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Weekly rankings: A good RB remains hard to find


Apologies to everybody for not having Peyton Hillis ranked higher than Adrian Peterson this week. How could we not see that coming? Actually, was Hillis even on the New York Giants roster when we published the "too soon" rankings last Tuesday?

If you're still talking to us after last week, thank you. Here's a first look at the rankings for Week 8. Of course, be sure to check back during the week because I change my mind a lot.


1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees
3. Aaron Rodgers
4. Robert Griffin III
5. Tony Romo
6. Matthew Stafford
7. Cam Newton
8. Tom Brady
9. Matt Ryan
10. Colin Kaepernick
11. Russell Wilson
12. Terrelle Pryor
13. Michael Vick
14. Andy Dalton
15. Ryan Tannehill
16. Eli Manning
17. Ben Roethlisberger
18. Josh Freeman
19. Carson Palmer
20. Alex Smith
21. Geno Smith
22. Mike Glennon
23. Brandon Weeden
24. Thad Lewis

* Let's not let another big-game loss for Peyton Manning override the fact that he had another stellar fantasy performance.

* Tom Brady has 13 total touchdowns in his last six home games against the Dolphins. He hasn't thrown an interception in his last three home games against the Dolphins.

* RGIII has 155 rushing yards in his last two games. Remember, it took some time for Adrian Peterson to get back last year, too. All of you waiting for him to truly find himself, well, he's done it.

* Cam Newton has 10 total touchdowns in four career meetings against the Buccaneers.

* Eli Manning has at least two touchdown passes in three consecutive road games against the Eagles.

Running backs

1. Jamaal Charles
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Knowshon Moreno
4. Adrian Peterson
5. Marshawn Lynch
6. Eddie Lacy
7. Reggie Bush
8. Le'Veon Bell
9. Fred Jackson
10. Alfred Morris
11. Frank Gore
12. Darren McFadden
13. Giovani Bernard
14. Stevan Ridley
15. Jacquizz Rodgers
16. Maurice Jones-Drew
17. Zac Stacy
18. Rashard Mendenhall
19. Darren Sproles
20. DeAngelo Williams
21. Joseph Randle
22. Lamar Miller
23. Chris Ivory
24. Pierre Thomas
25. Mike James
26. C.J. Spiller
27. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
28. Roy Helu
29. Montee Ball
30. Brandon Jacobs

* Hard to find a more reliable running back than Jamaal Charles.

* The Giants have done a good job against LeSean McCoy, as they've held him to one touchdown in his last four meetings. But this Giants team is special. And not in a good way.

* We are upset with C.J. Spiller, but Lamar Miller has inched closer to the abyss of fantasy football.

* DeAngelo Williams could fall in the rankings if Jonathan Stewart ends up playing this week.

Wide receivers

1. Calvin Johnson
2. Dez Bryant
3. A.J. Green
4. Jordy Nelson
5. Eric Decker
6. Victor Cruz
7. Demaryius Thomas
8. DeSean Jackson
9. Wes Welker
10. Larry Fitzgerald
11. Vincent Jackson
12. Justin Blackmon
13. Percy Harvin
14. Pierre Garcon
15. Antonio Brown
16. Josh Gordon
17. Harry Douglas
18. Terrance Williams
19. Jarrett Boykin
20. Steve Smith
21. Cecil Shorts
22. Marques Colston
23. Hakeem Nicks
24. Brandon LaFell
25. Anquan Boldin
26. Greg Jennings
27. Mike Wallace
28. Michael Floyd
29. Kenny Stills
30. Emmanuel Sanders

* The Vikings have locked up Jordy Nelson in nine career meetings, but he breaks free against them this week.

* DeSean Jackson has recorded at least 85 receiving yards in three consecutive games against the Giants. And he's had a touchdown in back-to-back games against New York.

* Victor Cruz has had at least 100 receiving yards in two career road meetings with the Eagles.

* Larry Fitzgerald is one of the most targeted receivers in the league. A good matchup makes him a great play this week.

Tight end

1. Jimmy Graham
2. Vernon Davis
3. Rob Gronkowski
4. Jordan Cameron
5. Julius Thomas
6. Jason Witten
7. Tony Gonzalez
8. Kyle Rudolph
9. Tyler Eifert
10. Greg Olsen
11. Jordan Reed
12. Heath Miller
13. Charles Clay
14. Jeff Cumberland
15. Jermaine Gresham
16. Brent Celek
17. Timothy Wright
18. Brandon Pettigrew
19. Scott Chandler
20. Zach Miller

* Welcome back to the league, Rob Gronkowski.

* This matchup against the Jaguars just screams of a huge game for Vernon Davis.


1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Stephen Gostkowski
3. Matt Prater
4. Dan Bailey
5. Steven Hauschka
6. Alex Henery
7. Mason Crosby
8. Blair Walsh
9. Garrett Hartley
10. Kai Forbath
11. David Akers
12. Phil Dawson
13. Matt Bryant
14. Nick Folk
15. Jay Feely
16. Caleb Sturgis
17. Ryan Succop
18. Dan Carpenter
19. Mike Nugent
20. Josh Scobee

* It's going to take me about half a day to add Seabass to all of my fantasy teams this week. I hate the Raiders' bye week.


1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Cincinnati Bengals
4. Seattle Seahawks
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Carolina Panthers
7. New Orleans Saints
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Denver Broncos
11. Philadelphia Eagles
12. Cleveland Browns
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. New York Jets
15. Miami Dolphins
16. New England Patriots
17. New York Giants
18. St. Louis Rams
19. Oakland Raiders
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

* A lot of people added the Carolina Panthers last week. The most available team for you this week will be the New Orleans Saints defense.

Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!