NFL Fantasy Football: Week 8 Champs and Chumps

Contributed by: Jeff Sperber
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2012 4:48 PM

I am sick and tired of awarding more than three players in any category champ status. (It is really diminishing the prestige of receiving such a distinction.) I just refuse to do it anymore.

Still, great play deserves to be recognized. Enjoy your “honorable mentions”, QBs who had excellent weeks, but weren’t in the top three. Some nice “Great Work” certificates are on their way to your mansions as we speak.

QB Champs

Matthew Stafford: 352 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, INT, 12 rush yds, rush TD

When a team scores 28 points you want to have the player who accounted for 24 of them.

Tom Brady: 304 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 3 rush yds

Top o’ the morning to ya, Tom. I bet you wish you played in London Town every week. Actually, I bet you don’t. But still, you had a really good game.

Peyton Manning: 305 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, 4 rush yds

Clearly he’s still struggling as a result of that neck injury. He never should’ve come back.

Honorable Mentions: Josh Freeman (262 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, -1 rush yds), Matt Ryan (262 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, 18 rush yds), Ben Roethlisberger (222 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, 6 rush yds)

QB Chumps

Eli Manning: 192 pass yds, INT, 3 rush yds

I hear that Eli was sick so he let his father, Archie Manning, play in his place. Considering that he is 63 years old and that he was going up against a good Cowboys’ secondary, Archie didn’t do too badly.

Philip Rivers: 154 pass yds

Quiz time! What do you call a quarterback that has fewer passing yards per game than Brandon Weeden and more interceptions than Mark Sanchez?

Answer: A bad quarterback

(Other acceptable answer: Philip Rivers)


RB Champ

Doug Martin: 135 rush yds, rush TD, 79 rec yds, rec TD

Martin had more than 10 fantasy points than the next highest running back, so he earns champ honors all for himself. You could say that he was head and shoulders above the rest of the RBs in the league. However, you probably would not say that because he is short.

RB Chumps

Jamaal Charles: 4 rush yds, 6 rec yds

Don’t mess with the Raiders’ All-Star defense! …Wait, what?

Steven Jackson: 23 rush yds, 22 rec yds

It’s a tough day at the office when your team’s rookie RB has fewer than half as many carries as you do but still has more yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw: 78 rush yds, fumble lost

There’s the mediocre running back play of Ahmad Bradshaw that we all know and love. Forget that he scored a touchdown each of the three games prior.


WR Champs

Titus Young: 100 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

If I didn’t put Titus Young on this list sooner or later he was going to punch me in the face.

Demaryius Thomas: 137 rec yds, rec TD

If I were a young wide receiver in the NFL (a believable scenario), I would want Peyton Manning as my offensive coordinator. Whoops! I mean quarterback.

Julio Jones: 123 rec yds, rec TD

Pattern discovered: Jones rotates between having great fantasy weeks and poor fantasy weeks. Check the stats, it’s a fact.

WR Chumps

Victor Cruz: 23 rec yds

No dancing for you this week, young man.

Roddy White: 38 rec yds

Matty Ice had no love for Mr. White in Philly.

Vincent Jackson: 40 rec yds

Josh Freeman doesn’t need you to have a good week, VJax. I’m sure that thrills your fantasy owners.


TE Champs

Rob Gronkowski: 146 rec yds, 2 rec TDs

Gronk like London. Gronk like dancing.

Jason Witten: 167 rec yds

If you’re in a PPR league he got you some beastly numbers with his 18 receptions. 18!

TE Chumps

Antonio Gates: 14 rec yds

One week removed from 81 receiving yards and 2 TDs, Gates returned to the current level of mediocre-poor play that we’re becoming accustomed to.

Jermichael Finley: 24 rec yds

No Greg Jennings or Jordy Nelson and Finley is still a dud.


Kicker Champ

Lawrence Tynes: 1/1 20-29 yd FG, 2/2 30-39 yd FG, 2/2 40-49 yd FG, 2/2 XP

Lawrence James Henry Tynes. With a name like that you’d think that his parents wanted him to become a Civil War general. The Civil War is long over though, so Tynes became a kicker.

Kicker Chump

Greg Zuerlein: 1/1 XP

If Greg Zuerlein the ice skater were out there instead of him, he’d probably have earned you the same amount of fantasy points. Maybe more.

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