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Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings From the Most Accurate Experts

Oct 31, 2020

Here’s a look at fantasy football rankings from our most accurate experts of the 2020 season. These rankings are for half-PPR scoring fantasy football formats.

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Week 8 Quarterback Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME TEAM OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?) OPPORTUNITY (?) EFFICIENCY (?)
1 Patrick Mahomes II KC vs. NYJ 5.2 A+ 24.3 0.3 42% (6/14) 3% Great
2 Russell Wilson SEA vs. SF 6.2 A 23.2 1.9 40% (6/15) 1% Great
3 Aaron Rodgers GB vs. MIN 6.8 A 22.1 -0.5 40% (6/15) 0% Great
4 Ryan Tannehill TEN at CIN 7.4 A- 21.2 6.3 73% (11/15) 1% Great
5 Lamar Jackson BAL vs. PIT 6.6 B+ 20.2 2.7 64% (9/14) 6% Great
6 Carson Wentz PHI vs. DAL 6.2 B+ 19.7 2.9 62% (10/16) 7% Great
7 Josh Allen BUF vs. NE 4.8 B 19.2 2.8 58% (10/17) 9% Great
8 Tom Brady TB at NYG 8 B 18.9 0.7 43% (7/16) 4% Great
9 Justin Herbert LAC at DEN 4.4 B 18.7 11.9 80% (4/5) 5% Great
10 Teddy Bridgewater CAR vs. ATL 9.9 B 18.5 0.4 33% (5/15) 4% Great
11 Joe Burrow CIN vs. TEN 7.4 B- 18.3 3.3 71% (5/7) 8% Average
12 Matt Ryan ATL at CAR 2.4 B- 18 -0.6 40% (6/15) 1% Great
13 Derek Carr LV at CLE 7.6 C+ 17.8 2.6 68% (11/16) 4% Great
14 Jared Goff LAR at MIA 5 C+ 17.4 1.3 62% (10/16) 6% Great
15 Matthew Stafford DET vs. IND 6 C 17 1.4 62% (5/8) 1% Good
16 Baker Mayfield CLE vs. LV 5.6 C 16.6 1.7 58% (10/17) 1% Great
17 Jimmy Garoppolo SF at SEA 5 C- 16.4 1.3 46% (7/15) 0% Good
18 Cam Newton NE at BUF 7.4 C- 16.2 -0.9 60% (3/5) 25% Average
19 Kirk Cousins MIN at GB 7.6 D+ 16 0 50% (7/14) 1% Great
20 Ben Roethlisberger PIT at BAL 3.2 D+ 15.8 0.2 66% (4/6) 4% Great

Justin Herbert (LAC)
What a meteoric rise it’s been for Herbert, who’s now finished as the QB7, QB4, and QB1 over his last three games. He’s completing 67.4 percent of his passes, averaging 8.4 yards per attempt, and throwing a touchdown on 6.5 percent of his attempts. Oh, he’s also rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns in five games. By comparison, Patrick Mahomes has completed 65.7 percent of his passes, averaging 7.8 yards per attempt, and throwing a touchdown on 6.6 percent of his attempts. Crazy, right? Especially when you consider his surrounding cast, offensive line, and coaching staff. Can he continue the magic against the Broncos, a defense that’s allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks through seven weeks? It’s kind of crazy they’ve allowed as many points they have to quarterbacks, as they’ve allowed the seventh-fewest yards per attempt (6.82), the ninth-lowest touchdown percentage (3.70 percent), and are generating a sack on 7.63 percent of dropbacks (seventh-most). All in all, they’ve allowed just 0.407 fantasy points per actual pass attempt, which is the ninth-lowest mark. So, how do they allow so many fantasy points? They’ve faced 36.0 pass attempts per game (10th-most) and have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points on the ground to quarterbacks. Herbert has proven himself enough to the point where you start him, even if the matchup isn’t great on paper. He’s a stable QB1.

