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THE LOWDOWN: Week 8

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 8. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

London Calling

Ah, yes… London. Home of Shakespeare, tasteless food and warm beer… and for three times this season, play host to an NFL game. Needless to say, games played in London stink. I live on the East Coast, so that means a 9:30AM start for me– which means not really being able to wake up early enough to check all the latest updates. I chuckle at the thought of somebody on the West Coast waking up at 6:30AM, because I know that’ll never happen.

In addition to these games starting at ungodly hours for me, London contests tend to be horribly played. The players all seem to be sleepwalking, like they might have not properly prepared for all that room temperature Guinness they drank all week. Have you ever gone drinking in London? It’s a thoroughly unsatisfying experience, filled with miserable bar food and warm beer and ale.

And can we stop with all this ridiculous chatter of awarding London a franchise? I mean, teams already bitch about having to travel to Seattle and Cleveland…

If the NFL has a woody for international expansion, can we be reasonable and just look to Toronto and Mexico City? They’re close by, their fans have a longer history of exposure to the NFL, and both cities have lenient prostitution laws.

Free Trade

As predicted, the Giants began their fire sale last week, moving Eli Apple and Damon Harrison for some mid-round picks. Additionally, the Cowboys overpaid (a 2019 first rounder) to acquire WR Amari Cooper from the Raiders. It’s a race between the two franchises to empty their rosters of all valuable pieces prior to the trade deadline.

Even though they paid a steep price, I do think Cooper will provide a boost to the Dallas passing game, while the Lions made a great move to shore up their run defense (as well as free up their edge rushers a bit). I know the Saints were desperate for a CB, and that they had their heart set on Patrick Peterson, but Apple isn’t that bad of an investment; a good risk/reward play.

I’d be surprised if there aren’t a few more deals made prior to 10/31… I think the Giants end up moving Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon, while the Raiders will try to move Karl Joseph.

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 24-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to his watch all his various shows at The Riot.