Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings: Top Point Scorers at Every Position

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 22, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 8 Rankings: Top Point Scorers at Every Position

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    Aaron Rodgers is back, Eli Manning is Eli Manning, and LeSean McCoy needs more touches. 

    Just a few of the fantasy storylines heading into Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season. 

    With some of the games most productive players again facing some stingy defenses, there are some alterations at the top of the typical rankings. 

    Let's take a look. 

Quarterback

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    Aaron Rodgers 

    The Green Bay Packers quarterback just needed to shake off a little offseason rust, right, Aaron? The 2011 MVP is back to prolific form and by prolific form, I mean he's absolutely laser-locked with his talented corps of wide receivers and is ready to once again begin the dissection of opposing secondaries. 

    The Jacksonville Jaguars actually have a respectable defense, but they've allowed 265 yards through the air per game. 

    Rodgers will exceed that on Sunday. 

     

    Eli Manning 

    Is Manning the best quarterback in football? He's not super flashy, doesn't have a trademark touchdown celebration or a supermodel wife. But he delivers. Every week and Victor Cruz and Manning are the most dynamic quarterback-wide receiver in the league. 

    Sure, the Dallas Cowboys secondary is good, and the duo of Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr shut down the Giants vaunted aerial attack in Week 1, but you can count on Manning to hook up with his pass-catchers for a few huge plays each game. 

     

    Andrew Luck

    If it wasn't for Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck would probably be the front runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year in the NFL. 

    Luck has performed admirably to start his career, and he has a good matchup in Week 8. The Titans allow the highest average QB rating, and Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 77 percent of his passes with three touchdown passes in Week 7. 

    Luck will shine. 

Running Back

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    LeSean McCoy

    McCoy has to be more prominently featured with the Philadelphia Eagles. They had the bye week to implement a more run-heavy scheme, so let's just hope Andy Reid can stay dedicated. 

    The Atlanta Falcons are the league's only unbeaten club, but they do surrender 5.2 yards per carry to opposing running backs. 

    On paper, McCoy should have a huge day.

     

    Jamaal Charles

    Charles, like McCoy, is off the bye week and finds himself in a favorable matchup. 

    However, there's no doubting it, Charles is rightfully the focal point of the Chiefs offense. He always receives an adequate amount of carries. 

    The Raiders allow a respectable 3.8 yards per carry, but Charles will get his touches and should be in for a huge day. 

     

    Ryan Mathews

    Mathews hasn't had his breakout game yet, but after Philip Rivers' abysmal performance during the second-half collapse against the Denver Broncos, expect the talented runner to get near 20 carries and 25 total touches against a susceptible Cleveland Browns run defense. 

Wide Receiver

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    Jordy Nelson

    With Rodgers locked in, Nelson is the biggest beneficiary. He has 243 yards and four touchdowns in the Packers last two games, and he is primed for another monster day against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

    Nelson, too, is back to 2011 form. 

     

    Brandon Marshall

    Marshall and Cutler have reestablished their Denver Broncos rapport, and they each have a favorable matchup in Week 8. 

    The Panthers pass defense allows a 93.2 QB rating to opposing signal-callers and 246 yards per game through the air. 

    Chris Gamble could be out, and even if he suits up, he may not be 100 percent coming off a shoulder injury that made him unavailable for the Week 7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

     

    Wes Welker

    Don't bury Welker yet. 

    He's still producing every week and remains a PPR god. 

    The St. Louis Rams have a good pass rush and a formidable secondary, but who can cover Welker in the slot? 

    He'll get between 10-12 targets and seven to nine receptions. 

Tight End

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    Rob Gronkowski

    Gronkowski isn't producing at a 2011 rate, but then again, 90 receptions, more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns isn't exactly an easy stat line to reproduce. 

    However, he caught two touchdowns against a decent Jets defense and will be a matchup nightmare against the Rams. 

    Wait, when isn't he a matchup nightmare?

     

    Tony Gonzalez

    Gonzalez, the ageless wonder. No, really, the guy doesn't age. Well, at least it doesn't seem like it. At 36 years old, Gonzo is on pace for the best statistical season of his career. 

    The Eagles do have a marvelous secondary, but they've shown that tight ends can contribute against them. 

    Another high target, high reception game for the one of the best to ever play the game at the tight end position.

     

    Dustin Keller

    Keller was terrific against the New England Patriots in Week 7, but yeah, it was against the New England Patriots secondary. 

    Then again, he didn't appear to be battling any lingering effects of his hamstring injury and is a reliable target for Mark Sanchez

    The Miami Dolphins have a better than advertised defense, but if you want targets, Keller is your guy. 

Kicker

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    Blair Walsh

    The Minnesota Vikings don't have a prolific offense, but it's efficient. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are severely lacking, well, almost everything. 

    Should be many opportunities to put up points for Walsh.

     

    Lawrence Tynes

    Tynes is as steady as they come at the kicker spot. His 90.5 success rate on kicks is tops in the NFL.

     

    Sebastian Janikowski

    Man, I was upset when that 64-yarder missed. Something about Sebastian makes me want him to own the record. Janikowski is a top kicker every week. 

Defense

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    Chicago Bears

    The Panthers have the talent on offense, but they're squandering opportunities every week and turn it over far too often. 

     

    San Francisco 49ers

    The Arizona Cardinals are reeling. The 49ers defense is not. 

     

    San Diego Chargers

    With rather slim pickings this week, look for the Chargers defense to rebound against someone not named Peyton Manning