Week 8 Rankings (2013): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Injuries to quarterbacks really started to accumulate in Week 7, with Sam Bradford, Jay Cutler and Nick Foles are going down.  Cutler is on his bye this week, but the loss of Bradford and Foles is going to be felt.  Throw in six teams being on bye and things are going to look different then we are all accustomed to.  Let’s take a look at how things shake out for the coming week:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Washington
  2. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Denver
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Buffalo
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  5. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Detroit
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Dallas
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
  8. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
  10. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  12. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  13. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New York Jets
  14. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Jacksonville
  15. Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  16. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  17. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
  18. Geno Smith – New York Jets – at Cincinnati
  19. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Francisco
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  21. Josh Freeman – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  22. Thaddeus Lewis – Buffalo Bills – at New Orleans
  23. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
  24. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Cleveland
  25. Bradon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – at Kansas City

Thoughts:

  • The injuries continue to pile up for the Packers, but it doesn’t appear like it’s going to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the offense.  With a favorable matchup against the Vikings, who he threw for at least 274 yards in all three of their games in 2013, there’s no reason to downgrade him.  He’s a Top 5 option for the coming week.
  • Robert Griffin III appears to be back, throwing for 298 yards in Week 7 while adding 84 yards on the ground.  It comes a week after he rushed for 77 yards, so there’s no longer the concern that he’s not going to run the football.  He hasn’t found the end zone yet, but it’s only a matter of time.  With a shootout against the Broncos on deck and having led the offense to 45 points in Week 7, Griffin can safely return to being a Top 3 option.
  • It hasn’t been a great season for Eli Manning, but the Eagles passing defense is poor, the Giants rushing attack is banged up and the Giants continue to throw the football.  With the bye weeks really taking effect, Manning is looking like a viable QB1 this week.
  • Rob Gronkowski is back, and that should mean better days are ahead for Tom Brady.  It keeps him as a viable option, though he has just 1 TD over the past three weeks.  Did anyone really see things getting that bad, even with the injuries?  It’s hard to bench him, but fantasy owners need to consider their alternatives.
  • With Nick Foles looking like he’s battling a concussion, there’s a good chance Michael Vick returns to the starting lineup.  While he still may be banged up, the matchup with the Giants should be a favorable one.
  • The Steelers passing defense have allowed five passing touchdowns this season.  While Terrelle Pryor’s ability with his legs keeps him a top-end QB2, he’s not more than that.

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

Week 8 Rankings (2013): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 7 Rankings (2013) - Top 15 Kickers

9 comments

  1. Tyler says:

    You’re not concerned that Seattle facing one of the worst run D’s in the league will take the ball out of Wilson’s hands and feed the rock to Lynch all day? Would that not deflate his value considerably?

    • Obviously the offense is going to run through Lynch, but it’s not unlikely that Wilson breaks a few runs of his own. The Cardinals are also towards the top of the league in passing TD allowed (13), so there’s plenty of reasons to still like him this week.

  2. Paul says:

    I have both Brees and RG3 on my roster, according tp your ranking I should start RG3? I just don’t know if I can bench Brees against the Bills, coud you?

  3. Dave says:

    Mike Vick is killing me with all the injuries, but his upside is too much to drop. With that said, I am probably going to need a second qb for week 9. I have Pryor and Kaepernick, but Kaep is on a bye next week. Who is a good pick up, since I am in a 2 QB league. Thinking about Campbell or Flacco as they are both currently available. Or do you have another recommendation?

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