Week 8 was another eventful week in fantasy. There were many exceptional and bleak performances. Some players are the real deal, some are just flashes in the pan, and some are just waiting to break out. Everything you need to know about what happened last week is below.
Kyle Orton is not that great, but Sammy Watkins is
Before this week in fantasy, Kyle Orton did not have fantasy numbers that really blew you out of the water (averaging 15-16 a game in NFL.com standard leagues). Those numbers are not too shabby in any way, but they are nothing in comparison to the 28 point outburst he had last week in which he through 4 touchdowns and accumulates 28 fantasy points.
If you are in need of a back up QB in deep leagues, he is not an awful candidate, but do not expect numbers like that from Orton to occur more than maybe one more time this year.
Watkins has really been on a roll every since Orton took over the starting job. Over the past two games, he is averaging over 20 points a game in NFL.com standard leagues.
He is really starting to realize his potential and performing like the dynamic player he was expected to be coming out of college.
His stock is ultra hot right now and should be a must start at WR2 going forward. But, both Orton and Watkins will have to be out of your lineups this week due to Buffalo being on a bye week.
Martavis Bryant is Worth an Add
Bryant is red hot right now. He has caught at least one touchdown in both of his first two NFL games.
He is a break from traditional Steelers wideouts due to his 6’4″ height, which differs from their common small and speedy receivers like Antonio Brown.
Right now he has high potential but is still a big risk to start. A major knock on Bryant is he is still the number three receiver on the Pittsburgh depth chart under Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton and has only played two games in the NFL.
Bryant is worth stashing on your bench for now and and a start at flex if your really desperate this week because of the many teams on bye.
Carson Palmer is good for Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald has been a huge fantasy disappointment this year. Up until week 6 when Carson Palmer made his return to the Cardinals starting QB job, Fitzgerald had not scored in double digits in standard scoring leagues.
Over his past three games he is averaging 13.3 points and looks to continue his hot streak into week 9 when the Cardinals face Dallas on the road.
Dallas is not really known for having an extremely talented secondary, and Fitzgerald could expose it this week and has potential to put up big numbers again. He is worth a start at WR2 or Flex but beware of his inconsistency.
Indy’s Defense is Not Actually Good
A week after shutting out the Bengals offense, the Colts defense got thrashed by the Steelers. Big Ben threw all over them, and Le’Veon Bell gashed them on the ground.
Their defense had been pretty weak up until their week 7 shutout, but they ultimately were able to accomplish the feat due to their ability to shut down the run. This was mostly because AJ Green could not play for Cincinnati against them and Andy Dalton had a subpar game.
They now face a Giants team that has shown immense potential on offense peppered with inconsistency. If you have Giants’ players like Eli Manning, Andre Williams, or Odell Beckham Jr., they are enticing starts with big potential this week against the Indianapolis D.
Jay cutler is a…. stud?
Jay Cutler is quietly having himself an amazing fantasy season. Although in real life he is struggling and the Bears are now 3-5 Cutler is somehow having a great fantasy year.
Aside from his awful 7.9 performance in week 7, he is performing quite well this season (has not scored below 16 fantasy points in NFL.com standard leagues).
He is currently on bye week and after his week 7 performance owners may be willing to part with Cutler. If u can somehow grab him cheap, he is a viable QB1 weekly and a high end Qb2.
Denard Robinson > Tre Mason
Denard Robinson is for real. I was not too sold him last week but man oh man did this guy prove his potential to me last week. He went up against a stout Miami run defense and had his way with them, rushing for over 100 yards.
Toby Gerhart has- to put it nicely- played like crap this year. His weekly fantasy output is dismal and did not do much as the team’s short yardage back. Denard is showcasing his ridiculous athletic ability that he had put on display throughout college.
Tre Mason is a different story. In week 8 he ran for a team high 32 rush yards and 1 receiving yard. His eight total touches were not a team high for running back as they were matched by Zac Stacy. Benny Cunningham was not far behind with 5.
His status as fantasy starter is now murkier going forward due to such an even split in touches. He should only be owned in 12 team leagues or higher going forward as he carries immense risk. If you are feeling like gambling on a rookie he is still maybe worth a stash, but he should not be a high team priority of yours.
Sorry Doug Martin
Hey remember when Doug Martin was good? Yeah, me neither. He has been a HUGE disappointment this year.
Martin has been unproductive and his team was willing to get rid of the young back at the trade deadline, however they ended up keeping him.
He is a huge risk to own going forward and if u can get anything for him in a trade try your best to do it. Instead you may want to consider picking up Bobby Rainey or Charles Sims (3rd round pick 2014 of Bucs). Sims comes back this week from injury and is rumored to have a potentially high involvement in week 9.
Antone Smith proving he is not worth owning
If you were one of those fantasy owners who thought you found a diamond in the rough in Antoine Smith after he scored in 5 of the first 6 games, sorry.
Smith is proving to all over these past two weeks that he is simply just not that great.
If you are a passionate Falcons fans and want to take a major risk going forward, then keep him on your team. If your smart drop him and thank him for being the short burst of fantasy production he was.
New England Backs are impossible to predict
Bill Belichick loves to mess with fantasy owners regarding running backs. He always switches off who gets the most carries and who the number one guy truly is.
It seems that Jonas Gray is assuming a Stevan Ridely type role in the offense according to Rotowire.
This will probably lead to the hit or miss production Ridley used to have. This could have a negative effect on Shane Vereen’s value going forward, but not in the passing game.
Both backs should be viewed as risky starts going forward with low end RB2 potentials.
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