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Week 8 Rankings

By Cody Smith

What are you doing to me Kliff Kingsburry?

I bought into the Cardinals offense big time this preseason and this is what I get in return?

I drafted Kyler Murray as my No. 1 QB in three of five leagues and in one league, even paired him with David Johnson and Christian Kirk.

What I saw this past weekend was something I would have never expected. Kyler Murray became a game manager and David Johnson ran the ball just one time after the Cardinals coaching staff flat out lied to fantasy owners by activating David Johnson, but not stating he would only be used in case of emergency. Apparently one carry on the opening drive of the game was an emergency?

Chase Edmonds became the only facet of the Cardinals offense worth starting in what seemed like a plus match-up with the Giants.

Certainly game script dictated a lot of Murray’s usage and I’m not expecting him to post single digit fantasy points again in the foreseeable future. Remember, the Cardinals are a good, not great team. They should find themselves playing from behind a few more times this season, meaning Murray will be slinging the ball all around the field, especially when Kirk makes his return from the injury report.

I’m a little more concerned about Johnson being a no-show than Murray. Johnson has gone down with his fair share of injuries before and Chase Edmonds looks really, really good.

Edmonds has taken on more and more of a workload every week and certainly is a better fit than Johnson in Kingsbury’s offense.

The Cardinals have also signed Alfred Morris this week, which makes it seem as though Johnson missing extra time is not out of the question.

Johnson will be in my rankings this week, but keep an eye on the injury report, even though we’ve already found out that means nothing when it comes to the Cardinals organization. Johnson practiced more leading up to this week’s “in case of emergency” role than he did the week before when he scored over 20 PPR fantasy points.

Injury Notes

Patrick Mahomes' timeline is currently up in the air after dislocating his kneecap. One thing that is certain is that he won’t play this week, so find a replacement.

Matt Ryan suffered an ankle injury late last Sunday against the Rams. It isn’t certain if he will play or not this weekend, but if he is out, Falcons pass catchers should be downgraded.

David Johnson is questionable again this week after his frustrating Week 7. The Cardinals signed Alfred Morris and Zach Zenner this week, putting an even bigger question mark over Johnson’s availability. I would expect to be without Johnson this week if I had him.

Alvin Kamara is still dealing with what is being called an ankle/knee injury and did not practice on Wednesday. Kamara is trending toward playing this week and he would have a nice match-up against the Cardinals. Keep an eye on his availability this week.

James Connor should be fresh this week coming off of a bye and not having to play until Monday night. I expect him to play despite still being listed as questionable.

Josh Jacobs sustained a shoulder injury last week and is “still very sore” according to Coach Gruden. He still has a shot to play this weekend, but if he’s out, DeAndre Washington should receive a bump as well as Jalen Richard.

Kerryon Johnson won’t be back this season and can be dropped. Ty Johnson should take the Lion’s share of the workload. Chris Thompson is also out this week and will not play Thursday night.

Julian Edelman has been questionable for weeks with a chest injury, but has been playing through it. He should do that again this week.

Will Fuller is currently doubtful with a hamstring injury, but will likely miss multiple weeks. Keke Coutee and Kenny Stills should see a bump in production during his absence.

Dede Westbrook has neck and shoulder injuries following a game where he saw a team-high nine targets. His status is up in the air as he didn’t practice at all on Wednesday.

Others too keep an eye on: Rex Burkhead (foot), Phillip Dorsett II (hamstring), Corey Davis (illness) and Sterling Stepard (concussion).

Teams on a bye this week include the Ravens and Cowboys.


Quarterbacks I like

Kyler Murray may have burned me, and other fantasy owners last week, but I believe last week to be a fluke. The Cardinals found themselves up by multiple scores early, forcing Murray into game manager mode. This week, another nice match-up awaits as the team faces the Saints who just allowed Mitch Trubisky to throw for 251 yards and a pair of scores. Murray has also had at least 10 rushing attempts in each of the last three weeks, proving he can add fantasy points with his legs.

