Each week, I look back and name five players as "studs" for the week as well as five "duds."
Here are the five studs for Week 8:
QB - Matthew Stafford, Lions
Playing much below preseason expectations in his first six weeks, Stafford had yet to throw more than one touchdown in any game. Facing the stingy Seahawks in Week 8, it seemed we would get more of the same from Stafford.
Stafford threw for 352 yards, three fewer than his season-high in Week 1, and a season-high three touchdowns, even running for another. Heading into the Monday Night Football matchup, no quarterback has more fantasy points than Stafford this week.
RB - Doug Martin, Buccaneers
Against one of the tougher run defenses in the league, the Muscle Hamster had the best game of his professional career in prime time. Not only did Martin score a rushing and receiving touchdown, but he finished with 214 yards from scrimmage (135 rushing yards and 79 receiving yards).
In the past three games, Martin has 296 rushing yards, 171 receiving yards and four total touchdowns.
WR - Titus Young, Lions
With Stafford having a huge fantasy performance this week, it wasn't Calvin Johnson (and his owners) that benefited. Instead, it was Young.
Young caught all nine of his targets for exactly 100 yards and scored two touchdowns. Through Sunday's games, he is the only receiver to have 20-plus fantasy points this week.
TE - Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
Finishing with season highs of eight receptions and 146 yards, Gronkowski also scored a pair of touchdowns for a second week in a row. Through eight games this season, Gronk has seven touchdowns. Going back to last season's record-setting campaign, Gronkowski has 24 receiving touchdowns (and one rushing score) in his past 24 regular-season games.
If you don't own Gronkowski, hopefully you didn't have to play him this week (or last week). It's even better if you play the Gronkowski owner next week as the Patriots are on bye in Week 9.
Flex - Jason Witten, Cowboys
Witten was targeted 22 times this week and finished with 18 receptions for 167 yards, both of which were career highs. Through Sunday's games, Witten and Gronkowski rank first and second in receiving yards for the week.
Over the past four games, Witten has been extremely productive despite the lack of touchdowns. During that span, Witten has 43 receptions for 411 yards and one touchdown.
Honorable Mention: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Trent Richardson, Willis McGahee, Darren McFadden, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Cecil Shorts and Eric Decker
Agree with my picks for the five studs of the week? If you disagree with any of them, which one(s) and who would you substitute for him (them)?
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