Fantasy Noise: Week 8 Recap
We’re back with another edition of Fantasy Noise and we’re officially in the back half of the fantasy regular season. Hopefully you’re in good position and looking to make a push towards the playoffs and not one of the teams in the bottom of your league with no chance. There’s still games to be played and a lot that can happen. Keep hitting the waiver wire because, with the amount of injuries/Covid, there is value there. Stay on the grind. Even though there are 5 weeks left in the fantasy regular season, playoff spots will be won and lost in the next few weeks.
Aside from the waivers, there are a couple of stalwarts that just keep producing, a young stud looking to stake his claim as one of the best receivers in the game, and a top ten list.
Let’s get to the Noise!
Waiver Wire Producers
Depending on your league and roster size the players below were all available on the waiver wire at some point this year. Injuries continue to create opportunity, as all these players put up over 10 fantasy points in week 8. Continue to mine the waiver wire for weekly fill ins and players with season long potential.
Player FP Usage
RB DeeJay Dallas - 22.8 18 for 41 1 td, 5 catches for 17 1 td
RB Giovani Bernard - 22.8 15 for 62 1td, 3 catches for 16 1 td
WR Mecole Hardman - 22.6 7 for 96 1 td
WR Curtis Samuel - 21.4 4 for 31 1 td, 3 rushes for 23 yards 1 td
WR Darnell Mooney - 17.9 5 for 69 1 td
WR Demarcus Robinson - 16.3 4 for 63 1 td
WR Kendrick Bourne - 16.1 8 for 81
RB Gus Edwards - 14.7 16 for 87 1td
WR Jalen Reagor - 13.2 3 for 16 1 td
TE Trey Burton - 10.1 3 for 9, 1 rush 1 td
Stalwart Producer I
Before the season began, the tight end position held so much promise. There was a consensus top 4 and then, depending on who you asked, at least another 10-12 that held top 10 potential. Through 8 weeks though, the tight end position has been extremely hit or miss.
Through all the injuries and the jumble of these tight ends though, there has been a constant. Travis Kelce. As in years past, Kelce’s finished 1st in total fantasy points among tight ends the last 4 years, he’s the most dominate and consistent TE in the game.
So far 7 of his 8 games he’s scored double digit fantasy points and in 3 games he’s had double digit targets. He has 48 receptions on 68 targets for 610 yards and 6 TDs. All of those numbers are up compared to 2019 through 8 games.
Kelce is averaging 17.9 fantasy points (ESPN) a game and making fantasy managers say “I told you so” for going tight end early this draft season.
Stalwart Producer II
Another stalwart that just keeps producing is Keenan Allen. After finishing 2019 6th in total fantasy points scored amongst wide receivers, he’s scored double digit fantasy points in 6 of 7 games in 2020, including 6 in a row.
Through 7 games, the 8 year veteran has 53 receptions on 74 targets for 548 yards and 3 TDs. He’s 6th in receptions and 4th in targets at 10.6 per game. He’s also been the main benefactor of the quarterback switch from Tyrod Taylor to Justin Herbert.
Volume and catch rate have both increased with Herbert. In one game with Taylor, more of a running than throwing QB, Allen had 4 receptions on 8 targets. Allen’s averages with Herbert at QB (6 games) are 8.16 receptions on 11 targets.
Averaging 17.7 fantasy points a game (ESPN), Allen will look to keep his high volume consistent ways going against the Raiders in week 9.
One young receiver is looking to be the dominate force that Kelce is and have the consistency and volume that Allen has. And after his last game, D.K. Metcalf looks to be a combination of both.
Metcalf, at 6’4” 230 pounds, already had a physical stature similar to Kelce and in his last game received volume like Allen, 12 catches on 15 targets for 161 yards and 2 TDs.
The former 2nd round pick was the 9th wide receiver taken in the 2019 draft and has been playing with a chip on his shoulder ever since. This season he’s not only out played all of the wide receivers taken ahead of him but most of the receivers in the NFL. Amongst wide receivers, he’s tied for 1st in TDs (7), 2nd in yards per catch (18.9), 4th in total receiving yards (680), and 3rd in fantasy points a game (20.6 ESPN).
If Metcalf is going to be one of the best receivers in the game, he’ll have to continue on this pace against some tough competition. His next 3 games are against the Bills, Rams, and the Cardinals. The Cardinals in particular have shut down Metcalf. In 3 total games, Metcalf has a combined 3 catches for 29 yards and no touchdowns.
Regardless, Metcalf has put up big numbers in his 2nd year and looks to be amongst the best young receivers in the game.
Top Ten Fantasy Games 2020 (ESPN)
1. Tyler Lockett vs. Arizona week 7 53.0
2. Dalvin Cook vs. Green Bay week 8 48.6
3. Aaron Jones vs. Detroit week 2 45.6
4. Alvin Kamara vs. Green Bay week 3 44.7
5. Davante Adams vs. Houston week 7 44.6
6. Chase Claypool vs. Phila. week 5 42.6
7. Joe Mixon vs. Jax. week 4 42.1
8. Davante Adams vs. Minnesota week 1 41.6
9.Derrick Henry vs. Houston week 6 40.4
T10. DK Metcalf vs. San Fran. week 8 40.1
T10. George Kittle vs. Phila. week 4 40.1
Marquise Brown 1 catch for 3 yards 1 TD . . . . DeVante Parker 1 catch for 3 yards 1 TD . . . . TD passes week 8: Patrick Mahomes 5, Russell Wilson 4 . . . . TD passes 2020: Jets 4 . . . . Daniel Jones career: 21 games, 36 turnovers . . . . Dalvin Cook 11 TDs in 6 games, also 3 2pt conversions . . . . Chargers week 8 RB snap% - Justin Jackson 47%, Troymaine Pope 29%, Joshua Kelley 24% . . . . In Dolphins 28 Rams 17 win: Dolphins ran 49 plays, Rams ran 95 plays . . . . Damian Harris played 20 snaps: 16 carries 102 yards 1 TD.