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Fantasy football Week 8 rankings: Top players at each skill position

Fantasy football Week 8 rankings: Top players at each skill position

Week 7 was a wild one in fantasy football, to say the least.

No fantasy owners had it worse than those who started Cardinals running back David Johnson, though, as Arizona used their injured star RB for the first play of the game then went with backup Chase Edmonds for the remainder of the contest. It's just the latest example of how unpredictable this cruel game is.

That being said, we're going to try and predict it anyway. Here's how we rank the top players in fantasy at each skill position for Week 8:

QUARTERBACK

1. Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. OAK)
2. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at ATL)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at KC)
4. Josh Allen, Bills (vs. PHI)
5. Jared Goff, Rams (vs. CIN)
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs. NYG)
7. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs. CLE)
8. Kirk Cousins, Vikings (vs. WAS)
9. Kyler Murray, Cardinals (at NO)
*If injured Falcons QB Matt Ryan plays vs. SEA, he goes here.
10. Jacoby Brissett, Colts (vs. DEN)
11. Teddy Bridgewater, Saints (vs. ARI)
12. Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (vs. NYJ)
13. Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. TB)
14. Carson Wentz, Eagles (at BUF)
15. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (at TEN)

Josh Allen is a fantastic play this week against a Philadelphia secondary that simply has no answer for quarterbacks who can chuck it downfield. Plus, his ability to rack up fantasy points by running the ball only adds to his already-high ceiling. If he's on your bench, you need to get him into your lineup ASAP.

RUNNING BACK

1. Dalvin Cook, Vikings (vs. WAS)
2. Saquon Barkley, Giants (vs. DET)
3. Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at SF)
4. Chris Carson, Seahawks (vs. ATL)
5. Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (at CIN)
6. James Conner, Steelers (vs. MIA)
*If injured Saints RB Alvin Kamara plays vs. ARI, he goes here.
7. Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. CIN)
8. Aaron Jones, Packers (at KC)
9. Le'Veon Bell, Jets (at JAC)
10. Derrick Henry, Titans (vs. TB)
11. Latavius Murray, Saints (vs. ARI)*
12. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals (at NO)
*If injured Cardinals RB David Johnson plays, he goes here.
13. Josh Jacobs, Raiders (at HOU)
14. Nick Chubb, Browns (at NE)
15. Marlon Mack, Colts (vs. DEN)

Keep a close eye on the Alvin Kamara/Latavius Murray and David Johnson/Chase Edmonds situations heading into the weekend. Whichever RB of these duos gets the start should be inserted into your staring lineup with confidence... unless of course Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury pulls a fast one on us for the second straight week.

WIDE RECEIVER

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. OAK)
2. Michael Thomas, Saints (vs. ARI)
3. Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. CIN)
4. Julio Jones, Falcons (vs. SEA)
5. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (at TEN)
6. Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at ATL)
7. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (vs. GB)
8. T.Y. Hilton, Colts (vs. DEN)
9. Mike Evans, Buccaneers (at TEN)
10. Keenan Allen, Chargers (at CHI)
11. John Brown, Bills (vs. PHI)
12. Kenny Golladay, Lions (at NYG)
13. Courtland Sutton, Broncos (at IND)
14. Julian Edelman, Patriots (vs. CLE)
15. Robert Woods, Rams (vs. CIN)

The Bucs are back from their bye week which means both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans should be in your lineup. It's been tough sledding for Evans owners this year, but you're forced to roll with one of the most talented receivers in the league regardless of what the numbers have shown us in recent weeks.

TIGHT END

1. Darren Waller, Raiders (at HOU)
2. Austin Hooper, Falcons (vs. LAR)
3. Travis Kelce, Chiefs (vs. GB)
4. George Kittle, SF (vs. CAR)
5. Hunter Henry, Chargers (at CHI)
6. Evan Engram, Giants (vs. DET)
7. Gerald Everett, Rams (vs. CIN)
8. Zach Ertz, Eagles (at BUF)
9. Greg Olsen, Panthers (at SF)
10. T.J. Hockenson, Lions (vs. NYG)
11. Vance McDonald, Steelers (vs. MIA)
12. Jimmy Graham, Packers (at KC)

Seeing Hunter Henry tasked with going up against the stingy Bears defense might make you hesitant to start him, but it shouldn't. The Bears actually have struggled to limit opposing TEs this season, which sets Henry -- Philip Rivers' primary red-zone target -- up for success on Sunday.

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Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

Fantasy football Week 16 waiver wire: Breshad Perriman can be a league-winner

It's not about how you start the fantasy football season. It's how you finish.

If you're reading this, chances are your squad is loaded enough to roll through your league's playoffs to the championship round.

But there's always room for improvement, and the Week 16 waiver wire includes a couple players who should be legitimate starters in any fantasy lineup, regardless of depth.

Want to win the whole thing? Start by doing your due diligence on the waiver wire. Here are our top free-agent pickups at each position entering Week 16.

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! leagues): We hope you have a better QB1 option than Fitzpatrick if you've reached your league's championship. But if you're in a two-QB league, the ageless, bearded wonder is a fine pickup: He's attempted 37 or more passes in five consecutive games and gets a beatable Cincinnati Bengals defense.

Other quarterbacks to target: Jacoby Brissett (IND), Mitchell Trubisky (CHI), Gardner Minshew (JAX)

RUNNING BACK

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent owned): It's still unclear if Dalvin Cook will play in Week 16 after suffering a shoulder injury Sunday. If he doesn't, that's a massive opportunity for either Mattison or Mike Boone, who found the end zone twice in Week 15 with Cook and Mattison both sidelined. If Mattison is healthy, he should be your top waiver wire priority against the Green Bay Packers' Swiss cheese run defense.

Other running backs to target: Mike Boone (MIN), Chris Thompson (WAS), Wes Hills (DET)

WIDE RECEIVER

Breshad Perriman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13 percent owned): This one's a no-brainer. Perriman had produced double-digit fantasy points in two consecutive weeks before going off for three touchdowns last Sunday in Mike Evans' absence. With Chris Godwin also on the shelf, Perriman suddenly is the No. 1 wideout for Jameis Winston and the pass-happy Bucs.

Other wide receivers to target: Anthony Miller (CHI), Chris Conley (JAX), James Washington (PIT)

TIGHT END

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent owned): Perriman isn't the only Bucs pass-catcher who should benefit from Evans and Godwin being out. Howard has at least four catches in three consecutive games, and the Houston Texans have allowed six touchdowns to tight ends over their last seven contests.

Other tight ends to target: Jonnu Smith (TEN), Darren Fells (HOU)

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (25 percent owned): David Blough's stats through three games as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback -- five interceptions, one fumble, nine sacks -- are all the evidence you need to pick up the Broncos ahead of this matchup in Denver.

Other defenses to target: Indianapolis (vs. CAR), Atlanta (vs. JAX)

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