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Open-Ended DFS: Senses

by IBT Media Staff

Senses often forgotten, but forever present allow us to experience the world around us. They drive our decisions, mood and memories.

Something as simple as a smell can take you back to another time, another world. 

A few notes from a song can rush you back to the first time you heard it, reminding you of someone or someplace.

Reading an old letter or journal entry can remind you of who you once were and what you were doing in a distant time 

Too often we take these senses for granted, not using them or recognizing them for what they are. Our senses are ourselves. They set us apart from everyone else. Everyone experiences things differently when it comes to sensory recognition. 

So take a minute, whether you’re at the office, in a field, out for a run or just lounging at home. Focus on what you see and hear and smell. Recognize the whole world around you at play.

What do you feel?

Week 8 Water Tower DFS Picks

QB: Baker Mayfield (Las Vegas at Cleveland) — $6,100

I’ve been high on Baker Mayfield since last season. He has made me look like a fool at times, but that ends now. After one bad interception to start the game last weekend against Cincinnati, Mayfield rebounded nicely, completing his final 22-23 pass attempts (one incompletion was a spike) for five touchdowns, and leading Cleveland in a come-from-behind victory. 

Mayfield is heading to Week 8 with Odell Beckham Jr. now done for the season, which seems to have forced him to spread the ball out. And it seems to be working. Take this opportunity to snag Mayfield at a discount and reap the rewards. – Nate Polvogt

QB: Tom Brady (Tampa Bay at New York Giants) — $6,700

Don’t look now, but 43-year-old Tom Brady is now fantasy QB6 on the season. Oh, and his all-star cast just added Antonio Brown to the fold, who will suit up for the first time on Monday Night Football.

I see most daily fantasy sports (DFS) players flocking to both Brown and Mike Evans in this one, after news of Chris Godwin’s fractured finger. However, Brady, who lost two Super Bowls to the Giants during his time in New England, is the clear play in the Week 8 nightcap. – Seth Woolcock

WR: Tyler Boyd (Tennessee at Cincinnati) — $6,600

Tyler Boyd is one hell of a player; I’ve known that since he tore apart the defense of my now-10-time Pennsylvania state champion high school to win his school the 2011 state title. Now an established NFL wideout, Boyd is building some great chemistry with Joe Burrow and looks poised to replace A.J. Green as the Bengals’ top receiver.

I picked JuJu Smith-Schuster to have a solid game against the Titans defense last week and it worked, so I’m heading back to the well hoping to get some more quality points this week. – Elliot Hicks

WR: A.J. Brown (Tennessee at Cincinnati) — $6,900

A.J. Brown was someone I had my eye on coming into this year. He was a prime candidate to turn his late-season breakout into consistent production. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in Week 1 and was sidelined for a few games.

Good news though, Brown is back, and he has been electric since returning. He has put up Point Per Receptions (PPR) totals of  21.2, 22.8 and 30.3 in the last three weeks. His high price tag has been earned, but this week’s matchup against the Bengals should result in more of the same from Brown. Look for him to draw another eight or nine targets this week, and play him with confidence as Ryan Tannehill continues to rely on him to move the chains and to score in the red zone. Thomas Cuda

Week 8 Typewriter DFS Picks

RB: Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers at Denver) — $5,600

Against what feels like all odds, Melvin Gordon has averaged 15.5 PPR points per game. And in addition to Phillip Lindsay questionable with a concussion in Week 8, the revenge-game narrative will also be in full effect Sunday when Gordon faces the Charges, the team he spent his first five seasons playing for. His price of $5,600 is fair for the safe floor and high-upside he possesses come Sunday. – Woolcock

WR: Denzel Mims (New York Jets at Kansas City) — $3,200

Any player for the New York Jets is risky in any fantasy format. But high risk also can bring high reward, and that’s what I’m looking for in Denzel Mims this week. With Sam Darnold back and Mims finally healthy, it looks to be time for a breakout. 

The matchup against Kansas City isn’t ideal, but with Jamison Crowder still nursing a groin injury and no other real quality targets for Darnold, Mims should see a large share of targets this week. He could be a diamond in the rough for your Week 8 DFS lineups. – Polvogt

RB: Le’Veon Bell (New York Jets at Kansas City) — $4,600

On the other side of the Jets/Chiefs matchup, the quick revenge game for Le’Veon Bell has a high potential of a breakout for the former Jet. As we all have seen this year, the Jets are far and away the worst team in football. With this being a lower-pressure game for the defending Super Bowl champs, it would be a great time to give Bell a full workload as the lead back for a decent team for the first time since he left Pittsburgh and get him ready for the run down the stretch. – Hicks

RB: Leonard Fournette (Tampa Bay at New York Giants)  —$4,900

Leonard Fournette is averaging 12.6 PPR points in full games played this season.

Leonard Fournette missed Week 4, played only one snap in Week 5 and missed Week 6 entirely. This left his role in the Tampa Bay offense in limbo. It seemed like backfield mate, Ronald Jones, had locked up that role. 

But, in Week 7, Ronald Jones saw 13 carries for 34 yards and a touchdown while adding one reception for two yards. Compare that to Fournette taking 11 carries for 50 yards and catching six of seven passes for 47 yards and things suddenly don’t seem so certain. 

Fournette was more efficient in both categories and was given plenty of opportunities to succeed. This week’s tilt against the 1-6 Giants will leave plenty of work for the run game. If Fournette can maintain his efficiency from last week, well, that’s something I want in my lineups this week. – Cuda

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