My mate, Howard Bender, who is really @rotobuzzguy, would have taken the prize if there was one as the Tout Warriors display their Fantasy Football DFS chops, landing a solid 180.82 points, with no fewer than six of his players earning more than 20 points. Those names would be Mike Evans (29.6), Julio Jones (29.4), Tyrell Williams (24), Spencer Ware (21.1), Jameson Crowder (20.8), and Jacquizz Rodgers (20.3). And note that every league in which Howard and I play, he owns Jones and Matt Ryan (14.72), whom he started (as did I) this week as well.
Jason Collette earned second place honors, nabbing 170.24 points, earned upon the shoulders of LeGarrette Blount (29.4), Kirk Cousins (25.4) and DeMarco Murray (24.7), along with Crowder and Evans. Jake Ciely bagged third with 168.62 points largely on the arm of Andrew Luck (30.82), T.Y Hilton (29.3) and Michael Crabtree (23.6).
I did beat out Jeff Boggis, finishing sixth with 152.82, and was actually on top pretty much till halftime Sunday, when I started to run out of player minutes. Still, I had Murray, Crabtree, Mike Wallace (25) and Michael Thomas (26), and while it was not enough to catch the Buzz, I did bang over Boggis' 133.32, only good enough for 12th this week. But, I know that Jeff will be back Week 8. Hey, we all will!
You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings.
Week 8 DFS Bargain Picks
Ryan Fitzpatrick ($6200): The Jets seem better than their 2-5 record suggests, and though they are -61 in their point differential, Fitzpatrick gets to throw against the worst team in the NFL, and he should have a chance to get well against the poor, also-ran Browns.
Latavius Murray ($4500): Murray's stock dropped due to the combo of injury, and replacement threat of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. But he is back, and his two scores last week prove he is still the go-to guy. Against the Bucs, this makes him a nice cheap play.
C.J. Fiedorowicz ($2800): Houston's Tight End has received 31 targets, catching 21 for 236 yards and a pair of scores, making him a nice buy going against the Lions.
Raiders ($2600): Yeah, I am a Raiders fan, but I watch the team closely, and their defense is a lot better--and is improving--than it seems. These are young guys coalescing around Khalil Mack, and so far they are 4-0 on the road in 2016. Facing an inferior Tampa team, they should ride roughshod.
Quincy Enunwa ($4800): Again, facing the Browns, the offense should have a field day, and Enunwa has 32 catches out of 48 targets for 409 yards and a pair of TDs.
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