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Do you have RB struggles? This year I tried a different strategy where I jumped on WRs with my top 2 picks. You could call it boredom or you could call it arrogance after having been in my league finals the last 4 years, while winning 3 titles. Every year I went RB, WR in a PPR league and had pretty good success. Call it whatever you want but I decided to change it up this year and go WR, WR. This strategy meant not picking up RBs until the 3rd, 4th, and 7th rounds. I picked up Joe Mixon, Shady McCoy, and Sony Michel. Not horrible, but the injury bug has come a knockin’. If the injury bug has hit you or your RBs are just on the lower-tiered side, here’s a few guys you should give look at starting for Week 8. Also see our other Fantasy Football writer’s take on Week 8 Waiver Wire RBS
Philip Lindsay vs the Chiefs (59% Owned)
The Broncos run the dreaded RB by committee but Lindsay looks to have emerged as the 1A in the committee. Lindsay has rushed for at least 60 yards in 3 of his last 4 games. He has also averaged 5 YPC in 5 of 7 games. In the last meeting of these 2 teams (Oct 1) Lindsay had 12 rushes for 69 yds and a TD. Through 6 weeks the Chiefs were ranked 27th against the run this season allowing 138.2 yds game. Yes, the Chiefs just held Joe Mixon to 50 yards, but to be fair the Bengals were playing catch up since basically opening kick off.
Case Keenum continues to build chemistry with wideout Emmanuel Sanders which ensures the Chiefs won’t be able to stack the box against the run. The only real thing slowing Lindsay down has been the time share with Royce Freeman. Lindsay has been consistently out-touching Freeman but the split hasn’t been as one sided as Lindsay owners would like. Freeman exited Sundays games with an ankle injury. He is labeled day to day but any set backs could pave the way for a Lindsay explosion.
Marlon Mack vs The Raiders (71.8% Owned)
Welcome to the new look Colts. While the Colts have languished with RBs for as long as we can remember the Mack Attack is here. Ok I take that back Gore had 1000 yds a few years ago but before that they had a 10 year run without a 1000 yd rusher. In the last 2 weeks Mack has rushed for over 200 total yards and a TD. He has also added a receiving TD. I understand this isn’t exactly the hottest of takes but before week 6’s 89 yd outing he was available in almost half the leagues. I’m venturing to guess that more than half the people who did have him didn’t start him this week. Why should you start him this week? He’s playing the Raiders. The Raiders don’t have a Mack of their own to help stop the Indianapolis Mack. They are also 28th in the league in Rushing defense allowing almost 132 yds per game. They allowed 152 in their last game against Seahawks.
Kenjon Barner vs The Bills (0.1% Owned)
Ok this is a long shot. A LOOOOOONG SHOT. If you’re in a situation where injury and bye weeks came at the same time then Barner could be worth a look in deeper leagues. Now I’m not saying #1 waiver priority guys should jump on the Barner bandwagon. I’m saying if you have Sony Michel, you should scoop up Barner and pray for a quick healing for Sony. We know that Mr. Billy Belicheck loves his RB by committee so it’s not likely that he will give White the full workload in Michel’s absence. Barner isn’t going to see many passes, but he should be given a chance to get those early down plays that Michel was taking.
Good Luck in Week 8!