Bell Touchdown
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 8 running back rankings.
Bye Week: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee
1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys
3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
4. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
5. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers
6. Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints
7. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
8. Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
9. Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins
10. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals
11. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers
12. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13. Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
14. Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins
15. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
16. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers
17. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
18. LeGarrette Blount, Philadelphia Eagles
19. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
20. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
21. Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings
22. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
23. Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions
24.  Bilal Powell, New York Jets
25. Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts
26. Jalen Richard, Oakland Raiders
27. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens
28. Robert Kelley, Washington Redskins
29. Matt Forte, New York Jets
30. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers
31. Duke Johnson, Cleveland Browns
32. James White, New England Patriots
33. DeAndre Washington, Oakland Raiders
34. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns
35. Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks
36. Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
37. Alex Collins, Baltimore Ravens
38. Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles
39. Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks
40. Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots
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Brady Color Rush
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 8 quarterback rankings.
Bye Week: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
5. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
6. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
9. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
10. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
12. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
13. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
16. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
17. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
18. Josh McCown, New York Jets
19. Case Keenum, Minnesota Vikings
20. Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts
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Dion Lewis
There were some unheralded heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.
Bye Week: Arizona, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tennessee
Get ‘em
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets – 3 of 5 targets for 35 yards, TD. Averaging 56.2 yards and 0.4 TDs in past five games.
Josh Doctson, WR, Washignton Redskins – 3 of 5 targets for 39 yards, but seems to be trending up.
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints – 7 of 7 targets for 141 yards. Inconsistent, but should at least be on benches.
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals – 4 of 4 targets for 23 yards, TD. 3 TDs in last three games. Bye-week option.
Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots – 82 total yards. Establishing himself as the best runner of the Patriots’ stable.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 4 of 6 targets for 72 yards. Averaging 60.5 yards in last six games. Good bench option after next week’s bye.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins – 6 of 9 targets for 85 yards and 2 TDs. That’s three scores in last two games.
Don’t Sweat ‘em
Travis Benjamin, WR, Los Angeles Chargers – 42-yards TD.
Blake Bortles, WR, New Orleans Saints – 330 yards, TD, 11 rushing yards.
Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints – 2 of 3 targets for 31 yards, TD. Has scored in half the games, but doesn’t do much for yardage.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers – 4 of 8 targets for 80 yards. Solid in two of three games so keep him on your radar.
O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 6 of 6 targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He needs some consistency before adding him.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – 5 of 8 targets for 101 yards.  Averaging just 49.3 yards in a pass first offense. Bench option following the bye.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams – 4 of 10 targets for 51 yards, TD. Averaging 45.1 yards with 3 TD. Bench option following the bye.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals – 4 of 7 targets for 28 yards, TD.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars – 2 of 3 targets for 29 yards, TD.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets – 209 yards, 3 TDs, rushing TD. Only a desperation play outside of two QB leagues.
Chris Moore, WR, Baltimore Ravens – 2 of 8 targets for 36 yards, TD.
Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks – 2 of 2 targets for 61 yards, TD. 3 TDs, but 65 yards is his season high.
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – 5 of 8 targets for 69 yards.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – 2 of 3 targets for 39 yards, TD. Three TDs. Risky play, but he does have upside if you want to gamble.
Deonte Thompson, WR, Buffalo Bills – 4 of 4 targets for 107 yards.
DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders – 40 total yards and a TD. A desperation play if Marshawn Lynch is suspended.
Albert Wilson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs – 63-yard TD.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – 137 total yards, TD. Fournette should be back after the bye.
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Luke Kuechly interception
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 7 team IDP rankings.
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
1. Luke Kuechly, Carolina Panthers
2. Tyvon Branch, Arizona Cardinals
3. C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
4. Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks
5. Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
6. Demario Davis, New York Jets
7. Telvin Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Reshad Jones, Miami Dolphins
11. Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings
12. Alec Ogletree, Los Angeles Rams
13. Danielle Hunter, Minnesota Vikings
14. Mark Baron, Los Angeles Rams
15. Jatavis Brown, Los Angeles Chargers
16. Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings
17. Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
18. Zach Brown, Washington Redskins
19. Myles Jack, Jacksonville Jaguars
20. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys
21. Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
22. Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers
23. Von Miller, Denver Broncos
24. Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
25. Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals
26. Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs
27. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
28. Landon Collins, New York Giants
29. Devin McCourty, New England Patriots
30. Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans
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Jared Goff
Sometimes because of match-ups you have to roll out less than ideal lineups, especially when your players are nicked up. That’s the nature of the beast. Sometimes you need a fantasy gem to be successful. Here are some of the under the radar players that could possibly pull out a win for you.
