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Week 8 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

It is hard to believe that we have already hit the midway point of the fantasy football regular season. Hopefully, your teams are poised to make a run at a playoff berth over the next few weeks. No matter where you currently sit in the standings, the good news is that there are no byes this week. That means all healthy players should be at your disposal. I added about 50 players to my Week 8 Flex rankings compared to last week, so leagues of all shapes and sizes should be accounted for. Remember that these are based on half-PPR scoring, so adjust based on your parameters. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the rankings!

Running Back Notes

Browns running back Jerome Ford scored a 69-yard touchdown in the first minute of last week’s victory in Indianapolis. It appeared he would be in for a monster day. But the second-year pro lost three yards on his final nine carries of the contest. To make matters worse, he injured his ankle late and will be out for at least a week. Kareem Hunt scored two times last week, including the critical conversion on fourth down to secure the win. Hunt will likely lead Cleveland’s backfield this week when they travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks. Pierre Strong should complement Hunt but is just outside the top 100 in my Week 8 Flex rankings. Seattle allows a league-low 2.87 yards per carry to the running back position. They have given up five rushing scores, so there is some promise for Hunt to earn low-RB2 value this week.

Miles Sanders returned to practice following Carolina’s bye and should be good to go this week versus Houston. The bigger question is if he is still the team’s lead back. Chuba Hubbard ran for 88 yards and a score in Carolina’s Week 6 loss, and has now led the team in rushing yards in three straight games. Two of those games occurred with Sanders in the fold. Head coach Frank Reich praised Hubbard this week and intimated that the pair will split the workload. Carolina will face the Houston Texans in Week 8. The Texans allow the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing backs, so the matchup itself is a good one. Both backs are fringe Flex options this week, though I give the slight edge to Hubbard. I don’t mind starting Sanders if you must, but I would prefer to see some positive results from him before doing so.

Wide Receiver Notes

Christian Watson amassed just 27 receiving yards last week and suffered a knee injury in the process. It appeared as though he would miss this week’s game, but he was spotted at practice this week. In addition to health concerns, we have to acknowledge that Green Bay’s passing game has struggled. Among 32 quarterbacks with at least 100 attempts, Jordan Love ranks 28th in passer rating and 22nd in EPA (expected points added). Watson does have an advantageous matchup if he can suit up this week. The Minnesota Vikings have permitted the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, including a league-high 112 receptions. I ranked Watson as if he will play without limitations this week. He is currently a boom-or-bust WR3 in 12-team leagues for me but keep an eye on his status as the week progresses.

Second-round rookie Rashee Rice has finished among the top 36 fantasy wideouts in three consecutive weeks. He is the overall WR39 on the year and is earning the trust of the Chiefs and fantasy managers alike. Rice ranks slightly lower in points per game, as the Chiefs have not yet had their bye. With all 32 teams in action this week, I consider him more of a WR4 than WR3. That makes him a borderline Flex play depending on your other options. I certainly would not fault anyone for riding the hot hand, especially when that hand is tied to Patrick Mahomes. Rice had a season-high 72 yards two weeks ago when the Chiefs last faced the Denver Broncos. However, he was only targeted on four of 41 throws.

Tight End Notes

Bills rookie Dalton Kincaid enjoyed his first top-20 weekly fantasy finish of the season with last week’s TE9 mark. He caught all eight of his targets for 75 yards. Buffalo played much of this game from behind, which caused Josh Allen to match his season-high with 41 pass attempts. Still, it was an encouraging performance from Kincaid. The Bills should continue to feature Kincaid as a bigger part of their passing game. I ranked Kincaid as a Week 8 fantasy starter based on that possibility and his potential upside. But admittedly this may not be the best matchup for him. Tampa Bay is one of five NFL teams who have yet to allow a tight end to score a touchdown against them so far this year. And the Bills are nine-point favorites, meaning the need to throw may not be there.

Another tight end to consider this week is Trey McBride of the Arizona Cardinals. I do not have him in my top 12, but his stock appears to be on the rise. The Cardinals placed veteran Zach Ertz on injured reserve this week with a quad injury. But keen observers would note that McBride began to usurp the tight end role even before Ertz’s injury. In his last two games, McBride has seven catches for 91 yards. Meanwhile, Ertz has just five grabs for 41 yards. With Ertz now out of the mix, McBride should become even more involved going forward. As is the case with Kincaid, McBride faces another team (Baltimore) who has yet to allow a touchdown to a tight end this season. But even if he does not crack this week’s top 12, he should be rostered in much more than 46 percent of Fantrax leagues.

