In one of the day’s multiple overtime battles, the Raiders got a late touchdown from QB Derek Carr to WR Seth Roberts to overtake the home team, Tampa Bay. That pass was one of four touchdown passes by Carr on the day and Oakland needed every one of them in order to maintain their perfect road record this season. Carr put up video game numbers in the game, throwing 59 times, completing 40 of them for 513 yards and four scores.
In past games this season, Carr has locked onto one of his top two wide receivers, but on Sunday, there was plenty to go around. Second-year man Amari Cooper set a new career high with 173 yards, catching 12 of his 15 targets from Carr and scoring a touchdown. He could have had a trio of scores if things went right. In the first half, Cooper drew a pass interference call in the end zone on a catchable ball. Then, late in regulation, Cooper dropped a sure-fire score, just his second drop of the season.
Things started slowly for veteran WR Michael Crabtree as he was rarely targeted in the first half and lost a touchdown on a pass interference call. He heated up in the second half though and finished with eight receptions for 108 yards. He also saw a season-high 16 targets. Pending the results of Monday Night Football, Cooper and Crabtree are currently the WR3 and WR4 scorers in PPR leagues. Of course, with this pair of WRs performing so well, their QB is highly ranked as well, currently sitting as the QB3, behind only Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan.
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Sunday’s game in London included the return of Redskins TE Jordan Reed to the field after missing a pair of games with yet another concussion. The Redskins faced off against the Bengals, who also welcomed back their TE, Tyler Eifert, to a full-time role after he returned in limited fashion in Week Seven. The pair are considered among the best in the game and they reminded us why. Eifert caught nine of his 12 targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. Reed hauled in nine of his 13 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown of his own. It wasn’t just the tight ends who were nearly an even match as the Redskins and Bengals played to a tie after five periods.
For the second consecutive week, Saints RB Mark Ingram lost a fumble and this week, it cost him some significant playing time. Ingram had three carries for five yards when he lost the ball to the Seahawks and he never touched the ball again. The Saints instead relied heavily on veteran RB Tim Hightower while mixing in rookie RB Daniel Lasco. Hightower finished with 102 yards on 26 carries, but was noticeably bad near the goal line, costing the team points on at least one occasion. Following the game, HC Sean Payton said he expected Ingram to bounce back, but it will be tough to use him until the Saints demonstrate some loyalty and Ingram shows he can hang onto the ball.
Late Saturday night, we learned that the Packers would rest WR Randall Cobb, giving fantasy owners plenty of time to get him out of lineups, and potentially insert RB/WR Ty Montgomery and WR Davante Adams. Those seemed to be the two players who would benefit most from Cobb’s absence. With lineups set and millions of fantasy players enjoying the early games, we got some rare late news that Montgomery too would sit out due to an illness. This sent fantasy players swirling to attempt to replace Montgomery, but in some formats, it was too late. This was certainly frustrating timing, but it happens from time to time. With both players out, Adams again looked like the go-to player for QB Aaron Rodgers, catching 12 of his team-high 14 targets for 74 yards. That’s the second consecutive game with double-digit receptions and Adams is just the second player to accomplish that feat this season. The first, of course, was his teammate Montgomery.
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Washington QB Kirk Cousins had another big game, throwing for a career-high 458 yards… Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers had a productive game, totaling 78 yards and a score, but it sounds like a late game ankle injury could cause him to miss time. Rookie RB Peyton Barber is likely the next man up… QB Carson Palmer finally looked like his old self, throwing for 363 yards and three scores in defeat… There was a revenge game narrative leading into TE Jimmy Graham’s return to New Orleans, but Graham was disappointing, catching just three passes for 34 yards… QB Tom Brady didn’t let up against the Bills, throwing for 315 yards and four scores as New England avenged their only loss on the season… QB Alex Smith was twice forced to leave the game and after being diagnosed with a concussion, he did not return. Backup QB Nick Foles took over and helped lead the Chiefs to a win over Indy… The Browns were competitive with the Jets and nearly won their first game of the season as QB Josh McCown returned to the field after missing multiple weeks with a shoulder injury. McCown totaled 341 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns… Rookie WR Will Fuller again struggled, catching just one of his four targets before leaving early with a leg injury… It doesn’t happen often, but Falcons WR Julio Jones put up a dud, catching three passes for 29 yards. Jones went to the locker room late in the first half with an ankle injury and though he returned to the field, he didn’t catch another pass… Rookie RB Devontae