Week 8 fantasy football recap, leading scorers and inside the numbers

His 162 passing yards per game through the first eight weeks is a huge turn off, but fantasy football owners should give Tyrod Taylor a second look. The Buffalo Bills quarterback is averaging 21.6 fantasy points per game and hasn’t thrown an interception in the past five games. He’s also accounted for eight touchdowns during that stretch.

Now, check out his fantasy football playoff schedule Weeks 13-16:

Tyrod Taylor’s Fantasy Playoff Schedule
Week Opp. Fantasy Points Allowed to QB (Ranked)
13 at OAK 7th-Most
14 PIT 18th-Most (5th-most PYAPG)
15 CLE 2nd-Most
16 MIA 9th-Most

Through the first seven weeks, the Raiders allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. They didn’t help their cause in Week 8 as they got beat up by Jameis Winston. In terms of fantasy points per game, the Steelers are near the league average, but rank 28th in passing yards allowed per game. The Browns, well, they’re the Browns. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked awful in the first half of Week 8, but managed to survive and advance to Week 9 as the Jets’ starting quarterback because he was facing Cleveland. The Dolphins have played better as of late thanks to their pass rush, but definitely worthy of a matchup play down the road.

Week 8 Leaders To Know

If you’ve followed LeSean McCoy’s career, he’s made comments about avoiding the field when his health is less than 100 percent. So, what did he do in Week 7? He (was strongly encouraged to take?) took the field at less than 100 percent and reaggravated his hamstring injury. I get the sense that type of injury – especially a flare up – isn’t one McCoy will want to rush back from (again). In his place against the Patriots, Gillislee averaged 7.1 yards per rush on 12 carries with a touchdown and three receptions for nine yards. Before the game, whispers of "hot hand" approach pushed Reggie Bush and Jonathan Williams into the fantasy conversation. Williams scored a meaningless touchdown, while Bush caught two passes for 34 yards. They’re lurking, but it should be Gill’s backfield with McCoy sidelined.

Keep eyes on Tyreek Hill if you can keep up with the blur. The speedy, rookie receiver out of West Alabama finished with 98 yards on five receptions with a touchdown. He’s scored in three out of his last four games. With Jamaal Charles scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews due to his ailing knees and Spencer Ware knocked out of Week 8’s game due to a concussion, Hill could see more work in the rushing game, too.

Week 8 Optimal Waiver Wire Lineup
Position Name Fantasy Points Own%
QB Josh McCown 28.05 3
RB Mike Gillislee 18.40 36
WR Tyreek Hill 21.50 2
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz 15.30 12
FLEX Jamison Crowder 25.70 30

You know how DeAndre Hopkins has been AWOL most of the 2016 fantasy season? Well, we’re starting to get a better idea where his targets and touches are going on a week-to-week basis. The tight end, Fiedorowicz, is averaging nearly 14 fantasy points per game over the past five games. He’s available in 88 percent of leagues and odds are producing at a higher clip than your TE-1.

Crowder is averaging 17.3 fantasy points per game over the past month and 21.8 fantasy points over the past two games. Considering DeSean Jackson’s on-again, on-again health issues that keep him sidelined, Crowder’s role could emerge to the point where he and Jordan Reed are the top two options in the passing game. He should be added in all PPR leagues.

Considering how many RB-1 and RB-2 running backs have hit the shelf, injured reserve or just aren’t performing, it’s probably a good idea to get to know your RB3’s. Granted, depending which way the wind blows, YOU may view the names below as RB-2’s. The bottom line is you probably weren’t targeting them during draft season.

Getting To Know Your NFL RB3’s (Source: Ourlads)
RB3 Week 8 Fantasy Points (PPR)
Matt Asiata Pending
Charcandrick West 8.0
Chris Thompson / Robert Kelley 23.8
James White 4.9
Terron Ward 6.7
Mike Davis/Shaun Draughn 24.4 (Week 7)
CJ Prosise 14.3
Ka’Deem Carey Pending
Kenneth Dixon BYE
Antone Smith/Peyton Barber 6.8
Juwan Thompson 6.1
Jalen Richard 5.7
Bobby Rainey BYE
Knile Davis/Don Jackson 14 yards
Zach Zenner 1.7

Of all the names, two relative unknowns fascinate me: C.J. Prosise and Terron Ward. With Tevin Coleman out (hamstring), Ward earned some burn behind Devonta Freeman. He finished with six carries for 46 yards and an 11-yard reception. If Freeman were to go down, Ward has stepped up in the past. Last season, against the Texans, he rushed 19 times for 72 yards with a touchdown. 

With Thomas Rawls still a few weeks away, Prosise is interesting for a few reasons. For one, he led the Seahawks in receiving this week. The rookie running back caught four passes for 80 yards. Another reason is this …

Christine Michael Last 4 Games
Opp. Rush Att. Rush Yds. Rush Avg. Fantasy Points
NYJ 18 58 3.2 20.0
ATL 18 64 3.6 23.3
ARI 16 52 3.3 5.5
NO 10 40 4.0 11.2

Michael has not been as sharp over the past few games as he was in September. Plunges into the end zone have forced owners to wear rose colored glasses during the slump. I’m starting to believe now is the time to sell Michael. The double-digit points in Week 8 and ahead of Rawls’ return could still provide his owners a solid return – think 90-95 cents on the dollar.

And finally … Gronk Smash Record 69th Touchdown!

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