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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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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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