Hello everyone, and welcome to another Wednesday, Rankings Day! Hopefully you guys had a great Week 7 filled with fantasy goodness, food, family and most importantly, our articles and projections. It’s crazy to think we are almost at the halfway point of the NFL season, but I just wanted to let you guys know how much we appreciate your readership. I really do love it when you guys love what we do!

Alright, enough chatter, let’s get to Week 8!

Players I’m High On

Tyrod Taylor vs. OAK

Taylor had a pretty decent week against Tampa Bay, finishing with 268 yards and a touchdown, but now I’m back on the hype train for this week’s matchup against Oakland. The Raiders secondary has been struggling, with Alex Smith just recently lighting them up for 342 yards and three scores on Thursday Night Football. Granted, they do get some extra rest and prep against this Bills offense, but the pieces are there for Taylor to have a nice game, especially now with Jordan Matthews back in this offense.

Andy Dalton vs. IND

Ever since Bill Lazor took over as the OC, this offense has been performing better, with Dalton playing pretty well over the past couple of weeks against Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Although the INT total is a bit high for my liking, I really do like Dalton this week as a streaming option against the terrible Colts defense that ranks as the 30th-best defense against the pass according to Football Outsiders, giving up nearly 22 fantasy points per game to the QB position.

Jordan Howard @ NO

The Saints haven’t been so hot against the run, giving up 131 rushing yards last week to Aaron Jones, ranking 29th against the run according to Football Outsiders, and give up nearly 25 pts per game to the position. Howard is an incredible bell cow due to the fact that John Fox won’t let Trubisky throw it very often. I am loving Howard this week against the Saints with a huge workload coming to him.

Joe Mixon vs. IND

At home as a large favorite against a weak team, everything is pointing to Mixon for having a good game this week. Only the 49ers give up more production to the running back position this season than the Colts, and Mixon should be in line for a nice stat-line when everything is said and done. He hasn’t been producing as much as we would like through seven weeks, but you have to love the matchup in Week 8

Alshon Jeffrey vs. SF

I understand he’s been very disappointing to this point, but this offense is firing on all cylinders and against the very weak 49ers defense, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy low on Jeffrey if you don’t have him, and if you do, put your faith in him one last time. If it can’t happen against the Niners, it’s likely not going to happen this year.

Devin Funchess @ TB

Against the 32nd ranked pass defense according to Football Outsiders, this is a prime spot for Funchess and Benjamin. Razzball is pretty high on Funchess this week as he’s in the Top 10 in our WR rankings. Funchess is a great start this week against the Bucs.

Kyle Rudolph @ CLE

The Browns are struggling against opposing TE’s this year, and Rudolph, if he’s available in your league or otherwise, is a great start this week against Cleveland.

Players I’m Not High On

Philip Rivers @ NE

A lot of people are convinced Rivers is a great candidate this week against the Patriots, but I’m not one of them. I talked about this on the podcast and it turned out to be true, but I think Belichick knows how bad his defense is, and won’t continue to sell them out like they have been all season, up until Sunday night. I really do believe their new gameplan on the defensive side of things is to control the clock on offense, slowly pounding the football with Dion Lewis or whoever it will be in the week, and not allowing the opposing offenses on the field. This is a trap game for Rivers. I would much rather have other QB’s on my team this week

Jay Ajayi @ BAL

Ajayi has been very frustrating as of late, this offense may struggle a bit under Moore, and on a short week against a pretty good Ravens front seven, I don’t want anything to do with Jay Ajayi this week.

Tyreek Hill vs. DEN

The Broncos CB’s have regressed a bit, but it’s still a pretty tough matchup for Hill and the rest of this offense. If you can find another option, I think you should try to leave Hill on the bench.

 

Alright guys, that about does it for me. Again, my apologies for having to publish this on Thursday morning As always, leave your questions and comments below and I will answer them in a timely manner.  Take it easy.

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  1. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    no need for the thursday thing, i guess jay put it out earlier than you thought.

      • MB

        Mb says:
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        @Zach: Zach is actually adopted.

        Sent From My IPhone

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Mb: Shhhh

  2. morgan says:
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    Would it be silly to trade my Jarvis Landry for Cousins, 1 point PPR 12 team. I have some decent depth at WR with D. Hopkins, Demaryius, Thielen, Fuller, Funchess and Corey Davis. The QB’s I am rostering right now are Stafford and Tyrod. Would you just stream QB’s for ROS or make that trade?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @morgan: Honestly you could but Tyrod has an AMAZING schedule ROS. He’ll end up being a QB1 I think

      • morgan says:
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        @Zach: Thanks!

