Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 8

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Tom Brady is at home this week, where he has averaged 311.3 passing yards and has thrown for a combined nine touchdown passes (without an interception) in his past three contests. Hosting the Los Angeles Chargers this week, Brady is about as safe a bet as there is at the quarterback position; he claims the top spot in the Week 8 quarterback rankings.

Name Team Opp
Tom Brady NE vs LAC
Carson Wentz PHI vs SF
Drew Brees NO vs CHI
Kirk Cousins WAS vs DAL
Russell Wilson SEA vs HOU
Cam Newton CAR @ TB
Dak Prescott DAL @ WAS
Philip Rivers LAC @ NE
Deshaun Watson HOU @ SEA
Matt Ryan ATL @ NYJ
Andy Dalton CIN vs IND
Jameis Winston TB vs CAR
Tyrod Taylor BUF vs OAK
Alex Smith KC vs DEN
Derek Carr OAK @ BUF
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ DET
Matthew Stafford DET vs PIT
Josh McCown NYJ vs ATL
Matt Moore MIA @ BAL
Case Keenum MIN @ CLE
C.J. Beathard SF @ PHI
Trevor Siemian DEN @ KC
Joe Flacco BAL vs MIA
Jacoby Brissett IND @ CIN
Mitch Trubisky CHI @ NO
DeShone Kizer CLE vs MIN

Running Backs

Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell faces a Detroit Lions defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to the running back position. The Steelers back has averaged a whopping 31 touches in his past six games. The thought of that kind of workload against a generous Lions defense is what has propelled Bell o the top of the running back class in Week 8.

Name Team Opp
Le’Veon Bell PIT @ DET
LeSean McCoy BUF vs OAK
Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ WAS
Melvin Gordon LAC @ NE
Kareem Hunt KC vs DEN
Devonta Freeman ATL @ NYJ
Jordan Howard CHI @ NO
Jay Ajayi MIA @ BAL
Mark Ingram NO vs CHI
Joe Mixon CIN vs IND
Carlos Hyde SF @ PHI
Doug Martin TB vs CAR
Alvin Kamara NO vs CHI
Chris Thompson WAS vs DAL
Christian McCaffrey CAR @ TB
C.J. Anderson DEN @ KC
Tevin Coleman ATL @ NYJ
Lamar Miller HOU @ SEA
Ameer Abdullah DET vs PIT
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs SF
Jerick McKinnon MIN @ CLE
Dion Lewis NE vs LAC
Wendell Smallwood PHI vs SF
Javorius Allen BAL vs MIA
Jalen Richard OAK @ BUF
Matt Forte NYJ vs ATL
Bilal Powell NYJ vs ATL
Duke Johnson CLE vs MIN
Latavius Murray MIN @ CLE
James White NE vs LAC
DeAndre Washington OAK @ BUF
Frank Gore IND @ CIN
Robert Kelley WAS vs DAL
Marlon Mack IND @ CIN
Tarik Cohen CHI @ NO
Jonathan Stewart CAR @ TB
Jamaal Charles DEN @ KC
Theo Riddick DET vs PIT
Isaiah Crowell CLE vs MIN
Alex Collins BAL vs MIA
Mike Gillislee NE vs LAC
Thomas Rawls SEA vs HOU
Eddie Lacy SEA vs HOU
Giovani Bernard CIN vs IND
D’Onta Foreman HOU @ SEA
Matt Breida SF @ PHI
Rex Burkhead NE vs LAC
Mike Tolbert BUF vs OAK
Austin Ekeler LAC @ NE
Samaje Perine WAS vs DAL
C.J. Prosise SEA vs HOU
Jeremy Hill CIN vs IND
J.D. McKissic SEA vs HOU
Charles Sims TB vs CAR
Devontae Booker DEN @ KC
Elijah McGuire NYJ vs ATL
Charcandrick West KC vs DEN
Corey Clement PHI vs SF

Wide Receivers

With an average of almost 110 receiving yards per game (109.3), Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is the runaway leader in fantasy points scored at the wide receiver position. He’ll face a Lions defense that has been middle of the pack in terms of fantasy point prevention to the wide receiver position, which is to say that they are not a daunting enough matchup to knock Brown off the top of the fantasy receiver ranks for Week 8.

