Week 8 Rankings (2019): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Injuries & Bye Weeks Create Numerous Intriguing Plug In Sleepers & More

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The hits just keep on coming…  While we could get the return of Drew Brees (though it’s more likely that the Saints take a patient approach, waiting until after their bye week), it looks like fantasy owners will be without Patrick Mahomes, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan in Week 8.  That’s a pair of Top 5 options and another viable option that you will be without, not to mention the bye weeks for Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott.  That doesn’t mean that we are void of options, but things may be a little bit tougher than usual.  Who should be used?  Who should be avoided?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Atlanta
  2. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Oakland
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Cleveland
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  5. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Washington
  6. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. New York Giants
  8. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at New Orleans
  9. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Chicago
  12. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Buffalo
  13. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Carolina
  14. Teddy Bridgewater – New Orleans Saints – vs. Arizona
  15. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – at Jacksonville
  16. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Detroit
  17. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
  18. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  19. Mason Rudolph – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Miami
  20. Gardner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New York Jets
  21. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Houston
  22. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – at New England
  23. Matt Moore – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  24. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Tennessee
  25. Joe Flacco – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis

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Thoughts:

  • The matchup against the Bengals should get us excited about the prospects of Jared Goff, but he continues to be an unspectacular option.  A week after being limited to just 78 passing yards he did throw for 268 yards and 2 TD, though with 37 pass attempts those are hardly impressive numbers.  He’s completed less than 60% of his passes in each of the past three weeks and has 7 TD vs. 7 INT overall.  He should still be viewed as a viable QB1, with the Bengals allowing the fifth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks (second most over the past two weeks), especially with the injuries creating a need.
  • While it did come against the Raiders, we finally got that breakout game from Aaron Rodgers in Week 7.  Not only did he complete 80.6% of his passes (25-for-31), but he did it with an impressive 429 yards, 5 TD and 0 INT (not to mention rushing for another touchdown).  The Kansas City Chiefs have been middle of the road overall against opposing quarterbacks, though if Rodgers is rolling he’s going to be a trustworthy option regardless of the matchup.  Given those who are missing, he’s a borderline Top 3 option this week.
  • Remember when Kirk Cousins was being viewed as a relative non-factor for fantasy owners?  Well back-to-back weeks with 4 TD throws, as well as three straight games with over 300 yards (976 yards, 10 TD and 1 INT) can easily change your perspective.  Suddenly he’s looking like a solid option once again, and taking on the Washington Redskins he’s an easy player to start this week.  Run him out there with confidence, even if Adam Thielen is forced to miss time.
  • Matthew Stafford has been good this season regardless of where he’s played, but he’s been better at home (900 yards, 9 TD and 3 INT) than on the road (851 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT).  Taking on the Giants and their questionable defense at home, fire him up as a trustworthy QB1 in all formats.
  • Who would’ve thought Ryan Tannehill would be a viable QB1 in any week?  He’s coming off a strong game against the Chargers (312 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT) and draws a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed the seventh most points per week to opposing quarterbacks (11 TD vs. 5 INT).  He’s never going to be a high level option, but with all of the issues surrounding the position he’s worth a potential roll of the dice.
  • Arizona looked like a different defense with Patrick Peterson back in the secondary, but Teddy Bridgewater has been playing well and has the offensive weapons to thrive.  He’s risky, but worth considering if you are desperate.
  • It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Daniel Jones has hit a little bit of a rocky road, as the rookie quarterback has had some bumps and is turning over the football at an alarming rate (he’s had 3 turnovers in each of the past two weeks and has a total of 7 INT and 5 lost fumbles in six games).  The Lions have 3 INT this season and also has generated much pressure (10 sacks).  The risk keeps Jones out of the QB1 discussion, but he is a QB2.
  • Even with 54 attempts and some garbage time TD, Mitchell Trubisky still hasn’t thrown for more than 251 yards in a game this season.  That helps to lower his potential upside, don’t you think?

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

17 COMMENTS

  1. 14 team, 1/2 PPR. With Dak Prescott on bye…I currently have Daniel Jones as my backup. Roll w/him or Tannehill, Winston, Rivers or Bridgewater? Could you give me a Plan A and B, just in case?

  2. Mahomes is out and Dak is on bye so my choice this week is Tannerhill or Rudolph.
    You like Tannerhill over Rudolph even with the Steelers playing Miami?

    PPR league

  3. Is it crazy to consider dropping Mayfield? I have Dak and Murray as my other QBs, and I don’t see myself starting Mayfield over either this season. I was considering dropping Mayfield for Cory Davis.

  4. Hi Professor

    you have Godwin and Mike Evans both ranked in top 11 WR’s yet Winston is bottom of the heap at QB 24

    I know Winston can be an enigma but that puzzles me (?)

    none the less – my primary QB is Ryan but his ankle worries me – I have Winston but can pick up Cousins for him

    clearly you like Cousins but concern is keeping it on ground if they jump out to big lead tonight

    so with all that whom do you trust the most to rack up the points?

    Cousins, Ryan / Schaub, Winston?

    standard scoring

    thank you as always – you are the bestest!

    so question is

    • With Winston it’s more the risk of turnovers that keep him limited (plus there is just more upside in others, while there enough questions at WR to keep those guys high). I’d definitely go Cousins

  5. Weather issue in Buffalo. Rain 45% chance plus winds 20-28 mph. Worried about starting Allen and J.Brown. Still good to start both? Usually I start my guys regardless but the wind concerns me. Thoughts?

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