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October 30, 2014
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2014 Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 8

 

(BYE:  NEW YORK GIANTS, SAN FRANCISCO)

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

 

Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 26 - 11:25AM CT)

 

 

Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.       Peyton Manning (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Peyton is pretty good at football. There is no doubt that Manning is back on top of his game, and Demaryius Thomas has been ridiculous. Peyton has throw for 1,034 yards with 11 touchdowns, two interceptions, and scored 95.5 fantasy points over the past three weeks.  This week he is once again playing in prime time, where he dominates, and the Chargers are going to have their hands full trying to slow him down. Peyton is going score a lot of points, like you didn’t know that already. He is going to make it a tough start to the week for his opponents this week.


Aaron Rodgers Pyro Character

2.       Aaron Rodgers (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Aaron Rodgers might not have the best statistical season of his career this year but the way he is taking care of the ball this season is insane. His touchdown to interception ratio is an incredible 18:1 this season and he just doesn’t even look to be playing the same game as anyone else at the moment.  His yards per game have been a bit down this season but that can be attributed to the improved play of his defense that has given him a lot of short field so far this season. Rodgers had a great week last week missing only three passes for 255 yards and three scores, and if the  game were close he could have put up even bigger numbers. This week Green Bay takes on the Saints in a game that has all the makings of a shootout but with how this season has gone it will probably end 7-6. The Saints have allowed 18.6 fantasy points a game to opposing passers and it looks like Rodgers will be the next in line and make that number grow.


Drew Brees - Pyro Character

3.       Drew Brees (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Drew has not been scoring points like his owners would like, but over the past three weeks Brees has thrown for 340 or more yards and two touchdowns in each game. While, it has not been a banner year for Drew, he has scored at least 20 fantasy points in every game, but is still looking for his first 30-point game. This week he will be at home against the Packers, and has a good chance to get 30+ points this week. Drew always plays better at home, and with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing, he is going to have to throw the ball a lot to keep pace. Jimmy Graham should be back for this game, which gives him the weapon in the middle of the field he so desperately needs.

 

Russell Wilson - Pyro Character

4.       Russell Wilson (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Russell Wilson had a career day, and added to his already big legacy by doing something that no quarterback in the history of the NFL has done before, passed for over 300 and rushed for over 100. Russell has just used his legs more this season than ever before and it has vaulted him into the upper echelon of quarterbacks. Wilson is on a career pace in nearly every category and the team looks content to give him more of the reigns, especially with the recent Percy Harvin trade. This is now officially Russell Wilson’s team and he needs to be put in charge of your team on a weekly basis, he is third in fantasy points per game at the quarterback position behind just Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. This week Wilson has another nice matchup taking on the Carolina Panthers who are allowing 19.3 points a game to opposing quarterbacks so far this season. Wilson is also a better fantasy player on the road where he averages more pass and rush yards per game. If Wilson is someone’s backup try and acquire him and if he is sitting on your bench behind a few guys cough Cam Newton cough, get him in your lineup.


Tony Romo - Pyro Character

5.       Tony Romo (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tony Romo had one of his better games of the season tossing three touchdown passes against one interception against the rival Giants to extend the Cowboys record to 6-1 on the season. Romo’s attempts per game are down at a rate of nearly 5 per game but the rest of his numbers are up near career best levels but as teams focus more and more on stopping teammate DeMarco Murray’s historic run there should be a convergence. Against a stingy run defense like Washington Romo should have a nice week as they will probably have to dial up a few more pass plays early on then they have so far this season. The Redskins are allowing 21.2 fantasy points a game so far and just lost their best pass rusher, Brian Orakpo, for the season so if you own Romo, dial him up this week.


Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

6.       Andrew Luck (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Luck had his worst game since Week 2 last Sunday, scoring only 25.7 fantasy points. Luck has been ridiculous this season, and it does not matter who he faces, he is throwing for 300+ yards. The Bengals were supposed to slow him down last week, and he torched them for 344 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. This week he faces the Steelers, who are a top five defense at stopping quarterbacks, holding them to 14.5 fantasy points per game. That should not faze you if you are a Luck owner. He is a must start every week, and should be productive once again this week. Andrew has 15 touchdowns in his last five games, and should be able to exploit the Steelers this week, with a potential rushing touchdown as well.


Tom Brady - Pyro Character

7.       Tom Brady (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brady has turned his game and fantasy season around over the past three games. In that time Tom has thrown for 914 yards, with nine touchdowns, no interceptions, and 83.4 fantasy points. This week he should be happy to see the Chicago Bears come to town, as they are allowing 17.8 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, and last week allowed Ryan Tannehill to light them up for 26.7 fantasy points in Chicago. Brady should be able to find plenty of success against the Bears this week, and should be started this week.

 

Carson Palmer - Pyro Character

8.       Carson Palmer (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Arizona system should continue to improve as he is re-acclimated in the offense. In fact, in the two games he has played in since his return, he has thrown 2 TDs in both and at least 250 yards. His accuracy went from 63% his first week back to 71%. Low and behold, here comes Philly, who Carson will face at home. Michael Floyd has scored a TD in each of the last two weeks. The Duke, Andre Ellington, has been turning it up as well. Arizona could take a nice step forward this week against a soft Philly D. In Week 3, Kirk Cousins was the 2nd highest scoring QB with 34 fantasy points. In Week 5 it was Austin Davis’ turn. He put up 34 points to be the #3 fantasy QB that week. Philly is calling to Palmer like a drunken sorority sister doing her best Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get it On.

 

Nick Foles - Pyro Character

9.       Nick Foles (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Eagles are heading west to square off against the Cardinals. So far this year, they have only let one opposing QB score more than 20 fantasy points, and that was Payton Manning. Kaepernick came close with 19. For the most part, they are giving up between 15-18 points to opposing QBs. They are rock solid against the run. Only 3 teams are allowing fewer opposing RB points. Against TEs, they have a reputation of being easy; currently, only 6 teams are giving up more to that position. But actually, they are most susceptible versus opposing wide receivers; only 4 teams are giving up more points to the position. If Foles can dial in his accuracy, he could have a top 10 day. Seriously, how many times can you over throw a guy? Dawg thinks Ertz could have a nice day as well, primarily due to the matchup. Foles began the year with three straight 300 yard plus games. Since then, he hasn’t seen 250.Philly had a bye last week. I think Kelly spent the last two weeks figuring out a way to right the ship. Foles could have something of a bounce back game if he can dial in his aim.


Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

10.     Matt Ryan (vs. Det - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

It has been a rough three-week stretch for Matty Ice, whose game has gone cold. During that span, Ryan has thrown for 815 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has been held to fewer than 20 fantasy points in each of his last three games. This week he welcomes the Lions to town, and all they are doing this season is holding quarterbacks to league low 11.1 fantasy points per game. Ryan plays much better at home, but he is going to have a hard time against a tough as nails Detroit defense, that is not self destructing as it had under Jim Schwartz. Don’t expect a breakout game in this one.


