Week 8 Start/Sit – TNF edition

Posted: October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Welcome back, Wagoners! Here’s hoping you dominated your league in week 7 and are still working on securing that playoff spot so that you can unleash Josh Gordon on the rest of your league. Trust me, they’re getting nervous. In fact, they probably check the match ups after each week and think, “I wonder if the guy who owns Gordon won.” And then they find out that you read Waiver Wagon and learn to stop wondering. BOOM. Any-the-gardless, this week offers the tastiest TNF matchup to date (which isn’t a very high standard) and I GUARANTEE that it will not be a blowout, but it should provide plenty of fantasy goodness. Start your studs and enjoy the game. 

Chargers @ Broncos

Keenan Allen, WR
This feels weird. You see, the thing about Allen is, he’s still heavily targeted every single week. I’ve heard so many explanations about why the production isn’t there that it’s nauseating. I’ve only recommended him once so far this season if memory serves (but it usually doesn’t) and that was against Jacksonville (when he had 165 yards). He hasn’t scored yet this season but he crossed the chalk 8 times last year and I think this may be the week that he gets back on track. 
Antonio Gates, TE
I don’t know who your other TEs are, but Gates was probably drafted to be your backup. What a wonky game we’re addicted to. Anyways, the Broncs are middle of the pack against TEs and I think this presents a good situation for Gates. Use him as you normally would and look for at least 50 yards and a touch.

Branden Oliver, RB
Although this may be your last time to rely on him as the primary workhorse (with Mathews due back possibly as early as next week), I think you sit Oliver here. The Broncos are quite stingy against the run and they have the linebackers to chase a guy like Oliver down and contain him. Obviously if you don’t have better options, you start the guy. I’m just suggesting that you temper expectations as the Super-Chargers may also have to throw to keep pace with Peyton. This will be a great game. Have I said that already?

Emmanuel Sanders, WR
The Chargers have a great defense and usually do a good job at putting the stops on opposing WRs, but they can’t cover everybody and this means Sanders will have a big day. If you watched last week’s game, you would have noticed that Manning looked Sanders’ way twice in the redzone and just missed touchdown connections both times. I think he has Manning’s confidence and has a big game in the way of 100+ yards and a touch or two.
Ronnie Hillman, RB
I’m starting to think this is Hillman’s backfield now. Ronnie has looked quite quick and actually bulldozed a guy for a touchdown run last week. You always love to own the RB in Peyton Manning’s offense, especially if he’s a decent back. Congratulations, we’ve found the marriage of those two things. Also, the Chargers are midd-of-the-pack against RBs in fantasy points allowed and I think Hillman sees some daylight this week with a long TD run on a draw play. Specific much? Gimme 115 yards and a touch. 

Julius Thomas, TE
He’s been kind of quite lately. And by that, of course I mean last week was the first game this season when he hasn’t caught at least one TD pass. And I played against him. Sometimes, apparently, these things actually work out for me. Anyhoo, the Chargers are the 3rd best defense against the TE and will probably do a nice job of keeping him relatively quiet for the second week in a row. Buy low? Haha, I kid. 

Alright ladies and gents, that’s it for me for the early part of the week. Keep your eyes peeled for my weekend Start/Sits and, as always, feel free to tweet your individual Start/Sit questions to @waiverwagon. I love answering your questions and even check the box scores to see how things went for you. It’s like a valet driver that washes your car, too! Except it’s not like that at all. We’re on the internets. I won’t wash your car.

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