Fantasy Football 2017: Likes/Dislikes, and Week 8 Rankings


Week 7 Recap

Hits – likes: Dak Prescott (QB3), Alex Smith (QB5), Tyrod Taylor (QB9), Carlos Hyde (RB15/RB16), Michael Thomas (WR24/WR11).

Hits – Dislikes: Philip Rivers (QB16), Jacoby Brissett (QB22), Eli Manning (QB25), DeMarco Murray (RB21/RB21), Marshawn Lynch (0.9 points), Javorius Allen (RB31/RB15), Jonathan Stewart (RB32/RB41), T.Y. Hilton (WR49/WR48), Keenan Allen (WR39/WR36), Sammy Watkins (WR38/WR35), Terrelle Pryor (WR58/WR54), Coby Fleener (TE28/TE28).

Misses – likes: Marcus Mariota (QB24), Adrian Peterson (RB40/RB45), Joe Mixon (RB25/RB24), Orleans Darkwa (RB32/RB29), Pierre Garcon (WR35/WR28), Martavis Bryant (WR67/WR71), Devin Funchess (WR39/WR32), Delanie Walker (TE21/TE12), Hunter Henry (TE14/TE13).

Misses – Dislikes: Jameis Winston (QB8), Jason Witten (TE5/TE6).

Week 7 score: 17/28 (61%). Season: 102/183 (56%).


Tyrod Taylor – Taylor had another solid performance in week 7 and has yet to score under 15 on his home turf since week 15 of 2015. He’s a recommended streaming option against the Raiders.

Andy Dalton – The Colts have allowed 15 or more points to every quarterback they have faced this season.

Philip Rivers – Each quarterback to face the Patriots in 2017 has gone on to score at least 17, and five of them have scored above 21. Rivers has scored 14+ in all but one game thus far.

Cam Newton – Newton has been the epitome of a high floor/low ceiling player this year. He has scored under 12 in three games and over 20 in three as well. Of the six signal-callers the Buccaneers have gone up against, four have scored 20 or more. I’m betting this will be a “Dr. Jekyll” performance for Cam.

Devonta Freeman – Freeman has been in a two week mini-slump, but I expect him to snap out of it against a Jets defense allowing the eighth most points to running backs.

Joe Mixon – Week 7 was a prime “Why does Marvin Lewis still have a job?” game. Mixon ran the ball well in the first half (6.9 YPC) and Cincinnati’s offense was clicking. In the second half, the Bengals scored as many points as Mixon had carries…zero. I hope the Bengals learn from their mistakes and feed Mixon this week against the second worst run defense in the league.

Jordan Howard – Howard has been fed 18 or more carries in five consecutive games. He should feast against a defense that just allowed 131 rushing yards to Aaron Jones.

Wendell Smallwood – No team has allowed more receiving yards and touchdowns to running backs this year than the 49ers. Smallwood should be a stud in PPR leagues this week.

Keenan Allen – Allen hasn’t topped 70 receiving yards since week 4 and hasn’t reach the end zone since week 1 – I’m expecting both of those streaks to end this week. The Patriots have allowed the fourth most points to wide receivers this year.

Marvin Jones – Jones has had six receptions in consecutive games and is the de facto top target for Stafford with Tate out of the lineup. The Steelers have allowed the fewest points to receivers this year, but those numbers are skewed because of their matchups against the Jaguars and Bears.

Devin Funchess – The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result (Einstein…I think) – by that definition, I’m insane. This is the third consecutive week I’ve had Funchess in the likes column, despite the fact that he vastly underperformed in the first two instances. The Buccaneers have allowed the second most points to receivers, making this a prime bounce-back opportunity for Funchess.

Josh Doctson – Doctson saw a season-high 54 snaps against the Eagles. If he gets similar playing time against the Cowboys, he should post a significantly better line.

Hunter Henry – Henry has had 70 yards or a touchdown in 4 consecutive games. New England has allowed the eighth most points to tight ends.

Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph has put up at least 8 PPR points in all but two games this year and the Browns are always quite generous to tight ends.


Ben Roethlisberger – Ben being on the road should be enough cause for you to keep him on your bench; if it isn’t, keep in mind that Detroit has allowed just one opposing quarterback to put up more than 14 points against them this season.

Alex Smith – Smith has one of the highest floors in fantasy, but the Broncos have yet to allow a passer to score 18 points on them. Smith will likely be in the 14-18 point range.

Matthew Stafford – Stafford is not a prolific fantasy quarterback to begin with, but this is a particularly bad week to start him. The Steelers have allowed the second fewest points to quarterbacks, with just two scoring more than 11 points.

Josh McCown – McCown has scored above 20 in consecutive games. Though he might look like one of the more attractive streaming options this week, truth be told, you can probably do better. The Falcons have yet to allow a quarterback to drop 20 on them this year.

Kareem Hunt – Hunt hasn’t reached the end zone since week 3 and the Broncos have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. He’s still a high-end RB2 because of volume, but you need to temper expectations.

Carlos Hyde – The Eagles have allowed the fewest rushing yards to opposing backs this season and Hyde hasn’t reached 70 rushing yards since week 3. I would still start Hyde in season-long leagues due to his role in the passing game, but I’m avoiding him in DFS.

Latavius Murray – Murray busted out in week 7, rushing for 113 yards and a touchdown; though I don’t think it will be a regular occurrence. Surprising as it may be, the 2017 Browns do sport an above average run defense. I’m avoiding Murray in DFS and fading him in season-long leagues.

Lamar Miller – Miller has had just one game this year with more than 12 PPR points and it’s unlikely that he’ll get his second one against Seattle.

Tyreek Hill – I’m a big believer in patterns. Hill has reached the end zone in every other game this season, including last week. If you don’t buy into patterns, the matchup with the Broncos should be enough reason for you to fade the speedster.

Adam Thielen – Thielen has yet to score this season, and the Browns have been surprisingly tough on opposing receivers. He’s still a solid flex play in PPR.

T.Y. Hilton – At this point, I don't even trust Hilton as a flex play. He has hovered below 60 receiving yards in five of the Colts seven games, and the Bengals are tough on receivers, especially at home.

Kenny Stills – Stills is going to be a popular streaming option on Thursday after scoring in consecutive games, though streaming him is not something I'd recommend. The Ravens have been tough on receivers, especially those playing on the outside. There is also a chance that DeVante Parker will be back for this matchup.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – The Falcons have yet to allow a tight end to score in 2017. ASJ’s streak of games with a touchdown will likely come to a halt at three.

Jack Doyle – Doyle has been the lone bright star on the dreadful Colts offense over the past two weeks; garnering 13 receptions. This week he faces a Bengals defense that has allowed just 20 receptions to tight ends on the season (only the Saints have allowed fewer). It’s best to leave him on the bench.



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October 26, 2017 at 09:26 am

Really benefitted from Tyrod Taylor last week as a streamer. Saved one of my teams! Gonna ride him again this week (fingers crossed!).

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