Booker, taking over for the injured and IRed C.J. Anderson as Denver’s starting tailback, totaled 84 yards and a touchdown in a ho hum performance… RB Matt Jones missed the game for the Redskins and rookie Rob Kelley took over as the starter. He rushed for 87 yards and a score and could push Jones for the starting role even when healthy… WR Mike Evans looked primed for a big game against a Raiders defense that has been surrendering crazy numbers to WRs. Instead, he only managed to catch four of his 11 targets for 50 yards… Another down game came from Cardinals RB David Johnson, which is very rare. Even in this game against Carolina in which he had just 24 rushing yards, he came through as a receiver, catching seven passes for 84 yards… We saw the arrival of Seattle RB C.J. Prosise as he led the team in receiving and put up 103 total yards on the day… With RB LeSean McCoy out, his backup Mike Gillislee served as a solid replacement, rushing for 85 yards and a score in the blowout loss to New England… It wasn’t just Alex Smith who suffered a concussion for the Chiefs as they also lost RB Spencer Ware. Depending on the severity, we could be looking at Charcandrick West as the starter in Week Nine… Jets RB Matt Forte put up another impressive week, his second straight game with two touchdowns… The Lions shouldn’t have been a match for Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins and instead, they basically shut him down, holding him to a 4/44 line. We can’t consider Hopkins a WR1 going forward… With RB Tevin Coleman out, it was a good opportunity for Devonta Freeman to go off, even against a stout Packers run defense. While he did manage two touchdowns, he only had 58 total yards… RB Melvin Gordon had just his second 100+ yard rushing game of the season on his way to a total of 155 yards… Redskins WR Jamison Crowder put up another 100 yard game, catching nine passes, including a touchdown. He’s becoming a weekly starter… With WR Michael Floyd on the sidelines and WR John Brown still not fully healthy, WR J. J. Nelson stepped up, catching eight passes for 79 yards and a pair of scores… For the third consecutive game, Seattle QB Russell Wilson failed to throw a touchdown pass… Pats TE Rob Gronkowski had another big game, with a 5/109/1 line…We finally saw TE Travis Kelce live up to expectations, hauling in seven passes for 101 yards and a score, much of that done with Foles under center… In his Matchups article, Evan Silva told us if Jets WR Brandon Marshall didn’t do it this week, it probably isn’t happening. It didn’t happen. Marshall had four catches for 68 yards against the weak Browns defense… RB Lamar Miller kept us guessing all morning, but did actually play the majority of the game, totaling 63 yards and a touchdown run… QB Aaron Rodgers continues to sling the ball all over as the Packers lack any semblance of a running game. Rodgers threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns, and added a nice 60 rushing yards to lead the team… After a breakout game against the tough Denver defense a few weeks ago, rookie TE Hunter Henry of the Chargers was held in check with just two catches for 14 yards… WR A.J. Green roasted CB Josh Norman repeatedly, seeing a season-high 18 targets and catching nine of them for 121 yards. His big day could have been bigger if not for multiple Norman penalties… WR Larry Fitzgerald put up big numbers once again, catching 10 of his 11 targets for 74 yards… The trio of Saints pass catchers continue to put up impressive numbers no matter what. Rookie WR Michael Thomas caught all six of his looks for 63 yards. WR Brandin Cooks caught four passes for 44 yards and a score and WR Willie Snead posted a 6/53 stat line… Rookie WR Tyreek Hill enjoyed his best game of his short career, catching five passes for 98 yards and a TD. He’s bypassed Chris Conley on the Chiefs depth chart… Even with McCown under center for Cleveland, WR Terrelle Pryor was still the focus of the offense, seeing 13 targets and catching six for 101 yards… The Lions welcomed back a pair of key players, TE Eric Ebron and RB Theo Riddick. The pair combined for 15 receptions and 156 yards and Riddick added 56 rushing yards… Falcons young RB Terron Ward looked good in place of Tevin Coleman, totaling 57 yards and stopped just short of scoring a touchdown… TE Greg Olsen had his worst game of the season by far, catching one pass for 11 yards on only three targets… A pair of Colts WRs were back in the lineup. WR Phillip Dorsett caught all five of his targets for 33 yards and WR Donte Moncrief had four receptions for 41 yards and a score… It’s tough to figure out when to start Browns RB Duke Johnson, but Week Eight was one of those times. He totaled 116 yards, and was once again a factor in PPR leagues… WR Golden Tate (7/78) once again looked to be the favored option ahead of Marvin Jones (3/43)… For the second consecutive game since he returned from injury, Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart scored a pair of touchdowns… Colts WR T.Y. Hilton was forced to leave the game Sunday with a hamstring injury, but was able to return. Unfortunately, he managed just one catch for 20 yards in what looked like a pristine matchup against Kansas City… Cowboys WR Dez Bryant made his return to the field and quickly regained his role as the top target in the Dallas offense… Rookie QB Dak Prescott struggled through much of the game against the Eagles, as veteran Tony Romo nears his return to full health…