For some of fantasy football’s elite, Week 8 was a little like SpongeBob Squarepants’ theme song … Down, down, down to the bottom of the sea.
It can be really disheartening to start a guy you know is the most talented or has the best matchup, only to watch guys mired on your waiver wire put up better numbers.
Some of the stock down players from Week 8, and some fantasy discussion on each, included:
Aaron Rodgers, GB. This isn’t the first game of the season that Rodgers has struggled in. Then again, don’t forget he was playing against an healthy and improving Jets pass defense. He should do much better against a slipshod Dallas defense this week and looking ahead, Rodgers’ schedule isn’t too scary.
Matt Schaub, HOU. Expected to put up monster stats in a pass-a-thon with Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub managed just 201 yards, one TD and an interception. Schaub will have better games at times moving forward, but his inconsistency is scary.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR. Had his opportunity to shine with DeAngelo Williams on the sideline against a beatable St. Louis rush defense. Except Stewart struggled to the tune of 30 yards rushing and no TDs. With DeAngelo likely back this week, Stewart’s stuck plunges into the basement once again.
Wes Welker, NE. Three catches for 24 yards isn’t exactly what we expected from a Wes Welker that fought his way back to NFL playing shape so valiantly this offseason. Without Randy Moss, one would expect Welker to see even more attention from Tom Brady, but the Pats have been spreading the wealth each week, making Welker a fantasy crapshoot for the time being.
Felix Jones, DAL. When news spread that the Cowboys were going to recommit to the run and that Jones would be the primary beneficiary, Felix fans everywhere rejoiced. But the Cowboys have been downright miserable in all aspects of the game so far, and Felix’s opportunity continues to dry up like a banana peel on a hot summer day.
Chad Ochocinco, CIN. After campaigning hard for the Bengals to bring in Terrell Owens, Ochocinco has seen TO cut dramatically into his production. In Week 8, Chad had just 3 catches for 34 yards. And it isn’t his first disappointing game of the season. He’s not someone you can start with confidence moving forward.
Vernon Davis, SF. An ankle injury and inconsistent play on offense limited Davis to one catch for 12 yards. His status for after the bye has obviously not been determined yet, and considering the changeover to Troy Smith and questions on what that means long-term, Davis is a risky proposition at the moment.
Donald Brown, IND. Injuries and ineffective play have dogged the back who was expected to be the next great thing in Indy since Edgerrin James. Without Joseph Addai to dominate carries, and cleared to play after a series of injuries, Brown managed just 16 yards rushing while less talented Mike Hart stole the show. Brown’s immediate value wasn’t high to begin with, but one has to wonder what his long-range value is starting to become.
Who are your stock-down players after Week 8?