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Week 8 fantasy football notebook

» The Saints are doing exactly what they need to in order win tonight -- taking advantage of Packers' miscues and calls that go their way. Brees capitalized yet again, this time finding his backup tight end Josh Hill for a touchdown to push the Saints lead up to 21 points. * - AG*

» The ball is just not bouncing Aaron Rodgers' way tonight. He tried to find his rookie widout Davante Adams on a second-down pass, but the pass glanced off Adams' fingertips and into the waiting arms of a Saints defender. Rodgers has now "thrown" more interceptions in this game than he had in the previous six. * - AG*

» The Saints have opened things up in the second half, turning an unlucky Rodgers interception into a deep touchdown to Brandin Cooks, and taking another drive down field to find Jimmy Graham for another score. A big note is that Rodgers seemed to tweak a hamstring on an early third quarter run, but the QB is gutting it out and trying to bring Green Bay back from its 14-point deficit. * - AG*

» Despite both teams racking up yards, the field-goal-off continues as it's 16-16 at the half. Brees has 187 passing yards so far, while Rodgers has 278. The big surprises, however, are that Jordy Nelson only has one catch for eight yards, while Jimmy Graham remains catchless. Those facts are likely to change once they kick off again. * - AG*

» After those quick touchdowns to open the game, it's been a battle of field goals ever since with each kicker knocking in two to keep the game tied at 13. Eddie Lacy owners should be smiling, though, as the back already has 99 total yards with three minutes left in the first half. * - AG*

» Ben Roethlisberger just threw his fifth touchdown pass of the day, which coincidentally was Martavis Bryant's second of the game and third of the season. Big Ben is a ridiculous 26 for 34 for 394 yards and currently stands as the top fantasy scorer of Week 8. Surely, there is more to come. * - MF*

» At halftime, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger have combined for 578 total passing yards and six touchdown passes. Just thought I'd let you know. * - MF*

» Larry Fitzgerald isn't the fantasy star he once was, but he can still play. For proof, look no further than the five catches, 138 yards and a touchdown he has early in the third quarter. - MG

» The Colts answer with a 28-yard touchdown pass out of the hands of Andrew Luck and into the hands of T.Y. Hilton. Fantasy owners around the globe rejoice in the glory of this high scoring affair. Clearly, it's fun for everyone!* - MF*

» And cue Antonio Brown's second touchdown. This is getting ridiculous people. Steelers are up 35-10. Nothing but TD passes. * - MF*

» Cue Antonio Brown touchdown. With all the scoring in Pittsburgh, it was bound to happen. His fantasy owners can chill now. * - MF*

» In case you haven't been paying attention, the fantasy staff here at NFL.com has been telling ya'll to PICK UP DWAYNE ALLEN. He's only 59.8 percent owned for Pete's sake! Anyway, Allen scored his seventh touchdown of the season. It's looking like a shootout in Bilztburgh. * - MF*

» Big Ben has completed passes to six different players so far, and not one of them is Antonio Brown. The Steelers scored their second touchdown on a 5-yard pass at the start of the second quarter. And less than a minute later, on the Colts' next possession, Andrew Luck threw a pick-six. Pittsburgh is already up 21-3. Who needs Brown, #amirtie? * - MF*

» The Steelers may be wearing the most awful uniforms in the NFL but they're out to an early lead over the Colts. Ben Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton for an 18-yard touchdown connection. Let's just say Pittsburgh is "buzzing" as they're up 7-3 in the first quarter. Plus, Wil Wheaton. * - MF*

» Andy Dalton didn't throw any touchdowns today, but he rushed for two. Owners who started him will take it. He finished with 20.04 fantasy points on the day. - MF

» For Jacksonville, it was a Sunday of the Robinsons. Receiver Allen Robinson scored for his second straight game in garbage time Sunday against the Dolphins. He's shaping up to be one of Blake Bortles' favorite targets, when he's not throwing interceptions at least. Denard Robinson finished Week 8 with 108 rushing yards on 18 carries marking his second straight 100-yard rushing performance. - MF

» It was another decent day from Jerick McKinnon. And -- surprise, surprise! -- from Cordarrelle Patterson as well. If if didn't happen for Flash today, it was never going to happen. Still, don't rush out and immediately plug him in your lineup unless the matchup is really favorable. - MG

» A friendly reminder that garbage points are still points too from Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery, who connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass. It's only 48-23 now. - AG

» Finally, a touchdown has officially been scored in Carolina, but not by the Panthers. Russell Wilson completed a go-ahead 23-yard pass to tight end Luke Willson with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Up to that point, all of the scoring in this game had been on field goals. And field goals are wack. - MF

» Following an Andy Dalton fumble at mid-field that was returned inside the 10-yard line by the Ravens, Baltimore went back to Lorenzo Taliaferro for his second touchdown of the day. With Bernard Pierce a surprise healthy scratch, some projected that Taliaferro would get the goal-line work, and he sure has. The Ravens took the lead with the score and are now up 21-20 late in the fourth quarter. - MF

» Martellus Bennett might have caught the touchdown of the day against the Patriots. Too bad the Bears were still down by roughly 1,200 points when it happened. - AG

» Jamaal Charles is pretty good at football, boys and girls. He has 117 total yards and with two touchdowns now on the day. - AG

