Fantasy Recap: Week 8 Afternoon Slate

  • Titans 17, Texans 10 (Titans covered -2.5, U40.5)


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    The Titans absolutely dominated this game from start to finish. Once again, Derrick Henry torched the Texans for over 200 yards, his fourth consecutive game doing so. The Texans were almost completely fantasy irrelevant if it was not for a garbage-time touchdown, scoring with only 21 seconds remaining. The Texans are in shambles and everyone not named Dameon Pierce should remain on the waiver wire in all formats, except for maybe Brandin Cooks when fantasy GMs need a streaming option in PPR leagues. On the Titans side of the ball, their running game carried them on offense, accounting for 314 of their 354 yards. The Titans are currently sitting in second place in the AFC and atop their division, while the Texans are hanging onto the second overall pick in next year’s draft.


    Top Performers

    Derrick Henry: It’s pretty insane how badly Henry dismantles the Texans defense. For the fourth-straight game, he rushed for over 200 yards, finishing with 219 and a pair of scores along with a nine-yard reception. Even Dontrell Hilliard was able to have a monster performance, rushing for 83 yards on eight attempts along with a 12-yard catch. On a normal week, Henry would easily have finished as the RB1, but this week had other big-time performances from the best backs in the league. His 35.8 fantasy points are good for the RB3 overall ranking this week, behind Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey who each had three-touchdown games.


    Dameon Pierce: Pierce nearly was in the bust section for his performance against the Titans, as he was shutdown by the Titans defense for the entirety of the game. Fortunately for his fantasy GMs, he was able to catch a touchdown with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He only managed 35 yards on 15 carries, adding three receptions on five catches for 16 yards and a score. The touchdown salvaged a RB19 finish for him this week against one of the best rush defenses in the league.


    Biggest Busts

    Robert Woods: Although Woods was not entirely on the fantasy radar this week against the Texans, his performance, or lack thereof, was something to make note of. The entire passing game was non-existent, with Woods “leading” the way. He had a team high in targets, receptions and yards, unfortunately that was him hauling in both targets for 26 yards while losing a fumble. His 2.6 fantasy points reassured fantasy GMs that he is best left on the waiver wire for the time being.


    Malik Willis: The fantasy community was very excited to hear that Willis was going to start, with Ryan Tannehill missing the game due to an illness and injury. Unfortunately, Willis’ first career-start was something to forget. He only attempted 10 passes, completing six for 55 yards and one interception. His rushing upside was a big reason for the excitement, but he only salvaged 12 yards on five rushes. Willis is only a stash option in dynasty leagues this year.


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    Giants 13, Seahawks 27 (Seahawks covered -3, U44.5)


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