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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 8

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Robert Griffin III has amped up his rushing game over the last two weeks, and will continue vs. Denver.

Taking over the projections this year has made me more aware of streaks in the NFL. There is one active streak that I feel has gone underreported this season.

Jamaal Charles is probably running third in the informal MVP race behind Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Charles has totaled at least 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in every game this season. That's the sort of consistency that fantasy owners prize above all else.

Will Charles keep the streak going this week? And what new streaks might begin on Sunday? Let's find out with the Week 8 Projections.

Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football early week 8 advice, risers and sliders, waiver wire, weekly roundtable, bold strategies, player rankings and start 'em or sit 'em.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 8

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS404
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Manning started slow against the Colts last week, but finished with 386 yards and three touchdowns. Washington has allowed quarterbacks to earn 24 fantasy points per game this year, and Manning will surpass that with ease.

    1. 2
    2. Robert Griffin III
    3. Robert
      Griffin III
      QB
    4. PASS YDS346
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT1
    7. RUSH YDS64
    8. RUSH TD0

    Griffin finally looked like himself last week, throwing for 298 yards and two scores while running for 84 yards on 11 carries. He's in for another monster day.

    1. 3
    2. Drew Brees
    3. Drew
      Brees
      QB
    4. PASS YDS338
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    The Bills have allowed the eighth most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Brees will take advantage.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS78
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS62
    7. REC TD1

    Charles has gone over 100 total yards and scored at least once every single week this year. The streak will continue against the Browns.

    1. 2
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS124
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS15
    7. REC TD0

    The Rams allow the third most fantasy points per game to running backs. Get ready for a huge day out of Beast Mode.

    1. 3
    2. LeSean McCoy
    3. LeSean
      McCoy
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS83
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS52
    7. REC TD1

    McCoy was shut down by the Cowboys last week, but the Giants should prove a nice remedy.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Demaryius Thomas
    3. Demaryius
      Thomas
      WR
    4. REC YDS122
    5. REC TD2

    Thomas should go off against a Washington defense that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to receivers.

    1. 2
    2. Pierre Garcon
    3. Pierre
      Garcon
      WR
    4. REC YDS115
    5. REC TD2

    The Broncos allow the third-most fantasy points per game to receivers. Garcon is going to have a monster day.

    1. 3
    2. Jordy Nelson
    3. Jordy
      Nelson
      WR
    4. REC YDS114
    5. REC TD2

    Nelson should see a ton of targets and have a huge game against a Minnesota defense that allows the ninth most fantasy points per game to receivers.

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Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Rob Gronkowski
    3. Rob
      Gronkowski
      TE
    4. REC YDS104
    5. REC TD2

    Gronkowski finally made his 2013 debut, catching eight passes for 114 yards. You want him in your lineup every single week.

    1. 2
    2. Vernon Davis
    3. Vernon
      Davis
      TE
    4. REC YDS86
    5. REC TD1

    Davis caught four of his eight targets for 62 yards last week. The Jaguars have surrendered the sixth most fantasy points per game to tight ends.

    1. 3
    2. Tony Gonzalez
    3. Tony
      Gonzalez
      TE
    4. REC YDS86
    5. REC TD1

    Gonzalez got just four targets a week ago, a shock given that Julio Jones and Roddy White were out. After Harry Douglas' big day, defenses might have to allow Gonzalez a bit more freedom to operate.

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Kickers

    1. 1
    2. Garrett Hartley
    3. Garrett
      Hartley
      K
    4. PAT4
    5. FG3

    With the Saints likely to light up the scoreboard on Sunday, Hartley should have plenty of opportunity to score.

    1. 2
    2. David Akers
    3. David
      Akers
      K
    4. PAT3
    5. FG3

    Akers went 1-for-2 on field goal attempts last week. It was his third miss of the season.

    1. 3
    2. Mike Nugent
    3. Mike
      Nugent
      K
    4. PAT3
    5. FG3

    Nugent made two of his three field goal attempts last week, one from 48 yards and another from 54. Indoor kicking is a beautiful thing.

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Defenses

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