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Two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks will share the spotlight tonight when the Green Bay Packers take on the New Orleans Saints on NBC. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (5-2) are in the midst of a four-game winning streak, while Drew Brees and the Saints (2-4) hope a return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will produce better results on the field.

 

Tonight marks the fourth head-to-head meeting between Rodgers and Brees, who have a combined 175 regular-season wins, 78,868 yards passing, 580 touchdown passes, 11 Pro Bowl invites and two Super Bowl MVP awards between them. Rodgers holds a 2-1 edge, as the home team has won each time. The last meeting took place at Lambeau Field during Week 4 of the 2012 season. Green Bay won 28-27, as the two quarterbacks combined for 765 yards and seven touchdown passes.

 

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Spread: New Orleans -1

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Red-Hot Rodgers

Following Green Bay’s uncharacteristic 1-2 start, Aaron Rodgers had a simple message for the Packers’ passionate fan base: R-E-L-A-X. Turns out the MVP and Super Bowl-winning quarterback knew what he was talking about. Since losing 19-7 in Detroit in Week 3, Green Bay has won four in a row with only one of those victories coming by less than 21 points. Not surprisingly, Rodgers has been at the forefront of this hot streak, completing 71 percent of his passes for 977 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions over the last four games. Besides blowing out the Bears on the road and the Vikings and Panthers at home, Rodgers tossed the game-winning touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to beat the Dolphins in Miami in Week 6. In short, Rodgers has done it all during this streak and trying to slow him down will New Orleans’ main priority. Easier said than done, however, as the Saints enter this game ranked 28th in the NFL in passing defense (270.5 ypg). 

 

2. Saints in a Rush?

New Orleans’ offense begins and ends with Drew Brees, but the Saints also have had success running the ball this season and it’s a strategy they may want to stick to tonight. New Orleans is second in the NFL in total offense (437.0 ypg), and while the passing game is doing its usual thing (314.0 ypg, 2nd), the running game also has been getting the job done. The Saints are 13th in rushing at 123.0 yards per game, which is a far cry from the 92.1 they averaged last season. Mark Ingram got off to a strong start (143 yards, 3 TDs) before breaking his hand in Week 2, but he returned last week. In Ingram’s absence, Khiry Robinson picked up the slack and the second-year back is leading the team with 330 yards on a 5.2-yard-per-carry clip. Pierre Thomas also has chipped in with 133 yards (4.4 ypc) and two touchdowns on the ground, but he’s expected to miss 2-3 weeks after injuring his shoulder in last week’s loss in Detroit. As a team, the Saints are averaging 4.9 yards per carry with seven rushing touchdowns, compared to 3.8 and 10 for all of 2013. This success on the ground may very well continue tonight, as Green Bay is second to last in rushing defense. The Packers are allowing close to 150 yards rushing per game and have yet to hold an opponent to less than 108. New Orleans may not be known for running the ball, but head coach Sean Payton may want to stay grounded tonight, especially if it gives the Saints their best chance of winning.

 

3. Jimmy Graham’s Supporting Cast

Graham is without question one of the hardest players to cover in the NFL and his numbers back this up. Over his last three seasons, Graham has averaged 90 receptions for 1,169 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers are impressive for a wide receiver let alone a tight end. Graham is once again leading the team in receiving (34-376-3), but he’s also dealing with a sprained shoulder that basically turned the All-Pro into a decoy last week. Playing through an injury that reportedly was going to keep him out several weeks, Graham was targeted twice, but didn’t catch any passes in the loss to Detroit. Graham’s injury underscores the need for other pass-catchers to step up their production. After all, even though the Saints have had success running the ball, they also have an offensive mastermind for a head coach in Sean Payton and a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees. They should be able to beat defenses through the air too. Wide receiver Marques Colston is the veteran and he has had his moments with two 100-yard games already, but he also posted a bagel in the Week 2 loss in Cleveland. First-round pick Brandin Cooks was supposed to be Payton and Brees’ new favorite toy, but the speedy Biletnikoff Award winner from Oregon State has just one touchdown and is averaging only 8.2 yards per reception, despite being tied with Graham for the team lead in catches (34). Kenny Stills has big-play ability (16.3 ypc), but an injury slowed him early on, although he is coming off of his best game (103 yards vs. Detroit). Even with the injury to running back Pierre Thomas, who is second on the team with 26 catches, Brees doesn’t lack for options to throw to. He just needs those not named Graham to be more consistent and make a few more big plays, especially with his most trusted and productive target a little banged up at the moment.

 

Final Analysis

 

Green Bay is one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, winning its last four games by an average of 19.3 points per game. Aaron Rodgers is once again putting up MVP-caliber numbers, which have been needed since the Packers have had their issues both running the ball consistently and on defense. New Orleans is reeling somewhat after letting one slip away in Detroit last week. The Saints play four of their next five games at home so they can ill afford to let any of these opportunities pass by. While things have been going Green Bay’s way lately, it’s really hard to pick against New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Sean Payton’s team gets back to the basics, including a heavier dose of the running game than usual, and Drew Brees chips in with some big throws late, as the Saints defend home turf and start their march back to playoff contention. 

 
Prediction: New Orleans 30, Green Bay 27
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Plenty of No. 1 wide receivers show up on the Week 8 injury report. Find out below who is shaping up to be a game-time decision, who has already been ruled out and who should be ready to roll.

 

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Doubtful – Toe
Green didn’t practice at all this week, but he was able to get some rehab and conditioning work in on the side. This progress prompted head coach Marvin Lewis to express some optimism about getting his All-Pro wide receiver back. However, Green’s Doubtful designation certainly puts a damper on things. There are reports Green will test his injured toe out early Sunday, but even then you are looking at a game-time decision at best. With Green’s toe still keeping him from merely taking part in practice; it seems highly unlikely that he will return after missing the past two games. Personally, I am not going to sit around and hope Green makes a miraculous return. So Green will remain on my bench and I’ll revisit his situation next week. Mohamed Sanu remains a fairly safe WR2 option with upside.

 
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (London)

Out - Ankle
Johnson did take part in practice for the first time in three weeks, but he remains limited by his ankle injury. With the Lions already expected to be without several other skill position players, they certainly could use Johnson. But he has repeatedly stated that he won’t get back on the field until he knows he can perform at the All-Pro level he expects. And that apparently is not today, as the team ruled Johnson Out prior to kickoff earlier this morning. The Lions being on bye next week probably contributed some to the decision to deactivate him. With Johnson officially inactive, Golden Tate is a bona fide WR1 based on the matchup (Falcons 29th in NFL in passing defense) and the fact that Matthew Stafford also does have Reggie Bush or several of his tight ends to throw to today.

 
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Questionable – Rib
The Buccaneers are coming off of their bye yet Jackson is still being limited in practice because of a rib injury. That’s not the most encouraging sign, nor is his Questionable designation. However, Jackson is expected to be out there today, as he’s played through this injury previously. Jackson and Mike Glennon have combined for 15 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown over the past three games, so Jackson remains a relatively safe WR2 today against the Vikings.

 

Harry Douglas and Julio Jones, WRs, Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions (London)

Questionable – Foot; Probable – Ankle
Douglas has missed the past four games with a foot injury, but he was back at practice this week, albeit in a limited fashion. He is listed as Questionable and it will be a game-time decision whether he plays or not. Just remember that this game is in London, which means a much earlier start (9:30 a.m. ET). Jones meanwhile is taking it easy earlier in the week to give his bothersome ankle as much time to recover as possible. He was a full go on Thursday and Friday and is listed as Probable. Jones remains a must-start WR1, while Douglas should be left on the waiver wire or your bench if you own him.

 

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans

Probable – Ankle
The good news is that following the short turnaround after playing Monday night, Johnson was able to get one full practice session in on Friday. He’s dealt with this nagging ankle issue for several weeks, but he’s still yet to miss a game. That won’t happen today either, as he’s listed as Probable. Johnson has just one touchdown catch so far, but he’s seeing at least seven targets and registering at least four catches every game. He’s a legitimate WR1 and you just have to keep putting him out there and hope this is the week he and Ryan Fitzpatrick really click.

 

Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills

Probable – Hamstring
After not being a factor on last week’s injury report, Decker’s back on because of his bothersome hamstring. He was limited in practice all week, but apparently the coaching staff isn’t concerned about his readiness since he’s listed as Probable. Decker’s been more of a hit-or-miss option this season, but it will be interesting to see how he and Percy Harvin, his new teammate, fare in their first game together. For now, Decker is a risky WR2 and a much safer flex option.

 

Already Ruled Out:

 

Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Wayne injured his elbow in last week’s win and underwent an MRI to determine the severity. What the MRI showed the team has not shared, but Wayne didn’t practice at all this week and was spotted wearing a compression sleeve on his injured elbow. He’s already been ruled out for this afternoon’s game and the hope right now is that Wayne will only need to miss one or two more games. T.Y. Hilton becomes the Colts’ No. 1 wide receiver in Wayne’s absence, but his actual role and production doesn’t figure to change that much. The beneficiary of Wayne’s injury could be Hakeem Nicks, who should see more opportunities, but don’t rule out rookie Donte Moncrief either. It’s probably too risky to rely on Nicks or Moncrief this week, except maybe in deeper leagues.

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Sunday’s Week 8 action gets off to an early start in London where Detroit is expected to be without one of its top running backs. That’s just one of the key RB or QB injuries associated with today’s games.

 

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Probable – Ribs
Bernard is dealing with some sore ribs, which limited his practice participation Wednesday and Thursday. He was a full go on Friday, is listed as Probable and fully expected to play in today’s key AFC North clash with Baltimore. Bernard is not only the Bengals’ leading rusher, he also figures to be one of Andy Dalton’s prime targets with A.J. Green listed as Doubtful. Bernard is one of the most dynamic backs in the NFL and he must be in your starting lineup.

