A.J. Hoffman

NFL fantasy rankings for Week 8

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

QB 

  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

D/ST

  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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It more of the same from the Houston Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Sunday afternoon provided a high-res snapshot of the state of Houston sports. The Astros, already assured of the best record in the American League, played a game they didn’t need to win. The Astros won, ho-hum, their 104th win of the season.

Meanwhile, eight miles away, the Texans, mired in last place with fan support dwindling, played a game they really needed to win. The Texans lost 34-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers in front of (giggle) 69,071 fans at NRG Stadium. The Texans really ought to stop saying the stands are packed. Every time a team punts, and cameras follow the ball skyward, there are thousands of empty seats on display. I know the NFL methodology for determining attendance, (total tickets sold, no-shows don’t count) but it just looks silly when the Texans announce 69,000 fans.

The Texans came close as usual before sputtering to another defeat. The Texans now stand at 0-3-1, the only winless team in the NFL. It’s the second time in three years they’ve started a season without a victory after four games. It’s telling to note that not one of the Texans opponents has a winning record for 2022.

In other words, the Texans have played four games they shoulda/coulda won. Shouda against the Colts, Broncos and Bears, and coulda against the Chargers.

Should/coulda four wins. Instead, none.

That’s the Texans. They’re in every game but can’t close the deal. Yeah, yeah, on Monday we hear, “the Texans are playing hard for coach Lovie Smith” and “they’re competitive” and “they’re a young team.” These are NFL equivalents of a participation trophy.

Sunday’s loss to the Chargers at NRG Stadium was straight out of the Texans playbook. Fall behind, make it interesting, lose. The Texans stuck to their script, timid play calling, momentum-crushing penalties (nine for 67 yards), self-inflicted drops, lackluster quarterbacking and Rex Burkhead on the field for crunch time. After one play where a Texan player was called for holding, the announcer said, “and he did a poor job of holding.”

Statuesque quarterback David Mills keeps saying “we’re in a good spot” and “we’re improving.” Statuesque as in he doesn’t move – or barely moves to avoid sacks. Sunday saw his first touchdown pass to a wide receiver. He’s now thrown four interceptions in the past two games. Let’s go to the tote board: 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles, 11 sacks, qbr rating 28.5 – good for 28th in the league.

A bright spot, sort of. This was the first week the Texans didn’t cover the spread. They’re now 1-2-1 against Vegas oddsmakers, meaning you’ve won money if you took the Texans all four weeks. They head to Jacksonville next as early 6.5-point underdogs.

Meanwhile, Alabama’s brilliant quarterback Bryce Young, who will be available for the Texans when they draft first in 2023 (as Paul Heyman says, that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler), suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday. The Texans need to take out a Lloyds of London insurance policy on Young.

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