Rob Sullivan | Dec 7, 2018 | 0
Week 8 Duds: Nick Chubb, T.J. Yeldon, Devin Funchess
I could bore you with an intro, but I won’t. So…
Nick Chubb at PIT
The Carlos Hyde trade has ignited a Nick Chubb firestorm amongst fantasy owners. I’m in favor of the move and I love the talent. I don’t however, love the matchup this week. The Steelers have given up the second-fewest fantasy points to RBs this season, they have yet to allow an opponent to eclipse the 100-yard rushing mark, and Chubb isn’t a guy you can rely on to catch many balls out of the backfield. All that leads me to conclude we have a dud on our hands. Steer clear of the rookie hopeful if you can this week.
T.J. Yeldon vs. PHI (In London)
Fantasy owners of Yeldon have been thanking their lucky stars for Leonard Fournette’s propensity to injury in 2018. It looked like he’d be a surefire start until after their bye in Week 10 but unexpectedly, they trade for the aforementioned Carlos Hyde. It’s still unclear how the timeshare will shake out and Yeldon will almost certainly get the passing work. Still, I’d be very reluctant to roll him out against the Eagles. The Jaguars wouldn’t have traded for Hyde if they didn’t plan to use him so I can’t imagine Yeldon exceeding 15 touches in London. Perhaps he’ll break off a long screen pass and justify a start but I’d be sitting him down in anticipation of an RB3 finish.
Devin Funchess vs. BAL
Funchess has yet to reach the 100-yard mark this season and the Ravens have yet to allow a 100-yard receiver. I don’t expect a first in either respect this Sunday. Baltimore allows 21 yards and 3.2 fewer points per game than the next best defenses in the NFL (280.6 and 14.4, respectively). The Panthers struggled against a far more forgiving Eagles defense last week and barely squeaked out a victory in the end. This game will be a defensive battle. If Funchess thought he had his hands full with Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, he’s got another thing coming with Jimmy Smith and company. I think he’s a high-end WR3 at best this week.
Kyle Rudolph vs. NO
Rudolph is coming off a season-low fantasy performance with one catch for 16 yards against the Jets in Week 7. He’s never really been a big yardage or high volume guy, but he has only exceeded 50 yards receiving twice this season and logged more than five catches once. He hasn’t been getting into the end zone with regularity either. Rudolph has just two touchdowns on the year and his last one came in Week 3 against the Bills. To sum that up, he doesn’t excel in any category that scores you fantasy points. The Saints have allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points to the TE this season. Only O.J. Howard has broken the 50-yard mark against them in Week 1 and they’ve allowed just one TE touchdown to Mark Andrews last week in Baltimore. The Saints achilles heel is the WR. They give up the most fantasy points per game to the position and that is hands down the strength of the Vikings offense. Kirk Cousins is going to throw for 300+ yards this week but Rudolph won’t get more than 50 of them and his touchdown drought will extend to five games. I’d stream Ben Watson or C.J. Uzomah over him if I could.