Injuries and 6 teams on bye leave the wire pretty thin this week, but if you squint hard enough, long enough, you may be able to make out a few values you’d start in Week 8.
Brock Osweiler – Detroit @ Houston (-2.5), +/- 45.5
Yes, I saw the Texans play the Broncos last week. Yes, yes, I know… I know. This week the Texans aren’t playing a good defense, and Brock has played well against bad D’s at home. Looking at the other low-ownership QBs, we’ve got Fitzpatrick against the Browns and Sam Bradford against Chicago. I’ve got more faith in the Jets and Vikings running games since Lamar Miller may miss Sunday’s game after suffering an injury against Denver. I think Osweiler ends up with a nice fantasy day as the Texans boat race the Lions.
Jermaine Kearse – Seattle (-3) @ New Orleans, +/- 48
Desperate times call for desperate measures. The ailing New Orleans defense helps make this play a little more palatable though. Kearse is good for a few surprisingly good games each year, and the Saints have shown their southern hospitality on defense all season. Those of us hoping we see a 2nd half of the season turnaround from Seattle’s offense like we did last year are counting on the ‘Hawks to show us something this week down in the Big Easy. We know the Saints can score, and I hope that means touchdowns for all the Seattle receivers.
Rob Kelley – Washington @ Cincinnati (-3), +/- 47.5
We’ve got a couple ways a gamble on Kelley can pay off for us. Lead back Matt Jones has come down with a terrible case of fumble-itis, a disease known to kill offensive production, and Jones is nursing a knee injury. Kelley flashed in the pre-season and then again in limited work earlier this year. Washington’s running game is solid, and Kelley is talented enough to take advantage of the opportunity should it comes his way. Keep in mind I wanted Kelley to take this job when the season started, I may be a little biased.
CJ Fiedorowicz - Detroit @ Houston (-2.5), +/- 45.5’
Just to be clear, Fiedorowicz plays for the Texans. His matchup against the tight end friendly Detroit Lions is the true impetus for his selection to this list. We’ve seen CJ come alive a bit after a slow start, posting 10, 6, 14, and 3 points in his last 4 games. The Lions have yielded 7 TDs to opposing tight ends so far, and I’m betting on a bounce-back performance from Osweiler on his home turf.
Cowboys – Philadelphia @ Dallas (-4.5), +/- 43
If it hasn’t been clear for the entirety of this article, I’ll just come out and say it again, the waiver wire is thin this week. The Cowboys are controlling the ball on offense, and that has led to a couple of strong fantasy performances from their DST. With no other viable options owned in less than 30% of leagues on Yahoo, I’m crossing my fingers and putting my chip down on the Cowboys.
Will Lutz - Seattle (-3) @ New Orleans, +/- 48
Will Lutz is the place kicker for the Saints. The Saints are at home, in a dome this week… That’s all I got for kicker analysis.
Good luck out there this week folks!