Fantasy soccer highs and lows from NFL Week 8: Vikings let Dalvin prepare dinner

Week 8 of the fantasy soccer season featured loads of notable performances around the NFL on Sunday. What ought to we make of them? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft provide their evaluation.


Dalvin Cook makes historical past in return

A 48.6 PPR fantasy level efficiency in his return from a groin harm is an astonishing — and historic — effort, contemplating that solely two different gamers since 1950 scored extra after having missed their staff’s earlier sport, and of these two, solely Paul Hornung (49.6, in Week 13 of the 1965 season) missed mentioned earlier sport as a consequence of an harm (Steve Largent was the opposite, with 59.1 factors in Week 5 of 1987, after coming back from the strike). Cook dinner’s level whole was essentially the most by any working again since Aaron Jones scored 49.2 in Week 5 of final season. — Cockcroft

DK Metcalf reaches new heights

The 49ers’ protection did not have a solution (or a matchup) for Metcalf in the present day, because the Seahawks extensive receiver racked up a career-high 40.1 fantasy factors (PPR scoring). Metcalf recorded two extra touchdowns in the present day — giving him seven scores on the 12 months — and he caught 12 of 15 targets for 161 yards. With an expanded route tree in 2020, and extra formation flexibility within the Seahawks’ offense to mesh along with his explosive play abilities, Metcalf is exhibiting the traits of a weekly midtier WR1. — Bowen

Russell Wilson continues historic tempo

His historic season continued with a 28.7-point fantasy efficiency on Sunday, giving him 206.0 via seven video games, essentially the most by any quarterback via that many staff video games in a season in historical past. Actually, it is the fifth-best efficiency by a participant at any place via that stage of a season, and within the course of, Wilson loved a seventh consecutive sport of 20-plus fantasy factors to start the 12 months, changing into solely the eighth participant since 1950 to try this. We’ll see whether or not Wilson is ready to sustain that record-setting tempo with a pair of more durable matchups forward in opposition to the Payments (Week 9) and Rams (Week 10). — Cockcroft

Lamar Jackson‘s disappointing 2020 continues

Jackson did throw two crimson zone touchdowns within the loss to the Steelers, and he completed with 65 yards dashing on 14 carries. Nevertheless, Jackson made two poor throws/selections that resulted in interceptions, and he topped the 200 yard passing mark (208 yards) for under the third time this season. Opposing defenses proceed to pack the center of the sector with numbers versus Jackson, closing down the inside passing lanes to remove seams and in-breakers. And what they’re doing right here is forcing Jackson to throw the ball outdoors of the numbers. That has restricted his manufacturing as a thrower this season. Up subsequent for Jackson and the Ravens? It is the Colts’ zone-heavy protection. And I’d count on Indianapolis to comply with the same script with a “robber” security dropping all the way down to muddy the within throwing lanes. — Bowen

Statistical regression was inevitable for Jackson, coming off his near-record-setting 2019, however I do not assume anybody noticed his fantasy manufacturing struggling to the diploma that it has. By seven video games, Jackson now has 140.8 fantasy factors, which is sort of a full 35 factors beneath his manufacturing at this level final 12 months. He is additionally going to conclude Week 8 outdoors the highest 10 at his place in whole factors, and possibly additionally if we rank the quarterbacks by factors per sport, which is a merely stunning growth. — Cockcroft

Davante Adams as environment friendly because it will get

He continued to dominate when wholesome, scoring 30.3 PPR fantasy factors, the third time in his 5 video games performed in 2020 that he reached the 30-point plateau. Adams now has 135.2 factors on 272 offensive snaps performed for the season, a 0.50 fee per offensive snap, which is the best by any extensive receiver through the 13 seasons (2008-20) for which we have now snap-count information obtainable. — Cockcroft

Dolphins’ D/ST making a press release

What a surprising defensive efficiency this one was, because the Dolphins had a pair of sacks, a pair of interceptions and a pair of touchdowns, to whole a position-best 24 fantasy factors in opposition to the Rams. It was the third-best particular person D/ST efficiency of 2020 (Colts 27, Week 3; Ravens 25, Week 5), and it gave the Dolphins a complete of 61 fantasy factors since Week 3 started, which is second most behind solely the Colts (63) — though the Buccaneers (57) have but to play throughout Week 8. This protection has been getting nice play out of its cornerbacks, significantly Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, however it was the move rush that made the distinction on this sport. The Dolphins face fairly the problem in Week 9 at Arizona, a staff that hasn’t seen an opposing D/ST rating greater than six factors in opposition to all of it 12 months, and it is most likely sensible to maintain this protection on the sideline for analysis fairly than risking the beginning. Nonetheless, there are Broncos (Week 11) and Jets (Week 12) matchups forward for this staff, and the Dolphins have earned, at minimal, streaming standing for these video games. — Cockcroft

