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Week 8 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Updated 10/30 at 12:00 PM ET. Removed Randall Cobb. Removed Dwayne Washington. Moved Zach Zenner up. Moved Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams up. Ticked Lamar Miller down. Added Cordarrelle Patterson. 


One of the summer’s most popular sleepers, Spencer Ware has awakened to 777 yards from scrimmage, the fifth most in football. Only David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott are averaging more. Ware has been a lethal dual threat, powering his way to 5.17 yards per carry while averaging a ridiculous 19 yards per reception. He is breaking tackles and busting big plays with equal measure.

 

That’s really bad news for the Colts, a defense allowing the fourth most fantasy points to running backs. Indy is permitting 4.7 yards per carry and 119 yards per game. Perhaps most alluring for Ware’s Week 8 is the fact that only the Falcons, Chargers and Steelers have surrendered more running back receiving yardage than Indy’s 372. With Jamaal Charles (knees) nowhere close to 100 percent health, Ware has carved out a one-man committee in Kansas City. The perfect alignment of role, volume and matchup, Ware is in line for another monster game.


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Week 8 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Tom Brady at BUF -
2 Matt Ryan vs. GB -
3 Andrew Luck vs. KC Questionable (ankle)
4 Aaron Rodgers at ATL -
5 Russell Wilson at NO -
6 Cam Newton vs. ARZ -
7 Drew Brees vs. SEA -
8 Matthew Stafford at HOU -
9 Derek Carr at TB -
10 Andy Dalton vs. WAS -
11 Jameis Winston vs. OAK -
12 Marcus Mariota vs. JAC -
13 Kirk Cousins at CIN -
14 Carson Palmer at CAR -
15 Dak Prescott vs. PHI -
16 Alex Smith at IND -
17 Tyrod Taylor vs. NE -
18 Philip Rivers at DEN -
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick at CLE -
20 Blake Bortles at TEN -
21 Brock Osweiler vs. DET -
22 Trevor Siemian vs. SD -
23 Sam Bradford at CHI -
24 Josh McCown vs. NYJ -
25 Jay Cutler vs. MIN Questionable (thumb)
26 Carson Wentz at DAL -

 

QB Notes: Tom Brady has thrown for at least two touchdowns and completed 70 percent of his passes in all three of his starts. He remains the best player in the NFL. … Matt Ryan has only five touchdowns over his past three starts, but his play has not fallen off. The Packers’ pass defense has stabilized a bit, but is still quite banged up. Ryan is always a good bet for multiple scores at home. … Aaron Rodgers’ fantasy numbers continue to outperform his “real-life” output. Allowing the fourth most quarterback fantasy points and second most passing yards, the Falcons are the best matchup Rodgers has had all season. … Coming off his best game since Week 1, Andrew Luck will be at home against a Chiefs pass defense that hasn’t been the same in 2016. He should also be getting back Donte Moncrief, the league’s most missed receiver this side of Sammy Watkins. Already playing dramatically better than last season, Luck will get a huge boost from the return of his No. 2 wideout.   

 

Russell Wilson has surpassed 20 fantasy points once in six starts, a stunning statistic for last year’s QB4. Injuries have been to blame, but perhaps he’ll finally get going against a Saints defense allowing a weekly 287 yards. Wilson ripped a similarly inept Jets unit in Week 4. … Cam Newton’s real-life play has taken a step back, but he hasn’t missed a beat in fantasy, averaging 25.9 points with three rushing touchdowns in five games. No team has allowed more yards rushing to enemy QBs than Arizona, giving Newton’s floor a huge boost coming off Carolina’s bye week. … Drew Brees doesn’t have bad days in the Superdome, but facing a pass defense that’s allowed four touchdowns in six games, 400 yards and four touchdowns probably won’t be in the offing. Guaranteed to be under-owned in DFS, Brees makes for a fine contrarian play in the Coors Field of football. … The Texans are allowing the third fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks, but it’s due in large part to an extremely unimpressive slate of opponents. The QB8 by average points, Matthew Stafford will be getting Eric Ebron back, and should hit his numbers in Houston.  

