Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings

Welcome to the Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings from FantasyProjection!

We saw the re-emergence of some much needed fantasy players in week 7 from the Raider’s Amari Cooper to the Redskin’s Jordan Reed there were plenty of bounce back performances in week 7. We can only hope that these performances continue in week 8 and beyond. This week there are 6 teams on BYE one of the biggest BYE weeks of the season. This makes the rankings below even more important as you are looking for replacements for all your starters on BYE. As you can imagine the rankings this week look very shallow due to the decreased number of studs available to us. Use the rankings below as a way to make all of your start sit decisions. Good luck in week 8!

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  1. Carson Wentz, PHI QB vs. SF
  2. Tom Brady, NE QB at LAC
  3. Drew Brees, NO QB vs. CHI
  4. Dak Prescott, DAL QB at WAS
  5. Philip Rivers, LAC QB at NE
  6. Kirk Cousins, WAS QB vs. DAL
  7. Cam Newton, CAR QB at TB
  8. Andy Dalton, CIN vs. IND
  9. Tyrod Taylor, BUF QB vs. OAK
  10. Russell Wilson, SEA QB vs. HOU
  11. Deshaun Watson, HOU QB at SEA
  12. Matt Ryan, ATL QB at NYJ
  13. Alex Smith, KC QB vs. DEN
  14. Derek Carr, OAK QB at BUF
  15. Jameis Winston, TB QB vs. CAR

Carson Wentz is already drafting his application for the Hall of Fame as we speak in only his second season as a pro. Wentz threw for 4 TDs last week and has had 3 or more TDs in the past 3 games. Wentz looks like he is really coming into his own in this fire hot Eagles offense. Not only is he getting it done in the passing game, but he is adding fantasy value through his legs with 63 yards rushing last week. At this point Wentz is a no brainer start, but week 8 only gets better with a matchup against the 49ers defense who are 8th worst against the pass on a yards per game basis and have allowed 12 passing TDs. I expect Wentz to continue his career best numbers in week 8. Fantasy Projection: 345 yards passing 3-4 TDs 35 yards rushing.

Tyrod Taylor has not been extraordinary for fantasy purposes this year and a lot of that lies in his lack luster supporting cast of WRs. Taylor has still been fantasy relevant and is very consistent especially since he is one of the few QBs that gains point rushing. Tyrod has a good matchup this week against the 10th worst against the pass Oakland Raiders. I expect he will need to throw the ball to keep up with a Raiders offense that seems to have found itself in week 7. Fantasy Projection: 265 passing yards 2 TDs 45 rushing yards

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Running Back
  1. Le’Veon Bell, PIT RB at DET
  2. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB at WAS
  3. LeSean McCoy, BUF RB vs. OAK
  4. Devonta Freeman, ATL RB at NYJ
  5. Jay Ajayi, MIA RB at BAL
  6. Jordan Howard, CHI RB at NO
  7. Melvin Gordon, LAC RB at NE
  8. Kareem Hunt, KC RB vs. DEN
  9. Joe Mixon, CIN RB vs. IND
  10. Doug Martin, TB RB vs. CAR
  11. Alvin Kamara, NO RB vs. CHI
  12. Carlos Hyde, SF RB at PHI
  13. Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB at TB
  14. Chris Thompson, WAS RB vs. DAL
  15. Jerick McKinnon, MIN at CLE

I┬áthink its fair to say that Le’Veon Bell is back! Bell has gotten over 30 carries the past two weeks and has made the most of every one. He has rushed for over 130 yards in each game and has added 6 catches for 70 across both games. As long as Bell is getting this much work and being this effective he will be a must start in every league and will top the charts at the RB position. Even though the Detroit Lions have the 8th best defense against the run on a rushing yards per game basis, Bell will find a way to get the points you need to win your matchup. Fantasy Projection: 110 yards rushing 1TD 5 catches 45 yards receiving 1 TD.

