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Garbage time fantasy report: Week 8's garbage timers

By Scott Spratt
Oct 31, 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 28: Travis Benjamin #12 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the game on August 28, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Welcome to our weekly look at how garbage-time (or counter-garbage-time) production factors into a player’s fantasy numbers. Garbage time isn’t always repeatable, so players whose numbers jump in garbage time might be risky investments.

The six byes in Week 8 limited the potential for garbage-time production, and then few of the teams that found themselves with big deficits were able to capitalize on that favorable game script for fantasy production. As such, it was a lean week for garbage scoring.


The Chargers didn’t lose touch with the Patriots for long, but a total of 16 garbage-time plays was enough for Philip Rivers to set the standard for garbage production this week. Those 3.5 extra fantasy points were just the 27th-most for a quarterback in a week this season. Rivers himself nearly doubled it with 6.0 fantasy points gained in Week 1 in his near-comeback against the Broncos.

Most Fantasy Points Gained in Garbage/CG Time, QBs, Week 8
Week 8 2017 Season
Player Yards TD Std Pts Yards TD Std Pts
Philip Rivers 42 0.5 3.5 118 1.5 10.4
Derek Carr 50 0.5 3.4 68 0.8 5.2
Kirk Cousins 30 0.5 3.0 64 1.4 7.3
C.J. Beathard 46 0.5 2.5 165 1.1 9.5
DeShone Kizer 27 0.0 1.1 171 1.6 10.9
Matt Moore 46 0.0 1.0 67 0.5 4.1

The Dolphins and 49ers ran 40 and 39 plays, respectively, in garbage time, but neither Matt Moore nor C.J. Beathard got much out of them. They threw three combined garbage-time interceptions, and, in fact, seven of the eight quarterbacks who attempted a garbage-time pass threw at least one pick. The one exception: DeShone Kizer. He threw 14 passes for 73 yards in garbage time without a turnover.

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