Ryan Tannehill - Pyro Character

11.     Ryan Tannehill (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tannehill is coming off his best game of the season in Chicago, where he scored 26.7 fantasy points. That marked the third week in a row that Ryan has scored more than 25 fantasy points. He has thrown for two touchdowns in each of the last three games, and has completed 72% f his passes. This week he will face a Jaguars defense that is the second worst overall defense in fantasy. They are actually holding quarterbacks to 17.6 fantasy points, but that is because teams are building leads against them. Last week they did a good job against Brian Hoyer, but Tannehill has better weapons and should be able to continue his success.

 

Buffalo Bills QB - Pyro Character

12.     Kyle Orton (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Alex Smith - Pyro Character

13.     Alex Smith (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Alex Smith got a big win for the Chiefs in San Diego with a vintage Alex Smith performance: 221 yards 1 touchdown no interceptions and 29 extra yards on the ground. Smith is just a steady hand and with the bye week crunch this week he could be exactly what you need as the Chiefs take on the Saint Louis Rams who have struggled all season long on defense before turning it on for a bit last week and getting a few sacks. Russell Wilson was able to take advantage of them with his legs as well as his arm last week so expect Smith to have similar success on a few scrambles. The Rams are allowing a league high 21.4 fantasy points a game so far this season so the matchup is nice. If you’re looking for a bye week replacement with a high floor, look no further than Alex Smith.

 

Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

14.     Philip Rivers (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Heading into last week, Rivers was on a fantastic three-game stretch where he had scored an average of 28.9 fantasy points per game, but last week he struggled against the Chiefs only scoring 18.3. This week he travels to Denver, and will need to throw for a lot more than the 205 yards he threw for last week, to keep up with Peyton and Broncos. In his two games against Denver last season, Rivers only threw for 384 total yards with three touchdowns. The Broncos have only allowed one 300-yard passer this year, and that came in the season opener. This is not a great matchup for Rivers.


Geno Smith - Pyro Character

15.     Geno Smith (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Mike Glennon - Pyro Character

16.     Mike Glennon (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jay Cutler - Pyro Character

17.     Jay Cutler (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jay Cutler had his worst game of the season last week and it wasn’t even close. For the first time playing a full game in over 2 seasons, Cutler failed to reach double-digit fantasy points. The Bears were unable to get the ball down the field in the pass game and it hurt the Bears drastically. Cutty got apparently also got called out by his best friend Brandon Marshall and things look to be in a bit of disarray. Luckily for your fantasy teams Jay has been very good for fantasy purposes so you are not ready to call him out just yet. The Bears will have a tough matchup this week as they travel to New England to take on a streaking Tom Brady (perverts) and the New England Patriots. The Patriots defense aligns very well with the big athletes the Bears have on the outside and so far this season are allowing just 14.2 fantasy points a game to opposing wide receivers. This is a week where owners should look elsewhere at the quarterback position if they can.

 

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

18.     Matthew Stafford (at Atl - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Mr. Stafford and the rest of the Lions are hopping the pond to face Atlanta in the NFL’s second London game this year. Know this: the game will start at 9:30am EST time. So if you have any Falcons and Lions players, you are going to have to make those calls before you call it a night Saturday. If you are a die hard, and since you are reading thins on Pyro, you qualify, you’ll likely wake up early to check and see who is active. As a Lions fan, it pains me to see Stafford outside the top 10 for fantasy QBs (he is 11th after 7 weeks). He has certainly not done what you drafted him to do. This week, Atlanta can sure as hell give him an opportunity to turn it around. In the last 3 weeks, only 8 teams have given up more passing yards. Atlanta may be without their starting DE, Jonathan Babineaux, he has a questionable rating as of Thursday night. However, without Calvin Johnson, the Motown aerial attack just ain’t what she used to be. Golden Tate has started to settle into his role as the #1 receiver without Megatron, who looks like he will sit again this week, as the Lions are on bye in week #9. Bush is a question mark himself, although I think he goes. Regardless of Reggie’s status, Riddick will be a factor in the passing game. I see this as a decent game for Staff, but on foreign soil, without his go to guy, he will not burn London Bridges down. Take a look at our QB rankings, I would be willing to bet you find a higher rated QB this week that is available in your league right now.

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

19.     Cam Newton (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Cam had a tough game last week in Green Bay, only throwing for 205 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Cam has yet to throw for more than two touchdowns in any game, and only has one rushing touchdown on the season. This week the Seahawks come to town, and they are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Rams. Seattle is allowing quarterbacks to score 17 fantasy points per game, but they have yet to allow a 300-yard passer, and have held their last two opponents to 409 total passing yards. This is not the ideal matchup for Cam.


Ben Roethlisberger - Pyro Character

20.     Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Ben Roethlisberger has quietly been having a very nice start to the season but has been more up and down then any one owner would like. Roethlisberger is a solid matchup play and Monday night he showed why tossing a pair of touchdowns and picking apart the Texans defense. This week Ben will have a tougher test against the Colts at home on a short week. In a game in which the Steelers will probably have to score some points in order to keep up with the Colts high powered offense Roethlisberger will have a chance to score some points for you, but the Colts have been the second best team defending opposing quarterbacks allowing just 13.2 fantasy points per game. Roethlisberger has also struggled against Indy in his career so if possible you may want to look elsewhere.


Teddy Bridgewater - Pyro Character

21.     Teddy Bridgewater (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

With 5 total interceptions, and just 2 TDs on the year (1 passing, 1 rushing), chances are you are not thinking about Teddy. But this week, the Vikings are away against Tampa. Only 3 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing QBs. We have seen some downright horrific defensive performances from them this year. Plus, the Vikings have a young buck in McKinnon who must be accounted for. Tampa has 2 Free Safeties listed on their roster and both are questionable this week. Keep in mind we are talking about the Buccs. They let Derek Anderson go for 230 yards and 2 TDs in week 1 this year; Matt Ryan torched them for 283 and 3 touchdowns; Big Ben passed for 314 and 3 TDs; Brees put up his  biggest yardage day of the season so far with 371; and finally who can forget Flacco’s 306 yards and 5 freaking touchdown game? The stars are all lined up for a big day for Teddy.

 

Houston QB - Pyro Character

22.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Fitzpatrick is coming off his best passing game of the season, with 262 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was only the second game of the season where Ryan scored more than 20 fantasy points. This week he travels to Tennessee to face a Titans team that has been pretty good against quarterbacks, but that is because teams are running against them. That will continue this week, as Foster should be at the center of the Texans offensive attack. There is not a high ceiling for scoring when it comes to Fitzpatrick.

 

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character

23.     Joe Flacco (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Believe it or not, Joe Flacco has been a Top-10 fantasy quarterback up to this point in the season. Flacco is on pace to set career highs in nearly every passing category and it doesn’t look like he is going to fall off very much as this offense is tailor made for his aggressiveness and big arm. With two deep threats on the outside and a safety blanket at tight end this is quite possibly the best supporting cast Flacco has had surrounding him in the NFL. Last week Flacco didn’t set the world on fire against the Falcons throwing for 258 yards and 2 scores but was held down a bit by his two interceptions. This week he takes on a Cincinnati Bengals defense that has fallen apart and given up 18.3 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks. In his career however Flacco has really struggled to figure out the Bengals defense and he has thrown more interceptions then touchdowns against them in 13 career games.


