Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2013

Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players

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    With another chapter of the 2013 fantasy football season in the books, it's time to check out some early stat projections for the top 100 players in Week 8.

    Since six teams are on a bye week, fantasy football general managers everywhere will have to reach into their bag of tricks and pull out one heck of a lineup in order to secure a win.

    So what are you waiting for? Start the slideshow below and check out stat projections for the top 100 fantasy football players in Week 8.

    *All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.

    *All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.


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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp. Passing YardsPassing TDsInterceptionsRushing Yards
    1Peyton Manning, DENWAS 360400
    2Aaron Rodgers, GBMIN 3183025
    3Drew Brees, NOBUF 338314
    4Matthew Stafford, DETDAL 3103012
    5Tony Romo, DALDET 325313
    6Robert Griffin III, WASDEN 2903168
    7Cam Newton, CARTB 2452052
    8Russell Wilson, SEASTL 2542047
    9Michael Vick, PHI*NYG 2382041
    10Matt Ryan, ATLARI 282200
    11Ben Roethlisberger, PITOAK 2802011
    12Tom Brady, NEMIA 27808
    13Eli Manning, NYGPHI 27120
    14Colin Kaepernick, SFJAX 2401058
    15Andy Dalton, CINNYJ 280224

    Coming off a fantastic performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has another outstanding matchup. If you have him, start him with confidence against the St. Louis Rams and their 17th-ranked pass defense.

    Even without star wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons standout Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Thanks to his poise in the pocket and uncanny ability to read a defense, Ryan should continue to put up points for fantasy owners in Week 8.

Running Back

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rush YardsRec.Rec. YardsTotal TDs
    1LeSean McCoy, PHINYG1406422
    2Frank Gore, SFJAX120113
    3Adrian Peterson, MINGB1292201
    4Marshawn Lynch, SEA STL128327
    5Knowshon Moreno, DENWAS584362
    6Jamaal Charles, KCCLE915421
    7Reggie Bush, DETDAL885401
    8Eddie Lacy, GBMIN 865391
    9Fred Jackson, BUFNO 676601
    10Stevan Ridley, NE MIA852211
    11Le'Veon Bell, PITOAK803221
    12Joseph Randle, DALDET76318
    13Alfred Morris, WASDEN7201
    14Jacquizz Rodgers, ATLARI50511
    15Darren Sproles, NOBUF 38760 0
    16Pierre Thomas, NOBUF673360
    17Giovani Bernard, CINNYJ305460
    18Lamar Miller, MIANE523310
    19DeAngelo Williams, CARTB 504260
    20Darren McFadden, OAKPIT 483270

    San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore will look to keep things rolling this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scoring four touchdowns in his last four games, Gore should be able to add on to that total going up against the NFL's worst-ranked run defense.

    Without wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have gotten Jacquizz Rodgers more involved in the offense. A dual-threat out of the backfield, Rodgers should get plenty of touches this week against a talented Arizona Cardinals defense.

    Facing the New England Patriots' 31st-ranked run defense should finally give Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller a chance to shine. Although the talent is there, sadly the production hasn't followed suit. That's why it's hard to project Miller having a big game even against the Patriots.

Wide Receiver

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rec. Rec. YardsRec. TDs
    1Calvin Johnson, DET DAL61362
    2Jordy Nelson, GBMIN61322
    3Dez Bryant, DALDET51301
    4Demaryius Thomas, DENWAS51191
    5Victor Cruz, NYGPHI61181
    6DeSean Jackson, PHINYG5116
    7Wes Welker, DENWAS51121
    8A.J. Green, CINNYJ5106
    9Pierre Garcon, WASDEN 699
    10Marques Colston, NOBUF 585
    11Eric Decker, DENWAS582
    12Vincent Jackson, TBCAR 80 
    13Antonio Brown, PITOAK 772 
    14Larry Fitzgerald, ARI ATL6711
    15Hakeem Nicks, NYGPHI 61020
    16Jarrett Boykin, GBMIN5761
    17 Justin Blackmon, JAXSF 6100
    18Harry Douglas, ATLARI 787
    19 Terrance Williams, DALSF 6681
    20Percy Harvin, SEA*STL 7821
    21Jeremy Kerley, NYJCIN 8741
    22 Anquan Boldin, SFJAX 676 0
    23 Cecil Shorts, JAXSF 6720
    24 Josh Gordon, CLEKC 5680
    25 Mike Wallace, MIANE 5670
    26 Sidney Rice, SEASTL 4700
    27 Steve Smith, CARTB 5630
    28 Ruben Randle, NYGPHI 5610
    29 Kris Durham, DET
    DAL 6540
    30 Kenny Stills, NOBUF 4630

