Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland
With Carlos Hyde getting traded to Jacksonville, Chubb now has the backfield to himself in Cleveland. It was only a matter of time with the way that Chubb was performing in limited action. Duke Johnson is still in the mix, but Chubb out-touched him 18-5 so this is his backfield. Chubb had 80 yards and a score last week on 18 carries, but does have a tougher matchup this week against Pittsburgh. Nonetheless, he’s a solid RB2 and should easily see 20 touches.
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit
Tate has struggled over the last two games totaling nine catches for 78 yards and no touchdowns. Throw in the fact that he’s dealing with a minor hip injury and he’s a risky play for Week 8. Tate is always good for a few big games each year and he has the revenge game factor in play this weekend against Seattle, but is still tough to trust. The Seahawks are only allowing around 205 passing yards per game so that puts all of Detroit’s receivers solely in the FLEX conversation at best. Look elsewhere if you have other options.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Chicago
Gabriel should be in line for an expanded role on Sunday with Allen Robinson dealing with a groin injury. It’s not looking like Robinson will play and even if he does, he’ll more than likely be a decoy out there. Gabriel should benefit the most from this and has a good matchup at home against the Jets struggling secondary. His big play ability is scary against the young Jets and he should be treated as a WR3/FLEX for Week 8.
Doug Martin, RB, Oakland
Probably one of the most overrated fantasy running backs the last five years, Martin is back to fantasy relevance as the lead back in Oakland. With Marshawn Lynch placed on IR, the “muscle hamster” will handle the early downs for the Raiders. He should be owned and probably started in Week 8 as the feature back for a run heavy offense who just traded away their number one receiver. Martin does have a winnable matchup against the Colts and is a volume based low-end RB2.
Lock of the Week
Josh Gordon, WR, New England
Gordon has been improving each week with the Patriots as his role continues to grow. If he keeps staying out of trouble and gains the trust of Tom Brady then he could be a scary player for the next few years. Gordon had his first 100-yard receiving game for the Pats last week and played 95% of the snaps. On paper, his matchup Monday night against Buffalo looks tough, but Gordon is trending way up in fantasy and is locked in as a high-end WR2. Expect a very good game out of Gordon.