Week 8 was already shaping up to be a tough one for fantasy football general managers, as six teams are on bye. However, the player pool has been impacted even more following the latest rash of injuries. Either way, starting lineups are going to look quite different this week.
Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, San Diego and Tennessee are all on bye, which alone represents quite a bit of talent and manpower. In addition to all of those players, Reggie Wayne and Sam Bradford are now both done for the season, while Doug Martin and Jermichael Finley were among those who didn't finish last week's game and cannot be counted on for this week and probably longer. There also are several players on bye who are either expected to miss several games (Jay Cutler) or are dealing with some sort of injury (Arian Foster).
Don't worry, there are still 24 teams in action and plenty of players to go around that can be pressed into duty to fill out your lineup. This is just one of those weeks where mining your league's waiver wire/free agent pool very likely could be the difference between victory and defeat. And if anything, you can consider this week a practice run, since six teams are on bye in Week 9 too.
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 website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football Positional Rankings
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
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
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points