• Rondale Moore puts up big numbers: Moore remains a clear starter in Arizona. He scored and put up 100 yards in Week 8.
• Greg Dulcich TE1 streak continues: Dulcich has been a top-12 fantasy tight end every week he’s been on the Broncos' active roster.
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Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Rostered in 26.2% of leagues on ESPN)
Fields threw for two touchdowns and ran in a third en route to the third-best quarterback performance for the week.
- This was Fields' fourth consecutive game as a top-12 fantasy quarterback.
- His 76 carries, 423 rushing yards and three touchdowns are all second-most among quarterbacks this season.
- He's a fantasy starter almost for his rushing production alone.
- Fields’ 10.1-yard average depth of target is the highest among starting quarterbacks this season, which will give him opportunities for big plays in the passing game.
- He’s slowly seeing improvements in his wide receivers: N’Keal Harry has emerged as his new WR2, while Byron Pringle has returned to practice.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (42.6%)
Goff threw for one touchdown and over 300 yards in the Lions' loss to the Dolphins.
- He ranks ninth on the season in passing yards (1,904), even though the Lions were on a bye last week.
- His 12 passing touchdowns are tied for seventh at the position.
- Goff has recently put up some bad statistical games, but he was missing several key players.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown was back to his usual role in Week 8, and D’Andre Swift was at least on the active roster again.
- Both D.J. Chark and Jameson Williams will ideally be back by the fantasy playoffs.
- Detroit has the eighth-best schedule for quarterbacks over the rest of the season.
Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (24.0%)
Mariota racked up three touchdowns, 253 passing yards and 43 rushing yards in the Falcons' overtime victory.
- Mariota was the QB12 heading into this week and put up his fourth top-10 fantasy performance of the season.
- His 10.0-yard average depth of target is the second-highest among starters, but he relies heavily on his rushing production.
- He ranks top-five in both rushing attempts (54) and rushing touchdowns (2).
- The Falcons have the second-easiest schedule for the rest of the season. They could win the division, making it unlikely they will make a quarterback change anytime soon.
Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints (20.4%)
Dalton put together a solid 229-yard performance with two passing touchdowns in the Saints' blowout victory.
- Because of this game script, Dalton's fantasy numbers were relatively low compared to the other quarterbacks. The Saints' dominance worked against his fantasy value.
- Dalton remains one of the highest-graded quarterbacks of the season due to his accurate passes.
- He has a stronger hold on the Saints' starting job after the shutout victory.
- His next two opponents are bottom-nine in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs. He can be a particularly strong fill-in for teams that need a bye-week replacement.
- He could eventually get Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry back, which would only help Dalton’s numbers.
P.J. Walker, Carolina Panthers (2.1%)
Walker threw for 300 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' loss to the Falcons.
- His 494 passing yards over the last two weeks are the seventh-most at the position.
- His PFF grade will likely rank in the top 10 over that time, so he'll probably keep his starting job for the foreseeable future.
- He probably won’t be a consistent fantasy starter outside of superflex leagues, but he is the best option available in deeper leagues where the four players above are taken.
Nyheim Hines, Buffalo Bills (45.7%)
Hines joins the Bills via trade, where he will have a chance to be the top man on a team that scores a lot of touchdowns.
- Hines is a much better receiver than Devin Singletary. His 1.67 yards per route run over the last three seasons are tied for second-best among running backs with at least 500 routes run. Singletary’s 0.74 is the third-worst.
- Singletary is still the better rusher, so Hines is unlikely to start.
- Buffalo typically rotates by drive rather than situation, so we could see both backs get used interchangeably, or the team could change how they rotate their running backs.
- The trade means Hines should play more than he did in Indianapolis. There is a chance Hines could become a viable fantasy player in Buffalo depending on how much playing time he receives and the Bills' willingness to throw to running backs more often.
- Every running back available on the waiver wire is a part of a two or more-man committee. Hines is not the safest bet of the group, but he has the most upside in arguably the best offense in the NFL.
D’Onta Foreman (66.1%) & Chuba Hubbard (35.6%), Carolina Panthers
Foreman had no problem taking the lead in the Panthers backfield without Hubbard, putting up a dominant game on the ground.
- Foreman took a clear majority of snaps in most situations, leading to his dominant game on the ground.
- He gained 118 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns.
- It’s worth remembering that Hubbard had double the carries and ran more routes than Foreman in three quarters before his Week 7 injury.
- Foreman has rarely played on third downs over the last two weeks, which indicates that Hubbard will still see the receiving work when healthy.
- We would expect Foreman to lead the team in carries, given how well he has played, but that is still no sure thing.
- The Panthers have been very reliant on their backs, so both players are worth rostering, regardless of how the snaps are split.
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (47.8%)
Herbert continues to be the Bears' most productive running back on the ground, which is earning him more carries.
- Herbert isn’t playing nearly as much as David Montgomery, but he typically touches the ball whenever he’s on the field.
- The Bears continued their tradition of using only Montgomery over their first two drives.
- Herbert ran the ball 16 times compared to Montgomery's nine after that point.
- He has 564 rushing yards to Montgomery's 361 this season despite Montgomery having just one more carry.
- Herbert has reached the point where he could be considered for starting lineups in games Chicago can keep close.
- The Bears’ schedule has been more difficult than average over the first half of the season but will be easier over the second half, leading to more rushing opportunities.