Week 8 was a week of returns in a lot of ways.
First you had the return of Dez Bryant, who had his best game of the season after missing three contests, catching four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Then you had the return of Tyler Eifert to full strength. The Bengals tight end played in the London game a week after playing limited snaps and caught nine passes for 102 yards and scored.
Another returning tight end, Jordan Reed, caught 9 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown after recovering from a concussion.
There was also the return of Josh McCown to the Browns lineup, and if you’re needing to stream your quarterback, he may be a decent option. He threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns.
Donte Moncrief, who was gone for five games, came back from injury to gain 41 yards and score a touchdown. His preseason ranking was pretty high and it’s possible he’ll produce like he was expected to before the injury.
Finally, you had the mutiple interception returns, including one 49-yarder for a touchdown, by the Broncos who topped all defenses in scoring this week. They also had four sacks.
Other top scorers were the triplets of Oakland. Derek Carr passed for a franchise record 513 yards and four scores. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree benefited mightily from Carr’s performance. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown. Crabtree had 8 catches for 108 yards.
As far as running backs, the Jets backfield was pretty impressive. Matt Forte had 82 yards rushing and two touchdowns while Bilal Powell rushed for 76 yards and scored. Don’t expect both to be good every week. They were facing the Browns.
On Thursday, DeMarco Murray continued to show last season was a fluke as he rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Melvin Gordon is also proving that his scoreless rookie season was an anomaly. He rushed for 111 yards and caught four passes for an additional 44 yards. Despite not scoring, he has 10 touchdowns this year.
Theo Riddick seems to be in a perfect role for the Lions as he totaled 133 yards and caught a touchdown pass.
Devontae Booker had a nice start for the Broncos as he totaled 84 yards and scored.
Marcus Mariota stayed hot while Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers did what you’re used to them doing. Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski as usual while Rodgers even led the Packers in rushing with 60 yards.
Speaking of the Packers, they were hit with some surprise inactives as Ty Montgomery and Randall Cobb were unable to play. Jordy Nelson benefited, catching four passes for 94 yards and a TD.
Other receivers with top performances were A.J. Green, Quincy Enunwa, J.J. Nelson, Allen Hurns and Jamison Crowder.
Some receiving duds were Mike Evans and Brandon Marshall. Both had great matchups but neither scored a TD or gained more than 68 yards.
Sadly, it’s time to realize Russell Wilson is not a good fantasy quarterback when he’s got limited mobility. Don’t start him again until he proves he can be productive.
Mark Ingram ended the day with a negative score after being benched for fumbling. You’ll notice his backup on the waiver wire suggestions.
Waiver wire suggestions:
Josh McCown, Cleveland (341 yards, 2TDs)
Nick Foles, Kansas City (223, 2)
Tim Hightower, New Orleans (27-102)
Rob Kelley, Washington (21-87, TD)
Charcandrick West, Kansas City (16-60)
Dion Lewis, New England
J.J. Nelson, Arizona (8-79, 2TDs)
Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland (5-31, 2TDs)
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City (5-98, TD)