Week 8 Top Fantasy Football Performers

Matthew Stafford was a shadow of his '11 self while one reciever had the game of his career to date.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau


Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: 34 for 49 352 yards 3 TDs, 1 INT, 4 rushes 12 yards 1 TD (37 points)

Can this flash of last year's Stafford mean that the second half of the season is going to be a good one for him? Well, his fantasy owners are sure hoping it's on the forecast. Throwing for his first multi-touchdown game this season, Stafford finally bucked the down year he has been having and showed the touch that owners have been waiting for. Considering the weapons he possesses and the fact that Detroit leads the NFL in pass attempts, Stafford remains a must start.

Running Back

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 29 rushes 135 yards 1 TD, 3 rec. 79 yards 1 TD (32 points)

With the upsurge in offense out of the Buccaneers the past few weeks comes fantasy relevance for many of their players. First and foremost is Doug Martin, who had his first 100 yard game this past Sunday. Throw in 79 yards receiving along with two touchdowns and it's a good sign that Martin is going to be a must start from now on.

Wide Receivers

Titus Young, Detroit Lions: 9 rec 100 yards 2 TDs (22 points)

Titus Young exploded onto the fantasy scene with a gritty all around performance against the Seahawks. Targeted nine times, Young made all nine catches, including the game winning touchdown grab. A day like this will continue to get him noticed by his quarterback, so expect a good bit more balls to be thrown his way.

Tight End

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: 8 rec 146 yards 2 TDs (26 points)

What else needs to be said about Gronk other than the fact he is a fantasy stud? Playing overseas didn't do anything to hamper his abilities as he again was Tom Brady's go-to guy in the clutch. He remains a guy that has to be played at all times. That being said, I must advise benching him this week as the Patriots face the unbeatable bye week. No player ever scores on them.


Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants: 5 for 5 with 2 xp. (17 points)

When you are the kicker on a good offense, you are bound to flourish. With a great week, Tynes is now 24 of 26 for the season with much of his productivity coming in recent weeks where he is averaging 13 fantasy points over his previous four games. He remains a good start in all formats.

Rookie Watch

Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns: 24 rushes, 122 yards, 1 TD, 1 rec 12 yards (19 points)

Richardson, despite the Browns only scoring one touchdown, had an all around solid day. Now that he is healthy, he looks to be a solid start for the remainder of the season.

Free Agent Watch

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions: 100 yards, 2 TDs

With the absence of wideout Nate Burleson for the rest of the season, look for Young to get the nod for a lot of his playing time. Lining up across from Calvin Johnson is going to create ample opportunities for Young to rack up the stats and this week's game may be just the confidence boost the talented wideout needed.


Jonathan Dwyer, RB Pittsburgh Steelers: 17 rushes 107 yards 1 rec 8 yards (10 points)

Dwyer may seem like an odd pickup with the return of Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman on the horizon, seing that they are both ahead of him on the depth chart. However, Dwyer has recorded back to back 100 yard games in their absence and has revitalized a rushing game that had looked dormant the past few years. Look for Dwyer to keep getting around 20 touches a game for at least the next few weeks as Tomlin takes a good look at him for the starting job.

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