Fantasy Football Stock Watch: Week 8 (Video)
Justin Fensterman reacts to Week 8 in the NFL and gives you players whose stocks are on the rise or fall based on their performances.
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While the major focus going into the Sunday games was potential weather impact for half of the games on the slate (something we're not used to), once the games began, we saw some of the usual suspects get hurt, including three members of the 49ers offense (something we're used to). Jimmy Garoppolo , George Kittle and the returning Tevin Coleman all left Sunday's game versus Seattle and didn't return. After being sidelined to start the season, Kenny Golladay could be back on the shelf after suffering a hip injury and even Diontae Johnson got hurt for the 80th time, injuring his hamstring, but, he did return to the game. Speaking of returning to action, Dalvin Cook showed that he was healthy enough to handle a full workload as he scored four touchdowns in week 8. After DK Metcalf owners were crying after his overtime touchdown got taken off the board in week 7, he put up 2 scores and 161 receiving yards on Sunday to lead all fantasy receivers for week 8 (prior to Monday Night Football). The window for trading is closing quickly. Now is the time to make that big move as the fantasy football playoff push is set to begin.
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C. Ferrell - DL
Raiders activated DE Clelin Ferrell from the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Ferrell missed Week 11 against the Chiefs. According to Pro Football Focus, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2019 draft has taken a sophomore step forward after an unconvincing rookie campaign, though he does have zero sacks on 402 snaps.
Added 12:36 am (EST)
Added 12:36 am (EST)
ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports the Ravens believe Lamar Jackson contracted COVID-19 during the team's Week 11 loss to the Titans.
Jackson took snaps from C Patrick Mekari, who has also tested positive. Jackson's game day locker is "close" to COVID positive J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram. Catching the virus during the game would be quite the development, as that is not something that has been documented during any American sporting event this year. Wherever Jackson contracted the virus, he is out for Week 12 against the Steelers — if it's played — and quite likely Week 13 vs. Dallas. That will depend when that game, originally scheduled for next Thursday, is played.
Added 12:31 am (EST)
Added 12:31 am (EST)
P. Barber - RB
Peyton Barber rushed 11 times for 57 yards in Washington's Week 12 win over the Cowboys.
Most of these touches came in garbage time. This is completely Antonio Gibson's backfield on early downs and possibly on passing downs, too.
Added Yesterday 8:54 pm (EST)
D. Inman - WR
Dontrelle Inman caught his only target for 15 yards in Washington's Week 12 win over the Cowboys.
Washington is using a heavy rotation behind Terry McLaurin at receiver. Inman led that group in receiving yards, but it was only 15 yards. Cam Sims, Steven Sims, Isaiah Wright, and Inman are all off the radar with the offense condensing on McLaurin and Antonio Gibson.
Added Yesterday 8:50 pm (EST)
J.D. McKissic caught 2-of-2 targets for 21 yards in Washington's Week 12 win over the Cowboys.
McKissic only handled one carry and didn't get those cheap check-down targets with Washington leading in the second half. Perhaps a sign that McKissic's RB2/3 value is a thing of the past, Antonio Gibson received 27 opportunities, including seven targets. Gibson frankly deserves more reps on passing downs, which comes at the expensive of our PPR cheat code. Washington will be big dogs in Pittsburgh next week, but McKissic's script-based floor has been pulled out from under him. He's a boom-bust RB2/3 play in PPR formats.
Added Yesterday 8:43 pm (EST)
Terry McLaurin caught 7-of-9 targets for 92 yards in Washington's Week 12 win over the Cowboys.
It doesn't count for fantasy, but McLaurin saved a would-be Cowboys touchdown on an interception with a D.K. Metcalf-like hawking. These types of plays are why the organization made him a team captain in his second NFL season. McLaurin also worked his way open all day long against an injured and straight-up bad Cowboys secondary. Alex Smith has reverted back to a quality back-end NFL starter after adjusting his game on his healed leg. McLaurin has earned every-week WR2 status regardless of matchup. Washington will play next in Pittsburgh.
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Logan Thomas caught 4-of-4 targets for 20 yards and one touchdown in the Football Team's Week 12 win over the Cowboys.
Thomas found space in the end zone for his fourth touchdown of the year. He's maxed out as a high-end TE2 despite being top-five in routes run just about every week. The Washington offense runs through Terry McLaurin and their running backs right now. Thomas needs a touchdown to pay off as a streamer. That'll be a tough ask against the Steelers in Week 13.
Added Yesterday 8:35 pm (EST)
Tony Pollard rushed four times for 12 yards and caught his two targets for 10 yards in the Cowboys' Week 12 loss to Washington.
Pollard simply wasn't very involved despite getting very little out of Ezekiel Elliott, who averaged 3.2 yards per carry and lost another inexcusable fumble. Pollard arguably offers more explosion, but he's nothing more than an insurance option while Zeke is healthy.
Added Yesterday 8:32 pm (EST)