Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 9: Kickers - See why Michael Fabiano thinks Ravens' kicker Justin Tucker is a must-start in Week 9. More advice on which kickers to start and sit right here.
Wolfpacker Steven Hauschka hit field goals of 58 and 29 yards in Seattle's win at Carolina. http://t.co/ugUnQGzQNd - None
Game at a glance: Seahawks 13, Panthers 9 - Another trip to Carolina, another hard-fought, defense-dominated victory for the Seahawks. This time it was a four-pointer as Russell Wilson directed a nine-play, 80-yard drive to the game only TD with 47 seconds to play.
6 big moments from Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers - The Seahawks pulled out a 13-9 win in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, with a touchdown in the final minute of what had until then been a battle of field goals.
Steven Hauschka makes 58-yard field goal to tie Seahawks record - Steven Hauschka nailed a 58-yarder that was not only a career best but also tied a Seattle franchise record set on Oct. 5, 2003 by Josh Brown at Green Bay.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers: Final Report-Card Grades for Seattle - Steven Hauschka nailed a 58-yard field goal to give Seattle their first points of the game, making it 6-3. In such a tight game, the points were huge. Hauschka chipped through a 29-yard field goal later in the game. Jon Ryan started with a terrible 25-yard punt but would finish the day with a 40-yard average.
Carolina had a 49-yard kick return from Brenton Bersin (aka Sunshine), showing the coverage units still are a bit out of tune, but didn't allow anything from punt returners. The special teams unit also missed out on a turnover opportunity when Bersin muffed an early punt, but Carolina recovered.
B/R - Seattle Seahawks
@jaydojseahawks he's a stud! Haha but @shauschka is a fake account - None
What Happened: Seahawks 13, Panthers 9 - The Seahawks used a fourth quarter touchdown from Russell Wilson to Luke Willson to earn a 13-9 road win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 8, upping their record to 4-3 on the season.
RT @Seahawks: HAUSCHMONEY! Game is tied 6-6 with Steven Hauschka's 29-yarder. #SEAvsCAR - None
HAUSCHMONEY! Game is tied 6-6 with Steven Hauschka's 29-yarder. #SEAvsCAR - None
Seahawks stopped again in the red zone - Hauschka ties the game at 6. Russell Wilson is unrecognizable. - None
Steven Hauschka’s 58-yd FG is the longest ever against the #Panthers. - None
The Seahawks’ Steven Hauschka just drilled a 58-yard field goal like it was nothing. The Lions call that being a showoff. - None
Wolfpacker Steven Hauschka just drilled a 58-yard field goal for the Seahawks against Carolina. http://t.co/JSuVE4XcKn - None
#HAUSCHMONEY!!! Nails it from 58 yards out. A career long for Steve Hauschka it ties Josh Brown team record. Panthers lead 6-3. #SEAvsCAR - None
RT @Panthers: A very impressive 58-yard field goal for Steven Hauschka and Seattle makes it 6-3 with 11:00 left in the second quarter. #SEA… - None
A very impressive 58-yard field goal for Steven Hauschka and Seattle makes it 6-3 with 11:00 left in the second quarter. #SEAvsCAR - None
Steven Hauschka's 58-yard FG ties Seahawks record - Steven Hauschka nailed a 58-yard field goal early in the second quarter to not only get the Seahawks on the board, but also tie a Seahawks record for longest field goal. Hauschka tied Josh Brown, who hit a 58-yarder at Green Bay on Oct. 5, 2003.
Fantasy Football Week 8: Updated Rankings for Sunday's Action - Believe it or not, most fantasy football leagues will already be halfway done after the weekend.
And that's just for the lucky managers who make it to the fantasy championships, which usually occur during Week 16. The chances to chalk up wins before the playoffs are dwindling, and Week 8 presents October's last opportunity to wrestle away a victory.
These rankings are missing plenty of key players, as the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers already performed on Thursday night. That leaves several managers with one or two less decisions to make for the weekend, while others are now staring at an early deficit.
Let's dive into the remaining slate to provide position-by-position fantasy football rankings for Week 8.
Since Peyton Manning took the Thursday night shift this week, everyone gets a crack at the top quarterback ranking he often monopolizes throughout the season. Even if these rankings were released on Wednesday, however, Aaron Rodgers would reign supreme as Week 8's No. 1 quarterback.
The New Orleans Saints rank No. 28 with 270.5 passing yards allowed per contest. They just relinquished 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Matthew Stafford sans Calvin Johnson, and Rodgers shares no such shortage of top wideouts. Jordy Nelson leads the NFC with 47 receptions while Randall Cobb's eight touchdowns tops the conference.
Of course, you're starting Rodgers if you own him and cursing the fantasy gods if you're facing him. Tony Romo may not be regarded in such must-start terrain, but he should be.
The criminally underrated signal-caller has registered a 69.2 completion percentage, which tops the NFL. Since his three-interception season debut against the San Francisco 49ers, Romo has tossed 13 scores to just three picks, averaging 278.8 passing yards in his past four games.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, only Manning has a higher active streak of consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass:
Monday night's matchup is also ripe for picking, as Washington is tied with the New York Jets for most fantasy points surrendered to quarterbacks in ESPN leagues. They haven't exactly faced a murderer's row of passers either, having played Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chad Henne and Charlie Whitehurst.
