Week 8 Studs: Philip Lindsay, Marlon Mack, Doug Baldwin
I could bore you with an intro, but I won’t. So…
Phillip Lindsay at KC
This undrafted free agent RB is special. You see his undeniable shiftiness almost every time he touches the ball. The kid is averaging a ridiculous 5.8 yards per carry and 9.0 yards after the catch per reception. In terms of DVOA, which represents a players value on a per play basis over an average RB in the same game situation, Lindsay ranks #2 behind Kerryon Johnson. The only thing holding him back from a monster performance is workload. Denver is using Devontae Booker a lot on passing downs and the two rookie RBs have been splitting carries. They have a gem of a matchup this week, facing off against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that gives up 29.2 points per game to opposing RBs. That’s good for second-worst in the NFL. If Royce Freeman sits this week out with his high ankle sprain, Lindsay should get most of the backfield work to himself and will be a bonafide RB1.
Marlon Mack at OAK
Let’s ride the Marlon Mack wave while we can this week. This Oakland Raiders team has to be down in the dumps right about now. They traded their best defensive player, Khalil Mack, before the season started and you could argue that they just traded their best offensive player, Amari Cooper, to the Cowboys. It’s been reported that other young players such as Karl Joseph and Gareon Conley are also on the trade block if the right offer is presented. That can’t be good for locker room morale. The Colts are a good offense and the running game is getting back on track with Mack back in the fold. He’s rushed for 215 yards in his last two contests and the Raiders front seven is less than stout. Ride this Colt to another RB1 performance in Oakland this week.
Doug Baldwin at DET
This season hasn’t exactly started out the way fantasy owners would have liked for Doug Baldwin. That’s all about to change though. Baldwin is coming off a 6 catch 91-yard performance in Week 6 and the the bye Week 7, which should help him recover even further from his knee issues. He is without question Russell Wilson’s number one target and they’re going to need to rely on him down the stretch if they want to stay in the NFC Wild Card race. The Lions just shored up the middle of their defense with the acquisition of Damon “Snacks” Harrison, which will make the run game a little more difficult to rely on this week. With the exception of Darius Slay, the Lions don’t have a corner that can stay with Baldwin. Slay won’t be following him into the slot so I like him to exceed the century mark for the first time this season.
O.J. Howard at CIN
I can’t understand why the Buccaneers signed Cameron Brate to a six-year $41 million extension this March. They drafted O.J. Howard with their first round pick in 2017 and they were right in doing so. He’s a legit stud TE and he’s breaking out this season. He averaged 16.6 yards per reception last season and he’s outdoing himself this year at 17.6 yards per reception. It’s not the end all be all but it’s top ten in the league amongst pass catchers this season. That’s very impressive for a TE. The Bucs opponent this week, the Bengals, are giving up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to TEs. Given how terrible the Bucs have been on defense, they should need to pass quite a bit on Sunday and pass they will, to O.J. Howard. He’s a top ten play this week in Cincinnati.