Blake Bortles - Pyro Character

24.     Blake Bortles (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Derek Carr Pyro Character

25.     Derek Carr (at Cle - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

26.     Andy Dalton (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Andy Dalton has been pretty awful so far this season and he is so far off his last season top 5 numbers that he should barely be owned in standard sized leagues. The guys has LESS touchdowns then Brian Hoyer and MORE interceptions then his Cleveland Brown counterpart. Last week against the Colts and without A.J. Green for a second straight game Dalton passed for only 126 yards, and for fantasy purposes that was it. He completed just 47.4% of his passes and just looked awful all game long. Dalton will hopefully get AJ back this week and that certainly will help, but playing against a stingy Ravens defense allowing just 14.9 fantasy points  a game to opposing quarterbacks won’t be much help. Luckily for Dalton he is at home, where the Bengals are much tougher and Dalton plays better and he had one of his most successful games of the season against the Ravens in Week 1.

 

Rams QB - Pyro Character

27.     Austin Davis (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tennessee Titans Rookie - Pyro Character

28.     Zach Mettenberger (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brian Hoyer Pyro Character

29.     Brian Hoyer (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brian Hoyer and the Browns had a nice matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars but was unable to do anything with it, when everyone and their momma has been able to take advantage of them so far this season. Hoyer completed just 16 of 41 passes for 215 yards and an interception with no touchdown passes and also lost a fumble. There was some talk that Manziel Mania was about to kick off during the game after such a poor showing coming off a big win against the rival Steelers. While Manziel is a bit closer to the starting lineup after that performance by Hoyer he is not there yet. This week Hoyer will take on the Oakland Raiders who are allowing 16.9 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks so far this season, so without a great matchup there is no reason to start Hoyer.


Washington Redskins QB - Pyro Character

30.     Colt McCoy (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Kirk Cousins could not get the job done, so now it will be Colt McCoy calling the signals for Washington. Colt is going to get his first start since 2011, and he will look to make up for the poor showing he had then. It will not get easy, as he travels to Dallas to face the red hot Cowboys. McCoy is not the most accurate quarterback, and he has not had a lot of time to get continuity in the offense. It is not recommended to start him this week.

 

 

 

 

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2014 Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs

 

 

 

Running Back Player Rankings – Week 8

 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 26 - 11:29AM CT)

 

Arian Foster - Pyro Character

1.       Arian Foster (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

What can you say about Arian, except that he has been dominating fantasy for his owners this season. Foster has rushed for more than 100-yards in five of his six games, including his last three. In his last three games Arian has 428 total yards, with five touchdowns, scoring 72.8 fantasy points. The good times should continue to roll this week against the Titans. By the numbers Tennessee looks decent at defending running backs, but they have struggled against good running backs. The Titans allowed Ben Tate to rush for 124 yards, and DeMarco Murray hit them up for 167 yards. Foster will be the center of the offense for the Texans, and should have a great game.


Matt Forte - Pyro Character

2.       Matt Forte (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Le'Veon Bell - Pyro Character

3.       Le’Veon Bell (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

4.       Jamaal Charles (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jamaal was not listed on the injury report so far this week. Plus, it seems Andy Reid has figured out how to utilize him best.  Charles has had at least 15 rushing attempts the last 3 games, and he was targeted at least 3 times in those games. Actually, the last two games he received 4 targets. It could be a tough matchup. In the last 3 weeks, only 1 team is allowing fewer points to opposing RBs (the Ravens).  If you are worried, repeat this mantra three times: Do not bench your studs. Then, crack open a Vaal-verde!

 

Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

5.       Marshawn Lynch (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

After rushing for 110 yards in the season opener, Lynch has not rushed for more than 88 yards in a game, and has been held to 186 yards on 45 carries with no rushing touchdowns. Marshawn will look to get back on track against the Panthers, who have been a great remedy to fantasy running backs, allowing them 24 fantasy points per game. Beast Mode will have a great chance to get his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, and find the endzone.

 

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

6.       DeMarco Murray (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Lamar Miller - Pyro Character

7.       Lamar Miller (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

With Moreno down, Miller finally stopped looking over his shoulder, and just started playing. Finally, the talent that flashed and amazed every so often has started to shine through on a more consistent basis. Miller has scored in each of the last 3 games, in one of those, he scored twice. In that same time span, his carries have increased every single week. They are playing at Jacksonville. Surprisingly enough, the Jaguars are pretty solid against the run. In the last 3 weeks, only 7 teams have allowed fewer fantasy points per week. That said, Miller is one of very few every down backs. There is no committee in Miami, in this the year of running back by community.  In Miami, Miller is the man. Stick him in there, and “don’t think twice, it’s alright”.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw Pyro Character

8.       Ahmad Bradshaw (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

As of Thursday night, Richardson is listed as questionable for Week 8. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.  If he is unable to go, then Bradshaw will certainly be getting a boost. Even without touching the ball as much as Richardson, Bradshaw has been amazingly productive. Bradshaw is the #5 RB for total fantasy points so far this year. Out of the guys in the top 10, perhaps only Forsett is a bigger surprise.  Look, he is a stud this week, and there is no way you are thinking about sitting him. If indeed Richardson is out, then Bradshaw will be in for an even bigger day.  The Steelers started off the year fairly decent against opposing RBs. But in the last 3 weeks, only 8 teams are giving up more fantasy points to the position. In fact, in that time, Pitt has given up 3 rushing TDs and 2 TDs to backs catching passes out of the backfield; that is where Bradshaw is most dangerous.

 

 

Andre Ellington - Pyro Character

9.       Andre Ellington (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The DUKE is coming off a week where he saw a heavy workload with 30 total touches for 160 yards, but was held out of the endzone for the second week in a row. It is clear that Andre is going to be a big part of the Cardinals offense going forward, and it is only a matter of time before he gets back in the endzone. On the season Ellington has 130 touches, but only one touchdown, which by the sheer numbers should lead to more touchdown production going forward. This week he faces the Eagles, who are coming off a strong game against the Giants prior to the bye week, holding them to 86 rushing yards, although that was a straightforward running back in Andre Williams. In the previous two weeks the Eagles allowed 343 rushing yards. Ellington should find a lot of open space, and is a good bet to get back in the endzone this week.

 

Joique Bell - Pyro Character

10.     Joique Bell (at Atl - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Eddie Lacy - Pyro Character

11.     Eddie Lacy (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

In the last 3 weeks, Lacy has averaged 13 carries per game. Starks has gone from 12, to 8, to 7. Plus, Starks is listed as questionable for week #8. If Starks is a go, he will be cutting into Lacy’s workload, but , perhaps not as much as feared. It is a good sign that Lacy has crossed the end zone in 2 of the last 3 games. In one of those games, he scored twice. I see this being more of a WR game however. In the last 3 weeks, only 2 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing pass catchers. Even when Green Bay gets in close, the Packer receivers have been given more opportunity. Put it this way, out of the 4 most targeted receivers in the red zone, two play for Green Bay. Not only that, Devonte Adams, their #3 WR, scored a TD last week.  Out of Green Bay’s 73 red zone opportunities so far this year, 46 have been pass attempts.

