Fantasy Impact of Week 8

Fantasy Impact of Week 8

Game Analysis

Fantasy Impact of Week 8


Bengals 27 Redskins 27 OT

There were a lot of big fantasy performances in the Sunday morning tie in London. Kirk Cousins threw for a career-high 458 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Bengals countered with two 100-yard receivers. A.J. Green (9/121) and Tyler Eifert (9/102/1) combined for 18 receptions on 30 targets.

Extra Points: Jordan Reed returned from a concussion on Sunday but both Reed and Vernon Davis had big games. Reed caught nine passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets, while Davis caught 5-of-5 targets for 93 yards…Jamison Crowder continues to have a strong season. Crowder hauled in 9-of-13 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Crowder now has 16 receptions for 215 yards and a score on 22 targets in his last two games…Filling in for an injured Matt Jones, Rob Kelley chugged his way to 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (4.1 YPC)…Three Bengals scored a rushing touchdown (Andy Dalton, Jeremy Hill, Gio Bernard). Hill and Bernard combined for 128 yards on 31 carries.

Texans 20 Lions 13

Lamar Miller kept fantasy owners in suspense all week with a shoulder injury. Miller was active on Sunday and logged 17 carries for 56 yards and a score. Backup Alfred Blue carried the ball just nine times for 41 yards.

Extra Points: C.J. Fiedorowicz has emerged as a weekly fantasy starter at tight end. Fiedorowicz caught five passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He has at least five receptions and two touchdowns in his last three games…DeAndre Hopkins’ disappointing 2016 season continues. He was held to just four catches for 44 yards…Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron both returned from injuries for the Lions and made an immediate impact. Ebron caught seven passes for 79 yards. Riddick gained 133 total yards, caught eight balls and scored a touchdown…After a fast start to the year. Marvin Jones (3/33) has slowed down. Jones has gone over 40 yards receiving just once in the last four games.

Chiefs 30 Colts 14

Chiefs’ quarterbacks accounted for 334 yards and three touchdowns against the struggling Colts defense. Alex Smith threw for 127 yards and a score before leaving with a concussion. Nick Foles replaced Smith and aired it out for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Extra Points: Foles threw the ball down the field more than Smith and the Chiefs pass catchers benefitted. Travis Kelce led the way with seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown…Big-play rookie Tyreek Hill caught five balls for 98 yards and a touchdown. Hill has scored in back-to-back weeks and three of the last four games…Spencer Ware left the game with a concussion. Charcandrick West took over and rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries (3.7 YPC)…The Chiefs defense held Andrew Luck to 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception…Donte Moncrief played in his first game since Week 2. Moncrief led the Colts in receiving; catching four passes for 41 yards and a touchdown. T.Y. Hilton had his worst game of the year. Hilton finished with a season-worst one reception for 20 yards on six targets.

Patriots 41 Bills 25

After getting shut out at home in their first meeting, the Patriots hung 41 points on the Bills defense Sunday. Tom Brady (315/4) remains red-hot. He’s the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 12 touchdowns and no interceptions in his first four games of a season.

Extra Points: Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Since Brady returned to the lineup, Gronk has posted three 100-yard games (93 yards in the other) and three touchdowns…Julian Edelman caught his first touchdown of the year but still managed only 37 yards on four receptions…Chris Hogan converted all four of his targets into catches. He put up 91 yards and a touchdown…Mike Gillislee got the start with LeSean McCoy inactive. Gillislee ran for 85 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (7.1 YPC). It wasn’t a heavy workload because the Bills fell behind early but expect Gillislee to remain the workhorse until McCoy is healthy.

Panthers 30 Cardinals 20

The Panthers defense has struggled this season but apparently the bye week did them some good. Carolina’s defense sacked Carson Palmer eight times, picked him off once and returned a fumble for a touchdown. In a weird season for the Panthers, they put up 30 points in a game where Cam Newton didn’t score a touchdown.

Extra Points: Jonathan Stewart has helped jump-start the running game since returning to the lineup. Stewart rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (3.8 YPC)…David Johnson was shut down on the ground (10 carries for 24 yards. However, Johnson remains one of fantasy football’s most valuable running backs because of what he provides as a pass catcher. Johnson helped save his fantasy day by hauling in seven receptions for 84 yards. With the Cardinals receivers banged up, J.J. Nelson had a big fantasy day. Nelson caught eight balls for 79 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 12 targets. He’ll continue to see more snaps if Michael Floyd is limited after the bye week.

Saints 25 Seahawks 20

It wasn’t the offensive fireworks fantasy owners were hoping for between Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. The two combined to throw one touchdown pass. As a matter of fact, the fantasy star in this game was Saints kicker Wil Lutz who went 4-for-4 on field goal attempts.

