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Wheeler's Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings

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The fantasy football season is definitely in full swing, the tension is high among my students. Some are taking victory laps about being 6-1 but don’t realize how fortunate they have been with injuries, match-ups and not running into bye-week issues. Others are begging for help with a stacked line-up but have just had awful timing with opponents and/or injuries. When you play head-to-head sometimes, it’s just luck of the draw.

The data is as sticky as it’s going to get, meaning we can be fairly confident with certain data and statistics, but we also have to keep in mind situations can pivot on a dime. I use the past five weeks of player data as a baseline. At this point, I think what happened in the first couple of weeks is of little relevance to us. Entire team dynamics have changed for most of the NFL.

Injuries and bye weeks are the main reasons for adjustments in the fantasy landscape now, and not just players going down, but we are starting to see players coming back. Make sure to check our News and Notes daily.

Week 8 Rankings

When examining these rankings, consider I am only looking at positional ranks, not flex or overall rankings. When it comes to who you start in the flex, a lot will depend on your specific league rules and roster construction. If players are ranked within three spots of each other, the difference between them is negligible. They are expected to score the same amount of points; in those cases, go to our Discord.


Not that it matters for fantasy football, but the Patriots have taken Mac Jones off the injury report and have named him the starter this week. 

Rank QB Team Opp
1 Josh Allen BUF vs GB
2 Jalen Hurts PHI vs PIT
3 Lamar Jackson BAL @ TB
4 Joe Burrow CIN @ CLE
5 Kyler Murray ARI @ MIN
6 Tua Tagovailoa MIA @ DET
7 Kirk Cousins MIN vs ARI
8 Daniel Jones NYG @ SEA
9 Geno Smith SEA vs NYG
10 Dak Prescott DAL vs CHI
11 Tom Brady TB vs BAL
12 Derek Carr LV @ NO
13 Jared Goff DET vs MIA
14 Jimmy Garoppolo SF @ LAR
15 Marcus Mariota ATL vs CAR
16 Trevor Lawrence JAC vs DEN
17 Aaron Rodgers GB @ BUF
18 Matthew Stafford LAR vs SF
19 Justin Fields CHI @ DAL
20 Andy Dalton NO vs LV
21 Ryan Tannehill TEN @ HOU
22 Taylor Heinicke WAS @ IND
23 Russell Wilson DEN @ JAC
24 Sam Ehlinger IND vs WAS
25 Jacoby Brissett CLE vs CIN
26 Davis Mills HOU vs TEN
27 Kenny Pickett PIT @ PHI
28 PJ Walker CAR @ ATL
29 Mac Jones NE @ NYJ
30 Zach Wilson NYJ vs NE

Running Back

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott missed practice today with a knee sprain. Elliott isn’t ready to rule himself out of the Chicago game in Week 8, “We’ve still got a lot of time before Sunday,” he said. “Right now, I’m focused on getting this knee as healthy as I can.”

Running backs James Conner and Darrel Williams returned to Cardinals practice on Wednesday. Eno Benjamin will have to return to your bench, as the backfield will probably be a three-way split for a while.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Derrick Henry TEN @ HOU
2 Saquon Barkley NYG @ SEA
3 Josh Jacobs LV @ NO
4 Nick Chubb CLE vs CIN
5 Kenneth Walker III SEA vs NYG
6 Dalvin Cook MIN vs ARI
7 Christian McCaffrey SF @ LAR
8 Jonathan Taylor IND vs WAS
9 Alvin Kamara NO vs LV
10 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC vs DEN
11 Dameon Pierce HOU vs TEN
12 Leonard Fournette TB vs BAL
13 Joe Mixon CIN @ CLE
14 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ NYJ
15 Aaron Jones GB @ BUF
16 Raheem Mostert MIA @ DET
17 Tony Pollard DAL vs CHI
18 Miles Sanders PHI vs PIT
19 Devin Singletary BUF vs GB
20 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs CHI
21 Najee Harris PIT @ PHI
22 David Montgomery CHI @ DAL
23 Jamaal Williams DET vs MIA
24 Michael Carter NYJ vs NE
25 Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR vs SF
26 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS @ IND
27 Tyler Allgeier ATL vs CAR
28 James Conner ARI @ MIN
29 Gus Edwards BAL @ TB
30 Kareem Hunt CLE vs CIN
31 D'Onta Foreman CAR @ ATL
32 Melvin Gordon III DEN @ JAC
33 Damien Harris NE @ NYJ
34 Khalil Herbert CHI @ DAL
35 AJ Dillon GB @ BUF
36 Eno Benjamin ARI @ MIN
37 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ ATL
38 James Robinson NYJ vs NE
39 Latavius Murray DEN @ JAC
40 Antonio Gibson WAS @ IND

Wide Receiver

I found this interesting: during the past four weeks, the Denver wide receivers have flipped:

