Week 8 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 8, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 8 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week .


Week 8 Quarterback Rankings

Week 8 Ranking Player Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Projection
1 Deshaun Watson OAK 23.2
2 Russell Wilson @ATL 22.5
3 Jared Goff CIN 21.9
4 Aaron Rodgers @KC 21.2
5 Tom Brady CLE 20.6
6 Kirk Cousins WAS 20.1
7 Matthew Stafford NYG 19.9
8 Matt Ryan (Q) SEA 18.4
9 Drew Brees (Q) @ARI 17.5
10 Josh Allen PHI 17.2
11 Jacoby Brissett DEN 17.0
12 Kyler Murray NO 16.8
13 Derek Carr @HOU 16.5
14 Ryan Tannehill TB 16.1
15 Jameis Winston @TEN 15.7
16 Carson Wentz @BUF 15.4
17 Gardner Minshew NYJ 15.1
18 Daniel Jones @DET 14.9
19 Philip Rivers @CHI 14.7
20 Baker Mayfield @NE 14.5
21 Sam Darnold @JAX 13.8
22 Jimmy Garoppolo CAR 12.8
23 Andy Dalton @LAR 12.6
24 Kyle Allen @SF 11.6
25 Mitchell Trubisky LAC 10.4

deshaun WatsonIt is an extremely top heavy quarterback week that could get worse if Matt Ryan is out and Drew Brees ends up not playing. Let us work our way up instead, as there are some tough matchups for guys who have been doing well. Kyle Allen is going to run into one of the toughest matchups he will face all season, as San Francisco continue to batter any offense that steps in front of them. Philip Rivers has been fine from a fantasy standpoint, but the road gets tougher this week with another offensive lineman down, and a road game against Chicago. Carson Wentz is coming off one of his worst games, and will take on Buffalo, who have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. However, names like Ryan Tannehill and Derek Carr get a bump this week because of their matchups.

As for the top names, Oakland was just shredded by Aaron Rodgers, and will have to take on Houston now. Deshaun Watson checks in as the number one quarterback this week. Russell Wilson isn’t too far behind, as the Atlanta secondary has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season. Jared Goff is also in a good spot against a Bengals defense.

Week 8 Running Backs Rankings

Week 8 Ranking Player Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Projection
1 Dalvin Cook WAS 22.3
2 Saquon Barkley @DET 21.4
3 Leonard Fournette NYJ 20.1
4 Christian McCaffrey @SF 19.2
5 James Conner MIA 18.5
6 Todd Gurley CIN 17.9
7 Latavius Murray @ARI 16.7
8 Le’Veon Bell @JAX 16.3
9 Chris Carson @ATL 16.1
10 Aaron Jones @KC 15.9
11 Marlon Mack DEN 15.7
12 Nick Chubb @NE 15.4
13 Austin Ekeler @CHI 14.9
14 Ty Johnson NYG 14.6
15 Josh Jacobs @HOU 14.1
16 Tevin Coleman CAR 13.7
17 Devonta Freeman SEA 13.5
18 Phillip Lindsay @IND 13.2
19 David Johnson NO 13.1
20 Sony Michel CLE 12.9
21 Carlos Hyde OAK 12.4
22 Jamaal Williams @KC 11.9
23 Chase Edmonds NO 11.7
24 James White CLE 11.4
25 Jordan Howard @BUF 10.7
26 Melvin Gordon @CHI 10.3
27 Royce Freeman @IND 9.7
28 LeSean McCoy GB 9.3
29 David Montgomery LAC 8.8
30 Frank Gore PHI 8.3
31 Ronald Jones @TEN 7.7
32 Miles Sanders @BUF 7.4
33 Peyton Barber @TEN 7.0
34 Damien Williams GB 6.7
35 Tarik Cohen LAC 6.4
36 Joe Mixon @LAR 6.3
37 Duke Johnson OAK 5.9
38 Adrian Peterson @MIN 5.7

dalvin cookGive me some Dalvin Cook again this week, getting the Redskins who have allowing over 750 rushing yards already this season. Cook is in a great home matchup where the Vikings should be in control of this game to give him his 20 touches and let him put in work. Saquon Barkley was back last week, and while he looked less than 100%, he has a favorable matchup against the Lions, who have allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season. Leonard Fournette had a typical game where he rushed for over 120 yards, but still failed to find the end zone. The Jets have allowed eight rushing touchdowns this season. James Conner and Todd Gurley have been up and down this year, but are in great spots against two of the poorer defenses in the league.