 

Headed to London to take on the Redskins, Andy Dalton’s status could be affected by the health of Josh Norman (concussion) and Bashaud Breeland (ankle). … Derek Carr’s hype hasn’t quite matched the reality — he’s thrown for 225 yards or fewer in 3-of-4 games, and is just the QB16 by average points — but the Bucs are an exploitable matchup. Tampa isn’t generating pressure or forcing turnovers. One of the league’s least-sacked quarterbacks, Carr will have all day to throw. … The Raiders are a dream matchup for Jameis Winston, but he’s averaging a modest 32 attempts in three games since coach Dirk Koetter said the Bucs were throwing too much. Throw in Jacquizz Rodgers’ hot running, the Raiders’ vulnerability on the ground and Tampa’s shallow pass catcher corps, and Winston isn’t as likely to explode as the DFS perception. … Kirk Cousins’ ranking is all about his continued volume and the likely return of Jordan Reed. QB1 will probably be a stretch if Reed ends up missing another game.

 

With nine total touchdowns over his past three games, Marcus Mariota has rebounded from his awful fantasy start. His real-life play is still leaving much to be desired, but Mariota is getting the job done in roto. The Jags’ pass defense has been playing reasonably well, but is allowing the 15th most quarterback fantasy points. … Carson Palmer has two touchdowns over his past four starts. The Panthers have been an attackable matchup, but have also had two weeks to game plan for a quarterback they forced into six turnovers in last season’s NFC Championship Game. Palmer has lost the benefit of the doubt. … Dak Prescott is coming off his best start and getting Dez Bryant back, but facing an Eagles defense allowing the fewest quarterback fantasy points. Playing extraordinarily efficient football while mixing in big plays, Prescott has a high floor, but Jim Schwartz’s defense dents his Week 8 ceiling. … Alex Smith is having the most Alex Smith season imaginable. The Colts are ripe for the picking, but Smith seems categorically incapable of having a three-score day.

 

Tyrod Taylor has been much more consistent as a sophomore starter, but there will probably be only so much he can do against the Patriots if LeSean McCoy (hamstring) sits, as is looking likely. Taylor’s play has been deserving of so much more. There just aren’t enough weapons in Buffalo. … Philip Rivers had his least-productive fantasy day against the Broncos in Week 6. A reprise seems likely. … Whiner Fitzpatrick has a great matchup in the Browns, but limited weapons. The Jets should try to copy last week’s run-heavy approach. … This is drastic action for Blake Bortles, but probably overdue for someone with nine touchdowns in six games. The Titans are stingy against the pass, and getting Bortles at home on a short week. … Brock Osweiler’s Week 7 “performance” was the worst by any quarterback this season, but they don’t make matchups juicier than the Lions. Two touchdowns is a reasonable bet. … Jay Cutler is returning with all the fanfare of a nail in a tire. We can only hope he locks onto Alshon Jeffery like he has in the past.

 

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Week 8 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Ezekiel Elliott vs. PHI -
2 David Johnson at CAR -
3 Spencer Ware at IND -
4 DeMarco Murray vs. JAC Questionable (toe)
5 Devonta Freeman vs. GB -
6 Devontae Booker vs. SD -
7 Matt Forte at CLE -
8 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. OAK -
9 Christine Michael at NO -
10 Melvin Gordon at DEN -
11 Lamar Miller vs. DET Questionable (shoulder)
12 LeGarrette Blount at BUF -
13 Frank Gore vs. KC -
14 Matt Asiata at CHI -
15 Mark Ingram vs. SEA -
16 Ty Montgomery at ATL Questionable (illness)
17 Jonathan Stewart vs. ARZ -
18 Mike Gillislee vs. NE Questionable (foot)
19 Giovani Bernard vs. WAS -
20 Jeremy Hill vs. WAS -
21 Theo Riddick at HOU -
22 Chris Thompson at CIN -
23 Isaiah Crowell vs. NYJ -
24 Latavius Murray at TB -
25 Ryan Mathews at DAL -
26 James White at BUF -
27 Duke Johnson vs. NYJ -
28 Bilal Powell at CLE -
29 Rob Kelley at CIN -
30 Chris Ivory at TEN -
31 Zach Zenner at HOU -
32 Peyton Barber vs. OAK -
33 T.J. Yeldon at TEN -
34 Darren Sproles at DAL -
35 Alfred Blue vs. DET -
36 Ka'Deem Carey vs. MIN -
37 DeAndre Washington at TB -
38 Jordan Howard vs. MIN -
39 Knile Davis at ATL -
40 Wendell Smallwood at DAL -
41 Derrick Henry vs. JAC -
42 Jonathan Williams vs. NE -
43 Jalen Richard at TB -
44 C.J. Prosise at NO Questionable (hand)
45 Jeremy Langford vs. MIN Questionable (ankle)
46 Justin Forsett at HOU -
47 Charcandrick West at IND Questionable (ankle)
48 Alfred Morris vs. PHI -
49 Fozzy Whittaker vs. ARZ -
50 Kapri Bibbs vs. SD -
51 Terron Ward vs. GB -
52 Don Jackson at ATL -
53 Ronnie Hillman at CHI -

