Sneaky plays for Week Eight
Case Keenum and the Broncos’ passing attack has not been the most reliable to begin the season, but that should change with their matchup in Week Eight. They go on the road to play a Chiefs defense that is currently one of the worst in the league in points allowed to the position (21.49 Fantasy PPG). Coming off a poor performance in Week Seven, there is not a lot of confidence in this passing attack. But in a game where the Broncos will likely be playing catchup to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, look for Keenum to pile up the garbage time points. He has the weapons to get it done for your season-long team if you need a bye week filler. Look for him to go over 300 yards in this game with at least two scores, making him a possible low-end QB1. In DFS, Keenum could be a popular option in lineups based on the matchup alone.
One of the more popular waiver pick-ups this week, Raheem Mostert is beginning to make the most of increased playing time with the 49ers. With a banged-up Matt Breida, Mostert finds himself with a very juicy matchup against a Cardinals defense that is the worst in the league in points allowed to opposing running backs (29.23 Fantasy PPG). He has led the 49ers in rushing in each of the last two games and if he gets a majority of the carries in this game, Mostert is certainly worth a look in the Flex position. I can see 100 total yards in this matchup from him, along with a touchdown. With the bye weeks well upon us, he will be a starting caliber option. In DFS, he will be the long-shot cheap option you’ll need to build your lineup.
Another long-shot play in Week Eight, Damion Ratley has been an under-the-radar player that the Browns coaching staff has been impressed with. His playing time has increased over the past two weeks and so has his production, to the tune of nine catches for 105 yards. This week, he faces a Steelers defense that is among the league’s worst in points allowed to receivers (30.62 Fantasy PPG). With the expectation that the Browns will be trailing for most of this game, look for Ratley to be a key contributor during garbage time. I expect for Ratley to give you a five-catch, 85-yard performance this week along with a potential score. If you are in a pinch with your season-long team and need a spark, Ratley will be worth a look as a Flex player. In DFS, he is another cheap, sneaky option that you can use to build a star-studded roster elsewhere.
Uzomah may not be wowing you with his catch totals over the last few weeks, but he is the last man standing at the tight end position for the Bengals. Cincinnati will have a matchup against a Bucs defense that is the worst in points allowed to the position (12.97 Fantasy PPG) and has allowed a score to tight ends in four straight games. I expect for that trend to continue here. This game should be a back-and-forth affair with a high point total, putting all skill position players in play. If available, and you need a tight end to stream this week, grab Uzomah and plug him into your lineup. As a DFS option, he will be a cheap play, but perhaps one that is highly owned, as well.
The Lions defense has been one of the bigger disappointments in Fantasy so far in 2018. Currently ranked 27th in points scored, they are a unit that has become waiver wire fodder. However, this week they could see an uptick in production as they welcome the inconsistent Seahawks offense. We all know the struggles that the offensive line can have from time to time, something that I see becoming a factor in this game. Look for the Lions to get after Russell Wilson here, forcing a few bad throws along with some sacks. The Lions will be a stream-worthy option in Week Eight and a DFS play that could pay off big if they find the end zone.