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Top Fantasy Football Performances: Week 8

In week 8 of the NFL, the Saints defeated the Giants 52-49 in one of the biggest shootouts in NFL history. Two well-known defensive coordinators in Steve Spagnuolo and Rob Ryan witnessed their defenses get torched for 13 passing touchdowns.

The star of this week was Drew Brees. If you had him on your fantasy football team this week, there’s a good chance you got a huge W. Let’s see who were the best fantasy players were across the NFL in Week 8.

QUARTERBACK

Drew Brees – 39/50, 505 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs = 44 fantasy points

Drew Brees picked apart the Giants secondary this past Sunday. Brees would have had closer to 50 fantasy points if he didn’t throw any interceptions and he could have had a record eight touchdowns passes if he didn’t miss a wide open receiver early on. Brees has proven to be dialed in when he gets into a rhythm and the Giants had no answer.

Drew Brees hit Willie Snead for touchdowns on two separate occasions, including this awesome flea flicker. Brees probably won’t have as much success against the Tennessee Titans next week but this performance is good news for the Saints and fantasy owners. Brees might finally be rounding into top-tier form again.

WIDE RECEIVER

Odell Beckham Jr. – 8 catches, 130 yards, 3 TDs = 31 fantasy points

The Saints secondary simply could not contain Odell Beckham Jr. this weekend. The same goes for Eli Manning who only had three less fantasy points than Drew Brees this weekend.

Beckham is truly living up to the hype that has been surrounding him all season long. The last receiver to have played this well so early on in their career would have to be Randy Moss.

This was his third touchdown of the day and he made it look really easy with two defenders desperately trying to keep up. Beckham Jr. has another opportunity to go off against the weak Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary next week.

TIGHT END

Benjamin Watson – 9 catches, 147 yards, 1 TD = 20 fantasy points

Benjamin Watson began to develop a much bigger role in the Saints offense after his outburst against the Falcons in Week 6. This week he was bound to get involved in a game where Drew Brees threw seven touchdowns. Watson has a good chance to have another strong performance next week against the Titans who aren’t the best against tight ends.

RUNNING BACK

Todd Gurley – 20 carries, 133 yards, 1 TD and 3 catches, 13 yards = 20 fantasy points

Rookie sensation Todd Gurley said going into last year’s draft that he was the best running back in the 2015 class. People were reluctant to agree with him because of ACL tear but he’s silenced everyone over these last four games.

Gurley now has the record for most rushing yards by a rookie in a four game stretch. The former Georgia product continues to put together huge runs and make life a living hell for defenses.

Gurley went untouched on a 71-yard touchdown run, his explosion through the hole are remarkable and the Adrian Peterson comparisons are clear to see. Gurley and the Rams have a tougher matchup against the Vikings next week but with the way he’s running the ball, he can break a game open at any time.

DEFENSE

Houston Texans – 6 points allowed, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles recovered, 7 sacks = 19 fantasy points

The Houston Texans defense finally stepped up in a game they had to have if they wanted to compete in the terrible AFC South. Zach Mettenberger will continue to have nightmares about the Texans defensive line after he was sacked seven times.

Whitney Mercilus had 3.5 sacks and J.J. Watt has 2.5 sacks on the day. Watt loves Zach Mettenberger for all the wrong reasons and he blew up this play from the start.

The Texans’ defense will have the bye and an extra week to prepare for Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton might have some sleepless nights leading up to that game two weeks from now.

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