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.
Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are all on bye.
2012 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings — Defense/Special Teams
Bears looking to add to Panthers' woes.
San Francisco 49ers
at ARI (Mon.)
49ers could seize control of NFC West with W.
Green Bay Packers
Jaguars will be w/o MJD, possibly Gabbert too.
Hawks allowing 16 ppg on road.
vs. TB (Thurs.)
Vikings hoping to slow down Freeman/passing game.
vs. SF (Mon.)
Cardinals gave up 153 yards to Peterson, Gore up next.
New England Patriots
vs. STL (London)
Patriots gave up 403 total yards vs. Jets last week.
Falcons hoping to capitalize on turnover-prone Eagles.
Defense played well in 13-7 loss to Chicago on MNF.
Dolphins held Jets to 93 yds. rushing in Week 3 loss.
San Diego Chargers
Facing Weeden welcome sight after getting Brees/Peyton.
New York Giants
Gave up 433 total yards to Cowboys in Week 1 loss.
Steelers No. 1 in total defense, No. 2 against pass.
New York Jets
Have allowed only 172 yards rushing last two games.
Chargers' Rivers turned ball over six times in last game.
Held Giants to 269 yards of offense in Week 1 win.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
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
Additional Week 8 Positional Rankings