 

Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (London)

Out – Ankle
Bush played last week, but re-aggravated his ankle injury and had to leave early. After arriving in London for today’s game, Bush’s ankle didn’t respond to any treatment during the week. He was limited in practice on Wednesday, but didn’t participate at all on Thursday or Friday. He was listed as Doubtful on Friday, but was officially ruled Out earlier this morning. The extra early kickoff (9:30 a.m. ET) and the fact the Lions are on bye next week, probably contributed to the team's decision. With Bush sidelined, Joique Bell should see plenty of carries against a Falcons defense that’s giving up the most fantasy points to RBs. I could make an argument that Bell’s a borderline RB1 this week, and Theo Riddick (Probable, Hamstring) could end up with enough touches to merit flex consideration. Remember, this is a Lions offense that besides Bush is without Calvin Johnson and several TEs.

 

Benny Cunningham, RB, St. Louis Rams at Kansas City Chiefs

Probable – Knee
Cunningham was added to the injury report on Thursday after a knee injury limited him in practice. Whatever it is, he was a full go on Friday and appears to be a pretty safe bet to play based on his Probable designation. There’s been a lot of turnover in the Rams’ backfield in recent weeks, as rookie Tre Mason has emerged while former starter Zac Stacy has seen his playing time practically disappear. Cunningham’s status as the backup has been pretty constant, but it’s hard to trust Cunningham fantasy-wise because of the uncertainty regarding his workload. Mason is the Ram back to own moving forward and Stacy can probably be dropped in shallow redraft leagues at this point.

 

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Probable – Hamstring
Greene got in limited practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to go full speed on Friday. He’s listed as Probable and expected to return after missing the past two games. Greene was arrested Friday night on multiple charges after trying to avoid getting a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot, but reports say the incident doesn’t impact his playing status today. On the field, the interesting thing to watch will be how the carries are distributed between Greene and rookie Bishop Sankey. The Titans are starting rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback in place of Jake Locker (see below), so if the youth movement is in full force that would favor Sankey. However, Greene was the starter until he got hurt, so head coach Ken Whisenhunt may decide to go back to the way it was. If I had to handicap this race, I still think Sankey boasts more upside and is the Titan back to own, but it may not play out that way for a game or two. The only Titans I would trust fantasy-wise this week are TE Delaine Walker, WR Kendall Wright and maybe, if you’re feeling lucky, WR Justin Hunter as a potential flex option.

 

Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins

Probable – Foot
After missing the past two games because of a foot injury, Gerhart is expected to return today. He was able to practice fully both Thursday and Friday and is listed as Probable to face the Dolphins. Gerhart has struggled to gain much ground (123 yds., 2.6 ypc), so at best he will share carries with Denard Robinson, who broke out in a big way (127 yds., TD) last week. Rookie Storm Johnson also could factor in. Right now, I see no reason to rush Gerhart back into the starting lineup unless you have no other options.

 

Josh McCown, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Questionable – Thumb
Coming off of the bye, McCown is making progress in his recovery from an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand. He finally returned to practice and even got in a full session on Friday. He’s listed as Questionable, but even if McCown plays it will be to back up Mike Glennon. Glennon has been solid in relief of McCown and is in the QB2 discussion based on today’s matchup against the Vikings.

 
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Probable – Hand
Locker practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday and Thursday and was a full go on Friday. He’s listed as Probable, but the only way he will play today is if Zach Mettenberger gets hurt or head coach Ken Whisenhunt decides to pull him. Whisenhunt named Mettenberger, the Titans’ sixth-round pick, as his starting quarterback earlier this week, pretty much destroying any remaining fantasy value Locker had. As far as Mettenberger goes, if you want to rely on a guy making his first career start against a defense led by J.J. Watt you go right ahead.

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Arizona and Philadelphia both have some banged up running backs headed into this afternoon’s Week 8 showdown. Will both teams’ backfields be at full strength and who is going to handle the carries for the Saints tonight against the Packers?

 

Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Probable – Foot
The foot is still an issue, but Ellington added some bruised ribs to his list of ailments last week. He was limited in practice the first two days, but was a full go on Friday. He’s considered Probable and at this point, I think Ellington has earned the benefit of the doubt. Ninth in fantasy points among RBs this season, Ellington is a top-10 RB this week against the Eagles.

 
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals

Questionable – Knee
Sproles suffered a slight MCL tear in his left knee in the Eagles’ Week 6 win over the Giants. He was originally expected to miss at least two weeks, but coming off of a bye, Sproles was back at practice this week. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but was a full participant on Friday. He’s officially listed as Questionable, but it’s certainly possible that Sproles will be out there this afternoon. The team’s second-leading rusher and an active part of the passing game, Sproles is usually a pretty safe flex option. However, with him not being at 100 percent and the matchup against Arizona, the NFL’s No. 1 rushing defense, you may be better off leaving Sproles on your bench. The Eagles also are expected to get Chris Polk (Probable, Hamstring) back, which could mean fewer touches for Sproles in the first place.

 

Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers

Questionable – Hamstring
Richardson felt something in his hamstring last week, which caused him to depart the game early. While at the time it was deemed to be too serious, Richardson did undergo an MRI on Monday and then proceeded to miss all of practice. Richardson’s injury has been referred to as a sore hamstring, but it must be bad enough considering he’s listed as Questionable and will more than likely be a game-time decision. Richardson leads the Colts in both carries and rushing yards, but his numbers still haven’t been that spectacular (358 yds., 2 TDs), as Ahmad Bradshaw has been the more productive back. Throw in a late kickoff (4:25 p.m. ET) and it sounds like Richardson would be better off sitting this one out.

 

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (Mon.)

Questionable – Ankle
This much is clear: RG3 is getting closer to getting back on the field. He took part in practice every day, but the understanding is that third-stringer Colt McCoy and not Griffin (or Kirk Cousins) will get the start on Monday night against Dallas. Head coach Jay Gruden has yet to make it official, but all indications are that he’s not quite ready to give the job back to RG3. He has said that if RG3 is not the starter, he won’t be the backup either, so for now keep RG3 on your bench and check back next week. In the meantime neither McCoy nor Cousins have much fantasy appeal, even for 2-QB leagues.

 
Already Ruled Out:

 

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller is on injured reserve with a designation to return because of a broken collarbone he suffered last week. Jackson also left that game on a cart because of a groin injury, and he’s expected to be sidelined up to a month. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown will take over in the backfield. Brown has started before (posted three 100-yard games when he was with the Eagles in 2012-13) and carries more upside potential, but Dixon figures to get the bulk of the carries at least early on. The Jets’ defense has been pretty good against the run, but it’s also given up some big yards on two different occasions. Dixon is worthy of flex discussion this week, but Brown is the one to keep an eye on, especially if he busts out today.

 

Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas, RBs, New Orleans Saints – The Saints will be missing two of their top backs as Robinson won’t play tonight because of a forearm injury and Thomas is expected to miss a few games because of a shoulder injury. Fortunately, Mark Ingram returned from his broken hand last week and will carry the load against the Packers. Travaris Cadet will back him up and also serve in Thomas’ role as a receiving threat out of the backfield. Ingram is pretty much locked in as a RB2 and could do even more against the Packers’ 31st-ranked rushing defense. Cadet meanwhile could be a sneaky flex play in PPR leagues.

 

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers – Williams will miss another game, as his ankle injury hasn’t progressed enough to allow him to return to practice. Fozzy Whittaker (thigh) also has been ruled out, leaving Jonathan Stewart and Darrin Reaves to carry the load for the Panthers. Stewart figures to see the bulk of the carries and he’s the only one worth consideration this week. Other than Cam Newton, the Panthers have had trouble running the ball consistently and it doesn’t figure to get any easier against Seattle today. Stewart is a risky RB2, but he could provide decent value if employed as a flex option.

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Detroit’s tight end situation is a mess for Week 8, while New Orleans may not know until around kickoff if it will have its All-Pro on the field. Here’s the latest on those situations and some TE injuries.

 
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

Questionable – Shoulder
Unlike last week, Graham practiced to some degree every day. So even though he’s Questionable again, he seems a safer bet to play this week compared to last. He’s still probably going to be a game-time decision, and this time the Saints don’t play until Sunday night. So the timing of the game definitely needs to be taken into consideration. Also don’t forget that while Graham did play last week, he was nothing more than a decoy (2 targets, 0 catches). He also hasn’t been talking to anyone, so there’s really no way to gauge how Graham’s shoulder feels or how the Saints plan on using him against the Packers. Graham is the No. 1 fantasy TE without question, but how much of a stomach do you have for another potential scoreless showing?

 
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears at New England Patriots

Probable – Hamstring
Bennett put a scare into his fantasy owners earlier this week when he did not practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury and followed that up with only limited participation on Thursday. It looks like you can breathe easier, however, as Bennett was a full go on Friday and is listed as Probable. The Bears’ offense has struggled at times, but Bennett’s been pretty consistent. He’s currently fourth at his position in fantasy points and is a must-start TE1.

 

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams

Probable – Ribs
Kelce’s dealing with some sore ribs and he was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. Fortunately, he was a full go on Friday and is listed as Probable for today’s game. Kelce has been a top 10 fantasy TE thus far, but his production has been up and down at times too. He oozes TE1 upside, but the Chiefs just don’t seem to be ready to trust him as a blocker, which has impacted his snap count. As long as Kelce isn’t a surprise last-minute scratch, he should be in your lineup because he’s a red-zone threat who also is capable of breaking off a big play any time he get his hands on the ball.

 

Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria and Brandon Pettigrew, TEs, Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons

Out – Hamstring; Out – Ankle; Doubtful – Foot
Now is not a good time to be a Lions TE, as Ebron and Fauria have already been ruled out for today’s game in London. Pettigrew isn’t in much better shape, as his foot injury held him out of practice this week. He’s listed as Doubtful and even if he does play, Pettigrew is not worth investing in despite a seemingly appealing matchup against the Falcons’ porous defense. With Reggie Bush Doubtful and Calvin Johnson Questionable, Matthew Stafford is going to lean heavily on Joique Bell and Golden Tate.

