The Hangover: Week 8 Fantasy Review

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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers remain white-hot as they knocked off the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals 24-21 on Thursday Night Football. Rodgers completed 22 of 37 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. The story of the night was the Packers running game. Aaron Jones had a complete performance as he ran for 59 yards and a touchdown on fifteen carries while catching seven of eleven targets for 51 yards. AJ Dillon was the best pure runner in this game as he rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries. Aaron Jones is still a top-five fantasy running back, and AJ Dillon is a weekly flex option. The Packers were without Davante Adams and Allen Lazard in this one. The Pack also lost Robert Tonyan for the season with a gruesome injury. Thursday night’s game was one of the worst performances of the season for MVP-favorite Kyler Murray. Murray completed 22 of 33 for 274 and two interceptions. I would not be concerned with Kyler Murray–he will have a bounce-back performance in week nine. The Arizona Cardinals offense was out of whack all night long, dealing with an injured DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins caught two-of-two targets for 66 yards before leaving with an injury. Keep an eye on the injury report this week. The Cardinals’ split the backfield work evenly once again between Chase Edmonds and James Conner. Both players remain low-end RB2 plays for your fantasy team.


Our upset of the week call was the Carolina Panthers upsetting the Atlanta Falcons, and that call came to fruition with a 19-13 victory. Sam Darnold continues to provide paltry results completing 13 of 24 for 129 yards. Further complicating matters, Sam Darnold sustained a concussion in the 4th quarter so pay close attention to his availability next week. P.J. Walker would be next in line if Darnold were to miss time. The Panthers’ offense needs Christian McCaffrey to return in the worst way. Robby Anderson is non-existent and should not be on your fantasy team. DJ Moore is the only receiver worth starting as Moore hauled in five of eight targets for 59 yards. Calvin Ridley is taking time off for his mental health-we wish him the best, there is no timetable for his return. Matt Ryan was a disaster completing 20 of 27 for 146 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Leave Ryan on your waiver wire. Kyle Pitts caught two of six targets for 13 yards–a disappointing performance for fantasy managers. Cordarrelle Patterson continues to shine as a multi-threat RB2/WR2 with nine carries for 35 yards, and five receptions for 37 yards, and a touchdown. The Falcons will rely on Pitts and Patterson moving forward–their roles in your fantasy lineups are secure. 


Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills shook off a sluggish start to move to 5-2 and have a stranglehold on the AFC East. Allen completed 29 of 42 for 249 yards and two touchdowns while rushing eight times for 55 yards and another score. Allen remains locked in as a top-five fantasy quarterback for the remainder of the season. Cole Beasley kept the chains moving with ten catches on thirteen targets for 110 yards. Beasley is a PPR monster and is an every-week low-end WR2. Stefon Diggs is about to take off in the second half of the season–I can feel it. Diggs caught five of seven targets for 40 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Emmanuel Sanders was oddly quiet and did not register a catch. Squeaky wheel game for Manny Sanders on deck. Neither Bills’ back–Devin Singletary or Zach Moss were effective in this one. If forced to choose between the two, I still pick Moss. The Miami Dolphins continue to look like a team searching for answers, only to find none. Tua Tagovailoa completed 21 of 39 for 205 yards and an interception. You cannot play Tua in fantasy right now. DeVante Parker was the most effective Dolphins’ receiver on the day–hauing in eight of eleven targets for 85 yards. Jaylen Waddle caught only four of twelve targets for 28 yards. I would choose Parker over Waddle for fantasy purposes as he receives the more important, downfield targets. Mike Gesicki remains a low-end TE1 with three catches for 48 yards. There’s not a running back on the Dolphins worth rostering at this time.

