NFL Week 8 fantasy: Surprises, disappointments & waiver adds

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Week 8 featured huge fantasy performances, especially at running back. Here’s a look at the week’s top surprises, disappointments and waiver adds.

 

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Surprises: Tyler Conklin, TE, Jets

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Conklin has shown flashes this season, but Sunday’s game was his best so far. He led the Jets with 10 targets, accumulating six catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

 

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Surprises: D’Onta Foreman, RB, Panthers

Surprises: D'Onta Foreman, RB, Panthers

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Christian McCaffrey, who? Foreman became the go-to back for the Panthers on Sunday, rewarding the team with 26 yards for 118 yards and three touchdowns.

 

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Surprises: Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints

Surprises: Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints

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Mentioned in trade rumors, Kamara certainly upped his value with a huge game vs. the Raiders. He had 18 carries for 62 yards and one score on the ground, as well as nine catches for 96 yards and two receiving scores.

 

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Surprises: Christian McCaffrey, RB, 49ers

Surprises: Christian McCaffrey, RB, 49ers

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After joining the 49ers a little over one week ago, McCaffrey shined. He scored a touchdown as a passer, runner, and receiver, finishing the day with 149 yards from scrimmage and 34 passing yards. He also led San Francisco with eight catches.

 

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Surprises: Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

Surprises: Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

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With Ezekiel Elliott sidelined, Pollard took full advantage. He ran through the Bears’ defense with 14 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns on the ground and added one catch for 16 yards.

 

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Disappointments: Davante Adams, WR, Raiders

Disappointments: Davante Adams, WR, Raiders

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Adams missed part of the week due to illness and seemed to not quite be himself against the Saints. He caught only one of five targets for three yards.

 

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Disappointments: Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens

Disappointments: Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens

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Bateman was active after coming into the Thursday night game questionable with a foot issue. He shouldn’t have played, leaving early after aggravating the injury and seeing only one target in the game.

 

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Disappointments: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

Disappointments: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

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The Raiders were shut out by the Saints, and Carr’s disappointing day was a big reason. The veteran was 15-of-26 for 101 yards and one interception against the Saints.

 

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Disappointments: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

Disappointments: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars

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Lawrence has been a solid low-end fantasy option for much of the season, but he couldn’t get much going against the Broncos in London. He completed only 18-of-31 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown with two picks.

 

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Disappointments: George Pickens, WR, Steelers

Disappointments: George Pickens, WR, Steelers

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Pickens has been a favorite target since Kenny Pickett entered the Steelers lineup, but the rookie wideout didn’t record a fantasy stat on Sunday, seeing three targets.

 

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Waiver Adds: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Panthers

Waiver Adds: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Panthers

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Marshall is starting to emerge since the trade of Robby Anderson, catching four passes for 87 yards on Sunday. He’s unlikely to be a high-upside option, but Marshall can be a fill-in with the right matchup.

 

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Waiver Adds: Ronnie Rivers, RB, Rams

Waiver Adds: Ronnie Rivers, RB, Rams

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With Cam Akers still shelved, Rivers emerged as a viable third-down back for the Rams. He led all Rams with eight carries for 21 yards and added four catches for 15 yards. The receptions could hold some value in PPR leagues if he retains playing time.

 

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Waiver Adds: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Ravens

Waiver Adds: Demarcus Robinson, WR, Ravens

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Rashod Bateman is expected to miss multiple weeks, and Robinson could benefit. The former Chief had six catches for 64 yards against the Bucs.

 

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Waiver Adds: Kadarius Toney, WR, Chiefs

Waiver Adds: Kadarius Toney, WR, Chiefs

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Toney has jaw-dropping YAC ability but hasn’t been able to stay healthy since the Giants drafted him in the first round last year. Kansas City acquired him last week, and while the playing time will be limited initially, Toney could carve out a significant role later this season.

 

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Waiver Adds: Dwayne Washington, RB, Saints

Waiver Adds: Dwayne Washington, RB, Saints

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Veteran Mark Ingram suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday, moving Washington up on the depth chart. Alvin Kamara was the true top back on Sunday, but Washington is good insurance for Kamara.





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