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Week 8 Flex Rankings

1Tyreek HillWR1MIANE
2Christian McCaffreyRB1SFCIN
3Ja’Marr ChaseWR2CIN@SF
4Austin EkelerRB2LACCHI
5Tony PollardRB3DALLAR
6Stefon DiggsWR3BUFTB
7Keenan AllenWR4LACCHI
9Travis Etienne Jr.RB4JAC@PIT
10Amon-Ra St. BrownWR6DETLV
11Breece HallRB5NYJ@NYG
12Josh JacobsRB6LV@DET
13Alvin KamaraRB7NO@IND
14Jahmyr GibbsRB8DETLV
15Cooper KuppWR7LAR@DAL
16Saquon BarkleyRB9NYGNYJ
17Kenneth Walker IIIRB10SEACLE
18Travis KelceTE1KC@DEN
19Raheem MostertRB11MIANE
20D’Andre SwiftRB12PHI@WAS
21Davante AdamsWR8LV@DET
22Jonathan TaylorRB13INDNO
23CeeDee LambWR9DALLAR
24Bijan RobinsonRB14ATL@TEN
25Puka NacuaWR10LAR@DAL
26James CookRB15BUFTB
27Isiah PachecoRB16KC@DEN
28Brandon AiyukWR11SFCIN
29Joe MixonRB17CIN@SF
30Jaylen WaddleWR12MIANE
31Adam ThielenWR13CARHOU
32Mike EvansWR14TB@BUF
33Garrett WilsonWR15NYJ@NYG
34Derrick HenryRB18TENATL
35Chris OlaveWR16NO@IND
37Jordan AddisonWR18MIN@GB
38Aaron JonesRB19GBMIN
39Alexander MattisonRB20MIN@GB
40Rhamondre StevensonRB21NE@MIA
41Zay FlowersWR19BAL@ARI
42Terry McLaurinWR20WASPHI
43Rachaad WhiteRB22TB@BUF
44Kareem HuntRB23CLE@SEA
45George PickensWR21PITJAC
46Mark AndrewsTE2BAL@ARI
47Dameon PierceRB24HOU@CAR
48Javonte WilliamsRB25DENKC
49Michael Pittman Jr.WR22INDNO
50Najee HarrisRB26PITJAC
51Jakobi MeyersWR23LV@DET
52Nico CollinsWR24HOU@CAR
53Chuba HubbardRB27CARHOU
54DeVonta SmithWR25PHI@WAS
55Marquise BrownWR26ARIBAL
56Christian KirkWR27JAC@PIT
57DK MetcalfWR28SEACLE
58Chris GodwinWR29TB@BUF
59Amari CooperWR30CLE@SEA
60T.J. HockensonTE3MIN@GB
61Christian WatsonWR31GBMIN
62Tee HigginsWR32CIN@SF
63Calvin RidleyWR33JAC@PIT
64Tyler LockettWR34SEACLE
65D’Onta ForemanRB28CHI@LAC
66Joshua PalmerWR35LACCHI
67Gus EdwardsRB29BAL@ARI
68Brian Robinson Jr.RB30WASPHI
69Michael ThomasWR36NO@IND
70Courtland SuttonWR37DENKC
71Sam LaPortaTE4DETLV
72Drake LondonWR38ATL@TEN
73Jerry JeudyWR39DENKC
74DeAndre HopkinsWR40TENATL
75Darren WallerTE5NYGNYJ
76Diontae JohnsonWR41PITJAC
77Rashee RiceWR42KC@DEN
78K.J. OsbornWR43MIN@GB
79Miles SandersRB31CARHOU
80Jaylen WarrenRB32PITJAC
81AJ DillonRB33GBMIN
82Josh DownsWR44INDNO
83Gabe DavisWR45BUFTB
84George KittleTE6SFCIN
85Kendrick BourneWR46NE@MIA
86Emari DemercadoRB34ARIBAL
87Dallas GoedertTE7PHI@WAS
88Zack MossRB35INDNO
89Evan EngramTE8JAC@PIT
90Tyler AllgeierRB36ATL@TEN
91Curtis SamuelWR47WASPHI
92Romeo DoubsWR48GBMIN
93Jahan DotsonWR49WASPHI
94Tank DellWR50HOU@CAR
95Roschon JohnsonRB37CHI@LAC
96Tyler BoydWR51CIN@SF
97Darrell HendersonRB38LAR@DAL
