Last year I made a Colin Kaepernick prediction pick in my waiver wired column (check it out!) and obviously you saw how that ended up. Well this year there are two teams who are desperate for good QB play are the Bills (who just really started Derek Anderson in a game) and the Jaguars who could be a playoff favorite if it weren’t for Blake Bortles. If Kaepernick still isn’t in the NFL, then may I present exhibit A in the NFL vs. Colin Kaepernick your honor. Kaep is still only 30 years old and is probably the healthiest QB on the planet right now. So what do you think? Are you crazy enough to add Kaepernick?

Quarterbacks

Baker Mayfield (@ PIT): Hot off his highest scoring fantasy game of the year (20 points) and keeping his passing TD streak alive at 5 games, Mayfield heads to Pittsburgh in week 8.  The Steelers have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to QBs. A lot of those points have come on the ground — they’ve allowed the 4th most rushing yards to QBs. I think Baker is set up to start a new streak in week 8 — games with 20 or more fantasy points.

Brock Osweiler (@ HOU): Osweiler is playing himself into another HUGE pay day! (Probably not though.) Well in week 6, Osweiler was a top-10 fantasy QB finishing with 25 fantasy points on 380 passing yards and 3 TDs. Week 7 he was a top-12 QB with 239 passing yards and 2 TDs for 17 fantasy points. On Thursday night, the Dolphins head to Houston to face the Texans, but seeing as Osweiler was able to drop such big games on the Bears and Lions — I think he is still capable of putting up some points against a tough Texans D.

Running Backs

Jalen Richard (vs IND): With Marshawn Lynch done for the season — Jalen Richard is the guy you want to add out in O-Town, not Doug Martin. Richard had been carving himself a nice role as the receiving threat out of the backfield scoring double digit points in 4 of his 5 games primarily on the strength of his PPR games. He doesn’t have a receiving TD yet, but he is ranked 8th out of all RBs in targets, 7th in receiving yards and 5th in receptions. This should be your #1 waiver claim if you need RB help. 

Marcus Murphy/Chris Ivory (vs NE): With LeSean McCoy leaving their week 7 game early, Chris Ivory took on the bulk of the snaps in his absence. McCoy is in the concussion protocol now and is listed as questionable for week 8. Unfortunately, Ivory himself had some injuries in week 7, but he still had a solid 81 yards on 16 rushes. I’m listing Ivory first because I think he’s obviously first up if McCoy can’t go again in week 8, but I’ve been hyping up Murphy as well because he’s shown some flashes this season as well. In week 7 he had 53 yards on only 4 rushes and caught 5 of 6 targets thrown his way for only 17 yards–but the Bills are playing completely without a QB this season.

Raheem Mostert (@ ARI): After he was the 49ers best rusher in week 6, I called it a fluke and that you shouldn’t worry about adding him. Well allow me to eat my words, because now for the second week in a row, Mostert was the 49ers best rusher. Despite having two less attempts than lead dog Alfred Morris, Mostert managed 34 more yards and lead the back field in the passing game as well catching all 4 of his targets for 19 yards. Whatever the deal is with Morris/Matt Breida and Mostert — they’re facing the team that almost seems like they haven’t even been trying to stop the run in 2018. They’ve allowed the most fantasy points to running backs by 25 points.

Wide Receivers

Chris Godwin (@ CIN): Mike Evans is definitely owned in your league. DeSean Jackson is probably owned in your league. But Chris “Da” Godwin? He’s unowned in 54% of ESPN leagues. All Godwin has done is put up double-digit fantasy points in 5 of his 6 matchups this season. Double-digit points is an arbitrary standard for me to uphold as a benchmark, but for me that is the exact least you should be asking for out of your flex spot. There are a lot of quality pass catchers in Tampa Bay, but their week 8 opponent, the Bengals, have allowed the 4th most receiving yards to WRs. I think Godwin will eat again on Sunday.

Donte Moncrief (vs PHI): The Jaguar receiver with the most targets is actually the one who is owned the least. Only 12.4% of leagues. Moncrief has been a bit boom or bust this season which might have to do more with his QB. I’m expecting a boom in week 8. Moncrief faces off against the Eagles who have allowed the second-most receiving yards to WRs this year.

