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Here’s my Week 8 IDP rankings.

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1. Jerod Mayo (NE) vs. MIN:  45 tackles in past three games.
2. Stephen Tulloch (TEN) @ SD:  58 tackles in past five games.
3. Chad Greenway (MIN) vs. NE:  34 tackles in past three games.
4. Brian Cushing (HOU) @ INDY:  17 tackles in past two games.
5. LaRon Landry (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
6. Lawrence Timmons (PIT) @ NOL  Averaging 10.3 tackles per game this year.
7. London Fletcher (WAS) @ DET:  Averaging 9.7 tackles per game this year.
8. A.J. Hawk (GB) @ NYJ:  45 tackles in past four games.
9. Patrick Willis (SF) vs. DEN:  Recorded second double-digit tackle game of season.
10. James Anderson (CAR) @ STL:  Averaging ten tackles per game.
11. D.J. Williams (DEN) @ SF:  Averaging nine tackles per game.
12. Jon Beason (CAR) @ STL
13. DeMarcus Ware (DAL) vs. JAX:  Has 27 tackles and eight sacks on the year.
14. Paul Posluszny (BUF) @ KC:  Averaging 9.5 tackles per game this year.
15. James Harrison (PIT) @ NO:  44 tackles and five sacks on the year.

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    Here’s my Week 8 team defense rankings.

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    1. Dallas  vs. Jacksonville
    2. Kansas City vs. Buffalo
    3. Tampa Bay @ Arizona
    4. Washington @ Detroit
    5. New York Jets vs. Green Bay
    6. Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
    7. Denver @ San Francisco
    8. St. Louis vs. Carolina
    9. San Francisco vs. Denver
    10. Seattle @ Oakland
    11. Cincinnati vs. Miami
    12. New England vs. Minnesota
    13. Tennessee @ San Diego
    14. Carolina @ St. Louis
    15. Miami @ Cincinnati

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    • Jacksonville is one of two teams, along with Chicago, that has allowed at least 15 sacks with at least 11 INTs.
    • Arizona has allowed 21 sacks and has only managed 237.8 yards per game.
    • Carolina is dead last with 12.5 points per game. Every else has at least 16.1 ppg.
    • Tennessee is tied for the league with 25 sacks. They are facing the Chargers, who have lost 12 fumbles.

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    Here’s my Week 8 kicker rankings. Keep in mind that the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.

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    1. Mike Nugent vs. MIA:  Has 14 FGs. Dolphins have allowed 10.
    2. Sebastian Janikowski vs. SEA:  Leads league with 15 FGs. Seahawks have allowed 9.
    3. Rob Bironas @ SD:  Has 14 FGs, Chargers have allowed 12.
    4. Connor Barth @ ARI:  Barth has 10 FGs, Cardinals have allowed 16.
    5. Matt Prater@ SF:  Prater has 11 FGs, Niners have allowed 16.
    6. Nick Folk vs. GB:  Has 13 FGs. Green Bay has allowed 15 FGs.
    7. Josh Scobee @ DAL:  Has 13 FGs. Cowboys have allowed 11 FGs.
    8. Kris Brown vs. TENN:  2 FGs filling in for Kaeding. Titans have allowed 18 FGs.
    9. Dan Carpenter @ CIN:  Has 13 FGs, 7 from 40+ yards.
    10. Josh Brown vs. CAR:  Has 12 FGs. Panthers have allowed 13.
    11. Jason Hanson vs. WAS:  Has 11 FGs. Skins have allowed 12.
    12. Jeff Reed @ NO:  Has 11 FGs. Saints had 9 FGs.
    13. Neil Rackers @ IND:  Has 9 FGs. Colts have allowed 9 FGs.
    14. Mason Crosby @ NYJ:  Has 9 FGs, 5 from 40+ yards.
    15. John Kasay @ STL:  Rams have allowed 16 FGs.

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    Here’s my Week 8 tight end rankings.  Keep in mind that the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.

