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Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings: Montario Hardesty and RBs Who Will Shock You

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 23:  Running back Montario Hardesty #31 of the Cleveland Browns runs by defensive end Red Bryant #79 of the Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2011

With Week 8 coming up, I think we are going to see some RBs bust out and have big games who have been relatively quiet this season.

We all know Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and guys like that are going to continue their dominance, but what about some more unheralded players or those who have yet to live up to expectation?

Let’s take a look at some of those guys.

Montario Hardesty

Hardesty is going to continue to be a workhorse for the Cleveland Browns.

Peyton Hillis missed the game against Seattle on Sunday and Hardesty was on the receiving end of 35 touches.

The game was ugly but Hardesty still racked up a combined 122 yards and had a solid fantasy day.

He should continue to see the rock often, especially if Hillis misses more time.

Chris Johnson

If Johnson is going to wake up this season, it has to be against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8.

Johnson is doing awful for a first-round fantasy pick and one of the highest-paid players in the league.

He has just 268 yards and one touchdown on the ground this season and is not performing like a man who once was challenging the league’s all-time rushing record should.

The Colts are terrible so he needs to step up and perform against them this week or his season is hopeless.

Alfonso Smith

If Beanie Wells does not play this week or anytime in the near future, Smith is going to be the beneficiary.

Smith had five carries for 17 yards and a touchdown against a very tough Steelers team that can stop anyone’s run game.

The Cards unfortunately have to play the Baltimore Ravens next week and it won’t get much easier, but Smith is going to be the No. 1 back, splitting some time with LeRod Stephens-Howling.

Smith could definitely be useful with this upgrade and lack of depth at the position. 

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