Ugh…Week 8 was a very boring week, mostly leaning towards a bad week. No RBs really broke out this week, but no one seemed to really stink up the fantasy community. We saw a couple of huge QB performances (hello Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins), to go with multiple WRs dominating. However, there multiple injuries, Spencer Ware, Alex Smith, Jacquizz Rodgers, Will Fuller, and Desean Jackson which all affected the mood of the week.
What Is Going on With Blake Bortles and How it Affects the Jaguars Offense
I am definitely not a professional when it comes to throwing mechanics. Most of my experience comes from playing quarterback in flag football and pitching in baseball. However, it is painfully obvious that Blake Bortles’ throwing motion is shot from the improvements he made in his second year. His arm flings all the way and comes all the way up and is so long that it is very easy for defensive lineman to knock down his passes. When they do in fact make it past the line of scrimmage his passes frequently either hit the ground in front of Allen Robinson or go way over his head.
It is officially time to start worrying about Robinson’s fantasy prospects the rest of the way. He saw 15 targets, but only caught 6 for 70 yards on a day where Bortles completed 33 of 54 passes on his way to 337 yards and 3 TDs during garbage time. Frequently Bortles was unable to put passes in Robinson’s vicinity, a continuing problem from the start of the season. You can’t really trade him, you won’t get any value; you can’t drop him at all like I saw someone on Twitter suggest; and you honestly can’t trade for him, because he hasn’t been a very good contributor. For now, hold tight on Robinson and hope Bortles can improve to throw passes within his catch radius.
Matt Jones probably lost his job
That was quick. It seemingly took one game for Rob Kelley to ‘Wally Pipped’ Matt Jones. Kelly had a very good game rushing for 877 yards on 21 carries and a TD. Through his career Jones has 8 fumbles (6 lost) on 243 carries, a clip on 30.3 carries every fumble or 3.03% which would be 2nd in 2016. Rob Kelly was a guy who was seeing major preseason love and with a nice performance Sunday he likely carved out a significant role. Add Kelley immediately in all 12 team leagues and I might even drop Matt Jones for him.
Who is Tyreek Hill?
A smaller and faster Percy Harvin. Hill has made a name for himself through the return game and has recently started to translate it to the offense. In Week 8 Hill had 5 catches on 6 targets for 98 yards and a TD, with a long of 49, showcasing his elite speed. Hill has 4 TDs on the season and is a very intriguing player to add in deeper leagues where anyone with league winning potential deserves to be owned. Hill is worth dropping 5-7% of his budget on, but Hill is probably going to be a risky Flex at best.
Amari Cooper established himself as the Raiders’ Alpha Dog
Whew! In a game where Derek Carr threw 59 passes, completing 40, Amari Cooper saw 15 targets and caught 12 for 173 yards and a TD. Cooper actually saw fewer targets than Crabtree who had 16, but Cooper took over the game performed like a stud. During the game there was a play where Cooper went up for a jump ball, displaying his aggressiveness, and showed off his route run savvy through a few big plays. Fantasy owners who drafted Cooper in the 2nd or 3rd round have been rewarded with 469 yards, and 2 TDs on 32 catches over the last 4 weeks, or 104.9 PPR points. Obviously, Cooper isn’t on the waiver wire and isn’t easy to trade for, but I believe he establishes himself as a 1st round pick next year.
JJ Nelson? Looked a Lot Like John Brown
Nope, that short speedy WR wrecking the Panthers for 79 yards on 8 catches for 2 TDs was in fact, JJ Nelson. Nelson saw 12 targets on Sunday, a career high, to go with his 2 TDs, 50% of his career TD production. Coupled with Michael Floyd’s recent struggles, Bruce Arians said after the Cardinals – Panthers game that Nelson will now be a starting WR in 3 WR sets. JJ Nelson also played more snaps in week 8 (65) than anyone else on the Cardinals; Fitzgerald (56), John Brown (38), and Floyd (29). Nelson looks to have earned the trust of Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians and is add worthy in 12 team leagues and up. He is worth spending up to 10% on your FAAB on.
CJ Prosise Who?
In a week against a butter defense, Christine Michael only saw 12 touches and wasn’t the most productive RB on the Seahawks. CJ Prosise saw 8 touches (4 rushes/4 receptions) and compiled 103 yards. Prosise broke off a long reception of 43 yards and seemed to earn a larger role in the Seattle offense. Prosise was the first of the Seahawks 3 drafted RBs and immediately received buzz as a pass catching back. Then he had a hammy issue and CJ Spiller came in, but stunk up the locker room and got cut. Prosise is the new No. 2 in Seattle without Thomas Rawls, but won’t be a starter for many fantasy lineups. I like Prosise as a stash RB pickup, but you shouldn’t start him unless you are crazy desperate.