Minnesota Vikings 33 Cleveland Browns 16
One week after ceding the spotlight to Latavius Murray, Jerick McKinnon returned to being the fantasy star for the Vikings. McKinnon gained 122 yards and scored a touchdown on 20 touches. Murray saw the same number of touches but only produced 47 yards and was held out of the end zone this week. Expect the two to continue to split touches going forward but McKinnon remains the better starting option in PPR leagues because of pass-catching abilities.
Extra Points: Stefon Diggs returned from a groin injury Sunday but managed only four receptions for 27 yards. Outside of McKinnon (10 targets), it was Adam Thielen who was Case Keenum’s favorite target. Thielen caught 6 of 10 targets for 98 yards and a score…Isaiah Crowell had his best fantasy day of the year. Part of that had to do with Duke Johnson leaving with a concussion scare, so Crowell was used more as a receiver. Crowell finished with 118 total yards, four receptions and a touchdown…Cleveland’s passing game continues to struggle. No Browns receiver/tight end caught more than two passes on the day.
Buffalo Bills 34 Oakland Raiders 14
The Bills continue to be the surprise of the NFL. LeSean McCoy rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. He also caught six passes in helping the Bills to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Extra Points: Without Marshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard split touches as expected. Washington gained 90 yards and scored a touchdown on 14 touches, while Richard racked up 67 yards on 10 touches…After last week’s monster game, Amari Cooper returned to disappointing fantasy owners. Cooper finished with five catches for 48 yards…The Bills are still winning games without much production from their receivers. Andre Holmes led the way with three receptions, 51 yards and a touchdown but no other Buffalo receiver had more than 32 yards.
Cincinnati Bengals 24 Indianapolis Colts 23
Andy Dalton only completed 17 passes on Sunday but he threw for 243 and two scores against the injury-riddled Colts secondary. Dalton has been a solid streamer this season when the matchup has been favorable and that trend continued in Week 8.
Extra Points: Joe Mixon didn’t get many carries (11) or rushing yards (18) but he helped owners as a receiver. Mixon caught three passes for 91 yards. The good news for Mixon owners is Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard combined for only six touches, so it looks like he’s finally taking control of the Bengals backfield…A.J. Green only caught 3 of 8 targets for 27 yards but one of his receptions went for a touchdown…Jack Doyle had his biggest game of the year, catching 12 of 14 targets for 121 yards and a touchdown…Marlon Mack made the most of his 14 touches. He gained 63 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Expect Mack to continue to get around 12 to 15 touches a game in the coming weeks.
New England Patriots 21 Los Angeles Chargers 13
Tom Brady threw for 333 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Brady spread the ball around well Sunday. He hit eight different receivers and five different players finished with at least five receptions.
Extra Points: The Patriots mixed in both James White and Rex Burkhead as receiver against the Chargers. White caught five balls for 85 yards. Burkhead caught seven balls for 68 yards. Now that Burkhead is healthy again, expect him to be a big part of New England’s offense moving forward…Chris Hogan caught five passes for 60 yards but he left the game with a shoulder injury and didn’t return…Melvin Gordon was a majority of the Chargers offense against the Patriots. He rushed for 132 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown run…Travis Benjamin led the Chargers in receiving catching five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown on a team-high nine targets.
New Orleans Saints 20 Chicago Bears 12
Drew Brees put up 299 yards but didn’t throw a touchdown pass. Brees now has just one touchdown pass and two interceptions in his last two games. If you own Brees and Deshaun Watson, it’s hard to believe but Brees is your QB2 by quite a bit.
Extra Points: Mark Ingram had another strong fantasy game piling up 75 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries (4.2 YPC)…After two big weeks in a row, Ted Ginn was held to just two catches for 68 yards by a tough Bears defense…Jordan Howard remains the focal point of Chicago’s offense. Howard rushed for 102 yards on 23 carries (4.4 YPC). Howard has 334 yards in his last three games. Tre McBride (3/92) was the Bears leading receiver on Sunday. That tells you all you need to know about the Bears receivers.
Atlanta Falcons 25 New York Jets 20
Matt Ryan has been a fantasy disappointment thus far in 2017 but he got things going against the Jets. Ryan threw for 254 yards and two touchdowns in rainy conditions. It wasn’t a huge game but given some of Ryan’s struggles this season, his owners will take it.
Extra Points: Tevin Coleman took over the Falcons ground game Sunday. Coleman rushed for 82 yards on 14 carries (5.9 YPC). Devonta Freeman was held to just 41 yards on 12 carries…Mohamed Sanu and Julio Jones both recorded 74 yards receiving but it was Sanu who found the end zone. Sanu now has 12 catches, 139 yards and a touchdown in two games since returning from a hamstring injury….Josh McCown may not be an every-week fantasy starter but he’s earning his bacon as a streaming option. McCown threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He has seven touchdowns and three interceptions in his last three games…Robbie Anderson caught all six of his targets and burned the Falcons secondary for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Philadelphia Eagles 33 San Francisco 49ers 10
Carson Wentz has emerged into a weekly QB1. He had a mouth-watering matchup on paper versus the 49ers but Wentz had to fight the elements like many other quarterbacks on Sunday. He still managed a respectable 211 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Wentz takes on the Broncos pass defense next week in what will be a much tougher test.