» It took the Ravens nearly three full quarters to get into the end zone, but rookie back Lorenzo Taliaferro finally hit pay dirt for Baltimore. Justin Forsett got the nod on a successful two-point conversion to cut the Benagls' lead to three points. Forsett is still leading the Ravens backfield as he has 15 carries thus far to Taliaferro's six. - MF

» If you're playing Rob Gronkowski today (like me), I apologize. He just caught his third touchdown on the day. Same goes for if you're playing Tom Brady as well. - AG

» I wake briefly to see Teddy Bridgewater throw a TD pass to a wide receiver. No, no ... it wasn't Cordarrelle Patterson. It was Greg Jennings. You can stand down. - MG

» I repeat: The Dolphins as a streaming defense option against Jacksonville is working out. The Miami unit just got its second pick-six of the game. Blake Bortles is 10 for 18 for 108 yards, two interceptions and zero touchdowns. - MF

» After an abysmal Week 7 outing, Giovani Bernard got into the end zone Sunday against the Ravens on a goal-line carry. Bernard has 12 carries for just 39 yards on the day so the score will at least salvage his fantasy totals for Week 8. He should be able to rack up some more points as it's still early in the second half. - MF

» In this Vikings-Buccaneers game, there is a lot of zzzzzzzzzzz....

Sorry. Nodded off there for a bit. - MG 

» Wouldn't you know it ... on a day when the matchup looked bad, Chris Ivory has a pair of rushing touchdowns. This is what happens when your quarterback situation is #ungood. - MG

» Well, that didn't take long for the Chiefs to score again. Knile Davis returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. It's 17-7 now with the Chiefs leading early in the second half. - AG

» Now even the Patriots defense has scored. It's 38-7 in the first half. This has the makings of a Jimmy Garoppolo filled second half. #boatrace. - AG

» We've entered #boatrace territory in New England as we approach the half. The Bears punted after a three and out and Julian Edelman gave the Patriots great field position on the punt return (sorry, fantasy owners). Brady then threw his fourth touchdown in the first half, this one to Brandon LaFell. It's no 31-7 ... so, at least the Bears will have to throw it a ton. - AG

» Even though there hasn't been much going on offensively in the Dolphins versus Jaguars game, Denard Robinson is having himself another nice day. It's only halftime but Shoelace has already collected 100 yards from scrimmage. If he's able to get into the end zone at some point, he could have his second straight big fantasy day. - MF

» Aaaand just like that, the Bears leading receiver (Matt Forte) gets into the end zone on a pass from Jay Cutler. The Bears are showing some life, now down only 17-7. - AG

» It's been all Patriots so far against the Bears, as the offense moved right down the field again, this time for a Timothy Wright touchdown. The Bears are on the move, however, so we'll see what they can do. - AG

» The Dolphins as a streaming defense option is shaping up nicely so far, as the only points scored in their game against Jacksonville are on an 81-yard Blake Bortles pick-six in the second quarter. *- MF *

» Okay, Geno Smith. That's enough. - MG

» The Chiefs have responded to the Rams score with one of their own. Fantasy owners rejoice as Jamaal Charles found paydirt on his 1-yard plunge. - AG

» The Rams scored the first touchdown of the 1 pm kickoff games when Austin Davis hit Lance Kendricks for a short touchdown. These two are forging quite the connection in the red zone, and it might be one to take note of in fantasy soon. - AG

» Things are starting off well for the Patriots, as Tom Brady has already found his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown. The Patriots lead 7-0. - AG

» Mohamed Sanu caught a 48-yarder to spark Cincy's first drive against Baltimore. The Bengals then scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Andy Dalton early in the first quarter, frustrating Giovani Bernard owners across the galaxy. - Matt Franciscovich

» I'd like to thank Doug Marrone for making a change at quarterback and reviving the fantasy relevance of the Bills wide receivers. Kyle Orton has fired a touchdown pass to Robert Woods, who already has a pair of catches for 47 yards. Can targets to Sammy Watkins be far behind? I think not. - Marcas Grant

» What a tale of two halfs in this game. After the Lions looked inept in the first half, they came alive in the second half and won the game on a crazy final field goal. Golden Tate finished with 151 receivin yards and a touchdown, while Theo Riddick looked healthier than expected, leading the team in receptions with eight -- none bigger than his one-handed grab on the Lions' final drive. - AG

» The Lions still haven't been able to get much going on offense, and the Falcons are making them pay. Ryan led yet another long drive, this time with Steven Jackson finding the end zone on a rushing touchdown, his first since Week 5. It's 21-0 with 3:45 left in the second quarter. The Lions have a chance to score before the half, after which they'll receive the opening kickoff. - AG

» The Falcons are flying high early in London. Matt Ryan has looked sharp, and finished another long, impressive drive with a touchdown toss to Bear Pascoe. Roddy and Julio owners are cursing over their cereal this morning, but at least they're getting plenty of targets in between the 20s. The Lions, meanwhile, need to get something going. - AG

» Well, that's how you make a statement to start the game. The Falcons marched right down the field with Matt Ryan hitting rookie running back Devonta Freeman on a 7-yard swing pass to cap off the 80-yard drive. Ryan was five for six, spreading the ball to four different players on the drive. - AG

» Both Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush are INACTIVE today for the Lions. Golden Tate and Joique Bell should see the biggest uptick in fantasy production as a result. For the Falcons, wide receiver Harry Douglas is active, but he shouldn't eat into the production of Julio Jones and Roddy White too much. - Alex Gelhar

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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) rushes during an NFL football game between the between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Peter Joneleit)

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