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Steady K-State QB Klein a Heisman Trophy finalist

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Steady K-State QB Klein a Heisman Trophy finalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Collin Klein is the Heisman Trophy finalist who fits no mold.

He was lightly recruited out of high school and ultimately chose to attend Kansas State, a program that had fallen on hard times. He was turned into a wide receiver, and then went back to being a quarterback, where he sat on the bench and bided his time.

It finally came last year, when he led the Wildcats to the Cotton Bowl, his bruises and bloody elbows and gritty toughness creating something that bordered on a cult following in the heart of the Flint Hills.

There's more to Klein, too, that stands out of the ordinary.

The guy plays the piano and the mandolin - how many college kids even know what a mandolin looks like? He's married to the daughter of one of the greatest players in Kansas State history, but when they gather for the holidays, they prefer card games to dwelling on the pressures of big-time football.

``He's a great story, and it's a story that will evolve over time, as we get old,'' said Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper. ``It's a story about a guy that was humble, one of the most humble guys you'll ever meet.''

Harper certainly knows who would get his vote for college football's most prestigious award, and it wouldn't be Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel or Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, though he admits that both of the other Heisman finalists are deserving of everything that's come their way.

It would be the fifth-year senior who led a ragtag group of guys predicted to finish somewhere in the middle of the Big 12 to the second Big 12 title in school history and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. The kid from Loveland, Colo., with the nickname ``Optimus Klein.''

``In my vote, he should get it,'' Harper said of the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Saturday night in New York. ``Being a biased guy watching football, the dude - he's done some crazy things. I don't understand how he goes out there and has one bad game and he's already out of it. I didn't know it goes off of the last game you play. I thought it went off the whole season.''

Yes, therein lays the biggest knock against Klein.

Remarkably consistent all season, Klein had driven the Wildcats to the top of the BCS standings with two games left, a berth in the national championship game tantalizingly close. But he responded with a three-interception game in a loss at Baylor, and all those aspirations were dashed in just one night.

Most people thought Klein's Heisman hopes went with them.

But with Manziel and Te'o having already finished their regular seasons, Klein took the field last Saturday night with a captive national audience, needing to lead Kansas State past Texas to win the Big 12 title. He threw for 184 yards and a touchdown and ran for another 103 yards and two scores in a 42-24 romp on senior night.

``Well, I don't know about everybody else, but I don't know anybody who means more to his football team than Collin Klein,'' said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder. ``I think he's grown in the program over the course of time. He's had a major impact, obviously. I think certainly the quality of play that he brings to the table, but as I've said so many times, the old adage, he's a far better person than he is anything else.''

Klein has accounted for 37 touchdowns this season, including at least three in eight games, and became the first quarterback in the BCS era to run for at least 20 TDs and throw for 10 in back-to-back seasons.

The only players to have done it even once won the Heisman Trophy: Auburn's Cam Newton in 2010, Florida's Tim Tebow in 2007 and Eric Crouch of Nebraska in 2000.

``I'm just honored with this opportunity that the Lord has provided me,'' Klein said. ``I'm so proud to represent K-State in this, because I feel like my road is very synonymous and in line with the K-State way. It's been a process; it's been a journey. There have been a lot of ups and downs.''

Mostly ups, though: Klein threw for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, and ran for 980 yards. He already holds school records for career rushing TDs and touchdown responsibility, is second in scoring and third in total yards, passing efficiency and total attempts.

All the numbers certainly make a compelling case for Klein to do what Michael Bishop could not in 1998 - bring home the Heisman Trophy. Bishop, who led the Wildcats to the brink of the national title game, finished second in the voting to runaway winner Ricky Williams, the star running back at Texas.

``He's a great guy, and that's really the highlight of who he is, and his individual success is definitely a tribute to our team,'' Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown said. ``We definitely as a team feel like he's deserving of representing the Heisman candidate, but just having the opportunity is great in itself.''