 
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars

Probable – Knee
Clay finally got into the end zone last week against Chicago and has certainly been more involved in the offense since the Dolphins’ bye week. His knee injury is still limiting him in practice, but he’s listed as Probable, so he should be out there today against the Jaguars. Clay’s not back to must-start TE1 status yet, but I can get on board with using him in 2-TE leagues or as a flex in deeper leagues.

 

Already Ruled Out:

 

Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens – Daniels appeared on the injury report on Wednesday after not practicing, but word out of Ravens camp was that their starting TE was “fine.” Apparently that wasn’t the case, as coach John Harbaugh announced on Friday that Daniels underwent a procedure on his knee and would miss today’s game. Whether the team’s second-leading receiver misses more than one game remains to be seen, but with Daniels sidelined and Dennis Pitta on injured reserve (hip), the Ravens most likely will start third-round pick Crockett Gillmore today. For now, there’s no reason to drop Daniels nor is there a reason to rush and add Gillmore to your roster.

 

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph underwent surgery for a sports hernia on Sept. 23. The projected time frame for his recovery is a minimum of six weeks, which would put a potential return around mid-November. If you have room, I would keep Rudolph; just understand this will be a prolonged absence.

 

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lewis is on the injured reserve/designated for return list because of a high ankle sprain. Unless you have an IR spot and/or are smitten with Lewis, there’s no reason to hold onto him or even stash him away.

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Peyton Manning not only laid claim to another record, he also holds the No. 1 spot in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Week 8. With four touchdown passes in Denver’s convincing win over San Francisco, Manning passed Brett Favre’s 508 career touchdown pass total, a number he’s likely to put completely out of reach before he retires. Manning and the Broncos have a short turnaround this week with Philip Rivers and the Chargers on tap for Thursday night. Meanwhile, no quarterback has been hotter recently than Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has won its past four games by an average of 19.3 points, as Rodgers has looked the part of an MVP candidate: 71 percent completion rate, 977 yards, 13 TDs and no interceptions. Rodgers will look to continue his hot streak when he goes head-to-head against Drew Brees and the Saints in the Superdome on Sunday night.

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Peyton ManningDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
2Aaron RodgersGBat NO
3Andrew LuckINDat PIT
4Drew BreesNOvs. GB
5Russell WilsonSEAat CAR
6Philip RiversSDat DEN (Thurs.)
7Tom BradyNEvs. CHI
8Tony RomoDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
9Jay CutlerCHIat NE
10Nick FolesPHIat ARI
11Carson PalmerARIvs. PHI
12Matthew StaffordDETvs. ATL (London)
13Cam NewtonCARvs. SEA
14Ryan TannehillMIAat JAC
15Matt RyanATLvs. DET (London)
16Alex SmithKCvs. STL
17Joe FlaccoBALat CIN
18Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. IND
19Kyle OrtonBUFat NYJ
20Andy DaltonCINvs. BAL
21Mike GlennonTBvs. MIN
22Austin DavisSTLat KC
23Teddy BridgewaterMINat TB
24Brian HoyerCLEvs. OAK
25Geno SmithNYJvs. BUF
26Ryan FitzpatrickHOUat TEN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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No surprise that DeMarco Murray continues to lead the way in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 8. Not only is Murray leading the NFL in rushing by nearly 300 yards, he also is the first player in history to post seven straight 100-yard games to start the season. Murray faces an interesting test Monday night against a Washington defense that’s been pretty good against the run. Meanwhile, last year’s rushing champion, LeSean McCoy, finally broke through in a big way two weeks ago with 149 yards rushing against the Giants. McCoy should be fresh coming off of a bye, but he must head out West for a showdown against Arizona’s stingy defense. The Cardinals are No. 1 in the league in rushing defense and in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. McCoy’s a must-start player, but he barely made our top 10 because of this matchup.

 

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Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1DeMarco MurrayDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
2Matt ForteCHIat NE
3Marshawn LynchSEAat CAR
4Arian FosterHOUat TEN
5Jamaal CharlesKCvs. STL
6Le'Veon BellPITvs. IND
7Andre EllingtonARIvs. PHI
8Lamar MillerMIAat JAC
9LeSean McCoyPHIat ARI
10Eddie LacyGBat NO
11Justin ForsettBALat CIN
12Ben TateCLEvs. OAK
13Giovani BernardCINvs. BAL
14Joique BellDETvs. ATL (London)
15Ahmad BradshawINDat PIT
16Branden OliverSDat DEN (Thurs.)
17Shane VereenNEvs. CHI
18Ronnie HillmanDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
19Alfred MorrisWASat DAL (Mon.)
20Jerick McKinnonMINat TB
21Chris IvoryNYJvs. BUF
22Mark IngramNOvs. GB
23Doug MartinTBvs. MIN
24Tre MasonSTLat KC
25Darren McFaddenOAKat CLE
26Reggie BushDETvs. ATL (London)
27Bishop SankeyTENvs. HOU
28Anthony DixonBUFat NYJ
29Denard RobinsonJACvs. MIA
30Trent RichardsonINDat PIT
31Steven JacksonATLvs. DET (London)
32Isaiah CrowellCLEvs. OAK
33Jonathan StewartCARvs. SEA
34Darren SprolesPHIat ARI
35Khiry RobinsonNOvs. GB
36Bernard PierceBALat CIN
37Bobby RaineyTBvs. MIN
38James StarksGBat NO
39Bryce BrownBUFat NYJ
40Benny CunninghamSTLat KC
41Jeremy HillCINvs. BAL
42Chris JohnsonNYJvs. BUF
43Knile DavisKCvs. STL
44Matt AsiataMINat TB
45Travaris CadetNOvs. GB
46Stepfan TaylorARIvs. PHI
47Zac StacySTLat KC
48Alfred BlueHOUat TEN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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Demaryius Thomas isn’t leading his position in fantasy points, but no one has been more productive recently, which is why he leads off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 8. Besides helping teammate Peyton Manning make history on Sunday night, Thomas has caught five touchdown passes in the last three games alone while scoring a total of 95.1 fantasy points (Athlon scoring) during that span. In other WR news, the hope is that A.J. Green will be back after missing the past two games with a toe injury. Our No. 9 ranking shows that we share in this optimism, but this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on as the week progresses. The outlook isn’t as promising, however, as it relates to Calvin Johnson. Megatron did return to practice this week, which is a good sign, but with Detroit’s bye on the horizon there’s really no reason to rush him back for Sunday’s game in London against Atlanta. Especially considering how well Golden Tate has played in Johnson’s absence. In the last four games, Tate has put up Megatron-esque numbers (32 rec., 448 yds., 2 TDs), which is why he checks in at No. 7 this week.

 

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2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Demaryius ThomasDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
2Jordy NelsonGBat NO
3Dez BryantDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
4Antonio BrownPITvs. IND
5Randall CobbGBat NO
6Jeremy MaclinPHIat ARI
7Golden TateDETvs. ATL (London)
8Julio JonesATLvs. DET (London)
9A.J. GreenCINvs. BAL
10T.Y. HiltonINDat PIT
11Mike WallaceMIAat JAC
12Emmanuel SandersDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
13Brandon MarshallCHIat NE
14Julian EdelmanNEvs. CHI
15Alshon JefferyCHIat NE
16Steve SmithBALat CIN
17Andre JohnsonHOUat TEN
18Vincent JacksonTBvs. MIN
19Michael FloydARIvs. PHI
20Kelvin BenjaminCARvs. SEA
21Sammy WatkinsBUFat NYJ
22DeSean JacksonWASat DAL (Mon.)
23Pierre GarconWASat DAL (Mon.)
24Terrance WilliamsDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
25Doug BaldwinSEAat CAR
26Roddy WhiteATLvs. DET (London)
27Marques ColstonNOvs. GB
28DeAndre HopkinsHOUat TEN
29Keenan AllenSDat DEN (Thurs.)
30Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. PHI
31Percy HarvinNYJvs. BUF
32Torrey SmithBALat CIN
33Brandin CooksNOvs. GB
34Eric DeckerNYJvs. BUF
35Kendall WrightTENvs. HOU
36Brian QuickSTLat KC
37Mohamed SanuCINvs. BAL
38Wes WelkerDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
39James JonesOAKat CLE
40Andre HolmesOAKat CLE
41Dwayne BoweKCvs. STL
42Cecil ShortsJACvs. MIA
43Greg JenningsMINat TB
44Mike EvansTBvs. MIN
45Justin HunterTENvs. HOU
46Cordarrelle PattersonMINat TB
47Brandon LaFellNEvs. CHI
48Malcom FloydSDat DEN (Thurs.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:                                            

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
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Julius Thomas didn’t catch a touchdown pass for the first game this season, but that’s not enough to knock him from his perch atop Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 8. As good as Thomas has been, however, Greg Olsen currently leads TEs in fantasy points. Thomas’ nine touchdown grabs are still pacing not only his position, but the entire NFL, while perennial fantasy stud Antonio Gates isn’t too far behind with seven. Injuries also continue to be a factor. Jimmy Graham’s sprained shoulder didn’t prevent him from playing last week, but he was nothing more than a decoy (2 targets, 0 catches) in the Saints’ loss to the Lions. Now Graham owners must decide whether to take their chances on starting him this week or look elsewhere.

