Toad’s Fantasy Football Review – Week Eight


Welcome to Toad’s Fantasy Football Weekly Review,  where I summarize the aftermath of the past Thursday through Sunday games, but more importantly ten thoughts and their lasting fantasy impact.

Week eight was a disappointment and a revelation in many ways. We get to see some players step into the spotlight while others continued to disappoint. We also saw a flurry of trades before the deadline. The mid-season trade is usually a rarity in the NFL but not so in 2017. Also the quality of the players moved, at least in their potential is what’s most striking about these trades. The injury report is much shorter than usual but a few key ones to note.

1. Our thoughts go to Zach Miller and the rest of the Week 8 injuries.

•  Bears TE Zach Miller had the most gruesome injury of the week, dislocating a knee trying to secure a touchdown against the Saints and tore an artery. Surgery was successful as doctors attempted to save his leg, not just the knee. That’s how serious it was. Lots of healing and monitoring this situation. Rookie Adam Shaheen will be the next man up.

•  Redskins TE Jordan Reed left his week eight contest with a sore hamstring. Water is wet, the sky is blue, Jordan Reed is hurt again, what else is new? If this injury holds up then Vernon Davis is the TE1 in reserve waiting.

•  Patriots WR Chris Hogan is going to miss a few weeks with a shoulder injury, which moves Danny Amendola’s needle in the upward direction. New England also lost their right tackle, Marcus Cannon so that could mean tougher sledding for the Patriots run game and Tom Brady’s pass protection.

•  Ravens QB Joe Flacco is in concussion protocol after that vicious hit he took by Kiko Alonso. He was having the best game of his season but playing the Thursday game last week should give him a few extra days recovery if needed.

• Browns RB Duke Johnson left the week eight London game with a concussion in the 4th quarter and is in the middle of concussion protocol. There’s no reason to rush him back, in fact there’s no offense to rush him back to so don’t bother.

2. Are the Dolphins conceding the season with the Jay Ajayi trade? What about the Kelvin Benjamin trade?

It certainly look like it to me. It’s not like Damien Williams or Kenyon Drake were backups that were burning to get carries and just needed more reps. Ajayi certainly was having a down season after last year’s breakout campaign but this was a shocker. Perhaps losing Ryan Tannehill and Jay Cutler to injuries was enough for Adam Gase to realize this wasn’t their year. They look much worse than the Jets and Bills this year and they were supposed to be one of the teams aiming for a playoff spot before the season starter. Gase lambasted Ajayi in front of the media after the loss to Baltimore but it’s one thing to anger your head coach, and then it’s another thing to be traded.

Neither the passing game nor the run game impressed this season. If Jarvis Landry is moved too, then the Phins have definitely moved onto to 2018. Unless you’re in a deep 12 or 14-team league, there’s no reason to add either Dolphin running back despite the added volume. Williams is the early down back while Drake is an oversized third-down back. If you’re in a shallow league, leave them be until you see what they can do. If the needle wasn’t already pointing straight down for all Dolphins players before week eight, it’s there now for week nine and beyond.

And yes, at the last minute, we just found out that receiver Kelvin Benjamin has been traded to the Bills from the Panthers in exchange for 2018 third and seventh round picks. They too much feel like their grip on the 2017 season is lost if they’re trading away their best receiver, who has disappointed since coming back from a torn ACL two years ago, and this certainly makes Tyrod Taylor suddenly more exciting as he joins Jordan Matthews and Deonte Thompson (slides opposite of Benjamin while Matthews stays in the slot). Stock goes further down for Cam Newton and Devin Funchess sees a slight uptick.

In Major League Baseball, we see teams who are buyers and sellers at the trading deadline, and because the magnitude of some of these players moved, we are getting the same feeling in the NFL. We’re only at the halfway point of the season, so to see teams mail it in, or to tank or pass on an opportunity to turn it around is a strange phenomena. Maybe it’s the Halloween trade deadline date, but something strange is going on.

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