Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be a Top 5 tight end in Week 8.
Tampa Bay’s offense has been less than spectacular in 2015, mostly because they have a rookie quarterback. They just suffered a big blow last week as well, losing their second and third wide receivers to injury. So it looks like Jameis Winston is going to have to rely heavily on Mike Evans and Seferian-Jenkins. It’s probable that the Bucs will be playing from behind at Atlanta so Seferian-Jenkins should get his fair share of targets. Although he hasn’t played since Week 2 due to a shoulder injury, he should see at least eight targets. Remember Week 1, when he had 110 yards and two touchdowns? I don’t think he replicates that performance, but 80 yards and a score aren’t out of the question.
Davante Adams finds the end zone in his return to the lineup.
Adams was a favorite to be a breakout player in 2015, but a high ankle sprain has put that on hold. He had nine receptions over the first two weeks of the season, but has missed the last four games. Adams is set to return Sunday night against Denver and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Packers. The Broncos have arguably the best defense in the NFL, but Adams will get his opportunities as long as Aaron Rodgers is under center. With Randall Cobb and James Jones keeping Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. occupied, Adams may slip through the cracks in this contest. Expect around six catches for 60 yards and a touchdown out of him.
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston
With Arian Foster done for the season (shocking I know), Blue should get first crack at lead back duties. I know the Texans also have Chris Polk hanging around, but Blue got the majority of the carries to start the season while Foster was out. He did have a big game in Week 3 (139 yards and a touchdown) and has a decent matchup against the Titans in Week 8. Blue should be rostered in all formats and can be used as a solid FLEX option moving forward as long as the touches are there. He won’t get Foster-like touches, but should still see a minimum of 15 per game.
Antonio Andrews, RB, Tennessee
Andrews hasn’t done much this season, but is coming off a 10-carry, 57-yard effort against the Falcons. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he deserves more carries so look for a slight uptick in that department come Sunday. The Texans defense has been horrible versus the run all season and it seems like everyone is scoring at will against them, so I like Andrews here. Quarterback play has been shaky so far and Tennessee doesn’t have any real receiving threats so they could lean on Andrews if the game remains close.
Lock of the Week
Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland
The Raiders offense has just a terrible matchup this week against the Jets, but I think Crabtree has a sneaky good game here. I doubt Oakland will be able to run the ball at all against the best run defense in the league and expect Derek Carr to throw the ball at least 35-40 times. That bodes well for Crabtree. What also bodes well is the fact that Darrelle Revis should be busy shutting down Amari Cooper all day which will allow Crabtree some room to operate. Jets win the game, but Crabtree puts up eight receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Who’s on Revis Island?
Darrelle Revis and the Jets head to Oakland in Week 8 and have a tough matchup against a young and rising Raiders offense. It’s looking like Revis will be guarding stud rookie Amari Cooper for most of the day, and while Cooper has been a solid WR2 thus far, he needs to be benched this week. He hasn’t earned must-start fantasy status just yet. I don’t see Derek Carr having the time to get in a rhythm or be able to throw the deep ball to Cooper either. Michael Crabtree is the play for Oakland this week.