Elder’s Eight – Week 2
Welcome back to Elder’s Eight, the place where I make (terribly wrong) bold predictions for the upcoming fantasy week.
Last week’s predictions: 2/8 (Season predictions: 2/8)
1. Drew Stanton will outscore Phillip Rivers
Who would’ve thought that sentence was possible just a few days ago? Well, after news that Stanton will start over an injured Carson Palmer and due to Rivers’ opponent (Seattle), the Cardinals’ backup QB suddenly looks like a viable option in deeper leagues.
2. Kelvin Benjamin will score more touchdowns than Calvin Johnson
Both guys put up huge games in the first week of the season, and this week these two physical freaks will be on the same field. While it’s never smart to bet against Calvin Johnson, the Carolina defense did make Vincent Jackson (and the entire Bucs offense) look obsolete in week 1. Benjamin on the other hand gets Cam Newton back in the starting lineup and should improve on his 6 catches for 92 yards and a TD that he garnered last week.
3. Matt Asiata will outscore Eddie Lacy
As mentioned in my HOT/COLD List, Eddie Lacy is in for a rough week. In addition to dealing with a concussion (which means a quick hook this week), he also has to face the best run defense in the league. Meanwhile, Matt Asiata gets the start for a Vikings team that gets to face the Patriots who gave up 194 yards on the ground last week.
4. DeSean Jackson will score a 50+ yard touchdown
If you watched Washington last week,then you know that they are allergic to throwing the deep ball. RGIII completed 29/37 passes but most on just short bubble screens and check downs. However, on a roster with DeSean Jackson, the advantageous thing to do would be to stretch the field. I believe someone knocks some sense into Jay Gruden and DeSean breaks one big.
5. Zach Ertz has more yards than Jimmy Graham
It’s clear after week 1 that the Eagles plan to use Ertz extensively this season, and against a Colts team that just allowed a monster day from Julius Thomas, he’s a great option this week. Start Ertz in all leagues.
6. Donnie Avery will be the highest fantasy scoring (non-QB) on the Chiefs offense
This one is risky with Charles expected to get (a lot) more touches and Dwayne Bowe coming back from suspension as well. However, Avery led Kansas City in targets last week and the Chiefs are going to need to put up a lot of points to beat Denver.
7. Tony Romo scores 20+ fantasy points
The Cowboys offense looked absolutely anemic last week against San Francisco, but there is way too much talent to be ignored in Dallas. Behind the best offensive line in football and with Dez Bryant on the outside, I believe Romo will have a productive week.
8. Zac Stacy and Doug Martin both score less than less than 10 fantasy points
This Tampa Bay vs. St Louis game is going to be ugly and I think both RBs will suffer. Neither looked good in week 1 and nothing makes me think that will change this week.