    Pro Football Focus' 12th-best wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, is looking to get back on track after a disappointing performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. With the potential return of starting quarterback Michael Vick, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson should rebound nicely against the 1-6 New York Giants.

    Second-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin played incredibly well for the Green Bay Packers in Week 7. Racking up 10 receptions for 103 yards, on film it appears that Boykin already has Aaron Rodgers' trust. Facing a depleted Minnesota Vikings team in Week 8 should bode well for Boykin's fantasy numbers.

    As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin could return to action in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams. An elite playmaker by design, if Harvin is healthy, he should be able to burst back onto the fantasy scene with a vengeance this week.

Tight End

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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Rec.Rec. Yards.Rec TDs
    1Rob Gronkowski, NEMIA81262
    2Julius Thomas, DENWAS6961
    3Jimmy Graham, NO*BUF6941
    4Vernon Davis, SFJAX5851
    5Jason Witten, DALPHI5781
    6Jordan Reed, WASDEN5721
    7Jordan Cameron, CLE KC6920
    8Tony Gonzalez, ATL ARI5681
    9Greg Olsen, CAR TB 562 
    10Heath Miller, PIT OAK 672 0
    11Tyler Eifert, CINNYJ4421
    12Brandon Pettigrew, DET DAL 560 
    13Jeff Cumberland, NYJCIN 752
    14Charles Clay, MIANE 550 
    15Jared Cook, STLSEA 48 

    To the relief of many fantasy football owners, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made his triumphant return to football in Week 7.

    Catching eight passes for 114 yards on 17 targets, it's clear that Gronkowski is going to be the centerpiece of this New England offense. With another week of practice under his belt, look for the man they call "Gronk" to put up big numbers against the Miami Dolphins.

    Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has exploded onto the fantasy scene over the last two weeks. Coming off a stellar 134-yard performance against the Chicago Bears, Reed will be looking to stay hot against the Denver Broncos' 32nd-ranked pass defense. 


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    RankPlayer, TeamOpp.Makes40+XP
    1Steven Hauschka, SEASTL423
    2Stephen Gostkowski, NEMIA323
    3Alex Henery, PHINYG314
    4Dan Carpenter, BUF NO312
    5Shaun Suisham, PITOAK223
    6Nick Folk, NYJCIN312
    7Matt Prater, DENWAS11
    8Dan Bailey, DALDET115
    9Garrett Hartley, NOBUF 4
    10Matt Bryant, ATLARI 2

    Going up against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery should get his chance to rebound in Week 8. If you own him, you're starting him with confidence this week.


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    RankPlayerOpp. Points Allowed Sacks Turnovers
    1Seattle STL663
    2San Francisco JAX652
    3Green BayMIN943
    4Kansas CityCLE1042
    7New EnglandMIA1732
    9New OrleansBUF232

    Now that the St. Louis Rams have officially confirmed starting quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL, things are about to get even worse for this franchise. Going up against an outstanding Seattle Seahawks defense, it's hard to imagine the Rams scoring more than six points in Week 8.

    If you own the Green Bay Packers defense, you're playing it this week against the Minnesota Vikings. With a lethargic offense led by quarterback Josh Freeman, look for the Packers to rack up a ton of fantasy points in Week 8.