Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just when you think you have all of the answers the NFL seems to change the questions.  It’s time to write Tom Brady off, right?  Obviously those who took that stance have been proven completely wrong.  How about Russell Wilson?  Would anyone have expected him to be a Top 5 option at any point in 2014, especially in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers?  That’s exactly where he is, though.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how all of the quarterbacks shake out for the coming week:

 

  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Pittsburgh
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at New Orleans
  3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Green Bay
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Chicago
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  10. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
  11. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Atlanta
  12. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  13. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Jacksonville
  14. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at New England
  16. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Detroit
  17. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Indianapolis
  18. Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  19. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. St. Louis
  20. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  21. Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – at Kansas City
  22. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  23. Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
  24. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
  25. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Minnesota

Thoughts:

  • Can anyone slow down Andrew Luck?  He’s thrown for at least 312 yards in six of seven games this season, including 344+ in five of them.  He’s also thrown multiple touchdowns in six games, with 3+ four times.  While Pittsburgh may be a “tougher” matchup, it really doesn’t matter.  He’s the elite in the game at this point.
  • Remember when Carolina was one of the best defenses in the league?  At this point forget it, as they continue to be beaten up on a weekly basis (this past week it was Aaron Rodgers who threw three touchdowns against them).  Russell Wilson, meanwhile, is coming off one of the most impressive performances we’ve seen as he threw for 312 yards and 2 TD while also rushing for 106 yards and 1 TD.  It was his third consecutive game with a rushing TD and he has thrown 2 TD in five of six games.  Given the way he’s been playing and the matchup, he’s an easy QB to love.
  • Tony Romo is coming off a 3 TD performance, his fifth straight multi-TD game (250+ yards in four straight).  With the Redskins having allowed 15 TD already this season, he should be in store for another impressive performance.
  • Carson Palmer is clearly still rounding into form after missing four weeks (three games), but he’s thrown for 503 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT over the past two weeks.  With the Eagles yielding 13 TD in six games (even with a shutout of the Giants) and just 3 INT, he should be viewed as a viable low-end QB1 for the coming week.
  • Will Calvin Johnson be back for Week 8?  Even if he’s not Matthew Stafford has proven he can get the job done with Golden Tate and he is going to have a favorable matchup.  Don’t overlook him.
  • While Cam Newton isn’t coming off the best game, the Seahawks have been struggling and have been beaten up by opposing tight ends (making the presence of Greg Olsen a major advantage for Newton).  While he’s borderline QB1, it’s a bit tough to trust him given his inconsistencies this season.
  • There appears to be issues brewing in Chicago and Jay Cutler draws a Patriots’ defense that is extremely tough against the pass.  While it’s hard to say he isn’t a viable option, he also is tough to trust heading into this week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 8 rankings:

 

Week 8 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers
Week 7 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Defenses

34 comments

  1. romo says:

    Hey Roto! I’m currently 7-0 and wanna keep an undefeated record! I need 2 wr: Benjamin, white, patterson, cooks and Fitzgerald (although I might drop him for Miami def) my other starter is d Thomas.
    I need 2 rb. McKinnon, l bell, and Lamar Miller. Thanks for ur help! You’ve helped me get this far!

    • Let’s see if we can keep this rolling!

      RB – Lamar Miller vs. Jacksonville is the easy start. I’d go with Le’Veon Bell as the second option, given the passing/receiving threat he brings.

      WR – Benjamin has a tough matchup, but it’s not like most of your guys have a great matchup so I’d go him. I want to say Patterson for #3, but 32 total receiving yards over the past 3 weeks?!?! Just hard to trust him, so I’d lean White.

  2. Nick says:

    Flex Question… McKinnon or T.Y Hilton this week?

  3. Drew says:

    Hey roto trade question that has nothing to do with qb… I’m dying at tight end with whitten in a 14 team ppr. Would u trade McKinnon for kelce. I have Charles , leveon bell , Jeremy hill and andre Williams. I think I can come back at him w whitten and mckinnen for doug marten and kelce. He said he may do it so I’m not banking on it. What do u think

  4. Nick – Hilton, especially if Wayne misses the game (though it is close)

    Drew – Do you play a FLEX? Regardless, McKinnon is your #3 right now so it’s tough to endorse dealing him. I def. wouldn’t move Charles. Are there any other options out there?

    • Drew says:

      I turned them both down. Now he offered gronk and djax for cobb and witten. I play two wr 2 rb 1 te and 1 flex. At wr I have cobb, garcon, colston and Kendall wright. I think this is def best deal. Witten been killing me all year

      • I’m not a big D-Jax fan, but it’s not a terrible deal. You’d just be depending on Washington heavily with Garcon/Jackson. Any way to flip one of them?

        • Drew says:

          That’s what I’m going to try and do. I just think the upgrade at tight end is huge. I’m hoping one or both of them have a huge game and I can sell.

  5. steve L. says:

    Should I offer Garcon for Gronk? Too cheeky?

  6. Steve says:

    Who should I use my number 1 waiver priority on…denard Robinson, Bryce brown, or Anthony Dixon?? In desperate need of a backup running back as forte and bell have bye weeks coming up

  7. Steve L – Sure, but don’t think there’s a chance it works

    Steve – I’d go Robinson #1, Brown #2

  8. Kermit says:

    Matt Ryan is in a slump – Do I drop him now and try to grab Tannehill off the wire or sit tight? R. Wilson is my backup QB moved him into active QB week 7 (cha-ching!) I could afford to hang on to Matty Ice until he shows up again, but the age old FF question mid-season is: “Will he?”. With White and Jones healthy, “maybe I should just be patient” (said the owner playing in the “Toilet Bowl” – yeah this league has one). Thanks.

    • I wouldn’t drop Ryan, especially since you have a starter you can trust. Things should turn around and his upside is obviously greater than Tannehill’s

      • Kermit says:

        Thanks Prof. – I’m thinking London will not be kind to Ryan. His completion to interception ratio is bad on the road. I hate stats, but that’s what they are. Your advice is greatly appreciated and helping a ton!

  9. Andrew h says:

    Hey roto got Matty ice. Would u drop andre Williams and pick up tanahil for this week.

    • It’s tough to drop Williams, but Jennings is likely going to return coming out of the bye. Is there anyone else you can drop?

      I’d def. prefer Tannehill for this week, though

      • Andrew h says:

        I have Cecil shorts Kendall wright Bryce brown and djax on my bench. I think I will survive w Ryan but he does have his bye soon n e ways so I’m considering picking up tanahil for then n e ways..

  10. Jon says:

    Hey Roto, Romo or Rivers this week? Also thinking of trading one of them for WR help, who would you keep rest of season?

  11. Billy Bats says:

    Hey roto matthew stafford or carson Palmer this week? Thanks again

  12. Jud Sawyer says:

    Foles or Palmer …I’ve gone back and forth so much on this….thanks for your input.

    • I’d be going back and forth too, but I’d lean Palmer. He has a potentially great matchup and a bit of a higher upside (I could see McCoy playing a bigger role as they try to get him going)

  13. Jc says:

    I have romo starting n Brady is on the fa pool, shall I drop Seattle defence to pick him up n start him?
    Will Seattle def be better in the coming weeks? I would need to be streaming if I drop Seattle def.

  14. Ben says:

    Roto Professor- I only have 3 bench stops and currently have both Carson Palmer and Matt Ryan on my roster. I have to drop 1 qb going forward to pickup RB/WR so should I drop Matt Ryan and go with Palmer? Palmer’s looking really good

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