Martavis Bryant/Seth Roberts (vs IND): The obvious answer to the question of “who gets Amari Cooper’s snaps now that he’s in Dallas?” is Martavis Bryant. However, Roberts has played in a slightly higher percentage of snaps than Bryant and in weeks 5 and 6, Roberts was actually Derek Carr’s most targeted WR. Roberts is owned in 0.1% of leagues and I’m thinking he’s the guy to grab this week if you’re desperate for WR help. If you are torn between a few players in your league you should be checking out Razzball’s depth chart where they show you snap percentages, rush percentages and target percentages so you can guess who might be seeing an increase in usage: https://football.razzball.com/nfldepthcharts/oakland-raiders

Tight Ends

C.J. Uzomah (vs TB): Uzomah has scored 20 points in the two weeks since taking over for Tyler Eifert as the Bengals starting TE. He was only targeted twice in week 7, but made one of them count with a TD reception. There doesn’t seem to be another healthy TE in Cincinatti with both Tylers, Eifert and Tyler Kroft injured. Uzomah is going to be on the field a lot against the Bucs who have allowed the most fantasy points to TEs.

Jeff Heuerman (@ KC): Heuerman technically caught a TD in week 7 — but had it called back to a pass interference call on — Jeff Heuerman. I’ll be brief here — Heuerman is a desperation play in week 8 against the Chiefs who have allowed the most receiving yards to TEs.

Defense/Special Teams

Indianapolis Colts (@ OAK): The Raiders have scored the fifth fewest points on the year and just lost their best rushing threat (Marshawn Lynch) and receiving threat (Amari Cooper) for the entire year. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’m grabbing every defense that plays against the Raiders going forward. The Colts defense did just hold one of the worst offenses in the league to 3 points and scored 16 fantasy points because of it. They’ve had INTs in 6 of their 7 games this season and I’m pretty sure you can expect another one (or two or three or four) in week 8.

Kicker

Mason Crosby (@ LAR): People couldn’t have dropped mason Crosby any faster after his 1 for 5 FG, 0 fantasy point game in week 5. If you were one of the people who realized that was a complete and total fluke or were someone who just didn’t check their lineup for a week — you were rewarded with a 4/4 FG, 3 XP, 17 fantasy point game from him. Week 8, the Packers return from their bye in what should be a high-scoring game that could lead to another double-digit game from Crosby.

  1. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    for PPR, how youse ranking sharpe, richardson, roberts, moore (SEA), humphries (clearly moncrief’s ahead of these)

    what about: (14 team league)
    barner, ivory (concussions last less than knee injuries on a guy who already had knee back in aug), gio B (mixon owner, gio sounds back soonish), j.will (GB)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: For me its:
      Moore
      Roberts
      Richardson
      Sharpe
      Humphries

      Then:
      Barner
      Ivory
      Williams
      Bernard

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Kerry Klug: where would ris matt (just signed with NYJ) fit into 1?

  2. Mike says:
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    Would you drop Chris Thompson/Winston (big Ben being my other QB) for either Mack or Richard? And who do you claim first?

    Gurley and chubb are my main RB options, with McCoy as a back up. I’m looking g for a safety net to help make a run at a playoff spot.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike: I’d drop Winston for Mack if you have to — but first I’d se e if anyone was interested in trading for him.

  3. Mike says:
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    Ugh, drop Aaron Jones or Corey Davis to pick up Rivers bye replacement (Mayfield or Stafford)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Mike: I’d drop Davis and grab Mayfield for this week.

  4. Steinbeck says:
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    In PPR With 2r and 3 wr starting I own
    DavidJ/Carson/McCoy
    ODELl/Evans/Landry/Edelman/Baldwin

    I need obvious RB help and an owner is dangling
    Kamara (under pressure from Ingram)
    Mixon (Gio affects ROS?)
    Chubb (Duke J caps targets)

    Who is the best WR you’d be willing to trade for each of these RBs?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Steinbeck:
      Kamara would have to be Odell — top 5 for top 5.
      Mixon for Evans
      Chubb for Landry MAYBE edelman

  5. Wide Right says:
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    With Drake and Mack in my lineup at the moment.. and Westbrook my likely flex..and Rudolph my TE.. where do I go in my PPR league..
    Waiver options
    Cobb, Bryant, Hogan, Sterling
    Mosert, Martin, Ivory, Sproles, Murphy
    Watson, Vannett..
    I have space to dump at least 2 -3 on my
    roster..
    Who would you target.. how would you prioritize

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Wide Right:
      Sterling has to be your priority
      Cobb
      Ivory
      Mostert
      Hogan
      Martavis

  6. William Hung says:
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    Dropping Ito Smith and Yeldon for a pair of Raiders in Seth Roberts and Jalen Richard? .5 PPR

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @William Hung: I’d definitely drop Ito for Richard — but not yet Yeldon for Roberts.

