By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – In a scheduling quirk, the Broncos take on the Chargers for the second time in three weeks. Will we see a Broncos offense that couldn’t run the ball effectively and was held to just 13 points against the Chargers in Week 6? Or will we see a Broncos team that ran right over the Texans in Week 7?
Who should you start in the Broncos-Chargers rematch?
The Broncos will try to establish the run on Sunday, against a Chargers team that held C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) to just 37 yards on 10 carries in Week 6. Now, Anderson is splitting carries with rookie Devontae Booker (RB-DEN), which makes the fantasy situation all the more murky. Will there be enough carries and yards to go around? I think Anderson is still worth a play, and Booker may be, too, as a sneaky waiver wire pickup.
Editor’s note/update: On Wednesday, Anderson missed practice and was getting a medical opinion on an injury to his knee sustained on Monday night.
Wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN), 35 yards, and Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN), 40 yards, were shutdown in the last meeting. They are both touchdown dependent starts until further notice.
Melvin Gordon (RB-SD) has been consistent all year and put up 94 yards against the Broncos in Week 6. There is no reason to go away from him now. Hunter Henry (TE-SD) and Antonio Gates (TE-SD) are both getting a number of targets. The rookie Henry suffered a concussion this week, so he might not be able to build on his stellar performance last time against the Broncos. Be sure to check the injury reports.
Which stars will sit this week during the bye week?
In Week 8, the most teams yet have a bye week (Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers). Most owners won’t miss any of the quarterbacks sitting this week, but will take some hits at running back and wide receiver with stars like Todd Gurley (RB-LA), LeVeon Bell (RB-PIT), Jay Ajayi (RB-MIA), Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR-NYG) and Antonio Brown (WR-PIT) all benched this week.
Who should you pick up at running back?
With a rash of running back injuries, the Packers were forced into a modified run and shoot offense last week. They’ve traded for Knile Davis (RB-GB) who could see a bulk of the Packers carries moving forward. With an injury to LeSean McCoy (RB-BUF), Mike Gillislee (RB-BUF) is poised to see extensive action. In previous years, the Bills backup rushers have become fantasy stars.
Finally, Jay Ajayi (RB-MIA) is on a bye week, but after rushing for more than 200 yards in consecutive weeks, coupled with the timely retirement of Arian Foster (RB-MIA), he’s a must pickup if available.
Who should you pick up at wide receiver?
Davante Adams (WR-GB) was expected to emerge as a star and finally had his break out game last week catching 13 passes for 132 yards and two scores.
He’s by far the top pickup of the week. Jamison Crowder (WR-WAS) is a big play waiting to happen in the passing game or on special teams. Quincy Enunwa (WR-WAS) has big fantasy potential facing the Browns this week. A deeper option, Corey Coleman (WR-CLE) won’t be back from a hand injury this week, but could garner a lot of targets moving when he does return.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.