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Fantasy Impact: Week 8
Ken Pomponio
October 28, 2013
 

49ers 42, Jaguars 10
Wembley Stadium, London
Now this is the Colin Kaepernick you drafted as the Niners' QB threw for 164 yards and a touchdown Sunday and rushed for 54 and two more scores against the hapless Jags.
Extra points: Frank Gore versus the Jacksonville D figured to be a mismatch, and it was as Gore ran for 71 yards and two scores -- his fifth straight game with either a TD or 100 yards. ... With Kaepernick, Gore and even Kendall Hunter (9-84) tearing it up on the ground, San Fran didn't need much from its pass-catchers. WR Anquan Boldin led the way with four catches for 56 yards, while TE Vernon Davis (3-52) had the team's lone TD grab. ... For the Jags, Chad Henne (29-of-45) threw for a season-low 228 yards and a TD, while Maurice Jones-Drew hit a season high with 122 total yards, topping 100  for the first time this year.

Chiefs 23, Browns 17
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.
K.C. remains undefeated, but fantasy GMs aren't exactly winning games with Alex Smith and the Chiefs' passing attack. Smith on Sunday threw for 225 yards and two TDs -- his first through the air since Week 4 -- and his leading target was WR Dexter McCluster (7-67, TD). Meanwhile, it continues to be a struggle for more-heralded wideouts Dwayne Bowe (1-7 on 2 targets) and Donnie Avery (3-31 on 5 targets).
Extra points: The Chiefs' Jamaal Charles is now eight-for-eight in 100-yard total games  this season, finishing with 74 rushing on 18 carries and and 46 receiving on five receptions. ... Browns QB Jason Campbell (293 yards, 2 TDs, no turnovers) was solid if you rolled the dice on him with six teams on bye, and he helped WR Josh Gordon (5-132, TD) and TE Jordan Cameron (4-81) recapture some fantasy production -- and possibly upped their trade value with the deadline looming. ... The K.C. D didn't allow more than 17 points once again but was relatively quiet with only one sack and one forced turnover.

Patriots 27, Dolphins 17
Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass.
Strange as it seems, the Patriots are winning with a running game (152 yards, 2 TDs) and defense (six sacks, three forced turnovers) while Tom Brady (116 yards, TD, interception) continues to underwhelm and played Sunday with what appeared to be a swollen right throwing hand. Stevan Ridley (14-79) and Brandon Bolden (8-22) each had a rushing score.
Extra points: WR Danny Amendola was back but didn't provide much of a lift with only three catches for 15 yards on six targets, while TE Rob Gronkowski (2-27 on 5 targets) was quiet in his second game back. ... For the 'Fins, QB Ryan Tannehill (192 yards, 2 TDs) continues to have turnover trouble, fumbling and throwing a pair of picks. ... WR Brandon Gibson (1-4) scored for the third time in two games but left in the first quarter with what looks to be a serious knee injury. ... RB Lamar Miller had a nice bounce-back game to record his first 100-total-yard game (89 rushing, 23 receiving) of the season, but Daniel Thomas (52 total yards) was the Miami back who got into the end zone.

Saints 35, Bills 17
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
TE Jimmy Graham was obviously still affected by his foot injury, catching only three passes for 37 yards but his fantasy-point production was just fine with two of his three grabs resulting in touchdowns.
Extra points: Think Drew Brees' fantasy owners were happy to get the bye week out of the way? The QB came out firing with 332 yards and five TDs Sunday. ... With Marques Colston (3-18 in this one, 6-44 over his past 3 contests) mired in a mystifying funk, rookie wideout Kenny Stills (3-129, 2 TDs) stepped up in the a big way. ... For the Bills, QB Thad Lewis threw for 234 yards and a score, but lost two fumbles and threw a pick. ... Even with C.J. Spiller inactive, RB Fred Jackson was held to 53 total yards and a TD, while a gimpy Stevie Johnson (7-72, TD) was Buffalo's most productive pass catcher.

Lions 31, Cowboys 30
Ford Field, Detroit
Tony Romo (206 passing yards, 3 TDs) and Dez Bryant (3-72, 2 TDs) had nice fantasy days but were completely overshadowed by the monster numbers put up by the Lions' Matthew Stafford (488 yards, TD, game-winning rushing TD) and Calvin Johnson (14-329, TD), who had the second-best receiving-yardage day in league history.
Extra points: Reggie Bush (122 total yards) and Joique Bell (54) each rushed for a TD for the Lions. ... The downer for Detroit was the season-ending Achillies' tear suffered by star-crossed WR Ryan Broyles (1-8). ... For the Cowboys, RB DeMarco Murray missed a second straight game, and Joseph Randle (44 total yards on 17 touches) didn't do much with the opportunity. ... Aside from Bryant, rookie wideout Terrance Williams only caught two passes for 64 yards on 10 targets but scored for the fourth straight game. ... TE Jason Witten (2-15) continues to struggle.

