2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap

by Jordan Schultz
2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap

Welcome to the 2023 Week 8 Fantasy Football Recap.

There were no teams on bye this week, which means you should have got a pretty good look at where your team stands among the rest of your league this week.

Everyone deals with injuries to some extent, but this week every team had close to their full roster at their disposal so it's a good in-season test to see where your team is at and what improvements need to be made moving forward.

With that being said, let's get to the 2023 Week 8 Fantasy Football Recap.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 8 Recap

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Bills 24 - Buccaneers 18

Josh Allen (31/40-324-2-1, 7-41-1) leaned heavily on Gabe Davis (9-87-1) and Stefon Diggs (9-70) Thursday night, peppering both with 12 targets each. Dalton Kincaid (5-65-1) continues to emerge for dynasty GMs who invested a late 1st/early 2nd on him last offseason.

Even in a losing effort the Buccaneers were productive for fantasy purposes. Chris Godwin (5-54-1) and Mike Evans (3-39-1) each found the end zone while Rachaad White (9-39, 7-70) caught all seven of his targets for 70 yards. Baker Mayfield (25/42-237-2, 3-19) continues to produce multiple fantasy-relevant pass catchers each week.

Bengals 31 - 49ers 17

Joe Burrow (28/32-283-3, 6-43) and the Bengals offense look like they are back to being the team we thought they would be coming into the season. Ja’Marr Chase (10-100-1) went for 100 yards and a TD, while Joe Mixon (16-87-1, 3-23) turned 16 carries into 87 yards and a score.

George Kittle (9-149) and Brandon Aiyuk (5-109) were productive in the 49ers loss, coming away as the biggest beneficiaries of Brock Purdy’s (22/31-365-1-2, 6-57) 365-yard passing effort. Christian McCaffery (12-51-1, 6-64-1) found the end zone twice to extend his record-setting TD streak.

Broncos 24 - Chiefs 9

Russell Wilson (12/19-114-3, 8-30) fired off three TD passes in the Broncos' upset win, hooking up with Jerry Jeudy (2-50-1), Courtland Sutton (2-29-1) and Javonte Williams (27-85, 3-13-1) for one score each. Williams took on a huge workload in this one, amassing 30 total touches.

The Broncos' defense did a great job of making life tough on the Chiefs offense in this one, keeping them out of the end zone all game long. Patrick Mahomes (24/38-241-0-3, 3-20) showed up late on the injury report with an illness, so it wouldn’t be a shock to see him rebound in a huge way next week against Miami.

Seahawks 24 - Browns 20

Tyler Lockett (8-81-1) and Jaxon Smith-Njigba (3-36-1) hauled in one TD each as Seattle improved to 5-2 with their tough victory against the Browns. Kenneth Walker (8-66, 1-4) only had two more touches than Zach Charbonnet (5-53, 2-11) in this one, a trend that will be worth monitoring moving forward.

The Browns backfield looked like a true time share in this one as Kareem Hunt (14-55-1, 1-12), Pierre Strong Jr. (10-41, 1-41) and Jerome Ford (9-37, 1-2) each amassed double-digit touches. Amari Cooper (6-89) led the team in receiving but it was David Njoku (4-77-1) who hauled in the team's only receiving TD of the day.

Panthers 15 - Texans 13

Bryce Young (22/31-235-1, 4-11) and the Panthers got their first win of the season in a battle of the top two picks in this past draft. Adam Thielen (8-72) was solid in PPR leagues, while rookie Jonathan Mingo (4-62) drew five targets again and is a dynasty buy for me.

C.J. Stroud (16/24-140, 2-13-1) saved his fantasy day with a rushing TD but had one of the toughest games of his young career. Noah Brown (3-57) is a name to monitor on waivers this week as he was very much involved for the second week in a row.

Eagles 38 - Commanders 31

Jalen Hurts (29/38-319-4) tossed four TDs as the Eagles improved to 7-1. A.J. Brown (8-130-12) scored twice and extended his streak of 125+ receiving yards to six games, while Devonta Smith (7-99-1) finally showed some signs of life, likely ending his buy-low window.

Sam Howell (39/52-397-4-1) did everything he could to keep the Commanders in this one, finding four different pass catchers in his four-TD effort. Jahan Dotson (8-108-1) finally looked like the guy we were drafting in the middle rounds, a very welcome sign for teams that held on to him.

Jaguars 20 - Steelers 10

Travis Etienne (24-79, 3-70-1) turned 27 touches into 149 yards and a TD as his monster season rolled on. Evan Engram (10-88) caught all 10 of his targets, while Calvin Ridley (6-83) got back on track with six catches for 83 yards.

Kenny Pickett (10/16-73) left the game with an injury and the Steelers offense struggled to get anything going after. Diontae Johnson (8-85) was the only Steeler who had a solid day for fantasy GMs, showing he’s past the hamstring injury that cost him time earlier.

