Team of the Week
QB: Patrick Mahomes
Mahomes had been somewhat quiet—for his standards—in recent weeks, but he exploded on Sunday with 416 yards and five touchdowns as New York’s secondary had no answers for the Kansas City passing attack. Somewhat quietly, the former NFL MVP now has 21 touchdowns and just one interception at the season’s midway point.
RB: Dalvin Cook
Despite hitting the road to face the Packers at 1-5 (and having just traded star defensive end Yannick Ngakoue), Minnesota absolutely dominated yesterday—led by Cook and his 226-yard, four-touchdown performance. Green Bay’s run defense has long been an issue, but they simply couldn’t tackle Cook when he got in space.
RB: Giovani Bernard
Those who picked up Bernard with Joe Mixon (foot) out were again given an RB1 performance (21.3 fantasy points), and you couldn’t really ask for more than he’s done with exactly 18 touches in back-to-back weeks. We’ll see how the workload is split down the stretch following Cincinnati’s Week 9 bye.
WR: D.K. Metcalf
Coming off his only quiet game of the year (two receptions for 23 yards), Metcalf was uncoverable against the 49ers—catching 12-of-15 targets for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The superstar receiver is averaging 18.9 yards per reception and has at least 93 yards in all but one game this season.
WR: Davante Adams
For his career, Adams has to hold some kind of record for short touchdown receptions against a single opponent (MIN), as he scored from one, five, and seven yards on Sunday to give him an overall WR2 finish behind Metcalf. Through five games, Adams has scored seven touchdowns and is on pace for career-highs in yards per game (100.4) and yards per target (8.7).
TE: Travis Kelce
The starting trio at receiver all did damage this week for the Chiefs—Tyreek Hill (4/98/2), Mecole Hardman (7/96/1), and Demarcus Robinson (4/63/1)—but Kelce ended up leading the way in targets (12) and yards (109) while scoring his sixth touchdown of the year. With George Kittle (ankle) banged up for the Niners on a short week, Kelce will be the clear overall TE1 against Carolina.
FLEX: Robert Woods
There were several worth candidates here, but Woods gets the nod with a 7/85/1 receiving line and another touchdown on the ground. With a few shootouts to through the end of November coming up after the bye (v SEA, @ TB, v SF), fantasy owners will hope Woods can stay hot.
Philadelphia did what they were supposed to do on Sunday night—limiting Ben DiNucci to 180 yards passing with two forced fumbles and four sacks in a 23-9 victory. The late defensive touchdown and safety in the final six minutes surely decided plenty of fantasy matchups.
K: Michael Badgley
There were no big-time kicking performances yesterday, but Badgley piled on the points in the second half— hitting field goals from 52, 47, and 33 yards—to lead the position heading into Monday night.
Surprise of the Week: Kansas City backfield
It felt like Sunday would be a spot where Le’Veon Bell (against his former team) would break out, but he and Clyde Edwards-Helaire combined for just 69 scoreless yards on 18 touches in a decisive victory. This could have easily been filed under Disappointment of the Week.
Disappointment of the Week: Jonathan Taylor
But that nod—in a week that was again filled with sub-par performances—unfortunately goes to Taylor. Although many are ready to jump ship after the rookie had 22 yards on 11 carries while Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines both went off, those watching the games could see the usage and blocking needs to improve before Taylor hits his ceiling.
Rookie of the Week: DeeJay Dallas
The efficiency was nothing to write home about (58 yards on 23 touches), but Dallas scored twice in a difficult matchup, and he displayed versatility/toughness for Seattle in a convincing divisional win. We’d expect Chris Carson (foot) will be back next week for a big game in Buffalo, but Dallas is worth a stash if still available.
Week 8 MVP: Dalvin Cook
With an NFL-high 47.6 fantasy points scored in Week 8, Cook is the easy choice for MVP, and those in both season-long and DFS play have to be feeling pretty good if they had they dynamic runner on Sunday. Cook will get another cupcake matchup next week against the Lions.