ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings

Prepare for the gauntlet. Week 8 marks the first of back-to-back weeks in which six teams relax at home while fantasy owners everywhere panic to fill their lineups.

Week 7 provided quite the slate with three teams putting up goose eggs and another five teams that scored 10 points or less. Let’s hope this week provides a little more scoring and a little less disappointment. On to the rankings!


Carson Wentz is the real deal after wowing viewers across the nation on Monday Night Football this past week. In my mind, Brady and Wentz are interchangeable at the top spot while being followed by a treasure trove of healthy matchups across the rest of the top 10. Andy Dalton is my big play this week after watching the Colts struggle to contain the likes of Blake Bortles who probably could have thrown for 500 yards had it not been for his team jumping out to a 20 point halftime lead.

Be weary of Deshaun Watson this week, as he heads to Seattle where the Seahawks blitz significantly more — a situation Watson has struggled with during his brief NFL career.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE LAC
2 Carson Wentz PHI SF
3 Drew Brees NO CHI
4 Kirk Cousins WAS DAL
5 Russell Wilson SEA HST
6 Dak Prescott DAL @WAS
7 Cam Newton CAR @TB
8 Philip Rivers LAC @NE
9 Andy Dalton CIN IND
10 Tyrod Taylor BUF OAK
11 Jameis Winston TB CAR
12 Matt Ryan ATL @NYJ
13 Alex Smith KC DEN
14 Deshaun Watson HST @SEA
15 Matthew Stafford DET PIT
16 Ben Roethlisberger PIT @DET
17 Derek Carr OAK @BUF
18 Josh McCown NYJ ATL
19 Case Keenum MIN @CLV
20 C.J. Beathard SF @PHI
21 Trevor Siemian DEN @KC
22 Matt Moore MIA @BLT
23 Jacoby Brissett IND @CIN
24 Mitchell Trubisky CHI @NO
25 Joe Flacco BLT MIA


Running Back

This week marks the first in a while that Kareem Hunt finds himself outside of the top 3. Devonta Freeman should enjoy some pass catching success this week against the Jets as the Falcons look to right the ship after last week’s loss to the Patriots. Legarrette Blount and Christian McCaffrey should both put up healthy games this week as solid RB2 options with RB1 upside.

Looking for a sleeper? Look no further than the other Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood, who should serve his 3rd down role well against a bad San Francisco run defense.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT @DET
2 Ezekiel Elliott DAL @WAS
3 Melvin Gordon LAC @NE
4 LeSean McCoy BUF OAK
5 Kareem Hunt KC DEN
6 Devonta Freeman ATL @NYJ
7 Mark Ingram NO CHI
8 Jordan Howard CHI @NO
9 Carlos Hyde SF @PHI
10 Joe Mixon CIN IND
11 Jay Ajayi MIA @BLT
12 Lamar Miller HST @SEA
13 Alvin Kamara NO CHI
14 Chris Thompson WAS DAL
15 Doug Martin TB CAR
16 LeGarrette Blount PHI SF
17 Jerick McKinnon MIN @CLV
18 C.J. Anderson DEN @KC
19 Christian McCaffrey CAR @TB
20 Ameer Abdullah DET PIT
21 Jalen Richard OAK @BUF
22 Tevin Coleman ATL @NYJ
23 Javorius Allen BLT MIA
24 Dion Lewis NE LAC
25 DeAndre Washington OAK @BUF
26 Matt Forte NYJ ATL
27 Frank Gore IND @CIN
28 Latavius Murray MIN @CLV
29 Bilal Powell NYJ ATL
30 Wendell Smallwood PHI SF
31 James White NE LAC
32 Duke Johnson Jr. CLV MIN
33 Alex Collins BLT MIA
34 Jonathan Stewart CAR @TB
35 Rob Kelley WAS DAL
36 Isaiah Crowell CLV MIN
37 Marlon Mack IND @CIN
38 Tarik Cohen CHI @NO
39 Theo Riddick DET PIT
40 Thomas Rawls SEA HST
41 Eddie Lacy SEA HST
42 Mike Gillislee NE LAC
43 Giovani Bernard CIN IND
44 Jamaal Charles DEN @KC
45 D’Onta Foreman HST @SEA
46 Rex Burkhead NE LAC
47 Jeremy Hill CIN IND
48 Matt Breida SF @PHI
49 Austin Ekeler LAC @NE
50 Mike Tolbert BUF OAK


Wide Receiver

Give me A.J. Green shares everywhere you possibly can this week. Like Dalton, Green should have a field day against the Colts. Same should be said for Keenan Allen among top 10 options this week.

