Tyler’s Unqualified Fantasy Corner: Week 8

Heartbreak.

It’s unavoidable. It’s something all of us as humans go through at one point or another.

Whether it’s your first breakup, or maybe your dream job passes you by for somebody else. Perhaps you watched that Sixers game last night. Tough times don’t last, tough people do. When a door closes, another one opens. A new day fresh with opportunity and wonder waits on the horizon.

Unless something like.. losing by less than a POINT at the tipping point of your season happens. Knowing you would have won if you had left in the running back who had zero instead of -1. HOW DO YOU COME BACK FROM THAT?!?

Well…I don’t know, I’m still working on it. BUT, we’re #OTTNO.

Here’s who we got this week.

WHO I WOULD START:

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Jalen Richard

No Beast Mode, no problem for the Raiders. Marshawn Lynch looks to be out for the year, and with the Raiders floundering on a miserable season, Jalen Richard looks to pick up the pace. He has 13 catches the last 2 weeks and continues to be a beast in PPR leagues. With more opportunities, only come more plays.

WHY I’M WRONG:

It’s the Raiders, they’re playing Indy, who even at 2-5, have played better than them almost all year. Doug Martin will get the bulk of the carries before Derrick Carr, who seems to have somehow lost the team for whatever reason, has to throw a billion times. Gruden gets another draft pick and you go to 2-6 effectively ending your playoff hopes.

Kenjon Barner

I’m serious, no stop laughing, really. Sony Michel is out, James White is the pass catcher, it’s the Bills. It is the perfect storm for this clash between two former Eagle running backs (the other we will get to). The opportunities will be there for Barner to have volume and success, look for a big day from Barner.

WHY I’M WRONG:

No chance, Barner will do just enough to contribute on special teams to help create great field position so Nick Foles can get the ball into the end zone and beat New England for the Eagles first Super Bowl in team history and fulfill my lifelong dream. Right, guys? Guys…RIGHT?

Chris Carson

Big RB week this week, I can feel it. Carson is going to have a field day against this Lions defense. He has gotten 14 plus carries each of the last 3 games, including a 32 carry game against Dallas. Look for Carson to continue to lead this backfield against Detroit during their playoff push.

WHY I’M WRONG:

Rookie prodigy Rashaad Penny finally breaks loose for 20 plus carries over 100 yards and a touchdown as he takes command of the backfield and doesn’t look back. Chris Carson never sees the field again. You lose, get eliminated from your survivor pool, and show up late to work on Monday because you stayed up too late watch the Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. (Great show, btw)

WHO I WOULDN’T START

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Lesean McCoy

I bet big on Shady this year. He’s had three pretty solid years in Buffalo and for some reason, I thought it would continue, despite the fact that all of the obvious signs pointing toward disaster for Buffalo. If you haven’t already, it’s time to abandon the McCoy train, if you haven’t already.

WHY I’M WRONG:

McCoy finally puts a full game together. 20+ touches, 100 yards, another 50 on 6 catches, and a few touchdowns for a monster game. You lose because you left your second round pick on the bench because you listened to a guy who got sun burnt on a cloudy day in December once.

Keelan Cole

Like McCoy, Cole was another guy I bet big on this year. I was big on the Jags two years ago (when they sucked), not last year (when they almost made the super bowl), and again this year (they suck again). Bortles was benched, and then not. They are playing the Eagles who NEED a win.

WHY I’M WRONG:

Andy Dalton

The Bengals looked like one of the best teams in the league early on in the season, but have come down of late after a drubbing to Kansas City on Sunday night. Dalton particularly didn’t play his best against a less than stellar Kansas City defense. Despite his 15 touchdowns to only 8 interceptions this year, I think the Buccaneers keep it moving after their close W against a feisty Cleveland team. Their defense has been atrocious all season, but I think Dalton continues to struggle. Look for another sub-200 yard game from the Red Rocket.

WHY I’M WRONG:

The brutal Tampa Bay defense lets up another 40 burger as Dalton goes for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. You start to ask yourself two questions, why the h*ck did you listen to me, and how did the Eagles not beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Here’s to another week of football. See you all next week!

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Tyler Downey

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