  7. Chet says:
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    Would you drop Chris Thompson for Jalen Richard? Thanks.

    • Chet says:
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      @Chet: I forgot to add, I’m in a non-PPR league. Thanks.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Chet: You know what? Yea — I think they’re trending in opposite directions.

  8. miles pproudfoot says:
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    With cooper trade and lynch injury, am I correct in ranking my waiver this week as Richard, Aaron Jones, GEronimo Allison, and Jordy Nelson considering ROS? Thank you!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @miles pproudfoot: I’d move jordy ahead of Allison — but yea thats a solid ranking.

  9. miles proudfoot says:
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    With cooper trade and lynch injury, am I correct in ranking my waivers this week in a PPR league as Richard, Aaron Jones, GEronimo Allison, and Jordy Nelson considering ROS?

    As far as Richard, have 100 FAAB of 150 remaining. Go 50% on him?

    Thank you!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @miles proudfoot: I’d go 40% — I’m high on Richard but don’t screw yourself over too much. If you’re desperate for RB help — then yea 50.

  10. Nate says:
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    Should I stop holding on to the Jags D? Or could they still click into midseason form?

    I can’t find any good fantasy advice on this and they’re really my weakest link. I’m not prepared to drop them but I hate having 2 Defenses on my roster and I’m going to start streaming better matchups.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Nate: If there are some solid options on the waiver then yea, it’s a safe consideration.
      I’d reconsider them for their playoff match-ups; WSH, MIA, HOU

  11. Water boy says:
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    Hey man ! .5 ppr league I wanna add Tre’quan Smith off waivers however I’m in a pickle since I have Melvin Gordon & Kupp in my IR slots but in order to add a player I need to activate both Gordon & kupp as they are both listed questionable currently.

    I was thinking activating Gordon by dropping my second 2. Then activate kupp by dropping Hogan

    — now that is squared away I was thinking dropping Geronimo Allison to add treQuan Smith

    My rbs : dj, Melvin Gordon , brieda, ekeler, Chubb, Doug Martin , kerryon

    My WRs: Hilton, Keenan Allen, amari Cooper, Sterling Shepard, kupp, Geronimo Allison, Tyler Boyd, Doug Baldwin, Hogan

    I don’t own a 2nd TE or a 2nd QB

    Thanks man!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Water boy: Call me crazy, but I like the consistency of Geronimo over the boom/bust nature of tre’quan — but if you feel the other way — then go for it.

  12. Blake says:
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    No love for Amendola this week with both Wilson and Stills out? He’s been Brock lobster’s #1 target and is looking like a solid flex/WR3 with a high floor. Do you agree/disagree?

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Blake: Yea that’s an oversight on my part…Amendola is looking a little banged up himself and Houston has been a little stingy to wRs, but if he’s Osweiler’s #1 option — he could be worth a shot.

  13. Stumanji! says:
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    He probably just missed your cutoff at 51% owned, but Trubisky should be claimed way before Osweiler or even Baker IMO. I’ll be honest, before this column I had no idea Brock was still in the league let alone starting. Trubisky could sneak into the low QB1 convo ROS with a pretty soft schedule.

    • Kerry Klug

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      @Stumanji!: He did just miss my cut off — but was definitely here last week! 49% availability still is pretty good though and I’d definitely take him over those other 2 guys. It was hard finding QBs this week — i’ll be honest.

  14. Wide Right says:
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    Offered Godwin(tb) Gabriel and Rodgers for Hopkins and Dalton.. ppr league
    I Have Cam at QB, Landry as my other starting WR.. my Rbs are a mess.. Coleman, Drake, and the injured Cook. (Need to start 2 rbs)
    He also has Barkley if I counter.
    Thoughts?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Wide Right: I think you’re fine with Cam and Hopkins– Rodgers would be nice but Cam actually has more fantasy points right now. If anything I’d see if he’d do Hopkins for Barkley.

  15. Tradewatson? says:
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    Quick question:

    Would you trade deshaun Watson and Royce Freeman for russel Wilson and C mcaffery?

    2 qb league:
    Qb: Watson/Mariota/Rivers/Anderson
    Rb: Coleman, Smallwood, Mack, Royce,
    WR: AB/ Diggs/ Jeffery/ Baldwin
    TE: Kelce

    I like having options at qb, it’s a keeper league and Watson can be kept one more year for $1. I fear he’s hurt all year though wonder if it’s time to move on.

    Thanks.

  16. Big W says:
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    Morning!

    If you had to pick one for this week, do you go Seth Roberts or Randall Cobb?

    Thanks!

    Big W

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