2013 Fantasy Football: Week 8 All-Fantasy Team

By Dustin Manko
Drew Brees
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The eighth week of fantasy football is in the books. There were some clear busts, like Justin Blackmon only putting up 30 total yards, or Rob Gronkowski with 27. There were some surprises, like Kenny Stills putting up 129 yards and two touchdowns en route to over 25 fantasy points. I provide for you the week eight All Fantasy Team for the eighth week top performers.

Quarterback: Drew Brees

This was a tough call as Brees and Andy Dalton each threw for five touchdowns on Sunday. Brees gets the nod because he had 332 passing yards to Dalton’s 325 and Brees had no picks, Dalton had one. Brees hit 10 different receivers at least once and only failed to connect eight passes on 34 attempts.

Wide Receivers: Marvin Jones & Calvin Johnson

Well that escalated quickly. Marvin Jones had been heating up lately, but exploded this week for 122 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. Jones could be a sleeper going forward, but owners should exercise caution as Jones only played on about one third of the snaps. It will be interesting to see how Jones is used when Andrew Hawkins returns to the lineup this week.

There has been plenty of debate this past week about Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant being compared for superiority. While I think talent wise they are about even, Johnson gets the nod in fantasy because he gets targeted much more often than Bryant. Megatron had 16 targets which he turned into 14 receptions, 329 yards and a touchdown. He would have had a second score, but simply had nothing left in the tank after taking one 87 yards to the Dallas Cowboys three yard line.

Running Backs: Andre Ellington & Darren McFadden

Ellington owners who started him this weekend showed some guts after Ellington put up only 10 yards on three attempts last week. This week Ellington was the top scoring running back in fantasy, rushing for 154 yards and a touchdown in addition to eight receiving yards. The Arizona Cardinals have a bye this week, but do have some favorable matchups down the stretch. Owners need to monitor Rashard Mendenhall’s injury situation as he seems to be in line to resume lead back responsibilities when healthy.

McFadden finally gave his fantasy owners something to cheer about this weekend as he picked up 78 all purpose yards and two touchdowns. He is starting to heat up now, with productive outings in back to back games. Now would be the ideal time to sell high on McFadden as there are several imposing matchups on the schedule and fantasy owners have seen DMC typically follow up solid games with a dud.

Tight End: Jimmy Graham

Overall it wasn’t a great week for tight ends. There were several good performances, but nobody really blew the doors off this week. That said, Graham grabs the top spot yet again, despite only playing 18 snaps on Sunday. Graham is unstoppable in the red zone (unless you have Aqib Talib) where he maximized his three red zone targets, catching each one. Graham turned two of those three targets into touchdowns and was yet again highest scoring tight end in fantasy.

Kicker: Josh Brown

Well nobody saw that coming. Entering the game with only seven successful field goals, Brown went off this week, connecting from 27, 33, 40, 44 and 46 yards out en route to 18 fantasy points. He is a risky add going forward as he only averages 6.88 fantasy points per game and the New York Giants still have problems moving the ball.

Defense/Special Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals D/ST helped many fantasy owners win their matchups this weekend, as they absolutely dominated the New York Jets. The special teams put up 153 yards, but the story of the Bengals this week was the defense. They registered four sacks and two pick sixes, one from 32 yards and another from 60 yards out. The Bengals defense outscored the entire Jets team en route to 39.30 fantasy points, good enough for the third highest scoring this week behind only Brees and Dalton.

As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.

Dustin Manko is an author at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DustinManko, ”Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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