, the defense is a nice sleeper this week, with Bailey likely getting plenty of scoring chances.