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Week 8 Rankings

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Week 8 Tight Ends


Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at STL Questionable (hip)
2 Antonio Gates at CLE -
3 Tony Gonzalez at PHI -
4 Heath Miller vs. WAS -
5 Jimmy Graham at DEN Questionable (ankle)
6 Jason Witten vs. NYG -
7 Vernon Davis at ARZ -
8 Martellus Bennett at DAL -
9 Kyle Rudolph vs. TB -
10 Jacob Tamme vs. NO Probable (hip)
11 Brent Celek vs. ATL -
12 Greg Olsen at CHI -
13 Brandon Pettigrew vs. SEA Probable (knee)
14 Dustin Keller vs. MIA Probable (hamstring)
15 Jermichael Finley vs. JAC Probable (shoulder)
16 Jared Cook vs. IND -
17 Joel Dreessen vs. NO -
18 David Thomas at DEN -
19 Coby Fleener at TEN -
20 Lance Kendricks vs. NE -
21 Anthony Fasano at NYJ -
22 Brandon Myers at KC -
23 Logan Paulsen at PIT -
24 Dallas Clark at MIN -
25 Marcedes Lewis at GB -

TE Notes: Coach Joe Vitt said Jimmy Graham (ankle) looked “very, very good” in a limited practice, but added a couple of qualifications to leave his status just enough in question. We still suspect Graham will get the green light against a Broncos defense allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. … Heath Miller’s 13 red-zone targets are four more than the next closest tight end. As a legit All-Pro candidate, Miller is on pace to shatter his previous career-highs in targets, receptions, and touchdowns.

Vernon Davis ran the most pass routes of any player on the team last week, but saw zero targets. Defenses are keying on him as the one 49ers weapon that can hurt them after the catch. Expect the 49ers to counter this week, though Davis remains a dice roll for fantasy owners. … Finally back to full health, Martellus Bennett was back to running seam and vertical routes in Week 7. … Rudolph was the Vikings’ second-most targeted player in Week 7 and had a 19-yard catch nullified by penalty. His numbers were down simply because Christian Ponder couldn’t top 60 yards. … Tamme gets a bump due to the shootout potential with the Saints.

Dustin Keller is once again the Jets’ top red-zone weapon now that he’s back to full healthy. … After snap-counts up around 90 percent early on, Jared Cook is back down to the 40-60 percent range. … Jermichael Finley’s targets have been trending down every week since a season-high 11 in the opener. With Randall Cobb and James Jones breaking out, Finley’s production is in the tank. He expects to have his route tree limited by a shoulder injury again this week.

In an odd twist, converted receiver Niles Paul actually stayed in to block last week while Logan Paulsen did the route running. Chris Cooley isn’t a Week 8 fantasy option just days after re-signing. Don’t get your hopes up on Cooley as a Fred Davis replacement. The veteran “clearly had lost a step” before the Redskins cut him in September. … Dallas Clark’s Week 7 numbers were artificially inflated by no-huddle/comeback mode late in the fourth quarter. That will likely go down as his most productive game of the season.


Sunday Update: Jimmy Graham down slightly, David Thomas on. It's a risky strategy, but if possible I'd wait for Graham news and try to plug in Thomas if he doesn't go. If Broncos TE Joel Dreessen is available in your league, that gives you another insurance plan for the Sunday night shootout in case Graham can't go.

Week 8 Defense/Special Teams


Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
2 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. CAR -
3 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
4 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
5 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at DET -
6 Patriots Def/Spec Team at STL -
7 Giants Def/Spec Team at DAL -
8 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
9 Raiders Def/Spec Team at KC -
10 Falcons Def/Spec Team at PHI -
11 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
12 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
13 Jets Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
14 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
15 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at NYJ -
16 Chargers Def/Spec Team at CLE -
17 Redskins Def/Spec Team at PIT -
18 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
19 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. NE -
20 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
21 Colts Def/Spec Team at TEN -
22 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
23 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. NYG -
24 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at MIN -
25 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
26 Panthers Def/Spec Team at CHI -
27 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at GB -
28 Saints Def/Spec Team at DEN -

Week 8 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski at STL -
2 Matt Prater vs. NO -
3 Sebastian Janikowski at KC -
4 David Akers at ARZ -
5 Robbie Gould vs. CAR -
6 Matt Bryant at PHI -
7 Lawrence Tynes at DAL -
8 Alex Henery vs. ATL -
9 Garrett Hartley at DEN -
10 Mason Crosby vs. JAC -
11 Greg Zuerlein vs. NE -
12 Adam Vinatieri at TEN -
13 Blair Walsh vs. TB -
14 Jason Hanson vs. SEA -
15 Nick Novak at CLE -
16 Connor Barth at MIN -
17 Dan Bailey vs. NYG -
18 Shaun Suisham vs. WAS -
19 Rob Bironas vs. IND -
20 Steven Hauschka at DET -
21 Kai Forbath at PIT -
22 Nick Folk vs. MIA -
23 Phil Dawson vs. SD -
24 Dan Carpenter at NYJ -
25 Ryan Succop vs. OAK -
26 Jay Feely vs. SF -
27 Justin Medlock at CHI -
28 Josh Scobee at GB -

Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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