Whew. The picks in this space can’t fare much worse than they did last week. So I’ll go with that theme for this week. Nowhere to go but up.
Even though I said last time around that I’d try not to ignore recent trends, I did so anyway in going for the Detroit defense against Minnesota. Sure, the Lions have been playing solidly (well … had been) on that side of the ball. But the Vikings entered the matchup off 2 terrific passing outings. Now all I can see is the Kirk Cousins “You like that!” gif autoplaying in my head.
Fortunately, the Week 8 options for streaming defenses look much more attractive than last week’s version.
I am, however, not going to admit full defeat on Broncos TE Noah Fant. Sure, his 1 catch for 7 yards against the Chiefs did just about nothing for us. But Fant saw 5 targets in that game, tying the likes of Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, Austin Hooper and George Kittle for 9th at the position in Week 7. The guys ahead of him were weekly starters plus the out-of-nowhere trio of Jacob Hollister (0 targets before Sunday), Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith.
Target volume is generally going to be our primary concern in picking a TE to stream, with matchup not far behind (and another plus for Fant heading in).
Now let’s get to rebounding in Week 8 …