Fantasy Football Recap Week 8

Looking back at Sunday's fantasy football action

Travis Etienne - preseason pro
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne (1) carries in the first half of an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

After a one-week hiatus, the Fantasy Football Recap Week 8 is back. Speaking of returning from a layoff, welcome back to the fray offensive production! Week 8 had some massive fantasy performances and even Kyle Pitts managed to score a touchdown.

In the opening slate of Sunday action, the OVER went 5-2. Also, home teams were 6-1 straight up and 5-2 against the spread. Not only did it feel like there was more action in Week 8, but the initial numbers prove it.

Conversely, it was an exciting end to the second month of the NFL season. And, it was a great way to cap off what was an exhausting week.


Welcome Back


As the Welcome Back Kotter theme song plays in my head, I’m still reeling from a week of travel. I was out of town from very early Monday and had a busy week of presentations and data.

I’ll admit, I ate well and enjoyed some adult treats but it was a difficult week for my routine. After seven weeks of the same weekly process centering around football, I was a bit rattled ahead of Week 8.

Don’t get me wrong- we were in good hands here at FullTime Fantasy. My partner Billy Muzio stepped up and took care of the waiver wire. The Godfather himself, Scott Atkins also outworked the Sweathogs.

Of course, I was still involved in the process. I just had to pull some late-night shifts and do more behind-the-scenes labor than usual.

Admittedly, I was in a bit of a brain fog toward the latter part of the week. Hundreds of miles of travel and little sack time will do that. But it’s good to be back to that normal routine.

Who’d have thought they’d need ya? Back here where we need ya.


Backfield Breakdown


With so few teams employing a workhorse running back, it is essential for us to track how coaches divide their backfield touches.

Here are the fantasy opportunities from some of Sunday’s backfields. Opportunities means carries plus targets.

Arizona – Eno Benjamin 58 snaps, 14 opp.; Darrel Williams 21 snaps, 8 opp.

Chicago – David Montgomery 56 snaps, 18 opp.; Khalil Herbert 22 snaps, 16 opp.

Dallas – Tony Pollard 30 snaps, 15 opp.; Malik Davis 19 snaps, 10 opp.

Denver – Melvin Gordon 34 snaps, 12 opp.; Latavius Murray 27 snaps, 12 opp.

Detroit – D’Andre Swift 33 snaps, 10 opp.; Jamaal Williams 22 snaps, 13 opp.

Jacksonville – Travis Etienne 57 snaps, 27 opp.; JaMycal Hasty 16 snaps, 8 opp.

Los Angeles Rams – Darrell Henderson 24 snaps, 6 opp.; Ronnie Rivers 21 snaps, 12 opp.; Malcolm Brown 13 snaps, 5 opp.

New England – Rhamondre Stevenson 49 snaps, 23 opp.; Damien Harris 31 snaps, 13 opp.

New York Jets – Michael Carter 33 snaps, 14 opp.; James Robinson 14 snaps, 5 opp.; Ty Johnson 18 snaps, 4 opp.

Philadelphia – Miles Sanders 29 snaps, 9 opp.; Kenneth Gainwell 14 snaps, 2 opp.; Boston Scott 13 snaps, 7 opp.


Week 9 Preview


Week 9 byes: Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, San Francisco 

Lines courtesy Draftkings


Philadelphia at Houston (+13)

Indianapolis at New England (-6.5)

Green Bay at Detroit (+3.5)

Los Angeles Chargers at Atlanta (+3)

Buffalo at New York Jets (+12.5)

Minnesota at Washington (+3)

Carolina at Cincinnati (-9)

Seattle at Arizona (-3)

Miami at Chicago (+4.5)

Las Vegas at Jacksonville (PK)

Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay (-2.5)

Tennessee at Kansas City (-11)

Baltimore at New Orleans (+3)


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With over a decade of winning experience, Jody is a well-known fixture in the fantasy football community. He was named Fantasy Pros’ **Most Accurate Ranker** previously and was the site’s Top NFL over/under totals picker with a record 65% accuracy in 2020, while also ranking 5th in the country with a 55% against-the-spread hit rate. Jody has written for many sites over the years including Pro Football Focus, FantasyPros, CBS Sportsline, FantasyData, and is a regular contributor to the Fantasy Index magazine expert’s poll, draft, and auction.Jody’s experience ranking and projecting player performance will help prepare the Fulltime Fam for their big draft days as well as answers they can trust on Sunday for those ever crucial Who Do I Start questions.