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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!

QB

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

RB

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

WR

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

TE

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

DEF

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

Kicker

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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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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