Week 8 Fantasy Football Projections: Stat Predictions for Top 100 Players

With another chapter of the 2013 fantasy football season in the books, it’s time to check out some early stat projections for the top 100 players in Week 8.

Since six teams are on a bye week, fantasy football general managers everywhere will have to reach into their bag of tricks and pull out one heck of a lineup in order to secure a win.

So what are you waiting for? Start the slideshow below and check out stat projections for the top 100 fantasy football players in Week 8.

*All stats and fantasy football scoring information courtesy of ESPN.com unless noted otherwise.

*All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus (subscription required) unless noted otherwise.

Quarterback

Rank Player, Team Opp.   Passing Yards Passing TDs Interceptions Rushing Yards
1 Peyton Manning, DEN WAS   360 4 0 0
2 Aaron Rodgers, GB MIN   318 3 0 25
3 Drew Brees, NO BUF   338 3 1 4
4 Matthew Stafford, DET DAL   310 3 0 12
5 Tony Romo, DAL DET   325 3 1 3
6 Robert Griffin III, WAS DEN   290 3 1 68
7 Cam Newton, CAR TB   245 2 0 52
8 Russell Wilson, SEA STL   254 2 0 47
9 Michael Vick, PHI* NYG   238 2 0 41
10 Matt Ryan, ATL ARI   282 2 0 0
11 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT OAK   280 2 0 11
12 Tom Brady, NE MIA   278 0 8
13 Eli Manning, NYG PHI   271 2 0
14 Colin Kaepernick, SF JAX   240 1 0 58
15 Andy Dalton, CIN NYJ   280 2 2 4

Coming off a fantastic performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 7, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has another outstanding matchup. If you have him, start him with confidence against the St. Louis Rams and their 17th-ranked pass defense.

Even without star wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons standout Matt Ryan threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns. Thanks to his poise in the pocket and uncanny ability to read a defense, Ryan should continue to put up points for fantasy owners in Week 8.

Running Back

Rank Player, Team Opp. Rush Yards Rec. Rec. Yards Total TDs
1 LeSean McCoy, PHI NYG 140 6 42 2
2 Frank Gore, SF JAX 120 1 13
3 Adrian Peterson, MIN JAX 129 2 20 1
4 Marshawn Lynch, SEA  STL 128 3 27
5 Knowshon Moreno, DEN WAS 58 4 36 2
6 Jamaal Charles, KC CLE 91 5 42 1
7 Reggie Bush, DET DAL 88 5 40 1
8 Eddie Lacy, GB MIN  86 5 39 1
9 Fred Jackson, BUF NO  67 6 60 1
10 Stevan Ridley, NE  MIA 85 2 21 1
11 Le’Veon Bell, PIT OAK 80 3 22 1
12 Joseph Randle, DAL DET 76 3 18
13 Alfred Morris, WAS DEN 72 0 1
14 Jacquizz Rodgers, ATL ARI 50 51 1
15 Darren Sproles, NO BUF  38 7 60  0
16 Pierre Thomas, NO BUF 67 3 36 0
17 Giovani Bernard, CIN NYJ 30 5 46 0
18 Lamar Miller, MIA NE 52 3 31 0
19 DeAngelo Williams, CAR TB  50 4 26 0
20 Darren McFadden, OAK PIT  48 3 27 0

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore will look to keep things rolling this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Scoring four touchdowns in his last four games, Gore should be able to add on to that total going up against the NFL‘s worst-ranked run defense.

Without wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have gotten Jacquizz Rodgers more involved in the offense. A dual-threat out of the backfield, Rodgers should get plenty of touches this week against a talented Arizona Cardinals defense.

Facing the New England Patriots’ 31st-ranked run defense should finally give Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller a chance to shine. Although the talent is there, sadly the production hasn’t followed suit. That’s why it’s hard to project Miller having a big game even against the Patriots.

