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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 8

Bold Predictions

Dez Bryant has under eight fantasy points in return.

Bryant hasn’t seen game action in a month and returns against a solid Eagles defense. He only has one touchdown catch in three games and his deep threat abilities haven’t been needed with the run game being so effective. I think it’s going to take a game or two for Dez to get back in the flow and even then, this is a run first offense now. The Eagles’ pass defense has been very good this year so Bryant is better left on the bench this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick throws four touchdown passes.

This might be my boldest prediction of all-time, but hear me out. Fitzpatrick is back as the starting quarterback for probably the rest of the season now that Geno Smith tore his ACL. And last time he returned from a benching, he came out for the Texans and threw six touchdown passes. Throw in the fact that he gets the 0-7 Browns and all arrows are pointing up in Week 8 for Fitzpatrick. There are some byes this week so Fitz isn’t the worst option out there if you are in need of a QB streamer.

 

Shark Sleepers

Mike Gillislee, RB, Buffalo

Gillislee should of had a bigger role last week with LeSean McCoy nursing a hamstring injury. He only had five carries for 20 yards, but should see a ton of work this week. McCoy re-injured his hamstring during the game and it’s almost certain that the Bills will finally sit him in Week 8. Gillislee should be the starter and should see 20 touches against New England. The Patriots have been good against the run, but if he gets the workload, he is a solid RB2. Gillislee is owned in less than 50% of leagues which is simply irresponsible by fantasy players everywhere. Go grab him.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis

Dwayne Allen has been out with an ankle injury which has allowed Doyle to shine. He’s had two impressive performances in-a-row and is a TE1 in all fantasy formats. Last week, Doyle caught nine balls for 78 yards and a touchdown and has now found the end zone in two straight games. He does have a tough matchup against a Kansas City defense that is very good at defending tight ends, but he’s getting the targets and has become Andrew Luck‘s favorite red-zone option. Get him in your lineup.

 

Lock of the Week

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle

Graham is back to being a top-five TE1 and looks to be fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered last season. He did have a quiet game on the road last week against a very good Arizona defense (5-53), but will bounce back in a big way. Graham gets a Saints defense which has the 30th-ranked secondary in the league. Oh yeah, and the Saints traded Graham to Seattle a few years ago so I expect a few extra targets in this “revenge game.”

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Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.