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Would any of you believe me if I said I predicted Amari Cooper would go off last week against the Chiefs? Probably not, but I did, and unfortunately, I don’t predict Thursday night games. That’s in the past and in fantasy football, you can’t worry about the past because it will obstruct your ability to make logical and rational decisions in the present. Those decisions include setting your fantasy lineup.
You will notice some of the players in this week’s article have had a history of not performing or performing past expectations in recent weeks or seasons. Forget all of that. We are here now and the matchups week-to-week are getting more and more important. These bold predictions will help you get that edge for week eight.
#1) LeSean McCoy finds the end zone twice for the second straight week – If you are a LeSean McCoy owner in any of your leagues, you can finally take a deep breath, he has finally found the end zone (twice). The veteran running back has had the volume to be an impact fantasy player but his troubles of finding the end zone have held him back. The volume finally paid off as he rushed for two touchdowns and eclipsed 100 total yards for the third time this season. Now that McCoy has gotten over the hump of being scoreless so far, he’ll get back on track as one of the elites for this season. What helps his case, even more, is he will be at home again this week, against a Raiders team who give up about 105 rushing yards per game to running backs and about 52 receiving yards. Oakland is middle of the pack when it comes to facing running backs and if they give up that amount of yardage to LeSean McCoy, they might just pay for it when he scores twice again. I would never doubt the ability of LeSean McCoy and neither should you, prepare for him to have another great game.
#2) DeShaun Watson lights up Seattle, 3 total TDs and 350 total yards – DeShaun Watson has been the surprise of the season and he has been very fun to watch thus far and a pleasure for many fantasy owners. Watson, through six games, has 17 total touchdowns and five interceptions. A great start to his career. Besides facing Jacksonville for not even a full game, he hasn’t truly faced a solid defense like Seattle. In my opinion, I think Seattle’s defense is not as great as we thought it would be, granted, I still think they are one of the best defenses in the league. Seattle has faced only one other true dual-threat quarterback this season and that was Marcus Mariota, was very efficient going 20/32 with 225 yards and two touchdowns, securing the win in week three. I think if you compare Watson and Mariota this season, it’s not even close who has been the better quarterback and Watson has more tools to work with on offense than Mariota did earlier this season. With the dynamic ability at play for Watson, I think Seattle will have their hands full Sunday afternoon.
#3) Trevor Siemian throws 3 TDs against Chiefs – What a year it has been for the Denver quarterback. After the first two weeks of the season, we thought we were looking at a surging superstar as he boasted seven total touchdowns against division rival Los Angeles and the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, in the following four games, he has only recorded two touchdowns. The Chiefs this season have given up the 4th most yards allowed to opposing quarterbacks this season as well as one of the worst touchdowns/interceptions ratio (13/5). The Kansas City secondary has been battling injuries this season and it is showing on the stat sheet. Look at the evidence, they just let Derek Carr throw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns, and not forcing a turnover. I am in no way implying that Trevor Siemian is as good as Derek Carr, but we have seen what he can do when he and his receivers are clicking. I have faith that Siemian can bounce back and return to proper from against the struggling Chiefs.
#4) Chris Thompson held under 60 total yards against Cowboys – The Redskins leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns is due for a poor fantasy output this week when the Redskins welcome the Cowboys to Washington. It took me couple weeks to finally get warmed up to Chris Thompson and concluded that he is a real threat each week and can carry a fantasy team, and considering his average draft position (64th among RB according to Yahoo), he likely does it as a FLEX player. But something about this breakout season tells me that all it will come to an end at some point and will catch fantasy owners by surprise, especially since it will be against the Cowboys. Arguably, Dallas has a below average defense and the only thing keeping them afloat this season is their elite offense. This game is one that the Cowboys can look at as a prominent step forward for their defense. The Redskins offense has been an issue for them this season and even though Dallas has been a below average defense, they are still a smart team and capable of recognizing Thompson as the key threat on the Redskins.
#5) Josh McCown will outscore Matt Ryan – Seems like an impossibility but statistically, these opposite spectrum quarterbacks are more alike than we may think. Even though McCown has one more game under his belt, he only has seven fewer yards than Matt Ryan and has three more touchdowns as well. The Atlanta Falcons defense has not been what we had originally anticipated at the start of the season, they’re not bad but we just expected better. If you compare both defenses, the Jets surrender only one more point per game than the Falcons and aren’t the best on defense but the points against New York per game is encouraging. This week, I’d bet on McCown to outscore Ryan because not only will he be playing in front of a home crowd, if the Jets can make it to the red zone, they have Austin Seferian-Jenkins at tight end who is highly underrated right now. It’s also discouraging for Matt Ryan owners that he has so many weapons on offense but can only eclipse a multiple touchdown game once and only one 300-yard game on a separate occasion this season. I’d pass on Matt Ryan this week and would rather start Josh McCown.