Kareem Hunt draws a really tough matchup in week 8 against the Denver Broncos run defense. The Broncos are the second best defense against the run this year and have allowed ZERO TDs to opposing RBs over the season. I don’t necessarily think Kareem Hunt will have a horrible game, but anyone expecting the numbers he has put up so far this season will be surprised this week and not in a good way. Hunt will get plenty of volume and that will be the crutch he will have to lean on this week in order to help fantasy owners win their matchups. Fantasy Projection: 60 yards rushing 5 catches 35 yards receiving possibility of 1 TD.

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Wide Receivers
  1. A.J. Green, CIN WR vs. IND
  2. Antonio Brown, PIT WR at DET
  3. Mike Evans, TB WR vs. CAR
  4. Julio Jones, ATL WR at NYJ
  5. Keenan Allen, LAC WR at NE
  6. Michael Thomas, NO vs. CHI
  7. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR at SEA
  8. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR WR at TB
  9. Dez Bryant, DAL WR at WAS
  10. Doug Baldwin, SEA WR vs. HOU
  11. Michael Crabtree, OAK WR at BUF
  12. Brandin Cooks, NE WR vs. LAC
  13. Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR at KC
  14. Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR vs. SF
  15. Amari Cooper, OAK WR at BUF
  16. Adam Thielen, MIN WR at CLE
  17. Jarvis Landry, MIA WR at BAL
  18. Chris Hogan, NE WR vs. LAC
  19. Tyreek Hill, KC WR at BAL
  20. Marvin Jones, DET WR vs. PIT
  21. Pierre Garcon, SF WR at PHI
  22. T.Y. Hilton, IND WR at CIN
  23. Jermaine Kearse, NYJ WR vs. ATL
  24. Kenny Stills, MIA WR at BAL
  25. Devin Funchess, CAR WR at TB

A.J. Green comes in as the best WR for week 8 in Fantasy Projection’s rankings and for good reason. Green takes on the Colts defense who are the second worst against receivers this year allowing 311 yards receiving per game and 10 TDs over the season. This matchup bodes well for Green who may have had a down week in week 7, but eats up so many targets that he will find great success against such a miserable defense in week 8. Fantasy Projection: 8 catches 110 yards 1-2 TDs

I’ll be honest… After seeing Amari Cooper play the 6 weeks before week 7 I had no idea that explosion was coming. He had looked horrible in the first 6 weeks leading the league in drops and not managing to generate any fantasy points. Last week he showed that he still has the talent posting 11 catches for 210 yards and 2 TDs. You would think after a week like that he would be higher than 15th in the rankings, but I’m not sure I trust his consistency and he draws a BAD matchup. Cooper takes on the Buffalo Bills in week 8 who may be 6th worst against receivers on a yards per game basis, but have only allowed 5 TDs over the entire season to receivers. This extremely low TD rate is second best in the NFL only to the Jaguars. Cooper will have a good game, but nothing like last week. Fantasy Projection: 5 catches 55 yards possibility of 1 TD

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Tight Ends
  1. Rob Gronkowski, NE TE vs. LAC
  2. Zach Ertz, PHI TE vs. SF
  3. Hunter Henry, LAC TE at NE
  4. Travis Kelce, KC TE vs. DEN
  5. Jordan Reed, WAS TE vs. DAL
  6. Kyle Rudolph, MIN at CLE
  7. Jimmy Graham, SEA TE vs. HOU
  8. Cameron Brate, TB TE vs. CAR
  9. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ TE vs. ATL
  10. Jason Witten, DAL TE at WAS
  11. Tyler Kroft, CIN TE vs. IND
  12. Jack Doyle, IND TE at CIN

Jordan Reed Oh where have you been?! Oh there he is, he just needed until week 7 … don’t rush perfection. Reed had 8 catches for 64 yards and 2 TDs in week 7. This stat line is enough to make any fantasy owner proud! Now that he seems fairly healthy I expect Reed will be a big part of the passing attack that will be very busy trying to keep up with the potent Cowboys offense. Fantasy Projection: 6 catches 57 yards 1 TD

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