Week 8 fantasy football rankings

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These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

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1 Deshaun Watson

2 Russell Wilson

3 Tom Brady

4 Jared Goff

5 Aaron Rodgers

6 Matthew Stafford

7 Josh Allen

8 Kirk Cousins

9 Carson Wentz

10 Jacoby Brissett

11 Ryan Tannehill

12 Kyler Murray

13 Gardner Minshew

14 Philip Rivers

15 Andy Dalton

RB

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1 Saquon Barkley

2 Dalvin Cook

3 Leonard Fournette

4 James Conner

5 Christian McCaffrey

6 Le'Veon Bell

7 Chris Carson

8 Aaron Jones

9 Todd Gurley

10 Nick Chubb

11 James White

12 Latavius Murray

13 Josh Jacobs

14 Austin Ekeler

15 Sony Michel

16 Derrick Henry

17 Marlon Mack

18 Devonta Freeman

19 Carlos Hyde

20 Tevin Coleman

21 LeSean McCoy

22 Melvin Gordon

23 Phillip Lindsay

24 Ty Johnson

25 Royce Freeman

26 Jamaal Williams

27 Chase Edmonds

28 David Johnson

29 Miles Sanders

30 Joe Mixon

WR

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1 DeAndre Hopkins

2 Cooper Kupp

3 Stefon Diggs

4 Chris Godwin

5 Michael Thomas

6 Julian Edelman

7 T.Y. Hilton

8 Tyreek Hill

9 Tyler Lockett

10 Julio Jones

11 Kenny Golladay

12 Allen Robinson

13 Mike Evans

14 Courtland Sutton

15 John Brown

16 Robert Woods

17 Golden Tate

18 JuJu Smith-Schuster

19 Keenan Allen

20 Brandin Cooks

21 D.J. Chark

22 Corey Davis

23 Marvin Jones

24 Odell Beckham Jr

25 Kenny Stills

26 Larry Fitzgerald

27 Terry McLaurin

28 Tyler Boyd

29 Emmanuel Sanders

30 Dede Westbrook

31 Calvin Ridley

32 Robby Anderson

33 D.K. Metcalf

34 D.J. Moore

35 Alshon Jeffery

36 Phillip Dorsett

TE

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1 Travis Kelce

2 George Kittle

3 Hunter Henry

4 Darren Waller

5 Austin Hooper

6 Evan Engram

7 Zach Ertz

8 Jimmy Graham

9 Gerald Everett

10 Greg Olsen

11 T.J. Hockenson

12 Jared Cook

13 Eric Ebron

14 Vance McDonald

15 Darren Fells

Defense/ST

1 Patriots

2 Steelers

3 Jaguars

4 Vikings

5 Rams

6 Saints

7 49ers

8 Lions

9 Packers

10 Bears

11 Bills

12 Seahawks

13 Colts

14 Chargers

15 Titans

Kicker

1Greg Zuerlein

2Wil Lutz

3Robbie Gould

4Chris Boswell

5Mason Crosby

6Matt Prater

7Mike Nugent

8Josh Lambo

9Ka'imi Fairbairn

10Zane Gonzalez

11Joey Slye

12Cody Parkey

13Harrison Butker

14Jason Myers

15Dan Bailey

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All 3 major sports teams in Houston appear to be in good hands.Composite image by Jack Brame.

Houston is a strange sports town, professionally speaking. Football is the undisputed king. That's evidenced by the undying love fans show the Texans. Baseball is second, even though the Astros most recently gave the city a title and have given them a consistent winner to cheer for since 2015. Basketball is a clear third, since fans won't show up to a Rockets' playoff game until after the game has started.

At one point, all three teams were competitive and provided the city with a good deal of excitement. They also had competent general managers, though not all at once. The Texans had Rick Smith, who some say was hit or miss, but he was by far the team’s best GM in their history. The measuring stick isn’t very high, but Smith normally hit on 1st rounders. Jeff Luhnow was in charge of the turnaround for the Astros. His work environment may have been contentious according to rumors, but he brought the city a World Series and built a consistent contender. Daryl Morey may have left a hot mess, but the Rockets were always in the playoffs. He was able to keep a winning team, while reshaping the roster.

Fast-forward to today, and the city has a competent GM in every major pro sports team at the same time. James Click has kept the Astros on the winning track. While the penalties for the sign stealing scandal were hefty, he’s managed to make some shrewd moves. Signing Yordan Alvarez before he hit arbitration and free agency was huge! If he can get Kyle Tucker locked up as well, he’s definitely on the right track. Not going crazy over losing key guys and trusting his process has paid off handsomely so far.

Rafael Stone has had the best luck of all. It started very rocky for him by having to deal James Harden and Russell Westbrook at the beginning of his tenure. The return on investment was initially laughed at and thought to be pennies on the dollar.

Considering they drafted four 19-year-olds last draft (headlined by Jalen Green who looks like the real deal), taking a chance on Kevin Porter Jr, landing Jabari Smith Jr in this draft (Tari Eason not to be forgotten), and the inevitable collapse of the Nets, I think Stone has done well for himself. He may not have had the ideal background for the job (he was a lawyer by trade), he’s done well so far in trying to build this team back into a contender. If these kids develop and grow together, I think they can be what Boston and Golden State have been: a homegrown team contending year in and year out.

Nick Caserio of the Texans had perhaps the tallest mountain to climb. The quarterback position is the most important. He inherited one of the best young QBs in the league, but he also inherited his desire to leave and his alleged bizarre fetish that led to civil lawsuits. Some thought the haul he got was fair, while others thought it wasn’t enough. Did I mention his predecessor left the team in cap hell? Through it all, Caserio has managed to turn this team around and has them headed in the right direction. If Davis Mills proves to be a competent QB, that’ll be HUGE! However, the draft capital they have moving forward will help them draft or trade for their franchise QB if Mills isn’t the guy.

While the Astros are the only team currently in contention, the Rockets and Texans are looking like they may not be too far behind if things continue going their way. I’d LOVE to have a sit-down with all three and talk about philosophy and strategy! Houston sports are in good hands with these guys. Here’s to hoping they keep it going!

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