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Zach: that’s why the rudy bot loves him so. and also he ranks pretty highly in many of the FP ROS rankings as well.

  3. TheeHen4 says:
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    Josh McCown is my current QB and I have Jack Doyle and Jimmy Graham as my TEs. Would you trade Jimmy Graham for Stafford or Tyrod Taylor? Which one?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @TheeHen4: I wouldn’t give up Graham with your only other option being Doyle. I would ride it out with McCown

  4. K-Rich says:
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    Aye Zach! Been coming to Razz for baseball for the past 4 years, but this is my first year to spend more than a minute on the football side.

    Got a 10 team standard scoring (6 pts for pass TDs) league. My Wentz and Ajayi for his Antonio Brown? He had Rodgers and is now streaming and I’ve got Wentz and Cousins. My team without them:

    Cousins
    Fournette
    D Lewis
    J Allen
    Montgomery
    Mack
    A Morris
    Keenan
    Agholor
    Diggs
    Martavis

    Whatcha think?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @K-Rich: What’s happening K-Richy??? Glad to have you! I honestly would stay put. Wentz is looking like the MVP of the fantasy year and Ajayi still could work out being the bell-cow in Miami. Your team looks pretty darn good even without trading

      • K-Rich says:
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        @Zach: Dude, preciate the response. He just threw in McKinnon. it’s pretty tempting…..

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @K-Rich: I would still stay put

  5. Bobby says:
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    Howdy man! Man oh man already week 8!!

    .5 PPR league I’ve been streaming at TE all season & haven’t really been successful there- this week I added Ryan Griffin who gets Seahawks, they let up a big game to Evan Engram last week.

    Stay with Engram or drop for either: OJ Howard who’s home vs panthers, Vernon Davis who gets cowboys home in Washington but cowboys seem to be decent vs TE but Davis has been getting his looks.

    If Tate doesn’t go for Detroit on SNF thoughts on either ebron or Darren fells?

    Hold onto my Burkhead or drop for depth for one of these: Deandre Washington, Jalen Richard, foreman, or cuff my Gordon with ekeler? Or add either mike Williams, Golladay, benni fowler, or doctson?

    My RBs are Gordon, hunt, mcaffery, Aaron jones, AP, McKinnon, Burkhead. David Johnson on IR

    My WRs we start 3 could be 4 with flex: Keenan Allen, hogan, Parker, tyreek hill, Baldwin, fuller, Sanu.

    TE: Griffin

    Since my streaming at TE hasn’t been great would you look to deal my hogan to get Jimmy graham? That owner proposed that to me last week my hogan for his graham + Kupp. I could see if he’ll do it with either Derrick Henry or Tevin Coleman or kearse?

    Or try a bigger trade my hogan + McKinnon for Ertz?

    Thanks man!

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bobby: SUP BOBBY!!! If Tate doesn’t go I’d go Fells, but if he does I’d rather have Griffin this week than the other names you mentioned. I’d keep Burkhead. I’d also keep your WR’s the same too. I’d keep Hogan because he’s your best or second-best WR so far this year, and should continue to produce. Let me know if you have any further questions. Thank YOU!

  6. Tic tab says:
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    Morning! .5 PPR league. Would you trade my Melvin Gordon to acquire shady McCoy? Which RB do you like better ROS?

    Gordon’s upcoming schedule:

    Week 8 at pats

    Week 9 bye

    Week 10 @ Jacksonville

    Week 11 vs bills

    Week 12 at Dallas on thanksgiving

    Week 13 vs Browns

    Week 14 vs redskins

    Week 15 @ KC

    Week 16 @ jets

    ——

    McCoy’s schedule

    Week 8 vs raiders

    Week 9 @ jets

    Week 10 vs saints

    Week 11 at chargers

    Week 12 at KC

    Week 13 vs pats

    Week 14 vs colts

    Week 15 vs Dolphins

    Week 16 at pats .