 

 

Cleveland Browns RB - Pyro Character

12.     Ben Tate (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tate was held in check last week by the Jaguars, rushing for only 36 yards on 16 carries. This week he should be able to get back on track against the Raiders. Oakland is second worst in the league at stopping running backs, surrendering 24.7 fantasy points per game. Tate is going to see a lot of carries in this game, and should be able to carve the Raiders defense up. Tate should also have no problem finding the endzone, as Oakland has allowed five rushing touchdowns in their last three games. Tate is a must-start this week.


Ronnie Hillman - Pyro Character

13.     Ronnie Hillman (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Minnesota Vikings Rookie - Pyro Character

14.     Jerick McKinnon (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

McKinnon had his second 100-yard rushing game of the season last week, and it came in Buffalo against a tough Bills defense. The Vikings have figured out that Jerick is the best option they have at running back, and he is showing that he can handle the larger workload. This week he travels to Tampa, and will face a defense that allowing 23.1 fantasy points to running backs. McKinnon will have a great chance to rush for another 100 yards, and hit pay dirt against a poor Bucs defense.

 

 

 

Shane Vereen - Pyro Character

15.     Shane Vereen (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Baltimore Ravens RB - Pyro Character

16.     Justin Forsett (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Through 7 weeks, Forsett is a top 10 RB.  This week, he is playing at Cincinnati. In the last 3 weeks, only 4 teams have given up more points to opposing running backs. Once touted as a superior defense against the run, things have changed in Cincinnati. Last week, both Richardson and Bradshaw averaged over 5 yards a carry against them. In case you haven’t notice, Richardson has only been hovering around 3 yards a carry. Three weeks ago, Steven Ridley put up 113 yards and 1 TD against them. In 7 games, Forsett has averaged less than 5.7 yards per carry only twice (4.7 in week 4 and 4.1 last week).  He is the real deal. 1 of his 3 TDs came against Cinci early this year in week #1. In that game, Forsett averaged 6.4 yards a carry. He has had his two biggest yardage games in the last two weeks. If you are still not comfortable with him, get over it.


Giovani Bernard - Pyro Character

17.     Giovani Bernard (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Bernard was completely shut down by the Colts last week, with only 17 yards on seven carries. This week his task will not get an easier against a Ravens defense that has only allowed one team to rush for more than 100 yards against them. Baltimore is holding opposing teams to an average of 78 rushing yards per game at home. Giovani desperately needs A.J. Green to return, in order force defenses to respect the pass. Bernard only has one 100-yard rushing game on the season, and he is not going to add to that total this week. He will need to do most of his damage as a receiver in this game.


LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

18.     LeSean McCoy (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

McCoy is coming off the bye, and in the game prior he had his first 100-yard rushing game of the year. LeSean had 149 yards on 22 carries against the Giants in Week 6. McCoy was held out the endzone, which has been his biggest downfall this season, and only has one touchdown this year. This week he travels to Arizona to face a very stingy Cardinals defense that is fourth best in the league at stopping running backs, holding them to 12.1 fantasy points per game. The Cardinals have not allowed 100 yards rushing against them in a game all season, and only give up an average of 72 yards rushing per game. This is not going to be a LeSean breakout game.


Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

19.     Alfred Morris (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Washington travels to Dallas for an inter-divisional rivalry that is one of the best the NFL has to offer historically. I mean, hey, it’s cowboys versus Indians. Alfred has continued to disappoint fantasy owners. He has not scored in the last 3 weeks. In that time, he has only rushed for more than 50 yards once (last week, 54 yards).  While Dallas has been allowing decent yardage the last 3 weeks, they are still stingy against opposing RBs. In that time span, only 12 teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to go to opposing RBs. Not only that, Colt McCoy is starting. Chances are, they are going to come after him, knowing he can’t beat them long. Dallas will stack the box in an attempt to shut down Morris. If his play as of late is any indication, the Cowboys will be successful.

 

New Orleans Saints RB - Pyro Character

20.     Mark Ingram (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

21.     Darren McFadden (at Cle - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Chris Ivory - Pyro Character

22.     Chris Ivory (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin Pyro Character

 

23.     Doug Martin (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

San Diego Chargers Rookie - Pyro Character

24.     Branden Oliver (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Chargers travel to Mile High for the Thursday night matchup. Last year, when these teams played in Denver, the Bolts struck, beating Denver 27-20. Now, on the year, there are only 11 teams allowing fewer fantasy points to go to opposing RBs. However, Denver has been tougher of late. In the last 3 weeks, only 4 teams have allowed fewer fantasy points to go to running backs. But don’t let that scare you. While they are stout, a large part of this is due to the fact that teams are not running against Denver. They are an offensive juggernaut that gets up early. Teams have been forced to go to the air in an attempt just to stay with them. This is where the Bolts have been different in the past. In their last meeting, San Diego had 177 rushing yards, the game before that, 131 yards. If you add up both games last year, San Diego ran the rock 79 times. It is a recipe for success I do not think they will deviate from.


Jacksonville Jaguars RB - Pyro Character

25.     Denard Robinson (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Bishop Sankey Pyro Character

26.     Bishop Sankey (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Sankey is finally getting the consistant workload in the offense, with 34 carries over the past two games, but he has only mustered 117 yards. The big run has eluded Bishop, he only has one rushing touchdown on the season, and he has not been utilized as a receiver out of the backfield. This week he faces a Texans defense that has held three of their last four opponents to under 100 rushing yards. Sankey will get a decent workload, but it is hard to see him performing much better against a Texans defense that is going to welcome back Jadeveon Clowney.

 

 

Cleveland Browns Rookie - Pyro Character

27.     Isaiah Crowell (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Detroit Lions RB - Pyro Character

28.     Theo Riddick (at Atl - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

St. Louis Rams RB - Pyro Character

29.     Benny Cunningham (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Zac Stacy has fallen out of favor in St. Louis, and Benny Cunningham has stepped into a larger role in the offense. Benny is not the playmaker that Tre Mason is, but he is a consistent blocker, which will mean he will assume the role as the third down back. This will make him more effective in PPR formats, but he is not going to a large enough workload to be able to start with any confidence. Add to that, Kansas City is sixth best against running backs, holding them to 13.2 fantasy points per game. This is going to be a rough week.

 

James Starks - Pyro Character

30.     James Starks (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

New Orleans Saints RB - Pyro Character

31.     Travaris Cadet (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

St. Louis Rams Rookie - Pyro Character

32.     Tre Mason (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Baltimore Ravens Rookie - Pyro Character

33.     Lorenzo Taliaferro (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Buffalo Bills RB - Pyro Character

34.     Bryce Brown (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Cincinnati Bengals Rookie - Pyro Character

35.     Jeremy Hill (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Bengals are home to the Ravens this week. Only 2 teams are giving up fewer fantasy points to opposing RBs so far this year. Personally, I’ve jumped ship on Hill. As I have pointed out the last few weeks, he is just not getting the touches we were led to believe would be coming his way. You are essentially praying for a TD, and those are far too unpredictable. Not only that, Giovani has been given 18 rushing attempts in the red zone so far this year to Hill’s 10. For a guy who was billed as the goal line back, those numbers just don’t add up for me. There have been too many waiver wire darlings so far. Hell, even if you have to take a chance on a guy like a Buffalo back, or a Mason from St. Louis. So far this year, those pickups have been paying off: thank you Mr. McKinnon!  I say Hill is droppable. Now, if you are sitting pretty, or have the bench space, then he could be worth holding on to.  Bernard is an injury away from major production for Hill. In fact, Gio was held to limited practice both Wednesday and Thursday this week with sore ribs. At this point, Gio’s status for Sunday does not seem in question. But none the less, keep your eye on the situation.  But, if you need production and need it now, I am hitting the waivers.


