The RotoExperts staff reviews the Week 8 action from fantasy perspectives, and also considers strategies for the weeks ahead.
Manning now has nine TD passes in seven games, yet five have come in two of his past three games, sandwiched around a forgettable performance vs. Green Bay. Using the past three games as a sample size, though, there is no real reason to worry about Manning. He has totaled three TDs against the Ravens and Titans recently, and had the Week 7 stinker. Not every top player has a good game every week, and there are bound to be some disappointing outings. Manning's offensive line is not being bogged down by major injury concerns any more, and soon,
The only Colts player I have concerns about is
Still, Harrison will command some defensive respect, and that can only help the rest of the Colts offense.
What about Dallas Clark's pair of TD receptions? Any time you get a very strong statistical performance out of your tight end, you take it. Clark could easily come back with a clunker next week, but the way tight ends are playing this season, you take what you can get from them as a nice bonus, and expect players from other positions to carry your team. Clark, however, at least reminded his owners that he is still one of the very best players at a position that has become very weak again.
Oh yeah, the Titans won the game. I'm giving all the copy to the Colts, it seems, but from a fantasy perspective, they are more compelling and have concerns to address. The Titans deserve every headline over the Colts in regular NFL sections today. For fantasy purposes, though, they gave us what we expected again.
The Cincinnati offense remained stagnant under the direction of
Michael Turner continued his radical home/away tendencies, with another poor performance on the road. Turner had only 58 yards on 17 carries. Seriously consider benching Turner on the road if you have the depth, as he has been held to less than 60 rushing yards in three out of four road games, and has only one touchdown on the road. That meant it was up to
Unless you own
Fantasy owners had circled this matchup as one that could generate gobs of fantasy points, and the game didn't disappoint.
Raise your hand if you thought
Schoolyard ball, this was not. There was actually a lot more offense than the 21-14 score would indicate, but the zebras had a busy day and a number of big plays were negated because of penalties or the instant replay official.
The less obvious fantasy trend, however, is while
An amazing thing happened:
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