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Inside The Gamebook – Early Games Week 8

DENVER 16 – SAN FRANCISCO 24


Denver


Yards: Pass 369, Rush 59

Red Zone: 2-for-3, 67 percent (season: 12-for-29, 41 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – punt – punt – punt – punt. Second Half: Tim Tebow 1–yard touchdown – three-and-out – 32–yard field goal – three-and-out – Kyle Orton fumble – Brandon Lloyd 1–yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Jabar Gaffney.

Players:

WR – Brandon Lloyd: 12 Targets; 5 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 17, 19, 25, 29, 71 yards and a 1–yard touchdown.

WR – Jabar Gaffney: 7 Targets; 4 deep – big plays for 18 and 19 yards.

WR – Eddie Royal: 6 Targets; 1 red zone.

TE – Dan Gronkowski: 3 Targets.

TE – Daniel Graham: 2 Targets; 1 red zone.

WR – Demaryius Thomas: 1 Rush and 1 Target – big play for 31 yards.

RB – Knowshon Moreno: 11 Rush and 4 Target – big play for 17 yards.

RB – Correll Buckhalter: 4 Targets.

Fantasy Impact: Denver is on a bye in Week 9.

San Francisco

Yards: Pass 196, Rush: 143

Red Zone: 2-for-3, 67 percent (season: 12-for-21, 57 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – 34-yard field goal – punt – punt – ran out clock. Second Half: punt – miss 52-yard field goal – three-and-out – Troy Smith 1-yard touchdown – Michael Crabtree 28-yard touchdown – Frank Gore 3-yard touchdown – three-and-out – ran out clock.

Players:

TE – Delanie Walker: 7 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 27 and 38 yards.

WR – Michael Crabtree: 5 Targets; 2 deep – big play for a 28-yard touchdown.

WR – Josh Morgan: 2 Targets – big play for 30 yards.

TE – Vernon Davis: 1 Target.

WR – Ted Ginn: 1 Rush and 1 Target.

RB – Frank Gore: 29 Rush and 1 Target; 7 red zone – big plays for 21 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.

RB – Anthony Dixon: 5 Rush.

RB – Brian Westbrook: 2 Rush and 1 Target.

FB – Moran Norris: 1 Rush and 1 Target; 1 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: San Francisco is on a bye in Week 9.

JACKSONVILLE 35 – DALLAS 17


Jacksonville

Yards: Pass 260, Rush 149

Red Zone: 4-for-5, 80 percent (season: 13-for-22, 59 percent)

Drives: First Half: Mike Sims-Walker 10-yard touchdown – David Garrard fumble – Marcedes Lewis 42-yard touchdown – punt – ran out clock. Second Half: Mike Thomas 15-yard touchdown – Lewis 9-yard touchdown – punt – three-and-out – punt – Garrard 2-yard touchdown – three-and-out.

Players:

WR – Mike Sims-Walker: 10 Targets; 3 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 20, 23, 29, 39 yards and a 10-yard touchdown.

WR – Mike Thomas: 1 Rush and 4 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for a 15-yard touchdown.

TE – Marcedes Lewis: 3 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for a 9-yard touchdown and a 42-yard touchdown.

RB – Maurice Jones-Drew: 27 Rush and 3 Targets; 4 red zone – big plays for 23 and 24 yards.

RB – Deji Karim: 4 Rush; 1 red zone.

FB – Greg Jones: 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact: Jacksonville is on a bye in Week 9.

Dallas

Yards: Pass 379, Rush 50

Red Zone: 2-for-4, 50 percent (season: 13-for-22, 59 percent)

Drives: First Half: 34-yard field goal – interception on pass intended for Felix Jones – interception on pass intended for Miles Austin – punt – turnover on downs at Jacksonville 1-yard line. Second Half: interception on pass intended for Roy Williams – three-and-out – three-and-out – Marion Barber 1-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Williams – Jason Witten 8-yard touchdown – ran out clock.

Players:

TE – Jason Witten: 12 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 27 yards and an 8-yard touchdown.

