Capps' Core Plays for Week 8

I’m a chalky player by default. I can’t help it. So this won’t help you crazy grinders and spreadsheeters out there. But if you haven’t studied up yet or are doing this for fun, maybe you’ve come to the right place. Here are my Week 8 favorites, for better or for worse…

WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders only allowed 3.6 Y/A on the ground, the 4th best mark in the NFL. Only the Bucs, Jets, and Rams have been better. However, Oakland has allowed 8.2 NY/A through the air, the 2nd worst mark in the league. Only the Dolphins are worse, for reference. Yes, Kenny Stills is in consideration, too.

RB Saquon Barkley at Detroit Lions – The Lions give up 4.9 Y/A on the ground. Only the Bengals, Chiefs, and Browns are worse. Saquon hasn’t had that explosion game yet, and with the giant struggles at QB for New York (pun intended) it makes sense to see if he can be a hero today.

Kenny Golladay vs. New York Giants – At home, in a dome, while some decide to chase points off of Marvin Jones Jr. huge game from last week? And he pairs nicely with Barkley, who I think is the top running back today.

Darren Waller at Houston Texans – Waller is a YAC monster and the return of a banged up Tyrell Williams isn’t scaring me away. Stud rookie rusher Josh Jacobs should play but has a shoulder injury, and the Texans are an upper third unit against the run anyway, allowing 4.1 Y/A. On the season, Houston has only allowed a 6.6 NY/A through the air, but the secondary is banged up and this game reads like a shootout. I’m not messing around with cheap tight ends today. Someone else can chase Jonnu Smith

Derek Carr at Houston Texans – By now, you should know I dig this game. Call it a hunch, but I’m all over Carr today. I have mixed in both Josh Jacobs and Tyrell Williams, but mostly I’m using Waller and enjoying the run-back with DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills. It seems like a game that could feature a ton of throwing, with the Oakland run defense and with the shoulder injury to Jacobs. Most of my proverbial eggs are in this basket today.

Tyler Boyd at Los Angeles Rams – He didn’t do much with them, but Boyd saw a whopping 14 targets last week and is stupid-cheap across the industry. Andy Dalton isn’t as bad as everyone makes him out to be. I’m into this sort of volume at this sort of price.

Latavius Murray vs. Arizona Cardinals – No Alvin Kamara means I’m right back on this train this week. I’m hoping ownership is spread out between other guys like Chase Edmonds (who I like) and Ty Johnson (who I do not like). The Cardinals can be had via the ground or the air, but with Brees in his first game back and Kamara out, I like Murray to get a ton of work today.

That is seven plays, and in some circles seven is considered to be a lucky number. So let’s see how this goes. Good luck in Week 8, and tell me who I missed!

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