Knile Davis - Pyro Character

36.     Knile Davis (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jets RB - Pyro Character

37.     Chris Johnson (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Johnson is coming off his best game since the season opener, but he still only rushed for 61 yards, and had 80 total yards without a touchdown. This week he will have a hard time finding open space against the Bills, who are holding running backs 11.3 fantasy points per game, second best in the league. The Jets will also be unveiling Percy Harvin, and if they use him as a running back that will eat into Johnson’s touches. Johnson needs to have the big play to be effective, and those plays have eluded him for a long time. This is not a great week to start CJ.

 

Tampa Bay RB - Pyro Character

38.     Bobby Rainey  (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Buffalo Bills RB - Pyro Character

39.     Anthony Dixon (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Minnesota Vikings RB - Pyro Character

40.     Matt Asiata (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Stepfan Taylor - Pyro Character

41.     Stepfan Taylor (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Roy Helu - Pyro Character

42.     Roy Helu (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jonathan Stewart - Pyro Character

43.     Jonathan Stewart (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

New England Patriots Rookie - Pyro Character

44.     Jonas Gray (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers - Pyro Character

45.     LeGarrette Blount (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 


Steven Jackson - Pyro Character

46.     Steven Jackson (vs. Det - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Shonn Greene - Pyro Character

47.     Shonn Greene (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Denver Broncos Rookie - Pyro Character

48.     Juwan Thompson (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Indianapolis Colts RB - Pyro Character

49.     Dan Herron (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Houston Texans Rookie - Pyro Character

50.     Alfred Blue (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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2014 Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings - Wide Receivers

 

 

 

Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 8

 

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Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 26 - 11:49AM CT)

 

Demaryius Thomas - Pyro Character

1.         Demaryius Thomas (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The last three weeks for Demaryius have been insane. Over that span, Thomas has 26 receptions for 521 yards, with five touchdowns. That would be a great rookie season for any wide receiver. Demaryius is dominating fantasy with 82.1 fantasy points over the last three weeks. This week Thomas will face division rival San Diego, and they held him to 45 yards on four receptions in Denver last season. The outcome was quite different in San Diego, as Thomas had seven receptions for 108 yards and three touchdowns. The chemistry between Manning and Thomas is unparalleled right now, and they should be hooking up early and often this week. Must start as always.


Jordy Nelson - Pyro Character

2.         Jordy Nelson (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jordy Nelson has been his consistent awesome self over the past four weeks. In that time he has two 100-yard receiving games, and has five touchdowns. He would have had 100 yards in the other two games, but the Packers were well ahead and abandoned the pass. This week he should be able to get back over 100 yards, and get in the endzone once again. The Saints defense is allowing 28.4 fantasy points per game to receivers, which is second worst in the league. Aaron Rodger and Jordy Nelson should have a lot of fun playing catch on Sunday Night.


Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

3.         Dez Bryant (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Julio Jones Pyro Character

4.         Julio Jones (vs. Det - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jones has been limited by an ankle injury since Week 4. Since then he has not scored a touchdown, and only has one 100-yard receiving game. This week he faces a tough Lions defense, which is third best in the league at defending receivers, limiting them to 16.6 fantasy points per game. Those numbers were better before last week, when both Marques Colston and Kenny Stills had 100-yard receiving games. Julio should be able to get back on track this week, but you better get up early on Sunday if you want to see him play.


Antonio Brown - Pyro Character

5.         Antonio Brown (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Antonio Brown has been awesome this season. He has been the model of consistency. Brown has three 100-yard receiving games, and his worst receiving game went for 84 yards. Antonio has scored five touchdowns on the season, and last week he showed another way that he can score, by throwing a touchdown pass. You are always going to get a solid performance from Brown, and this week will be no different. He faces a Colts defense that just shut down the Bengals, and is holding receivers to a league low 14.3 fantasy points per game. The good news is that the Colts are a much better defense at home, and they have not faced very tough offenses. Brown will see his usual double-digit targets, and must be in your lineup this week.


Randall Cobb pyro character

6.         Randall Cobb (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Sammy Watkins Pyro Character

7.         Sammy Watkins (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Who would have thought… Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins, but man is that music to my ears! Last week my boy had 14 targets, 9 receptions, 122 yards and 2 TDs. If you throw out the Revis Island game from 2 weeks ago, Sammy has been targeted an average of 13 times per game since Orton has been starting. This week they play the Jets in New York. Everyone knows how difficult it is to run on the Jets. Plus, with two new guys in the Buffalo backfield, Buffalo may be looking to utilize their passing game. If so, in the last 3 week, no other team has allowed more touchdown passes then the Jets (9). The next closest is 7. In that same span, they are giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Interestingly enough, most of the scoring has been done by opposing TEs and backs catching passes out of the backfield. However, Watkins is an elite talent, who is a number #1 WR this week.


T.Y. Hilton - Pyro Character

8.         T.Y. Hilton (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

T.Y. was able to back up his 223-yard career receiving performance in Week 6, with another 100-yard receiving game last week. Hilton was held out of the endzone, but he continues to be the main weapon for Andrew Luck in the passing game. T.Y. is averaging 10 targets per game, and while he has not found the endzone, he now has three 100-yard receiving games in his last four games played. This week he faces the Steelers, and the he could see even more targets this week if Reggie Wayne misses this game with an elbow injury. Pittsburgh has been good against receivers, but Andrew Luck has been putting defenses through a clinic as of late, and it is a good bet that he beats the numbers and has a good game, which means Hilton is a must start this week as well.

 

Vincent Jackson - Pyro Character

9.         Vincent Jackson (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

After a slow start to the season VJax is starting to heat up. Over the last three weeks Jackson has been targeted 35 times, but only has 15 receptions. The amount of targets he has seen is the good news, and reason to believe he is going to have a big game. The Vikings struggled to cover Sammy Watkins last week and have had trouble with bigger receivers all year long. When two bad teams get together, someone has to score fantasy points, which makes Jackson a good bet in this game.

 

Emmanuel Sanders Pyro Character

10.       Emmanuel Sanders (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Mike Wallace - Pyro Character

11.       Mike Wallace (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The big play has eluded Wallace this season, but that has not stopped him from being the fourteenth best receiver in fantasy football. The yardage has not been there for Wallace, who is still looking for his first 100-yard receiving game, but he has scored a touchdown in all but one game this year. Ryan Tannehill has looked much better over the past three weeks, and he and Wallace should be able to connect again this week against the Jaguars. Jacksonville is allowing 24.4 fantasy points to wide receivers, and they will be put to the test by a much-improved Miami offense. This is the defense that could allow #11 to bust off his first long touchdown of the season.


