Keeping in theme with Halloween, Week 8 was a horrifying blood bath. It changed everything, and a multiple record-setting game between the Giants and the Saints was sadly overshadowed by the horrors on the gridiron. By this point there’s a pretty good chance your roster has been affected by serious, if not, season ending injuries. It’s time to hit that waiver wire hard, or there will be no turkey for you. At least, there shouldn’t be any turkey for you, because unless you are vigilantly trying to rebuild your team, you do not deserve turkey. Or stuffing. Or even toast. Speaking of toasts, let’s recap Week 8, and then take a look at that Waiver Wire.
Deandre Hopkins (WR - HOU) - 15.40 fantasy points - 8 catches on 11 targets for 94 yards and a TD. Deandre is a stud and is doing exactly what I said he’d be doing long before the season started. This guy kicked ass when Andre Johnson was still the #1 guy in Houston, and now that Hopkins is #1, there’s no telling what his ceiling might look like.
Philip Rivers (QB - SD) - 37.04 fantasy points - Rivers is going to be 34 on Jim Morrison’s birthday (12/8), but don’t tell him that. He’s playing with the athleticism of a guy in his mid-to-late 20s, and my trainer instincts tell me he’s switched his workout routines up. He’s looking leaner and responding quicker lately.
Antonio Brown (WR - PIT) - 10.70 fantasy points - Yes, it’s Antonio Brown. Yes, we have come to expect more points from him. Is 6 receptions on 11 targets for 47 yards and a touchdown, in a low scoring game that was a D-fest of tackles, sacks and interceptions a failure? Not by a long shot. Looks more like Steela got his groove back.
Vincent Rey (LB - CIN) - 7.5 fantasy points - Agh! Just barely. It seems that Vontaze Burfict was too busy trying to cripple Le’Veon Bell to really vulture enough work away from Rey, who actually outscored the Dirty Burf.
Gary Barnidge (TE - CLE) - 11.30 fantasy points - 7 on 11 for 53 and a TD. Barnidge gets it done with double digit points for the sixth week in a row. Apparently, he also has a penchant for dating WWE Divas. Perhaps there is a connection.
Week 9 Pourcast
Jeremy Langford (RB - CHI)
Ranking: New Glarus Brewing Serendipity Sour Ale
Fortune has befallen him.
Well, it truly is serendipitous, as Langford steps into the spotlight as an RB1 for the Bears, with Matt Forte likely out for a not yet specified length of time. What’s really serendipitous is that he gets to debut his skills against the worst rushing Defense in the NFL, the San Diego Chargers. The Bolts have surrendered an average of 22.5 carries for 116 yards and 0.77 TDs per contest. They’re also yielding an average of 6 catches for 56 yards and have given up a further 3 passing touchdown to backs. Langford showed impressive pass catching ability in the NFL scouting combine to boot. If ever there was a silver platter Waiver Wire opportunity handed to a rookie, this is it.
New Orleans Saints (DEF)
Ranking: Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
Who likes numbers? I like numbers.
Here’s a simple math equation: Any Defense + having Tennessee as an opponent = Fantasy Pay Dirt. Opposing Defenses have been simply roasting the Titans, and a matchup against the Brees air strike offense should force a lot of passing on the other side, and that means lots of opportunities for the New Orleans D/ST to score big points. It’s a worthy waiver wire pickup if your starting Defense is on a bye.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE - TB)
Ranking: Oskar Blues Brewing Ten Fidy Imperial Stout
That’s my prediction for ASJ this week… 10.50.
This is one of my bolder predictions for the week, but it’s worth a mention because he should still be available in a lot of leagues as he hasn’t played since going down in Week 2. The Bucs face the Giants, and New York sucks copious amounts of ass against Tight Ends. They’ve given up more receptions AND yards to TEs than anyone else. If he starts, if no one else can help, and if you can get him… maybe you can hire ASJ.
Jameis Winston (QB - TB)
Ranking: Foothills Brewing Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout
I’m just trying to see if I can make the nickname stick. If it becomes “a thing,” just remember you read it here first.
That’s right, I’m throwing the kid up on the board. I really like the way Jameis is playing lately, and everything about this week’s matchup against the Giants lines up for the talented rookie. New York just allowed Drew Brees to tie the single-game touchdown record, not to mention his 505 passing yards. The Giants allow the fifth most points to Quarterbacks this season, and the stars are in alignment for the kid to have a fine game. I’m not looking for Brees numbers here, just a solid outing.
T.J. Yeldon (RB - JAC)
Ranking: Gigantic Brewing IPA
That’s the size of the ass whoopin’ the Jets put on Running Backs.
Yeldon owners would be wise to sit him this week, as the Jags face a terribly cruel monster in New York’s run defense. They’ve allowed the least amount of carries for the least amount of yards and the least amount of touchdowns. I don’t expect that to change this week. My advice when you’re facing the Gang Green Nation? Run.
Jeffrey Gray is a fitness expert who consults medical and osteopathic students on clinical skills. He is in desperate need of treatment for his fantasy football addiction. You can reach him on Twitter @graydog or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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