QB sleeper: Kyle Orton, Buffalo Bills (at New York Jets)
Attention fantasy gamers: Jerick McKinnon demands your attention.
Shaking free from Matt Asiata's shadow, the 22-year-old has generated 381 total yards through his past four games. He's done so at an efficient rate, averaging 5.5 yards per carry compared to Asiata's 3.7 over the same stretch.
McKinnon is the superior Minnesota Vikings rusher, and it's not particularly close. According to The Associated Press' Dave Campbell, he has the full support of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
"Whenever the ball is in his hand, he's going to make a play. The first guy doesn't usually bring him down in the open field," Bridgewater said. "He's a guy who's very exciting to watch and very exciting to be in the backfield with. He's going to do some great things for this team."
Campbell also noted that McKinnon ranks third with 2.6 yards per carry after contact with 6.8 yards per run up the middle. Both are phenomenal signs from a 5"9" back cast as a speedster, so Minnesota has no excuse to keep using the bigger Asiata in goal-line work.
He should continue to pry away most of Minnesota's touches, and fantasy owners will hope that transition develops this weekend. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rank No. 25 in rushing defense, and McKinnon could pull double duty as a pass-catcher against the NFL's worst passing defense. Start the newcomer with confidence.
RB Sleeper: Travaris Cadet, New Orleans Saints (vs. Green Bay Packers)
All Sammy Watkins needed was a quarterback change to springboard from fringe flex play to top-10 wideout given the right matchup.
Take at look at what the rookie has accomplished in three games with Kyle Orton under center and consider that the New England Patriots employ Darrelle Revis at cornerback:
Just like that, Watkins is now pushing for 1,000 receiving yards during his rookie campaign. While EJ Manuel frequently targeted the highly-touted first-round pick, the duo successfully connected on an inefficient 17 of 32 targets.
The New York Jets no longer roster Revis, and they did not locate a suitable replacement to play man coverage. It's important to note Gang Green has endured a brutal schedule where they have ran into Rodgers, Manning, Philip Rivers and Tom Brady, so maybe the secondary deserves some slack.
But Watkins is too talented to halt those struggles completely on Sunday. Going forward, treat the Buffalo Bills' electric receiver as a starting mainstay.
WR Sleeper: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (at New Orleans Saints)
The top of this list looks awfully thin with Thursday participants Julius Thomas and Antonio Gate ineligible and a hobbled Jimmy Graham playing limited snaps. That makes Greg Olsen an elite option against the Seattle Seahawks, who have already surrendered eight touchdowns to opposing tight ends.
Later on the board, Jordan Reed and Owen Daniels are both juicy options to play against vulnerable opponents. Reed gets the Dallas Cowboys, who have yielded a league-high 50 receptions to tight ends along with seven touchdowns. Daniels get the Cincinnati Bengals, whose 609 yards tops the leaderboard versus the position.
After a hamstring injury cost him a month, Reed has returned strong with 13 catches for 146 yards. Considering the 26 targets sent Niles Paul's way in his absence, Reed would probably be appraised shortly outside the top five tight ends had he remained healthy.
Health has rarely helped Owen Daniels in the past, and it's rearing its ugly head again. The 31-year-old did not attend the Baltimore Ravens' practice yesterday with a knee ailment, per the team's official Twitter account:
If he suits up, Daniels is a starting play given a strong matchup and his prominence since Dennis Pitta went down for the season. The veteran has stockpiled 205 receiving yards in the last four games, scoring a touchdown last Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Monitor his status heading into Sunday and start him if he's a go.
TE Sleeper: Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Even in the Jacksonville Jaguars' first winning effort of the season, Blake Bortles fired three interceptions and got sacked twice. Leading the way with 15 giveaways and 29 sacks, Jacksonville remains a primary source of fantasy points for its opposition.
Otherwise a fringe option, the Miami Dolphins catapult to a must-start. Yet most fantasy managers know that. If you're too late to scoop up Miami, aim for the Kansas City Chiefs, who sport the NFL's second-best passing defense despite having encountered Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.
Although the St. Louis Rams are riding high after upsetting the Seattle Seahawks, they have yielded the third-most fantasy points to opposing defenses in ESPN standard-scoring formats. They're not last year's touchdown-scoring juggernaut, but the Chiefs are a solid Week 8 play nonetheless.
D Sleeper: Baltimore Ravens (at Cincinnati Bengals)
Chandler Catanzaro has converted all 15 field-goal attempts during his inaugural season. If he makes his first try on Sunday, he'll set a new rookie record for most consecutive makes to start a career.
While he's nailed just one 50-plus yarder, he's displayed superb mid-range accuracy with five field goals between 40-49 yards.
Although the Philadelphia Eagles shut out the New York Giants before enjoying their Week 7 bye, they still possess the No. 24 overall defense. The young kicker, owned in just 17.4 percent of ESPN leagues, should get some chances to boot home a few points for his few fantasy owners.
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