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Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football RB Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top running backs for Week 8.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

TIER 1: RB1's

1. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins 
2019 Stats: 725 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 23 Receptions, 220 Receiving YDS, 164.5 PTS, 2019 RB2 
Previous Ranking: 3   

2. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers   
Opponent: at 49ers 
2019 Stats: Rushing YDS, Rushing TD, Receptions, Receiving YDS, PTS, 2019 RB 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

3. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants  
Opponent: at Lions 
2019 Stats: 309 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 14 Receptions, 82 Receiving YDS, 65.1 PTS 2019 RB30 
Previous Ranking: 4   

4. David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints  
2019 Stats: 300 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 30 Receptions, 315 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 121.5 PTS, 2019 RB8 
Previous Ranking: 1 
  
5. James Conner, Pittsburgh Steelers   
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 235 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 26 Receptions, 231 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 100.6 PTS, 2019 RB14
Previous Ranking: Bye 

6. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons 
2019 Stats: 569 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 22 Receptions, 149 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 111.8 PTS, 2019 RB9 
Previous Ranking: 10   

7. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets   
2019 Stats: 715 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 28 Receptions, 203 Receiving YDS, 123.8 PTS, 2019 RB7 
Previous Ranking: 7    

TIER 2: High-end RB2's   

8. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints 
Opponent: vs. Cardinals
2019 Stats: 373 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 33 Receptions, 276 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 RB11
Previous Ranking: Out 

9. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: vs. Texans 
2019 Stats: 554 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 9 Receptions, 87 Receiving YDS, 97.1 PTS, 2019 RB15
Previous Ranking: 13 

10. Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts 
Opponent: vs. Broncos 
2019 Stats: 514 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 10 Receptions, 54 Receiving YDS, 80.8 PTS, 2019 RB20 
Previous Ranking: 6 

11. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans   
Opponent: vs. Buccaneers 
2019 Stats: 506 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 7 Receptions, 120 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 105.6 PTS, 2019 RB12
Previous Ranking: 9 

12. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 311 Rushing YDS, 5 Rushing TD, 15 Receptions, 81 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 88.2 PTS, 2019 RB18 
Previous Ranking: 12 

13. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 607 Rushing YDS, 6 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 128 Receiving YDS, 127.5 PTS, 2019 RB6 
Previous Ranking: Bye 

TIER 3: On the verge RB2's

14. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers   
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 399 Rushing YDS, 8 Rushing TD, 27 Receptions, 196 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 138.5 PTS, 2019 RB4
Previous Ranking: 5   

15. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 294 Rushing YDS, 27 Receptions, 209 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 93.3 PTS, 2019 RB16 
Previous Ranking: 15  

16. Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions
Opponent: vs. Giants
2019 Stats: 83 Rushing YDS, 8 Receptions, 35 Receiving YDS, 19.8 PTS, 2019 RB72
Previous Ranking: NR

17. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 248 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 49 Receptions, 488 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 160.6 PTS, 2019 RB3 
Previous Ranking: 23  

18. Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets   
Opponent: at Jaguars 
2019 Stats: 326 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 29 Receptions, 175 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 91.1 PTS, 2019 RB17 
Previous Ranking: 16   

19. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears 
2019 Stats: 81 Rushing YDS, 9 Receptions, 34 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 24.5 PTS, 2019 RB66  
Previous Ranking: 18   

20. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts  
2019 Stats: 433 Rushing YDS, 4 Rushing TD, 20 Receptions, 143 Receiving YDS, 101.6 PTS, 2019 RB13  
Previous Ranking: 22   

21. James White, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns 
2019 Stats: 62 Rushing YDS, 38 Receptions, 283 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.5 PTS, 2019 RB23 
Previous Ranking: 20 

22. Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers   
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 411 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 11 Receptions, 74 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 71.5 PTS, 2019 RB26 
Previous Ranking: 21   

23. Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans 
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 461 Rushing YDS, 3 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 22 Receiving YDS, 70.3 PTS, 2019 RB27 
Previous Ranking: 19 

24. Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers 
Opponent: vs. Panthers 
2019 Stats: 227 Rushing YDS, 2 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 48 Receiving YDS, 45.5 PTS, 2019 RB42 
Previous Ranking:  11 

25. Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles   
Opponent: at Bills 
2019 Stats: 220 Rushing YDS, 16 Receptions, 230 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 65 PTS, 2019 RB31 
Previous Ranking: 25   

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8

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Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Fantasy Football WR Rankings 2019: Week 8

Week 7 is in the books and rosters are beginning to take shape. Here are the top wide receivers for Week 8.