Golden Tate - Pyro Character

12.       Golden Tate (at Atl - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tate has thrived in the Lions offense, and has done a great job picking up the slack with Calvin Johnson out. Tate has three 100-yard receiving games in his last four, and has two touchdowns during that span. Last week was Golden’s best game of the season, with 10 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. This week he faces an Atlanta defense that has not been very good this year. The game will also be in London, so the Falcons lose the home field dome advantage. Tate should be able to feast on this defense, and is a must-start.

 

Michael Floyd - Pyro Character

13.       Michael Floyd (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Floyd has been happy to have Carson Palmer back under center, and has a touchdown reception in each of the last two games. The downside is that Floyd has not had a lot of yards, with 47 receiving yards in each of the last two contests. This week he welcomes the Eagles to town, and their defense has struggled to stop the pass, allowing 26.8 fantasy points to receivers. Palmer is finally feeling healthy with his arm strength, and Floyd is on the verge of having his breakout game. The Eagles defense could be just the thing his fantasy owners have been waiting for.


Jeremy Maclin Pyro Character

14.       Jeremy Maclin (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Marques Colston - Pyro Character

15.       Marques Colston (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Colston was the receiver who picked up a lot of the slack with a limited Jimmy Graham. Marques was targeted 10 times, and had six receptions for 111 yards against a very stout Lions defense. This week it looks like Graham is going to be limited again, which means it should be more of the same this week for Colston. The Packers come to New Orleans for a Sunday Night shootout, and they have done a good job against wide receivers, holding them to 20.8 fantasy points per game, but they only faced two good offensive teams in the Bears and Lions. Colston is worth starting this week, and could find the endzone.


Baltimore Ravens WR - Pyro Character

16.       Steve Smith (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brandon Marshall - Pyro Character

17.       Brandon Marshall (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character

18.       Pierre Garcon (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Well, Garcon will be catching passes from his 3rd QB so far this year. Colt McCoy will be under center in week #8. Last week, McCoy came in to start the 2nd half, after Cousins struggled in the 1st half. McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes. His very first pass was a touchdown to none other than Garcon. Now that is one hell of a way to start a budding relationship. In fact, 4 of Garcon’s 5 receptions came from McCoy. I think this relationship continues. I see McCoy as peppering the short field, lots of passes to the tight ends and Garcon. However, this is a rough week for Washington as they play the Cowboys on Monday night. In the last 3 weeks, only 4 teams are allowing fewer points to opposing WRs. In that span, they have only given up 2 TDS to wide outs. With McCoy in, Jackson might take a hit as the deep threat, but Garcon could receive an uptick in action, even better in PPR, but it’s doubtful Garcon crosses the end zone this week.

 

 

Kelvin Benjami

19.       Kelvin Benjamin (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Julian Edelman - Pyro Character

20.       Julian Edelman (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Edelman had one to forget last week against the Jets. He was targeted nine times, but only had four receptions for 44 yards, and had two horrible drops. Julian is also still looking for his first 100-yard game of the season, and has been limited to only one touchdown this season. This week he faces the Bears defense that has been up and down, but much better on the road. The Bears struggle against receivers like Edleman, who should have an advantage if he gets matched up against a linebacker, and the Bears could be without Kyle Fuller, which stretches them thin at defensive back.

 

New York Jets WR - Pyro Character

21.       Eric Decker (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


DeAndre Hopkins - Pyro Character

22.       DeAndre Hopkins (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Terrance Williams - Pyro Character

23.       Terrance Williams (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Mohamed Sanu - Pyro Character

24.       Mohamed Sanu (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Alshon Jeffery - Pyro Character

25.       Alshon Jeffery (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Bears head east to face New England. The wheels have officially come off the tracks in the windy city.  The sliver of good news is that Patriot starting defensive end, Chandler Jones, will be out. That should give Cutler a bit more time in the backfield. Which he needs. The Bears quite possibly had their worse game in years last week. Jeffery, although targeted 7 times just as he has been the last 4 games, only caught 2 passes for 9 yards. Although Jeffery has been able to put together some strong games despite the team’s woes, what is concerning is his lack of looks in the red zone. Inside the opponent’s 20 yard line, he has been targeted only once the last 3 games. On the season, New England is in the top 2 for fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers. They have not let a receiver even rack up 90 yards on them so far this year. Chances are you are playing him if you have him, but I may seriously consider examining my roster. I know I always say not to bench your studs, but what is happening in Chicago is not pretty, even if you dress it up in pink. This week is an incredibly difficult opponent, so if they are going to turn this thing around, it will be a challenge to do so in Foxborough.


Cordarrelle Patterson - Pyro Character

26.       Cordarrelle Patterson (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Patterson has really struggled to get going this season, and the last three weeks have been terrible. In that span Cordarrelle has six receptions for 32 yards, and the only redeeming quality was a touchdown reception last week. He has a good chance to get back on track this week as he faces the Buccaneers, who have been a welcome mat for receivers allowing a league high 31.4 fantasy points per week. Patterson should be able to get the ball in space, and make plays this week. This is a last chance to prove that he can be trusted to start in fantasy.


Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

27.       Andre Johnson (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Johnson is still in search of his first 100-yard receiving game of the year, but he has been more effective over his last four games, with 23 receptions for 305 yards and a touchdown. Touchdowns have been hard to come by for Johnson in his career, and he only has the one score this season. This week he faces a Titans defense that is middle of the road, but can be burned for big plays, like Pierre Garcon’s 70-yard touchdown last week. Just remember that the Texans offense is still going to start and end with Arian Foster, and it is still Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball.

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald - Pyro Character

28.       Larry Fitzgerald (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Doug Baldwin - Pyro Character

29.       Doug Baldwin (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

A major waiver wire pickup this last week with the departure of Sugar Ray Harvin, Doug Baldwin is now the #1 receiver in Seattle. Of course, there are only 4 teams that pass less often then Seattle. Still, a #1WR in the NFL is a valuable commodity. I loved him going into the season. Statistically, he has some of the best hands in the game, especially when it comes to the long ball. Unfortunately, Seattle has not been airing it out much. With the lineup change, and the fact they are coming off two straight losses, I think Pete, the Silver Fox, Carroll is going to shake things up a bit. I think he will go back to a run heavy approach that utilizes play action. This is where Baldwin could see some action. This week, they play at Carolina. On the season, only 3 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing WRs per game.  In fact, Carolina is soft all over. Only 5 teams are giving up more to opposing fantasy QBs. The Panthers are, of course, without Hardy. They have several guys currently listed as questionable including 2 secondary backs and 2 linebackers. There are only 9 teams giving up more yards per game to opposing #1s.  I like Baldwin, Wilson could show him some love, now that he is their #1.