My Rank: QB4

ESPN Rank: QB8

Gardner Minshew II showed his athletic ability last week, running the ball nine times for 48 yards. He also threw for 255 yards and a score against the Bengals. This week MInshew gets the Jets who have allowed just one quarterback (Tom Brady in Week 3) have a 20-point game against them. The Jets have struggled this season with their pass rush, and the more time Minshew has in the pocket, the more time speedy receivers like Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark have to get open.

My Rank: QB11

ESPN Rank: QB15

Carson Wentz has thrown for under 200 yards in three of the last four weeks and faces a tough Buffalo defense in week 8. Buffalo allowed 282 yards and a touchdown to Ryan Fitzpatrick last weekend which is the best showing any fantasy quarterback has had against them so far this season. Wentz is coming off of a rough outing against Dallas and I’m expecting a bounce back game, even against the No. four defense against the pass.

My Rank: QB10

ESPN Rank: QB17

Quarterbacks to avoid

Aaron Rodgers may have had a huge Week 7, but I’m not jumping on the bandwagon just yet. Sure these kind of games can be expected from Rodgers, maybe a little less now than a few seasons ago, but I don’t have incredibly high hopes for Rodgers this week. Kansas City has been fairly competent against the pass this season and looked really good last Thursday against Joe Flacco. With the Chiefs down a quarterback, this could be a game where Green Bay attempts to take control on the ground. I think Rodgers has to be played, but I’m not expecting elite numbers.

My Rank: QB7

ESPN Rank: QB3

Jameis Winston threw five interceptions in his most recent game and is up to 10 on the season. He gets Tennessee off of the bye which is a tough match-up. Tennessee has allowed just two quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards this season (Matt Ryan and Phillip Rivers.) The Titans also forced nine turnovers in seven games which should have the Tennessee defensive unit licking their chops this weekend. Expect a low scoring game from Jameis.

My Rank: QB15

ESPN Rank: QB11

Mason Rudolph is set to return this weekend against the Dolphins which should seem like a positive fantasy match-up. I just can’t seem to forget how bad Rudolph looked in his four games with the team. Rudolph never threw for over 230 yards and only cracked 200 passing yards once. He’s also not a very mobile quarterback as he only has 19 rushing yards this season. Rudolph hasn’t played in two weeks, so he may also need to knock some rust off. I’m lowering expectations for Rudolph in his first start back, even against the league’s easiest opponent.

My Rank: QB24

ESPN Rank: QB14

Week 8 Quarterback Rankings

1. Russell Wilson @Atl

2. Deshaun Watson vs. Oak

3. Josh Allen vs. Phi

4. Kyler Murray @NO

5. Tom Brady vs. Cle

6. Matt Ryan vs. Sea

7. Aaron Rodgers @KC

8. Matthew Stafford vs. NYG

9. Kirk Cousins vs. Wsh

10. Carson Wentz @Buf

11. Gardner Minshew II vs. NYJ

12. Philip Rivers @Chi

13. Jacoby Brissett vs. Den

14. Jared Goff vs. Cin

15. Jameis Winston @Ten

16. Teddy Bridgewater vs. Ari

17. Derek Carr @Hou

18. Andy Dalton @LAR

19. Case Keenum @Min

20. Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Car

21. Sam Darnold @Jax

22. Baker Mayfield @NE

23. Matt Moore vs. GB

24. Mason Rudolph vs. Mia

25. Daniel Jones @Det

26. Ryan Tannehill vs. TB

27. Mitchell Trubisky vs. LAC

28. Joe Flacco @Ind

29 Ryan Fitzpatrick @Pit

30. Kyle Allen @SF

Running Backs I Like

Joe Mixon has had a terrible start to the season. The offensive line in Cincinnati is just absolutely atrocious. Mixon hasn’t run for 100 yards all year and has ran for 12 yards on 18 carries over the past two weeks. I could see Mixon having a bounce back game this weekend in a match-up against the Rams. On the down side, the Rams could run away and hide in this game, but Los Angeles have allowed the likes of Chris Carson, Christian McCaffrey and the duo of Tevin Coleman and Matt Brieda to run all over them in a few games this season. Mixon could have a quietly good game. He is a back-end RB2 for me.