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8


TIER 1: MUST STARTS 

1. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans   
Opponent: vs. Raiders 
2019 Stats: 49 Receptions, 508 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 117.8 PTS, 2019 WR8 
Previous Ranking: 1   

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons   
Opponent: vs. Seahawks 
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 560 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 120.1 PTS, 2019 WR6 
Previous Ranking: 2   

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats: 43 Receptions, 662 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 145.2 PTS, 2019 WR2
Previous Ranking: Bye 

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints   
Opponent: vs. Cardinals 
2019 Stats: 62 Receptions, 763 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 153.3 PTS, 2019 WR1 
Previous Ranking: 4   

5. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers 
Opponent: at Chiefs 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 378 Receiving YDS, 62.8 PTS, 2019 WR51 
Previous Ranking: NR 

TIER 2: WR1's 

6. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 51 Receptions, 572 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 132.6 PTS, 2019 WR3 
Previous Ranking: 6  

7. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings   
Opponent: vs. Redskins
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 391 Receiving YDS, 6 Receiving TD, 1 Rushing TD, 108.2 PTS, 2019 WR12 
Previous Ranking: 7   

8. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs   
Opponent: vs. Packers
2019 Stats: 10 Receptions, 170 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 45.5 PTS, 2019 WR70 
Previous Ranking: 8   

9. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks   
Opponent: at Falcons
2019 Stats: 40 Receptions, 515 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 114.7 PTS, 2019 WR9 
Previous Ranking: 9   

10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers   
Opponent: at Bears
2019 Stats: 44 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 118.7 PTS, 2019 WR7 
Previous Ranking: 5 

11. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts    
Opponent: vs. Broncos
2019 Stats: 30 Receptions, 306 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 90.6 PTS, 2019 WR23  
Previous Ranking: 10  

12. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots   
Opponent: vs. Browns  
2019 Stats: 45 Receptions, 496 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 110.8 PTS, 2019 WR10  
Previous Ranking: 11   

TIER 3: High-end WR2's

13. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions   
Opponent: at Giants 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 385 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 87.5 PTS, 2019 WR25 
Previous Ranking: 12    

14. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Opponent: at Titans 
2019 Stats:  27 Receptions, 464 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, 99.4 PTS, 2019 WR15
Previous Ranking: Bye

15. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers 
Opponent: vs. Dolphins 
2019 Stats: 25 Receptions, 340 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 69 PTS, 2019 WR41
Previous Ranking: Bye 

16. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns 
Opponent: at Patriots 
2019 Stats: 29 Receptions, 436 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.9 PTS, 2019 WR28
Previous Ranking: Bye 

17. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars   
Opponent: vs. Jets 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 581 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TD, 123.1 PTS, 2019 WR5 
Previous Ranking: 15   

18. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins   
Opponent: at Vikings 
2019 Stats: 24 Receptions, 419 Receiving YDS, 5 Receiving TDs, 95.9 PTS, 2019 WR19 
Previous Ranking: 18   

TIER 4: On the cusp 

19. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 27 Receptions, 402 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 78.3 PTS, 2019 WR29 
Previous Ranking: 16   

20. John Brown, Buffalo Bills 
Opponent: vs. Eagles 
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 473 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 92.7 PTS, 2019 WR20 
Previous Ranking: 20 

21. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos   
Opponent: at Colts 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 564 Receiving YDS, 3 Receiving TD, 110.4 PTS, 2019 WR11  
Previous Ranking: 21   

22. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams   
Opponent: vs. Bengals 
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 435 Receiving YDS, 65 Rushing YDS, 1 Rushing TD, 92 PTS, 2019 WR21  
Previous Ranking: 17   

23. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders 
Opponent: at Texans 
2019 Stats: 17 Receptions, 216 Receiving YDS, 4 Receiving TD, PTS, 2019 WR52 
Previous Ranking: 23 

24. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals   
Opponent: at Saints
2019 Stats: 36 Receptions, 439 Receiving YDS, 2 Receiving TD, 91.9 PTS, 2019 WR16  
Previous Ranking: 13  
 
25. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers 
Opponent: at 49ers
2019 Stats: 33 Receptions, 425 Receiving YDS, 1 Receiving TD, 82 PTS, 2019 WR26 
Previous Ranking: Bye

For a tiered breakdown of each fantasy football position, click below:

Quarterback Rankings: Week 8
Running Back Rankings: Week 8
Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 8
Tight End Rankings: Week 8