Kelvin Benjamin, Adam Thielen and Nelson Agholor are high on the radar this week thanks to some very enticing matchups. Since moving to the slot, Agholor has looked like a completely different player making the most of his opportunities with a huge differential between expected fantasy points per opportunity and actual points. The trend should continue with Wentz’s current success.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT @DET
2 A.J. Green CIN IND
3 Mike Evans TB CAR
4 Julio Jones ATL @NYJ
5 Dez Bryant DAL @WAS
6 Keenan Allen LAC @NE
7 Doug Baldwin SEA HST
8 Brandin Cooks NE LAC
9 DeAndre Hopkins HST @SEA
10 Michael Thomas NO CHI
11 Chris Hogan NE LAC
12 Demaryius Thomas DEN @KC
13 Jarvis Landry MIA @BLT
14 Alshon Jeffery PHI SF
15 Michael Crabtree OAK @BUF
16 Kelvin Benjamin CAR @TB
17 Tyreek Hill KC DEN
18 Adam Thielen MIN @CLV
19 Amari Cooper OAK @BUF
20 Pierre Garcon SF @PHI
21 Nelson Agholor PHI SF
22 DeSean Jackson TB CAR
23 Devin Funchess CAR @TB
24 T.Y. Hilton IND @CIN
25 Marvin Jones Jr. DET PIT
26 Stefon Diggs MIN @CLV
27 Will Fuller V HST @SEA
28 Ted Ginn Jr. NO CHI
29 Robby Anderson NYJ ATL
30 Kenny Stills MIA @BLT
31 Danny Amendola NE LAC
32 Mohamed Sanu ATL @NYJ
33 Josh Doctson WAS DAL
34 Paul Richardson SEA HST
35 Jermaine Kearse NYJ ATL
36 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @DET
37 Tyrell Williams LAC @NE
38 Tyler Lockett SEA HST
39 Jeremy Maclin BLT MIA
40 Jordan Matthews BUF OAK
41 DeVante Parker MIA @BLT
42 Bennie Fowler III DEN @KC
43 Willie Snead IV NO CHI
44 Cole Beasley DAL @WAS
45 Marquise Goodwin SF @PHI
46 Jamison Crowder WAS DAL
47 Taylor Gabriel ATL @NYJ
48 Torrey Smith PHI SF
49 Kenny Golladay DET PIT
50 Terrelle Pryor Sr. WAS DAL


Tight End

Another typical top three this week with a newcomer to the top five in Kyle Rudolph. Cleveland is a terrible team, but among their worst traits is defending tight ends — take advantage of this matchup wherever possible.

For a deep sleeper, look to Buffalo’s Nick O’Leary who should continue to get looks in the Bills’ offense with Tyrod Taylor prone to throwing short passes both in the flat and middle of the field.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE LAC
2 Travis Kelce KC DEN
3 Zach Ertz PHI SF
4 Jordan Reed WAS DAL
5 Kyle Rudolph MIN @CLV
6 Jimmy Graham SEA HST
7 Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ ATL
8 Hunter Henry LAC @NE
9 Cameron Brate TB CAR
10 Jason Witten DAL @WAS
11 Tyler Kroft CIN IND
12 George Kittle SF @PHI
13 Zach Miller CHI @NO
14 Jared Cook OAK @BUF
15 Ed Dickson CAR @TB
16 Austin Hooper ATL @NYJ
17 Benjamin Watson BLT MIA
18 Jack Doyle IND @CIN
19 O.J. Howard TB CAR
20 Vernon Davis WAS DAL
21 Nick O’Leary BUF OAK
22 Julius Thomas MIA @BLT
23 Coby Fleener NO CHI
24 Ryan Griffin HST @SEA
25 A.J. Derby DEN @KC


Defense/Special Teams

Human turnover machine Deshone Kizer gets another start for the Browns making the Vikings the unanimous #1 overall defense this week. Cincinnati isn’t far behind in terms of what should be locks for collecting points from this volatile position. Meanwhile in the middle of the pack, keep an eye on Detroit — always consider Pittsburgh’s struggles on the road, but beyond this week they will take on the Packers, Browns and Bears in their next three games.

Rank Name Opp
1 Minnesota Vikings @CLV
2 Cincinnati Bengals IND
3 Philadelphia Eagles SF
4 Seattle Seahawks HST
5 Kansas City Chiefs DEN
6 Baltimore Ravens MIA
7 New Orleans Saints CHI
8 Miami Dolphins @BLT
9 Pittsburgh Steelers @DET
10 Carolina Panthers @TB
11 Denver Broncos @KC
12 Atlanta Falcons @NYJ
13 Buffalo Bills OAK
14 Detroit Lions PIT
15 Houston Texans @SEA
16 Chicago Bears @NO
17 Tampa Bay Buccaneers CAR
18 Oakland Raiders @BUF
19 New England Patriots LAC
20 Cleveland Browns MIN
21 New York Jets ATL
22 Dallas Cowboys @WAS
23 Washington Redskins DAL
24 Indianapolis Colts @CIN
25 Los Angeles Chargers @NE

(Rankings based on .5 PPR scoring)

Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

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