AFC West Fantasy Preview: Week 8

San Diego Chargers: BYE WEEK

 

Washington Redskins @ Denver Broncos (Sunday 4.25 ET)

 

Peyton Manning is a must start as ever.

Knowshon Moreno had a down week against Colts, but this wasn’t a production issue, more an issue of only getting 15 carries. He should be posting RB10-14 numbers this week against the Redskins, in a more balanced offensive performance.

Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are all must starts in 10 team leagues, matchups make no matter at this moment in time, all three are getting at least 5 catches most games and making them count for premium fantasy points.

Julius Thomas grabbed another TD, making that 8 on the season, and whilst he’s 4th on the receptions leaderboard at Denver, that still equates to a hefty 36 catches (just 8 behind the leader Welker on 44). Start him as an upside TE3-8 this week.

Thomas continues to be the primary touchdown magnet among all Broncos receivers – photo from www.gazette.com

Broncos D/ST should hit the 6-10 point mark this time out.

Cleveland  Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs (Sunday 1.00pm ET)

 

Alex Smith is still only startable in 16 team leagues, and has minimal fantasy value as he just doesn’t throw the ball often enough (20th more passing yards, tied 24th most passing TDs). Still, a decent enough bench option and could get around 12 points this week.

Jamal Charles is the top RB in fantasy in both formats. Start him against the Browns in all leagues and formats.

Dexter McCluster lead the team in receiving yards, raking in 70 on 4 catches. The passing game in Kansas doesn’t really give you much fantasy value as the ball is spread around (8 different receivers from 23 completed passes). Bowe’s fantasy value is being harmed in KC, I wouldn’t start him any higher than a low WR3 in 12 team leagues. Avery is a bench warmer right now.

Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath combined for 2.8 fantasy points last week. It’s too risky to plug them in, even at flex, at this stage in the season.

Chiefs D/ST should be productive against the Browns given their QB problems generally. Likely a top 5 performance this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Oakland Raiders (Sunday 4.05pm ET)

 

Terelle Pryor got beaten up last time against the Chiefs (in week 6), being sacked 10 times and pressured on practically every snap. Despite this Pryor got a TD and around 10pts (unless your team deducts points for sacks (like mine) and he got you -0.74!). The Raiders OL is seriously banged up anyway, but guys were falling like flies against the Chiefs, and several of the Raiders starting offensive linemen are questionable to start this week. However Stefan Wisniewski is back (Center) which should give Pryor a bit more time. He’s a QB13-16 this week with the inevitable upside a rushing QB brings.

Pryor’s upside is linked with his Offensive Line which is hurting at the moment – photo from www.sfgate.com

Darren McFadden is fully recovered from the injury that kept him out a few weeks back, but the RB has seriously dipped in form of late, likely due to the injuries at OL. McFadden should only be played as a low end flex in 12 teamers.

Denarius Moore is still the top WR in Oakland, and I like him long-term as a viable WR1/2 in fantasy. This week he’ll be facing a Steelers D that allows less than 17 FPPG to WRs, but Moore can score that all on his own. He’s only not caught a scored in one game this season and has over 8 targets per game in the last stretch of games. Start him as a high WR2 this week. Rod Streater is just a bench player at this point. He offers more in dynasty than redraft.

Mychal Rivera is not ownable in any but the deepest leagues.

Raiders D/ST shouldn’t be started against the Chiefs, who don’t put up big points but rarely give turnovers easily.

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