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NFL: Cooper Kupp, Tevin Coleman among 5 Best Fantasy Football Performers in Week 8

The halfway point of the 2019 season has just about been reached as fantasy football leagues are starting to take form for the playoff pushes. There were several standout performances in this week’s action that fueled many owners to crucial wins in their respective leagues. Here are the five best outings sans what happens on Monday night between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins.

5. Cooper Kupp

ESPN: 33.0 PTS

Following a three-game losing streak, the Los Angeles Rams have gotten a bit back on track over the last couple of weeks. In week 8, it saw third-year wideout Cooper Kupp continue his breakout year as he piled up a career-high 220 receiving yards along with a touchdown.

The bulk of Kupp’s production came in the first half as he notched 165 yards on five catches, which were the most receiving yards in a first half since Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. It was also the most receiving yards in a single game since Isaac Bruce back in 1997.

Kupp has been a fantasy football beast this season, notching double-digit points in all but one game behind five 100-yard receiving performances, which he topped more than 20 fantasy points four times. There will be plenty of big outings ahead of Kupp for the rest of the season that could see him on this list a few more times.

4. Latavius Murray

ESPN: 36.7 PTS

Over the last two weeks with Alvin Kamara sidelined, Murray has been a huge factor out of the backfield for the Saints. He has proven to be a legitimate dual-threat option that has anchored their offense.

It was once again the case in Week 8 action as he tallied 102 rushing yards with a touchdown, nine receptions for 55 receiving yards and a touchdown. Murray has now notched back-to-back 30-point fantasy point performances while garnering at least 100 rushing yards, a pair of touchdowns and five catches in each contest.

Things will certainly change once Kamara gets back on the field, but as long as he remains out of the mix, Murray will continue to be a fantasy football juggernaut.

3. Tevin Coleman

ESPN: 37.8 PTS

The San Francisco 49ers continued their dominance this season with an impressive outing at home against the streaking Carolina Panthers. It was a dominating performance on both sides of the ball that saw Coleman, who had 105 rushing yards on 11 attempts with three touchdowns along with two catches for 13 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Coleman’s tremendous performance put him alongside Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only players in team history score four touchdowns in a single game. It also made him the first player in team history since Garrison Hearst back on Dec. 1, 2002, to rush for three touchdowns in a regular-season game. The Panthers simply had no answer for Coleman on Sunday afternoon.

2. Aaron Jones

ESPN: 41.6 PTS

Another week, another Green Bay Packer on this list for the second straight week as Jones put up yet another huge outing as he was the driving force in the road win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He put up 67 rushing yards, but the bulk of his work came out of the backfield as a receiver as he tallied seven catches for 159 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Jones has been a huge factor in fantasy this season after years of frustration with his usage in the Packers offensive scheme. He has recorded double-digit point outings all but twice, including north of 40 points twice with the other being against the Dallas Cowboys. Jones has proven to be one of the most productive running backs in the league despite having a capable option alongside him in Jamal Williams.

In short, there will be plenty of big outings ahead of him for the rest of the season.

1. Mike Evans

ESPN: 42.8 PTS

In Week 8 action, there was no performance bigger than what Evans put forth as he had 11 catches for 198 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. It saw him move past James Wilder for the lead for all-time receptions in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’┬áhistory.

It marked his fourth double-digit fantasy point outing of the year and second time that he has tallied more than 40 points. There is no doubting his talent on the field, but it has instead been the play of quarterback Jameis Winston that has prevented him from being a more consistent fantasy factor.

Evans should be in line for several more big outings if Winston can find consistency throwing the ball.