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The 49ers got a much-needed victory on the road 33-22 over the Chicago Bears. Jimmy Garoppolo got it done with his legs as much as he did with his arm. Garoppolo completed 17 of 28 for 322 yards and two RUSHING scores. Garoppolo likely holds on to his job for another week or two based on this performance. Elijah Mitchell strengthens his hold on the 49ers’ backfield with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries. Mitchell will not catch many passes, but his explosiveness plays well in this offense, and he is a solid RB2 option moving forward. Deebo Samuel continues to go off this season. Samuel caught six of nine for 171 yards and is a locked and loaded top ten receiver at the moment. Justin Fields emerged from under the cloak of Matt Nagy to have the best performance of his young career. Fields completed 19 of 27 for 175 yards, one touchdown, and one interception but did work on the ground with 103 rushing yards and an additional touchdown. Justin Fields remains a work-in-progress but one with tremendous fantasy upside. Darnell Mooney continues to emerge as the Bears’ top pass catcher. Mooney caught six of nine for 64 yards and is a high-end fantasy flex option. You cannot start Allen Robinson II in fantasy football. He does not appear to be the player he once was. Khalil Herbert continues to work as the every-down back with 72 rushing yards on 23 carries.


The Pittsburgh Steelers won a game that they had to have in an ugly affair 15-10. Big Ben completed 22 of 34 for 266 yards and one touchdown. Najee Harris continues to be the focal point of the Steelers’ offense totaling 120 yards on 29 touches and is a solid top ten fantasy back. Diontae Johnson is the only receiver in the Steelers’ offense worth playing in fantasy football right now–catching six of thirteen targets for 98 yards and is a solid WR2. Pat Freiermuth continues to emerge as a weekly TE1. Freiermuth caught four of seven targets for 44 yards and a touchdown. Baker Mayfield completed 20 of 31 for 225 yards while offering zero upside in a hapless Browns’ offense. Odell Beckham Jr. had one catch for six yards and is giving you nothing. I would still roll out Jarvis Landry as a flex option. Landry caught five of his ten targets for 65 yards. Nick Chubb came back this week to reclaim his RB1 status with 61 rushing yards on 16 carries.


I don’t know if I have the words to describe the beatdown that was the Eagles’ 44-6 dismantlement of the Detroit Lions. We thought it was ‘Kenneth Gainwell‘ week, and the Eagles made us look like fools. Boston Scott and Jordan Howard combined for 117 rushing yards and four touchdowns in this game. No one knows what to make of this involvement. Tune in next week–you’ll see an entirely different deployment. Dallas Goedert caught six of seven targets for 72 yards. Since the Zach Ertz trade, Dallas Goedert has moved into an every-down TE role and is worthy of top-ten TE consideration. No receivers are worth playing in Philadelphia at the moment. The Detroit Lions offense was so bad–I have no words. Jared Goff completed 25 of 34 for 222 empty yards. D’Andre Swift never got it going in this one. Swift ran for 27 yards on twelve carries while catching all five of his targets for 24 yards. The one player for the Lions that showed up was T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson caught ten of eleven targets for 89 yards and will remain a top-five TE option.


The Tennessee Titans outlasted the Indianapolis Colts 34-31 keeping a stranglehold on the AFC South division. Derrick Henry had his worst game of the season, rushing for only 68 yards on 28 carries. In far worse news, Derrick Henry could be out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury that will require surgery. The Titans offense is about to shift dramatically moving forward. Jeremy McNichols will take over the workload for the Titans and will be the #1 top priority on your waiver wire this week. A.J. Brown is a fantasy superstar at the wide receiver position–catching eleven targets for 155 yards and a touchdown. Carson Wentz is his own worst enemy– completing 27 of 51 for 231 yards, three touchdowns, and two horrendous interceptions. We mentioned Michael Pittman Jr. as the receiver taking over the alpha role in the Colts’ offense–Pittman Jr. backed up the hyperbole with ten catches on fifteen targets for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor continues as a top-five fantasy running back with 122 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches. T.Y. Hilton received a concussion in this one. Hilton has already been ruled out for the Colts’ Thursday Night game this week.


