We had without question, our best week yet here on Start ’em Up in week seven, with an 8-2 record when it was all said and done. We are now 32-30 on the season, so now it’s time to stay over .500 with week eight:

QB- Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders, at Cleveland Browns (Fanduel Price: $6600)- The rookie from the Raiders is having the typical up-and-down season you would expect from a first year player on a bad team, but he is only two weeks removed from his four touchdown showing against the Chargers. And while he had a poor showing last week against the Cardinals, he did manage to avoid any turnovers, and the Browns defense did give up over 20 points to the Jaguars last week. Carr could easily have 200 yards and two touchdowns. Put him in.

QB- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs, vs. St. Louis Rams ($7200)- The Rams defense can’t stop the quarterback right now, and while Smith is no Russell Wilson, but he’s been very efficient this season, completing 64 percent of his passes this season, while having eight touchdowns against only one interception in his last four games. In Kansas City, expect Smith to come close to 300 yards, and at least two touchdowns as the Chiefs handily beat St. Louis.

RB- Shane Vereen, New England Patriots, vs. Chicago Bears ($6800)- With Steven Ridley out, Vereen wasted no time in taking hold of the extra carries with his 118 total yard, two touchdown performance against the Jets. While Bill Belichek tends to favor the Shanahan philosophy at running back (multiple backs getting carries and just when it looks like one is pulling ahead he goes in another direction), Vereen is the most talented option, with Jonas Grey, Brandon Bolden, and James White all looming. Grey was the only of the three to receive a carry in week seven, but against the Bears Vereen’s pass-catching abilities with be heavily utilized, and its possible he duplicates last week’s numbers.

RB- Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts, at Pittsburgh Steelers ($7000)- Bradshaw is on pace to break the running-back record for reception touchdowns in a season with six thus far, and the time-share between him and Trent Richardson has actually benefitted them both. While the Steelers defense isn’t entirely a cake-walk, Bradshaw’s versatility is going to be on display through the contest, and he should continue his march towards history, as he scores at least one time in Pittsburgh.

WR- Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks, at Carolina Panthers ($6800)- I had Baldwin as a sleeper in the offseason, and while he hasn’t justified it thus far, with Percy Harvin in New York he had a huge game last week, with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. Now he faces one of the worst passing defenses in the league. He’s shown flashes of potential over his career, despite his constant low placement on the depth chart. If he’s available on the waiver wire pick him up, because it’s finally his time to shine.

WR- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, vs. Minnesota Vikings ($5900)- The rookie hasn’t exactly had a banner year, but with Mike Glennon at the helm the Bucs offense has looked improved over the Josh McCown-era. Evans also has scored in his last two games, and the Vikings defense has been generous at times this season. It’s an exploitable matchup for a great, low cost.

WR- Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals, vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($6500)- I traded for Michael Floyd in my keeper league a little while ago, and with Carson Palmer now healthy, I’m expecting big things. He has four games of over double-digit fantasy points as it is, and against the susceptible Eagles defense in the desert, expect at least five catches for 70+ yards, and his third straight game with a touchdown catch.

TE_ Jace Amaro, New York Jets, vs. Buffalo Bills ($5300)- Amaro is actually starting for me this week in my 14-team league, and the arrival of Percy Harvin could be a good thing for the entire Jets offense, with defenses turning their attention to stopping the speedster. Amaro could wind up taking advantage against a beatable Bills defense, as he has been a larger part of the offensive game plan even before the Harvin trade.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES:

Roy Helu, RB, Washingtom Redskins, at Dallas Cowboys($5200)/Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, vs. Indianapolis Colts ($4800)

Helu hasn’t exactly done much this season, and the Cowboys defense should continue its surprisingly strong play on Monday night, but Dallas’ defense isn’t unbreakable. Given that, his versatility could come into play with Colt McCoy expected to start and Alfred Morris nursing a minor injury from last week’s game, with my expectation being that he breaks off a short pass for a 20-30 yard run in the first half. And Morris hasn’t exactly impressed over the last few weeks anyway, so that will probably entice the change-of-pace Helu to be utilized that much more. As for Bryant, the fourth-round draft pick finally debuted against the Texans, and in limited action he caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the Steelers victory. Indy is another defense that has played above expectations, but isn’t exactly a behemoth. Expect another long strike, and with Markus Wheaton disappointing, it could be much more as Bryant looks to become the number two receiver for Ben Roethlisburger.

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  1. Mike Aglialoro Mike Aglialoro says:

    4-6, 36-36 on the season

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