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32 Fantasy Stats that Defined Week 8

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Arizona Cardinals

DeAndre Hopkins has consecutive games with at least 10 catches for the first time since 2015.

Hopkins has a 22/262/1 line in his first two games back from suspension. He has a 37.5 percent target share and is averaging 3.55 yards per route run. These numbers are absurd and won’t hold over the course of a whole season, but they prove that Hopkins is back and playing at an elite level.

Atlanta Falcons

Kyle Pitts set a season-high in targets (nine).

Pitts’ 32 percent target share was only the third-best mark of his 2022 campaign, though the Falcons’ absurdly low passing volume skews the data at times. Pitts also saw two of the team’s three red zone targets. He has seen an uptick in snaps over the past two weeks as well. There may still be some TE1 juice left in him going forward.

Baltimore Ravens

Isaiah Likely led the Ravens in routes (35), yards (77), and catches (six).

Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman both went down early in Week 8, leading to Likely stepping into a larger role for three quarters. He made the most of the situation, pacing the Ravens in all receiving stats but targets. If Baltimore’s pass-catchers aren’t healthy, Likely could step into TE1 volume.

Buffalo Bills

Dawson Knox ran a route on 77 percent of Josh Allen’s dropbacks.

Knox struggled to get fantasy points on the board early in the season and spent a surprising amount of his time on as a blocker on passing downs. He has slowly worked his way back into a strong role, culminating in a primetime touchdown last week. Knox is a low-end TE1 for Week 9.

Carolina Panthers

D’Onta Foreman led the NFL in red zone carries (nine).

Foreman also led the league with an 87 percent share of his team’s carries. Foreman ran 26 times for 118 yards and three scores. The Panthers had a -14 percent pass rate over expected (PROE). Foreman looked the part of a workhorse back and his team treated him as such.

Chicago Bears

Khalil Herbert led the Bears with 16 carries for 99 yards and a touchdown.

David Montgomery rushed 15 times for 53 yards. Despite being out-rushed by Herbert, Montgomery was still the primary back on passing downs. He ran 21 routes to Herbert’s three. At a minimum, it’s safe to say Chicago is a backfield by committee, possibly led by Herbert on the ground.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon led the Bengals with nine targets.

He earned a 26 percent target share and now leads all FLEX players in rushing plus receiving expected points. Despite being dreadfully inefficient on the ground, Mixon’s all-purpose role is keeping him in the RB1 ranks.

Cleveland Browns

Donovan Peoples-Jones has at least 50 yards in five consecutive games.

He has topped 70 yards in all but one of those five contests. DPJ holds a 20 percent target share over that span. Amari Cooper is clearly the Browns’ top receiver, but Peoples-Jones is worth a look as a FLEX option.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Pollard led all running back in yards after contact per carry (8.6).

Pollard also led all backs in carries of 15 yards or more. He rushed 14 times for 131 yards and three scores. After the game, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said “there’s no argument” about Ezekiel Elliott‘s status as the team’s top back. You cannot make this stuff up.

Denver Broncos

In his past four games, Jerry Jeudy leads the Broncos with 33 targets.

Jeudy has a 25 percent target share and a 28 percent air yards share. Both marks lead the team. He is tied with Courtland Sutton in red zone and end zone targets. Jeudy may have taken over the WR1 gig in Denver.

Detroit Lions

Jamaal Williams led the Lions with 13 touches.

D’Andre Swift played 33 snaps to Williams’ 22. He caught five passes and rushed five times. Williams operated as the goal line back, handling the team’s only carry inside the five and three of the team’s four red zone attempts.

Green Bay Packers

The last time Aaron Jones saw 24 touches was in 2019.

Jones earned 20 carries for the second time in the past two and a half seasons, adding four catches for a total of 157 yards from scrimmage. This strangely happened in a game where the Packers got wrecked by the Bills. Green Bay has seemingly shelved the AJ Dillon experiment, giving him 10 carries and one catch.

Houston Texans

Brandin Cooks earned a 20 percent target share.

Cooks’ target share has been hovering around 20 percent since Week 2. In the first two weeks of the season, he was at a 31 percent target share. Cooks doesn’t have the alpha role he held in 2021, and the Houston offense is struggling. He looks more like a lowly WR3 than a stable WR2.

Indianapolis Colts

Michael Pittman earned a 39 percent target share.

Pittman led the Colts with nine targets. He has at least that many targets in all but two games this year. Without Matt Ryan to pepper him with shallow targets, Campbell came crashing back to Earth, seeing just three looks in the passing game. Alec Pierce saw five targets on two fewer routes than Campbell.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Travis Etienne earned 75 percent of Jacksonville’s carries.