 

RB Notes: The Eagles are quietly allowing 4.5 yards per carry. They aren’t going to slow down the league’s leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott. … As their pass defense has collapsed, the Panthers have remained elite against the run, permitting just 3.3 yards per carry. It’s no matter for David Johnson, who is averaging 143 yards from scrimmage and coming off a 41-touch Week 7. … Averaging 25 carries over his past four games, DeMarco Murray is seeing 2014 usage. Murray out-snapped Derrick Henry 70-6 in Week 7. … At least for one week, Devonta Freeman has the Falcons’ backfield all to himself. Tevin Coleman is out with a hamstring injury. The fraudulent owners of the league’s No. 1 run defense, the Packers were ripped to shreds by the lone legit running game they’ve seen this season, silver plattering 191 yards to the Cowboys in Week 6. Freeman should get at least 20 touches in what figures to be a high-scoring affair. … The Lions’ pass defense is getting all the negative attention, but Teryl Austin’s run unit is just as bad, coughing up 4.7 yards per carry. As long as his shoulder cooperates, Lamar Miller will be in for a top-eight afternoon.

 

Trapped into Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, the Jets should stick with last week’s run-heavy approach. Matt Forte got the ball 34 times against Baltimore’s strong run defense. 20 is his over/under against the Browns’ exceptionally-weak unit. There should also be opportunity for Bilal Powell to bounce back to 8-10 touches in a game that at the very least will be close, and most likely controlled by New York. … Devontae Booker out-snapped (35-29) and out-touched (18-16) C.J. Anderson in Week 7, prompting coach Gary Kubiak to pledge he’d stick with the 1-2 punch going forward. It was an advantageous scenario for Booker owners that’s suddenly turned into a dream one. Bothered by a knee issue, Anderson will sit against the Chargers’ mediocre run defense, creating 25-plus touch potential for Booker. Whatever you paid on the waiver wire was probably worth it. … Jacquizz Rodgers has 56 carries for 255 yards over the past two weeks, touching the ball a total of 62 times. He’s been a one-man band in Tampa’s backfield, and has a(nother) A+ matchup for Week 8 in the Raiders. The Silver and Black are permitting 5.0 yards per carry, and 128 yards per game. Don’t ask questions, just Quizz.

 

Having allowed a league-worst 11 rushing touchdowns, the Saints have been stung for the most fantasy points by enemy RBs. Christine Michael’s play has cooled in recent weeks, (174 rushing yards over his past three games, 3.22 yards per carry), but he should finish off at least one drive with a touchdown in the Superdome. … Melvin Gordon has been operating with neither style nor substance, but has 10 total scores. He ran the ball 27 times against the Broncos two weeks ago, and should get at least 20 more carries on Sunday. Scoring chances abound in San Diego’s offense. … LeGarrette Blount has reached pay dirt in 6-of-7 games. His output is more unpredictable with Tom Brady under center, but he should not be lacking for goal-line or clock-killing opportunities against the Bills. … With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) likely to sit following last week’s injury debacle, Mike Gillislee slides in as the top gun for the league’s sixth-most run-heavy offense (200 carries). Game flow is a potential issue, but Gillislee will gobble up touches for as long as it stays close.