My Rank: RB19

ESPN Rank: RB26

LeSean McCoy and the Chiefs offense is tough to read. Some games McCoy is the bell cow and others it is Damein Williams that gets the run of the backfield. Last week was a McCoy week, and if things stay the same, it certainly looks promising for the veteran back. McCoy faces the Packers who have allowed the second most yards-per-carry to running backs this season, proving McCoy is a solid flex with upside this weekend.

My Rank: RB21

ESPN Rank: RB27

Running Backs to Avoid

Derrick Henry faces a brutal task this weekend against Tampa Bay. The Bucs have held Christian McCaffrey to less than 70 yards in two games this season and boast the No. three run defense in the league. Tampa has allowed just one team to run for 100 yards this season (San Francisco in week 1 ran for 100 yards exactly.) They have also only allowed three rushing touchdowns in six games this season. I expect Henry to have problems with this defense this week.

My Rank: RB18

ESPN Rank: RB12

Tevin Coleman cemented himself as the 49ers top running back last weekend with a 22-touch game against Washington. I believe Matt Breida and Jeff Wilson Jr. still may steal a few drives away this weekend as Coleman faces a tough Carolina defense. The Panthers are ranked 11th against the run, having limited Tampa Bay to just 41 total rushing yards in Week 6.

My Rank: RB25

ESPN Rank: RB14

Melvin Gordon has not looked great this year. So far Gordon is averaging just 2.3 yards per carry and has yet to amass 100 total rushing yards on the season. Austin Ekeler clearly looks like the better back and should put up better numbers than Gordon yet again this weekend.

My Rank: RB30

ESPN Rank: RB24

Week 8 Runningback Rankings

1. Leonard Fournette vs. NYJ

2. Dalvin Cook vs. Wsh

3. James Connor vs. Mia

4. Saquon Barkley @Det

5. Alvin Kamara vs. Ari

6. Christian McCaffrey @SF

7. Le’Veon Bell @Jax

8. Todd Gurley II vs. Cin

9. Aaron Jones @KC

10. Chris Carson @Atl

11. Josh Jacobs @Hou

12. Nick Chubb @NE

13. David Johnson @NO

14. Devonta Freeman vs. Sea

15. Marlon Mack vs. Den

16. Phillip Lindsay @Ind

17. James White vs. Cle

18. Derrick Henry vs. TB

19. Joe Mixon @LAR

20. Sony Michel vs. Cle

21. LeSean McCoy vs. GB

22. Austin Ekeler @Chi

23. Carlos Hyde vs. Oak

24. Tarik Cohen vs. LAC

25. Tevin Coleman vs. Car

26. Ty Johnson vs. NYG

27. Matt Breida vs. Car

28. Royce Freeman @Ind

29. David Montgomery vs. LAC

30. Melvin Gordon @Chi

31. Chase Edmonds @NO

32. Frank Gore vs. Phi

33. Rex Burkhead vs. Cle

34. Jamaal Williams @KC

35. Chris Thompson @Min

36. Adrian Peterson @Min

37. Duke Johnson vs. Oak

38. Jordan Howard @Buf

39. Kenyan Drake @Pit

40. Damien Williams vs. GB

41. Devin Singletary vs. Phi

42. Mark Walton @Pit

43. Latavius Murray vs. Ari

44. Ronald Jones II @Ten

45. Miles Sanders @Buf

46. Peyton Barber @Ten

47. J.D. McKissic vs. NYG

48. Nyheim Hines vs. Den

49. Giovani Bernard @LAR

50. Dare Ogunbowale @Ten

Wide Receivers I Like

Tyler Lockett has been incredibly efficient lately. Over the past four weeks, Lockett has caught 90% of his targets. He also found the end zone in two of those games and is currently the WR9 in PPR formats. A juicy match-up with Atlanta looms this week, a team that has allowed 10 touchdowns to wide receivers this season. The Falcons have the 29th ranked pass defense.

