Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Plays at Every Position

John RozumCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Plays at Every Position

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    Chances are some of your key fantasy football players have a bye week coming up.

    No worries, because this is an occurrence each season and plenty of top players still remain. As for Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers is just one player we'll look at.

    For one, the gunslinger is on a roll with two dominant performances against the Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams, not to mention both games were on the road.

    So, that makes Rodgers a top choice as the Packers host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

    In addition to Rodgers, let's explore some of the best plays you can make this week in fantasy.

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. Jaguars)

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    The Jaguars' defense is significantly underachieving in 2012 and they're facing the Packers at the wrong time.

    Green Bay, on the flip side, is rolling quite well after having scored 72 points in its past two games. Aaron Rodgers has thrown nine scores to zero picks in that span. Jacksonville presents arguably the NFL's least effective pass rush, so anticipate Rodgers having ample time to thwart the Jags downfield.

    In short, Rodgers puts on a show and the Packers burn up the scoreboard against the Jaguars.


    Other Top Choices: Peyton Manning vs. Saints, Matt Hasselbeck vs. Colts, Jay Cutler vs. Panthers

    Tough Starts of Note: Tom Brady vs. Rams, Philip Rivers vs. Browns

RB: LeSean McCoy, Eagles (vs. Falcons)

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    If there is one thing that will ruin the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 season, it's their inability to consistently stop the run. Thus far, the Falcons have allowed an average of 143.8 rush yards per game with a per carry average of 5.2

    What will save Michael Vick and Co. is feeding LeSean McCoy on the ground. Through six games, McCoy has racked up 459 rushing yards and each time he's been given 20-plus carries, Philly has won.

    Unsurprisingly, when Andy Reid gives him less than 20, the Eagles have lost.


    Other Top Choices: Matt Forte vs. Panthers, Chris Johnson vs. Colts, Darren McFadden vs. Chiefs

    Tough Starts of Note: Jamaal Charles vs. Raiders, Frank Gore vs. Cardinals

WR: Brandon Marshall, Bears (vs. Panthers)

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    Exclude the Week 2 loss at the Packers and the Chicago Bears' passing offense has been rather impressive.

    A big part of that is due to the reconnection of Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler. So far, Cutler has targeted Marshall 66 times and he has 41 receptions for 577 yards and four scores. Hosting the Panthers in Week 8, the Bears face one of the NFL's worst overall defenses.

    Include a Bears defense that will provide additional possessions off turnovers and Marshall enjoys a field day.


    Other Top Choices: Mike Wallace vs. Redskins, Reggie Wayne vs. Titans

    Tough Starts of Note: Vincent Jackson vs. Vikings, Calvin Johnson vs. Seahawks

TE: Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (vs. Buccaneers)

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank No. 31 against the pass, but Greg Schiano's defense has recorded nine interceptions as a counter-balance.

    Well, although the Minnesota Vikings aren't the most pass-dominant of offenses, Christian Ponder's development has certainly improved in 2012. And a key factor in that has been tight end Kyle Rudolph.

    Already scoring five times on the year, Rudolph is Ponder's best passing option, especially inside the red zone. Tampa Bay is suspect against the pass, when not making a pick, so expect more targets, yards and receptions from Rudolph this week.


    Other Top Choices: Tony Gonzalez vs. Eagles, Jason Witten vs. Giants, Vernon Davis vs. Cardinals

    Tough Starts of Note: Rob Gronkowski vs. Rams, Greg Olsen vs. Bears

Kicker: Ryan Succop, Chiefs (vs. Raiders)

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    When the Kansas City Chiefs won their lone game on the road in New Orleans, kicker Ryan Succop was a perfect 6-of-6 on field goals.

    Playing the Oakland Raiders in Week 8, Kansas City's best chance at moving the rock is on the ground via Jamaal Charles. Still, problems will occur if/when K.C. nears the red zone because that's when a defense really tightens up.

    The Chiefs lack an explosive passing game, so any scoring opportunities will go through Succop. Fortunately for K.C.'s offense and fantasy football owners, he is one solid marksman.


    Other Top Choices: Sebastian Janikowski vs. Chiefs, Matt Bryant vs. Falcons, Phil Dawson vs. Chargers

    Tough Starts of Note: Dan Bailey vs. Giants, Dan Carpenter vs. Jets

Defense: San Francisco 49ers (at Arizona Cardinals)

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    We can reasonably anticipate the San Francisco 49ers to blank the Arizona Cardinals in Week 8.

    Arizona desperately needs to improve at pass protection and running the ball, which are also two strong areas of the 49ers defense. So, along with the Cardinals not establishing a ground game or providing enough time for the receivers to develop routes, the coverage will lock it down.

    The only thing keeping Arizona from a catastrophic breakdown in 2012 is its own defense. San Francisco's, though, is still much better and the Cardinals' offense has yet to show any signs of explosiveness.

    Plus, Arizona has scored only 33 points in its past three games.


    Other Top Choices: Chicago Bears vs. Panthers, New York Giants vs. Cowboys

    Tough Starts of Note: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Falcons, Seattle Seahawks vs. Lions


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