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Monday, October 31, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP WEEK 8 WRAPUP

-London was very kind to Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins who went to town in the passing game against the Cincinnati Bengals defense by completing 38-of-56 throws for 458 yards with 2 TD's and 1 INT.  Cousins has been pretty good this season without lighting it up from a fantasy ankle but in two QB formats he is an every week guy.

-Fantasy football owners of Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert have been waiting for this.  Having to be without their star tight end for 6 weeks and then on a snap count in Week 7, Eifert finally reminded us why he has been worth the wait as he caught 9 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown in London.  Eifert is just like Rob Gronkowski in terms of being an every week TD threat and his catches per game figure to go up compared to last year given the lack of a supporting cast in the Bengals offense so far.

-Andy Dalton is the classic hot and cold fantasy football QB and sometimes that is in one game.  That is what developed for Dalton Sunday morning as he completed 27-of-42 throws for 284 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Dalton also scored for a score but lost a late fumble.  While he has been solid this season, Dalton is light on touchdowns which is obviously the biggest factor in our game.

-A.J. Green dominated the overrated Josh Norman on Sunday as he caught 9 balls for 121 yards in the tie game.  Green remains a very high-target wideout on the Bengals and his status as a top five guy at the position is more than secure.

-While not known for his running, it was a big overall day for Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick who picked up 56 yards on 11 carries while also catching 8 balls for 77 more yards and 1 score.  Those in PPR are likely the only owners who played Riddick today and with Dwayne Washington being a health scratch, it looks like he has cemented himself as the clear starter where he will carry RB 2 value.

-Now with Geno Smith out for the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a chance to salvage his season.  Well he went to 2-0 since going back under center last week, this time completing 16-of-34 throws for 228 yards and a score, while also picking up 13 rushing yards.  The big thing coming out of the game is that Fitzpatrick did not turn it over.  While things are looking up in his performance, Fitzpatrick only has value in two QB formats but barely.

-While he has never had an extended run of fantasy football prominence, Carolina Panthers veteran running back Jonathan Stewart had a nice game Sunday in rushing for 95 yards and 2 scores on 25 carries in the team's win over the Arizona Cardinals.  Never a PPR weapon, Stewart stayed true to that assessment in catching just one pass for 25 yards.  Just a RB 3 or 4, Stewart should just be used as a bye-week replacement.

-It was not a great return to action for Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown as a good start fizzled into second-half chaos as he completed 25-of-49 throws for 341 yards with 2 TD and 2 INT's in the team's loss to the New York Jets.  The Browns are still looking for their first team win on the year but McCown is set to be the started for the time being.  He has little-to-no fantasy football value.

-Things are just not going right for Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in 2016 as he posted a third straight dud Sunday in a loss to the New Orleans Saints by completing just 22-of-34 passes for 253 yards and zero scores.  Wilson has not thrown a TD pass in those three games and he is making good on what I said over the summer in terms of him taking a sizable step back from his fluky 2015 production.  Flat out, Wilson is not the big-numbers QB he showed a year ago when the Seahawks were forced to throw without a running game and we are really seeing this unfold.

-At times it was ugly but Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer rallied in the second half to salvage his fantasy football day Sunday by completing 35-of-46 throws for 363 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT with a lost fumble.  It has been a rough go of it for long stretches of the season for Palmer but hopefully this gets him back on the right track.  His fantasy football owners no doubt are nervous with him on a weekly basis.

-It was a garbage-time emergence for Arizona Cardinals wideout J.J. Nelson who caught 8 balls for 79 yards and two scores while the team played catch-up in the second half.  Nelson is FOURTH on the Arizona wideout depth chart so this is only a one week anomoly.

-Another week and another monster game for New England Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski who caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a score.  Again like we say every week, the return of Tom Brady has fully unleashed the first round Gronk and it will continue the rest of the season as long as the latter stays healthy.

-As if his full breakout season was not already impressive enough, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr went nuts Sunday by completing 40-of-59 throws for 513 yards and 4 touchdowns in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buc's.  A college game broke out between the two and Carr just added to his already monster fantasy football performance this season.  Right now we are talking top five QB overall with Carr.

-Speaking of Tom Brady, it was a ho-hum excellent day again for the Pats QB as he completed 22-of-33 passes for 315 yards with 4 touchdowns.  Brady has now thrown 12 touchdowns and no picks in his four games since returning from suspension and there is no debating the fact he is the best QB not only in the league now but EVER.

-Larry Fitzgerald has been the only Arizona wideout who has shown any consistency this season and he did it again Sunday by catching 10 balls for 74 yards.  At the age of 33, Fitzgerald remains a WR 2 in all formats and a good one at that.

-While Michael Crabtree was doing most of the TD catching the first five weeks of the season, Amari Cooper is now coming on fully as he the Raiders wideout caught 12 balls for a ridiculous 173 yards and a score Sunday  Cooper is staking his claim as a top ten fantasy football wideout and his full emergence now is obvious.

-Even though Alex Smith went out with an early concussion, Nick Foles knew where to find Travis Kelce as the tight end caught 7 balls for 101 yards and a touchdown Sunday.  While Kelce is not as flashy as Jordan Reed or Rob Gronkowski, his status as a top five fantasy tight end has been more thna cemented.

-It was an all right return to action for Cardinals wideout John Brown who caught 4 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown Sunday.  Brown has been a guy who has let his owners down all years; at least those who still own him.  That is a number that is dwindling.

-What a rare tough day for Cardinals running back David Johnson who rushed for just 24 yards on 10 carries but who did help in the receiving game by hauling in 7 balls for 84 more yards.  Nothing to see here as Johnson is right there as the number 1 back in all of fantasy football and that sttaus won't change off this outing.

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