 

Jeremy Hill had a highlight-filled Week 7, but has been out-carried 41-26 by Giovani Bernard over the past three weeks. Throw in Washington’s vulnerability to pass-catching backs (five weekly receptions), and Bernard maintains the edge. … Mark Ingram is the RB21 by average points. I continue to be too generous with his ranks. … What to make of Ty Montgomery? We’re ranking him as a running back after 48 of his 60 Week 7 snaps came out of the backfield. Montgomery has dual-eligibility in ESPN leagues, but remains WR-only on Yahoo. He’s an RB on FanDuel. Montgomery is most valuable at wideout, but coming off a 19-touch game with a bonkers 20 catches over the past two weeks, he’s also a legitimate RB2. Wherever you play him, you need to get Montgomery into your lineup. … The Cardinals aren’t quite as stingy against the run as they used to be, but Jonathan Stewart will be a floor, not ceiling, option for Week 8. … Jerick McKinnon is poised to play through his ankle injury, but at less than 100 percent, will probably get out-touched by Matt Asiata for the second consecutive week. Catching more passes and scoring more touchdowns, Asiata has McKinnon on every important fantasy factor.                

 

With Jeremy Langford (ankle) set to return from his four-game absence, the Bears’ backfield seems destined to turn into a three-man nightmare. Ka'Deem Carey won the Week 7 touch war with Jordan Howard, but there’s simply no way of knowing how things will shake out against the Vikings. … Also returning are Theo Riddick (ankle) and Dwayne Washington (ankle). Unlike Langford, their presence should clarify instead of muddle. Riddick will lead Detroit’s backfield in touches against the Texans’ soft run defense, and Washington should get some goal-line looks. Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett figure to combine for 5-6 touches. … I can’t decide who will win the touch war between Matt Jones and Chris Thompson. Coach Jay Gruden has insisted Jones remains the No. 1, but he’s battling a knee issue. Thompson was the better back in Week 7. He has a bigger role for the taking. … James White and Duke Johnson will continue to have duds, but 8-10 weekly touches is a safe bet more times than not. … The Raiders surprisingly re-installed Latavius Murray as their clear lead back in Week 7.  As far as we can tell, that will remain the arrangement vs. Tampa Bay.       

 

Week 8 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Julio Jones vs. GB Questionable (knee)
2 Mike Evans vs. OAK -
3 A.J. Green vs. WAS -
4 T.Y. Hilton vs. KC Questionable (hip)
5 Brandon Marshall at CLE -
6 Larry Fitzgerald at CAR -
7 Dez Bryant vs. PHI Questionable (knee)
8 Amari Cooper at TB -
9 Doug Baldwin at NO -
10 Michael Crabtree at TB -
11 DeAndre Hopkins vs. DET -
12 Brandin Cooks vs. SEA -
13 Emmanuel Sanders vs. SD Questionable (hip)
14 Jordy Nelson at ATL -
15 Marvin Jones at HOU -
16 Ty Montgomery at ATL Questionable (illness)
17 Demaryius Thomas vs. SD Questionable (hip)
18 Kelvin Benjamin vs. ARZ Questionable (knee)
19 Allen Robinson at TEN -
20 Alshon Jeffery vs. MIN -
21 Davante Adams at ATL -
22 Julian Edelman at BUF Questionable (foot)
23 Terrelle Pryor vs. NYJ -
24 Michael Thomas vs. SEA -
25 Willie Snead vs. SEA Questionable (-)
26 Donte Moncrief vs. KC -
27 Golden Tate at HOU -
28 Jeremy Maclin at IND -
29 Stefon Diggs at CHI Questionable (groin)
30 Will Fuller vs. DET -
31 DeSean Jackson at CIN Questionable (concussion)
32 Tyrell Williams at DEN Questionable (knee)
33 John Brown at CAR Questionable (hamstring)
34 Jordan Matthews at DAL -
35 Quincy Enunwa at CLE -
36 Allen Hurns at TEN -
37 Jamison Crowder at CIN Questionable (groin)
38 Cameron Meredith vs. MIN Questionable (shoulder)
39 Travis Benjamin at DEN Questionable (knee)
40 Cole Beasley vs. PHI -
41 Tyler Lockett at NO -
42 Brandon LaFell vs. WAS -
43 Marqise Lee at TEN -
44 Robert Woods vs. NE Questionable (foot)
45 Mohamed Sanu vs. GB -
46 Chris Hogan at BUF -
47 Cordarrelle Patterson at CHI Questionable (concussion)
48 Michael Floyd at CAR Questionable (hamstring)
49 J.J. Nelson at CAR -
50 Pierre Garcon at CIN -
51 Anquan Boldin at HOU Questionable (ankle)
52 Rishard Matthews vs. JAC -
53 Justin Hunter vs. NE -
54 Adam Thielen at CHI -
55 Adam Humphries vs. OAK -
56 Seth Roberts at TB -
57 Kendall Wright vs. JAC -
58 Terrance Williams vs. PHI -
59 Ted Ginn vs. ARZ Questionable (foot)
60 Russell Shepard vs. OAK -
61 Jermaine Kearse at NO -
62 Phillip Dorsett vs. KC Questionable (hamstring)
63 Dorial Green-Beckham at DAL -
64 Robby Anderson at CLE -
65 Dontrelle Inman at DEN -

