As bad as it was trying to patch together a starting lineup this week, we’ve made it through Week 8 relatively unscathed.  There were only a handful of injuries this week with Ryan Broyles and Brandon Gibson being the only of season ending variety.  Now I am sure that Tom Brady, Tony Gonzalez and RGIII owners may disagree with me about making it through but at least you live to fight another week.  This week we saw breakout performances by Marvin Jones, Kenny Stills and Andre Ellington.  We watched Calvin Johnson and Terrelle Pryor shatter individual records and the Jaguars continue their pace for theirs.  Let’s take a look around at everything that happened on this Sunday in Week 8 from a Fantasy Football perspective.

 

 

 

30

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions

31

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Tony Romo

14-30 206 yards 3TD

Matt Stafford

33-48 488 TD 2INT  Rush TD

Lance Dunbar

5-16 rushing

Reggie Bush

21-92 rushing TD 8-30 receiving

Joseph Randle

14-26 rushing 3-18 receiving

Joique Bell

4-32 rushing TD 1-22 receiving

Dez Bryant

3-72 receiving 2 TD

Calvin Johnson

14-329 receiving TD

Terrence Williams

2-64 receiving TD

Kris Durham

4-54 receiving

Jason Witten

2-15 receiving

Brandon Pettigrew

3-31 receiving

Injuries

Key Plays

RG -  Brian Waters  -  Knee injury

Calvin Johnson 87 yard catch sets his own 2 yard TD

CB – Bill Bentley – knee injury

Insane 5 yard TD catch by Dez Bryant

RB – Reggie Bush – shoulder injury

Terrence Williams 60 yard TD catch

Notes

Romo  was too focused on Williams early on the offense could do absolutely nothing

Reggie Bush with a horrible fumble while holding the ball out away from his body one-handed

Dez Bryant had an absolutely meltdown on the sideline early in the 4th quarter with his lack of involvement

Calvin Johnson with the 2nd highest receiving game in NFL history.  The day could have been bigger as well.

           
 

 

17

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs

23

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Jason Campbell

22-36 293 yards 2TD

Alex Smith

24-36 225 yards 2 TD

Willis McGahee

9-28 rushing 2-0 receiving

Jamaal Charles

18-74 rushing 5-46 receiving

Chris Ogbonnaya

3-12 rushing 3-15 receiving

Donnie Avery

3-31 receiving

Josh Gordon

5-132 receiving TD

Dwayne Bowe

1-7 receiving

Fozzy Whitaker

2-22 receiving TD

Dexter McCluster

7-67 receiving TD 1-5 rush

Jordan Cameron

4-81 receiving

Anthony Fasano

2-14 receiving

Injuries

Key Plays

WR – Travis Benjamin – knee injury

Anthony Sherman 12 yard TD catch

RB – Jamaal Charles -  knee injury - returned

Josh Gordon 39 yard TD on a flea-flicker

WR – Dwayne Bower – groin injury but played

Dexter McCluster 28 yard TD catch

Notes

Alex Smith overthrew a wide open Anthony Fasano in what would have been a TD

Josh Gordon continues to show that he is elite talent despite all of the qb changes that have happened

Davone Bess had an absolutely brutal game with multiple dropped passes along with a fumbled punt

With the involvement of Whitaker, the Browns running backs cant be started at all

           
 

 

 

17

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

27

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Ryan Tannehill

22-42 192 2TD 2INT 1-12 rush

Tom Brady

13-22 116 yards TD 4-5 rushing

Lamar Miller

18-89 rushing 3-23 receiving

Stevan Ridley

14-79 rushing TD

Daniel Thomas

9-47 rushing 1-5 receiving TD

Brandon Bolden

8-22 rushing TD 2-7 receiving

Mike Wallace

3-41 receiving

Aaron Dobson

4-60 receiving

Brian Hartline

4-37 receiving

Danny Amendola

3-15 receiving

Charles Clay

5-37 receiving

Rob Gronkowski

2-27 receiving

Injuries

Key Plays

WR – Brandon Gibson – knee injury

Brandon Gibson 4 yard TD catch

RT – Sebastian Vollmer – knee injury

Daniel Thomas 3 yard TD catch

CB – Aqib Talib – inactive with hip injury

Brandon Bolden 1 yard TD set-up by Tannehill fumble

Notes

Brady is completely staring down his first read which led to the first interception of the game

Rob Gronkowski catches a 30 yard TD but it is called back due to a holding penalty

A very questionable call on a fumble against Miami led to a game clinching TD for New England

New England continues to play awful football offensively and got some gifts from Miami to win this game

 
 

 

