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McFarland: Week 8 Fantasy Football Rankings & Tiers

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It's time to set our Week 8 fantasy football lineups and identify our favorite DFS plays and fades.

Below, you'll find tiers and rankings for every position, including analysis, implied point totals, betting spreads and more.

For adjustments after the timestamp below, check out PFF's weekly rankings and projections.

Last updated: 12 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31


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KEY:

  • SOS: PFF's Fantasy Strength of Schedule (SoS) metric provides a league-wide, season-long view of opponent matchups for each fantasy position.
  • OL Pass-Block Advantage (OL PBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (pass blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • OL Run-Block Advantage (OL RBA): offensive-line pass blocking matchup; derived from the OL/DL Matchup tool (run blocking advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the offensive line, and vice versa).
  • WR/CB Matchup Advantage (WR/CB MU): wide receiver versus cornerback matchup; derived from the WR/CB Matchup tool (matchup advantage grade — the higher the grade, the better the matchup for the receiver, and vice versa).
  • TE Matchup Advantage (TE MU): tight end versus linebackers and safeties; derived from the TE Matchup tool (matchup advantage — the higher the number, the better the matchup for the tight end, and vice versa.
  • Projections: from PFF projections tool.
  • Injuries: Q = Questionable; D = Doubtful (typically removed from ranks on Saturday); GTD = game time decision

JUMP TO A POSITION RANKING:

QB | RB | WR | TE


QUARTERBACKS

Tier Rank Player Opponent Total Spread Implied Points QB SOS OL PBA PPR Injury Status
1 QB1 Josh Allen MIA 48.5 -14.0 31.25 6.7 -3 24.0
1 QB2 Patrick Mahomes NYG 52.0 -9.5 30.75 6.0 15 23.5
1 QB3 Jalen Hurts @DET 48.0 -3.5 25.75 10.0 16 21.1
1 QB4 Kyler Murray GB 50.5 -6.5 28.50 2.8 5 22.2
1 QB5 Tom Brady @NO 48.5 -4.5 26.50 1.6 17 22.2
2 QB6 Justin Herbert NE 49.5 -4.0 26.75 6.5 5 21.8
2 QB7 Matthew Stafford @HST 46.5 -16.0 31.25 7.0 24 20.7
2 QB8 Joe Burrow @NYJ 43.0 -11.5 27.25 6.8 -19 19.9
3 QB9 Kirk Cousins DAL 51.5 -3.0 27.25 7.3 -8 18.5
3 QB10 Matt Ryan CAR 46.5 -3.0 24.75 5.3 -32 19.9
3 QB11 Aaron Rodgers @ARZ 50.5 6.5 22.00 1.2 -49 19.7
3 QB12 Daniel Jones @KC 52.0 9.5 21.25 5.0 -33 17.3
4 QB13 Ryan Tannehill @IND 51.0 2.5 24.25 4.1 -4 20.3
4 QB14 Tua Tagovailoa @BUF 48.5 14.0 17.25 2.6 -29 15.0
4 QB15 Sam Darnold @ATL 46.5 3.0 21.75 5.1 1 17.1
4 QB16 Carson Wentz TEN 51.0 -2.5 26.75 5.2 3 17.4
4 QB17 Mac Jones @LAC 49.5 4.0 22.75 4.1 2 17.4
4 QB18 Teddy Bridgewater WAS 44.5 -3.0 23.75 6.7 -31 17.3
4 QB19 Trevor Lawrence @SEA 44.5 3.5 20.50 5.0 22 15.9
5 QB20 Dak Prescott @MIN 51.5 3.0 24.25 0.3 -2 20.9 Q
5 QB21 Taylor Heinicke @DEN 44.5 3.0 20.75 4.7 18 15.9
5 QB22 Jameis Winston TB 48.5 4.5 22.00 2.0 -13 15.8
5 QB23 Jared Goff PHI 48.0 3.5 22.25 5.0 -40 14.3
5 QB24 Ben Roethlisberger @CLV 42.0 4.0 19.00 0.0 -12 12.6
5 QB25 Justin Fields SF 39.5 4.0 17.75 2.3 -27 14.3
5 QB26 Geno Smith JAX 44.5 -3.5 24.00 8.4 1 16.6
5 QB27 Davis Mills LA 46.5 16.0 15.25 2.2 -43 14.1
5 QB28 Cooper Rush @MIN 51.5 3.0 24.25 0.3 -2 0.4
6 QB29 Jimmy Garoppolo @CHI 39.5 -4.0 21.75 5.9 -22 11.9
6 QB30 Baker Mayfield PIT 42.0 -4.0 23.00 3.6 -40 13.5
6 QB31 Mike White CIN 43.0 11.5 15.75 3.4 7 10.7

Removed from list: N/A

Tier 1 – Jalen Hurts leads all quarterbacks in designed rush attempts (27%) and ranks third in scramble rate (10%). He hasn't finished outside of the top 12 quarterbacks this season. He pulls the magical Detroit matchup in Week 8, giving him the No. 1 QB SOS on the slate.

Tier 2 – The Bengals' passing game is starting to pump up the volume, and Joe Burrow‘s stock is climbing. He has two top-eight finishes in the past two games, including a No. 2 finish last week thanks to 416 passing yards and three touchdowns. He may not need to throw much as a 10-point favorite, but the Bengals carry the eighth-best implied points and a top-five QB SOS. Burrow has the lowest rostership projection of my top-five quarterbacks on the main slate at DraftKings.

Tier 3 – Kirk Cousins has three top-six finishes this season and lands in a potential shootout versus Dallas in Week 8. This game provides the highest game total, the fourth-most implied points and the third-best QB SOS.

Tier 3 – Matt Ryan and the Falcons' passing attack is catching fire with heavy use of play-action and vertical throws. Ryan's aDOT has jumped from 4.9  yards over his first three games to 10.6 yards over his past three, and his adjusted completion percentage is also up.

In addition, the breakouts of Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts to go with Calvin Ridley provides Ryan with three quality targets who can create problems for any defense. He has three top-12 finishes over the past three games. Ryan carries a sub-5% rostership projections on DraftKings.

Tier 3 – Aaron Rodgers ranks behind Cousins and Ryan due to lack of weaponry. Allen Lazard and Davante Adams (likely) will sit out Thursday night. He could get Marquez Valdes-Scantling back (hamstring), but the wideout may not be 100%. Rodgers will likely have to lean heavily on Aaron Jones, Robert Tonyan and Randall Cobb.

Tier 5 – Dak Prescott is a game-time decision and sounds more doubtful than questionable. Avoid Prescott this week unless you can pivot to Kirk Cousins or Daniel Jones on Sunday/Monday night. Cooper Rush becomes a Tier 5 option who could surprise, given Dallas' ability to run the ball and the surrounding weapons.

Tier 6 – Baker Mayfield will play and doesn't have an injury designation heading into the game but carries re-injury risk.

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