We’re getting closer to the .500 mark this season after a 6-3 week in week seven for our third straight winning entry of the year, and with a 29-33 overall mark, it’s time to get over that hump as we look at week eight here on Start ’em Up!!!

– QB- Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans (Fanduel Price- $6900, DraftKings Price- $5300)

All three of Hoyer’s touchdowns last week came after the Dolphins had already put the game away, but since taking back the starting job Hoyer has quietly put together 10 touchdowns and over 1000 passing yards over four games with only two interceptions, With Ryan Mallet now gone his job looks safe for the season, and the Titans defense is beatable, allowing two touchdowns to quarterbacks in every game this season except against Tyrod Taylor (who actually scored a second touchdown with his legs) and Matt Ryan (yea, I can’t figure that out either). Trust the average and roll with Hoyer if you want a cheap options.

– QB- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints at NY Giants (FD- $7900, DK- $6700)

This hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Brees, but he has still thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games played this year, even if the touchdowns haven’t come as often. The Giants defense, which will still be without Jason Pierre Paul for at least this week, is still beatable, and if Colin Kaepernick can score two touchdowns against them, why can’t Brees? Enjoy the cheap prices while you can.

RB- Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns (FD- $7300, DK- $4600)

So it was a mistake to have Johnson on the Sit list last week, one I will not make this week. Johnson now has three games of over 100 rushing yards this season and the Browns give up the third most fantasy points to back this season and four 100 yard rushers over the last five weeks. Expect another big week out of the rejuvenated Johnson.

RB- Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (FD- $6700, DK- $4800)

On average the Steelers defense has been among the best against running backs this year. But both Justin Forsett and Charcandrick West have lit them up for over 100 yards each recently. While Bernard has been sharing carries with Jeremy Hill, Bernard is the more versatile, more likely to be on the field in passing downs, and has double digit fantasy points in every game this season except week three. If anything, the timesehare has done a great job of keeping his price down, so don’t hesitate to take advantage this week.

WR- Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati (FD- $7200, DK- $5300)

With Landry Jones throwing him the ball Bryant caught nine passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Now Ben Roethlisburger returns against a defense that massive lines to Steve Smith (13/186/2) and Jeremy Maclin (11/148) this year despite a moderately looking defense on paper. Yes, I used him last week but at those prices feel free to double down.

WR- Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (FD- $6700, DK- $4800)

He’s graduated from the Special Performance to the main list after being promoted to being the clear number one option for Teddy Bridgewater and handling it just fine. The rookie has 324 receiving yards and a score off of 19 catches in his first three NFL games and now gets a Bears defense that has given up three touchdowns in both games played against NFC central teams, and has given up the third most fantasy points to receivers this season. Enjoy.

WR- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos (FD- $7600, DK- $7000)

Cobb hasn’t topped 10 fantasy points since week three and the Broncos have been one of the best defenses against receivers this year. but over its last three games it has been beatable, allowing double digit games to four different receivers and frankly, Cobb is too good to stay quiet all year. Expect a breakout game this year, and just be happy the slump has lowered his prices before they go way back up.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

RB- Rashad Jennings, NY Giants vs. New Orleans (FD- $5700, DK- $3900)
WR- Marvin Jones, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (FD- $5400, DK- $4200)

Despite being in a timeshare, Jennings is still getting enough carries to produce, and the Saints have one of the worst defenses in the league against running backs. Expect the Giants offense to flow back in Jennings direction as he tops double-digits for the first time since week four. As for Jones, I tried him before he and was severely disappointed, but I like the matchup against the Steelers, who have allowed double-digit games to secondary receivers Michael Campanaro, John Brown, and Chris Conley in recent weeks. Both are great punt plays this week.

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