Let’s dive in to a Week 8 with plenty of highs and lows:
Whose Stock is on the Rise?
Newton was fantastic on Thursday night, flashing the arm, speed, and playmaking that made him a top-three quarterback in August drafts. He threw for just 221 yards, but he threw two touchdowns and avoided any turnovers. He also added 11 carries for 50 yards and another score. He’ll now get some extra rest before taking on an Atlanta defense that
looked good against. Yikes.
Ridley has re-emerged as a fantasy weapon in recent weeks. Despite missing the first quarter on Sunday, he managed to rack up 79 yards and a score on 14 carries. In addition, the offense was much better with Ridley on the field, as there was a greater running threat on the field. Ridley is going to be a major asset down the stretch.
Ellington has been a fantasy darling for weeks now. With
missing the game with a toe injury, Ellington staked his claim to the starting job with 15 rushes for 154 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown was actually an 80-yarder, which Ellington bounced outside and then appeared to be in fast forward. I honestly looked down to see if I’d sat on the remote. He needs to be owned, and he should be the feature back in Arizona if the Cardinals have any sense.
Talk about a career day. Jones caught eight balls for 122 yards and FOUR touchdowns. I’m not exactly sure what the Jets’ defensive strategy was, but it certainly didn’t include stopping
. Jones won’t do this again, but he’s clearly a capable No. 2 opposite
, and he’ll be a hot pickup this week.
Douglas may have been the lone bright spot for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. With
out for the year and
missing another week with ankle and hamstring injuries, White has been asked to step up his game. Last week, he caught seven passes for 149 yards and a score. This week, he failed to get in the end zone, but he did manage 12 catches for 121 yards. He’s going to have value the rest of the year.
Whose is Not?
left the game early after aggravating his hamstring injury. With
not cleared to play, it was -gulp-
taking over. Barkley was not so good, but he did move the ball better than Vick had, although that’s a pretty low bar. Depending on Foles’ availability next week, he may draw a start in Oakland. Ugh.
Once Vick exited, there was no secondary threat on the read option. McCoy ran 15 times for 48 yards as the Giants loaded up against the run. With the quarterback situation up in the air, it may actually be a decent time to look to deal McCoy. You’re not selling low at this point, and there’s plenty of appeal, but I do think that McCoy will be frustrating in the coming weeks.
Jackson stunk. Bad. In his first game back following a hamstring injury, he ran 11 times for six yards. He added three catches for seven yards. Doing some quick math, he touched the ball 14 times for 13 yards. So
only accumulated 13 more yards than you did on Sunday.
Bernard had been such an exciting talent a few weeks ago, but he’s fallen off the past few games. Last week, he put up just 59 yards from scrimmage. This week, he ran just five times for 18 yards and caught just one pass for nine yards. It was surprising since the Bengals won 49-9. You’d have thought that the Bengals would have been running the ball plenty, but that wasn’t the case.
got 11 carries. Bernard is better, but it’s getting frustrating.
Just kidding. He doesn’t belong in this category, but I wanted to end on a good performance. He was kind of ridiculous on Sunday. His fourteen catches for 329 yards and a score was something out of Super Tecmo Bowl. Well done, Megatron.
Good luck in Week 9.
Drew Magyar is a FantasySharks.com staff writer and member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at