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Fantasy Football Believe It or Not: Start Daniel Jones and Greg Dulcich in Week 8

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We started week seven by saying goodbye to the Bills, Eagles, Rams and Vikings. We knew that a potential disaster was written in the week. We had no idea how bad it would be. Brice Hall and D.K. Metcalfe was sidelined with knee injuries. The Jets fear Hall has torn his cruciate ligaments. Mike Williams walked away with an ankle injury that didn’t look good at all. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady looked thoroughly and completely washed up, Arthur Smith called 13 passing games in a game he lost by three points, and the Broncos somehow looked even worse without Russell Wilson.

The only good thing to say about Week 7 is that after the Bears and Patriots finish playing on Monday night, it will be over. As Bill Belichick might say, “we’re approaching week 8.”

Daniel Jones is a legitimate starting option in his next 3 matches.

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A business: This week he faces the Seahawks defense that allowed the 10th most FPPG to QB. After his bye in Week 8, he faces a Texan defense which wasn’t really a great matchup for QB but probably because they only faced one top 10 QB all year and he hit 24. 5 Fantasy points. In Week 10, Jones faced the Lions defense, which allowed him an eighth-most FPPG. It’s a fantastic stretch of time for a Giants 6-1 quarterback, and while he won’t be a mandatory starter, he’s certainly a worthy starter.

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Verdict: believe it

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Jones is ranked QB15 in every game and has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his seven games, including three of his last four. His passing count suggests he’s beginning to better control Brian Daball’s offense, with Jones averaging at least 7.4 yards per try in each of his last three games. Most importantly, Jones ranks third among all quarterbacks in yards per game with 49 yards per game. This gives him a floor and a ceiling that should put him close to the top 12 in most weeks.

Pending Monday Night Football results, Jones is QB4 for the week in week 7 with 30.8 Fantasy points. Perhaps next month he will have more places in the top five. He is a great option to replace Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert.

Greg Dulcic enters TE Top 12 in Week 8 vs. Jacksonville

A business: We’ll be without Travis Kelsey and Gerald Everett in Week 8 and it’s unknown if we’ll get Darren Waller or David Njoku back. That’s a third of our top 12 tight ends immediately lost. Dulcic is an obvious starting option in Denver, and Brett Ripin has targeted the tight end nine times in each of the first two starts of his career. If Russell Wilson returns, the prognosis for Dulcic will only get better.

Verdict: believe it

When I said that a third of the top 12 tight ends could come this week, I missed something. According to the results of each game, Dulcic is included in this top 12. In his first two career games, he averaged 11.8 PPR FPPGs, placing him in 5th place this year, just behind T.J. Hawkenson and slightly ahead of Zach Ertz. It’s a tiny sample size, but we really can’t afford to be picky, especially when guys like Kyle Pitts and Dalton Schultz have performed so poorly.

Juju Smith-Shuster is in the top 20 WR until the end of the season

A business: Smith-Schuster had 12 interceptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. After many injuries at the beginning of the year, he has been healthy for the last two weeks and completely dominated the opponent’s defense. This season, he is now 70% catching and averaging 14.5 yards per catch. He had four plays for 40 more yards, more than in the last four seasons in Pittsburgh.

Verdict: believe it

The 2022 Juju Smith-Shuster looks a lot like the guy we saw early in his career in Pittsburgh. All of his performance numbers are similar or slightly better, and while goal volume isn’t that high, he does have eight goals in five of his seven games this season. If he can stay healthy, there’s no reason he can’t have a top 12 season again.

Both Chuba Hubbard and D’Onta Foreman could launch in Week 8.

A business: Who needs Christian McCaffrey? The Panther duo had a combined 218 yards and 31.8 PPR Fantasy points in their first game without their superstar running back. They did it against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ above-average defense. They have a slightly better matchup in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons and should be started in all formats.

Verdict: Don’t believe it

I still think it’s going to be the worst offense in football, and this Falcons defense only allowed three running backs to score 11 Fantasy points all season. Both Hubbard and Foreman are certainly flexible options, and you may have no choice but to start them because of the goodbye, but you shouldn’t intentionally make room for them in your lineups. There are more disappointing days ahead than those against the Buccaneers.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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