From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us! (from this fantasy Hell we find ourselves in during Week 8).
Things have gone straight to fiery depths of Hell with injuries and illnesses and broken promises of fantasy dreams. How will you ever climb out of the ABYSS?!? Since we can’t employ our 2016 “go to” strategy of betting against the 49ers, at least not until they return from their bye week, a little more effort must go into our start/sit strategy for week 8. As we head into Halloween, there are some scary player match ups out there! This week’s Pourcast will make your lineups SHIVER!! AHH HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
Devonta Freeman (RB - ATL) VS. GB
With Tevin Coleman out, one backup just brought up from the practice squad, and Steven Ridley just signed and totally unfamiliar with the Falcons’ offense, this spells harvest time for Freeman. Look for him to reap what Zeke Elliott sowed in Week 6. Get your scarecrow on your lawn and get Devonta into your lineup!
RANKING: HEADY TOPPER FOCAL BANGER
Devontae Booker (RB - DEN) VS. SD
If you were quick enough on the draw, you got Booker off the waiver wire already. What you didn’t count on is C.J. Anderson being placed on IR this week. Booker is going to go off, even if he sucks, which seemingly, he doesn’t.
RANKING: RUSSIAN RIVER SUPPLICATION
Donte Moncrief (WR - IND) VS. KC
If the heralded Chiefs defense have one major weakness, they are atrocious against wide receivers. Donte Moncrief was all the talk prior to this year's draft, and he looked up to task in Week 1 against the Lions. The talented young wideout has been preening his fangs, waiting with baited breath, until he can once again drain the blood of his victims. Moncrief is a scary option this week, with likely WR2 numbers or better.
RANKING: FIRESTONE WALKER §UCABA
Spencer Ware (RB - KC) @ IND
Jamaal Charles in out for Sunday’s contest at Indy, and the Colts are likely to ride with the hot hand. Spencer’s had some great match ups, and this weekend is no exception. If The Warewolf can get through this game alive, expect decent numbers and a high upside.
RANKING: THE ALCHEMIST BREWING CRUSHER IIPA
Jameis Winston (QB - TB) VS. OAK
The Raiders have allowed an average of 308.6 passing yards (the most) to quarterbacks, and 1.9 touchdowns (tied - 7th most) this season. Winston should have a strong outing in this piratey matchup between the Raiders and the Buccaneers.
RANKING: FREMONT BREWING RUSTY NAIL IMPERIAL STOUT
Tyrod Taylor (QB - BUF) VS. NE
This is less of a knock to Taylor and instead speaks more to the condition of his surrounding weapons. LeSean McCoy is Doubtful, and Marquise Goodwin is Out. The Patriots are really tough against the passing game, and this game may be wet with GHOUL’S TEARS!! AHH HA HA HA HA!!!… It may rain, maybe a lot.
RANKING: SC MARTENS SUPER BREW 15
Buffalo Bills (DEF) @ BUF
One thing the Raiders have excelled at this year is limiting opposing defenses from scoring fantasy points. In fact, Oakland has only allowed 2.00 fantasy points to the position, almost a full point less than the 2nd lowest Cowboys, who have only allowed 2.83 FP to defenses.
RANKING: CITY BREWING GAME DAY ICE
Dontrelle Inman & Travis Benjamin (WRs - SD) @ DEN
In all of 2016 fantasy football, perhaps the most amazing FPA (fantasy points against) statistic is that the Broncos, through seven weeks, have only allowed 9.67 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. That’s over 5 points fewer than the number two spot, held by the frighteningly scary Minnesota Vikings. Two weeks ago, they literally held all three San Diego wideouts to a grand total of 3.6 fantasy points. Take your money elsewhere. Mile High Stadium is a graveyard for receivers.
RANKING: COORS KEYSTONE PREMIUM
Connor Barth (K - CHI) VS. MIN
The Bears offense has fallen into the well, just like an evil ring that can ruin humanity. Jay Cutler sure picked one Hell of a week to return, against one of the NFL’s top defenses. No one has scored fewer real points this year than Chicago. Want good points from a kicker? You gotta score touchdowns and keep getting within field goal range first. Edgar Allen Poe could spin this plot into a horror classic.
RANKING: MILLER MAGNUM
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