Calvin Johnson Jr. may become the best wide receiver in the history of football.
Sorry, Jerry Rice.
We start the Week 8 game recaps with arguably the best game of the year in Detroit. After the first half saw a score of just 10-7, many fantasy owners weren’t getting the shootout that appeared to be looming. However, sure enough, fireworks ensued in the second half.
What a game.
Lions: Did I mention Calvin Johnson is incredible? One thing we knew coming into this game was that he needed to be ranked first among all fantasy wideouts, but what we didn’t know was that he would flirt with yet another record. Calvin caught a ridiculous 14 balls for 329 yards and a score. That receiving total is the second-most all time in a single game. Stop playing Madden, Lions. Stop it. I mean it when I say Rice’s top spot is in jeopardy, regardless of how many Super Bowls Calvin finishes with. Meanwhile, the running backs were productive, too. Reggie Bush once again dominated the carries (21), and scored a one-yard touchdown. Bush also did his normal duty in the passing game, hauling in eight balls for 30 yards. He’s a top-five running back the rest of the way. For those who were hurt with byes, Joique Bell did score a touchdown as well. He needs to be owned in almost all leagues, as Bush is seemingly always banged up (this game included).
Quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a couple of picks, but still finished with a strong fantasy outing, finishing with a whopping 488 passing yards, one passing touchdown, as well as one last-second, game-winning rushing score. Stafford showed a ton of moxie in the 4th quarter comeback, and continues to serve as arguably the biggest draft day value at the quarterback position. He went into this game as the number two fantasy signal caller, and he’ll land inside the top-five after Week 8.
Cowboys: Dez Bryant, you, sir, are a tremendous football player. You had a field day, yourself, catching three balls for 72 yards and two scores, However, you are not Calvin Johnson. Sorry. Granted, you are still one of the three best fantasy receivers in the game today. And how about rookie wideout Terrance Williams? Veteran Miles Austin sat out again, and Williams has easily cemented himself as the number two receiving option. That didn’t change today. At one point, Williams had just one catch on nine targets, and was even targeted on five straight passes. However, despite catching only two balls, he broke one of them for over 50-yards for a score, finishing with a solid fantasy outing. He’s been targeted 17 times over his last two games. The running backs for Dallas failed to produce, so hurry back, DeMarco Murray.
Another draft day value at the quarterback position, Tony Romo owners benefited from a high-scoring second half. He only threw for 206 yards, but was good enough for three touchdown passes, as he continues to be one of the top-five fantasy signal callers in 2013. And for all you IDP fans out there, linebacker Sean Lee had himself a day, picking off Stafford twice. Lee also posted double-digit combined tackles for the fifth straight week.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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