Agree on this Dolphins protection, Tristan. And in the present day was a major instance as Brian Flores outschemed Sean McVay. Take a look at the stress the Dolphins introduced — particularly when the Rams aligned in empty units. And that is precisely what you do versus a programmed thrower like Jared Goff. That is positively a unit you possibly can stream as a matchup dependent protection transferring ahead. — Bowen


Fast-hitters

Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Along with his 36.6 fantasy factors, Mahomes grew to become the quickest participant to 900 profession fantasy factors in NFL historical past. He additionally now has 207.1 factors via eight video games this season, which places him inside vary of the 216.9 factors he had on the halfway level of his record-setting 2018 marketing campaign. It won’t really feel as if this has been an enormous Mahomes season, however the numbers are there. — Cockcroft

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Higgins has seen 22 targets in his previous three video games, catching six of a team-high 9 in the present day for 78 yards. As we have now mentioned earlier than, Higgins can win on in-breakers or back-shoulder balls, and the Bengals will scheme him up, too. That works with the high-level traits of rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals get the bye subsequent week, then have a date with the Steelers in Week 10. Nevertheless, the arrow is pointing up right here on Higgins, a participant you wish to carry on the roster as a WR3 within the second half of the season. — Bowen

Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills: If the priority for Devin Singletary‘s fantasy managers was Moss taking up because the Payments’ major rusher in crimson zone conditions, Week 8 supplied an exclamation level for the rookie in that regard. Moss transformed 2 of three carries on goal-to-go performs for touchdowns, leading to a career-best 20.1 PPR fantasy factors, and he loved six total carries within the crimson zone to Singletary’s one. Moss additionally out-snapped Singletary for the primary time this season, enjoying 53% (30-of-57) to Singletary’s 49% (28-of-57), which may sign a shifting of their roles. So long as it is a development, Moss ought to carry larger significance in fantasy through the season’s second half, being that he is the possible goal-line again whereas the Payments face the more durable portion of their schedule. — Cockcroft

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins: Tagovailoa is not a fantasy-relevant participant but, however let’s control how he progresses on this Miami offense. The rookie, in his first professional begin, completed 12-of-22 passing for 93 yards and a rating in a tricky matchup versus the Rams protection. Keep in mind, Tua is a timing/rhythm thrower. And the Dolphins can cater to his throwing traits — fast launch, anticipatory abilities — on RPOs, play-action and in-breakers, whereas scripting deep ball photographs. — Bowen

Trey Burton, TE, Indianapolis Colts: In what was an odd sport, to say the least, for the Colts’ common talent place gamers, Burton scored a dashing landing whereas lining up in Wildcat formation for the second consecutive sport, giving him 40.3 PPR fantasy factors in his previous three contests mixed. Whereas Burton’s 4 targets wasn’t something particular, significantly with Jack Doyle amassing three of his personal, it is clear that the Colts worth the previous Eagles and Bears tight finish when in scoring place. Burton and the Colts nonetheless have 5 of their divisional video games remaining on the schedule, and their divisional competitors consists of three of the weaker groups defending tight ends (Titans, Texans and Jaguars), so he may very well be value a flier when the matchup calls. — Cockcroft

Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: After dashing for 102 yards and a rating — on 16 carries — within the Week 8 sport versus the Payments, Harris has now topped the 100-yard mark in two of his 4 video games this season. The second-year professional has additionally seen no less than 10 carries in three of these 4 video games. With traditional Alabama traits on the place — downhill energy, imaginative and prescient, footwork — Harris is an efficient match for a run-dependent New England offense. He’ll transfer up in my ranks as a flex choice for the Patriots’ Week 9 sport versus the Jets. — Bowen

J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens: We all know that Mark Ingram is down proper now with an ankle harm, and that Gus Edwards will proceed to get carries on this Ravens offense. He has the downhill traits. Nevertheless, it is fairly clear that Dobbins is one of the best runner on this staff. On Sunday, in a matchup with Pittsburgh’s high-level protection, the rookie rushed for 113 yards on 15 carries. Simply take a look at the contact stability there, plus the juice to bounce the ball to the sting. And he can get north-south in a rush. If he can proceed to get regular quantity, Dobbins shall be within the RB2 combine. One thing to watch when Ingram returns. — Bowen

Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears: Rostered in simply 3.6% of ESPN leagues, Mooney deserves a glance as a WR 3/4 in 12-14 staff leagues. The rookie has now seen 23 targets in his previous 4 video games, and the Bears will devise deep ball throws to Mooney off play-action. We noticed that on Sunday when Mooney — who caught 5 of 6 targets for 69 yards and a rating — bought excessive of the Saints’ secondary for a 50-yard reception. Even with the inconsistent play of Bears quarterback Nick Foles, Mooney has some upside right here given his vertical means and total utilization within the sport plan. — Bowen

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