Etienne also saw 6-of-7 red zone carries for the Jags, plus all four of their rush attempts inside the five. He amassed 156 carries and a touchdown on 24 carries. Etienne always had elite potential, now he has the role to match.

Las Vegas Raiders

Mack Hollins led the Raiders’ receivers with eight targets.

Hollins also paced the entire team with two looks in the red zone. He played nearly every snap on offense. Hollins is playing a larger role than Hunter Renfrow and out-producing him. Renfrow can be dropped while Hollins has some life as a WR4.

Los Angeles Rams

Ronnie Rives led the Rams with eight carries.

Rivers didn’t do much with his extra opportunities, rushing for just 21 yards. He added four catches for 15 yards. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson combined for nine carries and two catches. Kyren Williams could take command of this dreadful backfield when he returns from injured reserve.

Miami Dolphins

Jaylen Waddle found the end zone twice while going over 100 yards and Tyreek Hill still out-scored him.

Waddle has been outstanding this year, but Hill is on another level. Hill earned a 41 percent target share and a 57 percent air yards share in Week 8. He posted a 12/188 line with seven rushing yards as a bonus.

Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen is averaging 1.27 yards per route run.

That mark is easily outside of the top 50 receivers. It is also a career-low for Thielen, as is his mark of two yards after the catch per reception. Now 32 years old, Thielen is starting to fall apart. His decline could create room for newly acquired T.J. Hockenson to have an immediate impact.

New England Patriots

Rhamondre Stevenson out-touched Damien Harris 23-13

Stevenson rushed 16 times and earned seven receptions. Harris saw 11 carries and averaged one fewer yard per attempt. Stevenson is performing better than Harris as a runner this year and offers far more through the air. He could push for RB1 numbers in the second half of the year.

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara has a 26 percent target share when playing with Andy Dalton.

Kamara is the overall RB1 over the past four weeks. He is averaging 18 carries and seven catches for 145 yards from scrimmage per game with Dalton at the helm. In Week 8, he earned a 33 percent target share, ran the ball 18 times, and scored three touchdowns.

New York Giants

Darius Slayton has topped 50 yards in three of his past four games.

Slayton has a 20 percent target share and a 37 percent air yards share in his past four games. He also leads the Giants with three red zone targets. Slayton is shaping up to be a FLEX-worthy receiver going forward.

New York Jets

Zach Wilson ranks 31st in EPA per play.

Among all quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks, he sits at 34th in completion percent over expected. Only two passers come out worse in that metric: Baker Mayfield and Cooper Rush.

Philadelphia Eagles

A.J. Brown finished top-five in targets (11) and air yards (181).

Brown posted a 6/156/3 line in Week 8. He buried the Steelers so thoroughly that Philly’s starter’s got to take half of the final quarter off. Brown’s production will fluctuate weekly, but his upside is matched by few.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Najee Harris is averaging -.9 rushing yards over expected per attempt.

NextGen Stats has charted Harris as the third-worst back in this metric. Chase Edmonds and Cam Akers, the only two backs worse than him, have both been exiled by their respective teams. It’s hard for the Steelers to keep giving Harris carries over Jaylen Warren.

San Francisco 49ers

Christian McCaffrey became the sixth player in the Super Bowl era to throw, catch, and run for a touchdown in a single game.

LaDainian Tomlinson was the last player to do this. McCaffrey played 81 percent of the 49ers’ snaps, earning 18 carries and nine targets. He was also used downfield some, racking up 35 air yards. We may have a new overall RB1.

Seattle Seahawks

Ken Walker has five touchdowns in his past four games.

Walker was mostly bottled up in Week 8 but managed to find the end zone once again. The nerds will scream regression at his touchdown stats, but Walker’s role is going to get him into the end zone often. In the past four weeks, he leads all players with 15 red zone carries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady is averaging 319 passing yards per game over the past five weeks.

The Bucs’ offense has stagnated this year, but they are at least being aggressive with their passing attack. Since Week 3, the Bucs have a PROE of 10 percent.

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Brady has thrown the ball over 47 times per game in that span. We can’t rely on this offense for touchdowns, but the volume keeps everyone in play as receptions-based fantasy assets.

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry is the third player in league history to top 200 rushing yards in six games.

Hilariously, Henry has notched four of his monster games versus the Texans. He ran for 219 yards and two scores on 32 carries against Houston in Week 8. Henry is the only Titan worth starting in any fantasy format.

Washington Commanders

Curtis Samuel and Taylor Heinicke led the Commanders with 29 rushing yards a piece.

Among 53 qualified backs, Pro Football Reference has Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson ranked 43rd and 50th in yards before contact per attempt. Trickery with Samuel and scrambles from Heinicke are seemingly Washington’s best method of moving the ball on the ground. This messy backfield should be avoided at all costs.