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    1. Antonio Gates vs. Tennessee
    2. Zach Miller vs. Seattle
    3. Vernon Davis vs. Denver
    4. Chris Cooley @ Detroit
    5. Jason Witten vs. Jacksonville
    6. Dustin Keller vs. Green Bay
    7. Kellen Winslow @ Arizona
    8. Aaron Hernandez vs. Minnesota
    9. Marcedes Lewis  @ Dallas
    10. Owen Daniels @ Indianapolis
    11. John Carlson @ Oakland
    12. Jermaine Gresham vs. Miami
    13. Brandon Pettigrew vs. Washington
    14. Heath Miller @ New Orleans
    15. Visanthe Shiancoe @ New England
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    Inside the numbers:

    • Antonio Gates played through his toe injury and scored yet another TD, bringing his total to eight on the year. I don’t know how you can place him anywhere other than #1 at this point.
    • Zach Miller has four TDs in his past five games.
    • Vernon Davis has scored in four straight games.
    • Jason Witten was active when Romo went down. Look for Jon Kitna to rely heavily on the talented TE.
    • Owen Daniels finally looked healthy, catching five passes for 79 yards against the Chiefs.
    • Shiancoe should have had a TD last week if it weren’t for poor officiating, but I’m not ready to label him TE1 just yet.

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    Here’s my Week 8 wide receiver rankings. Keep in mind that the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.

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    1. Reggie Wayne vs. Houston
    2. Andre Johnson @ Indianapolis
    3. Randy Moss @ New England
    4. Brandon Marshall @ Cincinnati
    5. Dwayne Bowe vs. Buffalo
    6. Greg Jennings @ New York Jets
    7. Calvin Johnson vs. Washington
    8. Terrell Owens vs. Miami
    9. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Tampa Bay
    10. Kenny Britt @ San Diego
    11. Wes Welker vs. Minnesota
    12. Miles Austin vs. Jacksonville
    13. Pierre Garcon vs. Houston
    14. Percy Harvin @ New England
    15. Mike Wallace @ New Orleans
    16. Chad Ochocinco vs. Miami
    17. Dez Bryant vs. Jacksonville
    18. Mike Williams (SEA) @ Oakland
    19. Marques Colston vs. Pittsburgh
    20. Hines Ward @ New Orleans
    21. Lance Moore vs. Pittsburgh
    22. Michael Crabtree vs. Denver
    23. Brandon Lloyd @ San Francisco
    24. Santana Moss @ Detroit
    25. Deion Branch vs. Minnesota
    26. Mike Williams (TB) @ Arizona
    27. Roy Williams vs. Jacksonville
    28. Steve Johnson @ Kansas City
    29. Davone Bess @ Cincinnati
    30. Steve Smith (CAR) @ St. Louis
    31. Braylon Edwards vs. Green Bay
    32. Blair White vs. Houston
    33. Mike Sims-Walker @ Dallas
    34. Lee Evans @ Kansas City
    35. Santonio Holmes vs. Green Bay
    36. Patrick Crayton vs. Tennessee
    37. Steve Breaston vs. Tampa Bay
    38. Kevin Walter @ Indianapolis
    39. Donald Driver @ New York Jets
    40. Jabar Gaffney @ San Francisco
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    Inside the numbers:

    • With Dallas Clark and Austin Collie out look for Pierre Garcon, Blair White, and possibly Anthony Gonzalez to step up for the Colts.
    • Randy Moss will be extra motivated to take on the Patriots.
    • Kenny Britt has scored in five straight games, including three last week against the Eagles.
    • Dwayne Bowe has four TDs in the past two weeks. He’s a great play against the Bills, who have allowed 14 passing TDs already.
    • The Cowboys will be without Romo, but with a week of practice, Jon Kitna should be fine. I like the prospects of Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Roy Williams against a Jaguar pass defense that has allowed a league high 16 TDs on the year.
    • Denver has allowed 11 passing TDs, which makes the likelihood that Michael Crabtree scores fairly high.
    • Malcom Floyd is expected to be out again. Patrick Crayton has 199 yards in the past two weeks, making him a decent WR3 against Tennessee.

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    Here’s my Week 8 running back rankings. Keep in mind that the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.