98Brandin CooksWR52DALLAR
99Rashid ShaheedWR53NO@IND
100Dalton KincaidTE9BUFTB
101Pierre Strong Jr.RB39CLE@SEA
102Jaxon Smith-NjigbaWR54SEACLE
103Michael GallupWR55DALLAR
104Jayden ReedWR56GBMIN
105Elijah MooreWR57CLE@SEA
106Dalton SchultzTE10HOU@CAR
107Cole KmetTE11CHI@LAC
108Ezekiel ElliottRB40NE@MIA
109Wan’Dale RobinsonWR58NYGNYJ
110Josh ReynoldsWR59DETLV
111Jake FergusonTE12DALLAR
112Robert WoodsWR60HOU@CAR
113Tutu AtwellWR61LAR@DAL
114Kyle PittsTE13ATL@TEN
115Odell Beckham Jr.WR62BAL@ARI
116Rondale MooreWR63ARIBAL
117Michael WilsonWR64ARIBAL
118Brandon PowellWR65MIN@GB
119Allen LazardWR66NYJ@NYG
120Devin SingletaryRB41HOU@CAR
121Justice HillRB42BAL@ARI
122Cam AkersRB43MIN@GB
123David NjokuTE14CLE@SEA
124Tyjae SpearsRB44TENATL
125Darius SlaytonWR67NYGNYJ
126Jonathan MingoWR68CARHOU
127D.J. Chark Jr.WR69CARHOU
128Jauan JenningsWR70SFCIN
129Luke MusgraveTE15GBMIN
130Jeff Wilson Jr.RB45MIANE
131Trey McBrideTE16ARIBAL
132Craig ReynoldsRB46DETLV
133Treylon BurksWR71TENATL
134Jameson WilliamsWR72DETLV
135Demario DouglasWR73NE@MIA
136Skyy MooreWR74KC@DEN
137Darnell MooneyWR75CHI@LAC
138Logan ThomasTE17WASPHI
139Tyler HigbeeTE18LAR@DAL
140Kadarius ToneyWR76KC@DEN
141Latavius MurrayRB47BUFTB
142Jerick McKinnonRB48KC@DEN
143Hunter HenryTE19NE@MIA
144Royce FreemanRB49LAR@DAL
145Zay JonesWR77JAC@PIT
146Antonio GibsonRB50WASPHI
147Jalin HyattWR78NYGNYJ
148Jaleel McLaughlinRB51DENKC
149Marvin Mims Jr.WR79DENKC
150Tyler ConklinTE20NYJ@NYG
151Gerald EverettTE21LACCHI
152DeVante ParkerWR80NE@MIA
153Quentin JohnstonWR81LACCHI
154Kenneth GainwellRB52PHI@WAS
155Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR82KC@DEN
156Jonnu SmithTE22ATL@TEN
157Alec PierceWR83INDNO
158Michael MayerTE23LV@DET
159Samaje PerineRB53DENKC
160Chigoziem OkonkwoTE24TENATL
161Joshua KelleyRB54LACCHI
162Hayden HurstTE25CARHOU
163Rashod BatemanWR84BAL@ARI
164Taysom HillTE26NO@IND
165Cade OttonTE27TB@BUF
166Allen Robinson IIWR85PITJAC
167Braxton BerriosWR86MIANE
168Dalvin CookRB55NYJ@NYG
169Zach CharbonnetRB56SEACLE
170Connor HeywardTE28PITJAC
171Terrace Marshall Jr.WR87CARHOU
172Jamaal WilliamsRB57NO@IND
173Irv Smith Jr.TE29CIN@SF
174Juwan JohnsonTE30NO@IND
175Trey PalmerWR88TB@BUF
176Tyler ScottWR89CHI@LAC
177Salvon AhmedRB58MIANE
178Rico DowdleRB59DALLAR
179Ray-Ray McCloudWR90SFCIN
180Donovan Peoples-JonesWR91CLE@SEA
181Deonte HartyWR92BUFTB
182Mike GesickiTE31NE@MIA
183Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR93TENATL
184Adam TrautmanTE32DENKC
185Kalif RaymondWR94DETLV
