Quick Hits: Week 8 Sunday Recap (Fantasy Football)
What an eventful Sunday!
We know not to overreact to the small sample size that is just one week, but it’d be silly to not react at all.
Let’s run through a quick recap of the good and the bad from each game of the main slate.
Jets @ Bears
The game script favored Jordan Howard so Tarik Cohen’s usage took a dip, but he’s so electric he can make do on limited opportunity. He made his 70 yard touchdown look easy. He’s an upside RB2 every week.
Mitchell Trubisky didn’t put up huge passing numbers, but he was good enough and added 51 yards on the ground. It might look ugly, but he’s continuing to be a fine fantasy option.
The receiving options on both teams are non-factors whether it’s due to injury (Quincy Enunwa, Allen Robinson, Robby Anderson) or ineffectiveness (everyone else). The Trey Burton dream appears to be dead.
Buccaneers @ Bengals
Joe Mixon’s 27.3 half PPR points is somehow disappointing with how huge of a first half he had, but there’s no doubt he’s an every-week RB1 as the workhorse in a good offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is back, baby. “Fitzmagic” took over for an ineffective Jameis Winston and led the Buccaneers back from a two-score deficit in the fourth quarter. It’s a situation to watch going forward.
Winston threw four picks and was promptly benched, killing any garbage time hope many owners had. He looked absolutely awful today, and to cap it off, Fitzpatrick looked fantastic. There’s intrigue in Tampa.
Seahawks @ Lions
Russell Wilson only threw the ball 17 times and made the most of it. He’s historically been a better second half QB, and I have to imagine this is the start of his run.
Kenny Golladay’s one target is extremely worrisome and he now only has seven catches over his last three games. He’s turning into a touchdown-dependent WR3.
Doug Baldwin betrayed those of us who put him back in our circles of trust after his big week last week. As noted above, Wilson only threw 17 times, but Baldwin’s lack of involvement is certainly troubling.
Broncos @ Chiefs
The Chiefs skill players did exactly what we expected them to do, delivering another huge game. The usage tree is narrow and the defense is bad. It’s a fantasy dream.
Demaryius Thomas led the team in targets and did squat with them. He just simply isn’t as explosive as he was earlier in his career.
Redskins @ Giants
Adrian Peterson is the player I was by far the most wrong on this season. I have no idea how he keeps doing it, but as long as he’s healthy he needs to be in your lineup.
Odell Beckham Jr. is somehow the most underrated receiver in the NFL. He keeps producing even with atrocious QB play.
Saquon Barkley had a brutal day on the ground, but his involvement in the passing game means he’s truly matchup and game-script proof.
I thought if Jordan Reed stayed healthy he was easily a top five tight end. Boy was that wrong. 12 targets, 7 catches, and 38 yards is just embarrassingly bad.
The Giants offensive line is atrocious and Eli Manning holds onto the ball like a child holds on to its favorite toy. That makes a perfect recipe for seven sacks and two interceptions. Despite their great skill players, the Giants are an offense to target when streaming defenses.
Browns @ Steelers
Le’veon Bell’s holdout is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. James Conner came in and not only replaced Bell’s production but surpassed it, racking up another 204 yards from scrimmage and two scores. He’s a machine and will certainly be involved even when Bell shows up.
If Todd Gurley is a cheat code on the running back side, Antonio Brown is his counterpart with the receivers. Another ho-hum 6/74/2 line as he reasserts himself as the best receiving asset in our game.
I’m not sure if I can remember a more overrated rookie than Baker Mayfield. He’s near the bottom of nearly every quarterback stat. It may not be all his fault, but this Browns team is horrible.
Those Week 1 Jarvis Landry victory laps seem like a lifetime ago. 12 targets, eight catches, and 39 yards isn’t going to cut it.
Ravens @ Panthers
Cam Newton’s floor is always so high because of his rushing numbers (10/52/1) but he’s looking better through the air, too. He’s a high-end QB1 every week.
Christian McCaffrey finally found the end zone, even if it wasn’t in the most conventional way. It wasn’t his most efficient day, but he’s a locked in workhorse in a good offense with a good quarterback.
The Ravens receiving corps is a complete crapshoot every week.
Alex Collins continues to be a low-end, TD dependent RB2.
Colts @ Raiders
Derek Carr made some waves with a viral tweet defending the Raiders and he backed it up on the field. Despite the day, he’s hard to trust as a viable fantasy option.
Marlon Mack scared some people with a did-not-practice designation on Thursday but no worries, he’s looking like a league winner.
Jared Cook scored a touchdown, which would normally be considered good, but that just means people will be tempted to play him next week. He’s completely unreliable.
Eric Ebron’s days as a TE1 are over with Jack Doyle’s return. The starter took his role back and shared the team lead in targets. Ebron gets downgraded to a TD-dependent TE2 while Doyle instantly becomes a mid-range TE1.
Packers @ Rams
Aaron Jones truthers jumping for joy as Jones, once again, asserted himself as the best back on the Packers. Head Coach Mike McCarthy is a complete wildcard so Jones can’t be trusted just yet, but the usage coming out of the bye is encouraging.
Todd Gurley is unbelievable and could’ve had another touchdown had he not gone down at the three yard line to secure the win.
Aaron Rodgers had a good enough real-life game, but not exactly what you’re hoping for out of your third round QB in a game with an O/U of 57.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a long touchdown, but outside of Adams, the whole Packers receiving corps looks to be extremely volatile.
49ers @ Cardinals
Marquise Goodwin is probably best for best ball leagues, but his big-play ability makes him an upside WR3 every week.
Larry Fitzgerald might be back. The usage is up and he’s finally getting open, scoring his second touchdown in as many weeks. If he was dropped in your league, he’s worth a look.
The comeback is a nice story, but Josh Rosen severely caps the upside of anyone on the Cardinals offense. He should have a bright long-term future in this league but he’s struggling mightily with the lack of talent around him.
David Johnson’s usage was still suboptimal. Hopefully, the Cardinals come up with something better over their bye week.
Be sure to check back in over the next few days for a more in-depth look at all the waiver options and injury notes that came from today’s games.