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We may look back at Week 8 when the season is complete and remember it as a turning point in the 2015 season for Fantasy leagues. The Fantasy Football gods are cold blooded, putting hits out on LeVeon Bell, Reggie Bush and Steve Smith Sr. These three can unfortunately be added to the list of IR victims that already includes studs Jordy Nelson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles.

If the Denver Broncos did in fact use the bye week to focus on ways to establish the run, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman may find themselves in useful roles for the remainder of the season. The Broncos D/ST officially established themselves as matchup proof after their Rocky vs. Drago matchup against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers passing for just 77 yards is reminiscent of Drago bleeding for the first time in the ring. “He’s cut. He’s hurt. See, he’s not a machine. He’s a man!” (Where have you gone, Randall Cobb?)

Drew Brees’ shoulder appears to be as healthy as Matt Harvey’s and Ben Watson appears to be the new Gary Barnidge.

As the Cleveland Browns struggle to find wins and play makers, New England Patriots fans thank you for letting go of Dion Lewis once upon a time.

The New York Giants backfield is unpredictable, but if Odell Beckham Jr. is back to being fully healthy, the Giants are going find themselves in some very Fantasy relevant games going forward.

Congratulations to the San Francisco 49ers. You have zero Fantasy relevant players.

The rookie class of 2015 pales in comparison to last year, but Stefon Diggs is doing his best Odell Beckham Jr. impression. Unfortunately, even that doesn’t seem to be enough to make Teddy “Two Gloves” Bridgewater Fantasy relevant.

Week 8 Daily Fantasy Football Review: FanPicks Edition


Week 8 Surprise Performances

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr is going to throw for over 300 yards and four touchdowns against the Jets. In order for this statement to be accurate, I would have assumed Darrelle Revis hung out with Ryan Mallett prior to the game and missed his flight. You can check just about every Fantasy site out there and not one projects anything close to this. Mind blown!

Chris Ivory, RB, New York Jets

Welcome back to Chris Ivory territory, Chris Ivory. I hope you enjoyed your taste of super stardom while it lasted. Geno Smith now takes over for the needlessly first quarter diving Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Raiders placed the focus on Ivory, holding him to 17 yards on 15 carries. Coming into the game, most Fantasy Football weakly rankings had Ivory in the 10-15 range. Maybe they meant carries… (Rumor has it Ivory missed the game due to illness and Trent Richardson replaced him, wearing Ivory’s uniform).

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

The end result looks fine as Brown walks away from Week 8 with double digit Fantasy points, thanks to a touchdown, but it’s not what owners expected. Ben Roethlisberger’s return was supposed to resurrect Brown and place him back atop the pantheon of stud WRs in Daily Fantasy Football formats, but 47 yards on nine targets left owners disappointed once again.

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