186Noah FantTE33SEACLE
187Nelson AgholorWR95BAL@ARI
188Juju Smith-SchusterWR96NE@MIA
189Noah BrownWR97HOU@CAR
190Deven ThompkinsWR98TB@BUF
191Damien WilliamsRB60ARIBAL
192Michael CarterRB61NYJ@NYG
193Donald Parham Jr.TE34LACCHI
194Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB62KC@DEN
195Matt BreidaRB63NYGNYJ
196Randall CobbWR99NYJ@NYG
197Calvin Austin IIIWR100PITJAC
198Mecole Hardman Jr.WR101KC@DEN
199Isaiah HodginsWR102NYGNYJ
200Ke’Shawn VaughnRB64TB@BUF
201Mack HollinsWR103ATL@TEN
202Elijah MitchellRB65SFCIN
203Keaontay IngramRB66ARIBAL
204Durham SmytheTE35MIANE
205Olamide ZaccheausWR104PHI@WAS
206Jamal AgnewWR105JAC@PIT
207Van JeffersonWR106ATL@TEN
208Colby ParkinsonTE36SEACLE
209Noah GrayTE37KC@DEN
210Tre TuckerWR107LV@DET
211Mo Alie-CoxTE38INDNO
212Cedrick WilsonWR108MIANE
213Drew OgletreeTE39INDNO
214Hunter RenfrowWR109LV@DET
215Zamir WhiteRB67LV@DET
216Tank BigsbyRB68JAC@PIT
217Zach EvansRB69LAR@DAL
218David MontgomeryRB70DETLV
219Cordarrelle PattersonRB71ATL@TEN
220Darnell WashingtonTE40PITJAC
221Derius DavisWR110LACCHI
222Brandon JohnsonWR111DENKC
223Jordan MasonRB72SFCIN
224Khalil ShakirWR112BUFTB
225Laviska Shenault Jr.WR113CARHOU
226Jalen TolbertWR114DALLAR
227Marquise GoodwinWR115CLE@SEA
228Trent SherfieldWR116BUFTB
229Dyami BrownWR117WASPHI
230Dontayvion WicksWR118GBMIN
231Austin HooperTE41LV@DET
232Kendre MillerRB73NO@IND
233Jake BoboWR119SEACLE
234Josh OliverTE42MIN@GB
235Foster MoreauTE43NO@IND
236Trayveon WilliamsRB74CIN@SF
237Will DisslyTE44SEACLE
238Julio JonesWR120PHI@WAS
239Xavier GipsonWR121NYJ@NYG
240Zach PascalWR122ARIBAL
241Kyle PhilipsWR123TENATL
242C.J. UzomahTE45NYJ@NYG
243Chris Rodriguez Jr.RB75WASPHI
244Trenton IrwinWR124CIN@SF
245Velus Jones Jr.WR125CHI@LAC
246Ameer AbdullahRB76LV@DET
247Deebo SamuelWR126SFCIN
248Chris MooreWR127TENATL
249Tyquan ThorntonWR128NE@MIA
250Geoff SwaimTE46ARIBAL
251Isaiah McKenzieWR129INDNO
252Keaton MitchellRB77BAL@ARI
253Kyle JuszczykRB78SFCIN
254Sterling ShepardWR130NYGNYJ
255DeeJay DallasRB79SEACLE
256John BatesTE47WASPHI
257Darrynton EvansRB80CHI@LAC
258KaVontae TurpinWR131DALLAR
259Andrei IosivasWR132CIN@SF
260Samori ToureWR133GBMIN
261Ronnie BellWR134SFCIN
262Deuce VaughnRB81DALLAR
263Harrison BryantTE48CLE@SEA
264Josiah DeguaraTE49GBMIN
265Chris ManhertzTE50DENKC
266Sean TuckerRB82TB@BUF
267Tommy TrembleTE51CARHOU
268Myles GaskinRB83LAR@DAL
269Byron PringleWR135WASPHI
270Jordan AkinsTE52CLE@SEA
271Justyn RossWR136KC@DEN
272Kylen GransonTE53INDNO
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