17

Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints

35

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Thad Lewis

22-39, 234 yards 1 TD, 1 INT

Drew Brees

26-34, 332 yards, 5 TD’s

Fred Jackson

15-45 yards, 1 TD rush

2-8 yards rec

Pierre Thomas

14-65 yards rush

3-29 yards rec

Stevie Johnson

7-72 yards, 1 TD

Kenny Stills

3-129 yards, 2 TD’s

Marquise Goodwin

3-56 yards

Marques Colston

3-18 yards

Robert Woods

1-7

Lance Moore

3-34 yards, 1 TD

Scott Chandler

7-72 yards

Jimmy Graham

3-37 yards, 2 TD’s

Injuries

Key Plays

CJ Spiller was inactive

Kenny Still TD catches of 42 & 69 yards

 

Stevie Johnson 14 yard TD reception

 

Jimmy Graham TD catches of 13 & 15 yards

Notes

Jimmy Graham played sparingly but still produced a big fantasy game today. He has to start no matter what.

Fred Jackson was hobbling all game. It is only a matter of time before his knee gives out for good this year.

Darren Sproles had 4 receptions for 0 yards today. Anybody want to debate me on him being a RB3 anymore?

It is remarkable how dramatic Marques Colston’s fall has been this year. He may not be long for the NFL.

           
 

 

15

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

7

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Eli Manning

25-39, 246 yards

Matt Barkley

17-26, 158 yards, 1 INT

Peyton Hillis

20-70 yards rush

3-15 yards rec

LeSean McCoy

15-48 yards rush

4-18 yards rec

Michael Cox

9-19 yards

DeSean Jackson

8-63 yards

Victor Cruz

7-86 yards

Riley Cooper

2-13 yards

Hakeem Nicks

7-51 yards

Jason Avant

3-54 yards

Brandon Myers

3-42 yards

Brent Celek

2-17 yards

Injuries

Key Plays

Michael Vick left game with hamstring injury

Josh Brown FG’s of 27, 33, 40, 44 & 46

Cruz returned after getting X-ray on his shoulder

Matt Barkley fumbles ball away at the Giants 2 yard line

 

Najee Goode 2 yard fumble return for TD

Notes

Michael Vick started the game but left twice due to hamstring issues. He left for good in mid 2nd quarter.

This was the first time that the Giants won a game without scoring a TD since 2002.

The Chip Kelly offense doesn’t work without the personnel to run it which without Vick the Eagles don’t.

Eli Manning might not be a top 15 fantasy QB on any given week at this point or going forward.

           
 

 

42

San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars

10

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Colin Kaepernick

10-16, 164 yards, 1 TD

7-54 yards, 2 TD’s rush

Chad Henne

29-45, 228 yards, 1 TD

Frank Gore

19-71 yards, 2 TD’s

Maurice Jones-Drew

19-75 yards

Kendall Hunter

9-84 yards

Justin Blackmon

4-31 yards

Anquan Boldin

4-56 yards

Cecil Shorts

7-74 yards

Kyle Williams

1-7 yards

Mike Brown

3-43 yards, 1 TD

Vernon Davis

3-52 yards, 1 TD

Marcedes Lewis

1-6 yards

Injuries

Key Plays

Will Rackley left game with a concussion

Kaepernick TD runs of 9 & 12 yards

 

Frank Gore TD run of 2 & 19 yards

 

Dan Skuta 47 yard fumble return for TD

Notes

Despite the great fantasy performance today, Kaepernick remains an erratic passer right now.

Anquan Boldin is just a WR3 and his value could drop more once Mario Manningham returns next week.

Frank Gore is as safe of a play in fantasy football as any RB in the league.

I say it every week but the Jaguars legitimately have zero chance of winning a game this season.

           
 

 

18

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders

21

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Ben Roethlisberger

29-45, 275 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

Terrelle Pryor

10-19, 88 yards, 2 INT

9-106 yards, 1 TD rush

Le’Veon Bell

13-24 yards, 1 TD rush

5-27 yards rec

Darren McFadden

24-73 yards, 2 TD’s

Antonio Brown

9-82 yards

Marcel Reece

3-10 yards rush

Emmanuel Sanders

7-88 yards, 1 TD

Denarius Moore

2-32 yards

Jerricho Cotchery

3-39 yards

Rod Streater

4-45 yards

Heath Miller

3-19 yards

Jeron Mastrud

1-9 yards

Injuries

Key Plays

Ramon Foster left game with a concussion

Terrelle Pryor 93 yard TD run

Guy Whimper left game with knee injury

Darren McFadden TD runs of 4 & 7 yards

David DeCastro left game with an ankle injury

Emmanuel Sanders 9 yard TD reception

Notes

Pryor’s 93 yard TD run set an NFL record for longest TD run by a QB & a Raiders record for longest TD run.

Heath Miller had a TD called back due to an illegal procedure penalty on the Steelers.