 

WR Notes: Mike Evans is averaging just 0.2 fewer fantasy points per game than Julio Jones. No team has allowed more yards (1,438) to receivers than Oakland. … A.J. Green is on pace for a career-high 1,771 yards. He could have another 150-yard day in London if Josh Norman (concussion) sits. … T.Y. Hilton’s three 100-yard games are already more than he had in all of 2015. … Brandon Marshall or Larry Fitzgerald is a tough Week 8 debate. Fitz has been more consistent, but Marshall more explosive. Both have delectable matchups. With zero competition for targets against a worse overall defense, I’ll give Marshall the edge against the Browns. Fitz should hit his 6/70 floor against the Panthers, but I like Marshall’s ceiling odds better. … This is an aggressive ranking for Dez Bryant, but if Terrance Williams can clear 75 yards in 3-of-4 games with Bryant banged up, imagine what Bryant can do with an increasingly-confident Dak Prescott. And for as good as the Eagles’ defense has been, it has no one who can match up with Dez.

 

Amari Cooper/Michael Crabtree seems to get more complicated every week. Sixth in yards (614) and ninth in targets (65), I’ll give Cooper’s volume the edge over Crabtree’s scoring (six touchdowns). Crabtree usually hits his floor, but Cooper is overdue for a ceiling game. The Bucs’ pass defense is ripe for exposure. … I’ve had a tendency to over-rank Doug Baldwin, but No. 1 receivers are almost always WR1s when visiting the Superdome. The Saints’ secondary remains woeful. … Randall Cobb/Jordy Nelson is almost as confusing as Cooper/Crabtree. Nelson is the WR15 by average points compared to Cobb’s WR28, but Cobb is the WR6 over the past three weeks. He has 37 targets over his past three games compared to 24 for Nelson. Once one of the league’s premier big-play threats, Nelson is averaging a modest 11.9 yards per reception. Green Bay’s offense seems poised to remain wacky, but right now, Cobb has a clear edge. No. 31 in weekly passing yards (294) and tied for No. 30 in passing touchdowns allowed (15), the Falcons are a dream matchup for both.

 

Further complicating matters between Cobb and Nelson is Davante Adams, who put up an astonishing 25.2 fantasy points last week. In my infinite wisdom, I didn’t even have him ranked. (He was coming off a concussion.) There’s a definite fluke element — Adams entered Week 7 with 15 catches in five games — but 13/132/2 gets you on the WR3 radar. … Emmanuel Sanders continues to win the catch and yardage war with Demaryius Thomas, and has cleared 80 yards in 4-of-5 games. Thomas is still the better touchdown bet, but Sanders’ overall consistency gives him the edge. … You could make the case that this is both too high and too low for DeAndre Hopkins. Too high in that he’s the WR32 by average points and playing with Brock Osweiler, too low in that he has 27 targets over his past two games and Detroit has arguably the worst pass defense in football. I suppose this is splitting the difference. … Still running 38.5 percent of his snaps in the slot, Brandin Cooks should have plenty of plays where he isn’t drawing Richard Sherman’s shadow, but the Seahawks are a bad matchup any way you slice it. There’s only so low you can rank Cooks at home, but a 150-yard day is unlikely.

