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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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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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