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4 Star Free Agents - Week 8

Week 8 Byes: Batlimore, Los Angeles, New York Giants, Miami, San Francisco & Pittsburgh


Alex Smith (KCC) Well, with 6 teams on bye what did you expect? Once again, you know the drill here: Smith makes up for an overall lack of yards by not making mistakes. If he can deliver something via his legs, that's a nice bonus as well. He is a hi floor/low ceiling play this week against the Colts. ESPN 42% Yahoo 41% NFL 30% 

Trevor Siemian (DEN) Another hi floor guy, but also with higher ceiling. Although his last two games have been rather “meh” the matchup against the Chargers this weak is surprisningly good for him in that they average 276 yard/game though the air. I think he can push towards his Cincinnati game from week 3 where he got to 30 poinys in standard scoring. I don't expect 30 here, but he should push past 20 for his second best game of the season. ESPN 11% Yahoo 12% NFL 12%

Running Backs: 

Knile Davis (GBP) Everyone is all flush on Montgomery, but Randall Cobb got 5 carries out of the depleted backfield last week, so Davis' acquisition isn't to ride the bench. Here is an ACTUAL RB the Pack can put in their backfield and you can bet that's why they got him. He should get the 12-15 carries this week, which makes him a terrific mid season add. ESPN 46% Yahoo 32% NFL 18% 

Mike Gillislee (BUF) I'd be willing to bet that he was initially drafted rather wide and after 7 weeks of not much has been dropped enough to qualify for this column. McCoy had to leave last week because of a hamstring issue, and although that is still a bit murky regardless of the actual diagnosis you have to figure Gillislee will be in line for more carries. And if McCoy doesn't play, you have a starting RB on a solid team with a lot to play for. ESPN 9% Yahoo 45% NFL10% 

Matt Asiata (MIN) Backups to backup usually don't fare well, but Asiata is different. With McKinnon hurting his ankle, and the impending juicy matchup against a Bears D, you have to take a hard look at thim. I'm going to invoke a name people have forgotten: Lendale White. Asiata reminds me of him in one very important category: scoring Tds. White had “it” and so does Asiata. Some guys just have that nose for the endzone and the ability to punch it in. Htat's what you get with Asiata here, and if he gets the lion share of the carries he could be a potent pick up and play for this week for sure. ESPN 29% Yahoo 38% NFL 12%

Wide Receivers: 

Davanate Adams (GBP) I'm tempted to say “these aren't your father's Packers” but heck, these aren't OUR Packers. Ground game is a mess, Rodgers looks mortal, Nelson isn't making adifference. But here is a guy doing nice things recently and is a “hot hand” pick on a team looking for one. Hopefully, Davis (see above) brings normalcy to the ground game and allows the receiveres to be receivers. In the meantime, here is soneome in the mix no mater the outcome. ESPN 42% Yahoo 52% NFL 32% 

Jamison Crowder (WAS) I recommeneded him a few weeks back and he has been average since then. But Reed is out of the passing game and in the meantime Crowder is still putting up better numbers than Jackson. So in the end, here's a guy who might well be able to lead the Redskins on the season in receptions and yards. The fact that he is still available in over 50% of all leagues is somewhat surprising. It's time to put to bed some preconeptions and just accept the fact this guy is solid and should be rostered everywhere. ESPN 42% Yahoo 45% NFL 12% 

Quinncy Enunwa (NYJ) Yes, it is not easy recommending a Jet. But Decker is out, Marshall roams large to secure all double teams and the play the Browns this week. As a “player equation” those are all good variables in seeing some production here. And he has had a few nice games this season already. I'd expect another one for this week.. ESPN 52% Yahoo 37% NFL 13%

Tight Ends: 

CJ Fiedorowicz (HOU) He has 22 targets the last 3 weeks, to go with 180 yards and a touchdown during that time. That isn't stellar but if a nice consistency. This week, the matchup is against the Lions, who are among the league's worst in covering Tes. Another pure matchup selection, but this is a tough week at this position, and I have a hunch he'll finally get that signature game. ESPN 10% Yahoo 10% NFL 12%


Tennessee Going strictly here with the matchup against the Jaguars. Tennessee has been a middling D so far, but they've had a few nice games and another one here against a flailing teal squad seems very likely here, especially with it at home for them. ESPN 37% Yahoo 52% NFL 15%