Keep The Faith in Eagles Nelson Agholor in Week Eight
Week Eight Fantasy Football Matchups to Exploit
WRs vs CBs
Martavis Bryant vs Nate Hairston
With Amari Cooper out of town, the opportunity is open for Martavis Bryant to flash his talents. The Raiders seem to be in full tank mode, and they will likely be working from behind against the Colts. That will give Bryant the chances to see a good number of targets and he will be able to see a majority of the snaps. On the season he has only been able to log 45 percent of the snaps behind Cooper and Jordy Nelson. He will draw the best matchup of the wide receivers against Nate Hairston, who has allowed the most yards in the Colts’ cornerback group. Bryant has risk, but his upside is great at a cheap price in Daily Fantasy and he is a good flier in season-long formats.
Doug Baldwin vs Nevin Lawson
Baldwin looked like his old self in Week Six against the Raiders. In a game script where the Seahawks were up big the whole time, Baldwin was able to get six grabs for 91 yards including a 42-yard catch. He is coming off a bye, which will only help him get back closer to full health with his previous knee injuries. He is drawing another good matchup against the Lions. The big boost is that Baldwin will be able to avoid their top corner, Darius Slay, as he does not travel to the slot. I expect this game to be fairly high scoring and stay close throughout, meaning the Seahawks could pass it a bit more. The Lions just acquired an elite run stopper in Damon Harrison, which could slow down the Seahawks’ rushing attack. Harrison will probably not get a full complement of snaps, but he can do enough to force Seattle to pass more. I am expecting a vintage Baldwin performance in Week Eight.
Jarvis Landry vs Mike Hilton
The Browns lackluster outside wide receiver play has made Jarvis Landry a target machine in their offense. In their Week Eight game, they sit as eight point underdogs, so there is a good chance Landry will have a positive game script. Also, the strength of the Steelers’ defense has been their run defense, which will force the Browns to throw the ball more. This should result in over 10 targets again for Landry against the soft over-the-middle coverage of the Steelers. He was able to get seven catches for 106 yards in their first matchup in Week One. Landry has a 28.8 percent target share with Baker Mayfield at quarterback, and is tied for the second most targets in the NFL. There is no reason for Mayfield not to lean on Landry again in this game.
Golden Tate vs Justin Coleman
Tate is going against his former team, so it can be a nice revenge game for him. It is a great matchup on paper as the only two above-average slot wide receivers that the Seahawks have faced are Emmanuel Sanders and Cooper Kupp. Sanders was able to post a 10/135/1 line and Kupp had six grabs for 90 yards and a score. Tate will also benefit from Theo Riddick likely out again this week. Tate can be an extension of the run game and soak up the intermediate receptions that the Lions lack without Riddick and a reliable tight end. He should rack up a lot of catches with the biggest mismatch for the Lions offense.
Nelson Agholor vs Ronnie Harrison
With Jalen Ramsey likely limiting Alshon Jeffrey, this should be a game where Agholor can break out. Jeffrey has been able to feast on soft matchups the last two weeks, but some of his targets will be moved to Agholor if he struggles against Ramsey. The Jaguars will deploy rookie Ronnie Harrison, in the slot as two of their slot corners, D.J. Hayden and Tyler Patmon are hurt. This should be a winnable matchup for Agholor as Harrison was drafted to be a safety. Also, the Jaguars should be able to slow down the Eagles’ running attack, leading to more passing from Carson Wentz.
RBs vs LBs
Jalen Richard vs IND
Jalen Richard has been one of the few bright spots on the Raiders this season. He has been able to totalover five catches in four out of their six games. The production has not been there, but with Marshawn Lynch out, he looks to be in line for a few more carries. Richard said that he is expecting more carries this week. The Colts have allowed the third most receptions to running backs, giving Richard good Fantasy scoring potential this week.
Marlon Mack vs OAK
Mack has been one of the biggest risers in Fantasy over the past two weeks, and that should continue in a dream matchup against the Raiders. He is listed as questionable with an ankle injury but was able to practice in full on Friday. Mack racked up 159 total yards last week and that likely cemented him as the lead back on this Colts team. He saw 56 percent of the snaps, and should see the majority of them in a good game script this week. The Raiders own one of the worst rushing defenses in the NFL, and have allowed the seventh most Fantasy points to running backs. Mack can see around 20 touches again this week if his health allows.
Adrian Peterson vs NYG
An unsung hero for the Redskins this year. He has allowed Washington to give Alex Smith manageable situations and keep the defense off the field. Peterson should be able to do it again this week against a below-average Giants team that just lost their best run stopper, Damon Harrison. Peterson will be able to find bigger holes with him gone and will punish the bad linebacker play of the Giants at the second level. In positive game scripts, Peterson has been a big part of the game plan and that should hold true this week with the Redskins likely winning or within reach of the Giants the whole game.
Kenjon Barner vs BUF
With Sony Michel unlikely to play this week, the Patriots are thin at running back with just James White and Kenjon Barner. White is not a running back that typically handles over 10 carries, meaning Barner has the chances to get 15 carries in this game. The Patriots should be able to win easily against a lackluster Bills team, which means a lot of running out the clock in the second half. Barner fits the script for those situational runs, and is set for success against a great Patriots offensive line. Don’t be surprised if Barner runs for 70 yards and a touchdown on Monday night.
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