 

Note: We are featuring Ty Montgomery as a running back, but have decided to rank him at both positions this week.

 

With 156 yards on 23 targets over his past two games, Kelvin Benjamin has finally found a little rhythm. Patrick Peterson is a concern, but the ball will still be funneled Benjamin’s way. … Allen Robinson is the WR34 by average points. Is he one monster game away from reclaiming WR1 status? It’s not impossible, but certainly not likely considering the way Blake Bortles is playing. Robinson has been held below 60 yards in five straight games. He was held below 60 only four times in all of 2015. He leads the league in drops (seven) … It’s been the most frustrating year ever for Alshon Jeffery, but he’s still somehow 13th in yards (520). Brian Hoyer thought he was too cool to funnel the ball his No. 1 receiver’s way. Jay Cutler isn’t too cool for anything. … Julian Edelman is averaging a modest, by his standards, nine targets with Tom Brady under center. Running half his snaps in the slot, he’ll see a lot of Nickell Robey-Coleman. … Terrelle Pryor (hamstring) avoided setbacks last week, and has a top-notch matchup in the Jets. Of course, he’ll be downgraded if neither Josh McCown (shoulder) nor Cody Kessler (concussion) can go.

 

The healthy returns of Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington could curb Golden Tate’s insane recent usage, but he’s probably not going back to 4-6 targets-ville. … Averaging 12.6 fantasy points over his past four games, there’s an argument to be made that Michael Thomas has moved past Willie Snead in Fantasyland. … Sidelined the past five games, Donte Moncrief (shoulder) is finally ready to return. It stands to reason he’ll be on some sort of snap count, but the training wheels could come off early for a team with zero receiver depth. Moncrief could be a top-20 option by as early as next week. … Jeremy Maclin has gone to WR2 heaven. … Tyrell Williams has methodically emerged as the Chargers’ No. 1 receiver, but the Broncos remain a tough matchup after limiting Williams to 3/28/0 two weeks ago. … Jamison Crowder has been a standard league no-go whenever Jordan Reed is healthy. … Cameron Meredith is off the WR3 radar as we get the lay of the Jay Cutler land. … Jordan Matthews is the WR35 by average points. … Brandon LaFell has established his WR4 bonafides, but not the upside for more.          

 

Week 8 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at BUF -
2 Greg Olsen vs. ARZ -
3 Jimmy Graham at NO Questionable (knee)
4 Jordan Reed at CIN Questionable (concussion)
5 Kyle Rudolph at CHI -
6 Delanie Walker vs. JAC -
7 Travis Kelce at IND -
8 Tyler Eifert vs. WAS -
9 Gary Barnidge vs. NYJ -
10 Jack Doyle vs. KC -
11 C.J. Fiedorowicz vs. DET -
12 Coby Fleener vs. SEA -
13 Cameron Brate vs. OAK -
14 Antonio Gates at DEN Questionable (hamstring)
15 Zach Miller vs. MIN Questionable (-)
16 Julius Thomas at TEN Questionable (ankle)
17 Jason Witten vs. PHI Questionable (chest)
18 Eric Ebron at HOU Questionable (ankle)
19 Martellus Bennett at BUF Questionable (ankle)
20 Hunter Henry at DEN Questionable (concussion)
21 Charles Clay vs. NE Questionable (knee)
22 Vernon Davis at CIN Questionable (groin)
23 Zach Ertz at DAL Questionable (ribs)
24 Jacob Tamme vs. GB -
25 Richard Rodgers at ATL -
26 Erik Swoope vs. KC -
27 Clive Walford at TB Questionable (knee)
28 Virgil Green vs. SD -
29 Ryan Griffin vs. DET -

 

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski is averaging 121 yards per game and 22.8 yards per catch since Tom Brady’s return. … Fresh off Carolina’s bye, Greg Olsen has 202 more yards than any other tight end. He also leads in tight end receptions (39). Only six wide receivers have more yardage. … Jimmy Graham has drawn at least eight targets in each of his past four games. Contrast that to 2015, where he drew eight targets six total times in 11 contests. Graham is already 67.4 percent of the way (408) to his 2015 yardage total (605). … If Jordan Reed (concussion) is ready to return after his two-game absence, it will be against a Bengals defense that’s allowed four tight end touchdowns in seven contests. Reed has 17 catches over his past two games. … Kyle Rudolph has gone two weeks without a score, but remains third in tight end targets (48). His promising usage hasn’t waned.  