Roddy White - Pyro Character

30.       Roddy White (vs. Det - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Green Bay Packers Rookie - Pyro Character

31.       Davante Adams (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie - Pyro Character

32.       Mike Evans (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Dwayne Bowe - Pyro Character

33.       Dwayne Bowe (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Keenan Allen - Pyro Character

34.       Keenan Allen (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Allen is having a real tough season, and it seems like the hard times are going to continue this week. Keenan still has yet to find the endzone this season, and other than his one 100-yard receiving game in Week 4, he has been held under 60 yards in every other game. This week the Broncos will cover him with Aqib Talib, which will force Philip Rivers to have to look elsewhere for big plays. Allen has a lot of talent, but he is the focus of defenses, and Rivers is not going to force the ball into those situations.


Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie - Pyro Character

35.       Allen Robinson (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Wes Welker - Pyro Character

36.       Wes Welker (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Over the past two weeks Welker has only been targeted four times. Last week Wes had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown, but he has been ineffective other than that score. Welker has become the fourth option in the passing game, and is just not the same receiver he once was. Wes is just not being targeted enough to feel confident starting him, and in his one game against San Diego last season he only had three receptions for 21 yards.

 

 

DeSean Jackson Pyro Character

37.       DeSean Jackson (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

DeSean was putting up great numbers while Kirk Cousins was under center, but that all changed once Colt McCoy took over. Pierre Garcon became the favorite target in the offense, and Jackson was use mostly as a decoy. The biggest problem with McCoy is that he does not have a strong arm and cannot make the long throws that DeSean needs to be effective in fantasy. This is going to be a rough week for Jackson.

 

 

Justin Hunter - Pyro Character

38.       Justin Hunter (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Torrey Smith - Pyro Character

39.       Torrey Smith (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Torrey Smith continued his hot streak with 81 yards and a touchdown last week, and he now has three touchdowns in the last two weeks. Torrey still has yet to have more than four receptions in a game, and has only been targeted an average of 5.5 times per game. This week he faces a Bengals defense that shuts down receivers, holding them to 17.4 fantasy points per game. The odds of Smith continuing his touchdown streak this week are slim and without a score, he is not going to give you enough points to be worthy of a start this week.


Kendall Wright - Pyro Character

40.       Kendall Wright (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

After a horrible performance against Jacksonville, Wright bounced back last week with six receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Those 68 yards were a season high, and only the second time this season he has more than 50 yards in a game. He has scored touchdowns in two of his last three games, and he faces a Texans defense that is surrendering 25.5 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Jake Locker is supposed to return for this game, which should help, but there is still no big game potential for Kendall. His value is tied to him scoring touchdowns, and without them he is a dud.


Cecil Shorts - Pyro Character

41.       Cecil Shorts (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Cleveland Browns WR - Pyro Character

42.       Andrew Hawkins (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Indianapolis Colts WR - Pyro Character

43.       Hakeem Nicks (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

With Reggie out for Week 8, Nicks moves into the #2 spot, with the rookie Moncrief filling in for Nicks. Luck has arguably been the best fantasy QB so far this year.  Before last week, Nicks has been averaging just under 5 targets a game. That number should increase due to the Wayne injury. This is a difficult matchup however. Pittsburgh is vulnerable to opposing RBs, only 8 teams are giving up more fantasy points per game the last 3 weeks to the position. They have allowed RBs to score a combined 5 TDS in that time (3 running and 2 receiving). But, against WRs, it is a different story. In that same time span, only 1 team is allowing fewer points to opposing WRs. In fact, they have not let a receiver cross the goal line the last 3 weeks. There is only one other team that can boast that type of recent defensive dominance versus wide receivers (amazingly enough, it is Jacksonville…I know, I double checked myself). On the season, the Steelers are only allowing just over 41 yards per game to go to opposing #2 receivers. Although his role will increase, the matchup is far too tough for me to consider putting him in my lineup except in the deeper leagues.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR - Pyro Character

44.       Louis Murphy (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brandin Cooks - Pyro Character

45.       Brandin Cooks (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Cooks has had trouble making an impact for the Saints, and with Jimmy Graham limited, he only had two receptions for 23 yards. Kenny Stills and Marques Colston were the receivers who picked up the slack, and are the better options this week. The rookie has yet to find his groove and until he does, he is best left on the bench.

 

Greg Jennings - Pyro Character

46.       Greg Jennings (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Arizona Cardinals Rookie - Pyro Character

47.       John Brown (vs. Phi - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jordan Matthews Pyro Character

48.       Jordan Matthews (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Matthews has yet to make an impact this season, with over 50 receiving yards in only two games. The rookie has a lot of talent, but he it looks like he is still feeling his way around the offense. This week he will have a tough test against the Cardinals cornerbacks, Peterson and Cromartie. This is not the week to get cute and start Matthews.


Kenny Stills - Pyro Character

49.       Kenny Stills (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Stills had his breakout game of the season last week, with five receptions for 103 yards, highlighted by a 46-yard touchdown reception. Jimmy Graham is most likely going to be limited again, which means Stills could see five to seven targets in this game. He is a big play receiver, and Brees has been looking for someone to step up in that department. The Packers come to town this week, for what looks to be a shootout on Sunday Night. If it is then Stills has some potential.


Andre Holmes - Pyro Character

50.       Andre Holmes (at Cle - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

New York Jets WR - Pyro Character

51.       Percy Harvin (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Percy has been dispatched to New York, and now he will tryout for a losing team, trying to prove he is worth retaining and paying $41.1 million over the next three years. That is good news if you are a Harvin owner, as playing for his livelihood can help to bring out the best in him. The bad news is that he is playing with the Jets, and will have Geno Smith as his quarterback. Percy is going to be eased into the offense this week, and will probably only be in on about 30-40% of the offensive snaps. If you start him, you need to hope that he can break a big play, and there is hope, as the Bills defense is allowing 25 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. You are better off benching Percy this week, and seeing just how the Jets are planning on using him.


Jermain Kearse WR - Seahawks

52.       Jermaine Kearse (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Robert Woods - Pyro Character

53.       Robert Woods (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


New England Patriots WR - Pyro Character

54.       Brandon LaFell (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


James Jones Pyro Character

55.       James Jones (at Cle - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Mike Quick Pyro Character

56.       Brian Quick (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Miami Dolphins Rookie - Pyro Character

57.       Jarvis Landry (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Cleveland Browns WR - Pyro Character

58.       Miles Austin (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Minnesota Vikings WR - Pyro Character

59.       Jarius Wright (at TB - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Eddie Royal - Pyro Character

60.       Eddie Royal (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Indianapolis Colts Rookie - Pyro Character

61.       Donte Moncrief (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie - Pyro Character

62.       Martavis Bryant (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Malcom Floyd - Pyro Character

63.       Malcom Floyd (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Buffalo Bills WR - Pyro Character

64.       Chris Hogan (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Harry Douglas - Pyro Character

65.       Harry Douglas (vs. Det - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jeremy Kerley - Pyro Character

66.       Jeremy Kerley (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Riley Cooper - Pyro Character

67.       Riley Cooper (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brian Hartline - Pyro Character

68.       Brian Hartline (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Carolina Panthers WR - Pyro Character

69.       Jerricho Cotchery (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Seattle Seahawks Rookie - Pyro Character

70.       Paul Richardson (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Washington Redskins WR - Pyro Character

71.       Andre Roberts (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Markus Wheaton - Pyro Character

72.       Markus Wheaton (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brandon Tate - Pyro Character

73.       Brandon Tate (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Tavon Austin - Pyro Character

74.       Tavon Austin (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Rams seem intent on getting Austin carries out of the backfield and throwing him short screen passes. That is the same formula that did not work for Percy Harvin in Seattle. Austin has amazing speed and should be deployed streaking down the field for a long pass, but is instead used on bubble screens, swing passes and slant patterns, resulting in little production. You are really throwing darts if you start Austin this week.


Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie - Pyro Character

75.       Allen Hurns (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Oakland Raiders WR - Pyro Character

76.       Bryce Butler (at Cle - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Kansas City Chiefs WR - Pyro Character

77.       A.J. Jenkins (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Nate Washington - Pyro Character

78.       Nate Washington (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Detroit Lions WR - Pyro Character

79.       Jeremy Ross (at Atl - Sunday, 9:30am ET in London, England - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Carolina Panthers WR - Pyro Character

80.       Jason Avant (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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2014 Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends

 

 

 

Tight End Player Rankings – Week 8

 

(BYE:  NEW YORK GIANTS, SAN FRANCISCO)

 

 

 

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Tight Ends                 (Updated:  Sunday, Oct. 26 - 11:51AM CT)

 

Rob Gronkowski - Pyro Character

1.      Rob Gronkowski (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Julius Thomas - Pyro Character

2.      Julius Thomas (vs. SD - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Dwayne Allen - Pyro Character

3.      Dwayne Allen (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

4.      Greg Olsen (vs. Sea - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Olsen is seeing a lot of targets, with 29 over the past three weeks. Those targets have led to 20 receptions for 239 yards and three touchdowns. This week he faces the Seahawks, and when you see that you may think it is not a good matchup for Olsen, but you would be wrong. Seattle has struggled to stop tight ends this season, allowing them 12.4 fantasy points per game, which is third worst in the league. Cam Newton has faith in Greg Olsen, and looks for him in the redzone. Olsen has become a must start in fantasy, and is once again this week.

 

Jordan Reed - Pyro Character

5.      Jordan Reed (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Charles Clay - Pyro Character

6.      Charles Clay (at Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Zach Ertz - Pyro Character

7.      Zach Ertz (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Philly heads to Arizona for week #8. Dawg called it on the podcast (show #150), this could be a bit of a bounce back game for Ertz. Arizona is horrific against TEs. They are as Notorious as Alfred Hitchcock and Cary Grant. In fact, in the last 3 weeks, they have allowed an average of 10.6 fantasy points to go to opposing TEs, only 5 teams are letting up more points per game to the position during that stretch. Due to the injuries plaguing Philly’s O-line, Ertz has been asked to block more than normal. Ertz did haul in his 2nd TD last week. On the season, he has 19 catches on 30 targets. Out of all TEs with at least 10 catches, Ertz is 2nd for longest yards per reception, 16.1 yards per. He leads all tight ends with 7 pass plays that have gone for over 20 yards. So, he has not been given the usage an owner would like to see, but his production when he gets the ball leads the league. Once they get their house in order, and find a way to keep their offensive linemen healthy, then Ertz could be a top fantasy TE. He is worth a stash, and this week, he is worth a start.

 

Martellus Bennett - Pyro Character

8.      Martellus Bennett (at NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jimmy Graham - Pyro Character

9.      Jimmy Graham (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Antonio Gates - Pyro Character

10.    Antonio Gates (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Gates has found his stride again this season, and he has been productive over the past three weeks. In that time Antonio has 10 receptions for 148 yards, but has scored four touchdowns. Philip Rivers continues to look for Gates in the endzone, and that is the name of the game in fantasy. The Chargers are going to need to score a lot of points to keep up with the Broncos, and Gates should see more targets this week. Denver’s defense has been playing very well this season, but has been middle of the road against tight ends, allowing them 7.9 fantasy points per game. He should see a good amount of targets this week.


Jordan Cameron - Pyro Character

11.    Jordan Cameron (vs. Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

After breaking out in Week 6, Cameron disappeared last week with only one reception for five yards. Jordan has yet to have more than three receptions in any game, and other than his breakout game, has failed to reach 50 yards receiving or score a touchdown. This week he faces the Raiders who are holding tight ends to 8.2 fantasy points per game, and there is no reason to expect him to breakout again this week. Cameron has a ton of talent, but he is just not a big enough part of the passing game to feel confident in his production.


Delanie Walker - Pyro Character

12.    Delanie Walker (vs. Hou - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Travis Kelce - Pyro Character

13.    Travis Kelce (vs. StL - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Coby Fleener - Pyro Character

14.    Coby Fleener (at Pit - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jacksonville Jaguars TE - Pyro Character

15.    Clay Harbor (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Scott Chandler - Pyro Character

16.    Scott Chandler (at NYJ - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brent Celek - Pyro Character

17.    Brent Celek (at Ari - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Garrett Graham - Pyro Character

18.    Garrett Graham (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jared Cook - Pyro Character

19.    Jared Cook (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Rams travel to the dreaded Arrow Head Stadium. In the last 3 weeks, only 6 teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing TEs. Hell, Arizona is barely allowing more points to fantasy TEs. However, that is an extremely difficult place to perform. Not only that, we are talking Jared Cook here.  His receptions were way down last week against Seattle, a team that is also very susceptible to TEs. Cook has yet to score. Every week, he gives you about the same thing, 4 catches and approximately 50 yards. This week, I guarantee there is a guy we have ranked higher that is available in your league. With Cook, you know what to expect. Depending on your standings, I might look to take a chance on a waiver wire guy for week #8, depending on your needs, and of course, your opponent.


Heath Miller - Pyro Character

20.    Heath Miller (vs. Ind - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


New York Jets Rookie - Pyro Character

21.    Jace Amaro (vs. Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie - Pyro Character

22.    Austin Seferian-Jenkins (vs. Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jason Witten - Pyro Character

23.    Jason Witten (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Baltimore Ravens TE - Pyro Character

24.    Crockett Gillmore (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Ladarius Green - Pyro Character

25.    Ladarius Green (at Den - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Green has been so inconsistent this season, which makes it a nightmare to start him in fantasy. Even when Ladarius is active in the offense, he is not producing a lot of fantasy points. Green has no more than four catches or 64 yards in any game, and has been shut out in two games. The Chargers will have to throw this week to keep pace with Peyton Manning, but it is hard to say if Green is going to be a major factor. Antonio Gates is the main tight end target, and he gets all the redzone looks, which limits the potential for Green.


Gavin Escobar - Pyro Character

26.    Gavin Escobar (vs. Was - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


New England Patriots TE - Pyro Character

27.    Tim Wright (vs. Chi - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Washington Redskins TE - Pyro Character

28.    Niles Paul (at Dal - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Lance Kendricks - Pyro Character

29.    Lance Kendricks (at KC - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character

30.    Jermaine Gresham (vs. Bal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Andrew Quarless - Pyro Character

31.    Andrew Quarless (at NO - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Ben Watson - Pyro Character

32.    Ben Watson (vs. GB - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

Week 8 PYRO Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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