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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 8: Frank Gore and Late-Game RBs That Will Amaze

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Frank Groe #21 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sidelines during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 30, 2011

Week 8 has some great running backs that won’t see the field until after 4 p.m. on Sunday. These three running backs are set to make fantasy owners very happy.


LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is a dream for fantasy owners in point-per-reception leagues. McCoy is one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the NFL, and his numbers suggest that he should have a decent day against the Dallas Cowboys defense.

Even though Dallas has the best rush defense in the league, Philadelphia has the best rush offense, and McCoy should be able to grab a decent amount of yardage on the ground.

If he can’t, his ability to catch the ball will give fantasy owners double-digit points against the Cowboys. McCoy has grabbed 21 receptions, 123 yards and two scores in 2011.

Fred Jackson

Washington and Buffalo will get together in Toronto, Canada for a late game in Week 8.

Fred Jackson versus the Redskins defense will be the key matchup in this game. Jackson is a great dual-threat out of the backfield, showing the ability to run (601 yards, six touchdowns) and receive (25 receptions, 279 yards).

Washington has the 17th-best rush defense in the league.

Jackson could be set for a pretty big day up north.

Frank Gore

Alex Smith, while putting up solid touchdown/turnover ratio (eight-to-two), hasn’t provided the San Francisco 49ers offense yardage through the air (31st overall). However, Frank Gore has been the anchor to the offense, leading the way with 541 yards and four touchdowns.

Gore goes up against a Cleveland Browns defense that is 20th against the run. Gore has rushed for 393 yards and three touchdowns in the month of October.

Cleveland will provide a tough test against the 49ers offense, but Gore should be able to have his way on the ground and in the passing game. Gore isn’t on his normal pass for receptions (12 so far), but he has the potential to collect a ton of balls from Smith.

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