Week Eight Fantasy Surprises

Devin-FunchessLast week was a solid one for my fantasy surprises as Tyrod Taylor had a serviceable performance, Josh Lambo exceeded expectations and the Titans defense created multiple turnovers. Through seven weeks, we’ve reached the midpoint of the fantasy regular season for many leagues. With six teams on bye, this will have many fantasy players scrambling to the waiver wires. However, while you may need a temporary player for the week, don’t get cut with who you release. The odds of going undefeated in a fantasy football season are minimal, so the worst thing you could do is sacrifice a key contributor to your team who will be picked up by someone else for just a one day solution.

QB: Andy Dalton vs Colts: If you stream quarterbacks on a weekly basis, then there might not be a better option this week than Dalton. The Colts secondary has been bit hard by the injury bug and the supporting cast is there to put up numbers. If Dalton can’t get it going this week, you might be able to take him off the fantasy radar for the rest of the 2017 season despite having a premier receiver at his disposal. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Theo Riddick vs Steelers: The Steelers defense has been pretty stingy so far in 2017, but one thing they’ve allowed is opposing backs to get involved in the passing game. Few running backs have the receiving ability of Riddick, and with the Lions banged up on the offensive line, Matthew Stafford could be checking it down to him often. In point per reception leagues, he should be at the minimum a flex play this week. Expect around 70 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Devin Funchess vs Buccaneers: The Buccaneers have had their fair share of struggles against the pass, and Funchess has the ability to take advantage. Having seen at least 8 targets every game since week three, opportunity should certainly be there and his size obviously makes him a red-zone threat whenever he takes the field. In a week where options are more limited than usual, Funchess makes for a nice play in both season long and in daily fantasy games. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Nick O’Leary vs Raiders: With Charles Clay out, O’Leary has seen 8 of his 11 targets in the past two games. Going up against a Raider defense that is vulnerable to the pass, he could make for an intriguing play at a position that lacks depth. If he sees a handful of targets in this game, O’Leary has the potential to give those who play him a nice return on investment. Expect around 40 yards and a touchdown.

K: Mike Nugent vs Redskins: You’d normally start Dan Bailey as a fantasy kicker if given the chance right? Well, while he’s injured Nugent is the player who will be receiving those opportunities. In a game with shootout potential, you could do worse if you’re taking a flier on a kicker. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Bengals vs Colts: The Bengals don’t have the talent of the Jaguar defense to record double digit sacks, but they have more than enough to put together a nice fantasy performance. Aside from T.Y. Hilton, the Colts don’t have any weapons on offense who will strike fear into opponents at this point in their careers, and Hilton will only be an issue if Jacoby Brissett has enough time to find him. The bad news is that the Colt offensive line can’t be any worse than last week, but the good news is that a handful of sacks and a forced turnover or two is still a nice fantasy day. Expect around four sacks and a fumble recovery.

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