As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
QB: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings — Going against the team that had been his own for 16 seasons, Favre played like he had something to prove. Completing 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards and 4 touchdowns, Favre is reminding many of his former glory days when it seemed he could do no wrong. His 28 fantasy points may have tied him with protegé-turned-rival Aaron Rodgers, but he gets our nod as top fantasy QB of Week 8 because he was not getting sacked all game, he didn’t put up nearly all of his production in one quarter, and oh yeah, he won the game.
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans — For the second time this season, Johnson was not only the top fantasy RB, he was the top fantasy performer overall. With a franchise record 228 rushing yards and two touchdowns, Johnson had the most rushing yards since Adrian Peterson’s 296 back in 2007 and now has the most yards so far this season with 824. While the Titans are having an awful year, Johnson is having a great year and should continue to be a solid play the rest of the season. His 35 fantasy points were tops in the league in Week 8, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.
WR: Ted Ginn Jr., Miami Dolphins — Perhaps losing his starting position was the best thing for Ginn Jr. His stock as a true receiver is all but worthless, but he is showing flashes of being the great returner he was coming out of college. Ginn Jr. had 2 return touchdowns in one quarter, the first time this feat had been accomplished since 1967, on returns of 100 and 101 yards each. In total, Ginn racked up 299 return yards, giving him 26 fantasy points on the day. He may not have had any actual receiving points, but he is technically slotted as a WR and was therefore last week’s best fantasy receiver.
TE: Dustin Keller, New York Jets — In a slow week for tight ends, Keller turned in the best performance. Catching 8 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown, he amassed 13 fantasy points. While technically in a tie with Kevin Boss, we gave the nod to Keller for having 6 more yards than Boss, as well as the fact that he has also been more consistently involved in his offense over the course of the season.
K: Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans — Connecting on three field goals, two of which were from 40+ yards out, Bironas was the top fantasy kicker in Week 8. Tacking on 3 PATs, Bironas put up 14 fantasy points and finally gave his owners a reason to sing MY BIRONAS!
D/ST: Chicago Bears — What should you do if you are a struggling but traditionally strong defensive team? Play the Browns! After several weak performances, the Bears defensive squad showed up in full force in Week 8. Giving up just 6 points while tallying 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 touchdown, and 1 blocked kick, the unit scored 26 fantasy points. With performances like that, it becomes quite clear that good defenses can win championships.
ROOKIE: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets — Showing another flash of why he was so highly touted going into his rookie season, Sanchez was the top fantasy performer in Week 8. Completing 20 of 35 passes for 265 yards and 2 touchdowns, along with another touchdown on the ground, he not only had a great rookie performance, but was also the 8th best performer overall with 23 fantasy points. This is the first time this season a QB has been the top fantasy performer, which is not an easy feat to accomplish.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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