Extra Points: Alshon Jeffery only caught two passes on Sunday but one went for a 53-yard touchdown. It was Jeffery’s first touchdown reception since Week 2…Zach Ertz (4/34/1) found the end zone again. He has four touchdown catches in his last three games…Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard had his second tough game in a row. Beathard completed only 17 passes for 167 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The 49ers are playing for a quarterback in 2018…With Beathard struggling, Carlos Hyde has disappeared from the offense. Hyde was held to just 25 yards on 12 carries (2.1 YPC). Hyde has 123 yards on 39 carries in his last three games.
Carolina Panthers 17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
This game featured two former No. 1 overall draft picks in Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, only you would never know it by watching them. Newton completed 18 of 32 passes for 154 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was by far the star of the two quarterbacks though Sunday. Winston completed 21 of 38 passes for 210 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He also lost a fumble. Through seven games, Winston has thrown 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Extra Points: There wasn’t much offense in this game but Kelvin Benjamin managed to turn one of his three receptions into a score. He finished with 39 yards receiving…Devin Funchess was held to two receptions for 11 yards. Since scoring three touchdowns in two weeks, Funchess has nine catches for 88 yards in his last three games…Doug Martin ran for 71 yards on 18 carries (3.9 YPC)…Mike Evans’ disappointing 2017 continues. He finished with five receptions for 60 yards. Winston’s inconsistency has hurt Evan’s weekly fantasy value.
Seattle Seahawks 41 Houston Texans 38
Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson put on a show in what might end up being the Game of the Year. Watson threw for 402 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also added 67 yards rushing. Wilson was even better, throwing for 452 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He rushed for 30 yards. From a fantasy perspective, you won’t find a better game involving two quarterbacks all season.
Extra Points: DeAndre Hopkins caught eight passes for a whopping 224 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 28 yards per catch. Will Fuller caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 25 yards per catch. How’s that for a big-play offense?…Lamar Miller gained 73 yards on 24 touches and scored twice…The Seahawks had two 100-yard receivers and neither was named Doug Baldwin (6/54). Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson each caught six balls. Lockett went for 121 yards, while Richardson gained 105 yards and scored twice…Jimmy Graham made his four receptions count. Two went for touchdowns, including the game-winner with 21 seconds left.
Dallas Cowboys 33 Washington Redskins 19
The Cowboys may not have Ezekiel Elliott soon but for the time being, they’re leaning on him. On Sunday, Elliott carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 150 yards (4.5 YPC) and two touchdowns. Over his last two games, Elliott has 59 carries, 297 yards and 5 total touchdowns.
Extra Points: It wasn’t a big day for Dak Prescott as he missed a lot of throws in the rain and windy conditions. Prescott finished with 143 yards and no touchdowns…Dez Bryant was the Cowboys leading receiver versus the Redskins but he only caught four passes for 39 yards on six targets…Chris Thompson continues to be a bright spot in the Redskins offense. Thompson caught eight passes for 76 yards. Thompson has at least 50 yards receiving in four games this season…Jamison Crowder had his best game of the year. Crowder caught 9 of 13 targets for 123 yards…Terrelle Pryor said he was going to return to being a “beast.” He caught zero passes and was targeted once. Yeah.
Pittsburgh Steelers 20 Detroit Lions 15
Martavis Bryant said last week that wants to be traded out of Pittsburgh. He may get his wish. Bryant was inactive Sunday night. JuJu Smith-Schuster started and was the star of the game. Smith-Schuster caught 7 of 10 targets for 193 yards and a game-changing 97-yard touchdown. Smith-Schuster is the Steelers No. 2 receiver for the rest of the season.
Extra Points: Antonio Brown tied Smith-Schuster for the team-lead with 10 targets but he only caught half of them for 70 yards…The Lions defense did a good job of bottling up Le’Veon Bell. Bell rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (3.0 YPC). Bell wasn’t a factor as a receiver either, catching just two passes…The Steelers came in with the NFL’s topped rank pass defense allowing only 157 yards per game through the air. However, Matthew Stafford threw for 423 yards. He was held without a touchdown though, as Detroit went 0 for 5 in the red zone…Three Lions had at least 80 yards receiving but it was Marvin Jones who led the way. Jones caught 6 of 11 targets for 128 yards…With the Lions struggling in the red zone, Matt Prater connected on 5 of 5 field goal attempts.