Week 8 Wide Receivers Rankings

Week 8 Ranking Player Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Projection
1 DeAndre Hopkins OAK 19.7
2 Julio Jones SEA 19.4
3 Julian Edelman CLE 18.5
4 Michael Thomas @ARI 17.6
5 Chris Godwin @TEN 16.7
6 Cooper Kupp CIN 16.4
7 Mike Evans @TEN 16.1
8 Kenny Golladay NYG 15.7
9 Tyler Lockett @ATL 15.4
10 Tyreek Hill GB 15.1
11 Keenan Allen @CHI 14.9
12 Stefon Diggs WAS 14.7
13 Brandin Cooks CIN 14.5
14 Odell Beckham Jr @NE 14.3
15 T.Y. Hilton DEN 14.1
16 Robert Woods CIN 14.0
17 Allen Robinson LAC 13.9
18 JuJu Smith-Schuster MIA 13.7
19 Larry Fitzgerald NO 13.6
20 DJ Chark NYJ 13.5
21 Golden Tate @DET 13.4
22 Courtland Sutton @IND 13.2
23 Terry McLaurin @MIN 13.2
24 John Brown PHI 13.1
25 Sterling Shepard @DET 12.9
26 Kenny Stills OAK 12.7
27 Emmanuel Sanders CAR 12.4
28 Mike Williams @CHI 11.9
29 Marvin Jones NYG 11.6
30 DK Metcalf @ATL 11.3
31 Dede Westbrook NYJ 11.2
32 Calvin Ridley SEA 10.9
33 Alshon Jeffery @BUF 10.6
34 Tyler Boyd @LAR 10.3
35 Jarvis Landry @NE 10.1
36 Corey Davis TB 9.8
37 DJ Moore @SF 9.6
38 Jamison Crowder @JAX 9.4
39 Curtis Samuel @SF 9.0
40 Phillip Dorsett CLE 8.8
41 Mohamed Sanu CLE 8.5
42 Marquez Valdes-Scantling @KC 8.2
43 Cole Beasley PHI 7.7
44 Auden Tate @LAR 7.4
45 Geronimo Allison @KC 6.8
46 Mecole Hardman GB 5.7
47 AJ Brown TB 5.5
48 Nelson Agholor @BUF 5.2
49 Robby Anderson @JAX 4.9
50 Demarcus Robinson GB 4.7

DeAndre Hopkins was able to get right last week against Indy, and draws a better matchup against Oakland this week. Last week’s numbers inflated their fantasy points allowed, but this is just a bottom ten secondary to target anyway. A lot of lesser receiving cores will get bumps this week. Tampa Bay has allowed the third most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts, making the Titans dart throw options for Week 8. Both John Brown and Cole Beasley are viable options against an Eagles secondary that has allowed a 92-1383-11 line to wide receivers this season. Oakland’s wideouts have been barely usable, but if Tyrell Williams can come back from injury, I like his chances at a another touchdown this week.

