NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Recap: New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway (1) is tackled by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Anthony Averett (29) during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Alvin Kamara: 18 attempts, 62 yards, 1 touchdown, 9 receptions, 96 yards, 2 touchdown receptions

Mack Hollins: 7 receptions, 64 yards

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Monitor Mark Ingram II’s injury: Ingram suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the second quarter and did not return.

  • Alvin Kamara has typically played around 70% of offensive snaps this season, and that didn’t change in the first quarter.
  • Ingram never ran the ball when he was on the field, but did have a two-yard catch.
  • Dwayne Washington is the team’s third running back. He barely played in the first half but mixed in significantly in the second half while the Saints had a huge lead.
  • The Saints were running with Taysom Hill plenty before the Ingram injury, and Ingram’s absence didn’t seem to impact that. In fact, Hill lined up either inline or as a wide receiver a season-high 14 times against the Raiders.
  • New Orleans has both Jordan Howard and Jake Funk on the practice squad. If the Ingram injury is serious, it’s possible one of them would be elevated from the practice squad and potentially see some playing time.

Marquez Callaway falls down rotation: The Saints still don’t have Michael Thomas or Jarvis Landry, but that didn’t mean Callaway was a clear receiving option as in previous weeks.

  • He ran a route on only 12 of a possible 31 plays, similar to the rates of both Kevin White and Rashid Shaheed.
  • Part of the reason for that low snap count was how much the Saints were in run formations, but he also played only 12 of a possible 22 snaps from 11 personnel.
  • Callaway isn’t on rosters in many fantasy leagues, but he probably also shouldn’t be relied on in DFS.

Buy low on Davante Adams: The Raiders receiver caught one pass for three yards on five targets in the team’s blowout loss.

  • Las Vegas put in some backups in the fourth quarter, which meant taking Adams out. Other wide receivers padded their stats during that time, which is why Adams’ playing time looks lower than usual.
  • Adams was on a streak of three consecutive games with over 90 receiving yards.
  • There is every reason to believe the All-Pro receiver will rebound, so it can’t hurt to send a trade offer.

Josh Jacobs falls back down to earth: The Raiders running back gained just 43 yards on 10 carries but also lost his third-down snaps.

  • Jacobs played at least half of the third-down or two-minute drill snaps during Week 4 and Week 5, which helped his dominant performances.
  • Ameer Abdullah quietly took over as the third-down back last week, but the Raiders were rarely in third-down situations and Jacobs still played during the two-minute drill.
  • Jacobs didn’t see a single snap on clear passing plays against the Saints.
  • The game script contributed to how much the Raiders were in each situation, but it did not impact the Raiders taking Jacobs out of these situations.
  • Jacobs is still a must-start and should have huge games when the Raiders are winning, but there might be more games like this if their offense is struggling.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including 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.


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