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Colts rank 30th against the pass.
Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams – Cardinals rank 26th against the pass and have allowed 13 touchdowns.
Brett Hundley, QB, Green Bay Packers – Saints rank 28th against the pass. Hundley has the weapons to work with.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos – Flex play against the Bolts, who are allowing 152.5 yards per game.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts – Jags allowing 145.7 yards per game. Robert Turbin is injured so Mack should get a few more touches. Gore gets a bump in value as well.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Ravens rank 30th against the run.
Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, RBs, Seattle Seahawks – Giants rank 25th against the run. One or both could be a flex play. Risky options though.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys – San Fran ranks 27th against the pass.
Taylor Gabriel, WR, Atlanta Falcons – I think Julio goes off, but the Pats rank last against the pass with 300 yard passers each game.
Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars – Colts rank 30th against the pass.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams – Cardinals rank 26th against the pass and have allowed 13 touchdowns. Maybe Sammy Watkins makes an appearance.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Green Bay Packers – Young QBs tend to lean on TEs. Saints rank 28th against the pass.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers – C.J. Beathard threw Kittle’s way against Washington and will likely focus in against the Cowboys, who have allowed 11 passing scores.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears – Scored in back-to-back games. Both a little fluky, but he remains a top option for Mitchell Trubisky.
New York Jets Defense – Miami is scoring just 12.2 points per game…and Jay Cutler.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense – Cincy scoring 16.8 points per game and have 11 turnovers.
Tennessee Titans – Browns are scoring 15.7 points per game. Revolving QB door. League-high 16 turnovers with 18 sacks allowed.
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Bobby Wagner return
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 7 team defense rankings.
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Carolina Panthers
6. Kansas City Chiefs
7. Tennessee Titans
8. Philadelphia Eagles
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Miami Dolphins
11. Dallas Cowboys
12. Baltimore Ravens
13. Buffalo Bills
14. Los Angeles Rams
15. Los Angeles Chargers
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Jake Elliott
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 7 kicker rankings.
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
1. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
2. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
3. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys
4. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
5. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
6. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers
7. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens
8. Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams
9. Ryan Succop, Tennessee Titans
10. Will Lutz, New Orleans Saints
11. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers
12. Phil Dawson, Arizona Cardinals
13. Giorgio Tavecchio, Oakland Raiders
14. Kai Forbath, Minnesota Vikings
15. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Gronk Grab
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 7 tight end rankings.
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
1. Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs
3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5. Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks
6. Evan Engram, New York Giants
7. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets
8. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers
9. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans
10. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
11. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings
12. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
13. Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens
14. Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
15. Ed Dickson, Carolina Panthers
16. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
17. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers
18. Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
19. Tyler Croft, Cincinnati Bengals
20. Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts
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2017 NFL Picks – Week 7

18 October 2017

Here are the Lester’s Legends NFL Picks. These picks are straight up and for fun. I went 7-7 last week and my Lock Pick (Houston) won. I’ll take the Titans for my Survivor League pick.
Overall Record: 55-36 (.604)
Lock Picks: 5-1 (.833)
Winner Locks: ATL (W), OAK (W), GB (W), SEA (W), PITT (L), HOU (W)
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
Kansas City over Oakland
Tampa Bay over Buffalo
Carolina over Chicago
Tennessee over Cleveland (Winner Lock)
New Orleans over Green Bay
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Arizona over Los Angeles Rams
New York Jets over Miami
Minnesota over Baltimore
Dallas over San Francisco
Seattle over New York Giants
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati
Denver over Los Angeles Chargers
Atlanta over New England
Philadelphia over Washington
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Antonio Brown Grab
Here are the 2017 Lester’s Legends Week 7 wide receiver rankings
Bye Week: Detroit, Houston
1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
3. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
4. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
6. Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
9. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
10. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
11. Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
12. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
13. Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders
14. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers
15. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings
16. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles
17. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers
18. Pierre Garcon, San Francisco 49ers
19. Devante Adams, Green Bay Packers
20. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
21. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
22. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
23. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
24. Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins
25. Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers
26. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
27. Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans
28. John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
29. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
30. Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
31. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles
32. Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
33. Eric Decker, Tennessee Titans
34. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
35. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams
36. Devante Parker, Miami Dolphins
37. Ted Ginn, Jr., New Orleans Saints
38. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
39. Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars
40. Paul Richardson, Seattle Seahawks
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