 

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2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Julius ThomasDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. CHI
3Greg OlsenCARvs. SEA
4Martellus BennettCHIat NE
5Antonio GatesSDat DEN (Thurs.)
6Jimmy GrahamNOvs. GB
7Delanie WalkerTENvs. HOU
8Jordan ReedWASat DAL (Mon.)
9Travis KelceKCvs. STL
10Dwayne AllenINDat PIT
11Zach ErtzPHIat ARI
12Jordan CameronCLEvs. OAK
13Owen DanielsBALat CIN
14Jason WittenDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
15Charles ClayMIAat JAC
16Heath MillerPITvs. IND
17Coby FleenerINDat PIT
18Jared CookSTLat KC
19Clay HarborJACvs. MIA
20Jace AmaroNYJvs. BUF
21Scott ChandlerBUFat NYJ
22Austin Seferian-JenkinsTBvs. MIN
23Niles PaulWASat DAL (Mon.)
24Jermaine GreshamCINvs. BAL

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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Sometimes it’s all about matchups and that’s definitely the case here as it relates to Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 8. For the season, Miami’s DST Is averaging 10.2 fantasy points (Athlon scoring), which places the Dolphins seventh. Jacksonville has allowed the most sacks in the NFL and is giving up 15.1 fantasy points per game to opposing DSTs. Sometimes it really is that simple. If Miami isn’t to your liking or is unavailable in your league perhaps Indianapolis’ DST would interest you? The Colts may have Andrew Luck, but this defense is coming off of a shutout of the Bengals and has posted double-digit fantasy points in each of their past five games. Indy also is one spot ahead of Miami in terms of fantasy points per game (10.9) on the season.

 

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2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerOpp
1Miami Dolphinsat JAC
2Detroit Lionsvs. ATL (London)
3Buffalo Billsat NYJ
4Houston Texansat TEN
5Dallas Cowboysvs. WAS (Mon.)
6New England Patriotsvs. CHI
7Kansas City Chiefsvs. STL
8Baltimore Ravensat CIN
9Denver Broncosvs. SD (Thurs.)
10Indianapolis Coltsat PIT
11Philadelphia Eaglesat ARI
12Seattle Seahawksat CAR
13Arizona Cardinalsvs. PHI
14Cleveland Brownsvs. OAK
15Cincinnati Bengalsvs. BAL
16Tampa Bay Buccaneersvs. MIN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
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Stephen Gostkowski continues to lead the way in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings for Week 8, but a rookie out West also has made an impact with his leg. Chandler Catanzaro has rewarded the faith Arizona showed in the undrafted rookie from Clemson. The Cardinals cut veteran Jay Feely late in training camp, handing the starting kicking job to Catanzaro and all he’s done is go 11-for-11 on extra points and 15-for-15 on field goals, including six-for-six from 40 yards and out. He’s a top 10 fantasy kicker right now and don’t forget that unlike some of the others ahead of him, Catanzaro has played one less game because of a bye.

 

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2014 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. CHI
2Dan BaileyDALvs. WAS (Mon.)
3Adam VinatieriINDat PIT
4Chandler CatanzaroARIvs. PHI
5Justin TuckerBALat CIN
6Brandon McManusDENvs. SD (Thurs.)
7Cody ParkeyPHIat ARI
8Steven HauschkaSEAat CAR
9Nick NovakSDat DEN (Thurs.)
10Blair WalshMINat TB
11Mason CrosbyGBat NO
12Dan CarpenterBUFat NYJ
13Shaun SuishamPITvs. IND
14Robbie GouldCHIat NE
15Caleb SturgisMIAat JAC
16Matt BryantATLvs. DET (London)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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While injuries continue to leave their mark on the fantasy landscape, the Week 8 outlook has already been impacted by something that happened off of the field. On Saturday, Seattle traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick, shaking up the depth chart at the position for both teams. As it relates to this exercise, the biggest beneficiaries appear to be Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse (see below), both of whom could be available in your league.

 

Elsewhere, both of Buffalo’s starting running backs had to be carted off the field on Sunday while new ball carriers appear to be emerging for Jacksonville and St. Louis. And that’s just part of the waiver wire story this week with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay coming back from bye and the New York Giants and San Francisco taking Week 8 off.

 

Athlon Sports is here to help you sort through some of the potential free agent options. The players listed in our weekly fantasy football waiver wire may be one-week adds, some may be worth holding on to all season long and some are of the “sleeper” variety that you may simply want to keep an eye on.

 

Teams on bye: New York Giants, San Francisco

 

Quarterbacks

 

Week 7 Recap: Joe Flacco didn’t repeat his five-touchdown performance from Week 6, but he did add two more to his season total. He also threw two picks, but it didn’t matter much in the Ravens’ 29-7 win over the Falcons. Flacco is still solidly among the top 10 QBs in fantasy scoring for the season.

 

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

The bruised nerve in his shoulder doesn’t look it’s just going to go away, so Palmer definitely carries a fair amount of injury risk. However, he’s made two straight starts now and in the three games he has played, Palmer’s averaged 23 fantasy points per game (Athlon scoring). Even though it’s a small sample size, Palmer’s per-game average ranks him sixth among QBs for the season. Arizona has enough weapons and a solid enough offensive line, along with a pretty good defense that can create additional scoring opportunities, to at least put Palmer in a position where he can score 20 or more fantasy points on a weekly basis. The question becomes is that enough of a potential reward to accept the inherent risk that comes with Palmer’s shoulder?

 

Running Backs

 

Week 7 Recap: Mark Ingram played for the first time since breaking his hand in Week 2, but he was ineffective (10 att., 16 yds.) against Detroit’s front seven. Neither Ben Tate nor Isaiah Crowell (7 att., 18 yds.) could find any room to run against Jacksonville, as the Browns finished with just 69 yards rushing on 30 carries in the loss to the Jaguars. And Shane Vereen completely dominated the touches on offense (16 total, 114 yds., 2 TDs) in New England’s Thursday night win over the Jets, as Brandon Bolden caught one pass for four yards and didn’t get a single carry.

 

Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon, Buffalo Bills

Sunday’s last-second win against Minnesota was a costly one for Buffalo’s backfield. C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone, most likely ending his season, while Fred Jackson could miss up to a month because of a groin injury. That left Dixon (13 att., 51 yds.) to carry the load. Dixon has been nothing special in his five seasons (3.4 ypc), but he could provide some value, especially if he gets 15-20 carries per game. Whether that happens or not could depend somewhat on Brown. Philadelphia’s seventh-round draft pick in 2012, Brown posted three 100-yard rushing games with the Eagles, including 347 in back-to-back contests in 2012. Acquired by Buffalo via trade during this year’s draft, Brown has yet to see any game action with the Bills, but that could change given the injury situation. Dixon may get the nod for the short term, but Brown carries more upside and seems to be a better fit to fill Spiller’s role after Jackson returns.

 

Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams

It has taken some time, but Mason may finally be taking over as the Rams’ No. 1 ball carrier. The third-round pick didn’t get a single carry in the team’s first four games, but he’s picked up 125 yards on 23 carries (5.4 ypc) over the last two. He led the way with 85 yards on 18 carries and scored his first career touchdown in the impressive win against Seattle on Sunday. Perhaps even more telling than Mason’s increased workload is the fact that starter Zac Stacy and backup Benny Cunningham combined for just two carries, and both of those were by Cunningham. Whether Mason has officially replaced Stacy atop the depth chart remains to be seen, but he’s definitely the hot hand right now and at minimum should be back on your radar.

 

Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars won their first game of the season thanks in large part to Robinson’s 127 yards rushing. Toby Gerhart was sidelined with a foot injury and rookie Storm Johnson got just six carries (16 yds., TD), leaving the rest up to Robinson. The former college quarterback, who also has been used as a wide receiver, wound up with 22 carries and averaged nearly six yards per tote (5.8 ypc) against the Browns. He also scored on an eight-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Even when Gerhart returns, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch may choose to stick with Robinson, since he’s been the Jags’ most productive back thus far. And in some leagues, Robinson may carry eligibility at both RB and WR, which only increases his appeal.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Week 7 Recap: As expected, Rueben Randle led the Giants in targets (nine), while finishing second in both catches (six) and yards (74) in the loss to the Cowboys. The Giants are on bye, but Randle will maintain his status as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver moving forward. Mohamed Sanu shared in the Bengals’ struggles against the Colts, catching just three of nine targets for 54 yards in the shutout loss. Brandon LeFell took a backseat to the Shane Vereen show on Thursday night, but he still topped all Patriot wide receivers in yards with 55. Arizona did a good job limiting Oakland’s big plays, as the Raiders had just one catch of 20 or more yards and it wasn’t by Andre Holmes (3 rec., 34 yds.).

 

Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, Seattle Seahawks

It was quite a weekend for the defending Super Bowl champions, who bid farewell to Percy Harvin before losing to St. Louis on the road. Trading Harvin to the Jets may actually end up being addition by subtraction for the Seahawks and it’s definitely a positive from a fantasy standpoint for Baldwin and possibly Kearse. With Harvin gone, Baldwin is without question Russell Wilson’s No. 1 target, which was evident following the 11 targets Baldwin got against the Rams. He finished with seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown and there’s no reason to not expect similar production moving forward. Baldwin moves from borderline WR3/flex territory to becoming a pretty safe WR2 with upside. Kearse likewise also could benefit since he takes over as the starter opposite Baldwin. He averaged 16.7 yards on his three catches against St. Louis and Kearse in essence is now what Baldwin was when Harvin was still in Seattle.

 

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans injured his groin in the Buccaneers’ Week 4 win in Pittsburgh. Originally expected to miss between two to four weeks, Evans returned last week against Baltimore, catching his second touchdown in as many games. Now coming off of the bye, Evans has had more time to heal and could be in position to capitalize. After getting off to a slow start, Evans has averaged seven targets over his last three games. He’s caught at least four passes in every game, but has been more productive since Mike Glennon took over for an injured Josh McCown. With the hope that Evans is back to close to being 100 percent healthy, the former Texas A&M star may be ready to show the rest of the league why he was the seventh player taken in May’s draft.

 

Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins

Mike Wallace is the Dolphins’ No. 1 target, but the Miami wide receiver that has made the most waves recently has been Landry. The Fins’ second-round pick in May, Landry has averaged six targets over Miami’s last five games and he caught his first touchdown two weeks ago against Green Bay. This past Sunday, he tied tight end Charles Clay (see below) for second in targets (five) and matched Wallace’s 46 yards receiving in the win in Chicago. At minimum, Landry has replaced Brandon Gibson as the team’s slot receiver, so the rookie should see a fair amount of looks moving forward.

