WEEK 8: Plug em in/ sit em out

Quarterbacks 

Plug em in 

  • Jimmy Garoppolo (SF 49ers):
    • Divisional header versus the Seattle Seahawks who are allowing 26.4 fantasy points a game on average to opposing QBs.
    • Must win game for the Niners in the toughest division in the league. 
    • Last week Garoppolo threw two picks, one of which came with 10 secs in the half when he had to throw it deep. 
    • Jamaal Adams might still be out this week which would leave George Kittle to feast on the Seahawks weak secondary. 
  • Derrick Carr (LV Raiders):
    • Derrick Carr and the Raiders are playing a Browns team that is allowing the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QBs (21.3 avg). 
    • Ruggs is finally healthy. 
    • Agholor is stepping up.
    • Renfrow is a great 3rd down option.
    • Darren Waller. That’s it. 
    • The Raiders will be looking to win after getting blown out by the Bucs offense. 
  • Ryan Tannehill (TEN Titans):
    • The Titans will look to show out after taking their first loss of the year to the Steelers during week 7. 
    • The Titans play the Cincinnati Bengals this week.
    • The Bengals are allowing almost 20 points a game to opposing QBs. 
    • The Cincinnati Bengals also have a turnover differential of -2. 
  • Other plus: Carson Wentz (PHI Eagles), Joe Burrow (CIN Bengals), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR Panthers)

Sit em out

  • Mathew Stafford (DET Lions):
    • The Lions play the Colts this week. 
    • This is a must win for the Lions as they are in a tough division and have a shot to make the playoffs.
    • That being said, the Colts have the best defense in the league. Colts are allowing a league low 11.7 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs, 
  • Jared Goff (LA Rams): 
    • The Rams take on the Dolphins led by Tua during this week’s matchup. 
    • The Dolphins cornerback duo of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones has been allowing a mere 16.8 fantasy points to opposing QBs. 
    • Jared Goff has also been unimpressive lately.
      • In the past 4 weeks; having only 1 game over 20 points, thrown 2 interceptions and averaging 2 Tds a game. 
  • Daniel Jones (NY Giants):
    • Daniel Jones has had one game over 20 fantasy points (20.68) and that was due to his 80 yard rush. 
    • Jones has just been unimpressive this year. 
    • Jones also has a tough matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have been allowing a low 13.6 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs. 
    • The Buccaneers secondary is very tough.
  • Other sits: Tua Tagovailoa (MIA Dolphins), Drew Brees (NO Saints), Kirk Cousins (MIN Vikings)

Running Backs

Plug em in  

  • Todd Gurley (ATL Falcons):
    • Gurley might’ve choked the win for the Falcons last week but he did drop over 20 PPR fantasy points. 
    • Gurley finds himself in another favorable matchup on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers.
    • Panthers are allowing the fifth most fantasy points to opposing backs at 23.1 per game. 
  • Kareem Hunt (CLE Browns):
    • Nick Chubb and Odell Beckham Jr. are both out for the Browns.
    • Kareem Hunt will look to carry the load this week against a Raiders weak run defense. 
    • The Raiders defense is allowing the third most fantasy points to backs at 25.4 per game. 
    • Hunt has double digit points in every game except the Steelers who are very tough against backs. 
  • Jonathan Taylor (IND Colts): 
    • Jonathan Taylor hasn’t broken out like everyone thought he would. 
    • Taylor has yet to crack 20 fantasy points or go over 60% snap share. 
    • However, coming back from a bye week against an easy rushing matchups in the Detroit Lions JT will look to show out. 
    • JT also has a top 3 offensive line blocking for him, his breakout is inevitable. 
  • Other Plugs: Le’veon Bell (KC Chiefs), Boston Scott (PHI Eagles), Darrell Henderson (LA Rams)

Sit em out

  • Carlos Hyde (SEA Seahawks):
    • Chris Carson might have a shot to play this week as he is GTD.
    • Carlos Hyde is dealing with an injury of his own that makes him QUES.
    • Even if Hyde plays and Carson sits, look for Deejay Dallas to get carries as well because of Hyde’s injury.
    • The Niners Defense is also allowing a league low 12.7 fantasy points to opposing backs. 
  • JK Dobbins (BAL Ravens):
    • Mark Ingram might be out this week and we might finally see the Dobbins show.
    • But Gus Edwards will liley take all the goal line work and split some of the first down work. 
    • Dobbins also faces a Steelers defense allowing the third least points to backs at 13.4 per game. 
    • This game is likely to be a shootout as well. 
  • Chargers RBs:
    • Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley are splitting running back duties 50/50.
    • Neither of the backs have stepped up in Austin Ekeler’s absence. 
    • To make matters worse, the Chargers play a Denver defense allowing the second least points to backs at 12.7 per game. 
  • Other sits: Latavius Murray (NO Saints), D’andre Swift (DET Lions), Ezekiel Elliot (DAL Cowboys)