WR – Miles Austin: 12 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 15, 15, 23 and 35 yards.

WR – Dez Bryant: 9 Targets; 4 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 17 and 29 yards.

WR – Sam Hurd: 4 Targets; 2 deep.

WR – Roy Williams: 3 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 21 yards.

TE – Martellus Bennett: 1 Target.

RB – Felix Jones: 8 Rush and 4 Targets.

RB – Marion Barber: 9 Rush; 3 red zone – big play for a 1-yard touchdown.

RB – Tashard Choice: 4 Targets – big play for 15 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Williams has seen his role diminish with the presence of Bryant. Hurd has one more target than Williams in the past two games but is only someone to keep an eye on for now to see if his role increases.

MIAMI 22 – CINCINNATI 14

Miami

Yards: Pass 217, Rush 137

Red Zone: 1-for-3, 33 percent (season: 7-for-15, 47 percent)

Drives: First Half: 38-yard field goal – 42-yard field goal – three-and-out – interception on pass intended for Brian Hartline – 24-yard field goal – 54-yard field goal. Second Half: punt – fumble on punt return – 31-yard field goal – punt – Ricky Williams 1-yard touchdown – three-and-out – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Davone Bess: 9 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big play for 20 yards.

WR – Brian Hartline: 1 Rush and 8 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 24 and 30 yards.

WR – Brandon Marshall: 7 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 16, 20 and 25 yards.

TE – Anthony Fasano: 6 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big play for 15 yards.

WR – Roberto Wallace: 1 Target; 1 deep.

RB – Ronnie Brown: 16 Rush and 2 Targets; 1 red zone.

RB – Ricky Williams: 9 Rush and 1 Target; 2 red zone – big plays for 18 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.

FB – Lousaka Polite: 2 Rush and 2 Target; 1 red zone.

RB – Patrick Cobbs: 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact: Hartline has come back into the picture the last two weeks with 13 targets, one rush attempt and more than 50 yards receiving in both contests. He is the third option in the passing game but could be serviceable during favorable matchups as a bye-week replacement.

Cincinnati

Yards: Pass 156, Rush 106

Red Zone: 1-for-1, 100 percent (season: 9-for-21, 43 percent)

Drives: First Half: Terrell Owens 7-yard touchdown – punt – three-and-out – punt – Owens 37-yard touchdown – punt. Second Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – three-and-out – three-and-out – punt – interception on pass intended for  Owens.

Players:

WR – Terrell Owens: 12 Targets; 5 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for a 7-yard touchdown and a 37-yard touchdown.

WR – Chad Ochocinco: 8 Targets; 2 deep.

TE – Jermaine Gresham: 8 Targets.

WR – Jordan Shipley: 6 Targets.

RB – Cedric Benson: 20 Rush and 3 Targets; 2 red zone.

RB – Bernard Scott: 2 Rush – big play for 18 yards.

RB – Brian Leonard: 1 Rush and 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact: Jordan Shipley has been targeted six times in each of the past two games. His targets have remained pretty consistent and he could have some productive games during favorable matchups as a bye-week replacement.

BUFFALO 10 – KANSAS CITY 13


Buffalo

Yards: Pass 223, Rush 137

Red Zone: 1-for-1, 100 percent (season: 8-for-13, 62 percent)

Drives: First Half: punt – punt – three-and-out – three-and-out – ran out clock. Second Half: 43-yard field goal – three-and-out – Steve Johnson 4-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Lee Evans. Overtime: punt – miss 53-yard field goal – punt.

Players:

WR – Steve Johnson: 10 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big play for a 4-yard touchdown.

WR – Lee Evans: 9 Targets; 3 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 17 and 21 yards.

WR – Roscoe Parrish: 1 Rush and 8 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 37 yards.

WR – David Nelson: 5 Targets; 1 deep.

RB – Fred Jackson: 20 Rush and 8 Targets; 2 red zone.