Jets 13 - Giants 10

Breece Hall (12-17, 6-76-1) scored the Jets only TD while Garrett Wilson (7-100) anchored the passing attack in their win over the Giants. Zach Wilson (17/36-240-1, 4-25) wasn’t spectacular for fantasy purposes but came up clutch for the Jets down the stretch.

Saquon Barkley's (26-128) elite talent was on full display today, as he was literally the only Giant to do anything for fantasy GMs. Darren Waller (1-4) left the game in the first half with a Hamstring injury and still tied for the team lead with four receiving yards. That’s not a typo, four yards

Dolphins 31 - Patriots 17

Tua Tagovailoa (30/45-324-3-1) bounced back this week in a big way, firing off 324 passing yards with three TDs. Jaylen Waddle (7-121-1) and Tyreek Hill (8-112-1) each went over 100 yards with a score, while Raheem Mostert (13-46-1) saved his day with a late TD but struggled to get anything going.

This Patriots offense is a dead zone for fantasy purposes at this point. Kendrick Bourne 3-36-1) was the lone bright spot, finding the end zone before leaving with a knee injury, making it hard to trust anyone in this offense moving forward.

Saints 38 - Colts 27

Last week I mentioned that every time I watched Rashid Shaheed (3-153-1) get a target it seemed like he made a big play, and that continued in the Saints victory on Sunday as he racked up 153 yards and a touchdown. Alvin Kamara (17-59-1, 4-51-1) scored twice while breaking free for 110 total yards.

Josh Downs (7-72) is officially a must-start option in start 3 WR leagues, as he brought in seven of nine targets to lead the team in receiving. Jonathan Taylor (12-95, 1-2) turned 13 touches into 96 yards, but Zack Moss (11-66-1, 1-8) continues to get a good chunk of carries at the goal line.

Titans 28 - Falcons 23

Will Levis (19/29-238-4, 7-11) made a statement in his first career start, snapping off four deep TD passes and leading the Titans to the win. DeAndre Hopkins (4-128-3) had a monster night, scoring three times on his four catches.

In the most predictable thing ever, Kyle Pitts (3-35) was a non-factor in the Falcons attack despite two weeks of solid production. I recommended selling high on Pitts each of the past two weeks and I hope you capitalized.

The Desmond Ridder (8/12-71, 3-26) experiment may be close to over, as the Falcons offense showed more life with Taylor Heinicke (12/21-175-1, 2-14) under center.

Vikings 24 - Packers 10

The Vikings came away with the win but the only story that matters here is Kirk Cousins's (23/32-274-2) season is likely over with a torn Achilles. This is a huge bummer, as Jordan Addison’s (7-82-1) developing breakout season just got a lot murkier moving forward. I’m trying to use this as a buy-low opportunity in dynasty leagues.

The Packers desperately need Aaron Jones (7-29, 4-17) to get back to 100% health as their offense hasn’t looked anywhere near as explosive as it did in Week 1 when he put on a show. Jayden Reed (4-83) led the team with 83 receiving yards, but it was Romeo Doubs (4-18-1) who snagged Jordan Love’s (24/41-229-1-1, 4-34) only TD pass.

Cowboys 43 - Rams 20

Dak Prescott’s (25/31-304-4-1, 4-19) trend of monster fantasy performances coming out of a bye week rolled on against the Rams on Sunday, as he lit the scoreboard up with four TDs. CeeDee Lamb (12-158-2) put on a show, shredding the Rams' secondary with 12 catches for 158 yards and two TDs.

Matt Stafford (13/22-162-1-1) tried to play through an injury to his thumb on his throwing hand but eventually had to leave the game. If he misses time there is no one on this offense I feel good about starting, even though you’ll have no choice but to keep rolling out Puka Nacua (3-43) and Cooper Kupp (4-21).

Ravens 31 - Cardinals 24

Lamar Jackson (18/27-157-1, 5-17) didn’t put up another MVP-level performance in this one but did just enough to squeeze out the win and move the Ravens to 6-2. Mark Andrews (4-40-1) caught Jackson’s only TD pass, but it was Gus Edwards (19-80-3, 2-14) who led the way with three TDs on the ground.

Emari Demarcardo (20-78, 1-1) racked up 21 total touches and looks like the RB you want to start in this backfield until James Conner returns. Trey McBride (10-95-1) showed he’s ready for the starting job with Zach Ertz out and is a dynasty buy high for me right now, especially in TE-Premium leagues.

Chargers 30 - Bears 13

Austin Ekeler (15-29, 7-94-1) finally looked more like the guy we’ve come to love the last few years, bringing in 7-of-8 targets for 94 yards and a TD. While he still hasn’t got it going on the ground this season, the high level of production as a pass catcher gives me confidence he will put it all together soon.

Cole Kmet (10-79) caught all 10 of his targets to lead the Bears with 79 receiving yards. We saw what is basically DJ Moore’s (4-55) floor in this offense this week, which 9.5 PPR points as a floor with the backup QB throwing him passes is hard to complain about too much.

Monday Night Football Prediction

Lions 27 - Raiders 21

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