    Or keep Gordon & package tyreek hill + Mcaffery for McCoy?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Tic tab: If you could do Hill+McCaffrey for McCoy I’d do it, but I obviously lean McCoy ROS

      • Tic tab says:
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        @Zach:

        Thanks! Would you flip Gordon at that point for a top flight WR? AJ green?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Tic tab: Sure, that doesn’t seem like a bad idea

  7. Fizz says:
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    Hey Zach,

    For Week 9 need a QB filler:
    Siemian vs Eagles
    McCown vs Bills
    Moore vs Raiders
    Beathard vs Cards
    Flacco vs Titans

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: I’d go with Siemian

  8. SR says:
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    Trade question:

    Trade K. Benjamin and T. Coleman for L. Miller? About right?

    Thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @SR: To get Miller, sure

  9. Jensen says:
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    Dynasty league, who do you like better. Agholor or Kamara? How close is it?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jensen: Kamara, and it’s a little close but I think I’d go Kamara

  10. Blaster says:
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    Need to drop one to pick up a receiver.

    Alex Collins or Kyle Rudolph

    Other RBs are CJ Anderson,Joe Mixon, Mike Gillislee, and Darren McFadden

    Other TE is Gronk

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Blaster: I’d drop McFadden for this week to be honest.

  11. slimbo says:
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    with OBJ out for the year and his owner barely hanging onto a playoff spot, if i offered julio jones or mike evans for him do you think i can land him?

    thanks

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @slimbo: Why would you offer Mike Evans or Julio for Odell? He’s out for the year

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Zach:

        Dynasty league opps

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Slimbo: Oh. Well still, no, because I don’t think Odell is THAT much better than Mike Evans for the next few years. I’d stay put

  12. JC says:
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    What are your thoughts on Mariota for the rest of the season? I still want to hold out hope that he turns it around, but he’s still the 22nd rated QB in my league. 12 team, PPR, 3 keepers. We are in 1st place and the third highest scoring team (only 15 pts away from 1st). 1 Flex spot, but we have a DEEP bench with 9 spots.

    Mariota, Keeper
    Josh McCown
    Aaron Rodgers* (We picked him up as a possible Keeper for next season)
    David Johnson, Keeper
    Carlos Hyde
    Doug Martin
    Matt Breida
    Alfred Morris
    AJ Green
    Antonio Brown, Keeper
    Tyrell Williams
    Danny Amendola
    Mike Williams
    Eric Decker
    Cameron Brate

    We just picked up McCown for Mariota’s bye week. Is it worth trading for a QB or should we weather the storm and hope that Mariota plays better after the bye week and Corey Davis returns?

    • Zach

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      @JC: I think Mariota will turn it around with the return of Corey Davis and when Delanie Walker gets back to full health. I think you should stay put with McCown for this week and then roll with Mariota

  13. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Asked others as well. Looking for many opinions.

    My RBs- L Miller/ Gillislee/ D Lewis/ Collins/ Breida

    My WRs- Svans/ Dez/ T Hill/ Fuller/ C Davis

    Trade Hill/ Collins for Mixon/ Watkins?

    PPR punt return TDs don’t count for Hill

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: No I would keep onto Hill and Collins

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    0.5 PPR ROS, Watkins or Funchess? Also, drop Smallwood to cuff Lamar Miller w/ Foreman? I could be without Zeke for a while so “HOU RB” may be needed as a starter.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Funchess, and yeah, that’s not a bad idea

  15. STeve says:
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    Would you trade D. Martin and D. Baldwin for Freeman?

    Thanks

  16. fizz says:
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    why isn’t anyone writing about rod smith? he’s gonna be the starter if zeek is suspended.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @fizz: Zeke is playing this week

  17. chisoxx22 says:
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    10 team ppr league(2wr,2rb,1flex). Im in need of a qb badly, i picked up siemian(mccown is available thats about it).
    rb isnt bad (Gordon, L. Miller, and c. thompson)
    wr is great (Brown, Hill, Crabtree, funchess, snead, fuller and Pryor)
    What wr should i trade and for what tier of qb? the top 3 all have favorable matchups come playoff time. Nice write up

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @chisoxx22: I’d trade away Pryor pretty easily. In terms of buy low candidates at the QB position I think a perfect target is Tyrod or Philip Rivers to an extent. I like their ROS schedule. Thank you! Let me know if you have any further questions

  18. Bobbo says:
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    Which Q would you stRt, Jameis Winston, Philip Rivers, or Tyrod Taylor?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bobbo: Tyrod

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