Week Eight Fantasy Surprises

6_3806537Last week was a very productive one for my fantasy surprises as Ryan Tannehill and Blair Walsh both had huge games, Latavius Murray played well and the Falcons defense allowed just seven points. Remarkably with week seven having concluded, we are now already at the halfway mark for most fantasy leagues. For those owners at the 3-4, 4-3 or even 2-5 mark, don’t hit the panic button just yet. All it takes is a few lucky bounces, hitting on a waiver claim and you could be right in the postseason mix. Remember, all that matters is you make the playoffs as anything can happen from that point on.

QB: Matthew Stafford vs Chiefs: In the past few weeks when he hasn’t been on his back, Stafford has been a pretty effective fantasy quarterback. This week he gets a very nice matchup against a shaky Chiefs secondary and new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has already said the Lions figure to throw more vertical passes playing to the personnel’s strengths. If you’re in need of a quarterback who might be available, Stafford could come up big this Sunday. Expect around 260 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Jonathan Stewart vs Colts: After a very slow start to 2015, Stewart has gotten rolling in recent games. Now he gets another favorable matchup against a Colts defense that has had trouble defending the run. It is also worth noting that game flow figures to be in Stewart’s favor in this one as well. While Cam Newton and Mike Tolbert could limit goalline touches, Stewart still figures to be very productive this week. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Stefon Diggs vs Bears: While a two week sample size may not be nearly enough for some, Diggs is the real deal. He has shown fantastic chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater since entering the starting lineup and now gets a Bears pass defense which is vulnerable to big plays. In the off chance he is still available in your league, pick him up and start him without hesitation this week. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Ben Watson vs Giants: Other than a huge game against the Falcons a few weeks ago on Thursday night, Watson has been relatively quiet. However this week he has a very favorable matchup in what should make him a popular option among fantasy players who need a tight end or for daily fantasy purposes. If you’re unsure about your starting tight end this week (such as Antonio Gates owners waiting on injury news), pick up Watson and plug him into your lineup. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Josh Lambo vs Ravens: I’m all in favor of picking kickers in potential shootouts, and with both teams banged up defensively, Chargers/Ravens certainly qualifies. Lambo is available in the majority of leagues and could be a nice value this week. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Texans vs Titans: Projected to be one of the top defenses for fantasy purposes, the Texans have been horrible on this side of the ball so far in 2015. Despite that, they have a nice opportunity as they get Zach Mettenberger (Marcus Mariota was recently ruled out) and the Titans coming to play in Houston. If you’re a fan of plug and play defenses this one could be available. While it’s hard to trust the Texans after last weeks performance, this matchup is much more favorable and if they don’t perform this week it’s probably best to wait until next year to consider using them. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

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