1. Will the last backup quarterback to leave Kansas City turn the lights out?
2. Have the Vikings thought about giving Daunte Culpepper a call?
3. New England, was it worth keeping Stevan Ridley benched for the first quarter?
Stats of the Week
Peyton Manning’s 2,919 passing yards are the most ever through eight games. With 50 percent of the season now in the books, he’s on pace for 5,838 yards. Manning needs to average a weekly 320 to break Drew Brees’ single-season record.
Calvin Johnson’s 200-yard game was the fifth of his career, tying with him Lance Alworth for the most all time.
Calvin Johnson’s Week 8 alone would rank 70th in receiving yards this season. He racked up 27 more yards against the Cowboys than Dwayne Bowe has in all of 2013.
Matthew Stafford surpassed 15,000 career yards passing Sunday, doing so in his 53rd start. That’s faster than anyone in NFL history.
Larry Fitzgerald blew by 800 career receptions against the Falcons, becoming the youngest player to ever reach the mark. Fitz is already 30th all time in receptions.
C.J. Spiller’s absence Sunday snapped a string of 44 consecutive appearances. Per the Buffalo News’ Tim Graham, that was fifth most amongst active running backs. But remember, Spiller has durability issues.
The 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs’ point differential in home games where they faced teams quarterbacked by Case Keenum and Jason Campbell? +4.
By FOX’s count, Robert Griffin III took 18 hits in Sunday’s loss. That’s … not sustainable.
The All Sell High Team: QB Matt Ryan — This may seem like a sell low, but at least among the less informed, Ryan’s name should still carry plenty of weight. A cursory investigation — the kind a casual owner might undertake — would reveal that Ryan has thrown for 574 yards and four touchdowns over his past two starts. The informed know things are only going to get tougher for Ryan in Atlanta’s undermanned offense, however. Sell while you still can. RB Peyton Hillis — Again, this won’t work if you’re dealing with an informed owner. If you’re not, just namedrop Hillis’ Madden cover, and leave out the fact that Brandon Jacobs and Andre Brown are both due to return after the Giants’ Week 9 bye. RB Andre Ellington — We’re huge fans of Ellington’s game. But his weekly workloads? Not so much. As we laid out above, Ellington is a legit FLEX option, but Week 8 will almost certainly go down as his high-water mark. If he’s a luxury, and not a necessity, on your bench, he’ll never be more valuable in a potential trade. WR Alshon Jeffery — This one’s admittedly a risk, but the same can be said for assuming Jeffery will keep putting up WR2 numbers with Josh McCown under center. With Jeffery, you’re better off trying to sell a week too early than a week too late. WR Jarrett Boykin — Boykin has done his job during James Jones’ absence, but there’s the key phrase — James Jones’ absence. Perhaps Jones will miss one more game in Week 9, but he’s going to be back soon, and Boykin will be a much dicier weekly proposition, and far less valuable as a trade chip. TE Martellus Bennett — It’s the same logic we applied to Jeffery. There’s no guarantee Bennett will stop producing in the absence of Jay Cutler, but there are many reasons to believe he’ll be more inconsistent, and less valuable as a movable commodity.
The All Buy Low Team: QB Michael Vick — Vick is going to miss time with his hamstring injury, but whenever he finally returns, he will do so as clearly the Eagles’ best option at quarterback. He’ll also do so as someone who hasn’t forgotten how to have a big fantasy day. With Philly’s schedule soft down the stretch, Vick is a low-cost investment that could pay off nicely. RB C.J. Spiller — The Bills are finally starting to realize how much they need Spiller. It’s why they held him out on Sunday to get him healthy. With Fred Jackson averaging just 3.18 yards over his past 53 carries (four games), Spiller isn’t going to be returning to a bit role. His talent remains worth the risk. RB Knowshon Moreno — With the news — and evidence — out that the Broncos want to reduce Moreno’s workload, there will be a predictable panic. He’s still the No. 1 running back for the league’s best offense, however. Moreno could lose all goal-line work to Montee Ball and still remain a strong RB2/3. If a worried owner thinks the jig is up, take advantage and get Moreno for pennies on the dollar. WR James Jones — Jones (PCL) doesn’t have a firm return date, but he does have a firm role — No. 2 receiver for an Aaron Rodgers quarterbacked team. Acquire Jones now and thank yourself later. WR Josh Gordon — Gordon’s owners still don’t seem to grasp how good he is, but the evidence is right there staring you in the face. Gordon won’t come as cheap as some on this list, but whatever the cost is, it’s likely worth it. TE Julius Thomas — Worrywart owners have been looking for reasons to give up on Thomas all season. Take advantage of his ankle injury and Denver’s Week 9 bye, and pounce.
Week 8 Fantasy All Pro Team: QB Andy Dalton, RB Andre Ellington, RB Frank Gore, WR Calvin Johnson, WR Jordy Nelson, WR Dez Bryant, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Jordan Reed
Least Valuable Player, Non-Matt Barkley Division: We hope Steven Jackson’s 11-carry, six-yard Week 8 was more about his health than remaining skill level, because if it wasn’t … wow.
The Christian Ponder theme song.