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    1. Frank Gore vs. Denver
    2. Arian Foster @ Indianapolis
    3. Adrian Peterson @ New England
    4. Darren McFadden vs. Seattle
    5. Chris Johnson @ San Diego
    6. Ryan Torain @ Detroit
    7. Steven Jackson vs. Carolina
    8. Rashard Mendenhall @ New Orleans
    9. Thomas Jones vs. Buffalo
    10. LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Green Bay
    11. Jamaal Charles vs. Buffalo
    12. Jahvid Best vs. Washington
    13. Maurice Jones-Drew @ Dallas
    14. Cedric Benson vs. Miami
    15. Felix Jones vs. Jacksonville
    16. Jonathan Stewart @ St. Louis
    17. Beanie Wells vs. Tampa Bay
    18. Marshawn Lynch @ Oakland
    19. Knowshon Moreno @ San Francisco
    20. Fred Jackson @ Kansas City
    21. Ryan Mathews vs. Tennessee
    22. Shonn Greene vs. Green Bay
    23. LeGarrette Blount @ Arizona
    24. Mike Hart vs. Houston
    25. Ronnie Brown @ Cincinnati
    26. Brandon Jackson @ New York Jets
    27. Christopher Ivory vs. Pittsburgh
    28. Tim Hightower vs. Tampa Bay
    29. Mike Tolbert vs. Tennessee
    30. Ricky Williams @ Cincinnati

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    Inside the numbers:

    • Frank Gore should have a big day against a Broncos defense allowing 156.3 yards per game on the ground with a league high 12 rushing TDs allowed.
    • Arian Foster destroyed the Colts for 231 yards and three TDs in Week 1. While I’d be shocked if he matched that performance, he’s still a great play against an Indy run defense allowing 137.3 yards per game.
    • Buffalo has allowed a league high 174.5 rushing yards per game, along with 8 rushing TDs. There is a great chance both Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles have big weeks once again.
    • The Packers are giving up 124.3 yards per game at a 4.7 yards per carry clip. Both RBs in the Jets #2 rushing offense (LT, Shonn Greene) should be solid plays this week.
    • Steven Jackson will likely be a game time decision, but knowing his pain threshold, he’ll be able to fight through it despite the broken finger.
    • Beanie Wells should build off his solid game (54 yards, TD) against a Tampa defense allowing 157.7 rushing yards per game.
    • I’m not confident Donald Brown is ready so I think the Colts use Mike Hart, but mostly rely on Peyton’s arm.

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    Here are my Week 8 fantasy football quarterback rankings. Remember the Bears, Browns, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, and Ravens are on bye.
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    1. Peyton Manning vs. Houston
    2. Ben Roethlisberger @ New Orleans
    3. Tom Brady vs. Minnesota
    4. Matt Schaub @ Indianapolis
    5. Philip Rivers vs. Tennessee
    6. Aaron Rodgers @ New York Jets
    7. Drew Brees vs. Pittsburgh
    8. Kyle Orton @ San Francisco
    9. Donovan McNabb @ Detroit
    10. Carson Palmer vs. Miami
    11. Matt Cassel vs. Buffalo
    12. Sam Bradford vs. Carolina
    13. Josh Freeman @ Arizona
    14. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Kansas City
    15. Mark Sanchez vs. Green Bay
    16. Jon Kitna vs. Jacksonville
    17. Jason Campbell vs. Seattle
    18. Matt Hasselbeck @ Oakland
    19. Matthew Stafford vs. Washington
    20. David Garrard @ Dallas
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    • Injuries almost certainly will keep both the modern (Tony Romo – out 6-8 weeks) and classic (Favre) gunslingers out of action. I’m more optimistic about Jon Kitna than Tarvaris Jackson.
    • Peyton Manning threw for 426  yards and three TDs against Houston in Week 1. He has 40 career TDs to just 8 INTs in 17 games against them. Even without his weapons, Manning finds a way to get it done.
    • Drew Brees is not the same player this year, and Reggie Bush’s absence probably has a lot to do with it. Things don’t get better this week against the Steelers, who have allowed just four passing TDs this year.
    • Matt Cassel has 5 TDs in the Chiefs’ past two games. He has a 3-1 TD-INT ratio, which helps offset his meager passing yards per game average (174). He faces Buffalo, who has allowed 14 passing TDs.
    • Ryan Fitzpatrick has seven TDs in his past two games and 11 in his past four.
    • Matthew Stafford is expected to return for the Lions. I’d only start him if you’re desperate or in a 2-QB league.

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