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Fantasy Player of the Week

Were Chris Johnson's 56 fantasy points enough to garner Player of the Week honors?
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Week 8 was disappointing for many quarterbacks and receivers, while running backs garnered most of the glory.

Quarterback

Brett Favre, Green Bay - In a week when only two signal callers earned the 300- yard bonus, Favre and his four touchdown passes in his return to Lambeau Field rolled up the most fantasy points - 30. He went 17-for-28 for 244 yards and four scores without throwing an interception. Not bad for a 40-year-old who had a RapidDraft ADP of 226.8 in early August.

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay - Favre's replacement in Green Bay also made the list, throwing for 287 yards and three scores while scrambling for 52 additional yards. But Favre's Minnesota team won the game and "the old guy" edges out Rodgers for the top quarterback of the week.

Running Back

Chris Johnson, Tennessee - Just as the two top quarterbacks battled it out in the same contest, so did the top two running backs. Johnson watched as Maurice Jones-Drew posted 172 yards one play into the second half and then put on a show of his own with touchdown runs of 52 and 89 for a stunning 56 fantasy points.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville - My only question is why didn't "MJD" get the ball more than four times in the second half, or for that matter in the first quarter too. He got his first carry with 5:50 left in the second quarter and in five rushes totaled 172 yards and two TDs. In the second half he touched the ball five times. The problem lies in the play calling when your best weapon only sees the ball nine times in a game. Still, 48 points and a 22.1 ypc average is amazing.

Wide Receiver

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis - Wayne came into the game limping from a groin injury in Week 7, but he was certainly ready to go when the whistle blew. Twelve receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown catch (from Joseph Addai) led a slow day from the league's receiving corps. Just three receivers cracked the 100-yard mark.

Vincent Jackson, San Diego - Jackson's metamorphosis into a star started in the 2008 fantasy playoffs when he torched Oakland for 148 yards and a score in Week 14. On Sunday he posted his fourth 100+ yard day of the season with eight catches (103 yards) and a score against those same Raiders.

Tight End

Dustin Keller, New York Jets - No tight end posted 20 points in a sad display. Keller won the position with an eight-catch, 76-yard, one TD performance worth 16 fantasy points.

Spencer Havner, Green Bay - Who? He caught just two balls for 21 yards, but both were for touchdowns.

Defense/ST

Miami - Ted Ginn Jr. returned two kickoffs for touchdowns (100 and 101 yards) and Jason Taylor returned a fumble 48 yards for a third defensive/special teams score.

And the Fantasy Player of the Week is....Chris Johnson. His performance in carrying the Titans to their first victory of the season was amazing and he takes his second 2009 FPOW award. His first award came in Week 2 when he totaled 284 yards from scrimmage and scored from 57, 69 and 91 yards out.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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