It’s another big slate of NFL games this Sunday for Week 8 with 11 games on tap across the main slate. The two big showcase games will feature a pair of surprising teams as the Giants travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. We will also see a big game out in Los Angeles as division rivals clash when the 49ers take on the Rams. Below are a few players to plug into your lineups, along with a value play and a player to fade.
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Kenneth Walker lll ($8,400): Walker has been a superstar since Rashaad Penny went down with an injury in Week 5, averaging 20.5 FPPG over the last three games where he has been the featured back. Walker looks explosive and every bit the bell cow the Seahawks drafted him to be for a surprisingly good offense, touching the ball 46 times over the last two games with no Penny. Walker faces a Giants team that ranks 30th against the run, giving up an average of 5.7 YPC. In a game that Seattle is a -3 favorite at home they should lean on Walker to touch the ball 20+ times and is always one play away from a home run.
Chris Olave ($6,900): In a year that has not gone the way the Saints had hoped, they do have some hope for the future in rookie receiver Chris Olave. The first round pick out of Ohio State has been sensational to start his young career, averaging nearly 13 FPPG while going for at least 13.7 in his last four games. Olave is leading this Saints team in targets and with Michael Thomas expected to be sidelined again in Week 8 that should continue. The Raiders are terrible against the pass, ranking 27th in the league and giving up 262.7 YPG through the air. Olave also comes at a great price under $7,000. In a game at home with a high point total that is expected to be close Andy Dalton will be looking for Olave early and often in this one on Sunday.
Irv Smith Jr. ($5,000): This play is all about the opponent that Smith will be facing, the Arizona Cardinals. Smith is a bargain at $5,000 against a Cardinals defense that cannot defend the tight end. Arizona is giving up 77 YPG to the tight end and has allowed six touchdown’s to the position in just seven games. They are also giving up 16.9 FPPG against tight end’s, trailing only the Seattle Seahawks in that category for the most in the league. Smith should be open all day on Sunday and that should lead to a big fantasy day.
*Tony Pollard ($6,300): With Ezekiel Elliot missing another practice on Thursday and his status for Sunday in serious doubt, Tony Pollard is virtually a must start. Pollard, who will get the bulk of the work in the Cowboys backfield if Zeke does not play is in line for a huge work load. Pollard is a big play waiting to happen and with the belief that he will get 20+ touches as the starter he is a must start at his $6,300 price tag. The Bears rank in the bottom half of the league allowing 4.7 YPC. They have also given up 10 touchdown’s on the ground. The Cowboy’s are a -9.5 favorite so they will lean on this run game to churn clock and wear down the Bears defense.
Terry McLaurin ($6,800): McLaurin has been disappointing so far in 2022, averaging just 10.19 FPPG with only two touchdown’s and one game above 100 yards. He is still being priced as a top-20 option on FanDuel and will go up against a top-10 Colts defense this weekend. The Colts give up less than 200 YPG through the air and have only allowed eight receiving touchdown’s in seven games. This game is tied for the lowest over/under total of the entire week at 39.5 points and McLaurin is expected to be shadowed by Stephon Gilmore. Avoid playing McLaurin this weekend in all formats.
*If Ezekiel Elliot is inactive for the Dallas Cowboys.
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