Doyle Rules

Here are some of Fantasy Expert Ricky Sanders’ DFS-relevant observations from Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season:

Deshaun Watson, Texans – Well, Deshaun Watson has been mentioned in this article before but this may be the last time because there is officially nothing else to learn about this kid. The Texans quarterback (QB) is officially matchup-proof after roasting a solid Seahawks secondary (fifth in Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average (DVOA) metric) for 402 yards passing, four passing touchdowns (TDs) and 67 rushing yards on just eight carries. In total, Watson racked up 38.78 fantasy points which ranked second at the position this week behind only Russell Wilson (in the same game and in a much better matchup). After struggling the first two weeks in tough spots, Watson has produced literally every single week and this was his first real test during the span. Not that he has passed with flying colors, he is officially playable every week. Crazily, Watson is in the running (with Tom Brady) for number one overall fantasy QB for the remainder of the season. The two of them are a straight toss-up; this is how far he has come. By the way, the Texans face the Colts in Week 9. Oh boy, this should be fun.

Josh McCown, Jets – All Josh McCown does is produce multiple TDs. Sunday’s two TD performance versus the Falcons marked the fourth consecutive game McCown threw for at least two TDs and he has now combined for 10 total TDs in his last four games. Prior to his game, the Falcons passing defense had held Tom Brady to just 249 yards and two TDs, Jay Cutler to 151 yards and two TDs and Tyrod Taylor to just 182 yards and a passing TD. In other words, they had been limiting yardage comparatively to season averages but McCown posted an overall strong game against a secondary playing well (except for in the red zone). Do not look now but McCown is worthy of consideration as an every-week QB2 and his salary always seems to be unreasonably affordable.

Alvin Kamara, Saints – Next week, Alvin Kamara is absolutely a “thing” after Mark Ingram fumbled not once, but twice when the team was trying to run the clock out and seal a win. Kamara is already heavily involved in the offense but Ingram did not see the field on the final drive after fumbling for the second time and Coach Sean Payton was seen on the sidelines screaming at him. When Payton has been angry at Ingram in the past, it has led to a smaller workload, and Kamara already saw a sizeable workload in Week 8. Hell, up until halftime, Kamara had only played two fewer snaps than Ingram (15-13) but the gap widened in the second half. Kamara specializes in his pass-catching ability but he has also averaged 6.3 yards per carry (YPC) as a rookie partially because him rushing the ball catches defenses off-guard. Do not go crazy overvaluing him but there is something to the narrative that his snap count should increase next week.

Alshon Jeffery, Eagles – Even though Alshon Jeffery had himself a “good” game in terms of fantasy points, Jeffery only caught two passes plus he converted a two-point conversion. Carson Wentz is playing at a Pro Bowl level, and the Eagles offensive line is solid (although they missed Jason Peters today), and yet somehow Jeffery does not appear to be clicking with his QB. Jeffery’s score in Week 8 was only his third TD of the season even though Wentz leads the NFL in TD passes. Clearly, the emergence of Zach Ertz has not helped Jeffery’s cause and some of his would-be WR1 volume is instead targeted at the presumable Pro Bowl tight end (TE). Furthermore, Jeffery is no even his QB’s first or even second read in the red zone (both Nelson Agholor and Ertz have received more targets inside the 20). The passing offense is elite so Jeffery should continue to be productive but he simply is not a reliable high-end WR2. If anything, Jeffery should be looked at as a WR3 with high-end WR2 upside on most weeks (until Ertz inevitably scores that week and cuts into Jeffery’s value even more). Jeffery is just tough to rely on so do not roster him until the price tag comes down (or the matchup is perfect).

Tre McBride, Bears – It appears the Bears have found themselves a downfield option in the passing game and his name is Tre McBride. On Sunday, McBridge caught passes of 45, 25 and 22 yards en route to 92 yards receiving in a game where the Bears hung tough. McBrdie brought another dimension to the offense: the ability to stretch the field. Previously, Tarik Cohen had been the only player on the offense who had flashed to ability to break a long reception and his have mostly come on screens and short passes. On the other hand, McBride’s routes legitimately consisted of him catching the ball downfield and Mitchell Trubisky having to put some air yards under the throw. The Bears only take shots down the field ever so sporadically but, if nothing else, it should catch other teams by surprise. McBride is not exactly someone who must be rostered every week but he has “take the top of the defense” upside basically because no one else on the team does. Also, it is worth noting Trubisky’s safety blanket Zach Miller left Week 8 with a knee injury that appears to be season-ending so more targets will be available for others in his absence. Write McBride’s name down and use him as an ace in the hole in GPPs when the matchup is ripe.

Jack Doyle, Colts – The Colts offense line is basically writing their offensive script for them. Since Jacoby Brissett is under pressure at the fourth highest rate of any QB, and he is sacked at the second highest rate in the league, it is reasonable to infer T.Y. Hilton’s route tree is doing him no good. The man does not have enough time for deep routes to develop so he is forced to dump the ball off in the flat which is where Jack Doyle habitually roams. When all said and done, Doyle hauled in 12-14 targets against the Bengals this week for 121 yards and a score. Now, 14 targets in itself is no joke but catching 12 for 100-plus is no small accomplishment for a TE. Amazingly, this marked the second time in three weeks Doyle had been targeted in the double-digits and was also his second score during that span. If it was not clear beforehand, Doyle is the most valuable pass-catcher in this current constitution of the Colts offense. Period, end of story. Start him in upcoming weeks and reap the benefits.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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