Every four weeks SCO editors Ben Yokoyama and Charlie Lott will post their fantasy football predictions. This week they are joined by BNC scriptwriter and ultimate frisbee captain Nate Blower.
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Players who are a lock to start this week.
Ben: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, QB
Prescott makes the simple plays, and that's all he has to do with a guy like Dez Bryant helping him out. With the Redskins defense on the other side, this game will be a shootout.
Charlie: Steve Smith, Sr., Baltimore Ravens, WR
My favorite football player of all time, Smith Sr. has been on fire of late and will look to continue his streak this week.
Nate: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE
The Vikings are without Stefon Diggs this week, and they'll make Rudolph the top target.
Players who we think should not be in your starting lineup this week.
Ben: Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
Robinson and Blake Bortles haven't been on the same page this season, and matched up against Stephon Gilmore of the Bills, Robinson won't be expected to carry the load on offense.
Charlie: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears, RB
Howard has been a force off the waiver wire thus far this season, but that may come to an end with the loss of Jay Cutler. Without a serviceable backup, opposing defenses will stack the box against the rookie runner.
Nate: Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers, WR
The Packers are in a big downfall. Nelson won't be seeing much with the offense struggling a lot.
Players who performed well last week and are certain to have great performances again.
Ben: Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins, WR
Crowder has it easy in this Redskins offense as the slot receiver. He gets all the leftovers from Kirk Cousins' deep passes and also manages to find the end zone.
Charlie: Rob Kelley, Washington Redskins, RB
The ‘Skins are trying to return to the running game in a big way, which should translate to more goal line touches for the undrafted rookie.
Nate: Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, RB
Bell can produce week in and week out with his attacks through the air and on the ground.
Players who had one great performance, but we think won't do so well this week.
Ben: Lamar Miller, Houston Texans, RB
I'm not a Lamar Miller fan, and despite the Chargers' defensive troubles, Miller should be easy to shut down, and the Texans will rely on the arm of Brock Osweiler on Sunday.
Charlie: Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots, WR
Please don't pick up Malcolm Mitchell. This game was a fluke. There are too many mouths to feed in the Patriots skill position group.
Nate: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers, QB
Roethlisberger is still a little banged up, so coach Mike Tomlin will probably rely on the ground game this week.
Week 8 Off the waiver wire:
Players who are under the radar, and can be picked up in most fantasy leagues.
Ben: Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers, TE
The Packers have lost everything, and their receiving attack is so predictable. Aaron Rodgers will have to mix it up and find some new targets like he found Cook last week against Washington.
Charlie: C.J. Fiedorowicz, Houston Texans, TE
Fiedorowicz has sneakily been a decent tight end play the last few weeks, and he will continue to get his share of targets thanks to the plethora of underneath passing in the Texans passing game.
Nate: Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles, RB
Smallwood is becoming a bigger part of the Eagles' offense, especially in the passing game out of the backfield.
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