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Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings


These rankings will be updated throughout the week up until Sunday at 1 PM ET for injuries or other reasons. [Note: our rankings are for standard (non-PPR) leagues, but you can simply move guys up or down based on how many passes they are expected to catch]

 

QUARTERBACK

1. Tom Brady (v LAC)

2. Drew Brees (v CHI)

3. Cam Newton (@ TB)

4. Philip Rivers (@ NE)

5. Carson Wentz (v SF)

6. Dak Prescott (@ WAS)

7. Kirk Cousins (v DAL)

8. Russell Wilson (v HOU)

9. Matt Ryan (@ NYJ)

10. Tyrod Taylor (v OAK)

11. Ben Roethlisberger (@ DET)

12. Andy Dalton (v IND)

13. Matthew Stafford (v PIT)

14. Deshaun Watson (@ SEA)

15. Derek Carr (@ BUF)

16. Alex Smith (v DEN)

17. Josh McCown (v ATL)

18. Jameis Winston (v CAR)

19. Case Keenum (@ CLE)

20. Trevor Siemian (@ KC)

21. C.J. Beathard (@ PHI)

22. Joe Flacco (v MIA)

23. Matt Moore (@ BAL)

24. Jacoby Brissett (@ CIN)

25. Mitchell Trubisky (@ NO)

 

Chicago hasn’t allowed an offensive touchdown in either of the past two games, but Drew Brees should change that in the Superdome… Cam Newton needs help from his receivers, but the Buccaneers are getting beat by everyone through the air… Philip Rivers is going to have to score points against the Patriots, and he has the weapons to do so… Carson Wentz has thrown for 11 touchdowns over the past three weeks, and a regression might not come until Week 9 against Denver… Matt Ryan and the Falcons will turn it on eventually, but he’s just a low-end QB1 until it happens… Tyrod Taylor gets another good matchup after doing damage as a passer and runner last week… Ben Roethlisberger and Matthew Stafford could put up some points on Sunday Night Football, but the Lions and Steelers have solid defenses… Deshaun Watson is difficult to bench, but in Seattle would be the week… The same goes for Alex Smith, but at least it’s at home… Jameis Winston surprised against the Bills, but I’d sit him against a Carolina team that has given him problems.

 

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RUNNING BACK

1. Le’Veon Bell (@ DET)

2. Melvin Gordon (@ NE)

3. Ezekiel Elliott (@ WAS)

4. Kareem Hunt (v DEN)

5. Mark Ingram (v CHI)

6. Jay Ajayi (@ BAL)

7. Devonta Freeman (@ NYJ)

8. LeSean McCoy (v OAK)

9. Jordan Howard (@ NO)

10. Joe Mixon (v IND)

11. Christian McCaffrey (@ TB)

12. Carlos Hyde (@ PHI)

13. Ameer Abdullah (v PIT)

14. Alvin Kamara (v CHI)

15. Tevin Coleman (@ NYJ)

16. LeGarrette Blount (v SF)

17. Doug Martin (v CAR)

18. Latavius Murray (@ CLE)

19. Dion Lewis (v LAC)

20. Jerick McKinnon (@ CLE)

21. Chris Thompson (v DAL)

22. Lamar Miller (@ SEA)

23. Javorius Allen (v MIA)

24. C.J. Anderson (@ KC)

25. Bilal Powell (v ATL)

26. James White (v LAC)

27. Matt Forte (v ATL)

28. Tarik Cohen (@ NO)

29. Jalen Richard (@ BUF)

30. Alex Collins (v MIA)

31. Frank Gore (@ CIN)

32. Duke Johnson (v MIN)

33. Jonathan Stewart (@ TB)

34. Thomas Rawls (v HOU)

35. DeAndre Washington (@ BUF)

36. Robert Kelley (v DAL)

37. Marlon Mack (@ CIN)

38. Wendell Smallwood (v SF)

39. Jamaal Charles (@ KC)

40. Mike Gillislee (v LAC)

41. Theo Riddick (v PIT)

42. D’Onta Foreman (@ SEA)

43. Eddie Lacy (v HOU)

44. Rex Burkhead (v LAC)

45. Isaiah Crowell (v MIN)

46. Giovani Bernard (v IND)

47. Jeremy Hill (v IND)

48. Damien Williams (@ BAL)

49. Mike Tolbert (v OAK)

50. Matt Breida (@ PHI)

51. Corey Clement (v SF)

52. Devontae Booker (@ KC)

53. Zach Zenner (v PIT)

54. Charles Sims (v CAR)

55. Austin Ekeler (@ NE)

56. James Conner (@ DET)

57. Alfred Morris (@ WAS)

58. Charcandrick West (v DEN)

59. Elijah McGuire (v ATL)

60. J.D. McKissic (v HOU)

 