Extra Points: Mark Ingram was benched after losing a fumble in the first quarter. Tim Hightower replaced him and ran for 102 yards on 26 carries (3.9 YPC). This is a situation to monitor. Ingram has struggled this year and the Saints coaching staff seems to have faith in Hightower…Rookie Michael Thomas continues to impress. He was the Saints leading receiver for the second game in a row. Thomas caught all six targets for 63 yards…Rookie RB C.J. Prosise made an impact for the first time this season. The pass-catching back finished with 80 yards on four receptions. Prosise could see his role in the offense expand in the coming weeks…Jimmy Graham had a disappointing return to New Orleans. Graham was held to just three catches for 34 yards.

Jets 31 Browns 28

One way to get well is to face the Browns defense. Matt Forte rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns, while Ryan Fitzpatrick returned from a one-week benching to throw for 228 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions to drop the Browns to 0-8.

Extra Points: Quincy Enunwa had his second strong fantasy game in a row. Enunwa was targeted a team-high 11 times; catching four passes for 93 yards. Enunwa has gone over 70 yards receiving and scored in each of the last two games…Josh McCown (341/2/2) doesn’t win but he helps fantasy owners. Terrelle Pryor caught six passes for 101 yards with McCown back under center. It’s only the second time Pryor has gone over 70 yards since Week 3.

Raiders 30 Buccaneers 24 OT

Derek Carr threw for a career-high 513 yards against the Buccaneers version of a pass defense. Carr threw four touchdown passes on the day, including a 41-yard strike to Seth Roberts in overtime, to improve the Raiders to 5-0 on the road this season.

Extra Points: As you might expect when a quarterback throws for over 500 yards, the Raiders had two 100-yard receivers on Sunday. Amari Cooper (173/1) and Michael Crabtree (108) combined for 20 receptions on 31 targets…Jameis Winston threw for 180 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Winston has cut down on the turnovers over the last three games but he continues to miss open receivers…Mike Evans was held in check by the Raiders defense. Evans saw a team-high 11 targets but finished with just four receptions for 50 yards…Jacquizz Rodgers saw his streak of 100-yard rushing games end at two. Rodgers ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries (3.6 YPC). He also left late in the game with a foot injury and was replaced by Antone Smith.

Broncos 27 Chargers 19

The Broncos defense did it again on Sunday. Denver’s defense sacked Philip Rivers four times, recorded three interceptions and scored a touchdown to help lead the Broncos over the Chargers.

Extra Points: In a game that didn’t feature many offensive stars, Melvin Gordon kept rolling with 111 yards on 23 carries (4.8 YPC). Gordon also caught four passes for 44 yards…Hunter Henry has cooled off. Henry caught just two passes for 14 yards. The rookie tight end has only three receptions for 30 yards in his last two games…Making his first career start, Devontae Booker gained 84 total yards and scored on 24 touches. Booker will continue to be the Broncos workhorse for the rest of the season…Demaryius Thomas (5/79) and Emmanuel Sanders (4/68) were each targeted 10 times on the day.

Falcons 33 Packers 32

The wildest game of the day saw a shootout between Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 60 yards on the ground to lead the Packers in rushing. Ryan threw for 288 yards and three scores. The two didn’t throw an interception on 73 combined pass attempts.

Extra Points: With Tevin Coleman out, Devonta Freeman and Terron Ward handled the backfield touches. Freeman was the more active of the two, gaining 68 yards on 15 touches and scoring twice…Julio Jones was held to just three receptions for 29 yards. Jones was in and out of the lineup and looked like he clearly wasn’t 100 percent…Mohamed Sanu led the Falcons in receiving with nine catches for 84 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 10 targets. It’s Sanu’s best fantasy performance since Week 1…With Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery inactive, Davonte Adams led the Packers with 14 targets. He caught 12 for 74 yards. Adams has 25 receptions in his last two games.

Cowboys 29 Eagles 23 OT

The Eagles defense did a good job against Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott for most of the night but the Cowboys dynamic duo got it going in the fourth quarter and overtime. Prescott threw for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 38 yards and a score. Elliott gained 148 total yards on 26 touches to help lead Dallas to its sixth straight win.

Extra Points: Dez Bryant returned from a knee injury and made an immediate fantasy impact. Dez was targeted heavily by Prescott (14 times). He finished with four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown…Cole Beasley wasn’t featured until late in the game. Prescott’s favorite receiver when Bryant was injured, Beasley caught 4-of-7 targets for 53 yards with Dez back in the lineup…Ryan Mathews’ fantasy value is in the toilet. Mathews did score against the Cowboys but he only carried the ball four times for 10 yards. It was Darren Sproles who was the feature back. Sproles carries the ball 15 times for 86 yards on Sunday night (5.7 YPC)…Jordan Matthews ate up the Cowboys on underneath routes. Matthews caught 11-of-14 targets for 65 yards and score. Fantasy owners would like a better average than 5.9 yards from Matthews but they’ll take the receptions and touchdown.


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