Baker Mayfield (CLE)
Mayfield put on a show last week and he now gets to go up against a defense that is allowing the 4th most fantasy points to opposing QBs. While OBJ’s absence certainly puts a damper on Mayfield’s fantasy outlook, he showed that he can produce even with him out of the lineup. If you’re looking for a streaming option this week, Mayfield’s a fine option to plug into your lineup.

Week 8 Running Back Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME TEAM OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?) OPPORTUNITY (?) EFFICIENCY (?)
1 Derrick Henry TEN at CIN 8 A+ 20.1 4.7 64% (9/14) 31% Great
2 Kareem Hunt CLE vs. LV 7.2 A+ 19.7 1.6 73% (11/15) 22% Great
3 Alvin Kamara NO at CHI 5.4 A+ 19.3 0.3 35% (5/14) 23% Great
4 Dalvin Cook MIN at GB 9.4 A 17.6 -0.2 50% (6/12) 17% Great
5 Mike Davis CAR vs. ATL 5.8 A 17.5 0.7 38% (5/13) 20% Good
6 Jonathan Taylor IND at DET 7.8 A 15.8 -0.5 50% (3/6) 18% Good
7 Todd Gurley II ATL at CAR 7.6 A 15.7 0.1 56% (9/16) 21% Great
8 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at PHI 5 A 15.6 -1.1 43% (7/16) 30% Good
9 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. NYJ 6.8 A- 15.1 -1.5 42% (3/7) 17% Average
10 Josh Jacobs LV at CLE 7 A- 14.3 -1.9 30% (4/13) 19% Great
11 Boston Scott PHI vs. DAL 5.6 A- 12.9 2 31% (5/16) 8% Average
12 James Conner PIT at BAL 3.6 B+ 12.8 -1.8 50% (5/10) 25% Average
13 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. TEN 4.6 B+ 12.8 -0.2 62% (10/16) 9% Good
14 Myles Gaskin MIA vs. LAR 7.2 B 12.7 1.5 61% (8/13) 17% Poor
15 Darrell Henderson LAR at MIA 9.2 B 12.6 0.8 40% (6/15) 27% Good
16 Ronald Jones II TB at NYG 7 B 12.4 1 52% (9/17) 14% Great
17 D’Andre Swift DET vs. IND 4.6 B 12.3 4.8 83% (5/6) 16% Great
18 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs. LAC 4 B 12.2 1.5 57% (8/14) 19% Great
19 David Montgomery CHI vs. NO 3.2 B 11.8 0.2 35% (6/17) 17% Average
20 Jamaal Williams GB vs. MIN 4.6 B 10.7 0.8 50% (7/14) 11% Poor
21 Carlos Hyde SEA vs. SF 5.4 C+ 10.6 0.8 46% (6/13) 5% Great
22 Le’Veon Bell KC vs. NYJ 7 B- 9.8 -3.1 16% (2/12) 3% Awful
23 Leonard Fournette TB at NYG 8.4 B- 9.7 -1.3 23% (3/13) 11% Average
24 Devin Singletary BUF vs. NE 6.2 C+ 9.5 -1.2 43% (7/16) 10% Poor
25 JaMycal Hasty SF at SEA 4.2 C+ 9 0 40% (2/5) 1% Awful
26 Justin Jackson LAC at DEN 4.4 C+ 8.9 -0.3 55% (5/9) 2% Awful
27 Joshua Kelley LAC at DEN 3.4 C 8.8 0.3 50% (3/6) 14% Poor
28 Jerick McKinnon SF at SEA 4 C 8.5 -0.7 57% (4/7) 9% Great
29 J.K. Dobbins BAL vs. PIT 5.8 C 8.1 0.5 50% (3/6) 6% Great
30 James White NE at BUF 3.8 C 7.9 0.2 46% (6/13) 4% Awful
31 Damien Harris NE at BUF 6.6 C 7.7 -0.1 16% (1/6) 2% Awful
32 Latavius Murray NO at CHI 6.8 C 7.5 0.7 40% (6/15) 9% Good
33 Malcolm Brown LAR at MIA 8 C 7.3 1.2 46% (7/15) 16% Great
34 Zack Moss BUF vs. NE 6.4 C 7 -0.4 50% (2/4) 12% Poor
35 Lamical Perine NYJ at KC 8.8 C 6.9 0 33% (2/6) 4% Great
36 Gus Edwards BAL vs. PIT 4.4 C- 6.9 1.5 40% (6/15) 4% Great
37 Adrian Peterson DET vs. IND 3.8 C- 6.6 1.7 60% (9/15) 10% Good
38 Nyheim Hines IND at DET 8.2 D+ 6.4 1.1 56% (9/16) 10% Great
39 Rex Burkhead NE at BUF 5 D 5.9 1.3 46% (7/15) 13% Great
40 Wayne Gallman NYG vs. TB 6.2 D 5.8 0.2 33% (4/12) 8% Good
41 Frank Gore NYJ at KC 9.2 D 5.6 -2.1 23% (4/17) 5% Awful
42 Brian Hill ATL at CAR 7.4 D 5.4 0.9 43% (7/16) 4% Great
43 Phillip Lindsay DEN vs. LAC 4.8 C- 5.3 -2.1 33% (4/12) 13% Awful
44 Alexander Mattison MIN at GB 9.2 D 5.1 0.3 50% (6/12) 10% Average
45 Tony Pollard DAL at PHI 4.8 D- 4.9 1.6 46% (7/15) 3% Great
46 Corey Clement PHI vs. DAL 7.4 D- 4.8 -1.9 0% (0/6) 1% Awful
47 DeeJay Dallas SEA vs. SF 4.8 D- 4.7 0.5 50% (2/4) 1% Awful
48 Matt Breida MIA vs. LAR 7.2 F 4.7 -1.7 30% (4/13) 2% Awful
49 Benny Snell Jr. PIT at BAL 3.6 F 4.5 0.1 46% (6/13) 14% Average
50 Devonta Freeman NYG vs. TB 5.4 D+ 4.4 -1.2 33% (4/12) 10% Average