 

Tight Ends

 

Week 7 Recap: Jordan Reed tied for the team lead in targets (six), catching five passes for 54 yards in the Redskins’ win over the Titans. Jimmy Graham ended up playing against Detroit and although he didn’t catch a pass (2 targets), his mere presence pretty much negated any impact Benjamin Watson’s (1 rec., 3 yds.) might have had otherwise.

 

Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

It’s just one game, but hopefully it’s the start of Clay’s return to fantasy relevance. After doing next to nothing over the first five games, Clay finished with a season-high 58 yards and, more importantly, caught his first touchdown pass since Week 14 of last season in the Dolphins’ road win in Chicago. Clay has been dealing with a knee injury since Week 1, but looked awfully spry against the Bears. I’m not ready to reinstall Clay as an every-week TE1 starting option, but he’s definitely someone I would keep a close eye on moving forward. Don’t forget, Clay was No. 7 in fantasy points among TEs last season.


Defense/Special Teams

 

Week 7 Recap: Buffalo’s DST did indeed bounce back on Sunday against Minnesota, registering five sacks and two INTs on its way to 12 fantasy points. Next up for the Bills, a visit to the Big Apple to play a Jets team that’s ranked sixth in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing DSTs.

 

Indianapolis Colts

Yes, the Colts have Andrew Luck, but maybe it’s time to start taking this defense a little more seriously. Following Sunday’s shutout of Cincinnati, Indianapolis’ DST has posted double-digit fantasy points in five straight games. The Colts have averaged four sacks per game during this span, along with a total of 11 takeaways. For the season, Indy’s DST is sixth in fantasy points and that’s after scoring just three total in the first two games (at DEN, PHI). 

 

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point PER 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

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Two teams that missed the playoffs last season aiming to get on the right side of .500 will finish off Week 7 in the NFL when the Houston Texans take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” The Texans (3-3) are hoping to put an end to their two-game losing streak while the Steelers (3-3) are looking to bounce back at Heinz Field after a somewhat surprising 31-10 divisional setback to Cleveland last week.

 

After going 2-14 last season, results that netted Houston both a new head coach (Bill O’Brien) and the No. 1 pick in the draft (Jadeveon Clowney), the Texans got off to a 2-0 start, but have lost to the Cowboys in overtime and at home to the Colts in their last two games. Pittsburgh has gone 8-8 in each of the last two seasons, missing the playoffs both times, and has started this season by alternating wins and losses. Both teams are looking up in their respective divisions, but a win tonight would allow the victor to keep pace with the current leader.

 

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Spread: Pittsburgh -3.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. J.J. Watt, 2014 NFL MVP?

With apologies to early MVP contenders like DeMarco Murray (league’s leading rusher by a wide margin), Andrew Luck (1,987 yards passing, 19 total TDs), and Philip Rivers (117.6 passer rating, 15:2 TD:INT ratio for 5-1 Chargers), there’s a guy on the other side of the ball who’s putting together an impressive award-worthy season of his own. Six games into the season, not only is J.J. Watt well on his way to taking home his second Defensive Player of the Year award (2012), he also is on the short list of MVP candidates. Houston’s All-Pro defensive end has four sacks and a league-leading 20 quarterback hits, but he’s much more than just a pass-rushing specialist, as evidenced by his six pass breakups (tied with Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata for most by a DL), two fumble recoveries, an interception and a blocked extra point on special teams. Watt also has three touchdowns – one on an 80-yard interception return, another on a 45-yard fumble return and the last coming on a one-yard catch when he lined up as a tight end. So not only has Watt scored more touchdowns thus far than the likes of Calvin Johnson, Frank Gore and many others, he also has as many receiving touchdowns as Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald and teammate Andre Johnson. Watt is making the six-year, $100 million contract extension he signed in September look like a bargain. And if Pittsburgh’s offensive line, which has already given up 17 sacks, and Ben Roethlisberger (3 INTs, 2 lost fumbles) aren’t careful, they may inadvertently end up endorsing Watt’s MVP candidacy tonight.

 

 

2. A More Balanced Pittsburgh Offense?

Entering Week 7, the Steelers rank sixth in the NFL in total offense (396.5 ypg). Their ground game is fifth (137.3 ypg), while the aerial attack checks in at No. 11 (259.2 ypg). Mike Tomlin’s offense is in good hands with Ben Roethlisberger orchestrating things and Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown leading the way, but this unit needs to figure out how to get more production from others, especially in the passing game. Bell is second in the league in rushing (542 yards) and Brown is second in receiving (629) and they also are their team’s leading pass-catchers (Brown 41 receptions, Bell 28). Combined, this duo has been responsible for 60 percent of the team’s total offense and nearly half (6) of the offensive touchdowns (13). Tight end Heath Miller has been a reliable and productive target for Roethlisberger for years and wide receiver Markus Wheaton was expected to emerge following an injury-plagued rookie season, but both have had minimal impacts thus far. They have combined for 50 catches and just one score. This is one of the reasons why despite all of the yards gained, the Steelers are just 23rd in the league in scoring offense (20.7 ppg). Others need to step up on offense or else Bell and Brown’s Pro Bowl-caliber efforts could wind up going to waste. And the same could be said for the Steelers’ postseason hopes too.

 

3. Houston, We’ve Had a Problem… Passing the Football

The Texans are a top 10 team when it comes to running the football (128.5 ypg), but languish in the bottom five in passing offense (208.5). This is why Bill O’Brien’s squad is middle of the pack or worse in both total (337.0 ypg, 19th in NFL) and scoring (22.0 ppg, tied for 21st) offense and is seeking to put an end to its two-game losing streak. Despite missing some time because of a hamstring injury, Arian Foster is third in the league in rushing (513 yards) and has five touchdowns, which is already more than all of last season (two TDs in eight games). Ryan Fitzpatrick on the other hand, hasn’t been near as productive in his first season as Houston’s starting quarterback. Fitzpatrick is averaging 211 yards passing per game with as many touchdowns as interceptions (six each). He’s ranked 12th in completion rate (65.0), but only 24th among starters in passer rating (86.1). All-Pro Andre Johnson and 2013 first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins have combined for just four touchdown catches and only 11 plays of 20 or more yards. And after Foster’s 16 receptions, the only other Texan with at least 10 is tight end Garrett Graham. Houston’s offense has been effective on the ground, but that could change if the passing game continues to sputter. It’s very hard to win in the NFL with a one-dimensional offense, unless that one dimension is throwing the football. And even then you need a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback to get the job done. Care to guess how many Pro Bowls Fitzpatrick has been invited to?

 

Final Analysis

 

J.J. Watt is a grown man and one of the few players in the NFL who is capable of winning a game by himself. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a defensive playmaker close to Watt’s level, but the Steelers are a more talented, well-rounded team. As talented as Watt is, even he can’t do enough as a tight end to make up for Houston’s inefficiencies on offense. Another heavy dose of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will be enough to counter a big night from Arian Foster on the ground and Watt’s unrelenting and imposing presence on defense. Pittsburgh sticks to the script it has written thus far by following up last week’s disheartening loss with a satisfying win in front of the home crowd.

 
Prediction: Pittsburgh 24, Houston 20
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The losers of the past two Super Bowls will take the next step in their quest to get back to that stage when the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos face off tonight on NBC. Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers (4-2) have won three in a row while John Fox’s Broncos (4-1) have won both of their games since their Week 4 bye.

 

These two franchises have spilt their previous 12 regular-season meetings, but it’s the one postseason affair that will always be remembered. San Francisco destroyed Denver 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, a title game rout that still holds the record for largest margin of victory.

 

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

 

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC

Spread: Denver -6.5

 

Three Things to Watch

 

1. Manning Makes More History?

After throwing three touchdown passes last week against the Jets, Peyton Manning has 506 in his career. He needs just three more to pass Brett Favre for No. 1 on the all-time list. Even though Manning is well off of his record-setting pace from last season, he’s still tied for second in the NFL in touchdown passes (15) and is third in passer rating (110.5). He’s thrown just three interceptions while completing 67 percent of his passes. Manning is averaging three touchdowns per game, so he just needs an “average” game against San Francisco to get the record. Will it come tonight? While Manning is focused more on winning than breaking records, it should be pointed out that the 49ers are just one of two teams (Browns the other) Manning has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns against in his career. In four regular-season games, Manning is 2-2 versus San Francisco with six picks compared to five touchdowns and an 81.8 passer rating. Based on his past history, it will take a career-best showing against this 49ers defense for Manning to stake his claim to yet another record. 

 

2. San Francisco’s Spilt Personality on Offense

A signature of John Harbaugh’s teams has been an offense built around running the football. In each of his three seasons as the 49ers head coach, the team has ranked eighth or better in the NFL in rushing offense. San Francisco currently ranks seventh in that category, averaging 135.7 yards rushing per game and trails only Dallas in rushing attempts (192). The formula for the 49ers thus far has been pretty simple – run the ball 30 or more times and win. In four wins, Harbaugh’s team has averaged nearly 36 carries and 151.3 yards rushing per game. In the two losses those numbers drop to 25 and 104.5. While that seems pretty straightforward, San Francisco flipped the script on Monday night when the 49ers had more passing attempts (36) than rushing attempts (30) in the win in St. Louis. To be fair, Colin Kaepernick was more than effective throwing against the Rams’ defense, finishing with a season-high 343 yards and three touchdowns, while the team gained just 89 yards on the ground. The issue is that prior to Monday night, the 49ers had lost the two previous games in which they threw the ball more than they ran it. So as tempting as it may be to let Kaepernick throw it all over the field, the more effective strategy for San Francisco has been to establish the run and use it to wear down the opposition. However, this may be easier said than done tonight. For one, Denver’s offense is certainly capable of striking early and often, putting teams in a position where they are forced to throw to try and keep up. Secondly, the Broncos’ remade defense has been very effective against the run, checking in at No. 4 in the league at 76.8 yards per game. In fact, they are just ahead of the 49ers (79.8) in that category. So while good things tend to happen when San Francisco runs the ball, the question becomes will tonight’s opponent and/or game flow allow the 49ers to do just that?