RB – C.J. Spiller: 6 Rush and 6 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Parrish has 20 targets and two rush attempts over the past two games. He is the third option in the passing game but Buffalo has more than 40 passing attempts in the past two games and Parrish could become useful if the trend continues. He is worth considering as a speculative play or bye-week replacement.

Kansas City

Yards: Pass: 152, Rush 274

Red Zone: 1-for-4, 25 percent (season: 11-for-22, 50 percent)

Drives: First Half: punt – punt – turnover on downs at Buffalo 20-yard line – punt – Dwayne Bowe 1-yard touchdown. Second Half: punt – 28-yard field goal – three-and-out – ran out clock. Overtime: punt – miss 39-yard field goal – 35-yard field goal.

Players:

WR – Dwayne Bowe: 1 Rush and 6 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone – big play for a 1-yard touchdown.

TE – Tony Moeaki: 4 Targets; 1 deep – big plays for 16 and 18 yards.

TE – Leonard Pope: 4 Targets; 1 deep.

WR – Verran Tucker: 2 Targets.

WR – Terrance Copper: 1 Target; 1 red zone.

WR – Chris Chambers: 1 Target; 1 deep.

RB – Jamaal Charles: 22 Rush and 5 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 16, 18, 18, 31 and 32 yards.

RB – Thomas Jones: 19 Rush and 1 Target; 2 red zone.

RB – Jackie Battle: 1 Rush.

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs rank dead last in the league in passing and this limits anyone’s upside outside of Bowe.

WASHINGTON 25 – DETROIT 37


Washington

Yards: Pass 254, Rush 80

Red Zone: 2-for-2, 100 percent (season: 8-for-20, 40 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – punt – three-and-out – punt – three-and-out – Ryan Torain 6-yard touchdown – three-and-out – 38-yard field goal – 46-yard field goal. Second Half: three-and-out – punt – three-and-out – Keiland Williams 5-yard touchdown and two-point attempt fails – 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown and two-point attempt fails – interception on pass intended for Anthony Armstrong – turnover on downs at Washington 28-yard line – Rex Grossman fumble – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Santana Moss: 10 Targets; 2 deep – big play for 18 yards.

TE – Chris Cooley: 7 Targets; 2 deep – big play for 19 yards.

WR – Anthony Armstrong: 6 Targets; 4 deep – big plays for 35 and 50 yards.

WR – Joey Galloway: 4 Targets; 1 deep.

TE – Fred Davis: 2 Targets; 2 red zone.

RB – Ryan Torain: 9 Rush and 4 Targets; 2 red zone – big play for a 6-yard touchdown.

RB – Keiland Williams: 6 Rush and 3 Targets; 2 red zone – big plays for 15 yards and a 5 -yard touchdown.

FB – Mike Sellers: 1 Target.

Fantasy Impact: Washington is on a bye in Week 9.

Detroit

Yards: Pass 212, Rush 102

Red Zone: 4-for-5, 80 percent (season: 16-for-23, 70 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – interception on pass intended for Calvin Johnson – punt – three-and-out –  Johnson 13-yard touchdown – three-and-out – punt – three-and-out. Second Half: three-and-out – Brandon Pettigrew 2-yard touchdown – Nate Burleson fumble – three-and-out –  Johnson 7-yard touchdown and two point attempt fails – punt – Johnson 10-yard touchdown and successful two-point attempt to Bryant Johnson – 32-yard field goal – (defense returns fumble for a touchdown) and two-point attempt fails.

Players:

WR – Calvin Johnson: 15 Targets; 5 deep, 4 red zone – big plays for 15 yards, a 7-yard touchdown, a 10-yard touchdown and a 13-yard touchdown.

WR – Nate Burleson: 9 Targets; 3 red zone.

TE – Brandon Pettigrew: 5 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for a 2-yard touchdown.

WR – Bryant Johnson: 4 Targets; 2 red zone.

TE – Tony Scheffler: 1 Target.

RB – Jahvid Best: 12 Rush and 8 Targets; 4 red zone – big play for 20 yards.

