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2021 Fantasy Football: 10 Facts from NFL Week 8

Mark discusses the fantasy football week behind us.

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Just prior to the 1966 World Cup the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen. Subsequent random notes and police investigations followed the days after the burglary. A London citizen (David Corbett) and his dog (Pickles) found it six days later in a newspaper-wrapped parcel. The trophy was found and England won their first World Cup that year. I highlight this because kicking has recently been and could continue to be a sneaky grab this week.

***Reminder – these notes are as of Sunday night.***

  1. Geno Smith won his first game since 2016, as Seattle rolled over Jacksonville, 31-7.
  2. On his 2nd career catch, Cyrill Gibson caught a TD in the 4th quarter of a close game between TB and NO from Tom Brady. NO went on to win, but that is a cool impact for your 2nd career catch.
  3. Chase Edmonds, who has 75 attempts and 425 yards (he had two games with over 80 rushing yards) got his first rushing TD of the season on Sunday.
  4. Ben Roethlisberger had the longest streak of consecutive games with a pass touchdown – he continued that streak with a pass to rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth on Sunday.
  5. The Philadelphia Eagles’ six sacks on Sunday vs. Detroit was their highest in a single game in over 10 years.
  6. Carson Wentz tripled his YTD interception total on Sunday by throwing two interceptions (increasing his year total from one to three).
  7. Michael Carter had a career high 15 carries, 77 yards and 1 Rush TD on Sunday to go along with nine receptions for an additional 95 receiving yards.
  8. Tyler Bass went into Sunday one of the best kickers in Fantasy. He went 2/2 on field goals, including a 57-yard field goal and he converted 2 extra points. The 57-yarder was one of the five longest of all time by a Buffalo kicker.
  9. The 6th best (and one of the most accurate of all-time) kicker Justin Tucker was on bye this past week, I added Bass in two leagues, so perhaps Tucker is available on your waiver wire?
  10. Since those dominant three weeks when he took the reins (and scored 2+TDs and 200 yards in each game) Taylor Heinicke has failed to score more than 1 TD in any game since. I think defenses have figured him out.

What stuck out to you in Week 8?