We've just about wrapped up the eighth week of the 2012 NFL season, which means that for some fantasy owners the push for the playoffs has begun, while others are just playing out the string.
I feel your pain. The Mayan Apocalypse appears to have come early for my teams in 2012.
With that said, while there were any number of fantastic performances in Week 8, only one player can be the best of the best at each position. Here's a look at the cream of the crop in fantasy football this week.
Note: These scores were tabulated using a PPR scoring system that awards one point for 10 rushing or receiving yards, 25 passing yards and each reception, six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for turnovers.
The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady traveled to London to face the St. Louis Rams, and Brady and company apparently decided to treat football fans in the United Kingdom to a good ol' fashioned American butt-kicking.
New England destroyed the Rams, 45-7, with Brady leading the way for 304 passing yards and four TDs.
Jolly good show, old chap.
The finest performance by a running back in Week 8 came in the first game of the week, and it served as notice that there's a new star in the making at the position in the NFL.
Rookie running back Doug Martin laid waste to the Minnesota Vikings defense in a big win by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night, gashing the Vikes for over 200 total yards and scoring two touchdowns.
It's not all that surprising to see a player from the Detroit Lions listed as the week's top fantasy wideout.
What is surprising is that that player is not named Calvin Johnson.
With Johnson hampered by a sore knee and a Madden curse, Young carried the water in the Detroit passing game on Sunday. And the second-year pro acquitted himself very well, reeling in nine passes for 100 yards and two scores in a Lions victory.
In a 2012 fantasy season that has had more than its fair share of surprises, order has been restored to the universe in at least one regard, as fantasy's top tight end from a season ago has reclaimed that spot over the past two weeks.
Third-year pro Rob Gronkowski single-handedly outscored the St. Louis Rams in the New England Patriots' blowout win in London, hauling in eight passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Gronk like touchdowns. Gronk spike ball. Gronk happy.