My Rank: WR3

ESPN Rank: WR9

Courtland Sutton is all of a sudden the WR1 in Denver after the Broncos shipped Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco earlier this week. Sutton has averaged 15.8 yards per catch with three touchdowns over the past four weeks. He’s registered just one 100-yard game on the season, but has never seen less than seven targets in a game. Expect that number to rise a bit with Sanders no longer in the picture.

My Rank: WR7

ESPN Rank: WR16

John Brown gets to face the worst pass defense in the league this week as the Philadelphia Eagles come to town. Brown has caught at least four passes in each game this season and has posted no less than 51 receiving yards in a game. Unfortunately Brown has only found the end zone twice this season, a stat that I figure will change this weekend. Brown is currently the WR20 in PPR scoring.

My Rank: WR14

ESPN Rank: WR20

Wide Receivers to Avoid

A Tyreek Hill touchdown salvaged a rather unforgettable night last Thursday in Denver. Hill caught just three passes for 74 yards and a score in his second game back from injury. With Mahomes missing this week and Matt Moore under center, I’m expecting a down week from Hill.

My Rank: WR19

ESPN Rank: WR6

Kenny Golladay was nowhere to be found last weekend while teammate Marvin Jones Jr. posted a four touchdown game. Golladay has a better match-up this weekend, but perhaps a few of his targets begin going Jones’ way. Prior to last week, Jones had not been targeted less than eight times in a game. He was targeted just twice last week.

My Rank: WR17

ESPN Rank: WR7

Odell Beckham Jr. went 6-101 last weekend against Seattle, but faces a tougher task this weekend against the Patriots. The Patriots' defense is going to tear apart the Cleveland offensive line, giving Baker Mayfield little to no time in the pocket. This could be a rough outing for Beckham.

My Rank: WR22

ESPN Rank: WR13

Week 8 Wide Receiver Rankings

1. DeAndre Hopkins vs. Oak

2. Michael Thomas vs. Ari

3. Tyler Lockett @Atl

4. Cooper Kupp vs. Cin

5. Julio Jones vs. Sea

6. Julian Edelman vs. Cle

7. Courtland Sutton @Ind

8. Keenan Allen @Chi

9. Chris Godwin @Ten

10. Terry McLaurin @Min

11. Larry Fitzgerald @NO

12. Mike Evans @Ten

13. Stefon Diggs vs. Wsh

14. John Brown vs. Phi

15. T.Y. Hilton vs. Den

16. Allen Robinson vs. LAC

17. Kenny Golladay vs. NYG

18. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. Mia

19. Tyreek Hill vs. GB

20. Tyler Boyd @LAR

21. Calvin Ridley vs. Sea

22. Odell Beckham Jr. @NE

23. Marvin Jones Jr. vs. NYG

24. DJ Chark vs. NYJ

25. Tyrell Williams @Hou

26. Alshon Jeffery @Buf

27. Dede Westbrook vs. NYJ

28. Robert Woods vs. Cin

29. Sterling Shepard @Det

30. Brandin Cooks vs. Cin

31. Kenny Stills vs. Oak

32. D.J. Moore @SF

33. Emmanuel Sanders vs. Car

34. Curtis Samuel @SF

35. Jamison Crowder @Jax

36. Mohamed Sanu vs. Cle

37. Christian Kirk @NO

38. Golden Tate @Det

39. Corey Davis vs. TB

40. Jarvis Landry @NE

41. DK Metcalf @Atl

42. Cole Beasley vs. Phi

43. Robby Anderson @Jax

44. Preston Williams @Pit

45. Mike Williams @Chi

46. A.J. Brown vs. TB

47. Auden Tate @LAR

48. Marquez Valdes-Scantling @KC

49. Sammy Watkins vs. GB

50. Geronino Allison @KC

Tight Ends I Like

I was ready to leave Jimmy Graham for dead earlier this season. Graham posted back-to-back goose eggs in weeks two and three but has rebounded to TE12 on the season. After Graham’s two tough weeks, Aaron Rodgers vowed to get him the ball more and has done just that. Graham has posted 15-184-2 in four games since then. He is a touchdown dependent TE1 with a good chance to score against the 24th ranked defense this weekend.

