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Immediate fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 8 Monday Night Football

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Derrick Gore (40) runs the ball past New York Giants linebacker Tae Crowder (48) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New York Giants 20-17 on Monday Night Football to finish Week 8. Neither offense looked great, as most drives ended in punts or turnovers. Chiefs RB Derrick Gore was the big story of the night, as recorded double-digit carries and scored a touchdown. The Giants' injury woes continued, as Kadarious Toney, Sterling Shepard and Dante Pettis suffered injuries — only Toney returned to the field.

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Table Notes
  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties like offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs

  • Tyreek Hill: 12 receptions, 94 yards, 1 TD (39.5% threat rate)
  • Devontae Booker: 15 carries, 60 yards (3 explosive runs), 5 receptions, 65 receiving yards
Kansas City Chiefs Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Tyreek Hill 62 43 17 0
Byron Pringle 43 23 2 0
Mecole Hardman 40 31 7 0
Demarcus Robinson 33 19 1 0
Josh Gordon 32 23 1 0
Marcus Kemp 2 1 0 0
Travis Kelce 74 47 6 0
Blake Bell 24 6 1 0
Noah Gray 10 4 0 0
Darrel Williams 52 35 6 13
Derrick Gore 16 4 0 11
Jerick McKinnon 13 11 0 0
Total 81 52 41 25
New York Giants Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Darius Slayton 52 30 2 0
Kadarius Toney 34 17 5 0
Collin Johnson 24 18 2 0
Sterling Shepard 23 15 7 0
John Ross 16 11 3 0
Dante Pettis 1 1 0 0
Evan Engram 47 30 4 0
Kyle Rudolph 21 13 3 0
Kaden Smith 18 5 0 0
Devontae Booker 56 28 6 15
Elijhaa Penny 7 2 1 0
Total 60 38 33 18

Add Derrick Gore: The 26-year-old back had five career offensive snaps heading into tonight. None of the other Chiefs running backs had a PFF grade above 64 this season, which is probably why Kansas City gave Gore a chance. He found success early, so they kept giving him the ball. It was a small sample size but was one of the most impressive performances by a Chiefs running back this season. 

He’s worth a waiver-wire add just in case his role continues to expand. There is also a chance he goes back to the practice squad once Clyde Edwards-Helaire is healthy.

Monitor the Giants' wide receiver injuries: The Giants have already dealt with several injuries at wide receiver this season. Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney all missed Week 7 with injuries while others have missed more time. 

Shepard and Toney returned tonight. Shepard and Darius Slayton started while Toney rotated in and out with John Ross. Dante Pettis suffered a shoulder injury early in the game on special teams, and he never returned. Shepard hurt his quad late in the first half and didn’t return. Then Toney hurt his thumb early in the fourth quarter and went to the locker room, but he was able to return.

Golladay, Shepard and Toney all are potential fantasy starters when healthy. Until at least two of those three reach full health, New York's receivers can be avoided.

Keep an eye on Josh Gordon: This was Gordon’s fourth week on the team, and he posted a season-high in offensive snaps by halftime. He didn’t make much of an impact with just one target, but the increased snaps could eventually lead to more targets. If anything, it will make it harder for any other Chiefs receiver to stand out.

Buy low on Travis Kelce: Kelce had his worst game in recent memory, as he only caught four passes for 27 yards and lost a fumble. He started the season well but hasn’t been as dominant over the past five weeks. However, even though Kelce isn't as dominant as usual, he is still a top-five fantasy tight end most weeks from volume alone.

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