Here we go again. It is Week 8, and it’s do-or-die time for a lot of teams. Looking for that critical start/sit decision on your roster? Do you have to win this week or be at risk of being out of the playoffs? Or do you simply just want to know one guy’s opinion on the Week 8 landscape? Dig into these Week 8 PPR Rankings, and hopefully, they can help lead our readers to victory!
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Week 8 PPR Rankings: Risers and Fallers
Two rookie quarterbacks are becoming set it and forget it QB1’s. Those two are obviously Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert. They both continue to rise after putting up monster numbers in Week 7, and they can do it all over again in Week 8. Herbert draws the injury-plagued Denver Broncos as the Chargers look nearly fully transitioned into a pass-heavy offense. Burrow and the Bengals draw the Tennessee Titans at home, and they will do all they can to stay on pace with Derrick Henry and the high-powered Titans offense.
Falling in the Week 8 PPR rankings is Josh Allen. He has been excellent for the majority of the 2020 season, so take this with a grain of salt. He goes against a solid Patriots defense that does an excellent job of limiting teams’ best players. The Patriots have dominated Allen, and I don’t expect him to start putting up big numbers just yet.
At running back, an immediate name that sticks out is Le’Veon Bell going against his old team in the New York Jets. While Clyde Edwards-Helaire should receive a majority of the work still, don’t be surprised to see Bell get much more involved to stick it to his old team. He is up to the RB21 in the Week 8 PPR rankings. We also have the potential return of Dalvin Cook and Miles Sanders. If both play, they are arguably top-five running backs. If they aren’t active, Boston Scott becomes a borderline RB1, and Alexander Mattison would firmly be an RB2.
Descending is Ezekiel Elliot, who just has not been the same player that we are used to this season from an efficiency standpoint. It has seemingly got even worse with the absence of Dak Prescott. Elliot is coming off his two worst games of the past year, and his rest of season outlook doesn’t look a lot brighter at the moment.
A.J. Brown looks like the next big thing at wide receiver. I have seen enough of him to be a locked-in WR1 going forward. Obviously, his volume isn’t as great as some of the elite options. However, his efficiency is what sets him apart. Also taking a big bump is Brandon Aiyuk of the 49ers. With the new injury of Deebo Samuel, Aiyuk suddenly looks like the man in San Francisco. That’s good news in Week 8, as he faces off against the Seahawks defense. Fire Aiyuk up as a confident WR2 with WR1 upside.
Falling along with his quarterback is Stefon Diggs, who faces the Patriots and Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots specialize in limiting their oppositions best player, and Diggs will undoubtedly be that target. He’s down to the WR17 on the week.
At tight end for the Week 8 PPR rankings, we get Darren Waller back, and he has an argument to be the top tight end on the week. Accordingly, he is the TE2 overall. Rob Gronkowski continues to rise after scoring touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. Seemingly getting his chemistry back with Tom Brady, Gronkowski is about as safe a tight end option as there is in Week 8. Harrison Bryant is a very intriguing option, as he look like the man in Cleveland with Austin Hooper likely out a few more weeks. He is only the TE20, but that’s because we haven’t seen enough of him to know his true usage.
Further down the list are the fallers, and it could be argued that it is virtually 80% of the tight end landscape. It is sad that we can’t seem to get a week in and week out solid performance from the position, as this has been the case for years now. If you are in a two tight end league, I am sorry for your pain.
If you enjoyed Al’s Week 8 Quarterback Rankings, make sure to check out all of our Week 8 Fantasy Football Analysis!
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