Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fantasy football: Week 8 recap

If any of you listened to me last week spouting off and praising the projections of new Dallas quarterback Jon Kitna and actually started him - you're welcome.
He was the top-rated QB in Week 8 with 379 yards and a touchdown. The four interceptions - three on tipped balls- was a bit much but we can live with it. I started Kitna in two leagues and won both games.
It baffles me how so many NFL and fantasy football "experts" were so hesitant to offer Kitna up as a solid play. To me it was a no brainer - an experienced QB champing at the bit get a start with all the offensive weapons a QB could ask for in Dallas.
Other top QB plays were Kyle Orton (Denver) 369 yards, 1 touchdown; Jason Campbell (Oakland) 310 yards, 2 touchdowns; Drew Brees (New Orleans) 305 yards, 2 touchdowns; and Philip Rivers (San Diego) 305 yards, 2 touchdowns.

It was only a matter of time before speedy and shifty running back Jamaal Charles of Kansas City found the right matchup fora solid day. He didn't score a TD but he did rush for 177 yards and had four receptions for 61 receiving yards. One of the hot running back waiver picks of the week will be LaGarrette Blount of Tampa Bay. All he did was rush or 120 yards and score two touchdowns.
Other top running back performances were Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville) 135 yards; Frank Gore (San Francisco) 118 yards, 1 touchdown; and BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England) 112 yards, 2touchdowns.

Denver's Brandon Lloyd continues to be the hottest receiver in the league with seven receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. Thanks to starter Kenny Brit being injured, Tennessee receiver Nate Washington came up with a big day with four receptions, 117 yards and a touchdown. Other top receivers were Mike Sims-Walker (Jacksonville) 8 receptions, 153 yards, 1 touchdown; Steve Breaston (Arizona) 8 receptions, 147 yards; and Miles Austin (Dallas) 7 receptions, 117 yards.

Like Kitna, if you read how much I constantly told readers that new starting Dallas tight end Jacob Tamme was going to step in and make an immediate impact and then actually played him- you're welcome. All Tamme did was have six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown for 18 points in most point-per-recepton leagues.
Other top tight ends were Antonio Gates (San Diego) 5 receptions, 123 yards, 1 touchdown; Jason Witten (Dallas ) 10 receptions, 97 yards, 1 touchdown; Delanie Walker (San Francisco) 5 receptions, 85 yards; and Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville) 2 receptions, 51 yards, 2 touchdowns.

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