 

Le’Veon Bell (KC)
Bell saw six carries in his first game with the Chiefs and showed some explosiveness that simply hasn’t been there for the past few years. However, with CEH still above him on the depth chart, Bell’s not worth looking at as anything more than a mid-range RB3.

Justin Jackson (LAC)
We assumed that we had clarity on what this backfield was going to look like last week, but both options fell flat in a great matchup. Jackson’s a safe bet every single week due to his involvement in the receiving game, but we cannot be confident in how the carry splits are going to break down between the two options in this backfield. Jackson can be viewed as a low-end RB2 this week.

Week 8 Wide Receiver Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME TEAM OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?) OPPORTUNITY (?) EFFICIENCY (?)
1 Davante Adams GB vs. MIN 6.4 A+ 19.5 0.8 58% (7/12) 17% Good
2 Tyreek Hill KC vs. NYJ 7 A+ 16 -1.8 43% (7/16) 11% Great
3 A.J. Brown TEN at CIN 8.2 A+ 15.6 4 69% (9/13) 11% Great
4 D.K. Metcalf SEA vs. SF 5.4 A+ 15.5 0.7 46% (7/15) 13% Great
5 Tyler Lockett SEA vs. SF 4.6 A+ 15.4 0.1 33% (5/15) 20% Great
6 Julio Jones ATL at CAR 4.8 A+ 15.3 -0.8 38% (5/13) 16% Average
7 Calvin Ridley ATL at CAR 5.4 A 15.2 2 66% (8/12) 23% Great
8 Adam Thielen MIN at GB 2.6 A 14.8 -2 30% (3/10) 20% Great
9 Keenan Allen LAC at DEN 5 A 14.8 -0.2 53% (8/15) 16% Average
10 Robby Anderson CAR vs. ATL 7.2 A 14.7 1.2 58% (10/17) 10% Poor
11 Kenny Golladay DET vs. IND 4.6 A 14.6 0.8 57% (8/14) 10% Good
12 D.J. Moore CAR vs. ATL 7.8 A 14.4 0.2 56% (9/16) 10% Great
13 Stefon Diggs BUF vs. NE 6.8 A 14.4 -2.4 25% (4/16) 10% Good
14 Mike Evans TB at NYG 6.2 A 14.3 -0.3 46% (6/13) 11% Great
15 Justin Jefferson MIN at GB 3.4 A 13.9 5.8 50% (3/6) 10% Great
16 Travis Fulgham PHI vs. DAL 7.6 A- 13.5 4.5 37% (3/8) 20% Average
17 Cooper Kupp LAR at MIA 5 A- 13.3 -1.9 43% (7/16) 7% Great
18 Robert Woods LAR at MIA 4.6 A- 12.7 0.5 60% (9/15) 10% Great
19 Tyler Boyd CIN vs. TEN 5.6 A- 12.4 0.4 43% (7/16) 13% Average