Name Team Opp
Antonio Brown PIT @ DET
A.J. Green CIN vs IND
Julio Jones ATL @ NYJ
Mike Evans TB vs CAR
Michael Thomas NO vs CHI
Dez Bryant DAL @ WAS
Brandin Cooks NE vs LAC
Keenan Allen LAC @ NE
Doug Baldwin SEA vs HOU
DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ SEA
Kelvin Benjamin CAR @ TB
Michael Crabtree OAK @ BUF
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs SF
Tyreek Hill KC vs DEN
Chris Hogan NE vs LAC
Adam Thielen MIN @ CLE
Amari Cooper OAK @ BUF
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ KC
Jarvis Landry MIA @ BAL
Pierre Garcon SF @ PHI
Devin Funchess CAR @ TB
Nelson Agholor PHI vs SF
Stefon Diggs MIN @ CLE
Golden Tate DET vs PIT
Marvin Jones DET vs PIT
DeSean Jackson TB vs CAR
Ted Ginn NO vs CHI
Will Fuller HOU @ SEA
Josh Doctson WAS vs DAL
Danny Amendola NE vs LAC
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @ DET
T.Y. Hilton IND @ CIN
Tyrell Williams LAC @ NE
Jamison Crowder WAS vs DAL
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs ATL
Robby Anderson NYJ vs ATL
Bennie Fowler DEN @ KC
Jeremy Maclin BAL vs MIA
Marquise Goodwin SF @ PHI
Kenny Stills MIA @ BAL
DeVante Parker MIA @ BAL
Torrey Smith PHI vs SF
Paul Richardson SEA vs HOU
Terrelle Pryor WAS vs DAL
Mohamed Sanu ATL @ NYJ
Tyler Lockett SEA vs HOU
Jordan Matthews BUF vs OAK
Deonte Thompson BUF vs OAK
Brandon LaFell CIN vs IND
Willie Snead NO vs CHI
Donte Moncrief IND @ CIN
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ NYJ
Mike Wallace BAL vs MIA
Kenny Golladay DET vs PIT
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ KC
Kendall Wright CHI @ NO
Travis Benjamin LAC @ NE
Cole Beasley DAL @ WAS
Jeremy Kerley NYJ vs ATL
Chris Moore BAL vs MIA
Ricardo Louis CLE vs MIN
Adam Humphries TB vs CAR
Zay Jones BUF vs OAK
Dontrelle Inman LAC @ NE
Demarcus Robinson KC vs DEN
Terrance Williams DAL @ WAS
Brandon Coleman NO vs CHI
Michael Campanaro BAL vs MIA

Tight Ends

Since entering the NFL in ’10, no player has scored more touchdown than Rob Gronkowski (73 touchdowns in 81 games). If he’s healthy enough to suit up and play, he’s likely to score. That kind of upside is what lands him atop the Week 8 fantasy tight end rankings this week, and most other weeks, for that matter.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE vs LAC
Zach Ertz PHI vs SF
Travis Kelce KC vs DEN
Hunter Henry LAC @ NE
Jimmy Graham SEA vs HOU
Jordan Reed WAS vs DAL
Kyle Rudolph MIN @ CLE
Tyler Kroft CIN vs IND
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs ATL
Cameron Brate TB vs CAR
Jason Witten DAL @ WAS
Jared Cook OAK @ BUF
Zach Miller CHI @ NO
Ed Dickson CAR @ TB
Jack Doyle IND @ CIN
Austin Hooper ATL @ NYJ
Ryan Griffin HOU @ SEA
Vernon Davis WAS vs DAL
Nick O’Leary BUF vs OAK
George Kittle SF @ PHI
Ben Watson BAL vs MIA
Coby Fleener NO vs CHI
O.J. Howard TB vs CAR
A.J. Derby DEN @ KC
Eric Ebron DET vs PIT
Julius Thomas MIA @ BAL
David Njoku CLE vs MIN
Antonio Gates LAC @ NE
Vance McDonald PIT @ DET

Defense / Special Teams

The Philadelphia Eagles have been a top-12 fantasy defense/special teams thanks to a strong pass rush and 12 forced turnovers (sixth-best in the NFL). Facing a San Francisco offense that ranks just 25th in scoring and has allowed the fourth-most quarterback sacks, the Eagles fly to the top of the Week 8 fantasy defense/special teams rankings.

Name Opp
Philadelphia Eagles vs SF
Minnesota Vikings @ CLE
Cincinnati Bengals vs IND
Kansas City Chiefs vs DEN
Seattle Seahawks vs HOU
Baltimore Ravens vs MIA
New Orleans Saints vs CHI
Buffalo Bills vs OAK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs CAR
Detroit Lions vs PIT
Carolina Panthers @ TB
Atlanta Falcons @ NYJ
Pittsburgh Steelers @ DET
Miami Dolphins @ BAL
Cleveland Browns vs MIN
Denver Broncos @ KC
Houston Texans @ SEA
New England Patriots vs LAC
New York Jets vs ATL
Chicago Bears @ NO
Oakland Raiders @ BUF
Washington Redskins vs DAL
Indianapolis Colts @ CIN
Dallas Cowboys @ WAS
Los Angeles Chargers @ NE
San Francisco 49ers @ PHI

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever!

Name Team Opp
Jake Elliott PHI vs SF
Stephen Gostkowski NE vs LAC
Harrison Butker KC vs DEN
Justin Tucker BAL vs MIA
Wil Lutz NO vs CHI
Randy Bullock CIN vs IND
Matt Bryant ATL @ NYJ
Kai Forbath MIN @ CLE
Matt Prater DET vs PIT
Steven Hauschka BUF vs OAK
Blair Walsh SEA vs HOU
Graham Gano CAR @ TB
Chris Boswell PIT @ DET
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK @ BUF
Nick Rose WAS vs DAL
Adam Vinatieri IND @ CIN
Nick Novak LAC @ NE
Mike Nugent DAL @ WAS
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU @ SEA
Brandon McManus DEN @ KC
Patrick Murray TB vs CAR
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs ATL
Connor Barth CHI @ NO
Cody Parkey MIA @ BAL
Robbie Gould SF @ PHI
Zane Gonzalez CLE vs MIN
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