Le’Veon Bell has combined for 73 touches over the past two weeks… Melvin Gordon should get plenty of scoring opportunities against New England… Mark Ingram is an every-week solid RB1, and he gets a good matchup at home against Chicago… Jay Ajayi will find the end zone sooner or later; keep him in lineups as an RB1… I’m typically lower on Devonta Freeman than most, but I think he will get fed this week to try to jumpstart Atlanta’s offense; Tevin Coleman should also be more involved as a receiver and remains a high-upside RB2… Jordan Howard should get the ball anyway, but no one knows what will happen if the Saints come out firing and get an early lead… Joe Mixon cracks the top ten, as he should push for 20 carries in a game Cincinnati should handle… After drawing a start and getting his most carries since Week 2, Christian McCaffrey could finally put up numbers as a runner against a Tampa Bay front that’s getting gashed… Ameer Abdullah should be back in the 17-22 touch range after the Lions went away from that and lost two-straight games after a 3-1 start… Latavius Murray looked really good last week in his breakout game despite all the lazy criticism he received from a lot of fantasy “experts” leading up to it; despite the tough matchup, he’s an RB2/FLEX option in a shallow week… Dion Lewis is a quality RB2 against a weak run defense, but it’s a little risky for fantasy owners because of how often New England changes things up… Doug Martin and Lamar Miller are downgraded in difficult matchups… Bilal Powell and Matt Forte are both FLEX options, and I could see one of them having a big day… Jalen Richard is the preferred fantasy option with Marshawn Lynch suspended, but neither he or DeAndre Washington is anything more than a weak FLEX.

 

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WIDE RECEIVER

1. Antonio Brown (@ DET)

2. Julio Jones (@ NYJ)

3. A.J. Green (v IND)

4. Keenan Allen (@ NE)

5. Michael Thomas (v CHI)

6. Brandin Cooks (v LAC)

7. Mike Evans (v CAR)

8. Amari Cooper (@ BUF)

9. Kelvin Benjamin (@ TB)

10. Demaryius Thomas (@ KC)

11. Chris Hogan (v LAC)

12. Dez Bryant (@ WAS)

13. Doug Baldwin (v HOU)

14. Devin Funchess (@ TB)

15. Pierre Garcon (@ PHI)

16. DeAndre Hopkins (@ SEA)

17. Michael Crabtree (@ BUF)

18. Stefon Diggs (@ CLE)

19. Adam Thielen (@ CLE)

20. Nelson Agholor (v SF)

21. Jarvis Landry (@ BAL)

22. Alshon Jeffery (v SF)

23. T.Y. Hilton (@ CIN)

24. Tyreek Hill (V DEN)

25. Josh Doctson (v DAL)

26. DeSean Jackson (v CAR)

27. JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ DET)

28. Jeremy Maclin (v MIA)

29. Golden Tate (v PIT)

30. Will Fuller (@ SEA)

31. Danny Amendola (v LAC)

32. Tyrell Williams (@ NE)

33. Marvin Jones (v PIT)

34. Ted Ginn (v CHI)

35. Mohamed Sanu (@ NYJ)

36. Marquise Goodwin (@ PHI)

37. Jermaine Kearse (v ATL)

38. Jamison Crowder (v DAL)

39. Kenny Stills (@ BAL)

40. John Ross (v IND)

41. Tyler Lockett (v HOU)

42. Paul Richardson (v HOU)

43. Jordan Matthews (v OAK)

44. Robby Anderson (v ATL)

45. Bennie Fowler (@ KC)

46. Cole Beasley (@ WAS)

47. Travis Benjamin (@ NE)

48. Deonte Thompson (v OAK)

49. Torrey Smith (v SF)

50. Breshad Perriman (v MIA)

51. Mike Williams (@ NE)

52. Donte Moncrief (@ CIN)

53. Kendall Wright (@ NO)

54. Zay Jones (v OAK)

55. Taylor Gabriel (@ NYJ)

56. T.J. Jones (v PIT)

57. Laquon Treadwell (@ CLE)

58. Brandon Coleman (v CHI)

59. Brandon LaFell (v IND)

60. Albert Wilson (v DEN)

61. Bruce Ellington (@ SEA)

62. Willie Snead (v CHI)

63. Demarcus Robinson (v DEN)

64. Seth Roberts (@ BUF)

65. Chris Godwin (v CAR)

66. Adam Humphries (v CAR)

67. Jeremy Kerley (v ATL)

68. Curtis Samuel (@ TB)

69. Brice Butler (@ WAS)

70. Cordarrelle Patterson (@ BUF)

71. Phillip Dorsett (v LAC)

72. Ryan Grant (v DAL)

73. Eli Rogers (@ DET)

74. Russell Shepard (@ TB)

75. Leonte Carroo (@ BAL)

 

