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|
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.