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RotoVegas | NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Results and Breakdown

So… the NFL season is halfway over? Insane. Seems like just yesterday we were wide-eyed kids, trying to convince ourselves preseason games were even remotely entertaining. Now, we’re halfway toward the NFL season reaching the same fate as Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. Yuck. Well, if you ever need a distraction from the fact that the season is dwindling slowly towards the hell that we call the “offseason,” you can always divert your attention by voting in our #RotoVegas polls.

They’re posted each week on our Twitter page and Instagram Story, so go find them every week. I dream of a world where thousands of you vote every week, so much so that we can turn this whole thing into a real money-wagering endeavor a la Draftkings or other daily fantasy. A guy can dream, right? Anyway, I’m currently leading our loyal readers 22-13 over the first 7 weeks; let’s see if you guys closed the gap at all heading into the halfway point.

1. Kirk Cousins is our QB2 for the week as his Vikings take on the Saints. He’s also a 4-point favorite vs. Jameis Winston, who’ll face the Bengals. Who you got?

Cousins -4: 48%
Winston +4: 52%

Winner: Cousins -4

Ouch, a rough start to Week 8. This was a tough one, because Jameis Winston was certainly beginning to trend upward heading into the second half of the year. After missing time early in the season for a suspension, he’d started 2 games and topped 350 yards in both, averaging 25 fantasy points in the 2 games. But Sunday was a different story, throwing for just 276 yards, 0 TDs, and 4 ugly INTs that got him benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the 4th quarter. Fitzmagic has been named the starter for Week 9, so Winston’s time as the main man in Tampa may be coming to an end. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins and the Vikings lost to New Orleans on Sunday Night Football, but Cousins still topped 350 yards and found the end zone twice, totaling 20.7 points on the night.

2. Nick Chubb finally has the role he deserves with the Browns, and he’s a 3-point favorite this week against Adrian Peterson, who faces the Giants. Who’s your pick?

Chubb -3: 60%
Peterson +3: 40%

Winner: Peterson +3

Once Carlos Hyde was traded to Jacksonville, Nick Chubb was finally supposed to have his chance to shine in Cleveland’s offense. Well on Sunday against Pittsburgh he did very much the opposite, turning 18 rushes into just 65 yards and falling short of 10 PPR points for the day at 9.5. Adrian Peterson, meanwhile, was Week 8’s RB6, putting up 26.6 points on the afternoon despite a costly fumble. He rushed 26 times for 149 yards and a score, and hauled in his only target in the passing game for a 7-yard TD. AP wins outright, and the readers are off to an 0-2 start.

3. Michael Thomas looks to continue his strong 2018 in a matchup against the Vikings, while Robert Woods and the Rams face the Packers. The line is Thomas -5; who you got?

Thomas -5: 61%
Woods +5: 39%

Winner: Woods +5

Make that an 0-3 start to Week 8. The Saints put up 30 points Sunday night but Michael Thomas was kept relatively in check, converting 6 targets into 5 grabs for 81 yards. That comes out to 13.1 PPR, which was just about a point ahead of Robert Woods‘ production in LA’s big win (not cover — thanks, Todd Gurley) over the Packers. Woods was targeted 7 times and caught 5 passes for 70 yards, giving him 12 points on the afternoon and covering this 5-point spread with room to spare.

4. Evan Engram and the Giants face the Redskins this week, and he’s a 4-point favorite over Greg Olsen, who goes up against the Ravens. What’s your pick?

Engram -4: 44%
Olsen +4: 56%

Winner: Olsen +4

And the readers get on the board! There will be no shutout today, as Greg Olsen actually won this thing outright, albeit by a slim margin. Olsen made me feel like an idiot benching him in favor of David Njoku, as he caught all 4 of his targets for 56 yards and a TD — good for 15.6 PPR. Evan Engram was right behind him, catching 5 of 9 targets for 25 yards and a TD of his own, but it wasn’t enough. He came in at 13.5, falling short in this matchup and giving the readers their first W of the week. 1-3 heading into the always-unpredictable defensive matchup.

5. The Bears formidable defense gets a matchup with Sam Darnold and the Jets this week, and they’re a 5-point favorite over the Steelers unit, who face the Browns. Who you got?

Bears -5: 69%
Steelers +5: 31%

Winner: Steelers +5

Well, it’s just not your week. The Bears looked like the easy pick in this matchup, having been fantasy’s top defense through half the season and facing the Jets and their rookie QB. Chicago’s D was good enough to secure a solid win against New York, but the turnovers and big plays weren’t there. They recorded just 1 sack on the day, ultimately putting up just 6 points even though they only allowed 10 on the scoreboard. The Steelers, meanwhile, did a solid job holding Cleveland’s offense in check. They had an INT, 2 sacks, and a safety (holding in the end zone but still counts), finishing with 8 points on the afternoon and winning this matchup outright. So, another week, another 1-4 showing from the readers. That sets the season series to 26-14 in my favor at the halfway point. Let’s hope our loyal followers are a second-half team and can make this thing interesting down the stretch.

Be sure to vote each week on our Twitter account and Instagram Story, and check back after the games are over for the breakdown. If you enjoy it, tell your friends! Nothing would make me happier than getting this series big enough that I can take your money for real. And if you have any questions about real-life wagers or fantasy, hit me up on Twitter as well.

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