 

Delanie Walker posted season highs in yards (84) and catches (seven) against the Colts, but picked up a chest injury in the process. He’s fine for Thursday’s game against the Jags, but Jacksonville has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to enemy seam stretchers. … With just 10 catches for 79 yards over his past three games, Travis Kelce’s early-season consistency has worn off. The Colts are a juicy matchup, but Kelce doesn’t have as good of a case as the tight ends in front of him. … Jack Doyle’s nine Week 7 receptions were more than Dwayne Allen has ever caught in a game. Erik Swoope is making a few big plays behind Doyle, but it’s Doyle running as Indy’s clear No. 1 tight end. The former punchline has a tough matchup in the Chiefs, but is a TE1 any way you look at it. … The TE11 over the past five weeks and TE10 over the past three, Gary Barnidge has settled in as a consistent back-end TE1.

 

Tyler Eifert will remain on a snap count, but will be playing in all the money areas. The Redskins are not an imposing matchup, having allowed 39 tight end receptions in seven games. … The only player Brock Osweiler is comfortable targeting, C.J. Fiedorowicz has 19 receptions over his past four games, and now has the matchup of a lifetime in the Lions. It’s probably a one-week cameo, but Fied is a TE1. … With Hunter Henry battling a concussion, Antonio Gates is in the TE1 mix against a Broncos team that’s not eliminating seam stretchers the way it did in 2015. … Cameron Brate flopped coming off the Bucs’ bye, but the simple truth is, he has to be involved. There will be big weeks and bad. The Raiders are the kind of matchup that could lead to a big. … Still battling through his ankle injury, Julius Thomas doesn’t have a TE1 case on short-week rest. … Martellus Bennett caught three touchdowns in Tom Brady’s return, but has just six grabs for 53 yards since. The Bills are allowing the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends.   

 

Week 8 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Adam Vinatieri vs. KC -
2 Steven Hauschka at NO -
3 Matt Bryant vs. GB -
4 Dustin Hopkins at CIN -
5 Mason Crosby at ATL -
6 Cairo Santos at IND -
7 Stephen Gostkowski at BUF -
8 Mike Nugent vs. WAS -
9 Josh Lambo at DEN -
10 Dan Bailey vs. PHI Questionable (back)
11 Brandon McManus vs. SD -
12 Matt Prater at HOU -
13 Caleb Sturgis at DAL -
14 Wil Lutz vs. SEA -
15 Sebastian Janikowski at TB -
16 Graham Gano vs. ARZ -
17 Chandler Catanzaro at CAR -
18 Roberto Aguayo vs. OAK -
19 Nick Novak vs. DET -
20 Dan Carpenter vs. NE -
21 Nick Folk at CLE -
22 Blair Walsh at CHI -
23 Ryan Succop vs. JAC -
24 Jason Myers at TEN -
25 Cody Parkey vs. NYJ -
26 Connor Barth vs. MIN -

 

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Vikings Def/Spec Team at CHI -
2 Patriots Def/Spec Team at BUF -
3 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
4 Jets Def/Spec Team at CLE -
5 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
6 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at IND -
7 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
8 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at CAR -
9 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at NO -
10 Eagles Def/Spec Team at DAL -
11 Lions Def/Spec Team at HOU -
12 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
13 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
14 Redskins Def/Spec Team at CIN -
15 Raiders Def/Spec Team at TB -
16 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at TEN -
17 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
18 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
19 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
20 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
21 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
22 Packers Def/Spec Team at ATL -
23 Chargers Def/Spec Team at DEN -
24 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
25 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
26 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
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