Wide receivers 

Plug em in 

  • Robby Anderson (CAR Panthers):
    • DJ Moore is also a great start, as well as Curtis Samuel in deeper leagues. 
    • Divisional header and a must win for the Panthers in a tough division. 
    • Falcons are allowing 29.6 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs which is the fifth highest in the league. 
    • Thursday night primetime matchup.
    • Anderson has double digit points every game this year and only two games with less than 8 targets. 
  • Travis Fulgham (PHI Eagles):
    • Jalen Raegor is a great sleeper option this week as well.
    • Desean Jackson is out and Alshon Jeffery is questionable. It might go down to Fulgham season once again. 
    • In these 4 games, Fulgham has gotten 13.70, 31.20, 19.50 and 12.30 fantasy points respectively. To make matters even more impressive all of those showings were against top 10 secondaries. 
    • Cowboys are allowing the 4th most points to WRs this season at 30.0 points per game. 
  • Rashard Higgins (CLE Browns):
    • OBJ is out for the season and so look for Higgins to step up in his replacement. 
    • Last week after OBJ wnt down Higgins stepped up and caught 6 passes for 110 yards. 
    • Higgins has another favorable matchup against a Raiders defense allowing 27.2 fantasy points per game. 
    • The Raiders have allowed a 100 yard receiver every week since week 4. 
  • Other plugs: Tee Higgins (CIN Bengals), Brandon Aiyuk (SF Niners), Marquise Brown (BAL Ravens)

Sit em out

  • Robert Woods (LA Rams):
    • Robert Woods has shown a tendency to be locked down in tough matchups as well. 29 yards against Jason Verrett, 22 yards against Fuller, 36 yards against James Bradberry and 14 yards against Darius Slay. 
    • Robert woods finds himself in another tough matchup against the Dolphins secondary. 
    • The Dolphins are allowing 23.0 fantasy points to WRs but with everyone fully healthy and the CB duo of Byron Jones and Xavien Howards Woods will struggle. 
  • DK Metcalf (SEA Seahawks):
    • Jason Verrett is currently a top 3 cornerback in the league. 
    • Last week DK struggled for the first time this season against Patrick Peterson. 
    • Look for the Niners to to gamescript DK and Lockett out this week since Kuan Williams is also returning from IR. 
    • Tartt and Ward might also make a return this week for the Niners. 
    • The Niners are allowing the 4th least points to WRs at 18.8. 
  • JuJu Smith-Shuster (PIT Steelers): 
    • Juju finally woke up last week and had a great performance. 
    • This week the Steelers play a Ravens defense allowing a mere 19.5 fantasy points to backs which is the 6th least in the league. 
    • Big Ben has also found his favorite target in Dionte Johnson. 
  • Other sits: Preston Williams (MIA Dolphins), Julio Jones (ATL Falcons), Denzel Mims (NY Jets)

Tight ends

Plug em in 

  • Jonnu Smith (TEN Titans):
    • Jonnu Smith has a great matchup this week.
    • Jonnu scored less two weeks ago due to an injury he suffered early. He struggled last week because he had a tough matchup. 
    • Jonnu is still a top 10 tight end in the league. 
    • The Bengals are allowing the third most points to opposing tight ends.
    • It’s a “REEEJONNUVATION!”
  • Richard Rodgers (PHI Eagles):
    • Rodgers stepped up in the absence of Ertz and Goedert last week catching 6 passes for 85 yards and was a few yards away from a TD. 
    • If Goedert is out again this week, start Rodgers. 
    • Rodgers faces a Dallas defense allowing the 8th most points to opposing tight ends. 
  • Other plugs: Jimmy Graham (CHI Bears), Drew Sample (CIN Bengals)

Sit em out

  • Mark Andrews (BAL Ravens): 
    • The only reason Andrews is a reliable start is because he is a TD machine. 
    • Other than that he sees 3-5 targets most games. Lamar doesn’t throw enough.
    • Andrews plays a Pittsburgh team allowing the 4th least points to tight ends. 
  • TJ Hockenson (DET Lions): 
    • Hockenson plays the Colts this week, the toughest defense against tight ends allowing a league low 2.3 points per game.
  • Other sits: Trey Burton (IND Colts), Tyler Higbee/Gerald Everett (LA Rams)

D/ST

Plug em in 

  • KC Chiefs D/ST
  • LA Rams D/ST

Sleeper pick

  • Bills D/ST
  • Chargers D/ST

Desperate pick

  • Colts D/ST
  • Titans D/ST

Sit em out

  • Niners D/ST
  • Bears D/ST

Week 1 Waiver Wire Adds and Fades

We look at players to pick up and players to fade from your lineups after the week 1 games have passed!