 

3. Broncos Finding Balance?

Everyone knows about Peyton Manning and Denver’s potent passing attack. And even though the Broncos’ offense is not piling up the yards or points at the record-setting pace it did last season, it’s still been highly effective. Denver is averaging 389 yards (9th in the NFL) and 29.4 points per game (3rd), while wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both rank in the top 10 in the league in yards receiving and tight end Julius Thomas leads the NFL in touchdowns (nine). But everyone also remembers how Seattle manhandled the AFC champions in Super Bowl XLVIII, which made it painfully clear to Broncos general manager John Elway that he needed to beef up his defense and develop a more balanced offense. Elway spent a lot of money in free agency on the defensive side of the ball, while pinning his hopes of a more effective ground game on second-year running back Montee Ball. Even though Ball suffered a groin strain two weeks ago and wasn’t that productive when he was on the field, Elway’s master plan is starting to bear some fruit. Denver’s defense currently ranks fourth in the league in yards allowed, which is better than the offense. The Broncos are giving up less than 21 points per game and also have been very solid against the run (76.8 ypg, 4th). And while the rushing offense is well back in the pack (91.2 ypg, 26th), Denver has averaged 115 yards per game since its Week 4 bye and has done this against two pretty decent defenses (Arizona and the New York Jets). Ronnie Hillman rushed for 100 last week in his first start as Ball’s replacement and the more success he and the other backs have moving forward will only make things easier on Manning and the passing game. But again, if the defense continues to play as well as it has, the offense won’t need to carry this team by itself. In other words, the Broncos are sticking to the blueprint that Elway laid out in the offseason.

 

Final Analysis

 

After an early rough patch, San Francisco has turned things around in large part by doing what it does best – run the football. Denver meanwhile has started to change its image, as the defense has kept up with the offense in terms of statistical success. The 49ers’ defense is still pretty good in its own right, but its depth has been tested constantly due to injuries and Aldon Smith’s nine-game suspension. Even with Peyton Manning on the verge of breaking Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes, the key to this game is the other side of the ball. In that respect, I think Jim Harbaugh’s defense is just too banged up and will eventually wear down in the thin air at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Manning may not break Favre’s record tonight, but he’ll still get the chance to celebrate after the game.

 
Prediction: Denver 27, San Francisco 20
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Arizona’s offense should be close to full strength for Week 7 while Carolina is ready to welcome back one of its top running backs. Here are some QB and RB injury updates from around the NFL to help with your fantasy preparations.

 
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Probable – Foot
Yes, Ellington practiced on only a limited basis this week. Yes, he’s listed as Probable for this afternoon’s game. Yes, he should be in your starting lineup, as he’s averaging 20 touches per game and is facing a Raiders defense that’s 10th in the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs. And yes, he’s a top-10 RB again this week. Any more questions?

 

Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon.)

Probable – Groin
Foster was limited on Thursday, but he practiced fully both Friday and Saturday. The Texans are trying to limit the wear and tear on their workhorse by resting him earlier in the week. He’s listed as Probable and will be aiming for his fifth 100-yard game of the season on Monday night against the Steelers. Outside of a six-yard effort in Week 4, Foster has averaged 126.8 yards rushing in his four other games.

 

Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks

Probable – Ankle
Just like last week, Stacy sat out the first day of practice to rest, but was a full go the rest of the week. He’s listed as Probable and should see the bulk of the work against the Seahawks. Stacy had just 17 yards rushing in the Monday night loss to San Francisco, but still wound up with the most carries (eight) on the team. The production just hasn’t been there this season for Stacy, who has seen his stock drop from RB1 to flex territory.

 

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Probable – Shoulder
Despite being Questionable last week, Palmer not only got the start, he also led his Cardinals to a win over Washington. The bruised nerve in Palmer’s shoulder remains an issue and continues to limit him in practice, but apparently it’s being managed enough considering he is listed as Probable. While the risk of relying on Palmer is obvious, he’s also produced an average of 23.9 fantasy points in the two games he has played. Today’s matchup against Oakland shouldn’t scare anyone away if they had thoughts of using Palmer in a 2-QB league or were looking for another option at the position.

 

Darrin Reaves, Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, RBs, Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers

Questionable – Calf; Probable – Knee; Out – Ankle
The big takeaway from the Panthers’ injury report is that Stewart should be back after missing the past two games. He was able to practice fully and is listed as Probable. With Williams already ruled Out and Reaves Questionable, Stewart figures to be the Panthers’ top ball carrier today. However, don’t forget that Cam Newton actually paced the team in rushing (17 att.,107 yds., TD) last week while Reaves and Fozzy Whittaker combined for 42 yards on 17 carries (2.5 ypc). Stewart is somewhat appealing, but he doesn’t have the strongest track record and it appears that Ron Rivera doesn’t have any concerns about Newton’s surgically repaired ankle. I’m fine if you want to take a flyer on Stewart today, just be sure to temper your expectations.

 

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals

Probable – Ankle/Knee
Carr was Questionable last week yet still played and posted the best numbers (282-4-1) of his brief NFL career. He got in two full days of practice and is listed as Probable. Carr’s potential is intriguing, and the Cardinals are sixth in fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs. There’s plenty of risk if you decide to take a flyer on Carr this week, but the payoff could be worth it, especially in 2-QB leagues.

 

Already Ruled Out:

 

Rashad Jennings, New York Giants – Jennings will miss a second straight game due to a sprained MCL, but the hope is he will be able to return following the Giants’ Week 8 bye. Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis will handle the workload in Jennings’ absence. Williams remains the more appealing fantasy option, even though he struggled in his first career start (17 att., 59 yds.) last week in Philadelphia. Williams should not be viewed as anything more than a RB2/flex option until he produces on the field.

 

Montee Ball, RB, Denver Broncos – Ball will miss his second straight game due to a groin strain. Ronnie Hillman was a workhorse for the Broncos last week, rushing 24 times for 100 yards against the Jets. Hillman is no worse than a RB2, as he also is capable of making plays as a receiver. Juwan Thompson (Probable, Knee) picked up 38 yards on eight carries last week and should remain somewhat active today. Thompson should be monitored, but he’s probably a target in deeper leagues only for the time being.

 

Donald Brown and Ryan Mathews, RBs, San Diego Chargers – Neither Brown (concussion) nor Mathews (MCL sprain) practiced this week, meaning Branden Oliver will get at least one more start. Oliver has been fantasy gold these past two weeks, rushing for a total of 215 yards and two touchdowns with eight catches for 91 yards and another score. The Chiefs’ defense figures to be a tough test for the undrafted rookie, but Oliver is still a top-10 option because of the likelihood he will see 20-30 touches.

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Detroit’s and New Orleans’ backfields should be close to full strength for their Week 7 matchup while injuries have caused some shuffling in Denver and Jacksonville. Here some key backfield injuries to track before today’s games kickoff.

 
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions

Probable – Hand
The Saints are coming off of their bye and should be back to full strength in their backfield. Ingram broke his hand back in Week 2 and has been sidelined since. He returned to practice this week and is listed as Probable. Before the injury, Ingram was off to a great start, averaging six yards per carry with three touchdowns. Ingram’s return means fewer carries for Khiry Robinson, while Pierre Thomas (right, who also is Probable even though an illness limited his practice time) will remain the primary receiving threat out of the backfield. Ingram should be a viable RB2 moving forward, although today’s matchup against Detroit won’t be easy. Thomas’ use has been inconsistent, but he did score two touchdowns in Week 5 against Tampa Bay. RB2 potential also is there for Thomas, but right now he’s no more than a flex option.

 

Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints

Probable – Ankle
Bush was present for parts of Wednesday and Thursday’s practices and was a full go on Friday. He is listed as Probable and it sounds like he will be back after missing last week’s game. And Bush also has some extra motivation based on today’s matchup against the team that drafted him. Joique Bell could end up with more carries, but Bush should be involved enough as a receiver, especially with Calvin Johnson not expected to play, to provide RB2/flex production.

 

Ben Tate, RB, Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars

Probable – Finger
Tate picked up two rushing touchdowns last week against Pittsburgh, as the Browns continued their strong play. He’s still listed on the injury report with a finger issue, but he was a full practice participant all week and is Probable to face the Jaguars. The Browns are making a point of running the ball, so Tate should get plenty of touches against a generous Jacksonville defense. Tate checks in as a top-10 option this week and it’s possible that backup Isaiah Crowell winds up with enough carries to merit flex consideration.

 
Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans at Washington Redskins

Questionable – Hand
Locker did return to practice this week, but he was limited every day. Locker is listed as Questionable, but even if he plays it looks like he won’t be 100 percent healthy. It’s also not like Locker was lighting it up when he was playing. Whether it’s Locker or Charlie Whitehurst getting the start today, there’s enough uncertainty present to push the two Titan QBs way down the board in terms of starting options for this week.

 

Already Ruled Out:

 

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Miami Dolphins – After missing three games with a dislocated elbow, Moreno returned last week only to suffer a season-ending knee injury (torn ACL). Moreno’s loss means the workload belongs solely to Lamar Miller, who is now locked in as a RB2.

 

Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redksins – RG3 took the next step in his recovery from the dislocated ankle he suffered in Week 2 by returning to practice this week. He was limited and has already been ruled out, but it may not be too long before Jay Gruden has a decision to make at QB. Kirk Cousins has had his chances, but turnovers continue to haunt him. If Cousins can’t put together a strong game against the Titans’ defense, he may make Gruden’s decision that much easier. Despite Cousins’ struggles, this matchup with Tennessee is appealing enough to keep him on the QB-2 radar.