Wide Receiver

Rank Player, Team Opp. Rec.  Rec. Yards Rec. TDs
1 Calvin Johnson, DET  DAL 6 136 2
2 Jordy Nelson, GB MIN 6 132 2
3 Dez Bryant, DAL DET 5 130 1
4 Demaryius Thomas, DEN WAS 5 119 1
5 Victor Cruz, NYG PHI 6 118 1
6 DeSean Jackson, PHI NYG 5 116
7 Wes Welker, DEN WAS 5 112 1
8 A.J. Green, CIN NYJ 5 106
9 Pierre Garcon, WAS DEN  6 99
10 Marques Colston, NO BUF  5 85
11 Eric Decker, DEN WAS 5 82
12 Vincent Jackson, TB CAR  80 
13 Antonio Brown, PIT OAK  7 72 
14 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI  ATL 6 71 1
15 Hakeem Nicks, NYG PHI  6 102 0
16 Jarrett Boykin, GB MIN 5 76 1
17  Justin Blackmon, JAX SF  6 100
18 Harry Douglas, ATL ARI  7 87
19  Terrance Williams, DAL SF  6 68 1
20 Percy Harvin, SEA* STL  7 82 1
21 Jeremy Kerley, NYJ CIN  8 74 1
22  Anquan Boldin, SF JAX  6 76  0
23  Cecil Shorts, JAX SF  6 72 0
24  Josh Gordon, CLE KC  5 68 0
25  Mike Wallace, MIA NE  5 67 0
26  Sidney Rice, SEA STL  4 70 0
27  Steve Smith, CAR TB  5 63 0
28  Ruben Randle, NYG PHI  5 61 0
29  Kris Durham, DET
DAL  6 54 0
30  Kenny Stills, NO BUF  4 63 0

Pro Football Focus’ 12th-best wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, is looking to get back on track after a disappointing performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7. With the potential return of starting quarterback Michael Vick, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jackson should rebound nicely against the 1-6 New York Giants.

Second-year wide receiver Jarrett Boykin played incredibly well for the Green Bay Packers in Week 7. Racking up 10 receptions for 103 yards, on film it appears that Boykin already has Aaron Rodgers’ trust. Facing a depleted Minnesota Vikings team in Week 8 should bode well for Boykin’s fantasy numbers.

As CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin could return to action in Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams. An elite playmaker by design, if Harvin is healthy, he should be able to burst back onto the fantasy scene with a vengeance this week.

Tight End

Rank Player, Team Opp. Rec. Rec. Yards. Rec TDs
1 Rob Gronkowski, NE MIA 8 126 2
2 Julius Thomas, DEN WAS 6 96 1
3 Jimmy Graham, NO* BUF 6 94 1
4 Vernon Davis, SF JAX 5 85 1
5 Jason Witten, DAL PHI 5 78 1
6 Jordan Reed, WAS DEN 5 72 1
7 Jordan Cameron, CLE  KC 6 92 0
8 Tony Gonzalez, ATL  ARI 5 68 1
9 Greg Olsen, CAR  TB  5 62 
10 Heath Miller, PIT  OAK  6 72  0
11 Tyler Eifert, CIN NYJ 4 42 1
12 Brandon Pettigrew, DET  DAL  5 60 
13 Jeff Cumberland, NYJ CIN  7 52
14 Charles Clay, MIA NE  5 50 
15 Jared Cook, STL SEA  48 

To the relief of many fantasy football owners, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made his triumphant return to football in Week 7.

Catching eight passes for 114 yards on 17 targets, it’s clear that Gronkowski is going to be the centerpiece of this New England offense. With another week of practice under his belt, look for the man they call “Gronk” to put up big numbers against the Miami Dolphins.

Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has exploded onto the fantasy scene over the last two weeks. Coming off a stellar 134-yard performance against the Chicago Bears, Reed will be looking to stay hot against the Denver Broncos’ 32nd-ranked pass defense. 

Kicker

Rank Player, Team Opp. Makes 40+ XP
1 Steven Hauschka, SEA STL 4 2 3
2 Stephen Gostkowski, NE MIA 3 2 3
3 Alex Henery, PHI NYG 3 1 4
4 Dan Carpenter, BUF  NO 3 1 2
5 Shaun Suisham, PIT OAK 2 2 3
6 Nick Folk, NYJ CIN 3 1 2
7 Matt Prater, DEN WAS 1 1
8 Dan Bailey, DAL DET 1 1 5
9 Garrett Hartley, NO BUF  4
10 Matt Bryant, ATL ARI  2

Going up against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery should get his chance to rebound in Week 8. If you own him, you’re starting him with confidence this week.

Defense

Rank Player Opp.  Points Allowed  Sacks  Turnovers
1 Seattle  STL 6 6 3
2 San Francisco  JAX 6 5 2
3 Green Bay MIN 9 4 3
4 Kansas City CLE 10 4 2
5 Carolina TB 13 3 2
6 Pittsburgh OAK 14 3 2
7 New England MIA 17 3 2
8 Atlanta ARI 14 3 1
9 New Orleans BUF 23 2
10 Cincinnati NYJ 23 2

Now that the St. Louis Rams have officially confirmed starting quarterback Sam Bradford has a torn ACL, things are about to get even worse for this franchise. Going up against an outstanding Seattle Seahawks defense, it’s hard to imagine the Rams scoring more than six points in Week 8.

If you own the Green Bay Packers defense, you’re playing it this week against the Minnesota Vikings. With a lethargic offense led by quarterback Josh Freeman, look for the Packers to rack up a ton of fantasy points in Week 8.

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