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2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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What an exciting Sunday filled with some action-packed NFL games all across the board. It all started Thursday night with the Ravens demolishing the Dolphins without Jay Cutler. The early morning London game was just another loss for the Browns as the Vikings edged their way to a victory.

Deshaun Watson looked like a veteran out there against the Seahawks in a tough environment. The rookie keeps turning heads around the league every week. Carson Wentz and the Eagles continue their soar as the best team in the NFL. The Bills continue to win as they are now 5-3 and just one game behind the Patriots in the AFC East. As we slowly inch closer to the playoffs,  things are starting to heat up in the NFL.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap

Five early games Sunday were decided by just one score. The close games are what make the season even more interesting week in and week out. There were many shocks and surprises during this past week. It’s time for the weekly winners, losers and injuries after another week of football.

Winners

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

Embed from Getty Images What a back-and-forth battle all game long between the Texans and the Seahawks. Watson looked unfazed as he took on the Seahawks tough defense. He went on to complete 19-of-30 passes for 402 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. He also contributed with his legs by rushing the ball eight times for 67 yards.

The big plays were there all game long as he threw touchdowns for 59 yards and a screen pass to DeAndre Hopkins that he took back for 72 yards in the fourth quarter. Throwing early interceptions weren’t apart of the game plan, but Watson bounced back heavily by torching the Seattle defense.

Next week Watson and the Texans face the Colts, a defense in which he can throw all over like he did to Seattle. Play him as a QB1 this upcoming week.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Watson’s favorite target, Nuk had himself a game. Catching eight of 11 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown put himself as the top scoring receiver for this week. At the half, he had a total of 99 yards and that was just the start for him.

The highlight of the second half for him was the screen pass he took to the house for 72 yards. Things get even better for Hopkins and the Texans as they play the Colts in week nine. Look for Nuk to have one of the best weeks for a receiver against a poor Colts defense.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Probably the most surprising performance all week. Doyle exploded for 12 catches which contributed to 121 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. T.Y. Hilton was mostly shut down all night, leaving Doyle to become to lead guy for Brissett and the Colts offense.

He really didn’t have any big plays Sunday afternoon, but he kept moving the chains all game long that helped the Colts get into scoring position. The past four games Doyle has seen at least seven targets. The opportunity is there for him to produce some serious numbers as a viable starter each week. Doyle and the Colts face off against the Texans.

LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills

Shady carried the ball 27 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. The carries and yards were both a season high for McCoy on the year. He also led the team in targets for the second straight week in a row. McCoy remains one of the most reliable and consistent running backs to start every week.

The upcoming schedule for McCoy and the Bills get even more favorable. During the next six weeks, the Bills play the Jets, Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, Patriots and the Colts. With that being said, he remains one of the best plays every week at the running back position.

Expect McCoy to produce elite RB1 numbers for quite some time with the schedule they have and the skill he possesses both on the ground and through the air.

Losers

Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Embed from Getty Images After putting up season best numbers just a week ago, Winston followed up by a nice dud performance. He completed 21-of-38 passes for 210 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions during the loss. The three total turnovers were a season high as he just couldn’t get much going against the Panthers defense.

Winston made a couple of mistakes that shouldn’t have been made, which ended up doing justice for the Panthers. Next week he gets the Saints defense that has been better as of late. It’s best that we view Winston as a QB2 against the improved Saints defense we saw early on in the year right as the season began.

Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Latavius Murray failed to find success against a stout Browns run defense. He ran the ball 19 times for just 39 yards against the Browns in London. Although the Browns defense has been very impressive against top running backs in the league, it was teammate Jerick McKinnon that saw all the success.

He had the best game of his season just a week ago and he follows up with a disappointing fantasy outing. Murray has now averaged just 3.2 yards per carry this season. The opportunities may slowly be slipping away as McKinnon has been the better running back between the two.

The Vikings will get a bit of a rest as week nine is their bye week. After that, they face the Buccaneers defense. It will be tough to trust him as a fantasy starter moving forward.

Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers

It wasn’t just an ugly performance from Garcon, rather it was an ugly team performance. Pierre Garcon only got four looks, catching two passes for just 17 yards. He took a hard hit on the sidelines during the second quarter in which appeared to injure his neck. He would not return to the game after that hit.

The numbers he produced in a quarter and a half against a very favorable defense was disappointing for fantasy owners. Moving forward, the status of Garcon is one to monitor as it is unknown the actual severity his injury really is.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers

This was easily the worst game Funchess had all season long. It was a very favorable matchup for Cam Newton and the Panthers against the Buccaneers defense. Funchess went on to catch only two passes for 11 yards on six targets.

Newton had accuracy issues all game, but nonetheless, Funchess didn’t show up to play. Although he was limited at times during practice heading into week eight, that didn’t slow him down as he was fully healthy against the Buccaneers. Funchess will look to put this horrible performance behind him as they get ready to play the Falcons.

Injuries

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears

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Zach Miller suffered a dislocated knee Sunday against the Saints. The injury came on a play that appeared to be a touchdown. It was later overturned when he was being carted off the field.The injury was hard to watch as this one may just end his career.

It’s been an up-and-down career for Miller as injuries have slowly started to pile up on him. Dion Sims will replace Miller as the starting tight end in the Bears offense.


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About Michael Trivisonno

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