 

Toby Gerhart, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars – Gerhart will miss a second straight game because of a foot injury that won’t even let him practice. Storm Johnson led the team with 10 carries last week, but he totaled just 21 yards while Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman combined for 23 yards on eight carries. With all of the Jaguars’ struggles on offense, this backfield should be monitored and not utilized until further notice.

 

Shonn Greene, RB, Tennessee Titans – Greene went from Doubtful on Friday to Out on Saturday, so it will be the Bishop Sankey show for a second straight game. Sankey is worthy of RB2 consideration although it should be pointed out that Washington has done a pretty good against the run. The Redskins are 24th in terms of fantasy points allowed to RBs.

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Cincinnati and the New York Giants will both be without their top wide receivers in Week 7. Find out who will fill in and whether or not they should be on your fantasy radar this week.

 
Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Probable – Ankle
A nagging ankle issue limited Johnson early on this week, but he got in a full session on Saturday. He is listed as Probable, so Johnson is safe to start against the Steelers. Johnson does have three touchdown catches, which is good considering he has topped six targets in a game just once this season. Still, the potential for a breakout game is every present, which is why Johnson is pretty much locked in as a top-15 WR.

 

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

Doubtful – Toe
The Bengals’ injury situation at wide receiver only got worse this week. First, Marvin Jones was put on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, ending his season. Green meanwhile did not practice. After initially expressing some optimism on Green’s possible availability, Marvin Lewis changed his tune and said there’s “no time table” on when the All-Pro will be able to return from this toe injury. Green may be listed as Doubtful, but there’s no doubt in my mind – Green will not play. Mohamed Sanu filled in admirably (10-120-1) last week and should be another solid play today.

 
Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals at Oakland Raiders

Probable – Groin
Floyd was limited in practice on Wednesday due to a groin injury, but was able to participate fully Thursday and Friday. He’s listed as Probable and even though his numbers haven’t been that impressive (16-306-1), the potential is still there, especially as long as Carson Palmer is under center. Floyd is a pretty safe WR2 with upside and he’s ranked among Athlon’s top 20 WRs this week.

 
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears

Probable – Foot
A foot issue continues to limit Wallace’s practice participation, but he doesn’t appear to be in any danger of not playing. He’s listed as Probable and needs to be your lineup as a WR2 based on him being the Dolphins’ most consistent and productive (25 rec., 4 TDs) target thus far.

 

Already Ruled Out:


Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants – Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the Sunday night loss in Philadelphia. He underwent surgery earlier this week and is out for the rest of the season. In Cruz’ absence, Rueben Randle takes over as the Giants’ No. 1 wide receiver with rookie Odell Beckham Jr. sliding into the other starting spot. Randle is now in WR2 territory while Beckham is more of a WR3/flex option for now, but there’s plenty of upside too, especially in Beckham’s case.

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Detroit figures to be without its No. 1 wide receiver in Week 7, while Carolina is hoping its top wideout will be cleared to play. Here are some key WR injuries to read up on before setting your starting lineup.

 

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers

Questionable – Concussion
The Panthers’ first-round pick suffered a concussion last week against the Bengals. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday while going through the league-mandated concussion protocols, but was a full go on Friday. He’s listed as Questionable, and did make the trip with the team to Green Bay, which is a good sign he's at least on track to play. Benjamin has been as good as advertised in his first season, currently just outside of the top 10 in fantasy points at his position. All indications are that Benjamin will be cleared to play, and if he's out there, he needs to be in your lineup.

 

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints

Questionable - Ankle
While the mere fact that Johnson has gone from Doubtful last week to Questionable is a good sign, I wouldn’t get my hopes up too much. He missed all of practice for the second straight week, and Jim Caldwell went as far to say “miracles have happened” when asked about Johnson’s chances to play. Johnson himself said he doesn’t intend to return until he’s confident he’s 100 percent, so it seems highly unlikely Megatron will be out there today. Reggie Bush’s expected return also takes off some of the pressure in rushing Johnson back. Once again, Golden Tate should serve as Matthew Stafford’s primary target, putting him in WR2 territory.

 

Harry Douglas, Devin Hester and Julio Jones, WRs, Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens

Out – Foot; Probable – Hamstring; Probable – Ankle
Douglas’ foot injury continues to be an issue, keeping Douglas out of yet another game. Hester and Jones are both expected to play, as each practiced in full on Friday and are listed as Probable. Jones, as always is a must-start WR1 with Hester measuring up as a slightly risky WR3/flex option.

 
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills

Probable – Hip
Patterson was a full go at practice this week and is listed as Probable, so his health seems to be the least of his issues. Instead, it’s the four catches for 23 measly yards that he’s provided over the last two games combined. Patterson has gone from a disappointment to an outright bust and fantasy owners aren’t the only ones who are frustrated with him. Mike Zimmer, Patterson’s head coach, said his talented, but maddeningly inconsistent wide receiver needs to do a better job of getting open. Patterson posted a strong second half last season and at this point that’s probably the best his owners can hope for. Until he does something meaningful on the field, I wouldn’t have Patterson in my starting lineup.

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At tight end, the biggest injury-related question for Week 7 is will Jimmy Graham play or not? But Graham’s not the only prominent TE that appears on the injury report that you need to know about.

 

Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

Probable – Back
The good news is that after not playing in Week 5, Davis was back in there on Monday night against St. Louis. The better news is that even with a short turnaround, Davis was a full practice participant every day and is listed as Probable. Now Davis’ owners hope he gets back to the player he was in Week 1 when he caught two touchdown passes. Since then, Davis has seven catches for 77 yards in three games. That said, unless you have a better option, you’re starting Davis and hope this is the week he breaks out again.

 
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints at Detroit Lions

Questionable – Shoulder
Graham injured his shoulder two weeks ago against Tampa Bay and even though the Saints were on bye last week, reports were that the Saints’ All-Pro tight end would miss up to three more weeks because of the injury. Graham may prove a lot of people wrong, as he did enough in practice on Thursday and Friday to merit a Questionable tag, leaving open the possibility of him playing today. Graham will be a game-time decision, so the 1 p.m. ET kickoff should help in that respect. Even if he does play, Graham figures to be limited, but considering who we are talking about, it’s certainly worth waiting until the last minute to see if he can give it a go or not. Besides, you’re not going to really rely on Benjamin Watson are you?

 

Related: 5 Tight Ends to Replace Jimmy Graham

 

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers

Probable – Ankle
After being listed as Questionable a week ago because of his ankle, Olsen got in full practices on both Thursday and Friday. He’s listed as Probable, so the No. 2 scoring TE in fantasy is perfectly safe to employ today.

 

Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars

Probable – Ankle/Shoulder
Cameron caught just three passes last week, but they went for 102 yards and a touchdown (51-yard catch), as he showed why he was one of the first TEs off of the board in fantasy drafts. Cameron’s still listed with ankle and shoulder injuries, but he was a full practice participant this week and is Probable once again. At this point, there seems to be no reason to worry about whether to plug Cameron into your lineup or not.


Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints

Doubtful - Hamstring
Ebron, the Lions’ first-round pick, suffered a hamstring injury in practice on Wednesday, which sidelined him for the rest of the week. He’s listed as Doubtful, but there’s really no reason to expect him to play today. Ebron wasn’t even among the top 30 fantasy scorers at his position prior to the injury, so it shouldn’t be that hard to find a replacement if you were using him. Brandon Pettigrew will see more playing time in Ebron’s absence, but there are probably better options available.

 

Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins at Chicago Bears

Probable – Knee
Clay is coming off his best game yet in terms of yardage, but it was only 35 yards, underlining the fantasy disappointment he’s been this season. His knee still seems to be bothering him since he went from full practice participation on Wednesday and Thursday to being limited on Friday. That said, he is listed as Probable, so the expectation is that he will play. The real question is though should Clay even be in your lineup as a TE2?

 

Already Ruled Out:

 

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings – Rudolph underwent surgery for a sports hernia on Sept. 23. The projected time frame for his recovery is a minimum of six weeks, which would put a potential return around mid-November. If you have room, I would keep Rudolph; just understand this will be a prolonged absence.

 

Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – Lewis is on the injured reserve/designated for return list because of a high ankle sprain. Unless you have an IR spot and/or are smitten with Lewis, there’s no reason to hold onto him or even stash him away.

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Several top targets are missing in action as it relates to Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 7. Victor Cruz is out for the rest of the season with a torn patellar tendon, while Calvin Johnson appears to be a week or two away from returning from the sprained ankle he initially tried to play through. It’s also looking like the Bengals will be without All-Pro A.J. Green another week, as his toe injury continues to bother him. Mohamed Sanu filled in admirably last week in Green’s absence, catching 10 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, and he remains a solid play this week. Meanwhile for the Giants, Rueben Randle will move into Cruz’ No. 1 spot, increasing his fantasy potential, with rookie Odell Beckham Jr. also receiving a boost as the new starter opposite Randle. Will either or both flourish on Sunday in their new roles against what has been a surprisingly stingy Dallas defense?

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

Updated at 8:45 p.m. ET on 10/17/14 to reflect Percy Harvin being traded to Jets. Harvin removed from rankings because Jets played on Thursday night. Seattle's Doug Baldwin (No. 27) and Jermaine Kearse (No. 45) added.