20 Brandon Aiyuk SF at SEA 6.8 A- 12.4 3.1 66% (4/6) 12% Good
21 Tee Higgins CIN vs. TEN 6.4 B+ 12.3 3.7 71% (5/7) 12% Good
22 Amari Cooper DAL at PHI 7.6 B+ 12.3 -1.8 37% (6/16) 13% Average
23 Allen Robinson II CHI vs. NO 9.4 A- 12.1 -1.1 41% (7/17) 18% Average
24 Diontae Johnson PIT at BAL 3.2 B 11.5 0.8 40% (6/15) 10% Great
25 Jarvis Landry CLE vs. LV 7.8 B 11.4 0.2 35% (6/17) 4% Good
26 Marquise Brown BAL vs. PIT 6.4 B 11.1 -2.5 35% (5/14) 18% Poor
27 Chase Claypool PIT at BAL 4.4 B 10.4 6.2 66% (4/6) 14% Great
28 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT at BAL 3.4 B 10.4 -3.4 33% (4/12) 9% Great
29 DeVante Parker MIA vs. LAR 7 B 10.2 1.5 50% (8/16) 5% Great
30 A.J. Green CIN vs. TEN 6.2 B 9.8 -3.3 28% (2/7) 12% Awful
31 Darius Slayton NYG vs. TB 3.8 B- 9.6 1.9 43% (7/16) 21% Good
32 CeeDee Lamb DAL at PHI 7.6 B- 9.4 1.6 71% (5/7) 11% Good
33 Cole Beasley BUF vs. NE 7.2 C+ 9.2 3 81% (13/16) 8% Good
34 Corey Davis TEN at CIN 7 B- 9 -1.6 30% (4/13) 8% Good
35 Mike Williams LAC at DEN 6 C+ 8.8 -0.4 42% (6/14) 11% Good
36 Sterling Shepard NYG vs. TB 3.4 C+ 8.7 -1.5 30% (3/10) 14% Poor
37 Rashard Higgins CLE vs. LV 8.4 C+ 8.7 0.1 25% (4/16) 4% Great
38 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. LAC 6.6 C+ 8.6 -1.4 33% (2/6) 6% Good
39 Henry Ruggs III LV at CLE 7.4 C 8.6 0.4 50% (2/4) 7% Good
40 T.Y. Hilton IND at DET 4.6 C 8.4 -5.5 27% (3/11) 8% Awful
41 Scotty Miller TB at NYG 6.8 C 8.2 0.9 50% (6/12) 7% Good
42 Marvin Jones Jr. DET vs. IND 5 C 8.1 -1.2 41% (5/12) 11% Poor
43 Michael Gallup DAL at PHI 6.4 C 8.1 -0.8 43% (7/16) 11% Poor
44 Curtis Samuel CAR vs. ATL 7.2 C 8.1 -1.1 43% (7/16) 7% Great
45 Nelson Agholor LV at CLE 7 C 7.8 2.8 50% (5/10) 7% Great
46 Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB vs. MIN 7.4 C 7.8 -3 20% (3/15) 7% Average
47 Tre’Quan Smith NO at CHI 6 C 7.7 0.9 42% (6/14) 7% Good
48 Mecole Hardman KC vs. NYJ 6.8 C 7.6 0.8 50% (8/16) 3% Great
49 Preston Williams MIA vs. LAR 6.8 C- 7.6 -0.3 28% (2/7) 10% Great
50 Kendrick Bourne SF at SEA 6.6 C- 7.6 1.3 52% (9/17) 6% Good

