New­ton pro­pels Carolina offense

These play­ers saw their fan­tasy val­ues in­crease or de­crease most based on their per­for­mances in Week 8:

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Siz­zlers

QB Cam New­ton, Carolina Pan­thers: Against a tough Bal­ti­more Ravens de­fense, New­ton had a bal­anced day both pass­ing and rush­ing, scor­ing twice through the air and once on the ground.

RB Joe Mixon, Cincin­nati Ben­gals: Mixon had his best game of the year (123 rush­ing yards, 15 re­ceiv­ing), scor­ing mul­ti­ple touch­downs for the first time this sea­son.

QB Derek Carr, Oak­land Raiders: The fan­tasy com­mu­nity had de­clared Carr drop­pable, so how did he re­spond? He com­pleted 75 per­cent of his passes and ac­counted for four TDs (one on the ground).

WR Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs: Tar­geted nine times, he caught eight of them with two go­ing for touch­downs. If Tyreek Hill’s groin in­jury lingers, Watkins shoots up the Week 9 rank­ings.

WR Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions: Just when Jones looked to be leapfrogged by ta­lented Kenny Gol­la­day, he ex­plodes for 117 yards and two touch­downs. It was by far his best pro­duc­tion of the sea­son.

Fiz­zlers

TE David Njoku, Cleve­land Browns: Njoku was a TE1 over the last four weeks, so his nonusage against the ques­tion­able Pitts­burgh Steel­ers pass de­fense came as a ma­jor sur­prise.

QB Jameis Win­ston, Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers: Af­ter throw­ing four in­ter­cep­tions, Win­ston was benched in fa­vor of Ryan Fitz­patrick, who al­most led a mir­a­cle comeback and will get the start this week.

WR Doug Bald­win, Seat­tle Sea­hawks: Bald­win was tar­geted eight times be­fore the Sea­hawks’ bye week. Against the Lions, how­ever, he had just two re­cep­tions while QB Rus­sell Wil­son threw for three TDs.

WR John Brown, Bal­ti­more Ravens: Brown has had seven tar­gets in con­sec­u­tive games. In Week 7, he caught all seven for 134 yards. This week? Three re­cep­tions for 28.

RB Ra­heem Mostert, San Fran­cisco 49ers: With Matt Breida ail­ing and the Nin­ers fac­ing the Raiders’ 27th-ranked run de­fense, Mostert could only muster two car­ries for 18 yards.

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Pan­thers quar­ter­back Cam New­ton scored three touch­downs against the Ravens.

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