Week 8 fantasy feedback

» Despite having a big lead early (and since blowing it), the Giants offense has been pretty non-existent today. Ahmad Bradshaw has been held to just 31 rushing yards while Eli Manning is 8-0f-20 for 106 yards.

» Week 8 has been another ride on the Tony Romo coaster. Sure, he has a rushing touchdown and is closing in on 300 passing yards, but those three first-half interceptions have been an anchor on his fantasy production today.

» It looked like this week was all set up for Jamaal Charles to do big things. But with just four rushing yards on five carries, that hasn’t been the case at all. Then again, the entire Chiefs offense has been pretty miserable.

» If you’re looking to sell high on Chris Johnson, now is the time to do it. He ran for 99 yards in the loss to the Colts, but three of his next four games are against the Bears, Dolphins and Texans. If you need to make a move, this is the week.

» Forgive Shane Vereen vulturing an early rushing touchdown, all was well with Stevan Ridley who rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. He’s the undisputed No. 1 runner for the Patriots and is even shaking off #Belitricks.

» Per stat man extraordinaire Bill “Sudsy” Sudell, Julio Jones scores all of his touchdowns on the road. Meanwhile Roddy White scores all of his touchdowns at home. The Falcons are at the Georgia Dome next week. Plan accordingly.

» Blaine Gabbert outscored Aaron Rodgers today, huh? I could try to analyze this, but let’s just chalk it up to it being “one of those days”.

» Just in time for Halloween, Calvin Johnson puts up another horror show for fantasy owners with just three catches and 46 yards. Chances are, you spent a high draft pick on him, making him nearly impossible to sit. But his lack of requisite production means you won’t get commensurate value in a trade. The good news is, Matthew Stafford played well today.

» If you’re still holding on to any hope for Philip Rivers, you can let that go now. Coming off a bye and playing the Cleveland Browns, Rivers could only muster 154 passing yards. He has some good matchups in the future, but if the Chargers coudn’t get their QB going today, it’s hard to trust him going forward.

» It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Bears made a halftime adjustment against Newton. They’ve picked him off twice — including one returned for a touchdown. The Panthers’ QB has thrown for over 300 yards, but he hasn’t looked nearly as efficient since halftime.

» If you started Golden Tate in a PPR league, you’re feeling okay right now. He’s posted seven catches for 58 yards. Although I’m not sure why you ever would have considered starting him.

» Just when you thought it was safe to start Michael Turner again, Jacquizz Rodgers starts to flex his muscles with 81 total yards of offense, including 61 rushing yards.

» On paper, Colts-Titans looked like a fantasy bonanza. In reality, that’s been far from true. Matt Hasselbeck has been the most productive player in the game…with just over 10 points.

» Eventually you’d think the Eagles would turn to LeSean McCoy to help jump start their offense. After all, not much else has worked. Yet he’s fighting for touches yet again this week, with just nine carries. So far, his production hasn’t been because of ineffectiveness, it’s been a lack of opportunity.

» Maybe it’s the Madden curse, maybe it’s Richard Sherman, but either way, Calvin Johnson has been a no-show this week. You can’t give up on him until it’s over, but fantasy owners frustration continues.

» People keep ignoring Cecil Shorts (which is understandable), but he keeps producing. The second-year receiver has four catches for 69 yards and has scored double-digit fantasy points three times already this year. That may not sound like much, but it’s way better than anything highly-touted rookie Justin Blackmon has done so far this year.

» On the other side, the Steelers are putting the brakes on Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris through two-plus quarters. Of course, RG3 has come up with plenty of big plays late in games, so I’m not counting him out just yet.

» Jonathan Dwyer is making a serious run at taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting running back job with seven carries for 61 yards. Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman have struggled with injuries all season and haven’t been particularly effective even when healthy. Look for talk of a change in the backfield if this keeps up.

» Starting Kenny Britt is like facing a Cy Young pitcher. If you don’t get big numbers from him early, you might not get them at all. He caught two passes for 26 yards on Tennessee’s first drive and hasn’t had a catch since. Last week, Britt made three early catches and went silent for the rest of the day.

» A change at defensive coordinator seems to have caused more problems than it’s solving for the Philadelphia Eagles. Matt Ryan has torched Philly for three touchdown passes in the first half. The fantasy value of the Eagles defense is falling fast.

» So far in the first half, the Carolina Panthers look like they have a clue against the Chicago Bears secondary. Cam Newton has thrown for 128 yards and the Panthers have an early lead. That could mean Jay Cutler is throwing the ball more than expected today.

» Something to keep an eye on: Ryan Mathews lost a fumble in the first quarter. This was part of the reason he had some of his touches taken away from him earlier this season. We’ll see if the Chargers, who are desperate for a win, are willing to bench their star running back again.

» Even in London, #Belitricks stand strong. Stevan Ridley does most of the work running the football, but Shane Vereen scores from one yard away. It’s nearly impossible to know how New England is going to use its running backs.

» Who knew Andrew Luck was so mobile? In Week 7, he scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. This week, he’s begun with three carries for 19 yards. Maybe we should start evaluating him on more than just his arm.

» The bye week must have done Matt Ryan some good. He begins the game 8-of-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown — Eagles defense be damned.

» It’s getting to the point where you should always start a quarterback against the New England Patriots. It’s early, but Sam Bradford looked very good on his opening drive, throwing for 69 yards and capping it with a 50-yard TD pass to Chris Givens.

» Here we go with Week 8…good luck to everyone’s fantasy teams.

— Marcas Grant
Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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