D.K. Metcalf (SEA)
He’s totaled 296 yards on passes that have traveled over 20 yards in the air, which ranks as the most in the NFL. His efficiency on those passes is ridiculous, as he’s caught 7-of-12 for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Still, it’s going to lead to some disappointing performances, like the one he had on Sunday night. The 49ers haven’t been a team to actively target with wide receivers, but it’s worth noting they’ve allowed four passes that have gone for 40-plus yards, which is the seventh-most in the league. It’s pretty crazy what Jason Verrett has done since re-joining the 49ers defense, as he’s allowed just 46 yards on 154 snaps in coverage. That 0.30 yards per snap is the lowest in football. Between Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley, they’ve allowed just 60.0 PPR points on 40 targets in coverage, or just 1.50 points per target. That would rank second in the NFL to only the Bears defense. All season, the 49ers have allowed just three top-24 receivers, with DeAndre Hopkins being the only No. 1 receiver on that list (others are Preston Williams and Braxton Berrios). Metcalf has game breaking one-play upside, so he can turn into a WR1 at any point, so you’re starting him in a game the Seahawks are likely to throw more than normal with their running back health issues. Start him as a high-end WR2 in redraft leagues but reserve him for tournaments in DFS.

Mike Evans (TB)
Chris Godwin in the lineup, Evans has been an afterthought. In the three games without Godwin, it’s been a different story. He’s seen 10, 8, and 9 targets in those three games, totaling 19 receptions, 267 yards, and three touchdowns. In case you’ve missed it, Godwin has been ruled out for this game with a broken finger. The Giants are going to have James Bradberry shadow him, which hasn’t been a pleasant experience for Evans throughout the last two years. In case you forgot, Bradberry shadowed him the last two years while in Carolina. The only game that Evans did well was the one he was targeted 17 times in. To be fair, it is a different defense that Bradberry’s playing for, and Evans has upgraded from Jameis Winston to Brady, but it’s something. Bradberry has done a solid job with No. 1 receivers this year: Travis Fulgham 5/73/0, Terry McLaurin 7/74/0, Amari Cooper 2/23/0, Robert Woods 6/35/0, and Allen Robinson 3/33/0. That’s pretty good, right? Still, it’s hard to see a scenario where Evans sees less than eight targets this week, so you have to get him back into lineups as a high-end WR2.

Jarvis Landry (CLE)
He’s now up to 39 targets without a touchdown, which ranks as the second-most in the league without a touchdown. He’s quietly averaging 9.4 yards per target, which is actually the highest number of his career. If he starts scoring touchdowns at a reasonable rate, he’ll be viewed much differently in fantasy. With Beckham out for the year, we should expect him to get a solid bump in targets, too. He’s averaged just 5.6 targets per game to this point, which is typically reserved for those in the WR4/5 range. The Raiders have faced 18.7 targets per game to wide receivers, so given how top-heavy the Browns have been, we should expect Landry to see at least six targets in this game. The Raiders slot cornerback is Lamarcus Joyner, who’s been mediocre in coverage, allowing 25-for-34 passing for 256 yards and… no touchdowns. But still, it’s not like he won’t get out of Joyner’s coverage at times. We saw both Chris Godwin and Cole Beasley score against the Raiders, so it’s not out of the question. Landry is moving up the rankings moving forward and should be considered a low-end WR3/high-end WR4 who comes with a solid floor.

