2020 Season: Week 8 Recap


Charles Herrmann (@HermsNFL)
The Lateral Chief Editor

Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Not much to say here. Let's jump right into our Week 8 recap.

Week 8 Recap

Standout Performers

CH: Well, it's a bit tough to identify anything that isn't something we knew could be in the cards for upside. Packers WR Davante Adams = good, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook = good, Chiefs QB Patrick Maho-

Yeah, that's where I'm at. Frankly, I don't have anything earth-shattering to highlight, but shoutout Bills RB Zack Moss! I think the Devin Singletary days are toast, to be honest. 

MM: If you had read Week 8 Boom/Bust (PPR) you would have noticed that I advocated pretty hard for the Dolphins DST, and by pretty hard I mean I used the word "eh" somewhere in there. But seriously, this defense has been the real surprise of this Miami Dolphins run. The Dolphins are a Top-6 fantasy defense and have a winning record. These things are not unrelated. Does it help that they are in a bad division? Sure, but this week finishing as a Top-3 DST against a theoretically good Rams team proves this defense is legit and needs to be rostered if you want to win a championship.

Bitter Disappointments

CH: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor, man. I say this genuinely and without injecting my own significant investment in him on multiple teams. The table was set for him coming out of the bye week to feast and he flopped hard. 

I'm willing to believe in the alleged ankle injury played a part, but with the way Taylor has been running recently, a small part of me is nervous he's more of a Trent Richardson than the Nick Chubb I thought he would be. Not ready to overreact yet, there's a reason I said it's a small part of me that feels that way, but I'm a touch nervous about the Colts backfield now. 

MM: Justin Jefferson is officially a boom/bust WR, though it is not entirely his fault. After all, he caught 75% of his targets against the Packers. The problem? He only had four targets. Ultimately this comes down to the fact that Vikings QB Kirk Cousins is a boom/bust QB and that is entirely Cousins' fault. Jefferson clearly has the talent, but he is match-up dependent going forward.

Personal Fantasy Highlight/Lowlight

CH: Honestly, week-to-week I'm either slaughtering or being slaughtered. I've had a close game or two but with the way fantasy football has played out this year, I'm pretty much experiencing the same things you all are. It's all weird as hell but I'm just glad we have sports. We all need an escape from the real world and I'm glad mine is this. 

MM: Michael Gallup was WR34, which is a nice WR3/FLEX performance! Good thing he was on my bench in the one league I still had him in! This is sadly the ceiling for Gallup, which still is not great, but it would have been enough to get me a win in what was a close loss.

What We Are Looking Forward to Next Week

Sunday Night Football on NBC between the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are plenty of games in the Week 9 slate that is set up to be lopsided affairs, I am excited about those for fantasy purposes, but I like a bit of intrigue.

On the surface level, watching QBs Drew Brees and Tom Brady duke it out and exchange the all-time NFL passing TDs record in real-time is cool, but in terms of fantasy, I think this matchup is a great test for both offenses. The uncertainty surrounding the Tampa backfield and New Orleans DST separately and juxtaposed come to mind as a bizarre "wtf omg" dimension of the action and that's just the surface. I'm stoked as hell for this game. 

MM: Are the Miami Dolphins a... playoff team? Seriously though, I like this Dolphins team, I really like this Dolphins DST (they are my dynasty DST along with the Browns and the Washington Football Team), and I love head coach Brian Flores. I really hope that this team continues to succeed, even if it is too late for RB Jordan Howard.

What We Are Most Nervous About Going Forward

As I mentioned just a moment ago, the Week 9 NFL schedule looks like there are a bunch of gimmes for fantasy points and that just scares the daylights out of me. You think Week 8 was bizarre? Just wait for this one. I am wholly prepared to either be a genius or the dumbest man alive with my calls.

MM: Has Travis Fulgham made the Eagles reliance on the TE disappear? I am leaning towards Goedert simply not being 100% against Dallas and the Cowboys being an easy target for Carson Wentz and his WRs, but one target is not what you expect for an Eagles TE, let alone the entire TE group. Hopefully, a bye week and the absence of Zach Ertz will get Goedert into the mix again in Week 10 against the New York Football Giants, but Wentz no longer has to look at the TE by default.

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