Another fantasy week in the books! It feels long ago now, but the Houston Texans led the way for fantasy owners with a monster Thursday night. Sunday was full of highs and lows. Let’s take a look at this week’s studs and duds.
Might as well just copy and paste Patrick Mahomes into this section each week. He leads the way among fantasy QBs again with 4 TDs and 300 yards. He was pushed this week by Deshaun Watson’s 5 TDs on Thursday night. Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck all threw 3 TDs.
The Saints had a big Sunday night, but no thanks to Drew Brees who had only 120 yards and a TD. Jameis Winston disappointed in a tasty matchup with 4 picks and only 1 TD plus a benching. And anyone desperate enough to believe in a Brock Osweiler revenge game, was left disappointed since he was unable to find the endzone.
The list of stud Week 8 RBs is long, but James Conner leads the way with 212 combined yards and 2 TDs. Joe Mixon and Marlon Mack each went over 120 yards and 2 TDs as well. Todd Gurley only found the end zone once, but he did lead the Rams in both rushing and receiving yards with 195 combined. Dual threats Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, and Kenyan Drake each scored a pair of TDs, while Chris Carson and Lamar Miller did it the old school way with over 100 yards and a TD rushing.
Isaiah Crowell disappointed with only 13 runs for 25 yards, while Matt Breida had only 42 yards and left injured yet again. Carlos Hyde owners that rolled the dice for his new team saw only six carries for 11 yards, and now he heads into a bye and will probably see Leonard Fournette return healthy after. Duke Johnson got only four touches for 16 yards for the Browns. Kerryon Johnson and Jalen Richard were busts on the ground but did catch a bunch of passes to save an otherwise lost week.
A couple surprise receivers led the way, with both Marvin Jones and Sammy Watkins using one of their three big games of the year en route to 100+ yards and a pair of TDs. Weekly studs Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins each had two TDs too. Mike Evans led the week in yardage with 179 yards and a long TD. Adam Thielen kept his 100-yard streak alive as he and teammate Stefon Diggs each went over 100 yards and found pay dirt. Old man Larry Fitzgerald had 100 yards and a score too, and so did Will Fuller, a fond farewell to an excellent half-season before a torn ACL.
Some longtime star WRs continue to struggle. Doug Baldwin and T.Y. Hilton had only 60 yards and 3 catches combined. New lead Raiders receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant were almost as invisible as Amari Cooper – they had only one catch combined for 14 yards. Other busts under 35 yards on the week despite productive first halves of the season were JuJu Smith-Schuster, Devin Funchess, John Brown, and Kenny Golladay.
Travis Kelce, Jared Cook, Jack Doyle, and O.J. Howard all scored a touchdown while each recording between 68 and 79 yards on the day, but the top Week 8 tight end performance came from a dude named Jordan Thomas, who had 4 catches for 29 yards and 2 TDs for the Texans.
Jimmy Graham had only one catch for 21 yards, but that was more than David Njoku or Ben Watson came up with. Neither of them even saw a single target.