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Jordy NelsonGBvs. CAR
2Demaryius ThomasDENvs. SF
3Antonio BrownPITvs. HOU (Mon.)
4Julio JonesATLat BAL
5Dez BryantDALvs. NYG
6Brandon MarshallCHIvs. MIA
7Steve SmithBALvs. ATL
8Alshon JefferyCHIvs. MIA
9Randall CobbGBvs. CAR
10Emmanuel SandersDENvs. SF
11T.Y. HiltonINDvs. CIN
12Mike WallaceMIAat CHI
13Andre JohnsonHOUat PIT (Mon.)
14DeSean JacksonWASvs. TEN
15Golden TateDETvs. NO
16Kelvin BenjaminCARat GB
17Julian EdelmanNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
18Michael FloydARIat OAK
19Mohamed SanuCINat IND
20Pierre GarconWASvs. TEN
21Reggie WayneINDvs. CIN
22Rueben RandleNYGat DAL
23Larry FitzgeraldARIat OAK
24DeAndre HopkinsHOUat PIT (Mon.)
25Keenan AllenSDvs. KC
26Terrance WilliamsDALvs. NYG
27Doug BaldwinSEAat STL
28Roddy WhiteATLat BAL
29Torrey SmithBALvs. ATL
30Andre HolmesOAKvs. ARI
31Marques ColstonNOat DET
32Brandin CooksNOat DET
33Sammy WatkinsBUFvs. MIN
34James JonesOAKvs. ARI
35Michael CrabtreeSFat DEN
36Odell Beckham Jr.NYGat DAL
37Brian QuickSTLvs. SEA
38Cecil ShortsJACvs. CLE
39Kendall WrightTENat WAS
40Eric DeckerNYJat NE (Thurs.)
41Justin HunterTENat WAS
42Wes WelkerDENvs. SF
43Anquan BoldinSFat DEN
44Andrew HawkinsCLEat JAC
45Jermaine KearseSEAat STL
46Dwayne BoweKCat SD
47Malcom FloydSDvs. KC
48Cordarrelle PattersonMINat BUF

                                            

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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Joe Flacco dominated last week, but Andrew Luck still reigns supreme atop Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Week 7. Flacco tossed four touchdowns in the first quarter alone on his way to a season-best 42.2 fantasy points against Tampa Bay. Luck meanwhile had another strong game (370-3-1) in the win over Houston and continues to pace everyone in fantasy scoring. And while he’s still outside of the overall top 10 at his position, Tom Brady has certainly played like the Tom Terrific of old with 653 yards, six touchdowns and no picks in his last two games for a combined total of 63.7 fantasy points (Athlon scoring). Luck leads the way in this week’s rankings but Brady at home against a depleted Jets secondary checks in as a top-10 option as well. Flacco also could be in for another big game, facing a porous Atlanta defense that gave up 381 yards passing to Jay Cutler last week.

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Andrew LuckINDvs. CIN
2Aaron RodgersGBvs. CAR
3Peyton ManningDENvs. SF
4Philip RiversSDvs. KC
5Jay CutlerCHIvs. MIA
6Russell WilsonSEAat STL
7Cam NewtonCARat GB
8Drew BreesNOat DET
9Tom BradyNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
10Colin KaepernickSFat DEN
11Matthew StaffordDETvs. NO
12Tony RomoDALvs. NYG
13Carson PalmerARIat OAK
14Joe FlaccoBALvs. ATL
15Matt RyanATLat BAL
16Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. HOU (Mon.)
17Kirk CousinsWASvs. TEN
18Eli ManningNYGat DAL
19Brian HoyerCLEat JAC
20Andy DaltonCINat IND
21Alex SmithKCat SD
22Ryan TannehillMIAat CHI
23Derek CarrOAKvs. ARI
24Kyle OrtonBUFvs. MIN
25Blake BortlesJACvs. CLE
26Ryan FitzpatrickHOUat PIT (Mon.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher by a wide margin, leads off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 7, but he’s not the only one getting the job done. Even though Matt Forté is just seventh in the league in rushing, he trails only Murray in fantasy points among RBs thanks to a position-high 46 receptions. Murray and Forté should both earn their keep yet again this week based on their respective matchups and the number of touches each has been getting. Another back that could see his workload increase is Lamar Miller, who is now the Dolphins’ clear-cut No. 1 option with Knowshon Moreno done for the season (torn ACL). Other injured ball carriers that could be fantasy relevant as early as this week if they are able to return from injury include Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram and Jonathan Stewart. 

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Running Backs

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1DeMarco MurrayDALvs. NYG
2Matt ForteCHIvs. MIA
3Arian FosterHOUat PIT (Mon.)
4Le'Veon BellPITvs. HOU (Mon.)
5Marshawn LynchSEAat STL
6Jamaal CharlesKCat SD
7Giovani BernardCINat IND
8Ben TateCLEat JAC
9Andre EllingtonARIat OAK
10Branden OliverSDvs. KC
11Eddie LacyGBvs. CAR
12Lamar MillerMIAat CHI
13Alfred MorrisWASvs. TEN
14Justin ForsettBALvs. ATL
15Fred JacksonBUFvs. MIN
16Andre WilliamsNYGat DAL
17Joique BellDETvs. NO
18Ahmad BradshawINDvs. CIN
19Frank GoreSFat DEN
20Ronnie HillmanDENvs. SF
21Shane VereenNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
22Chris IvoryNYJat NE (Thurs.)
23Reggie BushDETvs. NO
24C.J. SpillerBUFvs. MIN
25Trent RichardsonINDvs. CIN
26Pierre ThomasNOat DET
27Bishop SankeyTENat WAS
28Mark IngramNOat DET
29Steven JacksonATLat BAL
30Jerrick McKinnonMINat BUF
31Jonathan StewartCARat GB
32Brandon BoldenNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
33Isaiah CrowellCLEat JAC
34Zac StacySTLvs. SEA
35Darren McFaddenOAKvs. ARI
36Jeremy HillCINat IND
37Khiry RobinsonNOat DET
38Bernard PierceBALvs. ATL
39Matt AsiataMINat BUF
40James StarksGBvs. CAR
41Chris JohnsonNYJat NE (Thurs.)
42Knile DavisKCat SD
43Storm JohnsonJACvs. CLE
44Benny CunninghamSTLvs. SEA
45Antone SmithATLat BAL
46Carlos HydeSFat DEN
47Roy HeluWASvs. TEN
48Juwan ThompsonDENvs. SF

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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The NFL’s best tight end may be sidelined for a little longer, but there’s no slowing down the one who checks in at No. 1 on Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 7. Julius Thomas not only leads his position in fantasy scoring, he leads the entire league in touchdown catches with nine. This is something we are accustomed to seeing from Jimmy Graham, but unfortunately the Saints’ top target could be sidelined up to three weeks because of a sprained shoulder. There has been some good news on the tight end injury front, however, as Jordan Reed returned last week and made his presence immediately known with eight catches for 92 yards. Reed, Travis Kelce and Jace Amaro could be potential replacement options while Graham is out.

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Tight Ends

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Julius ThomasDENvs. SF
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
3Greg OlsenCARat GB
4Martellus BennettCHIvs. MIA
5Antonio GatesSDvs. KC
6Delanie WalkerTENat WAS
7Jordan CameronCLEat JAC
8Jordan ReedWASvs. TEN
9Travis KelceKCat SD
10Jason WittenDALvs. NYG
11Larry DonnellNYGat DAL
12Vernon DavisSFat DEN
13Dwayne AllenINDvs. CIN
14Heath MillerPITvs. HOU (Mon.)
15Jared CookSTLvs. SEA
16Owen DanielsBALvs. ATL
17Clay HarborJACvs. CLE
18Jace AmaroNYJat NE (Thurs.)
19Coby FleenerINDvs. CIN
20Jermaine GreshamCINat IND
21Tim WrightNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
22Eric EbronDETvs. NO
23Charles ClayMIAat CHI
24Scott ChandlerBUFvs. MIN

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

 

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Seattle’s DST hasn’t been all that productive from a fantasy standpoint, but it’s the Seahawks’ reputation and matchup that has the defending Super Bowl champions leading off Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 7. Even though Seattle lost to Dallas at home last week, the Seahawks scored their first defensive or special teams touchdown of the season and now gets a Rams team that’s allowing the most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. Elsewhere, Detroit’s defense had its way with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater last week (8 sacks, 3 INTs), tying Philadelphia for the most fantasy points (22, Athlon scoring). The Lions are shaping up to be another strong play this week, as they are at home facing a Jimmy Graham-less New Orleans offense.

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

RankPlayerOpp
1Seattle Seahawksat STL
2New England Patriotsvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
3Buffalo Billsvs. MIN
4Cleveland Brownsat JAC
5Arizona Cardinalsat OAK
6Detroit Lionsvs. NO
7Baltimore Ravensvs. ATL
8Houston Texansat PIT (Mon.)
9Denver Broncosvs. SF
10Dallas Cowboysvs. NYG
11Chicago Bearsvs. MIA
12San Diego Chargersvs. KC
13Green Bay Packersvs. CAR
14Cincinnati Bengalsat IND
15Tennessee Titansat WAS
16Pittsburgh Steelersvs. HOU (Mon.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

DEFENSIVE SCORING
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

 

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Order has seemingly been restored when it comes to Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings for Week 7. Not only is Stephen Gostkowski No. 1 among kickers in fantasy scoring, he also led his position in points for Weeks 6 and 7. New England appears to have rediscovered its championship form, so there’s a good chance that Gostkowski will camp out atop our rankings for the rest of the season. Except when the Patriots are on bye in Week 10 of course.

 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

 

2014 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Kickers

 

Teams on bye: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay

 

RankPlayerTeamOpp
1Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. NYJ (Thurs.)
2Dan BaileyDALvs. NYG
3Adam VinatieriINDvs. CIN
4Nick NovakSDvs. KC
5Justin TuckerBALvs. ATL
6Chandler CatanzaroARIat OAK
7Brandon McManusDENvs. SF
8Phil DawsonSFat DEN
9Steven HauschkaSEAat STL
10Dan CarpenterBUFvs. MIN
11Matt BryantATLat BAL
12Mason CrosbyGBvs. CAR
13Robbie GouldCHIvs. MIA
14Caleb SturgisMIAat CHI
15Shaun SuishamPITvs. HOU (Mon.)
16Randy BullockHOUat PIT (Mon.)

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

KICKER SCORING
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

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