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Week 8 Rankings Update

Friday, October 30, 2009



Week 8 Tight Ends

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Antonio Gatesvs. OAK -
2Dallas Clarkvs. SF -
3Owen Danielsat BUF -
4Jason Wittenvs. SEA -
5Tony Gonzalezat NO -
6Vernon Davisat IND -
7Brent Celekvs. NYG -
8Jeremy Shockeyvs. ATL Probable(shoulder)
9Greg Olsenvs. CLE -
10John Carlsonat DAL -
11Zach Millerat SD -
12Visanthe Shiancoeat GB -
13Todd Heapvs. DEN -
14Dustin Kellervs. MIA -
15Tony Schefflerat BAL -
16Marcedes Lewisat TEN -
17Kevin Bossat PHI -
18Brandon Pettigrewvs. STL -
19Anthony Fasanoat NYJ -
20Donald Leevs. MIN -
21Randy McMichaelat DET -


TE Notes: Donald Lee is a fine emergency pickup this week if you need help. The Vikings have struggled against tight ends all year, and Jermichael Finley is out. … Gibril Wilson, Yeremiah Bell, and the Miami linebackers have also struggled with tight ends, although they have faced many of the best. Could this finally be the game for Dustin Keller? It's hard to have much faith if you have another halfway decent option, and most teams do. In the two leagues I drafted Keller, I took Mr. Silva's boy Vernon Davis too as a backup. Now Keller is planted on the bench. Hanging on to two tight ends is not a favorite strategy of mine, but it's important this year to get points at the position because practically everyone else is too. … Davis should get a small boost from Alex Smith because I expect the 49ers pass attack to be more aggressive.

Owen Daniels is a good reminder that a lack of touchdowns is often a lack of luck. He's always had great hands and been able to make catches in traffic. Houston's red zone offense is a little more effective this year, and he's a little luckier and now he's tied his career high with five touchdowns in Week 8. And even though this is Daniels' breakout year, he was over 750 yards the last two and there was no reason to think Houston's offense would decline this time around. I still trust yards and receptions over scores in the long run, especially with so many PPR leagues.

Week 8 Team Defense

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Chargers Def/Spec Teamvs. OAK -
2Bears Def/Spec Teamvs. CLE -
3Jets Def/Spec Teamvs. MIA -
4Cardinals Def/Spec Teamvs. CAR -
5Vikings Def/Spec Teamat GB -
6Colts Def/Spec Teamvs. SF -
7Cowboys Def/Spec Teamvs. SEA -
8Eagles Def/Spec Teamvs. NYG -
9Broncos Def/Spec Teamat BAL -
10Giants Def/Spec Teamat PHI -
11Texans Def/Spec Teamat BUF -
12Ravens Def/Spec Teamvs. DEN -
13Saints Def/Spec Teamvs. ATL -
14Jaguars Def/Spec Teamat TEN -
15Dolphins Def/Spec Teamat NYJ -
16Packers Def/Spec Teamvs. MIN -
17Bills Def/Spec Teamvs. HOU -
18Rams Def/Spec Teamat DET -
19Fortyniners Def/Spec Teamat IND -
20Lions Def/Spec Teamvs. STL -
21Falcons Def/Spec Teamat NO -
22Seahawks Def/Spec Teamat DAL -
23Titans Def/Spec Teamvs. JAC -
24Browns Def/Spec Teamat CHI -
25Panthers Def/Spec Teamat ARZ -
26Raiders Def/Spec Teamat SD -


Week 8 Kickers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Lawrence Tynesat PHI -
2Neil Rackersvs. CAR -
3Mason Crosbyvs. MIN -
4Ryan Longwellat GB -
5Nate Kaedingvs. OAK -
6Nick Folkvs. SEA -
7Matt Praterat BAL -
8John Carneyvs. ATL -
9David Akersvs. NYG -
10Josh Scobeeat TEN -
11Rob Bironasvs. JAC -
12Robbie Gouldvs. CLE -
13Kris Brownat BUF Probable(left ankle)
14Matt Stovervs. SF -
15Dan Carpenterat NYJ -
16Jay Feelyvs. MIA -
17Jason Hansonvs. STL -
18Steven Hauschkavs. DEN -
19Olindo Mareat DAL -
20Joe Nedneyat IND -
21Jason Elamat NO -
22Rian Lindellvs. HOU -
23Phil Dawsonat CHI
24Sebastian Janikowskiat SD -
25Josh Brownat DET -
26John Kasayat ARZ -



Gregg Rosenthal has directed Rotoworld's football content since 2003. He co-hosts the NBC Fantasy Fix and covers the NFL for NBCSports.com and Profootballtalk.com. Catch him on Twitter.
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