Fantasy football studs and duds from Week 8

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Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Bryan Edwards (89) pulls in a pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan (29) in the fourth quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

One thing that is extremely important is to review your fantasy football lineups and see what players did well, which ones faltered, and see who you could add to your team to only turn it into a championship contender. I’ll review and highlight some top performances from the previous week, go over some players that failed to deliver, and go over some waiver wire pickups.

Fantasy football studs

This week’s fantasy football studs kick off with the best to ever play the quarterback position — Tom Brady. But who else shined in the world of fantasy football? Here’s my pick for this week’s studs:

Quarterbacks

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Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass the ball against New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady – If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that Tom Brady continues to dominate even at his old age. Brady had another stellar performance against the Saints in week 8 as he completed 70% of his passes for 375 passing yards and four passing touchdowns. Brady has now tossed 4+ passing touchdowns in five out of eight weeks this year and is the top fantasy quarterback as we reach the halfway point in the season.

Mike White – One shocking player that had a fantastic debut was Jets quarterback, Mike White. In his first game labeled as the starter due to a Zach Wilson injury, White balled out as he threw for 405 passing yards and three touchdowns despite throwing two interceptions against a respectable Cincinnati Bengals defense. Talk about a fantasy football epic waiver wire pick-up.

Running Backs

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) runs down the sideline on a catch in the second quarter during a Week 8 NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Cincinnati Bengals At New York Jets Oct 31

Michael Carter – Speaking of the New York Jets, let’s all spread some love to their running back, Michael Carter, who had a big-time performance in week 8. Carter had 15 carries for 77 rushing yards and a touchdown but was also heavily involved in the passing game as he brought in nine catches for 95 receiving yards as well.

Joe Mixon – On the other side of the Jets and Bengals sits Joe Mixon who had a very strong outing despite being on the losing end of the game. Mixon had 14 carries for 33 rushing yards but was able to find the end zone twice as once came through the air while the other was on the ground. Overall, a great fantasy football performance from Mixon.

Wide Receivers

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A.J. Brown – AJ Brown had a monstrous week 8 and he is finally breaking out like fantasy owners would have hoped. He brought in a season-high 10 catches for 155 receiving yards and a touchdown and has successfully broken the 100-yard receiving mark in back-to-back games while also managing to bring in a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games as well.

Michael Pittman Jr. – Pittman has been a reliable target for Carson Wentz and this Indianapolis Colts offense and he put together his best performance of the season here in week 8. He saw a season-high 15 targets and brought 10 of them in for catches for 86 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.

Tight Ends

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Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson catches a touchdown pass against Packers outside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell during the first half on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Nfl Detroit Lions At Green Bay Packers

T.J. Hockenson – The Tight End position had a rough week all-around in week 8 but T.J. Hockenson was one of the bright spots at the position. He brought in 10 of 11 targets for 89 receiving yards and was the highest fantasy scoring player at the position.

Dan Arnold – Another guy that had a very good week 8 performance that also flashed some promise for the remainder of the season is Dan Arnold. Arnold was traded to Jacksonville earlier this year and has quietly been turning into a reliable target for Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence looked his way 10 times on Sunday as Arnold hauled in eight of those targets for 68 receiving yards. Arnold has 23 targets over the last three weeks and has broken the 60-yard barrier in two of the last three weeks.

Fantasy football duds

Quarterbacks

Kyler Murray – Murray has been one of the most consistent fantasy football producers all season long and he and the rest of this Arizona offense struggled last Thursday against the Packers. He managed to toss for 274 passing yards but also was picked off twice in a losing effort.

Running Backs

Dalvin Cook – Despite getting 18 carries on Sunday night against the Cowboys, Cook only managed to accumulate 78 rushing yards and was unable to find the end zone. This was one of his weaker performances of the season and Cook fantasy owners are hoping he can rebound in a big way in week 9 against Baltimore.

Wide Receivers

DeAndre Hopkins – Hopkins was a big let-down this past week as he was limited to just two targets all game long. Luckily for fantasy football owners, Hopkins brought both of those targets in for 66 receiving yards so his fantasy week could have turned out much worse if it wasn’t for the yardage.

DJ Moore – Moore had some luck go against him this past weekend as he had a touchdown catch get overturned. He still managed to bring in four catches on eight targets for 59 receiving yards but that lone touchdown catch could have really helped out those who had him in their starting fantasy lineup.

Tight Ends

Kyle Pitts – Calvin Ridley was absent again on Sunday which led plenty of people to think that Kyle Pitts would be able to pick up the slack left behind from Ridley. Well, that definitely didn’t happen as Pitts was only able to bring in two catches on six targets for 13 receiving yards. With Ridley being out for the foreseeable future, Pitts will move more opportunities to dominate matchups and put up big fantasy football weeks so don’t give up on him just because he had a bad week.

Noah Fant – Another Tight End that really let down his fantasy football owners was Noah Fant. Fant only had four targets and managed to bring in two of them for eight yards. He was recently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week so his status for this weekend’s game against Dallas is in jeopardy.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Ty Johnson – If you’re in a PPR fantasy football league format, Ty Johnson is a guy you might want to go target and pick up. While Michael Carter is flashing as the top running back for the Jets, Johnson is carving out a very nice role as a pass-catching back for the Jets. Johnson has brought in a combined 11 receptions for 136 receiving yards over the last two games and with the Jets projected to be trailing in most games, Johnson’s number could be called on multiple times on a weekly basis.

Bryan Edwards/Zay Jones – With Henry Ruggs III getting released by the Raiders on Tuesday night, it leaves a pretty large void for the Raiders receiving corps. Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones will be the two receivers that will be relied on more heavily on the outside as the weeks go on. If you have a spot on your fantasy football roster, you should go snag them up as their roles could become larger as the weeks go on.

Dan Arnold – With bye weeks coming and going, you might need to think about a good bye-week replacement at the tight end position. Arnold is starting to show that he is a reliable target for Lawrence and Lawrence is looking his way often in games. If you have a tight end that is on a bye week or are needing a fill-in if you’re dealing with injuries, look to stash Arnold and use him in the coming weeks as a streaming TE on your fantasy football roster.