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THE FIRE SALE: Week 8

I keep hearing people complaining about how bad the games were last week. It’s football. Man, has the world gotten so miserable we’re now complaining every week that football isn’t good enough? What if it were June right now? What would you be doing? Nothing. You would be pretending you like golf.

Listen, the NFL stinks because we have to watch Blake Bortles and Brian Hoyer pretend to play quarterback. We have to watch Gus Bradley and John Fox pose as head coaches for reasons I don’t understand. At the end of the day though, it’s still football. Stop complaining and enjoy Dak Prescott.

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Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB Buccaneers – Remember back in August when we were all saying, “Look out for Quizz Rodgers. He could emerge as an RB1.” How unlikely is Rodgers’ recent success? He’s rushed for 255 yards in his last two games. Rodgers had rushed for 252 yards in his previous 19 games. Doug Martin is dealing with the longest hamstring injury of all-time. Apparently, he’s now due back some time in 2018. Rodgers is only owned in 30 percent of fantasy leagues. To quote the manager in Major League, “I think you can go get him now.”

Chris Thompson, RB Redskins – I’m confused as to why the Redskins weren’t using Thompson earlier in the year. Every time Thompson gets a chance to contribute he does good things. Thompson had his best game of the year against the Lions. He racked up 113 total yards on 19 touches. Thompson has 22 receptions on the year and he’s averaging 8.4 yards per catch. This guy should be getting more touches. He will now that Matt Jones keeps putting the ball on the ground. I like Thompson but it’s human nature for fantasy analysts to overreact to players they like. Thompson is a favorite among the fantasy community. I worry the Redskins backfield is still going to be jumbled with Thompson, Jones and Rob Kelley. He’s certainly worth adding though. Thompson’s fantasy arrow is pointing up.

Ty Montgomery, RB/WR Packers – I’m a Mike McCarthy fan but I feel like he hasn’t done anything creative in five years. Then after his 280-pound running back got injured, McCarthy started using Montgomery as a hybrid wide receiver/running back. Against the Bears Thursday night, Montgomery rushed nine times for 60 yards and caught 10-of-13 targets for 66 yards. It’s the second week in a row Montgomery has caught 10 passes and he’s been targeted 25 times in the last two games. Lacy is on injured reserve and Starks is expected to miss about a month with a knee injury. The Packers signed Knile Davis to run for two yards and fumble but Montgomery should still see 8-10 carries a game. ESPN gave Montgomery eligibility at RB this week. He’s still more valuable as a receiver but the flexibility only adds to Montgomery’s fantasy value. He’s easily one of the top waiver wire targets this week.

Jack Doyle, TE Colts – I know it’s easy to criticize Andrew Luck for the Colts’ failures but anyone who can turn Jack Doyle into a fantasy asset has to be a pretty darn good quarterback. Seriously, Luck has turned Doyle into the second biggest weapon in the Colts’ passing game. Jack Doyle. With Dwayne Allen injured, Doyle took advantage of being the primary tight end against the Titans. He caught 9-of-10 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. Allen is expected to be out a month, which puts Doyle on the weekly TE1 map. There’s another one all us geniuses called back in the summer.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.