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Week 8 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  October 30, 2012 01:26 PM

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This was a great week to start…


QBs
Matt Stafford, Lions – Passed for 352 yards and 3 TDs with an INT, plus a 10-yard rushing TD.
Tom Brady, Patriots – Completed 4 TD passes with 304 yards.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Another near-flawless outing, with 305 passing yards and 3 TDs, and no turnovers.
Josh Freeman, Bucs – Kept his string of stellar performances going with 262 passing yards and a TD trifecta.
Matt Ryan, Falcons – Put up identical numbers as Freeman.
Alex Smith, 49ers – His 3 TDs came with 232 yards.

RBs
Doug Martin, Bucs – The rookie emerged with 135 rushing and 79 receiving yards (on 3 catches) with a TD both ways.
LeSean McCoy, Eagles – Scored as a rusher and receiver, though just 67 combined yards.

WRs
Titus Young, Lions – Finally stepped up with 9 catches for 100 yards and 2 TDs.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Scored twice on 5 receptions for 72 yards.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Reeled in 7 passes for 137 yards and a TD.
Julio Jones, Falcons – His 5 receptions were good for 123 yards and a score.
Eric Decker, Broncos – Only 4 catches, but scored twice and tallied 43 yards.

TEs
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – Scored twice on 8 catches for 146 yards.
Jason Witten, Cowboys – A PPR dream with 18 receptions for 167 yards.

D/STs

This was a great week to play against…

QBs
Cam Newton, Panthers – Another sub-par outing with 314 passing yards, 37 rushing, no TDs and 2 INTs.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Limited to 154 yards and no scores.
Eli Manning, Giants – Just 192 passing yards, no TDs and 1 INT.

RBs
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Inexplicably made a bystander by his own team, with just 10 combined yards.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – Just 33 yards on the ground.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, Cardinals – Ran for 6 yards and caught 3 passes for 32 yards on Monday night.
Michael Turner, Falcons – Rushed for a meager 58 yards.
Alfred Morris, Redskins – Only 59 yards on the day.
Steven Jackson, Rams – Another mediocre day with just 23 rushing and 22 receiving yards.

WRs
Victor Cruz, Giants – Only 23 yards on 2 catches.
Roddy White, Falcons – His 3 receptions went for 38 yards.
Antonio Brown, Steelers – He also had just 38 yards, on 4 catches, and had a punt return score nullified on penalty.
Kenny Britt, Titans – Just 34 yards on 3 catches, but an offensive PI penalty negated his TD catch.
Vincent Jackson, Bucs – Just 40 yards on 2 catches.
Calvin Johnson, Lions – Had a terrible day with 3 receptions for 46 yards and several costly drops.

TEs
Antonio Gates, Chargers – Just 14 yards on 2 receptions.
Jermichael Finley, Packers – Only 24 yards on 2 catches.
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons – 3 receptions for 29 yards.
Vernon Davis, 49ers – Reeled in 2 passes for 34 yards.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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