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NFL fantasy rankings for Week 8

Patrick Mahomes ranks No. 1 among QBs. Photo via Kansas City Chiefs/Facebook


  1. Patrick Mahomes vs. DEN
  2. Aaron Rodgers @ LAR
  3. Kirk Cousins vs. NO
  4. Drew Brees @ MIN
  5. Jared Goff vs. GB
  6. Tom Brady @ BUF
  7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. CLE
  8. Andrew Luck @ OAK
  9. James Winston @ CIN
  10. Mitch Trubisky vs. NYJ
  11. Andy Dalton vs. TB
  12. Cam Newton vs. BAL
  13. Matt Stafford vs. SEA
  14. Russell Wilson @ DET
  15. Deshaun Watson vs. MIA

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley vs. GB
  2. Kareem Hunt vs. DEN
  3. Saquon Barkley vs. WAS 
  4. Alvin Kamara @ MIN
  5. Joe Mixon vs. TB
  6. James Conner vs. CLE
  7. James White vs. BUF
  8. Phillip Lindsay @ KC
  9. Kerryon Johnson vs. SEA
  10. David Johnson vs. SF
  11. Christian McCaffery vs. BAL
  12. Marlon Mack @ OAK
  13. Adrian Peterson @ NYG
  14. Nick Chubb @ PIT
  15. Tarik Cohen vs. NYJ
  16. Mark Ingram @ MIN
  17. Chris Carson @ DET
  18. Jordan Howard vs. NYJ
  19. Latavius Murray vs. NO
  20. Lamar Miller vs. MIA
  21. Raheem Mostart @ ARI
  22. Alex Collins @ CAR
  23. Isaiah Crowell @ CHI
  24. Kenyan Drake @ HOU
  25. Jalen Richard vs. IND
  26. Chris Ivory vs. NE
  27. TJ Yeldon vs. PHI
  28. Chris Thompson @ NYG
  29. Doug Martin vs. IND
  30. Royce Freeman @ KC

WR (Standard)

  1. Antonio Brown vs. CLE
  2. Adam Thielen vs. NO
  3. AJ Green vs. MIN
  4. Tyreek Hill vs. DEN
  5. DeAndre Hopkins vs. MIA
  6. Michael Thomas @ MIN
  7. Robert Woods vs. GB
  8. Davante Adams @ LAR
  9. Mike Evans @ CIN
  10. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. CLE
  11. Odell Beckham vs. WAS
  12. Jarvis Landry @ PIT
  13. TY Hilton @ OAK
  14. Brandin Cooks vs. GB
  15. Emmanuel Sanders @ KC
  16. Stefan Diggs vs. NO
  17. John Brown @ CAR
  18. Golden Tate vs. SEA
  19. Kenny Golladay vs. SEA
  20. Tyler Boyd vs. TB
  21. Julian Edelman @ BUF
  22. Doug Baldwin @ DET
  23. Sterling Shepard vs. WAS
  24. Demaryius Thomas @ KC
  25. Josh Gordon @ BUF
  26. Will Fuller vs. MIA
  27. Tyler Lockett @ DET
  28. Alshon Jeffery @ JAX
  29. Marvin Jones vs. SEA
  30. Devin Funchess vs. BAL
  31. Michael Crabtree @ CAR
  32. Chris Godwin @ CIN
  33. Marquise Goodwin @ ARI
  34. Taylor Gabriel vs. NYJ
  35. Allen Robinson vs. NYJ
  36. Larry Fitzgerald vs. SF
  37. Robby Anderson @ CHI
  38. Christian Kirk vs. SF
  39. Keenan Cole vs. PHI
  40. Tre’Quan Smith @ MIN

TE (Standard)

  1. Travis Kelce vs. DEN
  2. Rob Gronkowski @ BUF
  3. Zach Ertz @ JAX
  4. David Njoku @ PHI
  5. Eric Ebron @ OAK
  6. George Kittle @ ARI
  7. Trey Burton vs. NYJ
  8. Jimmy Graham @ LAR
  9. Jordan Reed @ NYG
  10. OJ Howard @ CIN
  11. Jared Cook vs. IND
  12. CJ Uzomah vs. TB
  13. Greg Olsen vs. BAL
  14. Benjamin Watson @ MIN
  15. Vance McDonald vs. CLE


  1. Patriots @ BUF
  2. Eagles @ JAX
  3. Texans vs. MIA
  4. Bears vs. NYJ
  5. Ravens @ CAR
  6. Colts @ OAK
  7. Steelers vs. CLE
  8. 49ers @ ARI
  9. Redskins @ NYG
  10. Jaguars vs. PHI
  11. Chiefs vs. DEN
  12. Panthers vs. BAL
  13. Rams vs. GB
  14. Cardinals vs. SF
  15. Dolphins @ HOU

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.

Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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