Good things happen when Julio Jones gets targeted in the red zone, so we’ll see if Atlanta goes to him against the Jets… Keenan Allen should go off against New England’s secondary… Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan are in danger of being shadowed by Casey Hayward, but they are both WR1 options… Amari Cooper certainly broke out of his slump, and the Raiders will probably scheme him away from Tre’Davious White… Demaryius Thomas was robbed of an 81-yard catch-and-run last week, but he should avoid Marcus Peters for most of the night in Week 8… Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are both WR2 options against Tampa Bay’s undersized cornerbacks… The Eagles seemed to realize how good Nelson Agholor is after their win over the Chargers a few weeks ago, and he’s had lines 4/93/1, 4/55/1, and 4/45/1 since; he still deserves more targets, but the former first-round pick is an every-week WR2… DeAndre Hopkins gets a downgrade in Seattle, but you probably still need to play him… Adam Thielen would get a boost if Stefon Diggs is inactive, but both are solid plays in London against the Browns… DeVante Parker is a FLEX option if he returns, but he won’t have Jay Cutler locking onto him with Matt Moore at quarterback… Josh Doctson finally overtook disappointing free-agent signing Terrelle Pryor, and he’s suddenly a fantasy option… Will Fuller is the type of receiver to give the Seahawks fits in the past… The rookies JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kenny Golladay could be in for big SNF games in a potential shootout… Marquise Goodwin has the speed to get behind Philly’s cornerbacks… He dropped his only target last week, but it’s good to see the Chargers get Mike Williams involved on a third down play.

 

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TIGHT END

1. Rob Gronkowski (v LAC)

2. Travis Kelce (v DEN)

3. Zach Ertz (v SF)

4. Hunter Henry (@ NE)

5. Jimmy Graham (v HOU)

6. Kyle Rudolph (@ CLE)

7. Jordan Reed (v DAL)

8. Austin Seferian-Jenkins (v ATL)

9. Cameron Brate (v CAR)

10. Jason Witten (@ WAS)

11. Tyler Kroft (v IND)

12. Jared Cook (@ BUF)

13. Nick O’Leary (v OAK)

14. Benjamin Watson (v MIA)

15. Julius Thomas (@ BAL)

16. Ed Dickson (@ TB)

17. David Njoku (v MIN)

18. Austin Hooper (@ NYJ)

19. Vernon Davis (v DAL)

20. Zach Miller (@ NO)

21. Jack Doyle (@ CIN)

22. Jesse James (@ DET)

23. Coby Fleener (v CHI)

24. O.J. Howard (v CAR)

25. Antonio Gates (@ NE)

 

 

Rob Gronkowski should return to the end zone against the Chargers on Sunday… Travis Kelce gets the edge over Zach Ertz in a better matchup… Hunter Henry has at least 70 yards and/or a touchdown in every game he’s been targeted this season, and he’s now a full-time player… Jimmy Graham committed two bad drops last week, but Russell Wilson went back to him for a score… Kyle Rudolph gets a dream matchup this week with Cleveland… Jordan Reed has become a volatile TE1 play, but he went off against the Cowboys last year… Austin Seferian-Jenkins should continue to be a favorite of Josh McCown against the Falcons… Jason Witten has a chance to keep it going in a good matchup… Nick O’Leary is an underrated streaming option with Charles Clay still out… Benjamin Watson and Julius Thomas are quality plays in an always unpredictable Thursday night game.

 

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DEFENSE

1. Minnesota Vikings (@ CLE)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (v SF)

3. Cincinnati Bengals (v IND)

4. Baltimore Ravens (v MIA)

5. New Orleans Saints (v CHI)

6. Kansas City Chiefs (v DEN)

7. Miami Dolphins (@ BAL)

8. Seattle Seahawks (v HOU)

9. Houston Texans (@ SEA)

10. Carolina Panthers (@ TB)

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (@ DET)

12. Atlanta Falcons (@ NYJ)

13. New York Jets (v ATL)

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (v CAR)

15. Oakland Raiders (@ BUF)

16. Detroit Lions (v PIT)

17. Denver Broncos (@ KC)

18. Washington Redskins (v DAL)

19. Dallas Cowboys (@ WAS)

20. New England Patriots (v LAC)

 

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KICKER

1. Stephen Gostkowski (v LAC)

2. Jake Elliott (v SF)

3. Will Lutz (v CHI)

4. Harrison Butker (v DEN)

5. Justin Tucker (v MIA)

6. Kai Forbath (@ CLE)

7. Matt Bryant (@ NYJ)

8. Matt Prater (v PIT)

9. Steven Hauschka (v OAK)

10. Giorgio Tavecchio (@ BUF)

11. Cody Parkey (@ BAL)

12. Chris Boswell (@ DET)

13. Chandler Catanzaro (v ATL)

14. Nick Rose (v DAL)

15. Randy Bullock (v IND)

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