2 missed field goals by Shaun Suisham devastated the Steelers today. It was his first 2 misses of the season

It was nice to see McFadden show that he still has some burst left even though it was after a bye week.

           
 

 

9

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals

49

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Geno Smith

20-30, 159 yards, 2 INT

Andy Dalton

19-30, 325 yards, 5 TD’s, 1 INT

Chris Ivory

6-11 yards

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

11-33 yards

Bilal Powell

10-19 yards

Giovanni Bernard

5-18 yards rush

1-9 yards rec

Stephen Hill

4-23 yards

A.J. Green

3-115 yards

David Nelson

8-80 yards

Marvin Jones

8-122 yards, 4 TD’s

Jeff Cumberland

1-9 yards

Jermaine Gresham

2-14 yards, 1 TD

Injuries

Key Plays

Rey Maualuga was carted off with a knee injury

Marvin Jones TD catches of 6, 6, 9 & 14 yards

Mohammad Sanu left game with shoulder injury

Chris Crocker 32 yard INT return for TD

Taylor Mays left game with a shoulder injury

Adam Jones 60 yard INT return for TD

Notes

Geno Smith was benched in the 4th quarter in favor of Matt Simms due to ineffectiveness.

Marvin Jones is on his way to being a star. He’s moving ahead of Sanu on the depth chart permanently.

The Bengals destroyed the Jets defense with the deep ball. Rookie CB Dee Milner was benched accordingly.

Andy Dalton became only the 3rd Bengals QB in history to throw for 5+ TD’s in a single game.

           
 

 

21

Washington Redskins at Denver Broncos

45

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Robert Griffin III

15-30, 132 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

5-7 yards rushing

Peyton Manning

30-44, 354 yards, 4 TD’s, 3 INT

Alfred Morris

17-93 yards, 1 TD

Knowshon Moreno

14-44 yards rush

6-89 yards, 1 TD rec

Roy Helu

5-11 yards rush

1-14 yards rec

DeMaryius Thomas

7-75 yards, 1 TD

Pierre Garcon

7-46 yards

Wes Welker

6-81 yards, 1 TD

Santana Moss

2-20 yards

Eric Decker

4-42 yards

Jordan Reed

8-90 yards

Julius Thomas

3-29 yards

Injuries

Key Plays

Duke Ihenacho left game with an ankle injury

Leonard Hankerson 7 yard TD reception

RGIII left game with a left knee injury

Joel Dreesseen 1 yard TD reception

Julius Thomas left game with an ankle injury

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 75 yard INT return for TD

Notes

Despite the numbers Manning looked horrible. He could barely lift his legs. The bye week is perfectly timed.

I hope that you listened to me all week about Roy Helu. Last week’s 3 TD’s were a complete fluke.

RGIII should be fine. His departure was more of a precaution than a real injury to his rebuilt knee.

Both teams combined for 7 turnovers in the 4th quarter alone tying an NFL record.

           
 

 

13

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals

27

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Matt Ryan

34-61, 301 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT

Carson Palmer

13-18, 172 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT

Steven Jackson

11-6 yards rush

3-7 yards rec

Andre Ellington

15-154 yards, 1 TD rush

2-8 yards rec

Jacquizz Rogers

2-8 yards rush

2-11 yards rec

Stepfan Taylor

14-38 yards

Harry Douglas

12-121 yards

Larry Fitzgerald

4-48 yards, 1 TD

Drew Davis

5-77 yards, 1 TD

Michael Floyd

3-30 yards, 1 TD

Tony Gonzalez

3-26 yards

Rob Housler

1-14 yards

Injuries

Key Plays

John Abraham left game with a head injury

Andre Ellington 80 yard TD run

 

Michael Floyd 15 yard TD reception

 

Drew Davis 4 yard TD reception

Notes

Larry Fitzgerald became the youngest NFL receiver to record 800 receptions at just 30 years & 57 days.

The Falcons are in trouble because their O-line is terrible and their offense is too one dimensional.

Steven Jackson was supposed to give them a running threat but he is obviously completely washed up.

Don’t buy into the Cardinals coaches saying they will limit Andre Ellington’s touches. He’s the best they got.

           
 

 

44

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

31

Name

Stats

Name

Stats

Aaron Rodgers

24-29, 285 yards, 2 TD’s

6-31 yards rushing

Christian Ponder

14-21, 145 yards

5-38 yards, 1 TD rushing

Eddie Lacy

29-94 yards, 1 TD rush

4-18 yards rec

Adrian Peterson

13-60 yards, 1 TD rush

3-23 yards rec

James Starks

7-57 yards, 1 TD

Greg Jennings

1-9 yards

Jordy Nelson

7-123 yards, 2 TD’s

Cord




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