RB – Kevin Smith: 12 Rush and 3 Targets; 3 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Burleson has 24 targets over the past three games. He has put up 153 yards and two touchdowns during this span. He is someone to consider picking up as his targets and production have been pretty consistent since coming back from injury.

CAROLINA 10 – ST. LOUIS 20


Carolina

Yards: Pass 194, Rush 25

Red Zone: 1-for-1, 100 percent (season: 4-for-13, 31 percent)

Drives: First Half: interception on pass intended for Steve Smith – three-and-out – punt – three-and-out – 44-yard field goal. Second Half: punt – punt – Smith fumble – interception on pass to Smith – Brandon LaFell 17-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Smith.

Players:

WR – Steve Smith: 15 Targets; 5 deep – big plays for 15, 19 and 20 yards.

WR – Brandon LaFell: 8 Targets; 3 deep, 1 red zone – big play for a 17-yard touchdown.

WR – David Gettis: 1 Rush and 3 Targets; 1 deep.

TE – Dante Rosario: 2 Targets.

TE – Jeff King: 2 Targets.

WR – David Clowney: 1 Target.

RB – Jonathan Stewart: 14 Rush and 1 Target.

RB – Mike Goodson: 1 Rush and 5 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: LaFell has 10 catches for 131 yards with a touchdown on 14 targets in the last two games. In the first five games he only had five catches for 83 yards with no touchdowns on 23 targets. He is a rookie, but he could be catching on and is a speculative play as a bye-week replacement during favorable matchups.

St. Louis

Yards: Pass 191, Rush 62

Red Zone: 2-for-5, 40 percent (season: 11-for-30. Percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – miss 51-yard field goal – punt – 33-yard field goal – Danny Amendola 2-yard touchdown – ran out clock. Second Half: punt – three-and-out – Daniel Fells 23-yard touchdown – 41-yard field goal – three-and-out – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Danny Amendola: 7 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for a 2-yard touchdown.

WR – Brandon Gibson: 7 Targets; 1 deep – big plays for 15 and 33 yards.

TE – Daniel Fells: 7 Targets; 2 deep – big play for a 23-yard touchdown.

WR – Laurent Robinson: 6 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for 16 yards.

TE – Michael Hoomanawanui: 3 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 15 yards.

RB – Steven Jackson: 23 Rush and 1 Target; 3 red zone.

RB – Kenneth Darby: 1 Rush and 1 Target; 1 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: St. Louis is on a bye in Week 9.

TENNESSEE 25 – SAN DIEGO 33


Tennessee

Yards: Pass 305, Rush 65

Red Zone: 1-for-3, 33 percent (season: 14-for-24, 58 percent)

Drives: First Half: (blocked punt out of end zone for safety) – punt – 21-yard field goal – Craig Stevens 1-yard touchdown – Chris Johnson 29-yard touchdown – three-and-out – ran out clock. Second Half: three-and-out – punt – three-and-out – Nate Washington 71-yard touchdown and two-point attempt fails – punt – turnover on downs at San Diego 15-yard line.

Players:

WR – Nate Washington: 9 Targets; 4 deep, 2 red zone – big plays for 17, 25 yards and a 71-yard touchdown.

WR – Damian Williams: 9 Targets; 5 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 17 and 26 yards.

WR – Lavelle Hawkins: 5 Targets; 3 deep – big plays for 18 and 24 yards.

TE – Craig Stevens: 2 Targets; 1 red zone – big plays for 28 yards and a  -yard touchdown.

TE – Jared Cook: 2 Targets; 2 deep – big play for 36 yards.

TE – Bo Scaife: 2 Targets.

WR – Kenny Britt: 1 Target; 1 deep.

RB – Chris Johnson: 15 Rush and 6 Targets; 5 red zone – big plays for a 29-yard touchdown.

RB – Javon Ringer: 2 Rush.

Fantasy Impact: Tennessee is on a bye in Week 9.