Week 8 Tight End Rankings

RK PLAYER NAME TEAM OPP MATCHUP RATING START/SIT PROJ. FPTS AVG. POINTS (?) % GAMES (?) OPPORTUNITY (?) EFFICIENCY (?)
1 Travis Kelce KC vs. NYJ 6 A+ 15.1 0.3 56% (9/16) 7% Great
2 George Kittle SF at SEA 7.4 A 14.6 1.9 53% (7/13) 6% Great
3 Darren Waller LV at CLE 5.6 A 13.4 -1.9 31% (5/16) 19% Good
4 Mark Andrews BAL vs. PIT 3.2 A- 11.5 0.1 57% (8/14) 23% Great
5 Rob Gronkowski TB at NYG 6.2 B+ 11.1 0.5 42% (3/7) 12% Average
6 Jonnu Smith TEN at CIN 6.2 B 10.3 1 46% (7/15) 14% Great
7 Hunter Henry LAC at DEN 3.8 B 9.4 -2.5 33% (5/15) 11% Poor
8 T.J. Hockenson DET vs. IND 6 B- 9 0 54% (6/11) 18% Great
9 Richard Rodgers PHI vs. DAL 6.4 C+ 8.7 1.3 57% (4/7) 2% Awful
10 Jared Cook NO at CHI 7.8 C+ 8.4 2.3 61% (8/13) 8% Great
11 Noah Fant DEN vs. LAC 6.4 C+ 8.1 0.6 42% (6/14) 9% Great
12 Robert Tonyan GB vs. MIN 5.8 C 7.7 2.1 35% (5/14) 7% Great
13 Hayden Hurst ATL at CAR 4 C 7.3 -0.1 31% (5/16) 7% Great
14 Mike Gesicki MIA vs. LAR 6.4 C- 7.2 0.7 37% (6/16) 13% Average
15 Jimmy Graham CHI vs. NO 7.8 C- 7.1 0.4 37% (6/16) 19% Great
16 Evan Engram NYG vs. TB 5.6 D+ 6.9 -2.2 33% (3/9) 9% Good
17 Trey Burton IND at DET 5.4 D 6.8 2.2 60% (3/5) 8% Great
18 Harrison Bryant CLE vs. LV 7 D 6.7 2.2 42% (3/7) 6% Great
19 Eric Ebron PIT at BAL 6 D 6.5 -1.5 40% (4/10) 12% Poor
20 Dalton Schultz DAL at PHI 8.2 D- 6.4 0.7 26% (4/15) 6% Great

Richard Rodgers (PHI)
With both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert out of the lineup, Rodgers played as the primary tight end against the Giants, and he delivered. All in all, he played 69-of-81 snaps, saw eight targets, and netted 6/85/0 on them. We know how important the tight ends are in the Doug Pederson offense, so we shouldn’t be all that surprised. The Cowboys have allowed 40 yards and/or a touchdown to six different tight ends this year, including a four-catch, 60-yard, one-touchdown performance to Logan Thomas last week. He did all of that on just four targets. The 2.06 PPR points per target the Cowboys have allowed to tight ends ranks as the ninth-highest mark in the league. They’ve allowed the 10th-most points per game to tight ends despite seeing just 6.4 targets per game to them. Meanwhile, the Eagles have targeted their tight ends 11.7 times per game. Rodgers is someone you should consider as a low-end TE1/high-end TE2 streamer.

Robert Tonyan (GB)
Remember when Tonyan was the No. 1 tight end in fantasy coming off his three-touchdown game against the Falcons? Since that time, he’s seen six targets and caught five passes for 57 yards. He has been trying to play through a few injuries, so maybe he’s getting healthier as the weeks go on? The Vikings don’t look so bad on paper against the tight end position, as they’ve allowed the 14th-fewest fantasy points per game to the position, but when you look at their efficiency numbers, they’re likely a top-five matchup for tight ends. They’ve allowed an 80.0 percent catch-rate (3rd-highest), 15.13 yards per reception (highest in NFL), 12.1 yards per target (most in NFL), and 2.41 PPR points per target (4th-highest). That doesn’t seem like such a brutal matchup, does it? We should pay attention to the injury reports because if Tonyan practices in full, he should be a solid low-end TE1/high-end TE2 streamer.

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