Jerry Jeudy 48.6 220 31 17 256 15.0
Courtland Sutton 37.3 236 30 15 163 10.8

DK Metcalf suffered a potentially serious knee injury in Week 7 against the Chargers. Pete Carroll told reporters that initial x-rays on Metcalf’s knee were negative, but we really shouldn’t trust Carroll as he has NEVER been honest about injury news.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Cooper Kupp LAR vs SF
2 Justin Jefferson MIN vs ARI
3 Stefon Diggs BUF vs GB
4 Tyreek Hill MIA @ DET
5 Davante Adams LV @ NO
6 Ja'Marr Chase CIN @ CLE
7 A.J. Brown PHI vs PIT
8 CeeDee Lamb DAL vs CHI
9 Mike Evans TB vs BAL
10 Deebo Samuel SF @ LAR
11 DeAndre Hopkins ARI @ MIN
12 Jaylen Waddle MIA @ DET
13 Chris Godwin TB vs BAL
14 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs MIA
15 Michael Pittman Jr. IND vs WAS
16 Tee Higgins CIN @ CLE
17 Chris Olave NO vs LV
18 Gabe Davis BUF vs GB
19 Amari Cooper CLE vs CIN
20 DeVonta Smith PHI vs PIT
21 Tyler Lockett SEA vs NYG
22 Courtland Sutton DEN @ JAC
23 Brandin Cooks HOU vs TEN
24 Terry McLaurin WAS @ IND
25 Christian Kirk JAC vs DEN
26 D.J. Moore CAR @ ATL
27 Jakobi Meyers NE @ NYJ
28 Diontae Johnson PIT @ PHI
29 Brandon Aiyuk SF @ LAR
30 Rashod Bateman BAL @ TB
31 George Pickens PIT @ PHI
32 Drake London ATL vs CAR
33 Adam Thielen MIN vs ARI
34 Curtis Samuel WAS @ IND
35 Jerry Jeudy DEN @ JAC
36 Michael Gallup DAL vs CHI
37 Tyler Boyd CIN @ CLE
38 Darnell Mooney CHI @ DAL
39 Robert Woods TEN @ HOU
40 Wan'Dale Robinson NYG @ SEA
41 Romeo Doubs GB @ BUF
42 Hunter Renfrow LV @ NO
43 Chase Claypool PIT @ PHI
44 Rondale Moore ARI @ MIN
45 Allen Robinson II LAR vs SF
46 Josh Reynolds DET vs MIA
47 Isaiah McKenzie BUF vs GB
48 Garrett Wilson NYJ vs NE
49 Zay Jones JAC vs DEN
50 Devin Duvernay BAL @ TB

Mike Williams suffered a sprained right ankle, and it’s likely a serious one after getting carted off in Week 7 against Seattle. Should Williams miss significant time, I like picking up DeAndre Carter off waivers as Josh Palmer has proven to be less-than-adequate. Keenan Allen should be back after the Chargers' Week 8 bye. 

Tight End

Broncos rookie TE Greg Dulcich should be considered a viable starter for the rest of the season. The team was enamored with him during the preseason and has been targeting him heavily since his return from injury. 

Browns TE David Njoku sprained his ankle in Week 7 against Baltimore; reports indicate it is “not serious”. Assuming Njoku misses the next couple of games, TE Harrison Bryant can be started in his absence, if you are desperate.

Rank TE Team Opp
1 Mark Andrews BAL @ TB
2 George Kittle SF @ LAR
3 Dallas Goedert PHI vs PIT
4 Zach Ertz ARI @ MIN
5 Tyler Higbee LAR vs SF
6 Taysom Hill NO vs LV
7 T.J. Hockenson DET vs MIA
8 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ PHI
9 Kyle Pitts ATL vs CAR
10 Irv Smith Jr. MIN vs ARI
11 Greg Dulcich DEN @ JAC
12 Hayden Hurst CIN @ CLE
13 Robert Tonyan GB @ BUF
14 Evan Engram JAC vs DEN
15 Dalton Schultz DAL vs CHI
16 Dawson Knox BUF vs GB
17 Mike Gesicki MIA @ DET
18 Cade Otton TB vs BAL
19 Hunter Henry NE @ NYJ
20 Juwan Johnson NO vs LV
21 Noah Fant SEA vs NYG
22 Cole Kmet CHI @ DAL
23 Harrison Bryant CLE vs CIN
24 Foster Moreau LV @ NO
25 Darren Waller LV @ NO

Rest of Season Rankings

Way back, before I started ranking players and writing about fantasy, I would search for analysts' “Rest of Season” rankings. At the time, there were few people actually them, so when I started writing it became a large part of my process. Rest of Season rankings help me with waiver wire or free-agent pick-ups before Sunday game-time.

Weekly Rankings Update

Check this link throughout the week and on Sunday morning for the latest updates.

Good Luck this week!

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