Fantasy superstars earn their pay in Week 8

Brian Westbrook posted a career-high 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's about time some fantasy superstars stepped up and in Week 8 they did.

Brian Westbrook (Average Draft Position of 2.8) came back from three weeks of inactivity due to injury to post a career-high 167 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He was a welcome sight to the Eagles offense as Philadelphia fans began their Sunday "day-night doubleheader" with a 27-14 victory (Phillies play Game No.4 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays at 8:30 p.m.).

Westbrook was not alone in finally performing up to preseason expectations.

LaDainian Tomlinson had 170 combined yards, including 19 carries for 105 yards on the ground, and caught a touchdown pass. It was just the second time the No.1 overall fantasy draft choice (ADP 1.4) ran for at least 100 yards this season.

It was a big day for the wide receivers corps too. While Ted Ginn Jr. led the one o'clock starters with 175 yards and recent waiver pickup, Donnie Avery, contributed 163 yards and one score, they were part of a 13-man group who cracked 100 yards through the air.

That included Santana Moss (140 yards, one TD receiving, one TD on special teams), who had totaled only 97 yards in his three previous games and Randy Moss (ADP 8.6) who seven catches for 102 yards, but dropped a sure TD. It was the third 100-yard day for each player.

Other receivers collecting the 100-yard-mark bonus included: Andre Johnson (11-143), Steve Smith (9-140, 1 TD), Matt Jones (6-117), Lee Evans (7-116), Leonard Weaver (4-116), Larry Fitzgerald (7-115), Roddy White (8-113, 2 TDs), Dwayne Bowe (6-102) and Jerricho Cotchery (9-102).

Obviously, if there were that many 100-yard receivers, the quarterback did pretty well too.

Drew Brees returned to the form that has him vying for "Fantasy MVP." He posted 339 yards and three touchdown passes in a 37-32 win over San Diego. He even got Marques Colston involved this week, although Colston owners are looking for more than two catches for 56 yards.

A total of six QBs cracked the 300-yard mark in the early session. Kurt Warner had 381 yards and two TDs in a losing effort to Carolina and Rivers matched Brees in the game at Wembley Stadium in London with 341 yards and three scores. As expected, Jason Campbell lit up the Detroit Lions' pass defense for 328 yards and a score and Chad Pennington (314 yards, one TD) led the Dolphins to an upset of the Buffalo Bills.

And a special welcome back to Marc Bulger who not only cracked the 200-yard mark for the first time this year, but the 300-yard level as well.

This group didn't include Brett Favre, who bounced back from two subpar performances to throw for 290 yards and two scores in a 28-24 win against Kansas City. However the former Green Bay Packer tossed three interceptions.

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