My Rank: TE2

ESPN Rank: TE6

Tight Ends To Avoid

Greg Olsen faces a tough task this week against a stout San Francisco defense. Olsen is only two weeks removed from posting a goose egg against Jacksonville, but still has a TE1 floor most weeks. I’m expecting very low-end TE1 numbers this week

My Rank: TE14

ESPN Rank: TE9

Week 8 Tight-end Rankings

1. Austin Hooper vs.Sea

2. Travis Kelce vs. GB

3. Hunter Henry @Chi

4. Evan Engram @Det

5. Darren Waller @Hou

6. George Kittle vs. Car

7. Zach Ertz @Buf

8. Jimmy Graham @KC

9. Delanie Walker vs. TB

10. Darren Fells vs. Oak

11. T.J. Hockenson vs. NYG

12. Gerald Everett vs. Cin

13. Vance McDonald vs. Mia

14. Greg Olsen @SF

15. Dawson Knox vs. Phi

16. Kyle Rudolph vs. Wsh

17. Jack Doyle vs. Den

18. Dallas Goedert @Buf

19. Noah Fant @Ind

20. Foster Moreau @Hou

21. Eric Ebron vs. Den

22. Cameron Brate @Ten

23. Tyler Eifert @LAR

24. Tyler Higbee vs. Cin

25. Jordan Akins vs. Oak

Week 6 likes/dislikes

Quarterback likes

Kyler Murray: My Rank - QB4; ESPN Rank - QB7; Actual finish - QB25

Gardner Minshew II: My Rank - QB8; ESPN Rank - QB13; Actual finish - QB12

Deshaun Watson: My Rank - QB1; ESPN Rank - QB5; Actual finish - QB16

Quarterback dislikes

Matt Ryan: My Rank - QB13; ESPN Rank - QB4; Actual finish - QB30

Andy Dalton: My Rank - QB23; ESPN Rank - QB19; Actual finish - QB9

Matthew Stafford: My Rank - QB20; ESPN Rank - QB16; Actual finish - QB2

Running Back likes

Mark Ingram II: My Rank - RB9; ESPN Rank - RB16; Actual finish - RB34

Devonta Freeman: My Rank - RB7; ESPN Rank - RB12; Actual finish - RB43

Josh Jacobs: My Rank - RB8; ESPN Rank - RB18; Actual finish - RB12

Running Back dislikes

Chris Carson: My Rank - RB10; ESPN Rank - RB6; Actual finish - RB17

Phillip Lindsey: My Rank - RB16; ESPN Rank - RB10; Actual finish - RB45

Aaron Jones: My Rank - RB17; ESPN Rank - RB11; Actual finish - RB7

Wide Receiver likes

Amari Cooper: My Rank - WR1; ESPN Rank - WR43; Actual finish - WR17

Tyler Lockett: My Rank - WR7; ESPN Rank - WR11; Actual finish - WR14

Christian Kirk: My Rank - WR28; ESPN Rank - NR; Actual finish - N/A

Wide Receiver dislikes

T.Y. Hilton: My Rank - WR15; ESPN Rank - WR6; Actual finish - WR10

Kenny Golladay: My Rank - WR19; ESPN Rank - WR8; Actual finish - WR83

Tyler Boyd: My Rank - WR16; ESPN Rank - WR10; Actual finish - WR47

Tight End likes

Zach Ertz: My Rank - TE2; ESPN Rank - TE6; Actual finish - TE22

T.J. Hockenson: My Rank - TE9; ESPN Rank - TE13; Actual finish - TE20

Tight End dislikes

Gerald Everett: My Rank - TE14; ESPN Rank - TE8; Actual finish - TE6

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