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Week 8 Rankings: Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Posted By Themis Katris On Oct 25 2011 @ 12:05 pm In Fantasy Football | 2 Comments

So I want to start something new here on Pro Sports Blogging with the addition of position rankings.  Feel free to comment below and add/explain why someone should be on the list or if someone should be shifted around as this is the first time I am doing this.

Going into each week, one of the first things I look at are the rankings of each Fantasy position.  I always look forward to seeing my players on the list, and if they aren’t, I usually become worried (as many fantasy owners do).  So I am going to give a top 10 list for quarterbacks and a top 15 list for running backs based on their season stats and week 8 match-ups.


  1. Drew Brees @ STL (what he did last week was just an immortal performance and could have done more.  He will be going off again right from the start on the Rams)
  2. Michael Vick vs. DAL (always dynamic and dallas gives up some big plays in the secondary.  With the help of McCoy in the backfield, it should release some pressure for Vick and give him time to work his magic)
  3. Tom Brady @ PIT (No matter the matchup, he always delivers.  Running game could be shut down and he has great targets to throw to.)
  4.  Cam Newton vs. MIN (With his ability to move around and run the ball anything is possible.  He also has Steve Smith to throw to, and MIN has given up a lot of big plays this year)
  5. Ben Roethlisberger vs. NE (New England played better defense against Dallas, but their secondary is still beatable.  Look for Big Ben and Mike Wallace to connect on another big play this week.)
  6. Philip Rivers @ KC ( Forget what KC did last week, Oakland was a mess at QB and McFadden left the game early.  KC has given up 14 TDs on the year, 2 from Curtis Painter.  Rivers had a bad outing against them last time, but he will come back with a good performance this week)
  7. Eli Manning vs. MIA (Miami is letting everyone do anything on them nowadays.  Eli has a good offensive group and will deliver at home)
  8. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. WAS (Coming off those 2 bad picks against NYG, he had the bye week to  fine tune his game.  Washington gave up big plays last week to Cam Newton and company, so I am liking his match-up.)
  9. Mathew Stafford  @ DEN (Not sure if he is playing yet, but if he does, he’s got Megatron on his side.)
  10. Matt Hasselbeck vs. IND (I know the Titans aren’t the Saints, but you should start any QB against a defense that just gave up 62 points.)

Others I like: John Beck @ BUF, Tim Tebow vs. DET, Matt Schaub vs JAC 


  1. Adrian Peterson @ CAR (Carolina gives up a lot of rushing yards.  Adrian Peterson is one of the best running backs in the game if not THE best one.  You do the math)
  2. LeSean McCoy vs. DAL (Dallas has a great rush defense, but McCoy can do it all.  Just like Forte, he can run AND catch the ball really really well.)
  3. Fred Jackson vs WAS (Fred Jackson is a beast and Washington doesn’t have the greatest rush defense.)
  4. Ray Rice vs. ARZ (Arizona has a descent rush defense and Ray Rice is coming off a terrible game against the Jaguars.  Look for Rice and the Ravens to bounce back in this game.)
  5. Maurice Jones-Drew @ HOU (Houston gives up a lot of yardage to running backs.  Although they shut down Chris Johnson last week, MJD will do much better.  MJD went over 100 yards against the Ravens and he is a good receiving back.)
  6. Arian Foster vs. JAC (Nothing stops this guy.  He is one of the best receiving backs in the game, so if he isn’t able to run it, he will certainly do some damage catching the ball.)
  7. Steven Jackson vs. NO (user friendly match-up for running backs.  Delone Carter had a good game against them in that 62-7 loss.  Steven Jackson and the Rams should come out running and slow down the game so that Brees isn’t on the field as much.)
  8. Frank Gore vs. CLE (He has been on a roll as of late so keep employing him with confidence.)
  9. Ahmad Bradshaw vs. MIA (Brandon Jacobs might be back this week, but after Bradshaw’s last performance, he is still the main guy there.)
  10. Ryan Mathews @ KC (Ryan Mathews had a spectacular game against them last time with about 150 total yards and 2 TD’s.  Expect a similar performance out of him this week as well.)
  11. Chris Johnson vs IND (I’m pretty sure I can run against this Colts rush defense.  I would normally put anyone facing the Colts in the top 10, but Chris Johnson has been a bust thus far.  I am giving him this last chance of turning in a good performance against the Colts.)
  12. Rashard Mendenhall vs NE (New England’s defense is beatable, but Mendenhall has been a hit or miss all season.)
  13. Daren Sproles @ STL (If you are in a return yardage and return TD league, he is a top 10 play especially with Mark Ingram looking like he won’t play.  Daren Sproles is proving week in and week out that he can make the most of his 10-15 touches a game.  Look for him to put up similar numbers as last week.)
  14. Bernard Scott @ SEA (Bernard Scott is a great receiving back and he will get the full load of carries this week with Benson out.)
  15. Demarco Murray @ PHI (Coming off an amazing performance last week, Murray should carry that momentum into this week and have a pretty descent game for himself.  It also helps that the Eagles are at the bottom of the pack in rush defense!)

Others I like: Ryan Torrain @ BUF, Daniel Thomas @ NYG, Maurice Morris @ DEN

Week 8 WR and TE rankings will be up tomorrow!  Be sure to check back.  Any comments please leave below or tweet me @Themisk22

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