2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Trends

by Noah Spurlock

Welcome to the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Trends article!

Another week in the books, and it's a sad one. Even though it feels like we were making fun of Mitchell Trubisky's struggles in the first game of the year just yesterday, we're about halfway through the fantasy football season. At this point, your fantasy league should have some clarity.

There are obviously good teams, and there are obviously bad teams. If you're one of those lucky enough to be a "good" team, keep reading to figure out how to earn a high seed in the playoffs. If you're one of those "bad" teams, keep reading to figure out how to fix your team because mathematically, you're not out of it yet.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 8 Trends

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1. Breakout Days for Two Rookie RB's

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After multiple years filled with rookie RB's winning fantasy championships, many people, including myself, jumped at the opportunity to roster David Montgomery and Miles Sanders. So far this year, however, they have both been busts. Neither have made much of their given opportunities or separated themselves from their fellow RB's. However, Sunday was a different story.

Montgomery finally received the workhorse load that analysts had been asking for, and proved them right. He rushed 27 times for 135 yards and a touchdown, adding four catches for 12 yards. This was the game we'd been waiting for from him. He showed all the traits that had propelled him to the fourth round of fantasy drafts. Hopefully, HC Matt Nagy notices how well Montgomery did today and uses him more frequently.

Miles Sanders had his best day as a professional on Sunday, touching the ball six times for a total of 114 yards and a touchdown before exiting with an arm injury. He's been a factor in the passing game for a few weeks now, but definitely showed his value as a running back. Similarly, we hope Doug Pederson notices and gives Sanders more opportunities.

2. Latavius Murray Impresses Again

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Early in the season, people thought Latavius Murray might cut into Alvin Kamara's workload in a Mark Ingram-type of role. That didn't end up happening. After stealing a touchdown Week 1, Murray basically disappeared.

He's resurfaced this past two weeks in Alvin Kamara's absence, totaling 231 rushing yards, 86 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. He looked strong, reminiscent of the 1,000+ yard season as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

With the New Orleans Saints headed for the playoffs and hoping to make a deep run, Sean Payton should seriously consider giving Alvin Kamara some rest by using Latavius Murray. They're both very good backs, and fresh legs are key.

So, if you have Latavius Murray, don't expect him to be worth nothing when Kamara returns. Keep a close eye on him.

3. First Impressions of Traded WR's

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Mohamed Sanu was traded to the New England Patriots for a second-round pick last week. Emmanuel Sanders was packaged with a seventh round pick and sent to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth and fifth-round pick last week. Both of them made their debuts this week.

Sanu was targeted four times, catching two passes for 22 yards in their rainy 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Emmanuel Sanders had four catches, 25 yards and a touchdown on five targets in SF's rout of the Carolina Panthers, 51-13.

Sanu was predictably the quieter of the pairing. He will most likely never be a weekly start, but could potentially be a WR3 in the right matchup. He's a talented receiver who just hasn't been able to put it together consistently.

Sanders, on the other hand, looked good. He saw the second most targets on the team behind George Kittle. In due time, and in easier matchups, I expect Sanders to produce low-end WR2 value. Shanahan will gameplan for him better in the future.

4. Cooper Kupp Rebounds

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After a scorching hot start to the season, Cooper Kupp came back to Earth Weeks 6-7, totaling just 10 catches for 67 yards the previous two weeks.

He got back into his groove Sunday against the Bengals, totaling 7/220/1.

Kupp has totally established himself as the WR1 in LA, for good reason. He has legitimately come back stronger from his torn ACL, which I didn't even think was possible.

Kupp fits perfectly into what McVay wants to do on offense, running strong routes across the middle or into the teeth of a zone defense for Jared Goff to find him. He's a WR1 for the rest of the year.

5. Mike Evans or Chris Godwin? Why Not Both?

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Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are the best receiving duo in the NFL. After years of those debates running rampant across the country, there is finally an answer. It's a shame that Jameis Winston has to get them the ball.

Though both very talented, Godwin and Evans just cannot seem to feed off one another. It is almost impossible for them both to have a good game. This past week, Mike Evans had 11/191/2 while Godwin had just 4/43.

They were starting to get on the same page before this week. Nonetheless, when one of them has a good game, they EXPLODE. I'm talking 10+ catches and multiple touchdowns.

Evans and Godwin are two of the premier receivers in the league and should be treated as such, even though they might struggle at times. With their bye week in the rearview mirror, they are each WR1's.

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