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Fantasy Football Week 8: Helu Jr. and Mike James Look to Have Big Weeks, Charles Clay Keeps Rolling

Andrew Hedglen
Staff Writer

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Roy Helu Jr.(Redskins RB) – Helu is the back that is always in on what they call the “turbo formation” in Washington, when they’re in comeback mode and in passing situations.  Due to the 41 points the Bears put up and the Redskins’ inability to play with a lead, they’ve been using this package quite often.  So while Alfred Morris is a bruising back that has been productive, Helu has seen 12.3 touches per game the last three weeks and has scored 14, seven and 22 points in each of those weeks.  It will be a shootout against Denver, however, as they give up the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs. Helu is only owned in 24 percent of leagues.

Mike James (Buccaneers RB) – Doug Martin went down for what looks to be the rest of the season, and James came in and looked really good.  He’s going to be the guy in Tampa Bay from here on out, and the 5-foot-10, 220 pound back has gotten nothing but praise from coach Greg Schiano.  The Panthers have given up the 13th-fewest fantasy points to running backs, but this is an easy plug-in as a flex play.

Rueben Randle (Giants WR) – Randle has had three big games in a row now, and his team plays the Eagles this week, who have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers.  While he makes mistakes at times, Randle has been making plays and getting out of breaks really well.  This is a no brainer, and while he’s owned in most leagues, he may still be available in yours.

Jarrett Boykin (Packers WR) – Boykin caught eight balls for 103 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland.  With James Jones out for the week and Randall Cobb out for an extended period of time, Boykin played a big role in the passing game.  Jones may return this week, but Boykin is at worst the third receiver for the Packers, as they play a Vikings team that has given up the 10th-most points to wide receivers.  He’s owned in 34 percent of leagues.

Terrance Williams (Cowboys WR) – Williams caught six passes for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles.  He’s caught 19 of the 21 passes that have come his way over the past three weeks, and the rookie earned plenty of praise from Tony Romo, who said, “He’s improved as much as maybe anybody that I’ve seen in the six months he’s been here.”  He’s been starting over Miles Austin and hasn’t looked back.  As Romo’s No. 2 receiver, he’s still only owned in 50 percent of leagues.

Charles Clay (Dolphins TE) – Clay only got targeted three times last week, but one of those targets went for a touchdown.  He usually gets targeted a bit more and has scored at least 10 fantasy points three times.  Clay is a good plug and play option this week if you need a tight end.

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