Fantasy Football: Titus Young stakes claim of value in receiver Week 8 impact report

Al Messerschmidt

More surprisingly bad performances than good, but a Lions receiver not-named Calvin stole the show.

There are a lot of receivers and tight ends in the NFL. The Impact Report breaks down the best and worst from each week. Here are the receiving options and you better "catch" 'em all. :)

The Good

Titus Young against the Seahawks (MINI-TRON MAKES HIS CASE)

Maybe Young should be questionable every week. Not a guarantee to play against the Seahawks because of a knee injury, Young was able to play and start in Week 8 and then finished with a career-high 100 yards on nine catches and two touchdowns against Seattle. Even more impressive is that Young had nine targets.

add seven, carry the one, divide by Nate Burleson...

Yep, that's 100% success for Young and Matthew Stafford. With Burleson out for nine months, Young looks more and more like a must-add in standard and deep leagues, though it's difficult to guarantee that a second-year player is on the verge of a breakout after just one good game. He had two catches or fewer in four games this year, it could be a fluke. But a fluke worth taking a chance on.

Rob Gronkowski against the Rams (LIKE TOY SOLDIERS)

Uh-oh, Gronk is on a touchdown tear. Gronkowski had a slowish start to the season, at least relative to his record-breaking 2011 year, but he's going off again. After two touchdowns against the Jets last week, Gronk added two more against the Rams to go along with 146 yards. That's now 580 yards and 7 TD in eight games, well on his way to being the leading tight end in football again.

There will be no touchdown dances for Gronk next week with New England on a Bye. At least, none that will be captured on camera.

Jason Witten against the Giants (EIGHT-SPLEEN CATCHES!)

Certainly his value counted a lot more in PPR leagues, but we have to give it up for 18 catches (on 22 targets) for the tight end that refuses to ever sit. He didn't catch any of them for six points, but did total 167 yards. That could be as much as 24.70 points in a PPR league.

Or something else... some leagues have weird scoring systems.

Denarius Moore against the Chiefs (MOORE ISN'T LESS)


Anyway, it appears that maybe Moore is starting to get in a rhythm with the Oakland offense. A year after he was thought to be a great sleeper in fantasy leagues as the Raiders top receiver, he's strung together some nice fantasy performances after his 96-yard, 1 TD performance against the Chiefs. That's 419 yards and 4 TD in six games for Moore.

He's become a decent flex play, but then again... Raiders.

Honorable Mentions: Brandon Lloyd (28 yards, 2 TD), Demaryius Thomas (137 yards, 1 TD), Julio Jones (123 yards, 1 TD)

The Bad

Calvin Johnson against Optimus Prime (SHERMANATOR: SALVATION)

Turns out that Richard Sherman will Die Hard for the Seahawks, and he gave Calvin Johnson No Way Out. Seattle may have lost the game, but after holding Johnson to 46 yards (3 catches, 8 targets), they were able to stop the Lions' Lethal Weapon. Johnson is still stuck on one touchdown this season. At the end of the day, the Hawks couldn't stop Titus Young who was like an Indian in the Cupboard.. wait that's not an action movie.


Victor Cruz against the Cowboys (SALSA CLASS IS CANCELLED TODAY)

Ever-productive over the last month, Cruz had six touchdowns in his last four games, but the Cowboys shut him (and every other Giants receiver) down on Sunday. Luckily for New York, Tony Romo was able to win the Giants the game! Cruz finished with 2 catches for 23 yards on eight targets. He fewest yards in a regular season game since Week 6 of 2011. Hakeem Nicks also falls under "The Bad" after finishing with 46 yards, but we'll just lump these two together.

Cruz falls to twelfth in the NFL in receiving yards per game. The Giants face the Steelers in Week 9.

Roddy White against the Eagles (THE RODDY AND THE NOTTIE)

While Julio got much love from Matt Ryan as the Falcons rolled to 30 points against the Eagles, White was left in want after his three catch, 38 yards performance in Philadelphia. We are all still waiting for the day that Jones officially surpasses White as the leading receiver in Atlanta, but every time we think it's happening it flips back to the veteran.

Even now, White still has almost 100 more yards than the youngin'. Atlanta takes on a Dallas team that just shut down all of the Giants receivers, will they be able to contain both of these Falcons?

Wes Welker against the Rams (BUT TOOOOOMMMMM)

A lot of Patriots had big, big fantasy days on Sunday, but Welker was not one of them. Welker was the recipient of nine targets, but finished with only six catches for 48 yards and no touchdowns. With two scores going to Lloyd and two to Gronkowski, it turned out that London was not the kindest place for young Wesley.

Doesn't seem right.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Wallace (62 yards), Dez Bryant (2 fumbles, 1 lost, two fingers from a TD), Vincent Jackson (48 yards)

The Injured

Rams rookie Chris Givens had another 50-yard catch, a fifth straight game with 50+ yards, and a left foot injury that took him out of the game. He might not be a reliable week-to-week fantasy player right now, but he was definitely onto something with Sam Bradford. Luckily he was able to return to the game.

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