Week 8 Recap: Calvin Johnson Is A Bad Man
October 28, 2013 | Jeff
Most fantasy footballers can remember where they were during historic fantasy performances. Ask a few folks who partake in our imaginary game of choice and you will quickly get a story or two about playing with or against Michael Vick during his insane 2010 six touchdown performance against Washington. Stories of bad beats or overcoming a monumental performance on the way to victory are things that fuel our fantasy football fire and our dear friend Calvin Johnson provided the fantasy world with another astonishing performance on Sunday. The great ‘Tron took no prisoners as he torched the Dallas Cowboys and the damage was significant. Let’s take a look at Megatron’s gem along with other highlights and lowlights from Week 8:
Calvin Johnson: Megatron was a one man wrecking crew on Sunday, as he caught 14 of 16 targets for 329 yards and a touchdown. That is not a typo. 129 yards would have been a solid performance from Johnson. 229 would have really been nuts. How about Megatron just throws ANOTHER 100 yards on top for a nice round 329? Now averaging a cool 117.3 receiving yards per game, Calvin Johnson is the king stud who rules over fake football stud land.
Tom Brady: As if hunky Tom’s season wasn’t going badly enough, he decided to treat fantasy owners to season lows in completions (13), attempts (22) and passing yards (116) on Sunday. Brady has thrown two touchdowns total in the last four weeks and the return of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola provided little spark to New England’s offense. Besides a Week 12 battle with Denver, the upcoming schedule doesn’t look great either so the light will likely stay at the end of the tunnel for New England Tom.
Rob Gronkowski: Fresh off a 17 target day in Week 7, Gronk promptly turned in a two catch performance on a mere five targets in Week 8. The 27 yard output was certainly disappointing, but Gronk did have a long touchdown reception called back due to a penalty, so you’re in luck if your league awards hypothetical “woulda” points. For the rest of humanity, it was just an off week and Gronk will return to form in short order.
Josh Brown: Brown booted five field goals on Sunday and caused thousands of opposing fantasy owners to petition their fake football commissioners to remove kickers in 2014.
Drew Brees: It was a five-pack of touchdown passes for Brees on Sunday, as the New Orleans quarterback fed every Saints receiving option evenly while he toyed with the Buffalo Bills. Six different New Orleans players caught exactly three passes, including Kenny Stills and Jimbo Graham who each turned two of their three grabs into scores. Even with a quickly fading Marques Colston and an injured Jimmy Graham, Drew Brees is still capable of phenomenal games like this, which is quite scary.
Michael Vick: Vick left Sunday’s game early with another hamstring injury, which thrust Matt Barkley into Philadelphia’s game against the New York Giants. Barkley spoils all the potential fantasy goodness in the Philadelphia offense, as LeSean McCoy is the only startable Eagle remaining with Vick on the sidelines. Ok, maybe you could convince me to stick with DeSean Jackson but you’d have to buy me a drink first.
Colin Kaepernick: Kap still has only two games with over 200 passing yards this season, but he is beginning to chip in some fantasy production with his legs. Kaepernick rumbled for 54 yards and two touchdowns on the ground Sunday, which comes on the heels of a 68 yard, one touchdown game in Week 7. You won’t ever get a full return on this investment with San Francisco’s receiving group in shambles, but the rushing totals are a good start.
Marvin Jones: If it wasn’t for Mt. Megatron’s eruption, the fantasy world would be much more impressed with Marvin Jones’ eight catch, 122 yard, four touchdown performance. Jones is on a bit of a run of late, with six touchdowns now over Cincinnati’s last three games and Andy Dalton seems to trust his young target. Don’t break the bank for him but you could do far worse in the world of flex options during bye weeks.
Terrelle Pryor: With a 93 yard touchdown run to kick off Oakland’s Week 8 game against Pittsburgh, Terrelle Pryor perfectly illustrated the high fantasy floor of a running quarterback. While the rest of Pryor’s outing on Sunday looked like something out of Matt Barkley’s book, fantasy owners were still treated to a nice afternoon with 106 rushing yards. Upcoming matchups with the Philadephia Eagles and New York Giants defenses should help get Pryor’s passing numbers back on the rise. No matter how pretty it may or may not look, Pryor is a QB1 as we never argue with fantasy points, compadres.
Knowshon Moreno: Things were far too easy for Peyton Manning through seven weeks, so he decided to win a game with his running back leading the team in receiving. Just for fun. Moreno is now up to nine touchdowns on the season, as he scored through the air on the way to six catches for 89 yards receiving. Moreno also chipped in with 44 yards on the ground as he remains a fake point machine in Peyton’s offense.
Steven Jackson: In his first game action since Week 2, Jackson turned 14 touches into 13 yards. Jackson’s performance was the exact polar opposite of Calvin Johnson’s Week 8 effort, and it is truly sad that a back with a great history like Jackson is forced to endure yet another disastrous season as Atlanta is now 2-5 on the year. SJax is now property of fantasy benches as he faces Carolina and Seattle over the next two weeks and isn’t convincing anyone that his hamstring is 100%.
Eddie Lacy: Sunday made four straight big weeks for the Green Bay rookie, as Lacy ran for 94 yards and a score and added four catches for 18 yards as well. Lacy is now averaging 99 yards rushing per game over the last month and has become far more involved in the Green Bay passing game since Randall Cobb, James Jones, and Jermichael Finley were all bit by the injury bug. Lacy isn’t slowing down anytime soon, as his next four matchups (CHI, PHI, @NYG, MIN) are all favorable. Put on a bib before you partake in Eddie Lacy’s fantasy points buffet.