Fantasy Football Studs and Duds – Week 8

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This “Studs & Duds” segment highlights fantasy football players who either exceeded, met, or failed to meet expectations in Week 8 of the NFL 2017 season.

Welcome back for an extra spooky edition of Studs and Duds! What’s so spooky about it you ask? Nothing really I guess except the into is going to be super short. Plus I’ve added ‘Runner Ups’ in the categories so we have more to talk about! So scary! Let’s get into it…

Sunday Week 7 Studs of the Week

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Russell Wilson, QB – SEA – 452 passing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 30 rushing yards…
He wasn’t supposed to be the story of yesterday’s most exciting football game, but he forced his way into it with a last minute game winning drive. Wilson has quickly become the entire offense for the Seahawks this year as their running game just doesn’t exist. Out of the 485 total yards they had yesterday, he was responsible for 482. That’s all but 3 yards! Their playbook has quickly devolved into “give it to Russ and let him try to make something happen.” I don’t see that changing going forward so continue to fire him up with confidence regardless of match up.

Runner Up: Deshaun Watson, QB – HOU – 402 passing yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs, 67 rushing yards…
My number 1 QB going forward through out the rest of the year. He obliterated this supposed tough match up with ease. Like I’ve said before, he’s Michael Vick on the Eagles 2.0.

Deandre Hopkins, WR – HOU – 8 receptions, 224 receiving yards, 1 TD…
Nuk went straight up off on the Legion of Boom yesterday. It has to be one of the best performances from a WR that I can remember going up against that defense in a long time. He’s been a target monster all year and is showing everyone the difference an actual QB can make for his production. Not known for being a yards after the catch guy, the fact that he housed a screen pass 75 yards yesterday is a new thing for him as well. Expect him to compete for WR1 overall status at the end of the year and continue to dominate next week against Indy and beyond.

Runner Up: Juju Smith-Schuster, WR – PIT – 7 receptions, 193 receiving yards, 1 TD…
Everyone’s new favorite player just had a coming out party last night on national television. The craziest thing is that he’s only 20 years old and hasn’t even really developed yet. If you play dynasty he’s easily a WR1 going forward. So young and so talented. Juju has wheels.

LeSean McCoy, RB – BUF – 151 rushing yards, 1 TD, 6 receptions, 22 yards…
Turns out that feeding your best player the rock around 30 times per game is a great strategy. The Bills, whose front office has seemed to be in tank mode trading away players for draft picks all season, have a winning record and pretty decent offense. McCoy has been making his presence felt on a weekly basis for fantasy owners and hasn’t slowed down a bit even with all that milage on his legs. Shady will continue to ball and get as many touches as he wants going forward since they really don’t have much else. Keep him locked in as this stud is paying back owners with points galore.

Runner Up: Zeke Elliot, RB – DAL – 150 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost…
Another workhorse who is playing like he has no tomorrow because depending on what the courts decide in his suspension case he truly might not. Zeke is a monster. That’s all that really needs to be said.

Jack Doyle, TE – IND – 12 receptions, 121 yards, and 1 TD…
Step on down and spin the TE wheel! Come on! Who will it be this week? Turns out, it’s Jack Doyle. Fresh off being pretty mediocre the rest of the season he was our random TE to blow up and destroy for his fantasy owners. It couldn’t have come at a better time too when you’re more likely to start him since 6 teams were on bye. Now, as we know with the tight end position, you certainly can’t count on this to be consistent, but enjoy it for what it was. Jack Doyle Rules! Jack Doyle Rules! Stud!

Runner Up: Jimmy Graham, TE – SEA – 4 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 2 TDs…
He’s scoring TDs at an amazing rate right now, plus he caught the game winner last night. His receptions aren’t huge, but his red zone usage is.

Carolina Panthers Defense – 3 points allowed, 3 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 fumble recovery…
The Panthers defense devoured the Bucs on Sunday. Jameis Winston continued to make bad mistake and a lot of them were because of the schemes that they threw out against him. They’ve been a great unit the last couple of weeks putting up a consistent amount of points for fantasy owners. Keep firing them up with confidence.

Week 8 Duds of the Week

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Jameis Winston, QB – TB – 210 passing yards, 0 TDs, 3 turnovers…
The number 1 overall pick from three years ago has not been consistent enough this season. All the Hard Knocks hype that had the Bucs offense as a force to reckoned with has died a swift death. This offense is chalk full of talent, but they can’t seem to get it together. The coaching has a lot do with it, but Jameis often tries to do way too much and gets himself into trouble. He is not a must own right now, but going against the Saints this week might be good spot for him if you need a bye week fill in. The game script should be in his favor anyways for as much as that’s worth. Either way, this last week was a total dud.

TY Hilton, WR – IND – 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards…
Trade rumors are surrounding this dud who has always been a boom or bust type player, but with Andrew Luck looking more and more likely not to play this season it might be time to cut bait. The busts are starting to become the normal with him and this offense. The organization hasn’t done him or any other Colts any favors with the moves in recent years either. I’m checked out on Hilton and you should be too. Just nothing there with this offense.

Devonta Freeman, RB – ATL – 41 rushing yards, 1 reception, 20 receiving yards…
More coaching problems leading to great players putting up poor fantasy numbers and mediocre performances. Steve Sarkisian was given the keys to one of the most historically great offenses and has turned a Ferrari into a bumper car. It’s pretty pathetic the usage he puts on these players with low targets for Julio and then this week giving Freeman, the highest paid RB in the NFL, only 13 touches. It was a bad game plan all around and they need to do something about it. Freeman is a great buy low candidate right now if you can manage to pull it off as his owners must be frustrated. Float some low ball offers out there and see if you can get any bites.

Hunter Henry, TE – SD – 2 receptions, 11 receiving yards…
The young talented TE was slowly taking over for Antonio Gates and putting up numbers while doing so until this last week where FrankenGates inexplicably had his usage turned back upward. Hopefully the Chargers learned from their mistakes and will continue to put Henry on the top of their priorities. He’s been too good to let the Ghost of Gates haunt his fantasy owners.

Detroit Lions Offense – 482 total yards, 15 points but 0 TDs…
The Lions did the offensive equivalent of Bend and Don’t Break except they didn’t get themselves into the end zone last night. In a field goal fest, they inexplicably blew red zone opportunity after red zone opportunity. Putting in the slow footed Dwayne Washington there was one of the weirdest coaching decisions I can think of this season. The need to try something different. The offense was moving, but no TDs hurt fantasy owners and their team overall. Terrible. Just terrible.

Bonus: Studs and Duds Halloween Candy Edition

Stud: Sour Patch Kids
Sure they mess with your tongue and might make your teeth hurt, but they are truly the best candy to eat. You can only have a few at a time unless you’re a maniac, but I’ll take it.

Dud: Star Bursts
Yeah that’s right! I said it! Star Bursts! That’s because when you get those little two packs you’re more than likely to get at least one yellow than any other color. I’ve done no research to back this up except for the packages I’ve opened this year. Why so many yellow? Get those out of my face!

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Frank grew up in the swamps of Florida, but moved to the ice dungeon known as Chicago back in 2013. He’s become a huge fan of the Bears, polish sausages and giardiniera. He hosts of the ‘Calling It Now’ Fantasy Football Podcast which you can find on both iTunes and Soundcloud. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheFrankCalhoun to yell at him about why he’s wrong about all his takes on fantasy football.