In the ‘Upset of the Year’–Mike White and the New York Jets upset the Cincinnati Bengals 34-31. Mike White looked phenomenal, completing 37 of 45 for 405 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. The NFL can be a funny, funny world. We have to talk about the Jets’ backfield takeover and Michael Carter. Carter rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while catching nine passes for 95 yards. Carter has emerged to the point that he is a weekly RB2. Jamison Crowder caught eight of nine for 84 yards and is a streaming flex option if Corey Davis continues to miss time. Joe Burrow continues to be on fire when it comes to fantasy football–completing 21 of 34 for 259 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Joe Mixon didn’t look great on the ground but got it done in fantasy with 33 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. An inefficient day won’t stop Ja’Marr Chase. Chase caught three of nine for 32 yards and a touchdown. Tee Higgins led the Bengals in receiving as he caught four of six targets for 97 yards. Tyler Boyd had a day with five catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. Chase remains a WR1, Higgins is a low-end WR2, and Tyler Boyd remains a fantasy flex play.


Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams keep rolling 38-22 over the Houston Texans. Stafford completed 21 of 32 for 305 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford is playing MVP-level football. Cooper Kupp remains an unstoppable fantasy force with seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Robert Woods is no longer an efficient player. In the Rams offense, he can still play as a flex option in fantasy football. DeSean Jackson has requested a trade and the Rams plan to agree to deal D-Jax. Van Jefferson should continue to get work as he caught three of six targets for 35 yards and a touchdown. Darrell Henderson Jr. continues as a rock-solid RB with 90 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. The Rams defense gets a boost as they have agreed to trade a 2022 2nd and 3rd round picks for pass-rusher Von Miller. As we say every week, the only starting option for the Texans is Brandin Cooks. Cooks caught all six of his targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.


The New England Patriots came away with a huge road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, raising their record to 4-4. Mac Jones continues to carry out the Patriots’ conservative game plan completing 18 of 35 for 218 yards. You cannot start Mac Jones in fantasy football. Damien Harris is dominating the Patriots’ backfield with 80 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Harris is a solid weekly RB2. Jakobi Meyers continues to lead the Patriots in targets catching four of nine for 37 yards. Only play a Patriots receiver out of desperation. Justin Herbert looked off all game long–completing 18 of 35 for 223 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. We expected the Patriots defense to take away Mike Williams, and they did. Williams caught only two of five targets for 19 yards. We were ‘all-in’ on Keenan Allen this week, and he paid off for you with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Austin Ekeler continues to produce as a top-five fantasy running back regardless of match-up. Ekeler ran for 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and caught six passes for 60 yards. I would expect a bounce-back week from the Chargers offense as a whole next week.


The Seahawks throttled the Jaguars in a demolishing fashion 31-7. Geno Smith played the best game of his career as he completed 20 of 24 for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Smith was incredible–and the Jaguars’ defense is horrendous. Both Seahawks’ receivers had great games. Tyler Lockett was open all afternoon long to the tune of twelve catches for 142 yards. DK Metcalf caught all six of his targets for 43 yards and two touchdowns. DK Metcalf remains a high-end WR2, and Lockett is more of a low-end WRs. Keep an eye on the Seahawks’ backfield situation. Some reports have Chris Carson returning following their bye week. Other reports have the Seahawks’ more concerned about Carsons’ neck–stay tuned. Keep an eye on the injury report for Jaguars’ running back James Robinson as well. J-Rob left this game early, and Carlos Hyde took over the workload in his absence. The Jaguars’ passing game is a mess. Dan Arnold is a starting option at the tight end position as he caught eight of ten targets for 68 yards. Jamal Agnew continues to be more integrated into the Jaguars’ offense as he caught six of twelve targets for 38 yards and a touchdown. I still would not recommend starting him in fantasy.