Below is a list of players to add to your lineup and a few to drop. Week 1 waiver pickups can be the most valuable additions you make to your roster throughout the season. These choices should benefit you throughout the season, not necessarily for one or two weeks. Pick up one of these players before picking up a weekly defense!

WAIVER WIRE ADDS:

  1. Malcolm Brown (LA Rams): ADD– Brown got 18 carries for 79 yards and 2 rushing TDs along with 3 receptions for 31 yards. He is the clear red zone back for the Rams giving him a high ceiling in the weeks to come. He dominated the snap percentages, playing 44 snaps compared to Cam Akers’ 24. With the Rams offensive line back to full health, Brown is a must add this week.
  2. Sammy Watkins (KC Chiefs): ADD– It was Sammy Watkins that unexpectedly led the Chiefs stacked receiving core in the season opener. Watkins had 9 targets from Patrick Mahomes from which he caught 7 for 82 yards and 1 touchdown. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill both had 6 targets. Even though its unlikely we see a similar stat line from Watkins, given the offensive talent on that team, he is someone to add to your rosters this week as a high-risk high-reward flex.
  3. Nyheim Hines (IND Colts): ADD– We were high on Marlon Mack all offseason and were sad to see him go down with an Achilles tear. Next in line is Hines, not rookie Jonathan Taylor. During the Colts week 1 matchup, Hines got 7 carries for 28 yards and 1 rushing TD as well as 8 receptions for 45 yards and 1 receiving TD. Phillip Rivers loves throwing to his backs more than any QB in the league (17 receptions to the RB week 1), and Hines is both the receiving back and the goal line back for the Colts. With Rivers under center and Mack out for the season, Hines is a weekly flex play.
  4. James Robinson (JAC Jaguars): ADD– After Leonard Fournette’s departure there was no clear back in the Jaguars backfield all offseason. However, after the week 1 matchup against the Colts it seems like James Robinson has emerged as the true lead back. He had 16 carries for 62 yards, but was the only RB to take 100% of his team’s carries week 1. Even though his performance was unimpressive, the amount of carries alone and lack of competition in the backfield make him a weekly flex play.
  5. Robby Anderson (CAR Panthers): ADD Teddy Bridgewater showed up week 1 against the Raiders and threw for 270 yards and 1 TD. The surprising part however, was that Robby Anderson (115) led in yards, not DJ Moore (54). The targets were similar as Moore got 9 and Anderson had 8. Next week the Panthers are up against the Buccaneers who just shut down Michael Thomas. With Moore being the focal point for most defenses, I wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson has another big game.
  6. Other additions: Joshua Kelley (LA Chargers), Myles Gaskin (MI Dolphins), Laviska Shenault (JAC WR), Dallas Goedert (PHI Eagles), Logan Thomas (WAS Football team), Parris Campbell (IND Colts), Dalton Shultz (DAL Cowboys).

PLAYER FADES:

  1. Kerryon Johnson (DET Lions): Fade– There is a full on committee in the Lions backfield and Johnson is barely a part of it. It seems as if De’Andre Swift was the most trusted back in the bunch, as he played for the 4th quarter drive. Swift also took 3 goalline carries from which he got the Lions sole rushing TD. Adrian Peterson looked really good as well taking 14 carries for 93 yards and serving as an early down back with over 100 scrimmage yards. There is no room for Kerryon Johnson in the Lions backfield or on your roster.
  2. Cooper Kupp (LA Rams): FadeCooper Kupp is not a player you should drop… yet. Instead he is someone to stash and wait how the season progresses or someone to trade away. The Rams appear intent on running 12 personnel this season, which reduces Kupp’s opportunities and touches. At best he is a flex play based on his weekly matchup until he proves otherwise.
  3. Rob Gronkowski (TB Buccaneers): Fade– We said it earlier and now we are saying it again, “Gronk is not the same TE 1 he once was!” If you drafted him as your starting TE don’t worry there are many others you can target like Logan Thomas, who appeared to be the secondary pass-catching option from QB Dwayne Haskins. Gronkowski got a mere 3 targets from Tom Brady’s 36 attempts, catching 2 for 11 yards. OJ Howard on the other hand had the second most targets on the team, with 6. Howard hauled in 4 receptions for 36 yards. Cameron Brate also got 1 target but no catches. It seems like the Bucs are running a TE committee, and while it may change from week to week, Gronk doesn’t look like he will be a reliable fantasy option.
  4. Other fades: Chris Thompson (JAC Jaguars), Baker Mayfield (CLE Browns), Hunter Renfrow (LV Raiders), Cam Akers (LA Rams)