Rob Sullivan | Dec 7, 2018 | 0
Sully’s Week 8 Buys – Phillip Lindsay, Nick Chubb, Jalen Richard
Hello everyone, welcome back. I hope you are doing well and that you all had a successful week 7. Let’s jump right into this week’s buys.
What the 5’8 190 pound back lacks in size he makes up for with speed, agility, and vision. Through seven weeks this season, Lindsay has rushed for 436 yards on 75 carries, with 2 touchdowns and 15 receptions on 20 targets for 119 yards and an additional score. Lindsay currently sits at RB 20 in PPR scoring. Lindsay had been splitting time fairly evenly with fellow rookie Royce Freeman. Through seven games, Lindsay holds a slight edge in snap counts with 36.8% vs Freeman’s 34.7%, and total touches Lindsay has the lead with 90 to Freeman’s 75.
The biggest difference is found in the passing game where Lindsay has been targeted 20 times vs Freeman’s 5. In week 7 Lindsay turned his 14 carries into 90 yards and a TD vs Freeman’s 13 for 37. Lindsay is looking like the more effective runner and pass catcher for Denver. In the week 7 blowout of Arizona, Freeman suffered an ankle sprain late in the game and his status is unknown for the juicy week 8 matchup vs the Kansas City Chiefs. Lindsay is in line for a great fantasy day in week 8. I’m looking to buy Phillip Lindsay not only for week 8 but the rest of season. The run defenses that the Broncos face the rest of the way are not to be avoided.
Nick Chubb went from being a change of pace rookie running back to the primary running back after the Cleveland Browns traded Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 5th round pick this past week.
Chubb had been used sparingly throughout the Browns first 6 weeks carrying the ball 16 times for 173 yards, an average of 10.8 yards per carry. In week 7 as the primary ball carrier, Chubb went 18/80/1.
There is really no reason that the Browns will go away from Chubb in the backfield barring injury. Duke Johnson should be the main pass-catching back but his carries will only be to spell Chubb every now and then. In week 7 while Chubb had 18 carries, while Duke had 1.
The weather will start to get nastier in Cleveland and that typically means an increase in the running game. Nick Chubb is in position to deliver top 24 RB results as his floor the remainder of the season with a nice upside. Go get yourself some Nick Chubb, it won’t be cheap but its a player you’ll be happy to start for quite some time.
Jalen Richard has seen a decent amount of work this season in the passing game for Oakland. Typically Richard sees the field when the Raiders are trailing and chasing points. The good thing for his fantasy owners with the Raiders that’s pretty much happening from the opening kickoff.
Through the Raiders first 6 games, Richard has caught 31 of 37 targets for 253 yards. This week the Raiders will put Marshawn Lynch or IR with a groin injury and it is expected that Lynch will be out until week 16 at the earliest. That leaves Doug Martin as the primary ball carrier and will all but ensure Richard is the pass-catching back. Doug Martin is trash and I would not be surprised at all if Richard and Dwayne Washington start getting more and more carries each week. Richard is currently RB 28 in PPR scoring and will certainly get a lift in the coming weeks, target him and go get him before he blows up.
Alright, everyone, that is it for this weeks buys. I hope you all have a great week 8.