While we do have two rookie quarterbacks rising into a weekly Top 10 status, with Kyler Murray and Deshaun Watson (among others) on bye and few difficult matchups we get some surprising trustworthy options in Week 8. Did anyone really expect to see someone like Teddy Bridgewater finding himself as a must start?
Who joins him, though? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. New York Jets
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Pittsburgh
- Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at Denver
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. New England
- Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Tennessee
- Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Giants
- Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – at Cincinnati
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Baltimore
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Miami
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Indianapolis
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Cam Newton – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
- Drew Lock – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Nick Foles – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
- Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Detroit
- Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a down Week 6 with a monster Week 7, throwing for 283 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT. If you take out his disaster against Tampa Bay he has 17 TD vs. 0 INT, including three games of 4 TD. Now he takes on a Minnesota defense that’s allowed 14 TD vs. 3 INT (seventh most points per week to opposing QB), so it’s hard to expect things to change. Rodgers torched the Vikings in Week 1 (364 yards, 4 TD), and it’s safe to anticipate another impressive performance.
- Will the 49ers defense be able to slow down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing game? Wilson has thrown for 22 TD in six games, while throwing for 288 yards or more five times. He also has been showing more and more with his legs, with 142 rushing yards over the past two games. While San Francisco has been good against opposing QB this season, it shouldn’t be enough to deter you.
- After a slow start, Justin Herbert has been on fire over the past three weeks having thrown for 10 TD (3+ in each game) vs. 1 INT. He also showed off an ability to make plays with his legs (66 yards and 1 TD) in Week 7, while the matchup with the Broncos is not going to deter you. Don’t get used to him being a borderline Top 5 option in 2020, but for Week 8 that’s where he is.
- Speaking of young QB, Joe Burrow has now thrown for 300+ yards in five of his past six games. He’s also coming off a 3 TD day (tying his career high), and Tennessee isn’t a defense that we try to avoid. While Burrow isn’t a locked in QB1, he is an option depending on your alternatives.
- Teddy Bridgewater hasn’t thrown for more than 2 TD in a game yet in 2020, though he has thrown for 2 TD in three of his past four games. With Atlanta continuing to struggle against opposing QB, including watching Matthew Stafford toss for 340 yards in Week 7, Bri0gdewater is well worth it as a QB1.
- So much for Tom Brady and no longer being a trustworthy fantasy option, huh? All he did in Week 7 was throw for 369 yards and 4 TD, and the Giants are hardly an imposing matchup. While a repeat performance is hard to expect, a QB1 performance is not.
- Will the Patriots bring back Cam Newton as the starter, after he was pulled in Week 7, or will they go a different direction? We’ll just have to wait and see, but owners will want to find a suitable alternative just in case.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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