Week 8 of the NFL season left me with one word.

Unexpected.

That word also defines what happened in fantasy football this week. We saw a lot of spellbinding performances on both sides of the spectrum. Some that made you cheer and jeer, sometimes at the same time.

Enough talk.

I have six…nah it’s the start of the holiday season. I have seven players, including one that was a winner last week and a loser this week.

Winners:

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook had a historical day! He was the first player since the 1970 AFL – NFL merger to score on his team’s first four possessions (via Elias Sports Bureau). The Packers defense was shredded by the fourth-year running back for 226 total yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns. He is now the league leader with 11 total touchdowns.

Here’s a reminder to the Packers. Next time, when you are gameplanning for a 1-5 team (who is also a hated rival), make sure you come up with a plan for their BEST player.

Fantasy points: 46

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson

It’s Week 8 and we have our NFL MVP. It’s Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Seriously, the Josh Allen hype train is in the station and Aaron Rodgers’ revenge tour is on hiatus. Wilson came off an ugly three-interception performance last week vs Arizona. He took it out on the injury-plagued 49ers. 27 for 37, 261 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson has 26 touchdowns and six interceptions on the year. Don’t debate me, it’s Wilson for MVP.

Fantasy points: 36

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

This was the dream matchup for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 0-7 Jets at Arrowhead Stadium. He could have set up a lawn chair, made a picnic and chomped on a cigar in the backfield Sunday. The Super Bowl champion quarterback filleted the Jets’ hapless defense for 416 yards, completed 73 percent of his passes and threw five touchdowns. If you had Mahomes in. Make your favorite drink, sit in your favorite chair and laugh so hard for all your fellow fantasy football friends to hear. You owned the week.

Fantasy points: 46

Losers:

Browns QB Baker Mayfield and RB Kareem Hunt

Last week I praised Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for his electric performance vs the Bengals. I thought he would follow up with an equally great performance in the cold vs Las Vegas.

WRONG.

Mayfield was back at “square one” with his lackluster and inexcusable performance over the young Raiders defense. How do you go 12 for 25, 122 yards and no touchdowns at home? Did you film a Progressive commercial at halftime? If you did, here’s the premise. it’s a continuance of you locking yourself out of the stadium, but someone lets you in but you forget the keys are in the grocery bags you left…outside the gate.

Meanwhile, many thanks to Kareem Hunt for showing up Sunday too. An anemic 14 carries for 66 yards against a run defense that gave up 12 rushing touchdowns this year. No touchdowns today.

Fantasy points: 12 (combined)

Mayfield: 6

Hunt: 6

Rams QB Jared Goff

There was this great game show “back in the day” called To Tell the Truth. They would have a panel ask questions to three people who claim, for example, “I’m John Smith.” At the end of the show, they would ask the real person to stand up. Let’s do that with Rams quarterback Jared Goff.

Yes, I know he has 13 touchdowns and six interceptions on the year, but sometimes I am left befuddled by a performance like in Miami. 35 for 61, 355 yards, a touchdown and two soul-crushing interceptions. Wait! 61 passes? Your adversary was a rookie quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa who threw for less than 100 yards.

So, will the real Jared Goff please stand up?

Fantasy points: 12

Ravens TE Mark Andrews

This question dawned on me during the Steelers – Ravens showdown.

“What has happened to Mark Andrews?”

While he does have five touchdowns on the year. The last two games have been alarming. He has five receptions for 53 yards and no touchdown catches. He was targeted six times today and he only caught three balls for 32 yards. Yeah, the Steelers have a great defense but you have to get the ball to your best weapon.

You have a chance to make it right at Indianapolis next week.

Fantasy points: 3

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