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Fantasy Football: Big performances in Week 8 overshadowed by season-ending injuries

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fantasy football can occasionally be nothing but pure, unadulterated luck.

And most of the time, it's really, really bad luck.

I bring this up because Week 8 of the NFL season was a historically bad weekend for injuries.

Just to name a few, here's a list of significant injuries from Sunday:

- Le'Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Torn MCL, out for the season

- Steve Smith Sr., WR, Baltimore Ravens - Torn Achilles, out for the season

- Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints - Broken leg, out for the season

- Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers - Lacerated kidney, out for the season

- Reggie Bush, RB, San Francisco 49ers - Torn ACL, out for the season

- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets - Torn ligaments in left thumb, status unknown

- Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears - Sprained MCL, status unknown

Football is a remarkably-dangerous game, and these injuries happen every year. But to see so many happen in such a small time-frame made for a sobering slate of games.

It's such an unfortunate aspect to the game, and the fantasy football implications really pale in comparison to everything else.

With that being said, there were several great performances on the field Sunday, and here's the five best:

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

This guy did something historic on Sunday. In what as otherwise been an off-year for Brees, he exploded for 46 fantasy points in a 52-49 win over the Giants. Brees completed 40 of 50 passes for 511 yards and an NFL record-tying seven touchdowns. It was an incredibly-exciting game to watch, as long as you aren't a fan of defense. It's a shame that New York quarterback Eli Manning got overshadowed in this one, because he nearly matched Brees with 350 yards and six touchdowns. But the big praise goes to Brees, who had to be all-time great to overcome the mediocrity of his defense.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants

Six of Manning's touchdowns went to Beckham, who is really one of the best fantasy wide receivers in the NFL. His 31 fantasy points (130 yards, three touchdowns) were the most among wide receivers in Week 8 by 17. Beckham now has the most catches and yards of any wide receiver in their first 20 NFL games. With little major competition for targets in New York, Beckham may end the year on top of all wide receiver rankings.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

Carr has quietly made the sophomore leap this season, and it made a crescendo Sunday with a huge game against the Jets. Carr finished with 333 yards and three touchdowns against a New York defense that came into the game second in the league in defending quarterbacks. If you're in need of a backup quarterback for bye weeks, or you're dealing with an injury and need a starter now, Carr is a great pickup. He has a decent amount of weapons available, and has shown the consistency to be relied upon on a fantasy roster.

Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams

What this guy is doing through is first five games is incredible. After a 133 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Gurley's 575 rushing yards is the most through a player's first five games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. He has at least 128 yards in each of the last four games, and his 20 fantasy points was most among running backs in Week 8. He may be one of the surest things in the league right now, which is amazing since he tore his ACL a little over a year ago.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

I could include this guy on here every week. What Brady has done to NFL defenses through seven games is absurd. He's never had fewer than 22 fantasy points, never had fewer than two touchdowns and has thrown just one interception. On Thursday, it was much of the same, as the threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns. Just another ho-hum 30 fantasy points for Tom Brady. He may be on his way to a record-breaking 2015 season.

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Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Teddy's stats don't jump out at you, but again, he guided the Vikings to a narrow win. The former Louisville star finished with just 11 fantasy points Sunday, but he and the Minnesota offense did just enough to sneak out a 23-20 win over Chicago. Bridgewater doesn't get a lot of press because of his inefficiency stat-wise, but if he can lead the 5-2 Vikings to the playoffs, it'll really change the narrative on his career.

Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers

This was a really a bad matchup for everyone on Green Bay's offense, but Cobb has been really quiet the last month. In his last four games, Cobb hasn't once reached five fantasy points (12 combined). On Sunday night he caught six passes, but they went for just 27 yards. It's perplexing, since his fantasy owners likely drafted the UK product in the second or third round. In order to fulfill his preseason expectation, Cobb needs to turn it on the rest of the way. It's hard to win fantasy matchups getting two or three points from your best wide receiver.

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