Whole Nine Yards: Week 8 rankings

By Zac Bellman
Special to the Tribune

logoQB rankings:

  1. Peyton Manning (Broncos) vs. Washington – The Redskins’ are coming off a big win but gave up 41 points in the process. Plus Peyton will want to get his Broncos back on track.
  2. Matt Stafford (Lions) vs. Dallas – Could take a couple sacks this week but the Cowboys are 31st in the league against fantasy quarterbacks.
  3. Aaron Rodgers (Packers) at Minnesota – Plays very well in domes and with the Vikings QB situation in flux he could see plenty of opportunities if Minnesota can’t sustain drives.
  4. Robert Griffin III (Redskins) at Denver – Finally starting to look like the RG3 of old with 161 yards rushing which raises his stock considerably.
  5. Michael Vick (Eagles) vs. New York Giants – Hamstring injury is a concern but Vick had a tremendous start going before going down in the Eagles’ last game against the Giants.
  6. Drew Brees (Saints) vs. Buffalo
  7. Russell Wilson (Seahawks) at St. Louis
  8. Tony Romo (Cowboys) at Detroit
  9. Colin Kaepernick (49ers) at Jacksonville
  10. Cam Newton (Panthers) at Tampa Bay
  11. Matt Ryan (Falcons) at Arizona
  12. Eli Manning (Giants) at Philadelphia
  13. Carson Palmer (Cardinals) vs. Atlanta
  14. Andy Dalton (Bengals) vs. New York Jets
  15. Alex Smith (Chiefs) vs. Cleveland

RB rankings:

  1. Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) vs. Cleveland – Ran for 165 yards in a loss to the Browns last year, and the Chiefs figure to be playing with the lead in this one which means lots of carries.
  2. LeSean McCoy (Eagles) vs. Dallas – Vick is back but may not be able to run much, leaving more touches for McCoy.
  3. Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks) at St. Louis – The beat down could come early on in this one, and the Rams are 30th against the run in the league.
  4. Reggie Bush (Lions) vs. Dallas – Dallas has given three 20+ point fantasy outputs to running backs over the last three weeks and Bush is getting 25 touches a game.
  5. Knowshon Moreno (Broncos) vs. Washington – Manning could be hurt more than he’s letting on, which could mean less throwing and more handoffs to Moreno.
  6. Frank Gore (49ers) at Jacksonville
  7. Eddie Lacy (Packers) at Minnesota
  8. Darren Sproles (Saints) vs. Buffalo
  9. Adrian Peterson (Vikings) vs. Green Bay
  10.  Fred Jackson (Bills) at New Orleans
  11. Stevan Ridley (Patriots) vs. Miami
  12. Alfred Morris (Redskins) at Denver
  13. Darren McFadden (Raiders) vs. Pittsburgh
  14. Peyton Hillis (Giants) at Philadelphia
  15. Lamar Miller (Dolphins) at New England

WR rankings:

  1. Calvin Johnson (Lions) vs. Dallas – Dallas is 30th in the league against the pass and Megatron is back from his injury after a huge game last week.
  2. Jordy Nelson (Packers) at Minnesota – With the receiving corps decimated by injury he’s one of Aaron Rodgers’ few reliable targets.
  3. Harry Douglas (Falcons) at Arizona – Speaking of decimated receiving corps, the Falcons are in a similar situation, causing Douglas to rise up in the rankings this week.
  4. Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) vs. Washington – Thomas was shut down in the first half last week but still caught a TD in the second. Manning looks his way even when he’s well covered.
  5. Victor Cruz (Giants) at Philadelphia – Targets have been down recently for Cruz but he caught five of his 12 targets last time he faced the Eagles three weeks ago.
  6. DeSean Jackson (Eagles) vs. New York Giants
  7. Eric Decker (Broncos) vs. Washington
  8. Jarrett Boykin (Packers) at Minnesota
  9. Pierre Garcon (Redskins) at Denver
  10. A.J. Green (Bengals) vs. New York Jets
  11. Dez Bryant (Cowboys) at Detroit
  12. Hakeem Nicks (Giants) at Philadelphia
  13. Antonio Brown (Steelers) at Oakland
  14. Wes Welker (Broncos) vs. Washington
  15. Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals) vs. Atlanta