Week 8 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 8 Ranking Player Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Projection
1 Darren Waller @HOU 16.1
2 Travis Kelce GB 14.8
3 George Kittle CAR 13.5
4 Hunter Henry @CHI 13.2
5 Austin Hooper SEA 12.9
6 Evan Engram @DET 11.8
7 Zach Ertz @BUF 10.6
8 Gerald Everett CIN 10.2
9 Jared Cook @ARI 10.1
10 Jimmy Graham @KC 9.7
11 Greg Olsen @SF 8.3
12 OJ Howard @TEN 7.1
13 Eric Ebron DEN 6.5
14 TJ Hockenson NYG 6.1
15 Darren Fells OAK 5.8
16 Ben Watson CLE 5.5
17 Vance McDonald MIA 5.1
18 Ricky Seals-Jones @NE 4.9
19 Jonnu Smith TB 4.8
20 Jack Doyle DEN 4.2

This position has been dreadful for fantasy this season, but we have some names back and a short bye week for teams. Darren Waller is going to be in comeback mode, and checks in as the top PPR tight end. Travis Kelce follows, as the Packers have allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to tight ends, and even without Mahomes he is going to be a strong option. The Bears are not as daunting of a matchup for Hunter Henry as you’d might think, they are middle of the road against tight ends, allowing the 13th most fantasy points per game. Seattle has been bad against tight ends this season, allowing 474 receiving yards. It would have been more if Mark Andrews could hold onto the football, but Austin Hooper checks in as another strong option this week.

Week 8 Kicker Rankings

Week 8 Ranking Player Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Projection
1 Greg Zuerlein CIN 10.6
2 Wil Lutz @ARI 10.3
3 Harrison Butker GB 10.1
4 Josh Lambo NYJ 9.8
5 Adam Vinatieri DEN 9.5
6 Chris Boswell MIA 9.3
7 Dan Bailey WAS 9.2
8 Ka’imi Fairbairn OAK 9.1
9 Matt Prater NYG 8.8
10 Mason Crosby @KC 8.6
11 Robbie Gould CAR 8.3
12 Zane Gonzalez NO 8.0
13 Jason Myers @ATL 8.0
14 Joey Slye @SF 7.8
15 Brandon McManus @IND 7.7
16 Stephen Hauschka PHI 7.5
17 Matt Gay @TEN 7.4
18 Jake Elliott @BUF 7.3
19 Matt Bryant SEA 7.2
20 Eddy Pineiro LAC 6.9
21 Aldrick Rosas @DET 6.7
22 Mike Nugent CLE 6.5

Will LutzTeams allowing the most field goal attempts this season are Cincinnati, Denver, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles Rams, and Baltimore. Detroit, Arizona, Houston, and Philadelphia are a few other teams worth targeting with kickers, as they give up a lot of volume. Teams that give up the least amount of volume are New England, New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, and Minnesota.

Week 8 Defense Rankings

Week 8 Rank Team Week 8 Opponent Week 8 Fantasy Projection
1 Minnesota WAS 11.3
2 New England CLE 10.6
3 San Francisco CAR 10.3
4 LA Rams CIN 10.2
5 Pittsburgh MIA 10.2
6 Buffalo PHI 9.8
7 Chicago LAC 9.6
8 Philadelphia @BUF 9.4
9 New Orleans ARI 9.2
10 Detroit NYG 9.1
11 Green Bay @KC 8.9
12 Indianapolis DEN 8.7
13 Tennessee TB 8.4
14 LA Chargers @CHI 8.3
15 Jacksonville NYJ 8.1
16 NY Jets @JAX 7.8
17 Houston OAK 7.6
18 Carolina @SF 7.5
19 Denver @IND 7.3
20 Kansas City GB 7.0
21 Tampa Bay @TEN 7.0
22 Seattle @ATL 6.7
23 Cleveland @NE 6.4
24 Washington @MIN 6.4
25 Arizona @NO 6.1
26 NY Giants @DET 6.0
27 Atlanta SEA 5.8
28 Oakland @HOU 5.6
29 Miami @PIT 5.5
30 Cincinnati @LAR 5.2

New England PatriotsNew England and log out. It isn’t even fair, and they get to take on Baker Mayfield and a Cleveland offense that has been horrific most weeks. Minnesota is also up on top taking on Washington at home. It is a good week for most of the top defenses, as San Francisco will welcome Carolina and showcase their defense against Christian McCaffrey. The Rams take on Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh can continue their hot defensive play against Miami..

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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