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Ben's NFL Week 8 Takeaways


1. It's FINALLY Joe Mixon time- I've been patiently waiting for the emergence of Joe Mixon all season, as you know, and it looks like it's finally here. Mixon played a season-high 62% of the snaps on Sunday and the most telling part of the whole game was the Bengals going right back to him after a big fumble. He gets the Jaguars next week, who is someone we have been targeting on the ground all season. 


2. Adam Thielen safety net- Adam Thielen has been one of the most consistent fantasy wideouts this year, and hopefully his production will only increase with Teddy Bridgewater expected back for the Vikings after their bye week. ESPN's Field Yates pointed out that Thielen is the only wideout in the NFL with 5+ catches in every game so far this season. He has put up some huge yardage games as well, and the scary part is he scored his first touchdown on Sunday against the Browns. If some positive touchdown regression hits him, watch out. 


3. Kenyan Drake time?- News broke on Tuesday that the Dolphins are trading Running Back Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles. This opens the door for us to finally see what Kenyan Drake can do in a bell cow role, but knowing the Dolphins they will run a committee with Drake and Damien Williams. I don't have confidence in the Dolphins to handle this properly from a fantasy perspective, but it's a situation to monitor going forward. 


4. Deshaun Watson fantasy output- Deshaun Watson has been incredible since becoming the Texans starter, throwing for 18 touchdowns in 6 games. The thing I love from a fantasy outlook is that even if they are winning, the Texans won't take their foot off the gas and that allows Watson to continue to rack up points. Watson has thrown 7 touchdown passes this year of 20+ yards, and now lines up with the Colts who have given up the most plays in the NFL of 20 or more yards...can you say chalk?


5. Limiting McCaffrey?- News broke over the weekend that the Panthers were concerned with the workload that Christian McCaffrey has been receiving and they wanted to limit his snaps going forward. I didn't really buy that story going into their game on Sunday, but it looks like they were serious...somewhat. McCaffrey played under 60% of the snaps for the first time this season and he only saw 9 touches. He already wasn't in play as a runner and this may cripple his fantasy value for the time being. 


6. Welcome Mike Williams- Mike Williams looks to be into the mix finally with the Chargers, he played a season-high 31% of the snaps on Sunday. While this is a boost for the highly touted rookie out of Clemson, it hurts their passing game as a whole as we move into an extreme timeshare situation. Which could be partially why we saw Hunter Henry flop so hard in week 8. 


7. Russell Wilson is not a bad QB- I feel like I'm always defending both Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins to my friends and people on Twitter but here we are. The Seahawks have literally no run game, partially due to their offensive line and that's not affecting Wilson at all. He has put up some monster fantasy games over the past few weeks and is on pace to smash his career-high in pass attempts. Wilson will continue to be a top QB play going forward. 


8. Who steps up without Zeke Elliot? For what feels like the 1,000,000th time I've said this, Ezekiel Elliot is expected to start serving his 6 game suspension this week. They have pretty much said that both Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden will see work in his absence, and I also think Rod Smith is a sleeper to see work. Much like the Dolphins situation, I'm not sure I can rally trust any of these options without seeing it on the field first. 


9. Doyle rules! (again)- Jack Doyle is on pace to haul in north of 80 balls this season for the Colts. He's coming off a 12 catch, 14 target performance and is clearly Jacoby Brissett's preferred option. T.Y. Hilton has big time home/road splits and when they are on the road it allows Doyle to eat big time, and in the absence of pass catching RB Robert Turbin that leaves Doyle with even more opportunity. 


10. Will the Steelers trade Martavis Bryant?- I talked about this in my column last week, and with Bryant not even active for their Sunday night showdown with the Detroit Lions we saw rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster continue his rise to stardom. JuJu saw over 30% of Ben Roethlisberger's targets, posted a a 7-193-1 line and helped me crush on FantasyDraft. I'm #TeamJuJu all the way now. 


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