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

We entered Week 7 with the Bills, Eagles, Rams and Vikings on byes. We knew the week had potential disaster written all over it. We had no idea how bad it would be. Brice Hall and DK Metcalfe were carted off with knee injuries. The Jets fear Hall may have torn his ACL. Mike Williams left with an ankle injury that didn’t look good at all. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady looked completely and utterly washed out, Arthur Smith threw 13 passes in a three-score game, and the Broncos somehow looked even worse without Russell Wilson.

The only good thing that can be said about Week 7 is that once the Bears and Patriots are done playing Monday night, it will be over. As Bill Belichick might say, “we’re in Week 8.”

Daniel Jones is a legitimate starting option in his next 3 games

The case: This week he faces a Seahawks defense that has allowed the 10th most FPPG to a QB. After a Week 8 bye, he faces a Texans defense that hasn’t really been a great QB matchup, but that’s probably because they’ve only faced one top-10 QB all year, and he’s put up 24.5 Fantasy points. In Week 10, Jones faces a Lions defense that has allowed the eighth-most FPPG. It’s a fantastic stretch for the 6-1 Giants quarterback, and while he won’t be a must-start, he’s certainly someone you can count on as a legitimate starter.

The verdict: Believe it

Jones ranks as the QB15 on a per-game basis and has produced multiple touchdowns in four of seven games, including three of his last four. His passing numbers suggest he’s starting to gel better in Brian Daboll’s offense, with Jones averaging at least 7.4 yards per attempt in each of his last three games. Most importantly, Jones ranks third among all quarterbacks in rushing yards per game at 49 yards per game. That gives him a floor and a ceiling that should put him near the top 12 most weeks.

Pending Monday Night Football results, Jones is QB4 of the week in Week 7 with 30.8 Fantasy points. He could have more top-five finishes in the next month. He is an excellent option to replace Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert.

Greg Dulcic is a top-12 TE in Week 8 against Jacksonville

The case: We’ll be without Travis Kelce and Gerald Everett in Week 8, and we don’t know if we’ll get Darren Waller or David Njoku back. That’s a third of our top 12 tight ends. Dulcic is the clear starter in Denver, and Brett Rypien has targeted the tight end nine times in each of his first two career starts. If Russell Wilson returns, the prognosis for Dulcic will only get better.

The verdict: Believe it

When I said a third of our top 12 tight ends could be out this week, I missed something. On a per-game basis, Dulcich is part of that top 12. He’s averaging 11.8 PPR FPPG through his first two career games, which ranks him 5th this year, just behind TJ Hockenson and just ahead of Zach Ertz . It’s a small sample size, but we really can’t afford to be picky, especially when guys like Kyle Pitts and Dalton Schultz performed so poorly.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is a top 20 WR by the end of the season

The case: Smith-Schuster has 12 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. After battling various injuries early in the year, he’s been healthy the last two weeks and absolutely dominated opposing defenses. For the season, he already has a 70% catch percentage and is averaging 14.5 yards per catch. He has produced four more plays of 40 yards, which is more than he had in his last four seasons in Pittsburgh.

The verdict: Believe it

2022 JuJu Smith-Schuster looks a lot like the guy we saw early in his career in Pittsburgh. All of his efficiency numbers are similar or slightly better, and while the target volume isn’t as high, he has eight targets in five of seven games this season. If he can stay healthy, there’s no reason he can’t produce a borderline top-12 season again.

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

The case: Who needs Christian McCaffrey? The Panthers duo combined for 218 total yards and 31.8 PPR Fantasy points in their first game without their superstar running back. They did so against an above average Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense. They have a slightly better matchup in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons and should start in all formats.

The verdict: Don’t believe it

I still think this is going to be the worst offense in football, and this Falcons defense has only allowed three running backs all season to reach the top 11 Fantasy points. Both Hubbard and Foreman are certainly Flex options and you may have no choice but to start them because of the bye weeks, but you shouldn’t intentionally make room for them in your lineups. More disappointing days come than days like the one against the Buccaneers.

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