Fantasy Feedback: Week 8

  • After Montario Hardesty went down with an injury, Chris Ogbonnaya took over with 11 carries for 37 yards. Depending on what happens with Hardesty and Peyton Hillis during the week, it could be Ogbonnaya’s start next week against Houston. If you’re really hurting for a running back next week, maybe you consider it. But it’s not advisable.
  • There’s little about the Seahawks offense that looks appealing, but Sunday, both Sidney Rice and Ben Obomanu both went over 100 yards receiving. Going forward, you can probably expect that from Rice on occasion, don’t bank on it from Obomanu.
  • In a very un-Brady line, Tom Brady completed 24 passes for two touchdowns…but just 198 yards. Not the normal efficiency fantasy owners are used to.
  • The Matthew Stafford – Calvin Johnson machine keeps rolling. Stafford threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns with Johnson grabbing six passes for 125 yards and a score.
  • The Detroit defense brought Tim Tebow back to earth in a big way with seven sacks, two fumble recoveries, an interception and two touchdowns. Or as it’s known in NFL.com leagues, 29 points.
  • For at least one week, the FitzMagic is back. Ryan Fitzpatrick has 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns and is trying to erase the memories of some mediocre performances.
  • The good news? Shanahanigans haven’t been an issue. The bad news? Ryan Torain has six carries for 15 yards at halftime.
  • Heath Miller has been an early favorite for Ben Roethlisberger, with six catches for 76 yards.
  • There wasn’t much about the Colts passing game worth mentioning, but Reggie Wayne continues to be a third option (at best) for Curtis Painter. Wayne had five catches while Dallas Clark made six grabs and Pierre Garcon had seven.
  • It’s over for Chris Johnson as a fantasy producer in 2011. Sunday, CJ2K was held to 34 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards. With Mike Munchak saying after the game that Johnson and Javon Ringer will split carries going forward, it’s officially time to cut bait.
  • Steven Jackson started well and finished even better — 159 rushing yards and two TDs.
  • Drew Brees in Week 8 bore little resemblance to Drew Brees in Week 7. Today, Brees had 269 passing yards and a touchdown. But the two interceptions put a damper on any potential good vibes.
  • Believe it or not, it was a respectable day for Reggie Bush with 103 rushing yards. Too bad he had a pair of TD chances vultured by Steve Slaton and Matt Moore.
  • Arian Foster remains arguably the hottest fantasy back around. With 112 rushing yards and a touchdown, fantasy owners are forgetting his “anti-awesome” hamstring problems at the start of the year.
  • On Friday, it looked like Beanie Wells wasn’t going to play. He ended up with 83 yards and a touchdown. Fantastic numbers against the Ravens run defense.
  • Last week, the Ravens ignored Ray Rice. Sunday, they fed him the ball 18 times and he ran for 63 yards and three touchdowns. Terrell Suggs is a pretty good offensive coordinator.
  • Earlier in the week, the Vikings said they would try to integrate Adrian Peterson into the team’s passing game. It showed Sunday with AP pulling in five catches for 76 yards and a TD. He was pretty good running the ball too — 21 rush, 86 yards and a TD.
  • Cam Newton maintains his status as a weekly must-start with 290 passing yards and three touchdowns. His 53 rushing yards don’t hurt, either.
  • Christian Ponder is having another nice first half. 8-for-12 passing with 135 yards and a touchdown.
  • Chris Johnson has been downgraded in the Titans’ running game. Both CJ2K and Javon Ringer have five carries. The difference? Johnson has one yard, Ringer has 16.
  • Tony Sparano seems to have made Steve Slaton his goal-line back. Slaton already has a touchdown and had another carry from inside the five. Reggie Bush has actually run the ball well today, but his scoring chances are getting vultured.
  • Steven Jackson is off to a good start with 50 yards on eight carries. But the Rams haven’t really threatened yet.
  • The Colts have run the ball three times in their early possessions. Two for Delone Carter, one for Donald Brown. None for Joseph Addai.
  • Jonathan Stewart is feeling some love early. He has five carries to just one for DeAngelo Williams.
  • It’s another slow start for Joe Flacco, with a 2-of-5, 18 yard beginning. Might be a good idea for Baltimore to lean on Ray Rice who has a quick six rushes for 36 yards.
  • Reggie Bush will certainly get his chances today. He already has five touches — three carries for four yards and two catches for 13 yards. Unfortunately, Steve Slaton scored Miami’s touchdown.
– Marcas Grant
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