Evan’s Week 8 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami Dolphins
For the most part, Lamar Miller has disappointed fantasy owners this year. The departure of Reggie Bush opened the door for Miller to play a huge role in the Miami running game, but he has struggled to demand the majority of touches thus far. Despite this lack of production, I am still not ready to give up on him. In Week 8, the Dolphins match up with the depleted Patriots defense, who have lost a couple key cogs of their rush defense in Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo over the past few weeks, creating an opportunity for Miller to shine. Expect Miller to break a few big runs, total over 90 yards rushing, and find the end zone in a week where many key fantasy players are on bye.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Giovani Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals
In a year where there were high expectations for young running backs, Giovani Bernard is a member of the list of guys who have failed to seize control of the lead role in his team’s backfield. Despite a clear advantage in explosiveness over backfield mate BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bernard continues to get fewer than 20 touches per game. With the stout front 7 of the New York Jets coming to Cincy in Week 8, 12-15 touches for Bernard will not be enough to make an impact for fantasy owners. If you must start Bernard because of all the teams on bye this week, do not expect more than 60 total yards while it is not all that likely for Bernard to find the endzone.
Frank’s Week 8 Spotlight
The Guy I Like: Joseph Fauria, Detroit Lions
Fauria has been pretty much all or nothing this season. However, he has 5 touchdowns on the year which makes him an intriguing play this week. The Dallas defense has shown that it can be shredded through the air and Matt Stafford has been well over 300 yards in his past 2 starts (Cleveland, Cincinnati) which bodes well for another big game this week. I believe that Fauria will be the recipient of at least one of several Stafford touchdown passes and top 50 yards through the air.
The Guy I Do Not Like: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins
Alfred Morris has been having a decent season so far. He’s averaging over 5 yards per carry (5.2) and is still one of the best downhill runners in the league. But Morris’s paltry 91 rushing attempts through 6 games speak more to the state of his team than his ability to find the hole. This week the Redskins will likely be in a shootout with the Broncos which means they will be passing a lot (and likely playing catch up) which will limit the playing time of Morris. Because of the love Roy Helu Jr is getting in sub packages and even near the goal line, I advise against starting Morris this week. I think he may have a chance to score but his yardage will be limited (under 50 yards) and he is not much of a threat coming out of the backfield as a receiver.