Week 8 fantasy football rankings: Patriots-Chargers should deliver fantasy fireworks

Week 8 fantasy football rankings: Patriots-Chargers should deliver fantasy fireworks
Tom Brady and Philip Rivers should put on a show this week. Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

Below are my early 1/2 PPR fantasy rankings for Week 8. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. Good luck!


1 T. Brady NE 
2 D. Brees NO 
3 C. Wentz PHI 
4 D. Prescott DAL
5 K. Cousins WAS   
6 R. Wilson SEA 
7 P. Rivers LAC
8 M. Ryan ATL  
9 D. Carr OAK
10 D. Watson HOU
11 C. Newton CAR
12 T. Taylor BUF
13 A. Dalton CIN
14 J. Winston TB
15 B. Roethlisberger PIT
16 M. Stafford DET
17 J. McCown NYJ
18 C. Keenum MIN


1 E. Elliott DAL
2 L. Bell PIT
3 K. Hunt KC
3 L. McCoy BUF
4 M. Gordon LAC
5 M. Ingram NO
6 D. Freeman ATL
7 J. Howard CHI
8 J. Ajayi MIA
9 L. Blount PHI
10 J. Mixon CIN
11 D. Martin TB
12 L. Miller HOU
13 A. Kamara NO
14 C. Thompson WAS
15 C. Hyde SF
16 C. McCaffrey CAR
17 C. Anderson DEN
18 M. Forte NYJ
19 W. Smallwood PHI
20 T. Coleman ATL
21 D. Lewis NE
22 R. Kelley WAS
23 A. Abdullah DET
24 J. White NE
25 J. Allen BAL
26 F. Gore IND
27 J. Richard OAK
28 J. McKinnon MIN
29 D. Johnson CLE
30 M. Mack IND


1 A. Green CIN
2 J. Jones ATL
3 M. Evans TB
4 A. Brown PIT
5 M. Thomas NO
6 D. Hopkins HOU
7 D. Bryant DAL
8 D. Baldwin SEA
9 B. Cooks NE
10 C. Hogan NE
11 K. Allen LAC
12 M. Crabtree OAK
13 J. Landry MIA
14 K. Benjamin CAR
15 A. Cooper OAK
16 D. Thomas DEN
17 T. Hill KC
18 A. Jeffrey PHI
19 S. Diggs MIN
20 D. Funchess CAR
21 A. Thielen MIN
22 N. Agholor PHI
23 P. Garcon SF
24 D. Jackson TB
25 T. Hilton IND
26 G. Tate DET  *Questionable
27 K. Stills MIA
28 J. Doctson WAS
29 T. Ginn NO
30 W. Fuller HOU


1 R. Gronkowski NE
2 T. Kelce KC
3 Z. Ertz PHI
4 J. Graham SEA
5 H. Henry LAC
6 J. Reed WAS
7 A. Jenkins NYJ
8 K. Rudolph MIN
9 C. Brate TB
10 J. Witten DAL
11 J. Cook OAK
12 B. Watson BAL


1 Vikings
2 Eagles
3 Saints
4 Bengals
5 Ravens
6 Seahawks
7 Falcons
8 Panthers
9 Broncos
10 Steelers
11 Dolphins
12 Bills


1 S. Gostowski NE
2 J. Elliott PHI
3 M. Bryant ATL
4 B. Walsh SEA
5 M. Prater DET
6 J. Tucker BAL
7 R. Bullock CIN
8 H. Butker KC
9 S. Hauschka BUF
10 A. Vinatieri IND
11 C. Boswell PIT
12 K. Forbath MIN

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The Texans will have to shuffle the o-line once again. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

“Another one!”- DJ Khaled

That's the first thing that came to mind when I heard the news of Tytus Howard being shut down for the season because of a knee injury. They've had more injuries on the offensive line this season than Nick Cannon has Father's Day cards. Almost every member of the offensive line has spent time on the injury report. Howard went down in the same game in which Juice Scruggs was finally on the active roster. He missed the first 10 games due to a hamstring injury. The irony of next man up has never been so in your face.

The other thing that came to mind was the soap opera As the World Turns.

Howard had just signed an extension this offseason. So did Laremy Tunsil and Shaq Mason. They drafted Juice Scruggs, and signed a few guys too. Those moves, along with other holdovers, were expected to fill out the depth chart. Then a rash of injuries struck. At one point, only one of the original five guys expected to start was playing! In fact, they beat the Steelers 30-6 with that backup offensive line!

One can't have the expectation of backups to perform as good as the starters. They're professionals and are on an NFL roster for a reason. However, the talent gap is evident. One thing coaching, technique, and preparation can't cover is lack of ability or talent. The Texans have done a good job of navigating the injury minefield this season. While the Howard injury will hurt, I have faith in the guys there still.

As of this writing, the Texans are in the eighth spot in the AFC playoff picture. The Steelers, Browns, and Colts are all in front of them at the fifth through seventh spots respectfully. They've beaten the Steelers already. They play the Browns on Christmas Eve and their starting quarterback is out for the season. The Colts are relying on the ghost of Gardner Minshew to steer their ship into the last game of the season vs. the Texans with a possible playoff trip on the line. The Broncos and Bills are the two teams immediately behind them. They play the Broncos this weekend. Even though they're on a hot streak, this is the same team that got 70 put on them by the Dolphins. The Bills are the old veteran boxer who still has some skill, but is now a stepping stone for up & comers.

To say this team should still make the playoffs would be an understatement in my opinion. I believe in them and what they have going on more than I believe in the teams I listed above. That includes teams around them in the playoff race that aren't on their schedule. The one thing that scares me a little moving forward is the sustainability of this line. When guys get up in age as athletes, it becomes harder to come back from injuries. The injuries also tend to occur more frequently when it's a knee, foot, ankle, shoulder, elbow, or another body part critical to blocking for C.J. Stroud.

I know they just re-signed three of those guys and drafted one they believe can be a starter, but depth and contingency plans are a way of life in the NFL. We see how important depth was this season. Why not plan ahead? Don't be surprised if the Texans spend valuable draft capital on the offensive line. By valuable, I'm talking about first through third or fourth rounders. Those are prime spots to draft quality offensive lineman. Whether day one starters or quality depth, those are the sweet spots. The only guy on the two deep depth chart for this offensive line that wasn't drafted in one of those rounds was George Fant, who was an undrafted rookie free agent. While I highly doubt they spend any significant free agency dollars on the group, I'm not totally ruling it out.

The bottom line is, this team will be okay on the line for the remainder of this season. The only way that doesn't happen, more injuries. Stroud is clearly the franchise guy. Protecting that investment is a top priority. I don't care about a number one receiver, or a stud stable or singular running back if the quarterback won't have time to get them the ball. If the pilot can't fly the plane, you know what happens. So making sure he's happy, healthy, and has a great crew is of the utmost importance.

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