Week 8 started off rather slow but we had a great game between the Texans and Seahawks make up for most of the down games Sunday. As the weeks progress, we tend to learn more and more about players and how to properly evaluate them going forward. Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s games.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson is a must-start going forward, regardless of the matchup. Depending on your scoring format, Watson likely put up another 40+ point week and he did it against Seattle. There is no team that you should fear that would cause you to bench him. Now he still may have rookie type games but those are few and far between. Don’t try and pick his spots, you may miss another 40+ point game from him.
Because Watson is so good, you should start Texans WR Will Fuller every week going forward as well. You won’t always find two fantasy relevant WR’s to start on one team, especially if their QB is a rookie but Watson is REALLY good. Those first few weeks back for Fuller were not flukes, he’s the real deal and it’s because Watson has been that good.
Since Adrian Peterson exited New Orleans, Saints RB Mark Ingram had put some stellar weeks together and was one of the hottest RB’s over the last few weeks. However, Ingram had not one but TWO costly fumbles Sunday. If you remember, early in his career he found himself often in Sean Payton’s dog house. With rookie RB Alvin Kamara also in the fold and looking good, Ingram may see a decline in production going forward.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson is the real deal, especially in PPR leagues. He’s not drawing starts and if you watched Sunday’s game vs the Cowboys, he didn’t even see the field until the 2nd quarter. However, his role is very defined on the team and he’s still consistently putting up double digit point performances each week. In .5 PPR formats, Thompson has scored at least 11.40 points every week except during Week 4 vs KC. Rookie RB Samaje Perine had his chance and was ineffective and while Rob Kelley is the lead back, he’s not getting much going on the ground and is not the receiving back on the team. Washington seems to move the ball and be at their best when Thompson is on the field.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz is extremely consistent. You could look at a few things here. Ertz has at least 1 touchdown in each of the last 4 weeks, 6 touchdowns in the last 6 weeks, and has scored in double-digits every week this year in PPR formats. The Eagles offense is good and so is Ertz.
Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor and Colts WR T.Y. Hilton serve you no good in your fantasy lineup. Pryor has fallen completely out of fantasy relevance putting up a donut this week. He didn’t even start for the Skins last week as they’ve preferred Doctson and Crowder in 2 WR sets. While Hilton has big play potential, he just doesn’t have a good enough QB to feed him the ball. You likely invested a high pick in Hilton but he’s scored under 7 pts (.5 PPR) 6 times and under 5 pts 4 times. If you want to win, you need more than that.