San Diego

Yards: Pass 305, Rush 156

Red Zone: 3-for-5, 60 percent (season: 18-for-34, 53 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – Mike Tolbert 1-yard touchdown – punt – three-and-out – Ryan Mathews 7-yard touchdown – interception on pass intended for Seyi Ajirotutu. Second Half: 34-yard field goal – Antonio Gates 48-yard touchdown – 36-yard field goal – Darren Sproles 13-yard touchdown – three-and-out – ran out clock.

Players:

TE – Antonio Gates: 7 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 15, 21, 33 yards and a 48-yard touchdown.

WR – Patrick Crayton: 5 Targets – big play for 15 yards.

WR – Seyi Ajirotutu: 4 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 25 yards.

TE – Randy McMichael: 2 Targets.

WR – Gary Banks: 1 Target; 1 red zone.

RB – Ryan Mathews: 15 Rush and 3 Targets; 3 red zone – big play for a 7-yard touchdown.

FB – Mike Tolbert: 11 Rush and 4 Targets; 3 red zone – big plays for 36 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.

RB – Darren Sproles: 4 Rush and 6 Targets – big plays for 17, 32 yards and a 13-yard touchdown.

FB – Jacob Hester: 2 Rush and 3 Targets; 1 red zone.

Fantasy Impact: Ajirotutu was on the practice squad until the team started to get decimated by injuries at the receiver position. He has contributed in the past two games and was second on the team in receiving yards last week. With Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Buster Davis and possibly Gates being out for this Sunday, Ajirotutu could be a speculative play as a bye-week replacement.

GREEN BAY 9 – N.Y. JETS 0


Green Bay

Yards: Pass 170, Rush 81

Red Zone: 0-for-1, 0 percent (season: 13-for-22, 59 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – punt – 20-yard field goal – punt – three-and-out – miss 45-yard field goal – ran out clock. Second Half: punt – punt – 41-yard field goal – three-and-out – 40-yard field goal.

Players:

WR – Greg Jennings: 12 Targets; 4 deep – big play for 30 yards.

WR – Jordy Nelson: 7 Targets; 1 deep, 1 red zone – big plays for 16 and 19 yards.

WR – James Jones: 5 Targets; 2 deep, 1 red zone.

WR – Donald Driver: 3 Targets.

TE – Donald Lee: 2 Targets.

TE – Andrew Quarless: 2 Targets; 1 deep.

WR – Brett Swain: 1 Target.

RB – Brandon Jackson: 15 Rush and 2 Targets; 1 red zone – big play for 27 yards.

FB – John Kuhn: 8 Rush.

Fantasy Impact: Donald Driver is expected to miss the game this week, meaning that Jones and Nelson will both see more time. If either is available they would make a good bye-week replacement. Nelson has been more consistent over the past three games as Jones has had a 107-yard outing in between two games where he was held without a reception.

N.Y. Jets

Yards: Pass 256, Rush 119

Red Zone: 0-for-1, 0 percent (season: 9-for-20, 45 percent)

Drives: First Half: three-and-out – three-and-out – fake punt, turnover on downs at New York 37-yard line – Brad Smith fumble – punt – interception on pass intended for Jerricho Cotchery – three-and-out. Second Half: three-and-out – miss 37-yard field goal – interception on pass intended for Dustin Keller – turnover on downs at Green Bay 35-yard line – turnover on downs at New York 22-yard line – ran out clock.

Players:

WR – Jerricho Cotchery: 13 Targets; 6 deep – big plays for 20 and 49 yards.

WR – Santonio Holmes: 6 Targets; 2 deep – big plays for 15 and 18 yards.

TE – Dustin Keller: 6 Targets; 1 deep – big play for 40 yards.

WR – Braylon Edwards: 4 Targets; 4 deep – big play for 32 yards.

WR – Brad Smith: 3 Rush.

RB – LaDainian Tomlinson: 17 Rush and 7 Targets.

RB – Shonn Greene: 6 Rush and 2 Targets.

Fantasy Impact: Cotchery has been targeted 30 times in the last three games after being targeted 21 times in the first four games. With Edwards and Holmes running the deep routes, things could be opening up for Cotchery underneath. He is worth considering as a speculative play for a bye-week replacement.

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