October 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the tunnel before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Fantasy Football: Week 8 Rankings

Need help with preparing for your fantasy football league? The Fantasy Guru is here once again to give you a few tips on how to play the crazy game of fantasy football.

Probability. When I do these rankings every week, that word is the one I come back to over and over again when deciding who should go where. It’s all about who I think has the best chance to deliver a good fantasy day. This week, that word comes to the forefront as there are a number of very favorable matchups for fantasy owners to exploit as the bye weeks continue. With the Bengals, Bills, Texans and Ravens on bye, there are a number of top fantasy producers unavailable this week not to mention injuries to key players like Maurice Jones-Drew. These rankings should help you decide who to plug and play this week.

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Quarterback

  • 1. Aaron Rodgers vs JAC
  • 2. Robert Griffin III @ PIT
  • 3. Peyton Manning vs NO
  • 4. Tom Brady @ STL (London)
  • 5. Ben Roethlisberger vs WAS
  • 6. Drew Brees @ DEN
  • 7. Andrew Luck @ TEN
  • 8. Eli Manning @ DAL
  • 9. Jay Cutler vs CAR
  • 10. Matt Ryan @ PHI
  • 11. Tony Romo vs NYG
  • 12. Sam Bradford vs NE (London)
  • 13. Michael Vick vs ATL
  • 14. Matt Hasselbeck vs IND
  • 15. Philip Rivers @ CLE
  • 16. Carson Palmer @ KC
  • 17. Christian Ponder vs TB
  • 18. Josh Freeman @ MIN
  • 19. Brandon Weeden vs SD
  • 20. Matthew Stafford vs SEA

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Running Back

  • 1. Jamaal Charles vs OAK
  • 2. Matt Forte vs CAR
  • 3. Willis McGahee vs NO
  • 4. LeSean McCoy vs ATL
  • 5. Chris Johnson vs IND
  • 6. Alfred Morris @ PIT
  • 7. Darren McFadden @ KC
  • 8. Stevan Ridley @ STL (London)
  • 9. Reggie Bush @ NYJ
  • 10. Adrian Peterson vs TB
  • 11. Doug Martin @ MIN
  • 12. Ryan Mathews @ CLE
  • 13. Frank Gore @ ARI
  • 14. Darren Sproles @ DEN
  • 15. Marshawn Lynch @ DET
  • 16. Steven Jackson vs NE (London)
  • 17. Alex Green vs JAC
  • 18. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL
  • 19. Michael Turner @ PHI
  • 20. Vick Ballard @ TEN
  • 21. Rashad Jennings @ GB
  • 22. Shonn Greene vs MIA
  • 23. Pierre Thomas @ DEN
  • 24. Trent Richardson vs SD
  • 25. Jonathan Dwyer vs WAS
  • 26. Philip Tanner vs NYG
  • 27. Mikel Leshoure vs SEA
  • 28. Rashard Mendenhall vs WAS
  • 29. Jonathan Stewart @ CHI
  • 30. Ronnie Hillman vs NO
  • 31. Danny Woodhead @ STL (London)
  • 32. Andre Brown @ DAL
  • 33. Felix Jones vs NYG
  • 34. William Powell vs SF
  • 35. Montario Hardesty vs SD
  • 36. LaRod Stephens-Howling vs SF
  • 37. Kendall Hunter @ ARI
  • 38. Daryl Richardson vs NE (London)
  • 39. Michael Bush vs CAR
  • 40. Peyton Hillis vs OAK

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Wide Receiver

  • 1. Brandon Marshall vs CAR
  • 2. Mike Wallace vs WAS
  • 3. Roddy White @ PHI
  • 4. Victor Cruz @ DAL
  • 5. Calvin Johnson vs SEA
  • 6. Demaryius Thomas vs NO
  • 7. Antonio Brown vs WAS
  • 8. Percy Harvin vs TB
  • 9. Reggie Wayne @ TEN
  • 10. Jordy Nelson vs JAC
  • 11. Wes Welker @ STL (London)
  • 12. Eric Decker vs NO
  • 13. Julio Jones @ PHI
  • 14. Vincent Jackson @ MIN
  • 15. Marques Colston @ DEN
  • 16. Larry Fitzgerald vs SF
  • 17. Randall Cobb vs JAC
  • 18. Denarius Moore @ KC
  • 19. Lance Moore @ DEN
  • 20. Hakeem Nicks @ DAL
  • 21. Sidney Rice @ DET
  • 22. Dez Bryant vs NYG
  • 23. DeSean Jackson vs ATL
  • 24. Kenny Britt vs IND
  • 25. Dwayne Bowe vs OAK
  • 26. Chris Givens vs NE (London)
  • 27. Miles Austin vs NYG
  • 28. Josh Gordon vs SD
  • 29. James Jones vs JAC
  • 30. Steve Smith (Carolina) @ CHI
  • 31. Brandon Lloyd @ STL (London)
  • 32. Santana Moss @ PIT
  • 33. Leonard Hankerson @ PIT
  • 34. Donnie Avery @ TEN
  • 35. Malcom Floyd @ CLE
  • 36. Brandon Gibson vs NE (London)
  • 37. Jeremy Maclin vs ATL
  • 38. Michael Crabtree @ ARI
  • 39. Brandon Stokley vs NO
  • 40. Ryan Broyles vs SEA

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Tight End

  • 1. Rob Gronkowski @ STL (London)
  • 2. Antonio Gates @ CLE
  • 3. Tony Gonzalez @ PHI
  • 4. Heath Miller vs WAS
  • 5. Aaron Hernandez @ STL (London)
  • 6. Kyle Rudolph vs TB
  • 7. Jason Witten vs NYG
  • 8. Vernon Davis @ TEN
  • 9. Dustin Keller vs MIA
  • 10. Jimmy Graham @ DEN
  • 11. Brandon Myers @ KC
  • 12. Jacob Tamme vs NO
  • 13. Jared Cook vs IND
  • 14. Joel Dreessen vs NO
  • 15. Coby Fleener @ TEN
  • 16. Brent Celek vs ATL
  • 17. Brandon Pettigrew vs SEA
  • 18. Martellus Bennett @ DAL
  • 19. Lance Kendricks vs NE (London)
  • 20. Dwayne Allen @ TEN

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That’s it for this week’s rankings. Next week I will have two sets of rankings for you – my usual plug and play ranks for week 9 and also a special set rankings for the rest of the season for those of you looking to identify where the players are valued overall – a very useful tool with the trade deadline coming up soon in most leagues. As always, there is also the Fantasy Mailbag on Friday – if you have a question to submit for that, send your email to [email protected] and you could find yourself featured in the article.

Until next time, this is the Fantasy Guru signing off.

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