Week 8 was a tough one for fantasy owners with six teams on a bye, but there were several players who made it much easier on their owners by contributing big-time games. Here are all the studs, duds, and surprises from week 8 which wraps up with a NFC West clash on Monday Night Football:
Carolina Panthers 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Stud: About the only offensive player that lived up to “stud” biling was Cam Newton who had 221 yards passing on 23-32 with a pair of touchdowns while adding a team-high 50 yards rushing along with another touchdown on the ground.
Duds: Although there weren’t any huge games, not many key players had huge letdowns either. Mike James didn’t do much with only 39 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving. I didn’t expect too much more than that, though, with just a few days to prepare after Doug Martin’s injury. After finding the end zone four times in the last two weeks, Vincent Jackson didn’t score but did finish with a decent 79 yards on five catches. On the other sideline, Steve Smith finished without a score while catching four passes for 42 yards.
Surprise: The one emerging player who continues to show potential in this game was Timothy Wright who caught his first TD of the season while catching five passes for 48 yards from Tampa’s tight end spot. Mike Glennon makes him ownable since he keeps looking for the former Scarlet Knight over the middle.