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The Fire Sale – Week 8

In the summer I like to say a lot of things will happen by Halloween. For instance, I’ll say “This guy won’t be starting by Halloween.”

Let’s go back and see how many of those calls were right. On second thought, now that I think about it, let’s not. Instead, I’ll just point out that Allen Hurns scores a touchdown every week. That seems like the wiser career move.

You can follow me on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy. I reply to all inquiries and answer all questions about your fantasy team. I only have one rule: When asking me a roster question I need to know your team first. I can’t give you proper trade or start/sit advice without knowing your roster.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Chris Polk, RB Houston – Now that Arian Foster has been lost for the season, Alfred Blue and Chris Polk will be asked to replace him. Let’s take a look at the situation.

The Texans can’t run the football. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, Houston’s offensive line is terrible. The second reason is because the Texans stink and are often down 21-0 before all the fans are in their seats.

Foster was putting up good fantasy numbers but it wasn’t because of his rushing stats. It was because he was catching passes out of the backfield. When you look at all the evidence, it points to Polk being the better pickup of the two backs.

Blue is an average talent. In two seasons, he’s averaging 3.9 yards per carry and has scored three times. It’s hard for me to believe he’s going to put up solid weekly fantasy numbers on an awful team.

The likelihood is no Texans running back will have a major fantasy impact, but if I had to put my money on one of them, it would be Polk because of his skills as a receiver. Bang! Bang! Chicken and Shrimp.

David Cobb, RB Tennessee – Speaking of teams that can’t run the ball at all, I give you the Titans.

Cobb is eligible to return from Injured Reserve in Week 9. Is he going to make a major fantasy splash? Who knows? Ken Whisenhunt will probably rotate five backs with no talent instead of giving Cobb a chance to prove himself.

Antonio Andrews has provided a little spark but he’s nothing special. At this point in the season, I’m looking for players on the waiver wire that might be able to help over the second half of the season. The Titans can’t run the football. Cobb might help. Keep an eye on him.

Brandon LaFell, WR New England – LaFell returned Sunday against the Jets but had a dismal performance. LaFell dropped six passes. That’s the bad news. The good news is he was targeted eight times in his first game back.

Obviously, LaFell was rusty and it showed. Tom Brady isn’t going to lose trust in him because of one bad game. If LaFell keeps dropping balls then he’ll have a problem but I don’t see that being an issue.

LaFell gives the Patriots offense a deep threat it doesn’t have when he’s not on the field. I still expect him to have a big second half of the season even after Sunday’s stinker.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Seferian-Jenkins has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury and he could miss this week as well. However, Seferian-Jenkins is expected to be available for the second half of the season if you need help at tight end.

Seferian-Jenkins had a monster game in Week 1 and he gives Jameis Winston a big target in the red zone. I’ve always been a fan of Seferian-Jenkins but he’s had trouble staying healthy. If he can remain on the field for the last two months of the season, he’ll help fantasy owners.

I would consider picking up Seferian-Jenkins as a stash if you need an upgrade at tight end and have the roster room.

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