The Denver Broncos won a defensive slugfest 17-10 over Washington to even their season at 4-4. Teddy Bridgewater did just enough completing 19 of 26 for 213 yards and a touchdown. Bridgewater spread the ball around to a variety of options as no one had more than four targets. Jerry Jeudy returned to live-action for the first time since week one, a great sign for the Broncos’ offense. The Broncos continue to split their backfield workload between Melvin Gordon III and Javonte Williams. Gordon was the more prolific back in this one–totaling 62 and two touchdowns on 13 touches. Both players are only flex options for your fantasy team. Taylor Heinicke was erratic in this one completing 24 of 39 for 270 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. The Washington offense was neutered all afternoon long. J.D. McKissic caught all eight of his targets for 83 yards, remaining a flex play in PPR leagues. The troubling sounds you hear out of Washington surrounding running back Antonio Gibson continue to get louder. Gibson has dealt with a hairline fracture in his shin all year long, and he is not the same player that he was a season ago. Gibson is now a part of a running back by committee approach that also includes Jaret Patterson


In a shocking turn of events, the New Orleans Saints, who are now down to their 3rd string quarterback, upset the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers 36-27. Saints quarterback Jameis Winston goes down with a torn ACL and is now ruled out for the season. In steps Trevor Siemian–completing 16 of 29 for 156 yards and a touchdown. With jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill set to return next week–it remains anyone’s guess who will be under center for the Saints. Alvin Kamara continues to be the focal point of the Saints’ offense totaling 76 yards and a touchdown on 22 touches. You cannot start a Saints receiver given what we have seen from Taysom Hill under center and the unknown Trevor Siemian factor. Tom Brady completed 28 of 40 for 375 yards, four touchdowns, and two costly interceptions. Chris Godwin was the receiver who had it working in this one–hauling in eight of twelve targets for 140 yards and a touchdown. Mike Evans caught two of four for 48 yards and a touchdown. Brady just missed Evans on what would have been a long touchdown. With Antonio Brown out for the foreseeable future, the Buccaneers’ offense will work through Godwin and Evans. Leonard Fournette never got it going in this one against a tough defensive front. Fournette is the owner of the Buccaneers’ backfield.


Of course, on Halloween night, where we had more tricks than treats, Cooper Rush would lead the Dallas Cowboys to a come from behind victory over the Minnesota Vikings 20-16. Cooper Rush displayed impressive control of the Cowboys’ offense as he completed 24 of 40 for 325 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Rush spread the ball around to his primary pass-catchers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. Cooper was particularly clutch as he caught eight of thirteen targets for 122 yards and a touchdown. CeeDee Lamb was dynamic as always, hauling in six of eight for 112 yards. Ezekiel Elliot was clutch down the stretch as he totaled 73 yards on 20 touches. Zeke remains a solid top-five fantasy running back. Kirk Cousins seemed out of sync all game long as he completed 23 of 35 for 184 yards and a touchdown. Dalvin Cook was held in check with 78 yards on 18 carries. Cook should remain in the top-five fantasy running back consideration and a mainstay of your fantasy lineup. The Cowboys did a fantastic job of keeping the ball away from Justin Jefferson. Jefferson caught only two of four passes for 21 yards. Squeaky wheel game for Jefferson is on tap! Adam Thielen was the most consistent receiving option for the Vikings with six catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.


The Kansas City Chiefs got a much-needed victory over the New York Giants, but it was not pretty. The Chiefs squeaked by 20-17. Patrick Mahomes did not look like himself for most of the night as he completed 29 of 48 for 275 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Tyreek Hill dominated the action with 12 catches on 18 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. This game was one of the worst performances that I can recall from Travis Kelce–Kelce hauled in four of seven for 27 yards and a fumble. I would look for a bounce-back performance from Travis Kelce next week. Daniel Jones was once again without Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay in this one. Jones performed admirably without his primary weapons–completing 22 of 32 for 222 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Keep an eye on the injury report this week to see who will be active for the New York Giants.

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