Giants 15, Eagles 7
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Two scuffling NFC East squads clashed here, and fittingly, a kicker -- the Giants' Josh Brown -- was the fantasy headliner with five field goals to account for all of the winning squad's points.
Extra points: Michael Vick was back under center for Philly but didn't last long, exiting in the first quarter when his ailing hamstring flared up ... Rookie Matt Barkley finished up but looked like, well, an out-of-sorts rookie, finishing 17-of-26 for 158 yards, an interception and a lost fumble. That helped keep the Eagles' offense out of end zone for the second straight game. ... Peyton Hillis led N.Y. with 70 rushing yards on 20 carries and added 15 more on three catches. ... Wideouts Victor Cruz (86 yards) and Hakeem Nicks (51) each caught seven passes for the Giants, but fellow WR Rueben Randle (0-0, 1 target) was strangely shut out.

Raiders 21, Steelers 18
O.Co Coliseum; Oakland, Calif.
When Terrelle Pryor sprinted an NFL QB-record and Oakland franchise-record 93 yards for a TD on the game's first play from scrimmage, it looked like the Oakland QB was on his way to a banner fantasy day, but he had only had 13 rushing yards, 88 passing yards and two interceptions the rest of the way.
Extra points: RB Darren McFadden (78 total yards, 2 TDs) had his finest fantasy outing  of the season, while WR Rod Streater (4-45) was the team's leading receiver. ... For the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger (29-of-45, 275 yards, TD, interception) didn't do much, and the same went for rookie RB Le'Veon Bell (51 total yards on 18 touches). ... WRs Emmanuel Sanders (7-88, TD) and Antonio Brown (9-82) were Big Ben's top targets.

Bengals 49, Jets 9
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Your hottest fantasy QB? Why Andy Dalton, of course. Dalton on Sunday threw for 325 yards and a career-high five TDs in a rout of the Jets. He's racked up 1,034 passing yards and 11 TDs over the past three games.
Extra points: Cincy WR Marvin Jones entered the game with four receiving TDs on the season and doubled that total Sunday, hauling in eight passes for 122 yards. ... Oddly, though, A.J. Green (3-115 on 7 targets) didn't get in on the TD parade. ... With all the passing, RBs Giovanni Bernard (27 total yards on 6 touches) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (33 on 11 touches) flew well under the fantasy radar. ... As the final score indicates, it was less than a banner day for the Jets. QB Geno Smith was held to 159 passing yards and a pair of picks, while backup QB Matt Simms (3-35) finished as the team's leading rusher, telling you all you need to know about the fortunes of Bilal Powell (10-19) and Chris Ivory (6-11). ... WR David Nelson led the squad in receiving with eight grabs for 80 yards on 12 targets.

Cardinals 27, Falcons 13
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
This game may have signaled a changing of the guard among Arizona RBs. With Rashard Mendenhall inactive with a toe injury, rookie Andre Ellington ripped off 154 yards on 15 carries, thanks largely to an 80-yard scoring sprint.
Extra points: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer threw for only 172 yards but tossed a pair of TD passes -- one of which went to Larry Fitzgerald, salvaging a four-catch, 48-yard outing. ... Matt Ryan finished as the Falcons' leading passer (301 yards, TD) and rusher (1-13) as Steven Jackson (11 carries for 6 yards) was completely bottled up in his return. ... WR Harry Douglas was targeted 18 times and topped 100 receiving yards (121 on 12 receptions) for the second straight week. ... Meanwhile, TE Tony Gonzalez (3-26 on 8 targets) had his second-straight sub-par game.

Broncos 45, Redskins 21
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
Peyton Manning finished with as many turnovers as TD passes, but when that number is four, his fantasy owners still come out way ahead, especially when you throw in the QB's 354 passing yards.
Extra points: As for that RGIII-is-back momentum, it was thrown off track Sunday as the QB threw for a season-low 132 yards and had his second-worst rushing day (5-7) of the season while throwing two picks and a losing a fumble. He was sacked three times, hit on 10 other occasions, and was pulled -- for "precautionary" reasons -- with a fourth-quarter left-knee issue. ... Knowshon Moreno gained 89 of his 133 total yards on six receptions and found the end zone, while fellow RB Montee Ball (11-37) did likewise for his first NFL TD. ... In the Pass-Catching Dept., the Broncos' Wes Welker (6-81, TD) and Demaryius Thomas (7-75, TD) and the Skins' TE Jordan Reed (8-90) continue to excel. ... Denver TE Julius Thomas (3-29) was kept in check and departed early in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Packers 44, Vikings 31
Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
With Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jermichael Finley all missing a second straight game, Jordy Nelson is the lone Green Bay pass-catching regular still standing, and he delivered for Aaron Rodgers (285 yards) with seven receptions, 123 yards and caught both of Rodgers' TD tosses.
Extra points: Rookie RB Eddie Lacy ground out 97 yards and a TD on 29 carries and added 18 more yards on four catches to top 100 total yards for the third straight contest. ... WR Jarrett Boykin (5-89) also continues to be part of the Packers' game plan. ... For the Vikes, QB Christian Ponder was back at the controls in place of the concussed Josh Freeman but threw for only 145 yards. He best work came on the ground, rushing for a TD and 38 yards on five carries. ... Adrian Peterson had 83 total yards -- failing to top 100 for the third consecutive outing -- but did find the end zone for the first time since Week 4.


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